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Figs Peaks of the Canary Islands

Figs green peaks of the Canary Islands
Figs green peaks of the Canary Islands

What are peak figs?

They are the sweet fruit of a type of cactus. You can find them in ravines and slopes, next to palm trees, and separated from them. You distinguish them because first an orange flower appears, then the dark green fruit, which softens, and finally the red fruit.

Canary Islands peak fig flower
Canary Islands peak fig flower

Other names for the peak fig

In the Canary Islands the fig peaks are also called; tun figs, or chumbo figs. But it must have countless other names in other countries, such as Nopal in Mexico, where they also eat cactus pulp (a typical dish there that I have eaten in Tenerife called Nopalada).

How it’s and how it’s eaten

Even if it is a fruit that abounds in the Canary Islands, and that there is even a song dedicated to the beak fig, it is not a fruit that eats too much, because you can bite when you catch them, and because it has many pipes inside its pulp.

Mature red-billed figs from the Canary Islands
Mature red-billed figs from the Canary Islands

It is eaten when the fruit is red, or yellow, but care must be taken when collecting it from the cactus. It is normal to take them with gloves, and once placed on the floor on a blanket, sweep them with a clean hatch, to remove the maximum number of their tiny skewers.

When they are clean of skewers;

Step 1; cut the tips of the beak fig

Step 1 Cut the tips of the peak fig of the Canary Islands
Step 1 Cut the tips of the peak fig of the Canary Islands

Step 2; hendir a little the knife into the elongated part, and separate the skin a little with the knife

Step 2 Cut the elongated part of the peak fig of the Canary Islands
Step 2 Cut the elongated part of the peak fig of the Canary Islands

Step 3; stick the fingers of one hand into the slit, while the fingers of the other grab the beak fig by the already cut tips, and gently separate the skin sideways, until it comes out whole

Step 3 separate the skin from the peak fig of the Canary Islands
Step 3 separate the skin from the peak fig of the Canary Islands

And to eat the beak fig, or the blender. enjoy your meal!.

Peeled Canary Islands peak fig
Peeled Canary Islands peak fig

I love to eat them as they are, without the skin, but another option is to put them in the blender to get rid of the pipes, and enjoy the liquid of their pulp.

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Spelt Kneaded Gofio Recipe

Spelt Gofio, and Wheat plus Corn mixed Gofio
Spelt Gofio, and Wheat plus Corn mixed Gofio

Steps to make a Spelt kneaded Gofio ball

I share with you how to make kneaded Spelt Gofio, in this case from a Gofio´s mill in the north of Tenerife. This recipe is also called Gofio’s ball or Gofio’s lump. Below you can see the necessary ingredients, and the steps to follow.

It is already known that Spelt, in addition to being one of the oldest types of wheat, and apart from its nutritional and digestive benefits, it is more resistant to disease, and it provides a different texture, taste and smell.

In the end you can see a link to another post on the advantages of the Gofio of the Canary Islands. I also add a link at the end to watch a video of how a Gofio ball (from Wheat and Corn) is made. And moreover, I also add a link to know how to make the green mojo (sauce) of the Canary Islands, or Coriander sauce.

We need the following INGREDIENTS;

Ingredients for Spelt's Kneaded Gofio
Ingredients for Spelt’s Kneaded Gofio
  • 2 spoons of raisins,
  • Enough milk to cover the raisins, which we will soak until they swell (I leave them the night before soaking in the fridge),
  • 2 tablespoons of peeled and chopped almonds,
  • 3 bananas from the Canary Islands, which we’re going to skid,
  • 2 tablespoons of honey,
  • and Spelt’s gofio.

STEPS to follow;

1st- Mix everything but the gofio, and remove well.

When mixing ingredients WITHOUT Spelt Gofio
When mixing ingredients WITHOUT Spelt Gofio

And then we add the gofio while we stir.

When the ingredients are mixed with Spelt Gofio
When the ingredients are mixed with Spelt Gofio

2nd- When it thickens a lot, we start kneading with our hands. We will notice that kneading with Spelt Gofio is different, by the absorption of the liquid.

When the Spelt Kneaded Gofio is separated from the container
When the Spelt Kneaded Gofio is separated from the container

3rd- We continue to add gofio, and there will come a time when it will be so thick that we will have to knead with our fists, until the dough peels off the bowl, and we can shape the ball without it sticking in our hands.

