Tuesday, June 23, 2009
My parent's fridge is a gluten and dairy nightmare :P The green pepper, two kiwis, and a plate of baked sweet potatoes are mine. :)
Contents: 2% milk, Activia yogurt for the "probiotics", white dinner rolls, mini cinammon rolls, round French loaf, cheese bread, hardy European loaf, cheese bagels, fruit pie of some kind, and in the foil, a neighbor brought over some homemade sweet bread. I didn't take a photo of the pantry, but you can imagine.
I recently visited my parents who live a few states away. As I've mentioned, Mom has lung cancer. I had planned to visit before she got diagnosed, but this gave new meaning to the "vacation." While there I got to meet her oncologist. One of the first things I asked was if it was true that we all have cancer running through us (as I'd read in the book, Anti-Cancer written by a doctor) which can be battled by our diet. He said that was a fallacy. I had no time for "Cancer 101 According to Him" during the visit, but took it as one man's opinion.
The surgery to remove the top right one-third portion of her lung went well. Her procedure was done differently. Instead of making a long incision in her back, they went in arthroscopically from the side under/near her breast and the top back near her shoulder. In order to get to the lung, they removed about a two-inch section of one of her ribs. It's apparently easier to remove a rib than try to heal a "broken" one (who knew?). She was the first in the state to get this type of surgery. For someone who is easily pained, she said she wasn't in much pain (considering - maybe she expected worse). One of the first questions asked to her by the doctors (plural) while she was recovering in the hospital, "So. Do you want a cigarette NOW?" Made her mad. But she hasn't had one, thank goodness.
She started chemo this week and they offered the prediabetic chocolate chip cookies to snack on. Hmmmm. I keep reading how sugars feed cancer. Did they get the memo? Or am I barking up the wrong tree? I only know if it were ME? I would try to not feed the monster "just in case." All this has made me lose focus and become a mopo. For a couple of days I ate Tostitos w/cheese and salsa only. I felt like crap. It kinda reminded me of pre-g-free days actually (not as bad, but bad). It fueled my rotten attitude. My mom, however, has a great attitude. She's going to beat it, she says. She confided she prefers to not know anything and just do what she's told. She has always been this way as it's easier. Honestly, we couldn't be more different in that way, so it's hard for me to digest. My eating poorly for a couple of days made me think about my mom.
She has her diet routine and making all the changes I've suggested overwhelms her. It's kind of like a chicken/egg thing. When I ate poorly I had no steam, no desire, no oomph. When you're like that, it's difficult to be motivated for great change. I can understand (but not like) where she's coming from. She's iron-deficient on top of everything. There's no oomph in that either. But it's compounded with the poor diet. She's not supposed to eat fruits/veggies because they help keep cancerous and non-cancerous cells alive. I'm okay with that. Eat fats and protein, fine. But that fridge? I'm working on trying to be at peace with her choices. She doesn't know it because she won't read her medical papers, but she also has a slow-growing tumor in her arm bone, and tumors on her adrenals (living w/my dad?). Oy. Poor thing.
While there I tried to explain "contamination" and no "double-dipping" knives from a gluten source back to a g-free food, my dad's temper reared as he threw the knife on the counter while telling me I was crazy. Sigh. He wouldn't remember this outburst the next day. I'm grateful for my gluten-free home where I feel safe.
How am I overcoming the dip in my mojo? I became a bit of a hermit and didn't go out for about a week, so I needed and bought some groceries. The first thing I ate were raspberries, and it did the trick. I'm getting some of my mojo back. It was a baby step in the right direction ... again.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Start 'em young and you can be healthy like her. That's not MeMe, this is.
I love Meredith Roth's message LOUD and clear about feeding kids "treats" for special occasions in school (not necessary). Just because our foodie culture is insidious, doesn't make it right! The people who argue against her in the comments section of the below NY Times article are obviously put off by her personality and forcefulness (my father's side of the family is rather like that, so I'm used to it. My mom never got used to it, however - :P). But listen to the message.
Ms. Roth likely HAS to be that way to get heard. Publicity stunt or not, I'm glad she's voicing her opinions well and for the kids. The "status quo" culture has gone on long enough, and look where 'that's' gotten us (1 in 3 obese kids grow up to be 2 in 3 obese adults). Her kids are lucky to have her, and I'm sure they know it (despite others' opinion). You can have sugar and be thin and not healthy. You can be thin or average and have Type II diabetes. You really shouldn't have sugar when you are fat. I try not to. It's hard to stay away from drugs when you're jonesin', so I understand. I still think it's a sad state of affairs to have to deal with the addiction. Do you think we're addicted? Am I the only one with this paradigm?
her website: www.actionagainstobesity.com/
Sugar is a drug - kids "do" things for sugar; like when I was bribed by the babysitter. It's way overused as we associate it with emotions - bad and good. Life's emotions are real, so take it straight without drugs. :P Deal in a healthier way: talk, exercise, hug your momma, or call the police and press charges!
