Monday, December 2, 2013

Reset and Hit the Pavement

OKAY! Got on the scale...OUCH! Not gonna say how much I have put back on...suffice it to say that I am getting back on track. Cannot put it off until after the New Year. If I do, I will feel worse and not be able to wear much of anything. I have just a couple of loose clothes leftover. All of the rest of the clothes are gracing the closet of a fellow Freecycler. It helps to know that buying a whole new wardrobe is out of the question. Checked my blood sugar today and it is great! So that is working for me. YAY!! Have to move more and eat less. Candoit!!! 

I see a specialist today. This is to determine if I have rheumatoid arthritis. My regular doctor seems to think that my symptoms lean that way more and more. I do have degenerative bone disease, osteoarthritis, hit me with your best shot! All these names just give guidance on how to treat. Thing is that I cannot handle the medications they throw out there. Which brings me back to what works. For me, Taoist TaiChi, Energy Healing, Avoidance of most night shades, Nutrition, Natural supplements, Acupuncture, Massage, Water Exercise, Weight Loss all help. 

I made my very last sharing post of fattening recipes on FB and from now on I am only sharing what is healthy. This is one of many commitments I must make in order to get back on the right path. Another is to read the book which got me focused on this eating disorder: Fat is A Family Affair...the first time I read it was about 20 years ago. I threw it across the room in anger...then I picked it back up and devoured every word. A healthy diet in reality checking. 

Back when I had a private practice, I ran a therapy group for eating disorders. It was very beneficial for all involved. Seems I always took away as much as I gave...and more. Thinking it may be about time to start one up again. Only this time it will not be a therapy group since I retired that hat back in 2000. One thing I do need to do EVERY SINGLE DAY is to look in the mirror and tell myself that I am beautiful, I deserve to be healthy, and I can do this! This was one of the hardest things for my clients to do. It brought up a whole range of emotion.

So there you have it...warts and all. Just for today I accept that I am beautiful as God made me and I embrace that God has plans for me. It is up to me to make the movement, whether it be hitting my knees, hitting the pavement, hitting the journal, hitting the books, hitting the's all hitting at what gets me to where I need to be. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gluten Free is the Way for Me!

Although I do not have celiac disease (YAY) I do have sensitivity to gluten and a few other things as well. In an experiment, suggested by my doctor, I went gluten-free in September of this year. To say I noticed a difference is an understatement! I noticed  a major change!

As I have also been trying to lose weight I quit using some other foods, mainly sugary foods and almost no soda pops, diet and otherwise. I didn't really like sugary sodas but have a true love of sweet tea. I dropped sweet tea and diet sodas are only allowed about once a month. When I crave one badly I give in but it has to be a real craving that I just need to get past. It has become easier to give these things up when I have noticed the changes in my health.

One of the first things I noticed was a drop in pounds. Of course this is normal when one goes on any reasonable diet. However, I lost a significant chunk of fat in one month. The doctor was even shocked! She was the one who suggested the gluten change and wholly supported the diet soda reduction.

The other things I noticed may be in the TMI category but here we go. Bloating after eating has been reduced about 90% of the time. I do not normally eat large meals not only for dietary reasons but also because I can't consume large amounts of food without feeling sick, grumpy, and tired. It is not worth all these things to eat all that food and suffer the consequences. Gas attacks are lessened and bowel movements (you were warned) are more consistent and normal. While I still get irritable bowel or IBS, this mainly happens after eating at a restaurant. There must be mystery things in the foods in restaurants which cause this to happen. There have been some close calls to make it to a bathroom in time and it is unnerving. 

Cooking more at home helps because it is just not worth the trouble and inconvenience. Lastly, a concern I have had was why my skin was getting so patchy and blotchy. My facial tones were varied with a lot of red patches and my overall skin was way too dry. Now that I have made dietary changes there have been big changes in both these areas. While this may not all be associated with gluten, it is likely to be one of the main culprits. I say this because I have not had anything else stop the ruddy skin tone. Using the best products for skin care, as a Mary Kay regular, I knew something else was the culprit. Now we know the real story.

