Let’s Talk

40 thoughts on “Let’s Talk

  1. Phil Cohen

    Hi Shirl, Just watched the two professors and found the insight of protein leverage tricking us into error, fascinating. The two profs kind of prove Mum was right. Thanks for giving us the access to these two special intellects. Phil

    • Hi Phil – glad you got around to watching the video – I have you to thank for telling me about ‘Eat Like The Animals!’
      I will keep Professors Charles Raubenheimer and Stephen Simpson on the front page of our website and hopefully more people will watch their video.

  2. eyetoeknee

    Hi Shirley, your last post about investing was very thought provoking. As a 53 year old, I have thought my retirement plan out.
    One thing that I think your readers could benefit from as I have done is having those difficult conversations with your ageing parents about what their wishes are and how they can be supported by their off spring! I have had those conversations and I cannot tell you how beneficial they have been for me, my parents and brother. I now know what their plans are when one of my parents passes, what their wishes are re life support, power of attorney, which type of retirement village or aged care facility, funeral arrangements, their wills etc.
    These are awkward but important conversations that many of us should have with our parents but probably haven’t . It saves so much stress.
    Could you perhaps put your thoughts about this in an edition of Shirl’s Pearls. I’m sure you would have some helpful ideas to share!

    • A good point. Will do some research and write on this very soon. I can’t help but smile now when I remember what my dear mum said when I asked if she and dad made a will ” ..how can you ask us this while we are still alive??” in those days it was never discussed!

  3. ros

    Hi Shirley, I was one of the Lucky ones, Menopause went by me, perhaps because I had a Hysterectomy at age 39?

    • Hi Ros – Hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms can occur temporarily after a hysterectomy but usually ease during the healing process. It’s removal of the ovaries – which produce estrogen – that causes menopause to occur immediately. Of course most women could sail through this without any symptoms, while others will need their menopausal fans!
      Enjoy your life – laugh, sing .. and .. exercise?

    • Yes walking as I did every morning saved me from taking anti-depressants and kept oesteoporosis away.. so critical after I was diagnosed with premature menopause.
      In fact on rainy days when I couldn’t walk I had withdrawals – tried to compensate by running up and down stairs. Now I have the gym to go to it’s a much better alternative!
      Thanks for your comment mlseery!

    • Efrem Manassey

      Dear Shirl,
      Your blog entitled ‘Move’ did strike a chord within me. Though I cannot imagine frequenting a beach named ‘Changi’ I know the allure of the seaside intimately. Luckily I was born and bred in Australia and my dad taught me to swim as a small child.

      Hence, I have long reaped the benefits of swimming and can attest to its lifelong value. Now I am older, I am learning about the benefits of sustained walking at pace. I cannot but support enthusiastically this valuable blog post that inspires us to ‘move’! 👍

  4. Very interesting info in Move! 2.0. I now understand so much more of why you do the things you do. I have known you for so long but never knew the underlying reasons of your activities.

  5. Efrem Manassey

    Dear Shirl,
    I love the idea of carrot and beetroot juice. This is easy to organize and obviously so beneficial. Figs too are a great substitute for other sweet things of a more dubious nature.

    A bigger picture is being formed through your successive posts. Thanks for sharing all these excellent ideas.

    • We so easily forget the goodness and taste of the foods that are good for us! if you don’t have a juicer, a whole beetroot, scrubbed, quartered and steamed with lightly salted water (watch when it starts boiling) is ready to eat when you can poke a fork through it. Slice when cooled, keep in a glass jar with 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Ready to eat with grated carrot, parsley or mint. Sweetness without sugar, flavour without preservatives. You’ll never want to open a can again. Worth the time?

  6. Efrem Manassey

    Yes, it’s is unsettling to see how kids are targeted by advertisers relentlessly, especially in terms of junk food. This rank exploitation is unacceptable to many people including myself.

    I found your point about resisting comfort food most telling. There arises a moment when only sheer willpower can trounce the sudden onset of food cravings. Sweet and fatty treats often entice me and sometimes only baseline resistance is the answer.

    • I always have a few figs, dried apricots/pears soaking in the fridge.. when I get similar cravings I take 1 fig, 1-2 apricots (or pear) out of the jar microwave for 10 seconds, and serve with a half teaspoon of cream and a few almonds..try it!

  7. Shoshie Lam

    SIT you’ve nailed it Shpirl and the RRR is a great one to turn the zombie’s alive again oh just realised Gen Z is that what it stands for🤣

  8. Efrem Manassey

    Thanks for your meal by meal breakdown of diet possibilities, Shirl. You’ve built your followers up to this point where now we see your food intake outline in Blog 9.

