Join Me For Ocha

Ocha in Japanese – Green Tea in English

Why it is special to me and why it’s good for the body.

I drank my first cup of green tea in a small Oak Harbor, WA restaurant in 1985.   My Navy husband had orders to Okinawa Japan.  A good friend told me that a retired Navy couple had just opened a restaurant at the back of the little strip mall where her store was.  The wife was a native of Okinawa Japan and the menu was made up of her favorite dishes.  Green tea was brought to the table with the menu.


Scientific information that suggests it is a rich, natural source of antioxidants. Most of the green tea research to date has focused on cancer prevention. During the 1980s populations studies found lower rates of cancer in Asian populations who regularly consume green tea. Since then, scientists have been trying to find out why green tea drinkers are less likely to develop cancer, what specific green tea components act to prevent cancer, and exactly how green tea works in the human body. Scientifically important findings suggest that green tea may prevent the following types of cancer in humans: bladder, colon, esophageal, pancreas, rectum, and stomach. Information from both animal and human studies suggests antioxidants in green tea may lower cholesterol; reduce the risk of dying from heart disease, and control blood pressure.

In a 25-year study, tea drinkers consuming more than 8.5 oz. of tea each day had much less risk of dying and a lower rate of first heart attacks than those who drank less tea. Men in the study whose antioxidant intake was greatest had one-third the risk of death from coronary heart disease. In another test tube study, scientists report that antioxidants decrease blood cell clumping, which reduces blood clotting and other risks that commonly happen before heart attacks and strokes. Although the data is ground breaking, more studies with humans are needed to establish the heart benefits from drinking green tea.

Scientists suggest green tea helps the liver in two ways – by protecting liver cells and by triggering the immune system. Green tea antioxidants have been shown to protect the liver against toxins like alcohol and chemicals in cigarette smoke. Although the scientific information about the effects of green tea on the liver is limited, the results look promising and should be studied in greater detail in the future.

What’s The Big Deal With COQ10

Your body makes CoQ10.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that helps convert food into energy.  CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in the body, and it is a powerful antioxidant.  It protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.


Coenzymes help enzymes work to digest food and perform other body processes, and they help protect the heart and skeletal muscles.  As we get older, and especially if we take statins to lower our cholesterol, the COQ10 level in our body gets low.  Some people take capsules.  Me, I prefer to get mine from food, I like liver and spinach.

Food sources of Coenzyme Q10

CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods.  Good sources are found in beef, soy, mackerel, sardines, spinach, peanuts, soybeans and vegetable oil.


Yummy Givetch Soup

Back in the 1980’s there was a place we liked to visit, Langley, Washington…on Whidbey Island.  We always made sure to have lunch at a place called The Dog House Tavern.  The kids ordered burgers, hubby ordered a sandwich and/or Chili or Givetch.  I always ordered the Givetch.

On one of our visits hubby asked what was in the Givetch.  The waiter said it was actually a very simple recipe,  Chicken stock, vegetables they had on hand and shredded cheese.  This was put under a broiler to melt the cheese.  It seems that there was always carrot, celery and onion.  Usually peas, green beans and zucchini.  Sometimes tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower or mushrooms.

The only problem with making my own is that it never tastes as good as the soup from the Dog House.  Unfortunately, we don’t live in Washington anymore and the fantastic Dog House is now closed.

I made a big pot of it yesterday.

My vegetables are sweet onion, scallions, leeks, carrots, celery, green beans, peas, 2 tomatoes and zucchini.

I used a little olive oil to saute the onions, leeks and celery.  I poured in a 32 ounce box of chicken stock then added the rest of the vegetables.  I put 2 cups of soup into oven proof mugs and topped each with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and stuck it under the broiler for a few minutes.

The picture above is my lunch, all ready to go under the broiler.

No Gluten and nothing raw.

Here’s cheers to lunch!

Goal Change

Sometimes a goal is very difficult to reach.  I think we do best when goals are reachable.

I am changing my No Gluten goal for January to No Gluten Every Other Day.  So at least for this month I will be half way there.  Kind of like being in Purgatory.

Have a good weekend friends.  Thank you for all of your support.

The January Goal

My goal for January sounds very simple, but why is it that you always want most what you can’t have?

The goal…….

Eat nothing with gluten.  Eat no raw fruit and no raw vegetable.

Why no gluten?  When I eat a lot of things made with flour I feel yucky.  I feel bloated, I feel lethargic and worst of all I feel itchy ALL over.  I hate itching.

Why no raw fruit and vegetables?  In 2003 I had most of my colon removed due to ulcerative colitis.  I still have crohn’ s disease.  Every body is different and mine acts up when I eat raw stuff.

Today is Jan 4 and so far so good.

Is it nap time now?

And so it begins.  The beginning of a new week, the beginning of a new month, the beginning of a new year.  Let’s get healthy.  My weight this morning is 304.  I’m not over my worst cold ever yet.  A month ago I was fighting a cold that turned into two ear infections, a sinus infection, bronchitis and pneumonia.  Still have the ear problem and the pneumonia.  When I saw Doc not quite 2 weeks ago she told me pneumonia takes 8 weeks to go away.  I’m mostly laying around in my recliner.  A lot of the time I’m too tired to mess around on the computer.  So now I’m going to nap.  It’s 2pm.


Hello 2017

Yes there is light at the end of the tunnel.  There will be a change in my blog.  I have another blog called  Getting Mobile and Healthy which I started in January 2015 and abandoned.  This blog, Wandering Iris, turned mostly into participating in challenges.

This year Wandering Iris will be a journal about my daily life.  Where I go, what I do, what I eat (with recipes).  It will be a combination of the two blogs because I am still working on being healthy, loosing weight and becoming more mobile.  I still love road trips and taking pictures.  I learned how to crochet in spring last year so I will also post some very easy beginner instructions.

Look for new posts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Thank you to all of my friends that have stuck with me.  Life is a journey and I don’t always go down the right road but will definitely try to make it interesting.

Happy New Year 2017!