An adventurous person, as well as curious, I am trying all kinds of products and recipes. Converting recipes has been a normal process for me and at  some point I may try making a cookbook of all the things I have tried and succeeded with cooking. We don't need to talk about the flops...fortunately there aren't too many thus far.

Today I tried my first gluten free pizza kit made by Bella Lea. I heard about it from a friend who raved about how wonderful it is! It was absolutely wonderful! It came with a round cooking paper which is what you work your dough on as well as place in the oven. The suggestion was to preheat a pizza stone or use the oven rack. For safety reasons using the direct rack of the oven doesn't work for me. Maybe it has to do with not having a lucky history with things running over. What I did, since I don't have a pizza stone, is preheat a round pizza pan while I made the dough and prepped toppings. I followed the package directions and mixed the dough and while this was happening I had some sliced mushrooms and bell peppers in a slow simmer on the stove. While the dough was rising I finished up the toppings and got ready for the dough adventure.

I braced myself because historically patting pizza dough has been a messy adventure. Imagine the pleasant surprise when the dough was quite manageable so that no rolling pin was needed. Okay now, this is where I messed up. Although I read the box, I somehow glanced over the part where it says to cook the crust for a little while before adding the toppings. I proceeded to add the sauce, which was included, and all the toppings I wanted and then did as they said to do in the last part. I slid the completed pizza onto the heated pan and put it in the oven. This was when I was made aware that I did follow the directions correctly. So I added the two times they had for each process and baked the pizza minus two minutes to play it safe. It came out just as if I had followed the directions! Whew!! And was it ever tasty! YUM YUM!!

My most recent find is Katz Gluten Free foods and soon I expect my free sample pack to come! As products are tried they will be reviewed. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kidney Detox

I am on a five day kidney detox in order to attack the kidney stones which are acting up. This is my second round on the kidneys and I am determined to knock those pests out of the parking lots they have taken residence in aka my kidneys. It seems that the type of stones I have are calcium stones. The good news is that they have less jagged edges. Just imagine what it would be like to have them!

The detox consists of drinking morning flush drinks of lemon, lime and cayenne with distilled water. I add agave nectar or stevia to make it taste like lemonade with a kick . I also take several doses of special kidney/bladder formula and detox tonic. At the same time I take echinacea plus which acts as an antibiotic. Dietary changes are limits to a light diet of fruits and salads on days one and five and broths, soups, potassium broth, and juices. It is actually a pleasant diet. No doubt I will be seeking something chewy when it is over. The tonics are not the most pleasant tasting so I put them in a shot glass with grape juice and down a shot of the tonic followed by a juice chaser. The best thing to get through something yucky is to do it quickly.

Needless to say, I spend a lot of time in the potty but that is a good thing. All the bad is trying to leave my kidneys, allowing for me to have a healthier body. I would rather do this than have lithotripsy, which I have had done a couple of times. Anything I can do, within reason, to avoid surgery and procedures I am going to try.

I used a special deal from a massage clinic today. It was for a detox massage. This consisted of my being enveloped in a blanket like device. Then I laid on a table while the heat was sent through channels in the blanket. Perspiration in this infared sauna was plentiful. The lady stayed nearby and monitored my condition. I believed that with the combination of fibromyalgia and doing a kidney detox I would benefit greatly. This type of sauna is supposed to benefit people with fibromyalgia. I believe it helped me.

After the sauna I was administered a 30 minute massage. It was heavenly. The masseuse was very masterful as she was able to provide the pressure needed to help release toxins from my body. What an experience! I do wish I had signed up for an hour massage just because I would have liked leg and feet work. I was quite pleased, regardless!

So this is what it is like to have a sauna and massage along with detox.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Apples, Apples, Apples! Fall Has Come Alive!

Its that time of year when the crunching of fresh, crisp fall fruits are hitting the shelves. There are so many options that the stores are packing apples in for the season. Why the apple? The benefits of apples are astounding!When I make apple pie I like to mix things up. If a little more tart is desired I suggest Granny Smith Apples. Since I am not a super tart enthusiast I mix Granny Smith's with other apples. When I do this, there is no need to add any lemon juice to the fruit. 

Granny Smith apples have a firm, crunchy texture with green skin, sometimes with a slight pink blush. Their tart flavor makes them good eating apples, and they are especially popular for use in apple pies.I couple these with Rome Apples. 

