Bernard Preston Blog

If Bernard Preston's inspirational books do not awaken in you the desire to live long in the land, then alas I have failed! Oh yes, and the desire to sit under those trees you once planted, to nurture those grandchildren you have borne.

Alas, sometimes it takes a fist banging on the skull, or a pick axe to break open the frozen sea within us. Is poor health trying to tell you something...? Just where are you planning to live, if you don't look after your bod, eh?

Dec 02, 2020

A sound and blameless body is a phrase taken from the Bible.

A sound and blameless body is surely something we all desire but it means saying a firm no to temptation and asking forgiveness when we have slipped.

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Dec 01, 2020

Beta carotene deficiency although uncommon leads ultimately to death.

Beta carotene deficiency is rare but many have a moderate shortage from their food; taking it in pill form is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.

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Nov 30, 2020

Preserving olives is fun to do and not arduous.

Preserving olives is really only for those who want to enjoy them daily at an affordable price; generally the mark up from farmer to retailer is outrageous.

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Nov 29, 2020

Our green home is a series of blogs printed in the Witness newspaper.

Our green home covers all the articles published in the media over the last five years.

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Nov 29, 2020

End of winter chores means climbing up ladders to clean gutters.

End of winter chores at our green home like opening the compost heap can be tiresome but done mindfully is important and not so bothersome.

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Nov 24, 2020

A mealie a day provides much of the starch we need for energy.

A mealie a day is a staple in many countries but once refined it becomes a junk food of the highest order; it is one of the the causes of stunting in SA..

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Nov 23, 2020

Getting your garden soil ready is vital for both you and the planet.

Getting your garden soil ready is important since it will then become a carbon sink and help prevent global warming. Chickens add their nitrogen too.

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Nov 22, 2020

How is apple cider made will only be asked if you have surplus fruit.

How is apple cider made is very simple to make badly, but you can turn this into a real hobby perfecting your brewing techniques.

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Nov 21, 2020

Wean off plastic as it is the root of all evil in our environment.

Wean off plastic or, like money, is it our irresponsible use of hydrocarbons that causes the pollution of our seas? First let us hand over a pristine planet.

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Nov 21, 2020

Home bake bread flour is half the price or less if you have a mill.

Home bake bread flour is only worth using if you can get 100 percent wholemeal; with all the lignans, vitamin E and minerals it is very nutritious.

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Nov 19, 2020

Are eggs good or bad has bedevilled nutritional scientists.

Are eggs good or bad is a question that has at least in part been finally answered; it depends on what else you are eating.

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Nov 19, 2020

Cinnamon and diabetes have a common interest; insulin sensitivity.

Cinnamon and diabetes go naturally together because the spice improves the absorption of glucose in the blood by our cells, enhancing the effect of the hormone.

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Nov 18, 2020

Orange juice press, hand or electric, means freshly squeezed OJ.

Orange juice press adds another dimension; the whole fruit is only better if you have strained out the pulp; vitamin C and a host of bioflavonoids.

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Nov 17, 2020

Natural honey consumption by diabetics is complex and controversial.

Natural honey enables us to lose weight and normalise our blood lipids; it does appear to lower fasting blood glucose but also increases the value of HbA1c.

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Nov 14, 2020

Growing butternut squash could not be easier in a big garden.

Growing butternut squash gives you vitamin A and proven protection from malignant disease; the best fruit by far comes when grown in a compost heap.

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Nov 14, 2020

Growing leeks takes up lots of space and is only for the large garden.

Growing leeks confirms the wonder of our own vegetables and especially the phytochemical allicin. Surprisingly chilled vichyssoise is much less fattening.

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Nov 13, 2020

Urban agriculture is the way to regain the joy of tasty nosh.

Urban agriculture means you know how most of your food is grown, fertilized and sprayed. Let us call it real meals, not the poor shadow from the supermarket.

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Nov 13, 2020

Backyard permaculture starts with small things like storing rainwater.

Backyard permaculture may end up with solar generators and a huge vegetable and fruit garden making you largely self-sufficient.

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Nov 13, 2020

Are beans very starchy is an oft heard question; what are the facts?

Are beans very starchy and should we be avoiding them if we want to lose weight or are diabetic?

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Nov 12, 2020

Allicin benefits include anti-tumour and bacterial activity.

Allicin benefits in the main are about the wonderful flavours added to home cooking. Do you too love the taste of good nuitritious food?

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Nov 11, 2020

Plant indigenous trees for bees like the Halleria lucida.

Plant indigenous trees for bees which are beautiful and encourage threatened beneficial insects; one in three mouthfuls of our food requires pollinators.

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Nov 10, 2020

Meaning of starch enables us to better understand the pros and cons.

Meaning of starch will empower you to grasp which of the carbohydrates, and how they are prepared, will make you fat; and why some simple ones are not all bad.

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Nov 08, 2020

Lucky not to have a gardener is about the joy of doing it yourself.

Lucky not to have a gardener weighs up the sheer pleasure of having masses of fresh unspoiled food for all the hard work.

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Nov 06, 2020

Roasted butternut squash recipe is rich in vital carotenes.

Roasted butternut squash recipe is so easy to prepare says Bernard Preston. It is one of the delights from our garden in autumn, lasting for months.

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Nov 06, 2020

Merrylegs perry cider is so easy to make in your own home from pears.

Merrylegs perry cider can be brewed in three to five days depending how strong and sweet you like it.

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Nov 05, 2020

Freezing butternut squash preserves them so you can enjoy year-round.

Freezing butternut squash is just about roasting them in the oven and then blending before you put the concentrate up.

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Nov 04, 2020

Harvesting rainwater for your home means avoiding microplastics.

Harvesting rainwater is best stored underground where it is kept very cold and less prone to bacterial contamination.

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Oct 30, 2020

Why is whole grain better as the gluten question must be addressed.

Why is whole grain better is a complex subject as it affects many systems in the body from spiking blood glucose to beneficial metabolites from the microbiome.

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Oct 29, 2020

Calories in orange juice asks whether we should be worried?

Calories in orange juice questions just how fattening it is. OJ from a carton has a high sugar level with a raised risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

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Oct 28, 2020

Lutein benefit shows that your greens reduce the risk of blindness.

Lutein benefit gives a table of some phytochemicals in various foods that prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. A life without medication is the goal.

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Newsletter

Our newsletter is entitled "create a cyan zone" at your home, preserving both yourself, your family and friends, and Mother Earth for future generations. We promise not to spam you with daily emails promoting various products. You may get an occasional nudge to buy one of my books!

Here are the back issues.

  • Create a bee-friendly environment
  • Go to bed slightly hungry
  • Keep bees
  • Blue zone folk are religious
  • Reduce plastic waste
  • Family is important
  • What can go in compost?
  • Grow broad beans for longevity
  • Harvest and store sunshine
  • Blue zone exercise
  • Harvest and store your rainwater
  • Create a cyan zone at your home

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