Well folks I am not so sure that this is the way to cultivate traffic to my blog but I am going to be brave about sharing what I consider good information about safe drinking and eating.
All inclusives allow us to satisfy our greed and indulge in drinking alcohol in quantities which are harmful. We all know that overeating and alcohol in excess is bad for our health but it seems to me that the ones who should be putting on the breaks on as far as gorging is concerned and drinking less are the very ones who over indulge.
Too many Canadians are very overweight and I am sorry to say it but they eat as if it is a national sport and the same is true of US Americans. Europeans do a little better.
So how can we improve?
It is a very simple conscious act of the will to make a deliberate change but for the majority of people execution fails.
1.Shopping: if you put it in your cart it will find its way home and is likely to get eaten or if it is alcohol you are very likely to drink it. Shop the way you are going to eat. If you have heart disease and diabetes pop and Blackforest ham is not for you and neither are alcoholic beverages
2 Alcohol contains a lot of calories and lacks micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals(Except Red Wine which is high in iron and bad for folk with haemochromatosis an excessive iron storage problem).
3 Alcohol is associated with a huge healthcare burden of cost. In my past experience as an ER doctor a third of visits were directly related to the use of alcohol. The youngest an 11 year old girl who drank a bottle of Vodka.
4 Alcohol impairs judgment causing accidents including unintended pregnancies. Motor vehicle accidents frequently involve innocent victims.
5 Alcohol is associated with aggression, violence and addiction. Alcohol impaired individuals are far more likely to commit an act of violence than a schizophrenic.
6 Consistent excessive consumption causes cirrhosis of the liver
7 Binge drinking can cause pancreatitis which can be fatal and is associated with lifelong consequences. I have seen one case of this following a holiday to Mexico at an all inclusive.
8 Drinking in women is much more dangerous than for men. Ladies listen please. Liver damage occurs more easily and mental function is more quickly impaired. Regular alcohol consumption in women is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
9 Alcohol increases the risk of osteoporosis : thinning of the bones in men and women.
10 Alcohol can cause severe gastritis which can cause life threatening bleeding in the upper gut.
I belong to the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group here in Mexico. Many well known writers have suffered ill health from alcohol. Being a writer can be a very solitary, depressing occupation but drinking actually worsens depression. The wonderfully talented Dylan Thomas died prematurely in New York following the consumption of an enormous amount of alcohol.
Enough said. If you want to drink keep it to one drink. If you know you are a binge drinker you should NEVER drink at all!
Have a Happy Healthy Holiday!
We met as usual on the 23rd of November but our theme was to remember and honour JFK who was so tragically murdered 50 years ago. David Lyons shared his experience of being in Washington as a teenager and Marion Folds her memories from Columbia. I was just 4 years old when the horrific news broke. It was November and in Wales usually a wet and dreary month. I was with my mother and it was raining which somehow fitted the mood in our home as we absorbed the news. I remember as a little child looking at the Kennedys and thinking what a great looking couple they made. Jackie was like a princess and a fashion icon with her impeccable style and dress sense. But there was more to it than just the glamour. Thousands of miles a way I sensed the impact of this loss. I knew somehow that JFK was a force for good. The world had become a darker place as this light of goodness was snuffed out.Yes, the United States had lost their President but the rest of the world had lost a friend and an ambassador for good. Since his death a certain amount of dirt has been smeared over his memory. None of it can alter my affection for this great man and the legacy of good he brought to the United States and rippled across the rest of the world. Don´t underestimate the memory of a 4 year old and the lasting impact made by the legendary JFK.
Carlos Enrique Salas Ruiz works out of a little rented space in Pitillal where he repairs cameras and video equipment.He has a selection of all kinds of useful equipment for sale.
I have a problem with my Canon digital and am unable to download photos. He took my camera apart. Down loaded my images to my computer, checked my memory card, connections, reassembled my camera and then declined any payment.
This guy is honest and a genius with repairing cameras. In Vancouver Canada my camera was non functional and I was told buy a new one. We can’t help you sorry. Carlos restored my much loved Canon to working order.
You can find Carlos in Pitillal which I regard as the most authentic area of PV for all things Mexican. I encourage you to visit and take a walk around.
The contact details for Carlos are as follows Abasolo #179 -A Pitillal Jalisco. Tel 225 1004 Cell 322 139 3777 e mail email@example.com
5***** rating for this guy!
Thanks Carlos wish you the best!
I purchased a magicJack phone device about a year ago but didn’t get around to activating it until this latest trip back to Mexico. This is done in the country of origin which in my case is Canada. This allows me to make calls back to Canada using the local calling rate. The cost for the device, 5 years of service access, plus a second device and $10 worth of international calling was almost $200 which compares very favourably with the cost of using calling cards to call Mexico over the past few months which cost between $200 and $300. Not cheap at all.
The setting up of the magicJack was for me very time consuming. It took 2-3 hours and I did not find the on line help from Florida all that great. Also I needed to purchase a Logitech headset for $44 to be able to make and receive calls.