On a personal note, I've lost my mojo. sigh. I'm working through it, but I'm being floppy and lackadaisical.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Where's my "flu mustache?"
Oink again: speaking of pigs and swine. Since there's much media re: Swine Flu I have to hope that the health measures I take will help prevent infection. Remember that 70-80% of our immunity is in our gut. Eating fruits, veggies, proteins, probiotics and fermented foods (I could do better on that one) for good bacteria is helpful.
So is exercise , vitamin D , and rest . Stress kills. Sugars (including grains, esp in excess) depress the immune system, so can too much bad fat, too much protein (bogs down the digestive system) -jmho. Remember: death begins in the colon!
I had to wonder when I heard a psychiatrist on the Today Show this morning speak about hypochondriacs' anxiety regarding the Swine Flu and how they'll be the hardest hit. In my old life I HAD anxiety 'because' I was malnourished, which in turn would lead to becoming ill from lack of immunity, so kinda the other way around. In the old days I would have become a trembling mess had I seen the snake on my patio (prev. blog piece) ... now I grab the camera! And re: hypochondriacs ... I've always thought of myself as 'proactive!' ;)
Echinacea, vitamin C, zinc, selenium, beta-carotene, healthy fats, olive leaf extract are immune boosting vitamins and minerals, etc. Garlic and onions help clean your blood (anti-fungal/bacterial/viral). This is my reminder of why I do what I try to do! I hope you 'do', too!
And btw. Not "confirmed" because they didn't know about Swine flu when he should have been tested, but my neighbor's son returned from college last week with a terrible "flu" (so bad he came home) ... we can't help but wonder if it 'was' the Swine of course (his roomies have it also). The neighbors are going on a cruise and are guarding themselves (and others) preventively with Tamiflu (you can see how and why this spreads). I didn't meet up with him, but did visit their home ... I wonder if I touched anything with live virus germs. Time will tell...
Viruses, bacteria, nanobacterias, etc. rule the earth! We adapt and so do they. Antibiotics and pills are not the cure. We are. Our bodies are amazing: I've changed my life by changing my diet. By changing my diet I have the energy to change my lifestyle, and try to stay ahead of the enemy. At least I hope it's that easy!
sugars & immunity article: tinyurl.com/pqlxbh
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I had to laugh when Dr. Eades, Protein Power, wrote a blog about not jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. He used the above pic (how in the world did he find it?...must give props!). And yet he has succumbed. (My gosh, the news with celebs starting to Twitter this week is nuts - blech)! I am slow to "trust" (is that the word?) fads, and even SP activity feed I find distracting. It's me though. I get to doing "one more thing" to see how folks are getting on, get sucked into another great link, and I lose focus. It's a test of wills and fortitute for me to get done what matters MOST to my overall health. So if you're reading this, my hope is you have the time and I'm not wasting it! (Dr. Eades link: tinyurl.com/c94bsb
Re: my profile pic of late: "Riding with Mary"
I'm not a religious person, but I grew up Catholic and these pics I found peaceful and cool. I came across this site via www.eveplumb.tv (see what I mean about roaming the web?!). Anyway, this "ride" is nice and you might enjoy: www.chrishaston.com/
"I don't know what gluten is, but APPARENTLY it's delicious!" ~John Pinette, Comedian
I didn't know who John Pinette was until I saw him on The View where he shared that line. APPARENTLY, he's tried gf bread! ROFL! LMBO!
(That line is about 5 mins. into his routine. His delivery is very funny: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztr3W
Sarah Vowell, who is part of the NPR radio show 'This American Life' (and so much more) is also the voice of Violet Parr in The Incredibles (your gf child might appreciate knowing that she has celiac). She’s a native of Oklahoma (literally) who resides in NYC and is a pretty brilliant thinker according to me and a few others. She does not drive (due to a personal phobia, she never learned) and mostly relies on friends and public transport. I find this very celiac-y, this phobia! ;0)
As I like to read about history, I'm looking forward to reading her books: Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World, will be my first. It's a nice departure from the nutrition-based ones I read. Apparently GF Girl met her in 2005. I'm so behind on my celiac awareness - lol.
And, I'm eating healthier this week. I really appreciate the encouragement and support from SP-land!
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