Turmeric, immune system boost, anti cancer, anti-inflammatory, super for your skin problems, great for your arthritic joints, a wonderful antioxidant

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I guess there are many people who will think my turmeric and coconut breakfast is disgusting and to be frank, so did I at first but as with so many other things, we get used to them and start to like them. Now I am almost addicted to this simple but AMAZINGLY HEALTHY breakfast of coconut with turmeric which has dramatically improved my health. Oh I almost forgot to mention that turmeric is supposed to kill cancer cells too. I wish I’d known all about the health benefits of turmeric many years ago.

It takes just two or three minutes to prepare and I do it this way.

Two or three tablespoons dedicated coconut

1 level teaspoon turmeric powder

Quarter teaspoon black pepper

Half teaspoon ginger powder

Quarter teaspoon cinnamon powder

Half teaspoon EV olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

Enough soya milk to mix everything into a smooth paste.

If you are diabetic, leave out the honey and use a little more milk. It doesn’t taste nearly as nice but it is still palatable.

That’s the remains of my breakfast in the above picture. I also had toast and banana and a mug of tea


A Search in Secret India (for fake gurus)

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Personally I have never sought any guru but I have met hundreds of people in India and Nepal who have followed a guru at some time. We have all seen those people dressed in orange with mantra beads and a picture of Bhagwan Rajneesh hanging from their necks. I once stayed in Poona (western India) very near to the Rajneesh Ashram where I met many, many Rajneesh disciples. I was never for one minute tempted into the ashram because I simply never believed in gurus at all.

Four or five years ago I was invited to a function cum ceremony in the home of a Sai Baba follower who lived near the Shrestha household in Kathmandu.  Well frankly I couldn’t understand most of what was being said there and I was intensely uncomfortable sitting on that hard floor for an hour but the food and snacks afterwards were tasty. It was an interesting experience but I really think all the people there were being brainwashed by some Sai Baba followers. This event reminded me of a book I had read several years ago about fake Indian gurus but unfortunately I could no longer remember the title of the book nor the author. I thought about this book many times over the past few years and did so many searches to find the name and author but all to no avail. A few weeks ago while searching for something completely different online, I discovered the name of the book. ‘A Search in Secret India’ written by Doctor Paul Brunton.  This book exposes many fake gurus and is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I ordered the book from Amazon but when I received it, the print was  unfortunately far too small for me to read without the help of a magnifying glass. Never mind because finally I have that book in my collection. I’m going to read some of it this afternoon while sitting down near the boats.

Well I suppose we also have the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and so many strange denominations and other man invented groups in the Christian Church.  My God is nature. I am a firm believer in nature. Nature is alive and not fully understood by man.  I spend a lot of time thinking about this subject.

Mixed thoughts from Dai

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Sunday is here once again. I can’t believe that a whole week has gone by already. This morning I found myself with some free time and that’s a rarity these days. I love those sunny clear mornings when I have time to sit and think. Once again I am thinking of the best place(s) to live. My heart is in the UK where I have my permanent home but the weather there is so awful much of the time. Being down here in the sunshine is far better I think.


Does anybody know the name of this type of tree ? It’s so incredibly unusual. I wish I could have a large piece of land where I could grow lots of unusual plants and trees.

This morning I couldn’t get Kathmandu out of my mind. I wish it wasn’t so far away so I could afford to fly there often. It’s a very long journey with either one or two changes of flight on the way and I’m getting too old to have frequent long flights. I was also thinking of the family and Flocky, remembering the village and everybody in Gorkha. I thought of dalbhat, afternoon rotis, samosas too spicy for me to eat. And I remembered when I ate buffalo brain in Tebahal. Such wonderful days are now memories for when I have some free time.


O Resgate do Ryan Soldado, cooking spinach, Palawan

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We are lucky because Kumar can buy huge bunches of spinach from a fruit & vegetable wholesale market here in Lisbon. It costs almost nothing to buy and spinach forms an essential part of the Nepalese food I cook at home frequently. With the garlic, spices, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and EV olive oil, it becomes an incredibly tasty part of the meal. I must admit that I loathe the washing and chopping part but it has to be done. That’s what I have been doing this morning and now the spinach curry is ready to be stored in the fridge for use in the next few days.


I watched an incredible movie here two days ago. I don’t suppose anyone has heard of it.  It is:-  O Resgate do Ryan Soldado and translated to English means something like ‘Saving Soldier Ryan’  I don’t usually get too engrossed in most movies but I did with this one. There was also a brilliant documentary from from Palawan in the Philippines, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.  The main theme of this documentary was the illegal sale and smuggling of turtles and I loved the Palawan scenery. The Palawan picture above is not mine. I googled for it.  The Philippines is one of my favourite world destinations and I have discovered some incredible places there. I have also had some very  hair raising moments of danger while travelling inter island on the small pump boats.

