Sunday, November 03, 2013
With fruits and vegatables, never let anything to waste. Any even on a low budget add some.
A) Avoid the grocery store. Check at local u-pick farms, organic farms, road side stands. A few bug holes are not the end of the world. If you explain your situation, I've often been able to trade picking extra or weeding for a reduces cost. When you get home, hose off all items outsides to reduce the amount of dirt coming in your house. I have my basket and set of clother and a clipper set for these adventurer.
B) The freezer is your friend. Eat as much as you can fresh, but plan so there is no waste and upfront while in fresh condition to set aside some in your freezer. Ive read sites that say onions dont freeze well, this is totally untrue. Onions stretch soups, casseroles, pizza, breakfast omelets...and having pre chopped onions mades it so easy. Carrots, celery, broccoli stems, spinach stems all are excellent to chop up put in individual baggies for a serving size, then place all baggies in a larger bag and twist to avoid freezer smells entering the food
Of course banana freezes well and any denses lower water content fruit. Not only are these great for smoothies, but I make a snack icecream but adding whey powder to it. I cant over brag enough about frozen bulk bags of berries, diced fruit. It is by far the best fruit valvue. The flash freezing process gives a beautiful thawed result.
C) Stems and end bits are your friends. Of course wash off dirty and remove dead leaves, but the oxidized ends of vegatables, the seed pith part of peppers, tough stem ends of califlower, brocolli and asparagus, the tops of carrots the paper that is not moldly from the outside of onions...these are the based of a stock that mades rice a flavorfilled pilaf or soup. SAVE all of these and freeze back in a bag. Then one a week while you are cooking boil this up on a back burner and strain off the liquid.
Same goes for apple cords, peels, mango pits, pineapple rind, you can place these in water over night in the refrigerator and have a natural fruit water. I've frozen this back for later use and been happy with the results. I also have boiled down peels for natural pectin thickener.
Grated all orange and lemon zest to freeze back for flavor. Another option is to candy it with sugar with mades for an amazing orange beef. Bottom line look at every bit and say can I eat this.
D) The oven and microwave can help dehydrate banana chips, kale leaves, tomatoe slices, pototoe (to add to soups), apple snacks. Try to use the oven after already using it to cook other things.
E) Vinegar and citric acid. If you know you're not going to be able to finish a tomato, dice it up and put it into a jar of left over pickle juice, nearly all high water content food saves well in vinegar. I even did a jar with mangos and fresh pineapple that turned into a beautiful over salads relish. If you rather a more fruity taste, citric acid is amazing. Adding it to anything fruit will keep it from browning and last longer in your refrigerator. Washing the outside of cucumbers with this helps them last longer.
F) Window garden. This is a year round delight, parsley, chives are the best, some lettuse works and sprouting radishes and mung beans. I moved a lamp next to my kitchen sink so at night my babies keep growing. I also grow my own ginger and tumeric.
G) Bananas my best loved bargain fruit. Ok honestly my favorites are plums, but you have to love that for the price of two plums, two people can have fruit for a week with bananas. Any other great buy seasonal fruit can be turned into low sugar freezer jam.
H) Go shopping with a friend and split. You can get bulk prices with the advantage of not spoiling. This is particularly good for adding variety and flavor.
I) Shop when produce is being changed. This is Thursday night through Saturday morning (think 4am) You can get bargains on things that need to be used right away. Make a whole dinner on these items so they don't go to waste. Look for seasonal leftovers like pumkins - thinly slicked and roasted with olive oil thyme and black pepper. Bargain seedless grapes that are slightly soft can be marinateds in balsamic vinegar for an hour and cooked - I was surprise how amazing these are. After Thanksgiving those discount cranberries freeze back for a summer of cranberryaid.
J) Golden rules for me, keep a clean refrigerator. Washing down surfaces, using up leftover right away all help keep fruits and veggies longer.
K) Canned. I leave this for last as I will always select fresh over canned anyday. But at bulk stores canned peaches, mandarin oranges, any tomato product, corn, carrots....they have been show in some ways to have Higher nutritional value. www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/2007
0316/canned-fruits-veggies-healthy-too and more importantly these will bridge the gap when prices soar.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
My Computer has died and life has been full so it has been an extremely long time since blogging.
What's been happening?
1) a long spring and summer of laying in bed while not feeling well at all. The only thing that gave me joy ways my over the top wild puppy, who on Sept 21 turned a year. Cole would nudge me to mive to get him food and water which was a reminder for me to at least eat and drink and move. Poor guy in my worst time span he would tear up anything for attention.
I knew I needed more help the time I couldnt even get out of bed to feed him. I called a neighbor to please take him to the dog shelter as I was no longer able to care for him. Instead of support I got an earful of how irresponsible I was to get him in the first place. Is Sparkpeople part of the plan? Definitely not. Just walking to the kitchen to boil some rice to share with him I was blacking out, I felt so weak.
One comment of my neighbor - you have a daughter you should be calling me - did help because I called my daughter. She came over and filled my kitchen with fresh fruit and vegatables. She also qued up a childhhod friend of mine who bought months of bagged food for Cole and started taking him for walks.
