Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Or perhaps you know it as linseed? Have you ever tried it?
I have been adding it to my smoothies for a while, but never thought to bake with it.
I finally got round to trying a recipe that is in keeping with my diet plan.
Possibly because I have not eaten crackers or bread all year, I am very excited to be able to eat flaxseed crackers and a flaxseed loaf.
I ground the seed in my coffee grinder, easy peasy. Actually, mixing them was about as easy as it could be.
Both recipes only took 30 minutes to bake. And they taste pretty fine! I added garlic to my loaf, and garlic, ginger and cayenne to the crackers, and they both go wonderfully with sheep's cheese and with soup.
Yay for flaxseed!
Monday, March 10, 2014
...clothes sizing is weird isn't it?
The other day at Zumba one of my class was saying, 'of course you will be getting lots of new clothes'
'Not yet' I said, 'I still aim to lose some more and I'll go down another size or two.'
My Zumba buddy made a good point when she said that there isn't really that much difference between a 14, 12 & 10. So I decided to get a few essentials at a local cheap Big Shed store, and bought myself some much needed tops and some pants for gardening. Because my old ones are literally falling off, not a good look when you are scrambling about in the garden.
Had to make several trips to the changing rooms because I grabbed size 16 & 14s to try on.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I've talked about panel beating before, it is my term for a visit to the beauty therapist. At my age it's a serious business.
I have always had my lashes tinted, I'm not keen on poking away at my eyes with mascara and eye makeup remover. And my vision isn't so great so I like to have my brows done by someone who can see.
Occasionally I get a facial, but lately I have been undertaking a more strenuous regime.
Hopefully today is my last serious session of diathermy to deal with tiny little red veins on my face. Have you had it? Oh, it hurts! But boy what a difference it makes! My cheeks and poitrine are almost even in color now. I never imagined I would have such wonderful results.
And do you know, after all this suffering with needles, I am finding myself a teeny tiny little bit Bocurious.
Friday, March 07, 2014
I said I would blog about this round of the Cura, so this is an update.
Today is day 22 of the consolidation phase of this round of the Cura Romana. For the last two weeks I have been testing to see whether some foods agree with me. So far I have added sheep's yoghurt and cheeses, flaxseeds, eggs, & vegan protein powder to my repertoire. I am drinking 3 liters of fluid daily, teas of different kinds and water. To sweeten my food I use stevia.
I have resumed starting the day with a green smoothie, full of spinach.
For the next three weeks I can test to see which, if any, starchy vegetables and cereals and grains agree with me. I can try pumpkin, carrots, potato, kasha, wild rice, which are both seeds. I can give wheat products & oats a whirl. And if I find they don't agree with me, make me sleepy, give me headaches or tummy aches, or hunger or cravings, I will leave them off my list for three to six months then try them again.
So, that is the plan.
For the last three or four days I notice in particular, I have been feeling more than usually calm, stable, steady and balanced. It has been a very long time since my blood sugars have spiked, I have not eaten high glycemic foods all year. My mood is calm and positive, and even when I am not getting optimal sleep, I feel strong and relaxed, with plenty in reserve.
I guess you could say I feel very centered.
Not sure whether I want to test myself with the more challenging foods at the moment. There are plenty of other foods I can test before trying out the high GI foods. And I feel pretty sure that most of the cereals won't agree with me. Part of it is lack of interest...
Regardless, I've put some kasha to soak to make a museli, but that can soak for a few days.
So there you have it. I have been thinking all year about eating a slice of sourdough bread when it finally gets to be on my list, and now... Meh!
How can this be?
Perplexed in a chilled out kind of way.
Monday, March 03, 2014
I know renovations can take a long time, longer than expected. And
I expect that I will tire of the disruption and tedium as the process continues.
So I thought I should note here how excited and pleased I am to be started with this piece of work.
We have lived here for 14 years and in all that time the ensuite bathroom has been dreadful, alst changed, and not for the better, in the 70s. But in the last three years since remodeling the main bathroom, it has been much worse. I use this bathroom for my ablutions, after showering in the main bathroom. The salvation of the room has been the lovely deep cast iron bath.
Yesterday I swept out the demolition rubble, and looked around at the builder's paper lining the exterior walls, and imagined the finished product. I pictured the new appliances in place. And realized how much it will mean to me to have a bathroom that is modern, functional and attractive.
I felt just a little emotional about it, happy and ever so slightly tearful. Strange because I thought I was really used to the old horror and that it didn't really bother me. It will definitely be worth the effort.
I do deserve to have a functional bathroom that is attractive and pleasant, well lit and convenient to use.
Just like I deserve to have a fit body that can do the things bodies are capable of, functional and pleasant to inhabit. That is definitely worth the effort, too.
So despite the inconvenience, and the need to do things differently, all the trouble and expense is worthwhile. My life is better for it.
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