Sunday, February 02, 2014
LOl good title. Life. Life gets in the way, Life is precious and too short for most. Life is what we do while we try to live....
Feb 1 was our, hubby and I's start for gluten free and cleaner eating. Well we did very good considering Death got in our way. So treasure your life, live your life and I will do the best to live mine. Hubbys aunt, the last of his dads side of the family, broke her hip in a few places, did well, then got severe dehydration and pneumonia. Cos of funds we didn't go see her the first few days. Hubby felt so bad and we said whatever we will find a way, so off we went only for her to pass before we got there. Theresa was a very soft spoken, kind lady, ready to help and love all. She used to send me hand made cards, full of bling. It was find of ironic she was so meek and mind but loved bling in her cards, the more sparkle the better, not my style at all but they were all loved anyway. I got one for my birthday so probably one of the last cards she made. So we went over and saw family, and now are going back on Monday eve for the funeral Tues. Where this is leading....
We all know food arrives when there is a passing. It won't all be healthy, probably none of it. Sandwiches on white bread, probably egg with lots of mayo etc. Sweets etc...
BUT hubby and I started the gf clean eating. Yesterday morning, we said well we will just manage breakfast at his mums and then go from there. She even said we aren't going to do anything diff. so better for you to start when you go home, to me. His sister went out and bought gf bread and said I was thinking of you two and I want to try. So........ we had a good gf day. We did however share a bar SHARE a bar when we stopped for gas. I don't remember the last time I shared a bar! LOL
So home for now, and today is going to be a great day. I have it figured and planned and even if hubby doesn't want to eat the salad etc. then so be it. I will. He has said that he will start eating a few very steamed veggies and such but not sure if he will before we have to go again. Lot of stress for him, a med, drive, then family, then pallbearer then drive again. He will do as well as he can for his stress and belly. His belly doesn't like change so slow for him.
I am going to stick to this. At the lunch after, I am bringing my own oatcakes, as I know I will not not eat something. If there happens to be fruit or veggies which I highly doubt, I will do that but if not will bring 2 oatcakes. I also am bringing our gf bread for at his mums as it is homemade. So may not be the ideal situation, but it is LIFE. and while we honour Theresa who at 85 said to the girls OH this is maddening ( when she fell) cos I have lots to do, I will do my best to eat, and move. I do know I won't be moving much as hubby won't let me alone to walk there in case I fall. But perhaps one sil may want to go for a walk. I will walk the halls of my mil senior res. lol
Okay so today, going to do great and feel great. I am still in pain, have some sciatica going on cos of sitting in the car despite times of getting out and moving and my reg. aches and nerve pain are there. Oh well I am still able to move, take care of me for most part, and enjoy my life. And Aunt Theresa I will!
Also Feb 1 was our sons 36th birthday, where does time go! WOW and what a great young man he has become, a super dad and hopefully hubby and just a great guy. Also Feb1 is my cousins birthday, my other cousins daughter,s birthday and my sons nephew! LOL Feb 1 is a day of LIFE in our family for sure.
HUGs to you all and do remember life is to live!!! Let's do so and love our bodies while we are at it!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
and know some spark friends that will enjoy it so thought I would share it.
then going through my pics also saw...
hugs and btw the bottom one has helped me with what we were talking about. and the first one I just found but think is so pretty and true.
HUGS and hope this helps more than my one spark buddy.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Got this from a friend and it sure hits home. This and a letter from a spark friend and a book I read the past few days have really made an impact on me yet again. Wanted to share this with you.
Heart surgeon declares on what really causes heart illness
We physicians with all our experience, know how and authority often acquire a rather large selfishness that tends to make it hard to accept we are wrong. So, here it is. I openly admit to being mistaken. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having done more than 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific proof.
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled ¡°opinion makers.¡± Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.
It Is Not Working!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
Inflammation is not complicated ¡ª it is quite simply your body¡¯s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.
What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.
Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.
While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.
How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?
Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.
While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator ¡ª inflammation in their arteries.
Let¡¯s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6¡äs are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell ¡ª they must be in the correct balance with omega-3¡äs.
If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
Today¡¯s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That¡¯s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today¡¯s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer¡¯s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.
There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.
One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the ¡°science¡± that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.
The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
by Dr. Dwight Lundell - from: PreventDisease
Read more http://www.tunedbody.com/heart-surgeon-dec
Saturday, January 25, 2014
That's not normal! LOL OH before I write, please if you are responding on my page by messages etc and can't see what you are typing let me know, Apparently it is when your colours on your page are too close to the same. I have had it happen on a few pages I write on.
So not posting for a week. I have been having a lot of pain and just felt there was nothing to write about. Every time I even do my physio exercises my body reacts and is worse. But I am persevering cos I know I need to move and my legs have to be strong. Yesterday hubby had to lift my R leg into the truck as it wouldn't bend enough and shut the door cos my elbow had extreme pain when I straightened my arm. So hasn't been a kind week at all.
Doing okay other than that.
We are going to go gluten free, hubby too!!! So getting prepared for that again. I did well last time and hoping he can stay on board long enough to see some results. Going out today to get groceries and bulk flours.
Yesterday we were leaving one store when Dil called asking for help. She was really ill and had a drive to dr but no one to stay with the kids. So off we went, had a good time with them, thankful hubby was there as I wasn't able to do all they wanted. hide nana on the floor, behind here. OMG lol But had a lot of fun. Dil came home with scrpt for infected sinus and ears.
So today is to continue the grocery shopping and that's it. Only 2 stores and that will be enough for me anyway.. Going to do the bike and phsyio and then rest.
I am getting some water, not enough but that too will change, been reading a good book and just getting more incentive.
Hopefully me dr apt the end of feb will be long enough on these meds to see that they are not working well enough to stay on. Insomnia big time, and still pain and nerve pain. So between pain, tired, and just not having anything to write I haven't been here much. Also not on puter as often.
So now off to get my breakfast, yogurt and seeds and some gf granola, my water and green tea then to the store.
HUGS and for those that asked no word on lawyer stuff yet. I figure she probably go the dr info by now and is going through that. HUGS
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