Category Archives: Health Notes

“A Cup of Tea Would Restore My Normality.” Week 6 of Social Distancing

Hello and a good Monday to you all.   “A cup of tea would restore my normality.” by Douglas Adams from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Screenplay, these words have more meaning now than they ever did before for me.  When all around normalcy seems so far, a warm cup of tea has never felt more normal.  It’s a simple cup really, nothing fancy – just a bag of black tea with a splash of milk and a drizzle of honey.  It’s the simple things that I took for granted, that now have more meaning. Continue reading “A Cup of Tea Would Restore My Normality.” Week 6 of Social Distancing

While Humans Pause Nature Continues to Hum. Week 5 of Shelter in Place

Good Monday to you all.  How was your Easter? I know, not the celebration you were hoping for, but I trust everyone is doing well and got to celebrate in a unique way this year.  This will be an Easter we will all remember for many years to come I’m sure.  Hard to believe it’s already been a month of social distancing in our area. We are now entering week 5 of Shelter in Place here in the Bay Area. From all the statistics out there this is working in slowing the spread of the corona virus.  We have made it this far, let’s not blow it by getting out and socializing just yet, just a little more time and we will be in the clear.  So let’s stick together and continue to Shelter in Place.  We can do this!!  We are all in this together!! Continue reading While Humans Pause Nature Continues to Hum. Week 5 of Shelter in Place

31 Questions and Answers on COVID-19

My thoughts on what to do now. and other topics.” by Bill Gates

I’ve always admired Bill Gates. His philanthropic work goes without saying and his keen and intelligent observations and opinions on varied topics around the world have been noted by leaders and scientists all over.  That’s why for me knowing what Bill Gates is thinking on COVID-19 was very informative.  He puts it out there in straight talk – no unnecessary editorials, just plain solid information based on data.  If you have questions about the pandemic and are looking for answers backed up with science I encourage you to read this article. The questions are smart and the answers are to the point.  Bottom line:  Wash your hands, Social distancing & Aggressive testing are the answers.

31 Questions and Answers on COVID-19. My thoughts on what to do now and other topics on Gatesnotes.com

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Stay safe, stay healthy, wash you hands, and let’s continue on this social distancing journey together.  Sending virtual hugs your way 🤗🤗.

Valentine’s Celebration with Two Friends

Valentine’s Day is such a special celebration of love and affection making it the perfect time to let people close to us know how much we care for them ❤️.   With the family we usually have a Valentine’s Day dinner complete with dessert and flowers for all 🌹💐.  When it comes to showing friends how special they are, I like to meet with them over tea or brunch and give flowers to those who live near by. Continue reading Valentine’s Celebration with Two Friends

Homemade Bircher Muesli

Oh how I love Bircher muesli. I used to make it all the time years ago, and Hitesh and I would have it every morning.  It was a quick breakfast that didn’t require much work, all the prep was done and all we had to do is have a scoop in the morning with a little milk and berries.  It was sweet and delicious and had everything in a bowl – whole grain oats, honey, apple, dried fruits, and yogurt.  Not only did it satisfy us for hours, it tasted amazing. Continue reading Homemade Bircher Muesli

Elderberry Maybe the Cold Fighting Supplement That Actually Works

Happy Saturday Everyone!  I hope you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  This is my first health related article of the year.  I came across this article on elderberry extract and how it is the new in-vogue natural supplement for colds and flus, and given that we are at the peak of our cold and flu season I found it very interesting.  I hope you find this information helpful. Continue reading Elderberry Maybe the Cold Fighting Supplement That Actually Works

Eat Better Not Less. 100 Healthy and Satisfying Recipes by Nadia Damaso

Eat Better Not Less. 100 Healthy and Satisfying Recipes by Nadia Damaso is a cookbook I received as a Christmas present from my daughter Anjali a few months ago. She presented it to me with the caveat that though the majority of the book was vegetarian, it wasn’t hundred percent vegetarian, but she thought I would really like it anyway because it had lots of beautiful pictures (my daughter knows me well 😀).  I am such a sucker for pretty photos and gorgeous presentation 😃.  Anjali asked me after I opened her present “Don’t you love the cover? Isn’t it so pretty? I know you like books with beautiful photos. This one has lots of pretty pictures and the recipes are healthy too.”  I tell you, on a cold December morning opening a present with such beautiful pink and green colors and fresh colourful vegetables, it did bring a smile to my face 😊. Continue reading Eat Better Not Less. 100 Healthy and Satisfying Recipes by Nadia Damaso

Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Kashayam is an herbal tonic used in the ancient Indian healing and medicinal art of Ayurveda. Kashayam refers to a water tonic that is made with a single herb or spice or a combination of herbs and spices.  Kashayam has been used for thousands of years in southern India as a form of homeopathic and natural medicine to help clear away coughs to common colds, sore throats, and stomach issues. Kashayam is not a medicine but rather a soothing herbed water to help alleviate the symptoms of these ailments. Continue reading Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Fenugreek Spiced Spinach and Potato Curry

Fenugreek otherwise known as Methi in Hindi is extremely healthy for you. The tender leaves are used in many Indian dishes and are cooked just as you would any greens such as spinach or chard.  Fenugreek leaves give a distinct flavor and aroma to any dish they are added to.  Fresh fenugreek leaves can be found at Indian grocery stores but are mostly available only seasonally.  Now a days, frozen fenugreek leaves can be bought in the freezer section of Indian grocery stores all year round. These frozen leaves have the same flavor and aroma as fresh fenugreek leaves and look like frozen spinach. Continue reading Fenugreek Spiced Spinach and Potato Curry