I have discovered an effective way to lose weight

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Turmeric, curcumin, Ground.

This morning I was watching the news on Sky TV and I saw a crowd of incredibly obese people protesting outside the Tom Bradley Arrivals Terminal in Los Angeles Airport. I have been a bit overweight in recent years so after seeing that wobbly crowd of protesters on TV I decided to check my weight in the bathroom. It is 98.5 kilos this morning, the lowest for years. My mood is great after seeing that. The last time I weighed myself was about a month ago and I was celebrating getting down to 98.7 kilos. Now I’m down to 98.5 and I’m not going to stop until I’ve lost another ten kilos. It will take some months more I think. Anyway I have now lost 9 kilograms (20 lbs) since I changed my eating habits.

I am not following any plan but I have eliminated almost all sugar and fat from my diet and much of my beloved carbohydrate too. I don’t eat dinner in the evenings but I have a small snack instead, like plain cornflakes with skimmed milk or a banana or an orange. I eat a good lunch and include lots of vegetables and salad.

For breakfast each morning I eat a plain, unsweetened yogurt with some added fruit, strawberries, grapes or banana usually, followed by a little dedicated coconut with black pepper, ginger and a teaspoonful of turmeric. That’s hard to eat so I break my sugar rule and add a small teaspoonful of honey and a little skimmed milk and mix it all and it serves as a tasty breakfast desert.

Losing weight is difficult for most people but it can be done and I’ve proved it to myself. I’m feeling much better in myself .  I’m starting to wonder if taking so much turmeric is changing things in my body because I’ve noticed that any tummy troubles, skin problems, cuts, wounds etc seem to be disappearing really fast since I’ve been taking a lot of turmeric every day. I’m going to research this online as soon as I get the free time. In Luma’s village the people make their own turmeric from the Curcuma longa plant so we get a plentiful supply and more than we can use at home. I bring back a supply each time I come back from Kathmandu but it’s not enough and I need to buy the powder from an Indian shop here in Lisbon.

Has anybody else heard of hypoglycemia ?

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I wonder who has heard of hypoglycemia.  It’s something I have suffered from all my life. I remember when I was a child  I would get dizzy spells when I was too hungry. My mother also had a similar problem. Hypoglycemic sufferers should be careful not to become too hungry because we never know when we can get an attack.  Usually when an attack is coming on, I get warning symptoms. I feel weak and light headed and my hands start to shake. When this happens I need to eat fast, eat anything handy and then lie down for twenty minutes or so until the symptoms have disappeared. I remember one time a few years ago that I felt an attack coming on when I was in a supermarket in Kathmandu. I immediately took a food item off a shelf and ate it as fast as I could. Of course I took the wrapper to the checkout and paid for it. I wonder what the cashier was thinking of me that morning. Very often I carry a small amount of food in my backpack when I go out somewhere, just in case I get an attack.  Or if I have no food I will dive into the nearest shop and buy anything I can to eat fast. I was writing about these experiences this morning and remembered a time when I was in a friend’s home in Winton and I felt an attack coming. I explained this to the friend who immediately found a piece of chicken in his refrigerator, the problem was solved and I recovered in about fifteen minutes.  Not everybody was happy that I had eaten the piece of chicken and at that time I was feeling very bad and wondered if I should offer to pay for the piece of chicken. I wish I could have avoided that situation but when we get an attack, we have to react immediately and eat anything as fast we can or it’s possible to go into a coma in the worst scenario..

I would love to hear from any other hypoglycemic sufferers and know how they deal with the problem. Most people are unable to comment against my blogs here in WordPress because we must have a WordPress ID to do that. But my email address is:-   Anthonyslark@yahoo.co.uk and same for facebook messages.

The visiting season is beginning.

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We love to have visitors here and we have had lots of guests since we came to live in this tiny apartment but unfortunately we can only accept one person at a time except in very rare circumcisions. The problem is that we only have two bedrooms and one is so small that there’s almost no place to walk in that room. We have an IKEA spare single mattress which guests can use in the sitting room but that room is ridiculously small so when guests are in bed we are unable to use the sitting room at all except for passing through on the way to the kitchen or bathroom. We have been trying unsuccessfully to move to a larger apartment but I think that we’ll have to stay here for several months yet, until the severe accommodation shortage eases in Lisbon.  Lisbon has become incredibly popular with tourists and travellers over the past two or three years and in the high season many hotels and hostels are fully booked and must refuse guests. Except in the cold, monsoon winter season, Lisbon is hot and dry year round, usually between March and November when there are tens of thousands of tourists in every corner of the city.

I’m thinking of having a few days in Tenerife. I wish there were direct flights from Lisbon but we must travel via Madrid or other cities and it’s expensive that way. I also wish there was a sea ferry because it’s really not very far from here. I haven’t had a break for a while so a few days in the warm Canary Islands sounds very appealing right now.