Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy to report back to Spark after an extended break ... I spent the past number of months getting into the world of Facebook. Lots of fun there, but I have decided I'm capable of and interested in pursuing two major on-line forums, esp. given Spark's focus on cultivating a healthy lifestyle. Look forward catching up on what's been going on and learning from you all. Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, January 10, 2014
Within this past week I enjoyed two celebratory meals - my 25th anniversary
(! ) dinner, and lunch with my student who just completed his PhD. Both were delicious and healthy. It helps that gluten-free options are becoming a standard part of some restaurants here. Since I live in small-town/rural E. Washington, if it's happening here I assume this is indeed becoming a common option around the country.
Anniversary: here is the link to the menu:
We shared the Peruvian spring rolls and the Cobb salad for appetizers. My wife had a "Sangria burger" wrapped in lettuce, and with sauteed kale on the side instead of french fries. I had the GF version of the gorgonzola pasta with chicken, accompanied by an "Omission" GF beer out of Portland omissionbeer.com/ I haven't had that rich a dish in quite a time ... very full by the end! Plus, that afternoon we'd had a coffee and chocolate cheesecake (coconut flakes/oil crust, cream cheese, Xylitol, very dark chocolate).
Safe to say that 25 years ago I had no idea how I'd be eating now ... not very low-carb, but it was delicious and still this side of healthy, I think.
Celebration lunch: this was simpler: burgers and beers for two guys. I had mine wrapped in lettuce, topped with extra cheese, bacon, egg, and slaw. Had a side salad instead of fries. Gluten-free beer (2!) - Lakefront Brewery "New Grist" = HIGHLY recommended - here is the link to their site: www.lakefrontbrewery.com/beer/year-r
Just wanted to share the good times. I'll be interested to hear if others are finding it easier to eat out as well.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I -- better said, my whole family -- made a strong nutritional start to the new year. I should note that we didn't go out to any New Years Eve parties so we avoided the temptation of festive junk food. Stayed up watching "Dr. Who" videos with my teen daughter and watching the crowds in Times Square and thinking, "Man, that is way too many people for me!"
Anyhow, here's how we greeted 2014:
Breakfast: homemade yoghurt from raw milk with apples, nuts, and sunflower seeds. Had a large mug of chai tea with lots of cream.
Lunch: praise be to God, my daughter found a great recipe on a paleo breakfast website, originally an Israeli dish: five of our own duck eggs with sauteed onions, cooked in organic canned tomatoes, spiced up with hot sauce. We agreed that in an ideal world we'd be able to eat it with a nice crusty loaf of bread, but it was quite tasty and satisfying even without it.
Dinner: we used the last of our summer squash - what a blessing the squash harvest was this fall, making many good meals and saving us a bunch of money - baked with butter, and filled with browned chorizo beef sausage, served with a side of spinach seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and sesame seed oil.
Dessert: my wife and daughter shared an organic orange; I split a chocolate truffle with my daughter (it was her's - very generous of her). And I'm finishing a nice glass of milk as I write this.
The day was somewhat stressful in having to tend to a sick cat, but the good food definitely helped everyone feel better in all sorts of ways. And it's nice to know we started the year strong. I can't wait for the next meal!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Yesterday I got the results back from a blood test I had done. My hemoglobin A1C (blood sugar) level was 5.7, up from 5.6 a year ago, and putting me officially in the "pre-diabetic" range. I'm obviously not pleased by this. On the other hand, the other results were excellent:
- C-reactive protein 0.33
- Vitamin D 44.7
- Insulin 5.0
- TSH 1.410
- Cholesterol (total) 202 (LDL/HDL ratio = 1.2; LDL = 102, VLDL = 12; Triglycerides = 59, HDL = 88)
So my goal is to reduce my A1C level to 5.0 by December 2014. I've already been on
a gluten-free and primal/paleo diet for between 1-2 years, and will continue with that. The main thing I will change, I think, is to go low carb.
Wishes and prayers for wisdom and perseverance on this, as well as advice from your experience, would be gratefully accepted. Thanks in advance!
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