Tuesday, July 22, 2014

3 Meals a Day

It's only three meals a day. What does it take to stay within those confines?

We shall begin again immediately.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Food, exercise, and Zen

A good basic breakfast with a twist. This one has a squash in it that I grew in my own garden! It's a Zenith squash, so it's hard to see. They grow half green/half yellow. The eggs and pancetta are old friends and there's organic ketchup under those eggs. Off to exercise class in an hour and I'm so looking forward to it. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Back to it, hard core

A rescue meal for breakfast. A failed dinner (filet of beef, onions) that had no taste at all was saved by sauteed mushrooms and some tomato juice. I hate to ruin expensive beef and there was no way I was going to toss it without giving it a second life with flavors I like. It did turn out to be pretty good. I hope not to have to rescue a meal again, but at least I know I can. 

After this morning's heavy breakfast of meat and vegetables, I thought I'd like something light and chill for lunch. A cold plate is a fun thing to have once in a while. Keeping hard boiled eggs on hand is a huge bonus and having cucumbers on hand is always a lifesaver. Right now, fresh melons and other fruits are in the stores and at the farmers markets, and the taste is divine. 

A simple dinner of sausage and applesauce followed by trail mix. All done!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Improve and Preserve - Again, Paleo, Diabetes, & a good attitude

Improve what you can and preserve what you have. I've been thinking about that a lot the past few days. Part of the deep thought process is related to almost being 60 years old and having been ill, and also facing the continued saga of the 'betes. The good news is that I remain positive and not in a wallowing well of weird woe. That's not the least bit productive or positive. And so, today, I took a walk and had a really healthy primal breakfast:

A half cup of orange juice, zucchini shredded and cooked with Wellness Meats bacon ends, eggs tossed in that, chives from my garden snipped into the mix, and a half ounce or so of goat gouda. (The gouda is almost gone, thank goodness!). 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Truth day

For 24 short hours, it's the truth and nothing but the truth. Truth in nutrition, truth in blood sugar, truth in activity. I'm getting my energy back and totally don't mind cooking again! That's the truth. Yesterday, I woke up really feeling like me. Amazing.

Walmart now has shredded brussel sprouts, so I had to get a bag, of course. I fried it up with the bacon and then did up a couple eggs. I mixed up the sprouts with the eggs after eating about half of both. They were great together. The eggs cut the bitter/strong taste of the sprouts and they complemented each other nicely. Abbey got some of the bacon :) She loves when I sit down to eat breakfast!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Pneumonia sucks, paleo/Whole30/diabetes edition

Yep, being sick sucks, but I'm climbing out of the hole. I feel fine, but energy is low and desire for sleep is high. I'm hungry again, so I am eating real foods. I don't feel like cooking, but tough; if I want to eat right, I have to prep and cook. I'm re-committing to proper eating again and am happy to do it. Toast and ice cream were good, but they're not beneficial to living well. There's not a lot we can control in the world, but our food intake is something we can control, and I choose to control it. I'm back to my Whole30 eating with a little SWYPO included. Witness my breakfast - it would not be allowed on a strict Whole30, but it's okay for paleo. The ingredients are pure, but this could be thought of as a pancake.
One banana 2 eggs, a healthy dose of pumpkin pie spice, and cooked in a large pan with ghee on the bottom. That's about a tablespoon of coconut milk. Delicious. 

Control. I have it during the day and most of the early evening. I've been trying to go to bed early so I'm not left to my night eating urges. I'd rather read. 

Lunch was tasty for sure. Left over pork and green beans seasoned with Tessamae's BBQ sauce. I recently bought 2 more bottles and today realized I had a bottle already. Argh. I guess I'll be having BBQ sauce with a lot of stuff! There's no pork in my house without applesauce. Whole Foods has some really good organic applesauce that is unsweetened (365, I believe, is the brand.) It went really well with the lunch. I dipped every bite of the pork! I didn't finish the pork; there was a lot. I rinsed the remainder and let Abbey have it :) She's worth it. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Rockin pneumonia and boogie woogie flu

I'm a pretty hearty thing. I don't let much get to me. I've been working on this diabetes thing for a while now and making some progress. Right now, I can't take my metformin because I had a contrast CT and the iodine is tough enough on the liver that they don't want me taking the drug till the iodine is fully gone.

This pneumonia/pleurisy thing is interesting, though. It hasn't fully kicked my ass, but it has come close. I slept for 7 hours yesterday when I set my clock for 2 hours. Then, I decided to forego the pain medication and just take an Ambien last night so I could sleep, and sleep I did. Another 11 hours. I keep thinking I've got this thing licked and my body says otherwise. I'm hoping a couple more days of antibiotics will make a difference.

Yawns, deep breaths, and coughs still talk to me in the right breast, but it's not a stabbing pain anymore. A good thing!

I'm weaning off crap food that's delicious and not remotely nutritious and working back to real food. That included some cantaloupe this morning. It doesn't matter that I'm not really hungry. And I can't live off of food that appeals to me in taste; that's counter to healing and a breach in eating for diabetes. So, that's today's task - get back to the real world, even if my body is preferring to just be stagnant.

I will call Dr. H's office in the morning to see if they want me to come in earlier than Thursday. Not much anyone can do right now.

I'm way down on cigs and ready to toss them out again. That's long term goal number 1.

A touch of depression has set in today, but I'll try not to let that hamper things around the house. Richard goes back to working nights tonight and the house will be empty. I can have a private pity party later.

Update: I did go see Dr. H. He told me no exercise other than short walks when the day is cool at least until I see him again (July 7). I finished the antibiotics yesterday (June 29) and they seem to have done their job. We'll see how long it lasts!