Kneading with Spelt's Gofio Fists
Kneading with Spelt’s Gofio Fists

4th- We can shape it as a mold bread to make it easier to cut. And in the end, we can sprinkle gofio around it, so it doesn’t sweat when putting it in the fridge.

Spelt's Gofio Kneaded Ball
Spelt’s Gofio Kneaded Ball

And ready to eat at breakfast. And for lunch, if we have wine from the Canary Islands, then to suck your fingers!.

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Green “mojo” (sauce) from the Canary Islands or “Mojo de Cilantro”


How green sauce or coriander mojo is made from the Canary Islands

Just mix and crush all the ingredients, and test with different amounts of each of the ingredients until you find the taste you like the most.

You can put it on the table to accompany wrinkled potatoes (Canary Island´s potatoes stewed with salt), sweet potatoes, stewed bananas (green Canary Island´s bananas stewed with salt), salted fish, kneaded gofio (with water and salt), ribs, etc. At home we even use it to season other dishes such as brown rice with vegetables, or pout or “sancocho” (vegetable stew with legumes).

I like to make this green sauce with the leaves of a bunch of coriander, one part of wine vinegar for every ten parts of oil, one teaspoon of ground cumin, four garlic cloves, one pinch of sea salt, and another pinch of pepper. I also crush it well, until I see that the sauce has a fine texture.

I confess that sometime for lack of time to clear the bunch, I’ve crushed the coriander with stem included, then strained it, and at the end it is more or less the same.

The minimum ingredients needed are (if organic ones then better for your health);

  • coriander leaves
  • wine vinegar
  • ground cumin
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • garlic cloves
  • sea salt

Below you can see the result;

Green Mojo or Green Coriander sauce with Kneaded Gofio by ShopCanarias.es
Green Mojo or Green Coriander sauce with Sweet Kneaded Gofio by ShopCanarias.es

Enjoy it!. And don’t forget the wine.

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Chestnuts and wine by San Andrés

Chestnut hedgehog by ShopCanarias.es
Chestnut hedgehog by ShopCanarias.es

Early November

It all starts when we go looking for the first chestnuts. You start to imagine the roast chestnuts, the wine, and St. Andrew’s Day.

We went to havest chestnuts in October this year, but they were white.

So we had to wait until November, with the arrival of the rains, for them to mature.

Tradition of the Canary Islands on St Andrew’s Day

On St. Andrew’s Day, November 30th., or rather on the eve of that day, November 29th. at night, since I remember, the children ran the “cacharros” down the neighborhood street, and adults would drink new wine while cutting chestnuts (thus the chestnuts wouldn’t explode in the heat).

In some villages such as Icod, Tenerife, they have a habit of “running the boards” that night. Children and adults throw themselves on a wooden board, individually or several at once, going down ramps that end up with a wall of tires to finish braking ?

The Cacharros

The cacharros are containers, especially cans, which are tied to a rope or fixed to a wire, crawling on the floor to make as much noise as possible. When I was little I was told that the tradition comes from when the barrels were dragged down the street to the cellars and the Guachinches. Others say that they took them to the sea days earlier to wash the barrels. Anyway, it’s a lot of fun for kids, but also for older people. I’ve seen old washing machines crawl down the street by two adults ?

Cacharros after being dragged the night before St. Andrew's Day by ShopCanarias.es
Cacharros after being dragged the night before St. Andrew’s Day by ShopCanarias.es

The new wine

New wine is the wine resulting from the last harvest. Which is the one that was deposited inside the barrels that supposedly rolled later down the streets.

Before the meal was prepared, the wine accompanied it with “chochos” (lupins), “manises” (peanuts), or the like. And for dinner; roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes, mojos, and salted fish, among other delicacies. And with the whole family.

If you have the opportunity to come to the Canary Islands on those dates, we invite you to enjoy this custom. You will not forget the smell and taste of roasted chestnuts, nor the taste of new wine, nor the noise of the “cacharros” ?

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HP Portable Keyboard Doesn’t Work Since I Installed Windows 10

Why do we write this article?

Because it happened to us in one of our terminals. On Friday the laptop keyboard was working, and on Monday it stopped working. Good thing we were able to do a voice search on Google, and that we came across information to activate the keyboard on the screen (*), which helped us search for information on the internet.