Now it is set up I am reaping the benefits but it wasn’t an easy process. Also at times the quality of the connection is poor so that conversations become unintelligible which is annoying.
It is too soon to comment on my overall satisfaction but the set up for sure was difficult.
This device however does compare incredibly favourably to the extortionate fees of Telus and Telcel.
Definitely worth serious consideration.
Reader feedback experience appreciated. Please leave me a comment.
Cosmo Red is still my internet provider but I am less than satisfied with the customer service I received.
The services for November has ben prepaid for my cable tv and internet. TV worked fine on my return but although I got a message that internet signal was active there was absolutely no connection with the server.
I travelled in to PV visited the manager Deisy Susan Vasquez Alvarez who told me I now had to pay another 60 peso to be reconnected. Why? I asked. Cosmo Red company policy. Really! But haven’t I already paid up front. Yes but there is a fee of 60 pesos. I still don’t understand! Can you please send an engineer to fix the problem. No it can be done remotely. Monday evening I provide the codes. Still no service. Tuesday I provide a different code. Still no service. I speak to Hector and Carlos an engineer. Carlos will come between 11 and 1 on Wednesday. He doesn’t come. I go into the office pay for parking and gas again. I have a heated discussion with Hector who offers no apology. Thursday we wait for the engineer and another no show. Back in again to the office in PV another disagreeable meeting with unsatisfactory responses. Friday Carlos materializes! He is not a phantom after all. It turns out that the modem was not functioning. A new modem is installed and voila my internet is working again. I still don’t understand why it took so long to solve the problem and why I had to pay 60 pesos and be without a service for so many days. I depend on this service for phone using a magic Jack and for all my e mail communication.
Cosmo Red treated me very poorly. This is just another example of a large corporation with an inabilityto provide genuine custom care. The trouble is I don’t know if customer care exists anywhere in the world anymore. Mr Selfridge is long gone with his philosophy of ” The customer is always right!”
My rating 0* for the customer service at this branch if there is such a thing
I just returned to Mexico after surviving the extraordinary flooding in Calgary Southern Alberta in June 2013.
November in Mexico is usually a sunny month with less humidity. Not so this year. Today is the 19th November and yesterday was the first day of what I would consider “normal” November weather. Blue skies and bright sunshine. Today more of the same with a few harmless clouds in the afternoon.
On my flight south on the 30th October I was disturbed to see hundreds of miles of thick cloud with thunder clouds stacked up like New York sky scrapers. It looked ominous. Each day after my return it rained with a thunderstorm. Then devastating news from the Phillipines a storm to top all storms and devastating flooding and many thousands of people dead. The next day our grey skies were gone. A strange coincidence or a direct connection? I don’t know but the timing was curious. The earth is groaning under the enormous strain of manmade pollution and innumerable environmental hazards, dams, pesticides, enormous carbon emissions. Our bees are sick and our birds are dying. An alternative energy source to replace gasoline needs to be provided urgently. Time is not on our side and I feel like an Old Testament prophet proclaiming a cataclysmic disaster. To the Oil and Gas industry I say to all of you work on providing an alternative clean energy source as fast as you can. Not all the $$$s in the world can withstand the force of mother nature. We will all bend to her will whether we like it our not.
I hope somebody with influence reads this and is moved to make the our the world needs today.
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Packing one’s tennis racquet to take advantage of the great weather and sporting facilities in Puerto Vallarta is an obvious opportunity. Some folk from up North are quite uneducated about good manners on the court so here are some tips I’d like to share.
1 Give ALL the balls back to the person giving the lesson.
2 Never be so rude as to hit a ball while someone is gathering balls at the net. It is bad manners and dangerous. Getting hit in the back with a tennis ball DOES hurt. I KNOW.
3 Thank the person giving the lesson and if you are playing doubles your partner and then your opponents. Manners maketh the man is how the saying goes. You may be stinking rich but where I come from good manners and good breeding count for a lot more.
4 If your female partner is having an off day, do not change teams. That is rude!
5 If there is an accident on the court where someone gets hit by a loose ball make sure you have the decency to apologize and make sure your victim is okay. They are in pain and you are responsible don’t be a callous jerk.
6 No matter how low your level make you best effort to support your team. It is not fair to stand there like a lead weight popping balls into the net because you are too lazy to make an effort.
7 Tennis is for ladies and gentleman and if you are neither don’t pack your racquet.
8 Do not walk across your neighbours court to leave a court. Use your own exit gate please!
9 Do not resume play until everyone is ready and knows where the next ball is coming from.
10 Pay attention to the score and say it out loud so that no one gets lost.
Have some safe and fun tennis here in the wonderful facilities in Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
Flamingos Club fyi has 3 great hard courts and 3 clay courts a gym and swimming pools. It is located just behind Mega before reaching Bucerias and is well worth checking out.
Please let me have your comments It is always rewarding to get some feedback.