Sunday, July 06, 2014
So I made a few low carb snacks for the week ahead for my fiance and I to eat. One was chia seed popsicles. You just use any liquid you find refreshing- tea, juice, flavored water (natural or artificial) etc... and add some chia seeds and freeze in popsicle molds. You can have iced tea chia pops, or even iced coffee ones, or even some lemonade one with fresh lemon juice, steiva and chia seeds. They make a nice treat and an easy way to get chia seeds into your diet.
The next thing I made was low carb cheesecake muffins. These are great hot from the oven, but also taste great cold the next day out of the fridge. I have added berries or cocoa powder to them when I have made them in the past. These were just the standard version. You can find the recipe here: www.apinchofhealth.com/forum/vbb/sho
-Muffins-%28Cheesecakes%29 . I used vanilla flavored stevia in my version, and one egg, one pack of cream cheese and cinnamon to taste. It made 8 muffins.
LC Cheesecake muffin ingredients- but only 1 egg... not 6!
Cream cheese & egg mixed first, then I add the stevia & cinnamon and mix again
Into the muffin cups, boy do they look yummy!
Fresh out of the oven
The house smelled wonderful as they cooked and they tasted great too. I stuck the rest in container in fridge for enjoying later in the week. They are quick & easy to make. As I said you can add berries, cocoa powder, flavorings or even nuts to give yourself some variety. Anyways I want to wish everyone a wonderful week. Stay focused and stay on track because we are all worth it.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Yesterday we went in for the results of the lymph node biopsy- the cancer has spread. The doctor spouted off survival rates at 5 & 10 years, said they could operate later this month and remove more nodes. My fiance's last surgery was rough and he had breathing issues, so they want to do a full respiratory work up & some other thing about his heart. They will be contacting us later with appointments.
I cry, I stop, I cry again. Each step they told us it was small chance. Small chance the first one was cancer, it was. Even smaller chance the second one was cancer, it was. Very small chance it had spread to a lymph node, but they would take out a few and biopsy them. And now we find it has spread. He will be in the hospital for week, have a drainage tube for 6 weeks. The doctor is worried about the surgery, but the survival rate without removal of the rest of the nodes in the area is 40% at 10 years. 60% survival at 10 years with the removal. I don't know what to say or type. So now we have to go back to all these appointments, consults, labs etc... to give him the best chance at pulling through surgery and then recovering. The hospital called in a cancer counselor and patient advocate. She was really nice and gave us some booklets to read. She will talk us through everything, be there for support and questions. Even after the operation, she provides support and counseling for us. I am just focusing on him getting through the surgery. I want more time with him. My heart wants to shatter in so many pieces, but we have to go on. We have to prep things here. He wants to move and be closer to his family so they can help as things progress. So while he rests up (he just got the stitches out from his last operation), the rest of us will be trying to pack things up.
I want to give a warning to any of you reading, LOSE WEIGHT. One of the biggest issues of this surgery is because he is so overweight. The doctor tried to tip toe around it, "Well, because he is such a big guy..." I came out and said we knew we were morbidly obese, tell us what is wrong. So he said on a normal weight person, there was less risk of infection and other complications, mainly because the incisions, tissue removed, fluids involved were much smaller than in an obese person. So yes, this operation would be a lot less risky if my fiance weighed less. I realize I am in the same boat. Any operation on me would be as complicated and difficult at my weight. Besides illness, accidents can also mean surgery. If I want the best chance of pulling through any surgery, I need to lose weight too. My fiance has thrown sugar out of the house. Cancer feeds on that. He hates salad and green veggies, but he said he wants to be here as long as he can and if that means eating salads, he would. In the back of our minds is the question are we too late? We don't know, but we have to try.
I don't know what the future holds, none of us ever do. I do know I need to really not make matters worse by gaining more weight. I will try to log into Sparkpeople everyday. I may not post or blog everyday, but I will do my best to stay on track health wise. I will try to respond to comments and posts when able. The next weeks are going to be busy and full of stress. I gladly accept prayers & warm thoughts for my fiance to pull through the surgery without complications. I deeply appreciate all the support, encouragement, prayers, warm wishes and thoughts, thank all of you that give them. This is all just hitting us hard, and maybe after a few days we will feel less shock and more focus on getting all of us healthier and ready for his operation. It isn't all doom and gloom. The surgery can go smoothly, no complications and be a success. We might have many happy years ahead of us together. I want that, and now we have to try our best to make that happen.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Although it has been a miserable and rainy Friday, I am so glad it is here. I feel like a lot of the stress of the past few months have caught up with me. I feel a good need to unwind. So, despite the dreary and stormy weather, I plan to read a book or two over the weekend and possibly watch a movie at home. I might even make some nice low carbed treats like peanut butter cups (with coconut oil) or pumpkin bake. Maybe even some nice mashed cauliflower as comfort food. This way I treat myself with things that don't make me feel bad later. I also plan to ask the others what they want to do to unwind this weekend. I would like to do something nice together with all of us. Maybe a nice dinner or lunch out. Maybe an indoor picnic, or even each of us chose a movie and have an afternoon movie marathon. Last weekend we were busy Saturday and just used Sunday to relax, but this weekend I think we should really enjoy the whole weekend.