We read information, watched videos, and tried various tricks and tips (for example; Fn + F6 function key, disable filter keys, etc.), but none worked. So we took it to the computer store. Programmed obsolescence?.

After 2 days the computer store called us, and they told us that the keyboard is broken, that the new one takes 15 days to arrive, and that it costs 45 euros. The alternative?, buy a portable keyboard with USB from 6 euros.

(*) Click the home button, then click “Windows Accessibility”, and then “On-Screen Keyboard”. A keyboard will appear on our screen. Finally, you have to click inside of the field where you are going to type, and then with the mouse type the letters on the screen keyboard,

If they are not typed, then put the screen keyboard in front of the page where you want to type, which will be behind it, click back into the field where you want to type, and click on the letters on the screen keyboard.

Solution to activate HP Laptop Keyboard with Windows 10

Convinced that the keyboard was not broken, and trying not to contribute to throwing more electronic garbage into the world, nor to incentivize the unnecessary consumption of electronic products, we looked for information again, but this time testing different combinations of keywords, for example; Windows 10, HP keyboard, HP keyboard and windows 10, etc. until we typed the phrase shown in the title of this post.

Of all the articles we read, we recommend the following, because thanks to this one, running option number 6, we solve the problem:


In short, it’s about updating the laptop’s hidden keyboard driver while connected to the internet, and then restarting your computer. No more, no less.

We hope we’ve saved you some time, and we’re confident it’ll help.

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Homemade bread with Organic Spelt Integral Raisins

Sliced homemade organic whole-grain spelt bread with raisins
Sliced homemade organic whole-grain spelt bread with raisins

Since I keep making bread, a few weeks ago I had to make a different recipe, because I didn’t have butter or dehydrated yeast. I didn’t have nuts or sunflower seeds either, so I looked for a raisin bread recipe, and I adapted it to my taste and to the ingredients I had. And since I didn’t have much time, I reduced few steps.

I tell you now how to make this bread that came out delicious; list of ingredients and steps. If you want to watch a video of the steps of another bread recipe, then visit our YouTube channel, or click the link at the end.

Ingredients of an Organic wholemeal spelt homemade bread with raisins
Ingredients of an Organic wholemeal spelt homemade bread with raisins

We need the following INGREDIENTS :

  • 500 grams of wholemeal spelt flour
  • 340 milliliters of water
  • 3 tablespoons of high oleic or “soft” olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (the World Health Organization recommends not to exceed the daily intake of 5 grams of salt, and watch out with binders containing some salt brands)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 100 grams of raisins (make sure the tails are removed from the raisins)
  • 25 grams of fresh yeast to make bread
  • Grain anise and cinnamon

And if all this is organic, then better for our health.

STEPS to follow :

1- crumble and mix fresh dry yeast with flour, anise and cinnamon

Flour mixed dry with fresh yeast, cinnamon and grain anise
Flour mixed dry with fresh yeast, cinnamon and grain anise

And separately mix the rest of the soluble ingredients with cold water (oil, honey, and salt)

2- Gradually add the resulting liquid to the flour, and add the raisins while mixing and kneading, keep kneading (the spelt does not need more than 3 min.), cover it with a cloth, and let it stand for 1 hour, ideally inside of the oven only with the light on

Mass after the first kneading
Mass after the first kneading

3- Remove from the oven, and we should observe that the first fermentation lifted the dough.

Mass after the first fermentation
Mass after the first fermentation

4- Then knead another 3 min., this time softer, cover it with a cloth, and let it stand 35-40 min.

Mass after the second kneading
Mass after the second kneading

5- we will observe that the second fermentation lifted the dough again. Now, remove a tray from the oven, and preheat the oven to 210 degree Celsius.

