Friday, July 12, 2013
This just came across my email. I love it, and it's surprising how much truth there is in it.
In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?"
And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.
And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.
So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side.
And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.
God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good." Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food Cake."
God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.
God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good."
And Man went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
Then Satan created Cuts to the Health Care System.
Friday, July 05, 2013
So this evening I decided to process all my salad greens at once. Three heads of different lettuces along with some baby spinach. Then I cut up the other veggies - tomato, fennel, mushroom, onion and green onion, celery, red and yellow peppers, raw sweet potato, and an apple with lemon juice. Why not, I was making a salad for supper anyway. I spun the lettuce dry & let it dry more while we were eating supper.
After supper I rinsed a can of six bean blend. Into each jar went a tablespoon of dressing cut with either rice wine or balsamic vinegar, a 1/2 cup of beans, a heaping cup of veggies, a tablespoon of sunflower seeds and a tablespoon of raisins (I was out of cranberries) and the rest of the space was stuffed with lettuce. Then sealed and vacuumed out with my little wine vacuum pump.
So I have 4 lunch salads, and 2 jars of extra lettuce with a jar of cut veggies. The vacuum sealed salads will stay fresh 4 to 5 days. Extra lettuce can be for evening salads for the family or can go into green smoothies. My daughter loves Mason Jar salads too so they won't last long. I used to do these with egg and cheese and sometimes chicken, tuna or ham, but now I use beans instead.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
So before I started on Eat To Live I had already realized that portion control was an issue, along with having something available when you are hungry. Plus I have a daughter who needs a lunch or breakfast she can grab on the way out the door. Enter Mason Jars and all the myriad of possibilities.
Need a quick and filling breakfast? 1/3 cup rolled oats or steel cut oats plus some dried berries, and hulled hemp or Chia seeds, along with pumpkin or sunflower or whatever you like. Cinnamon, nutmeg, your spice of choice are welcome additions. Add hot water to just under the rim and let sit on the counter til cool and refrigerate until needed.
And if lunch is needed try a salad in a jar. You can make them any size. Dressing in the bottom, then any grains, like quinoa. Next add your crisper veggies like celery, carrot, tomato, cucumber, and seeds like pumpkin or sunflower. Then STUFF full of greens-very dry greens. If you vacuum seal the mason jars they'll last 5 day in the fridge. I don't have a fancy vacuum pump so I put a hole in the mason jar top with a push pin, lay a small piece of electrical tape on the hole & suck the air out with a hand pump for sealing wine. Voila an easily ETL adaptable lunch. Just use the Quart jar.
I know one of these jars shows an egg, and there may be meat or cheese in one of the others, but I took these pictures before I had started ETL. It's easy to do the salads without meat or dairy.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Just thought I would let all my Sparkies know that I won't be dropping by for the next 3 days. This is the first long weekend of the spring/summer season and we'll be away from technology for a while.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and much success. Be kind to yourselves.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
So Thursday was a revelation for our family. My daughter has been having health issues since February of 2011, following a "flu". She began having headaches, dizziness, pain in her upper abdomen and often down the right side (you know, the "omg does she have appendicitis" zone), along with unproductive retching. She wouldn't vomit...just heave. Which would leave her just as exhausted as really throwing up, along with sore and still nauseous. Sometimes it would happen daily, sometimes nothing for 2 weeks.
We've been to gp's, a pediatric gastroenterologist, had blood tests, ultrasounds and an upper GI. The questions...is everything all right at home, are your parents mistreating you, are you pregnant. (Not from my GP...he has more sense.) The diagnosis....it's caused by stress. The prescription... don't do as much dancing.
Finally my GP asked us to go see a naturopath. He said "this is mechanical and I don't know what to do for you." I think that was very honest of him. During this time my daughter has come "of age" and is no longer tied to the pediatric stream. So on Thursday she got her appointment with the naturopath. The immediate response, upon hearing her history, was an intolerance of casein. Casein is milk protein. We had linked the episodes to milk in some form, but the occurrances were intermittent. Yogourt seemed fine. Some days grilled cheese sandwiches went down without a hitch, others a waffle made from a mix (containing milk solids) produced an immediate reaction.
So now we finally have a cause, and a method of attack. It means reading labels for a whole new list of items. Casein is not found only in butter, milk, cream, and cheeses, or just labelled as milk. It hides in all manner of baked, or processed food...think those Cheetos that call you from the snack aisle to the sandwich meats you put on your "milk containing" bread. Even non-dairy soy cheese is often caseinated. It hides in such a variety of possible names. Add these oddballs to the list along with whey:
lactalbumin, caramel color, caramel flavoring, ghee, custard, hydrolysates, hydrolyzed milk protein, high protein flour, lactoferrin, lactoglobulin, lactose, lactulose, margarine, rennet, Simplesse.
So if any of you are experiencing symptoms that you think might be lactose intolerance, but lactase tablets and cutting out the obvious sources just doesn't completely fix the issue, have a read of this blog:
and try going without milk in any of its forms.
Meanwhile, our family is hoping that this explanation is the right one.
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