2) Even doing 1/2 hour out of bed was too much. I'm so tired is an understatement. My dear friend invited my daughter and me to a Sounders game. I socially didnt want to decline, but the whole trip there was vomiting. I got home and reflected, What is wrong with me? The miracle drugs of methotrexate and remicade, just werent seeming to make much of a difference. In order to help my mother it required myself to get up in time for a shower and initial meds and then lay back down, to get the dizziness to stop. Take providgil to zap what little I could muster together and I didnt dare eat due to nausea. The next day my body would ache to the point of tears. The standard doctors were just repeating the same things, so I looked on the internet and found a licensed MD that also did naturapathic medicine that worked with hemochromatosis. I made an appointment.
3) He changed my thyroid to a natural form at a slightly higher dose, did a suppliment for adrenal support, put me back on vit D. Part of the reason for the switch is that my insurance on Cobra was runniing out. The remicade was about 12 thousand a month without insurance. Even with my husband working on the eastcoast we only treaded water due to the monthly cost of $1600 for cobra, doctor copays, gas and parking to doctors and medicine. The good news if after about two weeks of stopping the old medicines and starting the new it was like a light turned on. I felt like getting out of bed, started talking Cole for short walks, did some yard work. And....
4) My husbands contract finished, so I flew backeast, helped him clean up his apartment, and we drove back home. It was an adventuresome trip. I met and was treated to lunch by one poo f my spark friend !!! Finally got to see here face to face:) We experienced a hotel fire (coffee pot cord caught fire and we put it out using wet towel and I burn my arm, the hotel manager asked if it was out and didnt even want to come to the room to inspect, crazy), a tire blow out at 70 mph, driving all night when the snowbirds moved to warmer weather and prefilled all motels within 200miles of Flagstaff. On the upside, the drive was a great time for my husband and I to reconnect after a 15 months of not seeing each other. Thank goodness it was before the government shut down and I got to see the Blue Mountains TN, Palo Duro Canyon TX, Painted Desert AZ, my bucket list Grand Canyon. I did 98% of the driving as the car was packed to the gills and my husband couldnt slide back the seat to fit his tall frame. The weather was beautiful. We made many store bought meals of fruit and sandwiches to save money. I was walking a limited amount, but it felt wonderful to be out. The warmer temperatures of the South (we came across Route 66) and my body sang together. There were moments when I had the fluidness of my old body.
5) The first month after returning home I boomed. Got laundry and yard clean up done. But then I returned to my normal endocrinologist and rheumatologist. I switch to a different thyroid. Knowing that insurance was stopping I was helped into a program for Humera which is similar to Remicade.
6) Im started to be slow again and falling. Im not having bad reactions to the Humera but it doesnt have the miraculous effects as when I first started Remicade. But Im starting to wonder if it really isnt the dosing difference of thyroid and form. I just know that two months ago I was starting to go again and now not. Im very proud of myself for being able to eat healthy on a very limited budget.
The plan: To switch back to the thyroid I was on when doing well. To start blogging again about ways Im able to eat for a very low budget. Rather than doing standard exercise since Im still getting so inflammed. To start twice daily stretching and none gravity impact movement.
We are both out of work now so I need to go to the unemployment office next week and see how to adapt employeement to what I am, the days are ticking down to zero cash flow. Please reassure me that life cant continue like this.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
I've made an appointment for next Wednesday with a preventative health doctor. I've decided to proactively stop the chemo agents and look at other ways to heal my body. My pragmatic side is hating this. All my training focuses my on traditional medicine, and yet my own proven experience is that changing my diet had been the greatest effect - of course lowing iron levels with my hemochromatosis makes sense. I'm going with open ears to listen, but also caution for an edgy doctir that might be just trying to sell suppliments to make profit.
With summer, gathering has improved and therefore my diet. Berries are the best! Having a hard time exercising, it doesn't take much now to create tendon inflammation, I've been again having problems with eye inflammation which has been causing blurry vision and I've had two bouts of skin inflammation lesions. Just taking it one day at a time, doing what I can when I can.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
To day was the first time in 8 days, I was able to keep food down. My infusion last Monday did a double loop on me. I'd take the hit if now that I'm eating again the inflammation was gone: it is not. Worst than ever.
Call into the doctor for an appointment. I think time for something new. I'm alone in my house so looking into solutions to bridge the gap. I'm going to try to be more structured. New checklist for the week 10 minutes of easy exercise morning noon and night. Taking all my meds as should. Work on prioitizing my work projects to my ability level. Consider reapplying for disability.
My neighbors funeral was last Friday. So those issues are behind me (other than the friend who has ovarian ca...but I'm going to hope she is my change point and survives.
No matter what I need employment and need to focus on that now.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Nine deaths in four months.
Having a super tight budget.
Having a body that is hurting more than ever.
Having run short on funds for everything,
Including basic repairs - replacing lights, fixing
A toilets, replacing a broken door handle.
Huge car repair bills after so many errands during the last months
And a squirrel who decided to build a nest in my engine, who chewed wires.
Running late on my infusion and cutting corners by not taking all my meds.
It is a hell that just never seems to stop.
Quite frankly it is a hell added to by people repeatedly using me past what was acceptable.
I'm really mad and tired. There are a few key people that have assisted me while living in this hole.
But overall and on balance people are still asking me to do more.
I came to my senses today with a little help. Need to stop taking care of others and focus on myself.
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