Mass after the second fermentation
Mass after the second fermentation

6- Cover the tray with baking paper (nothing else), and fold the paper so that it does not stand out from the tray

7- Prepare a fountain to place on the bottom of the oven with 1 glass of water, to evaporate and prevent hardening of the bark

8- with a dessert spatula scratching around the edges, gradually overturn the dough in the tray, preventing the volume from breaking. And you don’t have to make cuts on it, because it’s not a compact mass

Mass on top of baking paper for the oven
Mass on top of baking paper for the oven

9- Put aluminum foil above the dough, without bending, as a shield to prevent the bark from burning

10- Put the fountain in the oven, on top of the dough, and bake for 50 minutes at 190 degree Celsius

11- Remove from the oven, and put on a rack for 30 min., so that it loses moisture

Homemade organic whole-grain spelt bread with raisins fresh from the oven and on the rack
Homemade organic whole-grain spelt bread with raisins fresh from the oven and on the rack

Ideally, we have small uniform gaps between the crumbs. This would mean that the whole bread has been cooked well, and to the touch it will be fluffy when squeezed.

Homemade bread with organic wholemeal spelt with raisins after having spent half an hour on the rack
Homemade bread with organic wholemeal spelt with raisins after having spent half an hour on the rack

This recipe I made it today for the third time, I added 50 grams of sunflower pipes, reduced to 2 tablespoons of oil, and it also went well.

Enjoy it! , and when you’re done, don’t forget to wrap it with a cloth.

And try this bread with Canary Islands different tasty cheeses.

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We all have the right to surf the internet

From the beginning of this website, I tried to make it accessible to everyone, but to my unpleasant surprise it is not so easy. On the one hand, I have not found software that adapts to several disabilities at once, and on the other hand, I have not obtained help to adapt the web to both visual and auditory disabilities, even asking one of the organizations most involved in Spain in the integration of all groups in society.

Besides, I do not understand how it is not mandatory by law, the fact that all websites are adapted at least to visual impairment. I also regret that internet service is not free and accessible to everyone. This continues to create inequalities in today’s society.

On this website you can use software to make it a little more accessible to visual, auditory, impairment. Here’s how to do it, although the web listening part doesn’t work on mobile.

To better see the web

On the one hand, you have two icons on the left of your screen. One circular black and white to change the contrast color, and another with the letter T in lowercase and uppercase to increase the font size, as shown in the following screenshots. You can use both functions at once.

Contrast icons and font size
Contrast color change icon
Icon change font size

To listen to the web

On the other hand, even if it only works on the PC, you can listen to the content of this website, first highlighting the content you want to hear, and then clicking on the speaker icon, as shown in the screenshot below;

Icon to listen to the content after underlining it

If you know other ways to make this website more accessible, please write in the comments, or please send an email to info@shopcanarias.es. Thank you very much in advance.

Other options for listening to the internet

And I’m sure you already know, but just in case I leave a couple of visual impairment help links:

To access YouTube content;

To listen to the internet with nvaccess screen reader

On mobiles; settings/accessibility/tallback

On iPads; settings/accessibility/voiceover

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Stress and cortisol

Photo by ramzi hashisho from FreeImages
Photo by ramzi hashisho from FreeImages

Since in the previous post we talked about taking care of body health, now let’s talk about taking care of mental health. We all know how to be happy, and since childhood we have been told that in life we must be happy, but the truth is that depending on what our life is like, we are not often happy for one reason or another. It is clear that it also depends on where we were born, how we have been educated inside and outside home, on the opportunities that life has given us, etc.

Life is simple, but we complicate it. We need little; feel useful with a job, relate to others, and have enough money to meet our basic needs (food, water, some clothes, and a place to live).

I recently watched a comedy film about happiness, and it was enough for me to remember how little we need to be happy (it’s titled “Hector and the Search for Happiness” from 2014). It’s good from time to time to be reminded of it.

It’s funny, but I think we take more care of body health than mental health. I’ve at least done it that way out of ignorance. In fact, it’s not even rightly seen that we take care of our mental health. I remember being asked in a job interview if I received psychological support, such as whether it was a bad or an indicator of a functional disability or skills. The truth is, I’ve never been there, but I’m sure we all need one.

Let us not forget how our health affects the way we deal with challenges and difficulties in life, and let us not forget that we must develop healthy mental habits. Again, I only share my experiences, just in case someone else didn’t know why stress is bad.

On the one hand, one day I was struck by a doctor saying in a talk, that it is better to study healthy workers, to be able to determine the aspects that influence it, but I was more struck by the fact that he said that we caused stress on others, and in work as well, so we should realize and improve the method with which we communicate and relate with our colleagues. It’s obvious, but it opened my eyes, because I didn’t have it internalized. I still have a hard time thinking about it before I act or talk.

