Yorke Rodde
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Jer 6:16

About Yorke Rodde

Health Educator

Yorke Rodde

I grew up on a farm, and it was a great privilege. As a child, I witnessed chickens being slaughtered, cows covered by the bull, and calves born. Life was good!

blob yorkeThe local farm school had three teachers. Grades one to three were in one class, and grades four and five in another. The headmaster taught grades six and seven. When a family friend asked what I liked most at school, I replied: "Playtime!" Life was good.

At the age of nine, I went to boarding school in Pretoria. First to Waterkloof House Prep School and then to St Alban's College. Both schools were excellent institutions, and today I am very grateful for my education. I was quite aware of the financial sacrifice my family made to pay for my tuition. If it had not been for both my grandmothers, I would have had to leave because there were not enough resources for it at home.

Boarding school suited me, and I was happy. But that first year though, I would often cry myself to sleep. The next morning a pillow wet with tears reminded of the pain in my heart. At times I could not sleep because of the pain. Then I would knock on matron's door and tell her: "I have a pain in my heart". She nodded and kindly said: "Homesickness". She then sat me down and brought me a glass of milk and two white pills. Over the next five years, I got that same treatment for any illness. Kindness, a glass of fresh milk and two white tablets could heal anything. Anything from a sore stomach, to a headache or a bruised toe. When it came to healing, the matron was very clever. Life was good.

Today I do not argue with creationists or evolutionists or naturalists - they are all right. You and I survived through the millennia or longer because we have been fearfully and wonderfully made. Evolutionary forces and nature shaped us. The foundation of life, the beauty we see around us, are all built on the micro-biome (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites). Without them, we perish. They are neither good nor bad. Attempts to selectively kill them is as futile as trying never to cast a shadow. Life is good, and we are wonderfully made.

Ever since the world was made, his eternal power and deity have been seen and known in the things God made. (Romans 1:20)

I teach health and wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. I teach The Good Way. I illustrate fundamental truths I have learned by relating stories of my journey on The Good Way. I have many other "health heroes." I have not as yet "arrived" but, I do experience joy, peace and gratitude for the life and the journey I am on.

We are not islands but are designed to be connected. It is just another one of the fundamental truths that inform my journey as a health educator.

I experience and enjoy my journey as The Good Way. I want, as far as humanly possible, to teach others to discover their Good Way with confidence and invite their family and friends to join them on The Good Way.

I am a Health Educator with a broad interest in almost all aspects of health, but I focus on Diabetes.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I am deeply grateful for the connection I already have, and the new ones I am making.

All things came into existence through Him; not one thing that exists came into existence without Him - John 1:3.

Health Education

Your route to The Good Way

I think we agree that even though we hear there are "pandemics" like the so-called COVID19 pandemic, the diabetes pandemic kills more people worldwide than most other diseases. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments attempt to enforce lifestyle changes upon us to curb COVID19 but, in comparison, do little to change the effect of diabetes.

Read more: WHO diabetes facts
  • The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
  • The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age rose from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014.
  • Between 2000 and 2016, there was a 5% increase in premature mortality from diabetes.
  • Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.
  • Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
  • In 2016, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. Another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose in 2012.
  • Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO estimates that diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2016.
  • A healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.

Source: World Health Organisation

They assume we are responsible adults who will adjust what we do wrong and live right.

But do we do that? Do we adjust our self-destructive behaviour and change our eating and exercising habits? Or do we follow the route to obesity and diabetes, suffer along the way and burden the health care system?

There is a way to change all this.

As a health educator, I offer my education services to you to point to toward The Good Way - a life of eating and living healthy.

You can book either group sessions (4 to 12 people) in person or per Zoom/Skype meeting. Firstly, I explain what went wrong in the first place. Then I give you a step-by-step action to follow to get you started.

In subsequent interactive sessions, I share more information to help you refine your habits according to what you have learned about yourself. We are all unique, and each has tolerances and intolerances. Years of experience enables me to give you alternatives to try out.

Contact me today to book an informative session to get you started in The Good Way!

Read more: FAQs I will address
  • How do I get into shape and lose weight?
  • How do I prevent getting diabetes with confidence?
  • You say diabetes is reversible for most people. How is this possible?
  • I am often inexplicably tired and I lack energy and stamina.
  • My sexual drive (libido) is not what it was or should be.

Resources

Resources en route to The Good Way

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Ten Banting & Keto Recipes

Baby Marrow Noodles with Avocado Pesto

Baby Marrow Noodles with Avocado Pesto

blob recipe01Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Zucchini Noodles 400 g
Fresh Basil - Torn 1/2 cup
Avocado  
Peas - Fresh or Frozen, to Garnish 1 cup
Walnuts - Chopped 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice 1
Garlic - Cloves, Mashed 1
Salt 1/4 tsp
Freshly Ground Black Pepper - to Taste  
Feta Cheese - Crumbled or Parmesan Cheese - Grated  
Walnuts - Chopped, to Garnish  

Method

If you are using frozen peas, quickly blanch them in boiling water and then refresh the peas in iced water.

Add the basil leaves, avocado, peas, walnuts, lemon juice, garlic and salt to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Add the oil and continue to process until you have a thick paste.

Add fresh ground pepper to taste, check the seasoning and add more salt or lemon juice to taste.

Gently mix the zucchini noodles with the pesto until all the noodles are coated.

Top with crumbled feta or parmesan cheese and chopped walnuts.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Source: food24.com

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