Monday, July 01, 2013
My granddaughter Megan, 14, is in the Jr. Teen Colorado state pageant this wkend - her Dad had to escort her for the formal wear - tomorrow night is the finale - she's not expecting much as some of these girls have been in pageants since birth, and this is her first.
My DIL says my son smiled right after she snapped the photo, but this is his "Don't touch my daughter" look for all the guys who are always around, lol. Years ago I bought him a DADD teeshirt - Dads Against Daughters Dating, lol.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Any vegetarians amongst us?
Joe has tried a vegetarian diet for the past month. Now let me tell you that about 1 1/2 yrs ago, his blood sugar and his cholesterol were over 300! About 3 months ago his blood sugar was 99 and cholesterol was 160! He made that change through diet alone. He gave up sugar, most starches, alcohol, junk food, etc. He changed to only "real" food, unprocessed food.
So now he wanted to give up meat and see what that did for him. To me, he has always eaten more fruit and vegetables than any man I know. Cooks healthy food on Sundays to take for his lunch at work all week long. So while giving up meat he continued to eat a wide variety of non-starchy veggies, whole wheat tortillas or bread, peanut butter, eggs, cheese, lentils, beans, and a variety of seeds and nuts. Sounds pretty good to me.
I sort of went along with him, but only cut down on meat, which wasn't hard for me to do, but I still had meat once or twice a week.
A week ago I told him he had really deep, dark circles under his eyes. Last night I told him his eyes were really blood shot and his dark circles were darker and he looked sick!
He said he has been tired and decided he was going back to eating meat to see if that made a difference. Obviously he was missing something important by giving up meat.
I have read that people following a vegetarian diet must eat protein foods that have complementary proteins so that the essential amino acids missing from one protein food can be supplied by another. But I did think he ate such a variety of foods that he'd get those benefits without making a science of it.
Also, about 1 1/2 yrs a go he was diagnosed with fatty liver, which sometimes runs in families. I wonder if this has something to do with it?
So I just thought I'd ask SP members if they've had similar experience or know something about adverse effects of a vegetarian diet.
Any constructive comments are welcome!
Friday, June 21, 2013
First, let me tell you that I've found the Fountain of Youth! The thing is, you don't drink from it; you SWIM in it!
I've been swimming in deep water, so I can't cheat, for one hour twice a week. Doesn't matter what I do as long as I keep moving. If I get really tired, I float on my back for about a minute, then back to treading water, dog paddle, side swimming, etc. etc. Every muscle in my body below my nose is moving.
I'm tired when I'm done, but also completely REFRESHED. And I really feel like I'm 15 years younger. (I'll be 65 in October.)
Doesn't matter if you have bad knees or hips or whatever. You can be graceful and light in water. People come to the pool in wheel chairs, on walker and canes and delight in free movement they can't get on land anymore. One man is lowered in from his chair to the pool by an attendant. He's paraplegic and swims for an hour using only his upper body.
Yesterday, from my lane in the deep water pool, I looked over to the lawn chairs on the side lines. There was something under one of them. It was a pretty far distance, so I couldn't be sure but I thought it was a turtle! Huge lover of creatures that I am, I was immediately worried about it.
I swam to the other end of the pool and asked Cassidy, the life saver on duty, if she saw a turtle over there. She said it looked like a pile of rocks or something to her. I asked her to walk over there and take a closer look. Shortly I heard her yell, "It's a turtle!".
She and the other guard on duty got all excited and were talking about what to do, so I offered, "Pick it up gently and take it to the park pond." Only a short distance from the pool. So they did, but first she was kind enough to take some shots with her iphone.
This is what I saw from the pool, only much farther away.
Here's a closeup "glamor" shot of His Majesty The Poolside Tortise! But he's really a turtle and belongs in the water. (My large photo is so clear you can see the red markings on his face, but SP auto-edits photos to a smaller size. Sorry.)