Rome apples are quite large, a deep red, and are known for their long storage capability. Just picked, Rome's flavor is semi-tart, but is enhanced when cooked or sauteed, which makes Rome a good candidate for cooking and baking. The pale, firm flesh makes this apple a favorite, whether eaten fresh or baked in a pie! 

Bon appetit for the fall festivals! Bob for apples, dip them in caramel (not too much), or dip them in peanut butter (my personal favorite) and enjoy!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Amazing Health Benefits of Nuts!

Despite their status as a longstanding staple, many still hesitate before munching on nuts, due to their high calorie and fat content. Although nuts do pack in the fat and calories, ranging from 10 to 22 grams of fat and 150 to 180 calories per ounce, a little goes a very long way. Fortunately, the fats found in nuts are primarily unsaturated fatty acids (both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), which have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and reduce low-density lipoproteins. The benefit of these fats led to an 2003 FDA-approved health claim for seven different nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts and some pine nuts): Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 oz. per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” In addition to their heart-healthy fat content, nuts are great sources of several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Epidemiological studies are uncovering the levels of dietary antioxidants in nuts may decrease the risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases. Almonds and peanuts are considered excellent sources of vitamin E, the most-important lipid-soluble antioxidant found in our cells. The antioxidant function of vitamin E suggests that it protects against, and possibly treats, conditions related to oxidative stress such as aging, arthritis, cataracts, diabetes and infections.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Weight Loss And Good Health Can Be As Simple As An Apple A Day But Explore More!

Losing weight is not easy but there are some helpers which make it tolerable. Open up the door to fruit! As part of the minimum daily requirement for health fruit and vegetables are our friends. Fresh, in season is best. Imagine my excitement to find this helpful information from the Best Fruit Now website. You can go there and check each month about the best and not so best fruits to buy. 

Here is what they are saying about March:

"March 2010 – Well February was certainly an interesting month in terms of weather. Extreme cold down in Florida, rains and cold in Mexico and California then the Mother of all quakes in Chile, all this has kept this fruit buyer on his toes! Suggestions for March include the fantastic Bartlett pear, unaffected by weather these golden treats are great NOW! Also suggested are Golden Pineapples, California Navels, and Mandarins all are running great quality and prices are down. Go out and buy Blueberries NOW as prices will be doubling shortly due to the Chilean Earthquake. For a specialty pick, consider the Maradol Papaya."

I would like to encourage you to take a look at this website and view this labor of love these nice people have accomplished.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Grilled Fish Tacos - Lo Cal Version - Worth Every Bite

Fish tacos are something that I had never heard of until my sister in law told me about them. I tried them at a local Mexican restaurant and they are really good. I found this recipe of the lean version of fish tacos. Thought I would share.

Grilled Fish Tacos
Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon blackening or Cajun seasoning
3/4 pound firm white fish fillets (such as red snapper, halibut or striped bass)
4 fat-free flour tortillas
2 ounces Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar, grated (about 1/2 cup)
Optional toppings: fresh lime wedges, diced tomato, finely shredded red cabbage, sliced green onion, chopped fresh jalapeno, salsa

Freshly frozen, farm-raised fish is often a very economical option for those of us who don’t live with a seaport nearby. Check with your market’s fish department to find the best prices and quality.

1. Prepare and preheat grill.

2. Combine sour cream, cilantro and lime juice in a small bowl; set aside.

3. Sprinkle seasoning over fish. Cook fish on grill over medium-high heat just until opaque in center (about 2 to 5 minutes per side depending on thickness of fillets.) Transfer fish to bowl and flake into bite-size pieces with fork.

4. Place tortillas on grill and cook until lightly charred on both sides, about 20 seconds per side.

5. Divide fish among tortillas; top evenly with sour cream mixture and cheese. Serve with toppings, as desired.

Note: To prepare fish in the oven, place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.

Make it a Meal:
Serve with an avocado, mango and Bibb lettuce salad tossed in a light poppy seed dressing

Nutrition Analysis
Calories 370, Total Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 3g, Sodium 580mg, Carbohydrates 32g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 31g, Calcium 200mg

Source: Cabot Cheese