March into Zoom

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March into Zoom

Hi everyone
OOOps I made a mistake last week by telling you it was the Chinese year of the Rat, when actually it is the year of the Metal Ox. A mistake every now and again keeps you on your toes, and your brains working, or is that my brain?
Eating for your Brain
How do I boost my brain memory?
Here are 14 evidence-based ways to improve your memory naturally.
  1. Eat Less Added Sugar. Eating too much added sugar has been linked to many health issues and chronic diseases.
  2. Try a Fish Oil Supplement. Fish oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
  3. Make Time for Meditation. The practice of meditation may positively affect your health in many ways.
  4. Maintain a Healthy Weight. I will say no more.
  5. Get Enough Sleep. Easier said than done but Lack of proper sleep has been associated with poor memory for quite some time.
  6. Practice Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a mental state in which you focus on your present situation, maintaining awareness of your surroundings and feelings.
  7. Drink Less Alcohol. Consuming too many alcoholic beverages can be detrimental to your health in many ways and can negatively impact your memory.
  8. Train Your Brain. Puzzles, quiz’s, cards, games etc.
  9. Cut down on refined carbs. Consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates like cakes, cereal, cookies, white rice and white bread may be damaging to your memory.
  10. Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important nutrient that plays many vital roles in the body.
  11. Exercise is important for overall physical and mental health, do you Zoom 2 Lose?
  12. Choose Anti-Inflammatory Foods. Berries are particularly high in antioxidants like flavonoids and anthocyanins. Eating them may be an excellent way to prevent memory loss.
13. Consider Curcumin, Curcumin is a compound found in high concentrations in turmeric root
14. Add Some Cocoa to Your Diet, A study of 30 healthy people found that those who consumed dark chocolate containing 720 mg of cocoa flavonoids demonstrated better memory compared to those who consumed white chocolate without cocoa flavonoids.

Rummage through your spice rack and dig out turmeric

to make this warming, caffeine-free tea.

  • 3 heaped tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 small orange , zest pared
  • honey or agave and lemon slices, to serve
  • STEP 1
Boil 500ml water in the kettle. Put the turmeric, ginger and orange zest in to a teapot or jug. Pour over the boiling water and allow to infuse for around 5 mins.
  • STEP 2
Strain through a sieve or tea strainer into two cups, add a slice of lemon and sweeten with honey or agave. If your not sure of the tea try this lovely slow cooker dish.

One of Julie’s Slow Cooker favourites

Slow-cooker beef goulash
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2kg braising or stewing steak, cut into chunks
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 mixed peppers, cut into 4cm chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika, plus extra to serve
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 large tomatoes cut into small chunks
  • 400-500ml beef stock
  • 300ml soured cream
  • small bunch of parsley, chopped
  • STEP 1
Heat the slow cooker to low and heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep frying pan over a medium heat. Season and sear the beef in batches until brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate.
  • STEP 2
Put the remaining oil in the pan and fry the onions for 10 mins until lightly golden. Add the peppers and garlic, and fry for another 5-10 mins, then stir in the flour and all of the spices. Cook for 2 mins more, then stir in the tomato purée, tomatoes and 400ml beef stock. Season well. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then tip into the slow cooker with the seared beef. Add the remaining stock, if needed, to cover the meat completely. Cover and cook for 6-7 hrs until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • STEP 3
Season to taste, then swirl the soured cream and most of the parsley through the stew. Scatter over the remaining parsley and some sweet smoked paprika, then serve with small roasted potatoes or brown rice, if you like.

March into Zoom

Information regarding Zoom 2 Lose in March.
The monthly cost is £20 or £3 per class, with 18 classes available in March
plus an added FREE class for all.
The Free class this week was very well attended with a Salsa night, the feedback was brilliant.
We are all now getting a little more comfortable exercising at home and I am pleased to hear that you are enjoying the experience. (very stressful for me) We even had a young lady from New Zealand join us, I had that “oh my goodness” feeling, technology is just amazing.
If you would like to join for the month of March contact Julie direct on 07990975855 or 01206 548049.
Zoom is easy to set up, there is no cost to you, just me.
Download the app onto your device, I will then send you the log on details for you to join a meeting, the rest is down to me/Tony that you can hear and see me, then it’s over to you to work at your own level and enjoy yourself.
I am also recording the classes when I can and uploading them to a CLOSED Face Book Page this will also be offered to you as long as your monthly payment is in place.
Lap Top Upgrade – Do you need a “man that can”
We decided to use Tony’s old lap top to run the zoom classes as it would seem moving mine around does not always make things run smoothly, unplugging and plugging in 6 leads!
I have been using a local man for years to fix and upgrade windows. We had an upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10. If you would like more information and Andy’s details email or text Julie for details.
Do you have a lap top that is old that you no longer use?
I am searching for a friend, it will be taken to Andy and safely wiped of all it’s content to then be upgraded and passed onto a young lady taking a university course from home.
Can anyone help please?

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