Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Many of you remember me blogging about my mother. My sons and I moved her here in our area so we could help her more as she aged. She is now 89 and legally blind and staunchly independent! She lives in a nice apartment about 15 minutes from me. It's government housing but really breaks the mold of the stereotype of low income housing.
She has a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath in a complex full of old oak trees. Lots of front porch living there, with shade and a breeze. This is important in Texas!
She is across the street from the local Senior Center, where she can get $2.00 meals if she wants, or watch a movie, socialize, exercise or just hang out in the air conditioning.
Last October she fell while crossing the street and subsequently spent a week in the hospital and 10 days in a nursing home - against her will, I might add! We then discovered that her Medicaid had lapsed. Evidently she ignored some paperwork and/or phone calls and didn't get her periodic evaluation. This resulted in about a $100 decrease in her monthly check AND Medicaid did not pick up what was left after Medicare paid her hospital bills.
I'll spare you the details of the strife and angst and frustration of trying to get her re-instated. I just want to say that after praying hard for help, I found an angel disguised as an Ombudsman for the Area Agency on Aging. Sue made home visits, took over the horrible paperwork, found the right person to deal with and succeeded in getting my mother's benefits restored, as well as getting her some additional ones. I feel blessed to have found this woman.
My relief is so great and I am so thankful, I have included a link at the top of the page that gives you a starting point to find assistance for the elderly in your family, and relief for YOU if you are helping an elderly person get through life.
There is a link for almost every state. Start at the one nearest you and ask questions. Someone will be able to give you some guidance.
Anyone who has ever been even a part-time caregiver for any adult is under great stress. We seem more geared to caring for children than we do adults. (Adults talk back a lot, lol.) The physical and emotional impact is often not realized, even by the caregiver, until it builds to unmanageable proportions. These caregivers need some CARE! I'm hoping there is an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) that will help you or someone you know.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
to yourself to give yourself credit when you stay on plan.
Every healthy meal you eat is a gift to your body!
A gift your body would not have received if you had not TRIED to stick with a healthy meal plan.
So if you go OFF track, remember the times you were ON track, the gifts you've given your body in the past, and the gifts you will continue to TRY to give it in the future.
You deserve a pat on the back when you eat in a healthy way. You tend to give yourself a very hard time and feel discouraged when you don't eat in a healthy way, so when you do -
CELEBRATE IT! Throw a parade, lol! Praise yourself the way you would praise a friend or your child. Make it FUN. And remember that feeling when you're tempted again.
It's like a random act of kindness. It leaves it's mark. Nothing erases it.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Or the drink you had in your hand two minutes ago? Or your glasses? Or if you unplugged the iron, lowered the garage door, shut the windows? Or ? ? ? Whatever??
Chances are it's not your memory.
It's your ATTENTION!
Few of us live in the NOW, the PRESENT. We are always in the PAST - what just happened, what someone said yesterday, what someone did last week. OR, we're in the FUTURE - what I must do this afternoon, what I'll do this weekend.
We zoom right through the here and now, the Present, always focused on the Past and Future. Every now and then, stop and ask yourself, "What am I thinking about?" It is seldom what you're doing at the present moment. No wonder you don't remember it two minutes later.
Here's the cure: Start talking to yourself. Say - "I'm putting the keys by the lamp. I'm locking the door. I'm leaving my drink here by the books." You can say it to yourself, or you can say it out loud. But SAY IT. Make a complete sentence. A declaratory statement every time you do something. You WILL remember it later. Saying it locks you into the PRESENT, just for a moment, and it sticks in your mind.
Try it. After a while it becomes a habit. You may become known as the "One Who Talks To Herself", lol, but you'll also become known for your remarkable memory!
Worked for me!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
If you read my previous blog entry, "Try This Simple Plan", you'll see what my goal has been concerning the food I eat.
I had my cholesterol checked in early December, and while it was within the "good" range", for ME it was higher than usual. So I began to do two things: AVOID SWEETS and cut down on starches.
Avoiding sweets was the most difficult and I worked at it the hardest. And succeeded. I haven't had anything that could be called "sweet" in so long that I never even think about it anymore.
I did manage to cut down on starches a little, maybe, by adding lots of raw veggies to my diet, but I still had bread and rice and pasta often.
What I did NOT do is worry about red meat or fat. I ate steak and roast and bar-b-qued pork ribs. I use real butter and sour cream. No margarine, nothing "lite" or low-fat.
I just had another cholesterol test and my TOTAL cholesterol has DROPPED FORTY-SEVEN POINTS! Yes, 47 points. In THREE month's time - Dec 9 to March 9.
My HDL went UP 14 points - HDL UP is good.
My LDL went DOWN 62 points - LDL DOWN is good.
My Triglycerides went DOWN 6 points. My trigs were so low anyway (56 then; 50 now) it really didn't matter.
My conclusion: Yes, it's true. Sugar is Evil, lol. Tastes soooo good, but doesn't do anything good for your body.
If you read some of my blogs from late last year to now, you'll see I've been doing a lot of reading about some cutting edge research and I'm convinced we've been fed some harmful information about fat and starch and sugar. But I'm not trying to push anyone to believe me, I'm just reporting the cold, clinical numbers.
AND, I'm smiling. A lot!
I'll bet no one has ever told you that you need a little more sugar in your diet, hmmm?
Monday, February 27, 2012
Replace starch and sugar with non-starchy veggies as often as possible. Put them on your “MUST EAT” list and you won’t have much room left for the starchy, sugary stuff.
Your body will thank you; your blood work will be better; you’ll feel better; you’ll lose some weight. When you slip up, just try again next meal. Eventually, you won’t miss the starch and sugar and you’ll have a strong, healthy habit that will stick with you.
Now that I eat this way, I don’t worry about counting calories or fat or carbs. I just focus on all the varieties and combinations of non-starchy veggies I can come up with. Raw, roasted, in the crockpot, whatever. I eat whatever protein that appeals to me as well as nuts and fruit. I have a little of the starchy food on weekends. I almost never think of sweets anymore. I feel great!
You don't have to be perfect with this, but the more you head that direction, the better off you'll be.
Remember: You've probably never been told you need to eat more sugar!
You've probably never been told you are eating too many veggies!
There's a reason for that, lol.
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