On the other hand, a colleague shared a radio interview with psychiatrist Marian Rojas Estapé (interviewed by a madness called Cristina – she doesn’t say the surname). And after listening to it several times, I learned what I should and shouldn’t do, and decided to summarize and share it with friends. I share the summary of the interview below.


  • The way we decide to respond to problems influences the outcome
  • Attitude before any circumstance determines how I respond to it
  • Happiness is how you interpret what happens to you, it depends on your view of reality, your mood
  • All emotions are preceded by a thought
  • Emotions activate and deactivate our cells, our bloodstream and even genes
  • Emotions activate neuro discharges, small substances that go to cells, and activate or deactivate membranes
  • The result may be that we have “happy” cells or “sad” cells, “resentful” cells or “rabid” cells, and that influences diseases
  • There is a substance of the body called cortisol, a cyclic hormone fundamental to survival, because without it we would not be here
  • In the face of threat, alertness, or fear, we activate cortisol
  • The level of cortisol at night is low, and throughout the night it rises, and has the highest peak in the morning when it makes you wake up and be active
  • A person who is constantly facing a threat (and if that, and if that…), then the body secretes cortisol, and segregates it equally when it happens to you like when you imagine it
  • My mind and body do not distinguish what is real from what is imaginary, and it has the same impact on the body
  • Cortisol is also positive as cortisone, because it is a very potent anti-inflammatory
  • When I live constantly on alert (and also counts to be alert all the time by notifications on mobile), with a threat or with fear, then the level of cortisol does not drop, and becomes an inflammator, removing all the defenses of the body, affecting the memory, affecting concentration and sleep
  • If the cortisol level is not low at night we do not get a good sleep, and the whole organism is intoxicated
  • Many depressions come from permanent warning states, and many psychiatrists believe they are inflammatory brain diseases (for this DO NOT use Ibuprofen)

WHAT SHOULD WE DO? (almost every day)

  • Exercise, because exercise eliminates cortisol
  • Educate thoughts: educate the inner voice so that it doesn’t make us self-boycott
  • Disconnecting more often from electronic devices, and looking for other stimuli that are rewarding (it will take us about 3 days, but “getting into airplane mode” gives us self-mastery)
  • To be assertive: to be able to respond to what happens to me without being aggressive. I must express it, because “if I swallow it” the cells get sick (but this does not mean expressing for example; “how horrific your jacket is”)
  • You have to let the brain disconnect, relax, and connect with its inner world, because it transforms the brain and heals (e.g. reading a book and listening to classical music, walking in the countryside, an interesting conversation, a little wine with friends, etc).). And all this without thinking about work, without looking at the time to get home, and without phones or devices.
  • Don’t obsess about taking advantage of time (if we have chronopathy or illness of time), because it’s a risk factor for being inflamed, and could lead to a panic attack or a heart attack. You have to learn to slow down.
  • If you are taking anti-depressants or anxiolytics, then include omega3 in your diet, because it has been shown to be a powerful brain anti-inflammatory that improves mood

By the way, omega3; “They can be found in foods such as fish, fish oils, milk and seaweedgrown.”, and depends on what it is taken, the CDR intake can be between 250 milligrams and 4 grams (Source Ministry of Health .- http://www.aecosan.msssi.gob.es/AECOSAN/web/seguridad_alimentaria/noticias_efsa/2012/efsa_omega3.htm)

But the best tips to take care of our mental health will be given to us by a collegiate specialist, in the following link;


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Healthy Food and Habits

Colors of the Market, Hanoi, Vietnam, by Stéphan Valentin
Colors of the Market, Hanoi, Vietnam, by Stéphan Valentin

Sharing my experience

I write this post, because I think most of us are misinformed about how we should feed ourselves. I’ve been learning while stumbling, habits that I’ve been doing wrong all my life, and that I’d learned in the family. I grew up with Mediterranean food culture, but as I entered the labor market, my eating habits worsened, especially at lunch. I admit that I have also not been consistent making daily exercises.

We need time to buy fresh chemical-free food, and we need training to know how to combine and cook them properly. After many years, the responsibility of acquiring knowledge about how to bring a good diet arose before our child was born, and the result was devastating (insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, pesticides, chemical additives, GMOs, tiny labels of ingredients or in another language, organic products mixed with others that are not, etc.). All legal, but with studies showing signs of not being healthy.

