Sunday, October 07, 2012
Well, looks like the couple of good days I just had were the eye of the storm, because last night I had a really bad turn with my diverticular disease. Excrutiating pain, and felt so sick! It took two hours to ease off, which is the longest an attack has lasted so far.
Then I tossed and turned all night, unable to sleep properly. The after-effects of the beast, I guess. The stress caused by the attack also affected my costo, leaving a residual ache around my stomach , chest and back, making sleep and getting comfortable a bit tricky.
The silver lining in this latest pain cloud, however, is that I think I know what caused the attack. Things had eased off painwise in recent weeks as I had cut out larger meal portions and was eating smaller amounts at each meal, and was relying on snacks in between to keep my system happy. I had also cut out any foods that may have been causing problems. Subconsciously, however, as the weeks passed with no issues to speak of, I had been gradually increasing my food meal portions. When I had the couple of days of mild pains earlier in the week, I put it down to a food I had reintroduced, and then last night I had good old fashioned fish, chips, carrot and petit pois. It was a bigger plate of chips than I'd been eating recently, and it took me over the edge.
It wasn't a chip shop size portion. I had a Young's Basa fillet in batter (just over 100g fish fillet), and 200g of my homemade chips, plus 100g each of carrot and peas. This gives you some idea of how small I need to make my portions if I'm not going to get caught out again.
If I do ever go to a chippy for some haddock, it will have to be JUST the haddock! No chips! Not that I'd mind that. The haddock in batter has always been the draw to a chippy for me.
So, today I have a body that feels like it has gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson. And it has to work today! So no exercise as such, just plenty of housework. And plenty of water and small nibbles rather than big meals. I can get away with my 30g porage oats, and 250ml milk breakfast with an apple on top, but after that I need to defrost what I planned to eat for my evening meal, and have half of it for lunch and the rest in the evening, rather than all of it in one go. And keep my fingers and toes crossed that I don't get several attacks over the next few days - the usual routine when it gets this bad. I have Rob and Bry arriving on Thursday for a long weekend, and I want to enjoy it! Specially as it is the nearest I'll get to celebrating my birthday with family this year (birthday is 3rd Nov)!
Oooh, did 35 mins cardio and 10 mins Lower Body ST yesterday.
Wish me luck! :-)
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I spotted purple carrots in Waitrose today, and just had to buy them to try out. We are so used to orange carrots, it is easy to forget that there are other varieties out there to play with.
In fact, there is a whole history of the carrot here, if you are interested:
So, not having tried the purple variety before, and with Tara looking most unwilling, even though carrot is about the only vegetable she will eat, I peeled and chopped a couple of them to plain boil as a taste test.
First point. They bleed! Like beetroot do. They stain your fingers. I guess, if you like carrot skin you can just scrub them and cook them with the skin on though, which will probably solve that, and my hands are back to their normal colour after a rinse. :-)
So, this is what they look like. Very pretty, I think...
After I had cooked them until tender, I drained the water, which had a distinctive blue tinge to it:
And this was what I was left with:
The taste is about the same as orange carrots, so no issues there. However, I was disappointed to see so much of the vibrant colour gone, but if you like carrot raw, this would look very pretty in a salad.
Tara was not impressed by the colour change at all (You should have seen her face! LOL), and she will not be persuaded to change to the purple carrot. As for me, the rest of them will go into the venison and pork sausage casserole I'm making tomorrow. I'll be honest, they are not doing it for me as a side veg, but I don't think I'll mind them in a casserole. :-)
Oh, I do love autumnal goodies and my slow cooker. They are a truly heavenly combination. :-) I made pork and chickpea casserole yesterday, and it is gorgeous!
Tonight we are headed to the grill, however, for a change of pace with some salmon and the last of the new potatoes. Yum!
Oh, and in other news - a table fit for a Druid Feast in the making. A giant 5000 year old oak has been unearthed in Norfolk, and they are making a table out of it:
Enjoy your day. Are you trying something new today?
Due to the frequency of human-bear encounters, the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and any persons that use the out of doors in a recreational or work-related function to take extra precautions while in the field.
We advise the outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells on clothing so as to give advance warning to any bears that might be close by so you don't take them by surprise.
We also advise anyone using the out-of-doors to carry 'pepper spray' with him in case of an encounter with a bear.
Outdoorsmen should also be on the watch for fresh bear activity, and be able to tell the difference between black bear faeces and grizzly bear faeces. Black bear faeces is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear s*** has bells in it and smells like pepper.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
On a day when you see this:
but if you turn 180 degrees you see this:
you know it is a day for seeing Cloud Dragons...
And why was I out in all this rain and storminess?
I was looking for kitchen containers. :-) Plastic and glass - various goodies for the storing of. :-) I managed to get a selection from The Range to test out, so the walk in the rain wasn't for nothing, and I then completely ignored the wafting smells from the big MacDonalds and did a Waitrose sweep for some essentials, plus the ingredients for a random pork and chickpea casserole, before dragging my spoils home while the heavens re-opened. There were some BIG puddles about to play with too! :-)
Had a lovely chat with one of the produce assistants in Waitrose before I left, about the difficulties getting certain fresh fruit and veg into the supermarkets because of the weather. It is truly amazing what goes on behind the scenes in order to get us good fresh produce all year round.
For example, they struggled a couple of months back to secure prepacked broccoli, and were experiencing a shortage of it loose as well. In the end they had to send someone to America to check the quality of their broccoli, and had to import it from there until UK/European supplies improved! I can't help feeling that we as the consumer should be willing to accept local alternatives when a product is temporarily unavailable. It seems crazy to me that a store has to go to such expense and drag a product from so far afield just because of customers whining about not being able to have their broccoli!
*steps down from veg box*.
Glad to hear the weather is supposed to pick up soon, and heaven knows how grateful I am not to have to be wading through a foot of water, or even sandfoam in my own home, like some poor souls, north of the border. How bizarre is that!
Enjoy your day!
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