This is a city pool, surrounded by concrete and fenced in. You don't expect to see much in the way of wildlife there. But it's amazing that there are few other "regulars", Scissor Tails and Cowbirds, who hang out along the edges.
One pretty small, scrawny scissor tail bird stands there for the entire hour and screams and shrieks at me, fusses at me, like he wants me out of HIS water, lol. He even dive bombed me, flying straight at me, just barely above the water, only swerving away when he got really close!
I guess he hasn't figured out yet that I am a pool critter, too! LOL.
PS: By the way, swimming is GREAT for lowering blood pressure! After my water workout yesterday and my 30 min. walk today, my BP was 118/75. A miracle for me!
Also, My chiropractor insists that I do some water walking! He tells me to walk in water waist to knee deep, and to be sure I also walk Backwards. He says this exercises a different set of muscles in my lower back. If you exercise in water in any way, it's all good!
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
I woke up this morning craving sweets! Cookies, muffins, pies, whatever. If I bake those I'll eat them ALL eventually.
Normally I avoid sweets like the plague. An easily-given-into addiction that will always be with me, so I am best staying away altogether.
This morning it just wouldn't go away. So I tried to think of what would satisfy that craving and not be a total disaster. Oatmeal is what I came up with. With raisins and vanilla soy milk. And I threw some walnuts in there for crunch.
So that is what I had and it worked. It is not what I consider a healthy breakfast, but it's not a disaster.
So disaster avoided and mission accomplished. One more time. And not the last time, I'm sure, lol.
In response to the question "Why is that not a healthy breakfast for me?"
82 g. carbs, 8 g. protein, 45 gm. sugar!!
For blood sugar balance, it's best to keep your carbs and proteins more balanced - protein at least half of your carbs, or more. The oatmeal was instant with 13 gms of sugar. Add 1/4 cup of raisins (might have been less, didn't measure) and 8 gms of sugar in the 1/2 cup soy milk - the sugar content was BAD.
The only reason this wasn't "disaster" is I only ate one serving. The other sweets mentioned would have been multiple servings and much worse.
If you really want to know what is "healthy" for you, start testing your blood sugar an hour after you eat. A real eye opener.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
My recent bout of "The Troubles" (written about in several previous blogs), which I've re-named "Mother Madness" has earned me 3 extra pounds! I no longer come home and eat a pint of ice cream after dealing with my 90 year old, very independent and uncooperative mother. I'm thankful for that! However, I do still seem to compensate by overeating certain "comfort" foods. sigh
I'm stuck. Too old to be emancipated, lol. Can't divorce her. Have no siblings. If I ignore her, she's on the phone with a barrage of nastiness to both my sons, who are always wonderful to her and help me a lot. (She did tell someone at the grocery store the other day, where I take her at least once a week, that "I have no children" - I should have recorded that and made it official, hmm?)
I was only about 2 lbs from goal and now I'm 5 lbs from goal. While talking with my primary care physician this week, about my recent struggle to keep my blood pressure in line, we made a discovery that confirms what I already knew.
He took my BP first. It was a little high. Not unusual for a doctor's office visit. Then we talked about my mother a while and he took my BP again and it had gone UP 40 pts!
When stressed, my mind empties of all the good, healthy lifestyle proven ways of staying in a healthy zone, and I curl up and eat, don't exercise, etc. etc.
So, I'm promising myself to get a grip here! I'll go back in 6 months for the full blood test ritual and blood pressure, of course. I know what to do. I've developed my own plan over a period of a year's worth of trial and error. Now to JUST DO IT!
While in this process, I'm lowering my goal by 5 lbs too. I was at the top of my accepted range with the first goal. I know I'll be safer and healthier if I reach a slightly lower goal.
So here I go. Back to swimming, walking, cutting out starch and sugar as much as possible and consuming all the veggies I can! AND measuring blood pressure, blood sugar, logging food - every single day.
I've been down this path before. The tracks should be easy to follow, lol.
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