Sunday, February 03, 2013
This journey to health is at best a balancing act, keeping all the plates spinning and in place on the sticks: planning menus, produce shopping, cooking, managing cravings, work, family in sickness and health, time for fitness, the weather, fun, housework, family celebrations, friends, spiritual work, and on and on.
At other times, it feels more like a juggling act, making hospital visits, attending memorials, getting bills paid, pulling together tax information, finding something that still fits to wear to church or the Valentines dance or the pool. Sometimes a plate crashes to the floor, even for the best, seasoned, performer. Like when the bathing suit just hangs on you and you know if you wore it to the pool, you might as well be wearing your birthday suit, and where can you find a new suit the first week in February, except maybe on a cruise ship?
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Or niblets. I have just discovered these. And I am very glad I did. I am chocolate challenged. If I just walk down the chocolate aisle before Halloween, Valentines Day, or Easter, the smell of chocolate sets off a binge of epic proportions. So I stay away. Same result with chocolate frosting.
See what I mean in these 2 blog entries:
I have also learned recently about the fantastic benefits of chocolate in fighting angiogenesis which is one of the facets of how blood supply is grown to feed cancer tumor cells. And that is very inportant to me.
So I keep an eye out for a way to balance the 2 problems. I think I've found it. Cacao Nibs. These are as close as I can get to the whole food without having a cacao tree in my yard. All they do is harvest the cacao bean from the tree trunk, dry them and smash them into these small pieces. You can purchase them raw or roasted.
Either way, you get 8% of volume of polyphenols, more than from any other food. That is evidently a good thing to help you "do in" fat cells and cancer cells!
And you have no added fat or sugar like in a candy bar, brownie, or frosting on a cupcake. Only the natural fats that occur in the cacao bean.
And the savory bitter flavor has wonderful possibilities for combination with other healthy foods. I have used them twice as a healthy substitute for croutonon a tossed salad with strawberries and onions.
Tomorrow, I'm adding them to my morning frozen banana smoothie.
And I'm thinking they would work well as a topping on chili salad instead of fritos.
Smoothie Update: I blended nibs, strawberries, raspberries, frozen banana, almond breeze, spinach, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor was delicious. Very chewy, because of the raspberry seeds. Most of the nibs were reduced to very small particles. Unless I buy a better blender, I'd strain the fruit first.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
If you are interested in seeing my goals, here's the link to that blog:
1 Be Healthy: I have stuck to Eat to Live, choosing anti-angiogenic foods first, and maintaining fiber above 35 grams daily. I have avoided processed foods, except for canned legumes when I had no dried beans to prepare. I went through the drive through just once, and that was on the trip back home from NC to FL. I had food with me for the first day, but ran out the second. I stayed within calorie range but it was difficult to get in enough fruits and vegetables and the sodium went sky high.
I lost 9 pounds in January. I bought a pair of very tight jeans size 16 in mid December. They wouldn't do up then. I am wearing them very comfortably today, except I should hem them. They have grown 2 inches longer. Other jeans I was wearing in November now fall off.
I see 2 doctors next week. I'll come back and edit with their reports/comments.
2. Be a playful, responsible Adult
Playful activities: climbing the mountain, buying and using a tabletop ergometer/pedometer, medicine ball, resistance straps, trampoline for NC house, swimming and walking when it was horribly cold outside, zumba DVD, new classes at the gym
Responsible Adult: didn't listen to those whiny voices that said, it's raining, I can't walk today. It's too cold to go swimming. You can't make it up that mountain!!
Instead I took out a gym membership, used the treadmill, walked the riverwalk whenever it wasn't raining or icy, joined new group classes, including water classes, bought exercise equipment for the house for when i couldn't drive to town, and tracked over 2000 fitness minutes in January.
Made it a point to give more than a smile to people I encountered in NC. Some of those impromptu meetings were described in blogs. Tried to be supportive on SP, giving more than an emoticon as a response, but a meaningful response. Back in Fla. a woman made it known she was also going to the Y when I mentioned I had paid since April and only gone once. We're going to water zumba or water aerobics tonight.
Make My Spirit Soar
The month in NC was spent reading--
Reread Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles
Reread Martha Beck's Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
And creatively dealing with the cold weather, figuring out how to get in workouts in an unforgiving, cold, wet and icy foreign world.
I wanted to get some pictures of the icicles on the mountainsides but that never happened. It was dangerous driving once that ice started. But I did get pictures along the river walk of the Hiawasee River in flood.
It was a time to rest, rejuvenate, hibernate, and get ready for the bright light that is Florida. I would like to bring that light into my paintings in February.
All in all, I consider it a very successful month.
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