    I am beginning with decreasing sugars and habitual dependence on carbohydrates. Coupled with quality lean meat, fish, plenty of vegetables and some fruit – I should get there.

    • You are doing this so well. Persist and your cravings for processed carbs and extra-fatty foods will moderate. These foods are especially appealing when you’re hungry! I always make sure I have a small container of dates and almonds with me – because yes even I have indulged in my favourite Kettle chilli chips – thoroughly ashamed to tell you – some evenings when I have been too busy for my usual afternoon tea and peanut butter/whole grain toast snack.

  9. Efrem Manassey

    Dear Shirley,
    I have heard one person at work expound the virtues of regular colonic irrigation, especially in terms of increased energy and better moods. Admittedly, you are the first person to explain the actual process to me. Your personal touch makes the telling more interesting and relatable.

    Although I do not find the photos of colonic irrigation (CI) apparatus shown in your blog remotely comforting, I am personally interested in the long term effects of CI. This procedure could well be something that would help me considerably…

  10. shoshy simons

    Thank you Shirley for your openness and honesty
    Your explanations and passion is truly inspiring not to mention educating
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us

    • For all the reasons you mentioned, I was also apprehensive about having a colonic. Familiar with the term way back in the 80’s but absolutely too embarassed to have one. When I started writing about it, I thought I should try it at least once. I’m so glad I did – and now I can say from experience it wasn’t at all uncomfortable or embarassing and like your friend I felt energised. Meeting Anna was the highlight, on her instructions I successfully weaned myself off all fibre supplements. never thought it was possible.
      Anna will give a 15 minute consult to all Shirls’ Pearlers who book in. Well worth a listen.

    • Shang

      Dear Shirley,

      I thoroughly enjoyed your videos. Thank you for sharing all these healthy tips.

      I have never tried grapefruit first thing in the morning but I am willing to give it a go and started today. I will also try to drink more water and have a green apple skin on.

      • Thank you for your comment Shang.
        I’m so glad you are starting your day with grapefruit! The pith is full of anti-oxidants and also good fibre. Remember to drink at least a full glass of water as well. .. 2 if you can – a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime will make it even more refreshing. Doing this first thing in the morning is the best and cheapest detox. Your liver, kidneys and colon will be so much happier!

          • Green tea is fine Shang. I found some green teas were very high in caffeine. I used to drink green tea at work when I needed to stay awake after a late night! Jasmine tea may have less caffeine.

  11. Efrem Manassey

    As to colonic irrigation, it is a health treatment I haven’t considered. Yet now that gut health is ‘in’, scientifically speaking colon wellbeing has become an important issue.

    Thank you Shirl, for sharing your considerable knowledge and experience of this topic. It’s got me thinking out of the box for the first time.

    • Colonic irrigation (or hydration) is what I thought about having for a long time – I searched YouTube for videos on it but couldn’t find a single one that explained the procedure adequately. I was determined to have one just to try out Dr Walkers’ theory – and so lucky to meet with Anna who operates the Colon Care Centre. The experience was nothing like I thought – I was comfortable and relaxed and felt really good at the end of it. I decided to have my second colonic taken on video, explaining each step and describing how it felt. You will see it soon this week.. the big reveal … quite an experience … something you can at least consider now that you know how it’s done.

      • Efrem Manassey

        As to andropause, Shirl, I agree that one point stands above all others in terms of relevance: Men would do well to get their testosterone levels tested by their doctor. Everything seems to hang on testosterone for guys, and not enough blokes in their forties and fifties get tested and take subsequent steps to maximize their T-levels.

        I can attest to the value of attitude, exercise, diet and purpose in life in maintaining the best T-levels for one’s age group.

        Should one decide to volunteer in a community and/or charity group, especially post retirement, one may find the interaction, involvement and a cause to believe in helps maintain T-levels significantly.

  12. Shoshi Simons

    Love your words of wisdom you are very much an inspiring force .Thank you for your weekly videos I love listening to you.

  13. Efrem Manassey

    Blog entry 6 was very interesting. I do find eating raw salad regularly most enjoyable.

    However for myself, I would consider some chocolate eaten apart from other things, on a couple of afternoons per week, a suitable way to assist milk chocolate consumption reduction. A step down process would be more effective than completely cutting chocolate out at once.

    • Enjoy your dark chocolate Efrem..and have you tried having a few almonds with them? I do that sometimes..one square and 4 almonds perfect in the afternoon.
      Incidentally anti-oxidants in dark chocolate almost negligible unless you have a whole bar (or 2 ..but please don’t!)

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