Now what?

Only drink water then?, yes, but in a glass bottle. And where do I buy vegetables, fruits, cereals and legumes without all the aforementioned suspicious components?, and how do I know that what they tell me is true?, and where do I buy the dairy for the child?. There is no choice but to look, keep searching, asking, keep asking, and when you find it, then trust on them, unless you find the official organic seal in the product. Here I leave a link to the official European information regarding this seal;


I found a farmer years ago who has his own small grocery shop, and who tells me which products he grows organically (which are not all the products he sells). So I end up buying his seasonal and organic products.

I buy dairy products on a 90% organic farm (because there is a grain that animals eat and that they cannot guarantee to be organic). I bought raw goat’s milk (need to boil it), and I currently buy yogurts and cheeses.

They are both transparent small firms, and both of them have offered me to go to see their fields or their farm (also to see how the animals live, how they milk them, how they clean the facilities, etc.). And you don’t have to warn them when you’re going. These are indicators that you can look for to build that trust.

We no longer eat as much fresh fish, since we learn about the micro-plastics that enter our organism through fish, which in turn ingest it in the plastic-infested oceans. Besides, where I live, we don’t have access to fish farms that give organic feed to fish.

And we stopped eating meat before that, because we read about legal antibiotics that are given to sick animals, hormones, GMOs cereals, the way some animals live and are treated, etc. Now we only eat white meat sporadically, even though we eat organic eggs (did you know that an egg has to be fertilized for a chicken to be born?).

And what else can we do?

We all know what healthy habits are broadly; do not smoke, do not drink alcoholic beverages, eat a healthy diet, exercise, relate to others, etc.. But the training that we have received in this regard most of us, except those who study these disciplines, has been through the transmission of traditions and customs from generation to generation.

Almost everybody has heard sayings such as; “take hot milk with honey” for the cold, or “have a coffee to wake you up,” or “you can use the same oil for salad and frying.” Well, it turns out that the hot liquid overrides the properties of honey. Similarly, coffee must be taken at a certain time, because the human body already generates cortisol in the morning to wake us up (in some cases it can decalcify as well). And the extra virgin and virgin oil retain its cold properties, and to heat is better the high oleic oil (which some brands call “soft”).

Reducing the consumption of saturated fats is brought out even in the jokes (on Monday I´ll start the diet, but I will not say which Monday I refer to). Below you can read the World Health Organization’s recommendations on the intake of saturated fats;

We must be alert to the various studies of the possible effects of legal additives such as carrageenans, also called E-477 (I learned about them because a brand of whipped cream did not put the amount included of E-477 in its products). Now I only buy whipping cream with a single ingredient; milk cream. Especially to make homemade ice creams in summer;



COMMISSION Regulation No 1129/2011 of 11 November 2011. Official Journal of the European Union L 295/1

Also look at the possible effects of GMOs, and when the label says “non-EU originating” (they are not governed by European standards). Here’s the link to a Greenpeace guide to know which brands and products carry or not GMOs, which while not up-to-date, has helped me to make right decisions many times;


We should not assume that legislators have all the necessary information when it comes to voting on laws. Nor should we assume that manufacturers and producers are not trying to influence legislators. For example, on 5 March 2016 a total of 21 European countries voted to ban, in their respective countries, the cultivation of the MON 810 maize GMO, and European parliamentarians representing Spain did not;


To find out how much proportion we should eat from each food on a plate, I recommend watching the infographic of the following link (study conducted by Harvard University);

I also leave you another link on how to eat healthy, and more on physical activity, from the World Health Organization;


Y no olvidemos como afecta a nuestra salud la manera en la que afrontamos los retos y dificultades en la vida, y no olvidemos que debemos desarrollar hábitos mentales saludables. Particularmente, te recomiendo leer sobre el estrés y el cortisol. Puedes leer un resumen haciendo clic en el enlace al final de esta publicación.

