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?

Jan 29, 2020

The green journey is really about discovering parts of the inner self.

The green journey starts with a sickening of some part of your own lifestyle. Shall I toss that plastic cup knowing it is my children's future I am trashing?

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Jan 28, 2020

Health advice to make you sick is a response to Zoe Sadler's article.

Health advice to make you sick wonders whether she writes tongue in cheek, or is she serious?

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Jan 28, 2020

About resistant starch explains what they are and where to be found.

About resistant starch describes how some carbohydrates are broken down in the small intestine giving a surge in blood glucose but not if they reach the colon.

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Jan 27, 2020

How to grow broccoli is simple using a bit of compost in full sun.

How to grow broccoli for its vital anti-tumour properties; it is delicious too and we particularly like the branching varieties which bear for months.

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Jan 26, 2020

Irish potato leek soup is so delicious and very easy to make.

Irish potato leek soup should be enjoyed cold but has many variations; try adding some salmon to make a complete dinner. In France it is known as vichyssoise.

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Jan 26, 2020

High folate levels are vital as a deficiency causes birth defects.

High folate levels are important for children too, and not just women. It is strongly correlated with academic achievement; less aches and pains for all of us.

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Jan 26, 2020

Lemon Drop Drink Recipe makes your own refreshments for the family.

Lemon Drop Drink Recipe has a few thoughts on what is actually in citrus that makes it so nutritious.

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Jan 26, 2020

Frailty cheats asks what we can do to stop this decline in vitality.

Frailty cheats is a basic simple menu and exercise planner to ensure that we halt the progression of premature disability, weakness and weight loss.

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Jan 25, 2020

Spiritual and stupid sums it up in Judges 11; rather aim for wisdom.

Spiritual and stupid is our Jephthah; a sobering reminder of just how crazy good religious people can become.

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Jan 24, 2020

Canned versus dried chickpeas asks if it is worth the schlep?

Canned versus dried chickpeas reveals that the convenience in making your quick hummus comes at a price.

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Jan 23, 2020

Solar winter solstice is when the sun's power is at its weakest.

Solar winter solstice makes some folk dance around the apple trees, sipping their gluhwein in memory of a forgotten era; for others it is a time of reflection.

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Jan 23, 2020

Best chicken feed is allowing them to range freely for organic eggs.

Best chicken feed for brightly-coloured yolks should ideally include legumes like alfalfa and green beans, young corn and better still wheat for the betaine.

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Jan 23, 2020

Healthy hummus recipe can realistically be made in only four minutes.

Healthy hummus recipe without all the preservatives is so delicious, but it goes off after three days so don't make too much. Any excess goes in our low GI bread.

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Jan 23, 2020

Total blackout is a distinct possibility in South Africa every winter.

Total blackout and regular loss of power are extremely frustrating but there is an alternative; harvesting sunshine and storing it in batteries.

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Jan 22, 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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Jan 22, 2020

Olive bread recipe has a lowish GI and is delicious and nourishing.

Olive bread recipe is so easy to make this way; no more than ten minutes plus five hours to bake of course.

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Jan 21, 2020

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

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

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Jan 21, 2020

What is potting in the garden is all about growing veggies.

What is potting in the garden is a catalogue of what to plant when, and their unique benefits. If you love the taste of food then plant and pick it yourself.

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Jan 21, 2020

Ten commandments of food security simply enumerates many old ideas.

Ten commandments of food security just restates what we should already know, but probably do not, and in any case in large measure quietly ignore.

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Jan 20, 2020

Stunting of children begins in utero and continues with the newborn.

Stunting of children is not only a third world problem but is prevalent in the west too, if one includes mental backwardness from poor nutrition.

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Jan 20, 2020

Mussel facts asks why shellfish get such bad press?

Mussel facts are interesting but what the heck, they are delicious and they can be cooked in a jiffy.

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Jan 19, 2020

Treat brother Ass kindly or he may turn and bite his owner.

Treat brother Ass kindly, feeding him properly and making sure he gets plenty of exercise as he bears not only you but also the Almighty.

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Jan 19, 2020

Vitamin C deficiency symptoms include fatigue and lethargy.

Vitamin C deficiency symptoms also mean weak blood vessels and depression; for the DC it is poor healing of damaged tissue.

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Jan 18, 2020

The E-car has landed in South Africa but it is having a bumpy ride.

The E-car has landed in the world with a thump but until there are some serious changes in the thinking of politicians they cannot thrive here.

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Jan 18, 2020

How safe is our drinking water is a question we should all be asking.

How safe is our drinking water is a profound yet controversial and difficult topic; whilst chlorine can remove the bugs it also introduces toxic THMs.

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Jan 10, 2020

Frailty syndrome is defined by three of these five criteria.

Frailty syndrome can be prevented by timeously starting a simple exercise program, and ensuring that your food includes adequate levels of these four vitamins.

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Jan 09, 2020

My favourite kitchen appliances are perhaps rather different to yours.

My favourite kitchen appliances include the induction stove and the stick blender. The wheat grinder and bread oven rank very highly. Say goodbye to the iron.

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Jan 07, 2020

Grinding flax seeds yields a great source of essential fatty acids.

Grinding flax seeds helps to lower the omega 6 to 3 ratio to reduce inflammation. The lignans are a part of our prevention of breast tumours program too.

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Jan 05, 2020

How to plant potatoes means I have just broken all the banting hearts.

How to plant potatoes is hard work but if you can dig trenches you have earned the right to indulge despite the GI; freshly lifted they have half the starch.

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Jan 04, 2020

Braised new potatoes can be enjoyed by most diabetics.

Braised new potatoes have a lower glycemic index so there is less of a blood sugar surge; they are deliciously crispy on the outside with soft centres.

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