Anyways, those are my hopes for the weekend. Next week my fiance should be getting the results of his node biopsy. Although the doctors are confident that it will most likely be negative, they were also so sure the second cancer was a benign growth. So we are apprehensive about it and it has us on edge. I admit I have been snappy this week, we all have. It is horrible to have it hanging over our heads, especially for him. I think that is why it is so important to relax and reconnect this weekend. Sometimes that can be as important as the work, chores, appointments and errands we do. So with that said, I hope each of you has a great weekend. Enjoy it, even if it might be too hot, too wet, too cold, too rainy, etc... do something for yourself and do something with your family or with your friends if family isn't near. But do your best to find some time to enjoy life. Remember that when we have long journeys, there are rest stops, layovers and other breaks. Weight loss and life are definitely quite the journey, so make sure you make some time to rest and enjoy also. We all deserve it.
Lunch- chili lime chicken & salad
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Yesterday the NZ Herald had an interesting article about Brazil's latest proposed nutrition guidelines. Gone were the suggestions for servings, calories and specifics. No, Brazil has an idea for a more open and general set of guidelines. The focus is more on eating whole foods prepared at home. Enjoying meals with family and friends and in a good setting (I am guessing they mean at the table with family & friends as opposed to munching in cars, at desks, or on the couch). They also tell people to be aware of advertising gimmicks used by many manufactures to get you to buy their processed products. Again they are focusing on making your meals yourself, at home, with less processed food and enjoying your food with others. In other words, make eating pleasurable without having to feed yourself crap, or mindlessly eating while doing other things, like watching TV. I suggest you read the short article here:
ticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11279840 It also has the 10 proposed guidelines at the bottom of the page. While I have no problems using heart healthy fats & oils in and on my food, I know that some oils are not good for the heart. Also for those on calorie restricted diets, fats & oils pack quite the calorie punch. In general I think their proposed guidelines might be an improvement on the current ones most countries use. I will continue to use some pre-prepared sauces and seasonings when I am short on time, but I think on whole I like what they are suggesting. What do you think?
Saturday, June 21, 2014
I know it may seem that way, but things have been flat out busy, crazy and stressful since April. As some of you may know, my fiance was diagnosed with 2 cancers. The first at the end of March, that was removed surgically without any issues. Then a second one was found that was deeper and more aggressive. That happened mid-April. Since then life has been various appointments, consults, lab tests, etc.. to get him ready for a bigger surgery this month and a lymph node biopsy to happen at the same time. Both procedures happened Tues. and he is recovering at home now. In the midst of all that our passports (not his) were due for renewal, and kids require a visit to the embassy so we had to get that all sorted.
Then my sisters ex-husband who she hadn't seen in 15 years, tried to break into her house last month. It made her a nervous wreck. Thankfully the police found he wasn't supposed to have left the state he lived in and he fled when he found out a warrant was issued for him. She is still nervous as he used to beat her. The whole family has been giving her emotional support while she deals with that. Between all the appointments and scheduling things here, then staying up to be able to talk to my family in the US as they dealt with their issues meant I was getting fractured sleep and quite stressed.
Despite all this, stayed mainly on track. We ate out a lot. I didn't binge though, which was great. Before I would have caved and eaten lots of junk food and felt worse physically for putting crap into my body. That isn't to say I didn't eat an occasional junk item. I ate a few snack size candy bars, I also every now and then had fries and once I had shake. I think allowing myself the occasional junk item kept me from binging on them. It also meant I didn't lose weight like I could have, but considering all that was going on, I did well and I did lose a few pounds during these past two months.
So, that brings me now. Now we have to wait a week and a half for the results of the biopsy. Hopefully it will be clean. But for now, life goes on. We are able to have more normal days now. Things will move more to our regular schedule. I might be a bit lazy a few days, just to let myself have a mental break but I plan to stay on track as much as possible. This morning we went to the fruit & veg market, then to the butchers. I really want to get back to having nice, nutritious food in our bodies. Hopefully I will now have the time and energy to get back to regular meal making. I will also try to get back into regular posting & checking in on my Spark Teammates and Friends. So I haven't fallen off the planet, I have just been dealing with life. Sometimes it can be like weathering a storm, but hopefully once that storm passes you find flowers booming, the skies clear and the sun shining brightly. I wish all my Sparkies clear skies and sunshine. Have a great weekend all.
Fruit and Veg for the next few days
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