And just in case you don’t know, measure what you eat out of the 5 white poisons

Los 5 alimentos que se pueden convertir en “venenos blancos”, si los tomamos en una proporción mayor a la establecida diariamente son; sal refinada, azúcar refinada, harina blanca refinada, arroz blanco, y leche de vaca en adultos. Pero ¿cómo se puede calcular correctamente la ingesta diraria de estos alimentos?. Si ya es complicado calcularlo haciendo comida casera, más aún si comemos fuera de casa, o si comemos alimentos procesados.

We have to reduce salt intake, but do we quantify how much salt we eat every day?. I try not to eat anything processed, and I put only a pinch of salt on the food. Below you can read the World Health Organization’s recommendations on salt intake;

We need to reduce the consumption of sugar, and sugary drinks, but do we quantify how much sugar we drink every day?. I was surprised to discover on an ingredient chart that the whole grains my son ate contained 17 grams of sugar per 100 grams of product. Or that the cereals which I eat, whole and organic, contain 6% of sugar which come from an 8% of raisins. Below you can read the World Health Organization’s recommendations on sugar intake, sugary drinks in adults and children;

Reducing the consumption of cow’s milk in adults is not as popular, but we should also take it into account. Below you can read an article in the British Medical Journal on milk intake in adults;

We must reduce the consumption of refined flour, because it does not contain all the nutrients of the cereal, as is the case of whole 100% wholemeal flour. In addition, overheat some foods, such as those that contain starch (such as too-roasted white bread), can lead to acrylamide that would be toxic to health.

We must reduce the consumption of white rice, for the same reason as refined flour, and replace it with whole rice.

Here’s an article on the benefits of eating whole cereal grain by the British Medical Journal


But the best advice to know how to balance food to nourish us well, adapted to our health and our needs, is to look for a collegiate specialist at the following link;


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Recycling and reducing emissions

Tetrabrick compressed singing view by ShopCanarias.es
Tetrabrick compressed by ShopCanarias.es

There are many ways to recycle, and there are also many ways to reduce harmful emissions to the environment. Of all the ideas I have read and seen for years, I interpret that success is assured when we make the change, however small, such as covering the cauldron when we cook.

For my part I recycle as much as I can; plastic, glass, cardboard, paper, oil after cooking, oil that drains from canning, batteries, appliances, some aeorosol that is still out there, thermometers, drinking pipes, etc. Even if it’s a small piece of debris or a tiny wrapper, I also recycle it.

I also break down some packaging containing more than one material, to properly recycle as much as possible. For example, I break the coffee capsules to remove the coffee, so that I can recycle the plastic. Another example is that I break the cardboard boxes of table handkerchiefs to remove the plastic where the handkerchiefs come out, and so I recycle that plastic plus the cardboard box. Another is that I cut the metal bottom of some cardboard packaging, etc.

Tetrabricks tower compressed by ShopCanarias.es
Tetrabricks tower compressed by ShopCanarias.es

I try to buy in bulk, or unpacked products, but I don’t always get it. And unfortunately, I don’t have room to “compost,” and recycle organic. By maintaining an ecological diet I contribute to the lower consumption of GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, etc. And by not consuming meat, I contribute to the lower consumption of animal antibiotics, the lower consumption of natural resources, etc.

I also try to buy aluminum-free hygiene products, and less aggressive cleaning products (because many show the text “Organic”, but don’t specify how they do it).

One idea that occurred to me when I started reading about the carbon footprint of companies, and that had to do with my experience in the Logistics department, where we compressed the cardboard and plastic packaging after the replenishment, is also to compress the space between packaging at home. The less space between packaging, the more capacity the recycling container will have, the fewer paths the authorized waste manager will make, and the less harmful gases the truck will emit. As a result, we can reduce our carbon footprint with our daily recycling habits.

In distribution jobs we cut and folded the cardboard before compressing it, so at home it occurred to me to also compress the tetrabrick and stack them on top of each other. In this way, more packaging can fit in the container.

Tetrabrick compressed by ShopCanarias.es
Tetrabrick compressed by ShopCanarias.es

Remove the lid, fold out the lashes that the tetrabrick has on the top and bottom, compress the packaging so that all the air comes out, and put the lid on quickly. You can do the same with plastic water bottles.

You can also take advantage of the inside of a yogurt packaging, to compress inside the plastic of cereals for example. You can put small glass jars, into other larger ones, etc.

If you have more ideas to recycle and to reduce emissions, other than buying an electric car ?, please contact us and we will publish them.

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