Thursday, November 30, 2017

Neuro Plasticity. Exercises, Balcony,

I have just been watching an incredible programme by a Toronto Doctor, Dr. Norman Doidge, who was basically saying the brain is not a machine and it is NOT hardwired but it can heal itself and it is possible to stimulate such healing. There are now many people in the field and they have done a lot of work with autistic kids and there were several cases when we saw the child when autism was at its worst and then watched some of the treatments and later saw the older version of the same child with incredible differences. This neuro plasticity of the brain can be stimulated by many things which was explained during the programme. But, and this is the thing which most interested me, they consider stimulating such neuro plasticity will help dementia and Alzheimer's. Dr. Doidge has written two books, The Brain's Way of Healing and the Brain that Changes Itself, one of which I have ordered from the library in ebook form (only one they have). It seems to me that it is necessary to work with a doctor/therapist who will assist in making the patients interested in the necessary steps to heal themselves. Diet and exercise are necessary adjuncts too. Particularly the foods of the Orient as opposed to the foods we stuff ourselves with in the west. I am hoping Birgit of BB Creations managed to catch the programme as well.

Being particularly stupid, I went to exercise class this afternoon, 45 minutes, and then went bowling for an hour or two. My legs were a tad tired at the end of this. However, Matt won't come to exercise class (which, I might add, is free) so I feel the more often we can go bowling, the better it is.

Can't believe it's the first of December tomorrow. This year really seems to have shot by. I have been told that the balcony workers will be out of here by the end of the week (never to come back as far as I know) but our balcony door is still firmly shut. Are we going to get it opened this week? I sincerely hope so as I will be an extremely unhappy camper if we don't.

Seems like now I have decided to make more use of Turmeric, so has everyone else.

Turmeric Pork Chops with Green Onion Rice

Tumeric is the trending seasoning of the year. Its subtle flavor notes bring out the best in this simple pork chop recipe. We love that the side dish recipe allows you to dress up precooked brown rice by adding fresh lime juice and cilantro. You'll love the pork chop, but it may be the rice side dish that you make again and again, as it pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes, ranging from Spanish to Asian.
Opt for bone-in pork chops for this recipe to get the full depth of flavor the recipe promises.

4 (6-oz.) bone-in pork chops
1 large garlic clove, halved
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp black pepper, divided
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
1 Tbs fish sauce
2 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp tomato paste
1 bunch green onions
2 (8.8-oz.) packages precooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high. Rub pork with cut sides of garlic; discard garlic. Sprinkle pork with turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, fish sauce, oyster sauce, and tomato paste. Brush both sides of pork with half of oil mixture. Add pork to pan; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Transfer to a plate; brush both sides of pork with remaining oil mixture. Keep warm.

2. Add onions to grill pan over medium-high; grill 2 minutes. Coarsely chop onions.

3. Heat rice according to package directions. Combine green onions, rice, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve rice with pork. Sprinkle with cilantro; serve with lime wedges.

Servings: 4

Author: Adam Hickman
Source: Cooking Light

Have a great day


  1. I cannot believe it's the first of December either. It's cold out today but sunny and I have the pups out with the kitchen door open. Nice crispy air. Here's to a killer good weekend for you. I do believe that we can heal and but I also believe that we are machines.

    1. Nope, one thing we are not is machines Ivy. That is what the weather is like here too.

    2. With great respect, I don't agree.

      Will you catch the moon tomorrow night? Another blogger just reminded me it will be big and bright.

    3. Ah well!! Didn't know it was supposed to be extra large tomorrow Ivy. Will try and remember to look.

  2. Well now that I am on holidays I will have more time to read and comment on your blog Jo. Sorry I have been AWOL! The brain is fascinating. I'll have to read into this man.

    1. I'm sure you have more exciting things to do Pinky LOL. Dr. Doidge's website is

  3. Interesting about the neuro plasticity. I knew it was important to keep things ticking over - it's part of the reason I went back to learning French and German (and it's fun, of course) - but not the healing aspect.

    1. True Helen, but they also showed people being treated with lasers for various brain injuries and from what they said, this could also help dementia and Alzheimer's.