A Tough Week

Events have overtaken me this week. My sister, who works as a carer, tested positive for COVID and is currently isolating at home. So far her symptoms are mild kind of flu-like along with extreme exhaustion. My sister is a carer and has worked continuously with elderly and vulnerable clients throughout the pandemic. So hats off to her and all key-workers who are looking after others through this unprecedented time. The day after I received this news, my mum was taken into hospital with breathing difficulties. This is her third day in hospital, she’s on oxygen. Mum has underlying health conditions and was really not well at all. She’s had tests and scans and we are waiting for the results of those. By the way, my sister hasn’t been near mum for many weeks because she knew her job could put mum at greater risk of contracting Covid. We haven’t been told mum has the virus by the way. I’m checking in with the hospital regularly and will know when mum is coming home so that I can be there waiting for her. She lives alone and I imagine there’s nothing worse than going home from hospital to an empty house. The absolute worst part of this of course, as many relatives of those who are in hospital know, is that visitors aren’t allowed!

I don’t want to make excuses but I’m aware that I have been relying on more processed vegan/plant-based foods lately. So easy to prepare but not as healthy as preparing whole-foods from scratch. Just watched a ‘live’ edition of “fatmanrants” on Facebook and they have just made a “No-Chicken Salad Sandwich”. I often make “no tuna salad”, but I’m going to make this version as soon as I can get some dill relish. So courtesy of “fatmanrants” I’m reproducing the recipe for this sandwich filling:

Ingredients for the “FatMan’s No-Chicken Salad

  • 2 cans of chickpeas drained
  • 1/4 cup dill relish
  • 3 ribs of finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup halved grapes


Place all the ingredients apart from the walnuts and halved grapes in a bowl and using your hands, mix everything together. The object is to “squish” the chickpeas until they mix with all the other ingredients, but not to the point where it’s all soft and mushy – need to leave some texture in there.

Add the walnuts and grapes and fold into the mixture. Make a sandwich using whole wheat bread. Add some greens and tomatoes and enjoy a wonderful whole-food, plant-based sandwich.

I will make this soon and take a photo to include in my next blog. It sounds as if it will be quick and easy to make – just what I need right now!

Continuing with the alphabet of fruit and veg, highlighting nutritional value and health benefits – this week we are at G:

Garlic – Nutritional Values as taken from http://www.healthline.com>nutrition

  • Garlic is highly nutritious but has very few calories
  • Manganese – 2% of the daily value (DV)
  • Vitamin B6 – 2% DV
  • Vitamin C – 1% DV
  • Selenium – 1% DV
  • Fibre – 0.06 grams
  • Decent amounts of – calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, iron and vitamin B1

Garlic – Health Benefits taken from http://www.nm.org>healthy-tips>nutrition

  • Promotes heart health
  • Contains cancer-fighting characteristics
  • Potentially combats the common cold
  • Acts as a natural antibiotic
  • Clears your skin

The second “G” this week:

Ginger – Nutrition facts taken from http://www.everydayhealth.com per 100 grams

  • Calories – 80
  • Total fat – 0.8g = 1% DV
  • Potassium – 415 mg = 11% DV
  • Total Carbohydrate – 18g = 6% DV
  • Protein – 1.8g = 3% DV
  • Vitamin C – 8% DV
  • Calcium – 1% DV
  • Iron – 3% DV
  • Vitamin B-6 – 10% DV
  • Magnesium – 10%

Health benefits of Ginger taken from http://www.healthline.com>nutrition

  • Contains ginger oil, which has powerful medicinal properties
  • Can treat many forms of nausea, especially morning sickness
  • May help with weight loss
  • Can help with osteoarthritis
  • May drastically lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors
  • Can help treat chronic indigestion
  • May significantly reduce menstrual pain
  • May help lower cholesterol levels
  • Contains a substance that may help prevent cancer
  • May improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease
  • Can help fight infections

A shorter post than normal but my mind is distracted by other events and of course Christmas is looming!

I hope everyone is staying as well, (both mentally and physically), as they can during what remains of this crazy 2020 and beyond. Surely in 2021 we will find a way to live alongside Covid, without having to endure the sanctions that have restricted/changed the way we live our lives. Having said that, I personally feel that not all the restrictions have been detrimental and that there are lessons to be learned that can improve the way we live post Covid – But, that’s a whole other discussion right there!

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Published by smith57angel

Passionate about a Whole food plant based lifestyle. After years of yo-yo dieting I decided to tackle my weight problem once and for all. The difference this time being I focused on my health in terms of what I was putting in to my body. Health improved and weight reduced.

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