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October and the Fall Goals

Monday, October 01, 2012

Start of fall. This is my favorite time of year. The cooler weather is quite welcome in the South. While I used to look forward to getting out in the summer time, I now find it too hot to be outdoors where I live! Spring and fall tend to be my optimal time for walking on beaches and enjoying strolls in the park.

It is also my favorite time of year for cooking. Warm soups, stews, and roasts. Mmm mmm mmm.

Unfortunately, it also tends to be the time of year when I start gaining back the weight I lost in the summer.

So my October goals are to beat the historical trend. There must be a way to at very least maintain. Weight loss may not be likely due to the birthdays and holidays that comes up in my circles at this time of year. But maintenance would sure help. It would be nice to not have all my work undone for a change.

I mentioned that I tend to be outside more in the fall, so it might seem odd if I say that I become less active. It's true that I am outside more, but I believe I get exercise more regularly in the summer when I'm working out indoors. Again, this is due to the environment where I live. Walking around in the summer afternoon is asking for heat stroke in the South.

My September goals got completely blown apart, so I am already out of routine with my exercise. And I'm feeling it. I am not liking the fit of my clothes. I haven't rebounded, but the warning signs are there. First order of business is getting back to my morning exercise. I don't have a lot of things going on at the moment that would prevent me from making this routine (school plans fell apart for this semester).

Only blocking issue is motivation. I'm out of the routine, so it's tough to kickstart back into the habit. Just gotta get it done.

The next issue is diet. My love of soups, stews and roasts could actually help me in this regard, actually. Soups can be extremely cost and calorie efficient, depending on how you make them. Although I am not a low-fat dieter, I have never been a fan of heavy cream based soups. I always preferred clean, light soups. I just made a batch of chicken soup last night that I'll eat all week. Without the addition of rice or potatoes, it is a very low calorie/low carb lunch.

I've done a pretty good job of tapering back my wine/beer consumption. I'm cutting it back simply because I can do without the extra calories at the moment.

The only trouble spot I foresee immediately is I still have birthday cake left. Time to invite neighbors over to help us finish it, I guess!

Good luck on your October goals!

  
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KAYOTIC 10/2/2012 10:14AM

    Love soup, and that chill in the air is making me want to cook some up, I even bought a butternut the other day... emoticon

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KELPIE57 10/2/2012 4:04AM

    Best of British!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 10/1/2012 12:53PM

    Ah, I miss Texas falls. I've been in WI for 3 years now and I do miss the long long summers that I grew up with, and the sigh of relief when fall comes and brings tolerable weather. =)

I've put on more weight, since moving to WI!! and I think its because its so cold, so much of the year, that I don't get out and do much of anything.

This fall I'm going to make SURE to stick with my exercise routine and maybe even increase it, and like you, make some light healthy soups.

I enjoyed your blog so much, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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WOUBBIE 10/1/2012 12:29PM

    I can't remember whose blog I read this on just recently, but it had something to do with seasonal fluctuations on maintenance of 5 or so pounds being fairly normal. I think it was mainly anecdotal, though. I'll repost later if I can remember where I saw it!

Hey, how about joining our October Zombie Challenge to get back on track? :D

BRAINSSSSSS!!!!!

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 10/1/2012 11:37AM

    Just by recognizing your challenges, you are headed for success.
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Exercise and Diet

Sunday, September 30, 2012

One of the topics that I vacillate over is whether exercise, diet or both are more important for weight loss/maintenance.

We can cite all the studies and research we want, but I maintain a high degree of skepticism due to my personal observations that contradicts most of the accepted standards.

Calorie in - calorie out does not work for me. Either variable - exercise expended or calories consumed - does not result in better weight loss for me in isolation.

I got a lot of exercise when I lived in WA - hiking, biking, and kayaking - but I reached a limit where I lost no more. Adding more exercise was not feasible - I was already exercising 1 hour per day and 4 hours on the weekend. More exercise meant overexercising and fatigue.

I had the most success losing weight with minimal exercise by eating low-carb, but a diminishing return was eventually reached.

As I've mentioned before, my mom worked a manual labor job for more than 20 years and remained thin. After retiring, she put on about 30 lbs in a year. A clear result of less exercise and probably more food. When she's home all the time, there's a tendency to munch even when not hungry.

I remain of the opinion that diet and exercise are both required, and there is an optimal balance. More exercise will not fix a bad diet. In tandem, a good diet will not reap benefit unless there is regular activity.

Exercise also has benefits beyond that of weight loss or maintenance, as I learned with my dad. My dad's lung capacity is reduced because of his extreme inactivity over the decade. My advice if you want to live to your golden years without carrying an oxygen tank: get regular exercise and don't stop, even as you get older.

With this in mind, I'm starting my fall goals tomorrow, which I'll write about later.

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 10/1/2012 1:30PM

    I agree. I've learned the hard way a person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. In order to take the weight off and keep it off, a person has to eat right. If they don't, the weight will creep back on. Exercise, pardon the pun, is the icing on the cake.

One thing I will say is that eating 6-9 servings of fruit and veggies has definitely helped me keep the weight off.

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FITGIRL15 10/1/2012 11:32AM

    I always say: exercise alone keeps your heart healthy. A proper diet keeps your weight healthy.

I know it's not that simple, but it's a pretty simple conccept to share to people who think that exercise alone will keep them looking svelte and healthy.

I gained 5 pounds a year while teaching 5 intense fitness classes a week. Proof that exercise alone will not keep a fit person healthy!

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KAYOTIC 10/1/2012 10:18AM

    I've lost weight on diet alone, but never felt great without both...so I'm of the mind that both are needed for good (or great) health and for feeling good.

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KELPIE57 10/1/2012 5:00AM

    Indeed!

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BLUEKITTYJAN 10/1/2012 3:09AM

    You got it!

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DDOORN 9/30/2012 9:19PM

    On target as usual...! I think we all need to experiment with whatever the right "balance" of diet and exercise is, but they are both necessary, absolutely!

Don

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SPEEDYDOG 9/30/2012 6:35PM

    Very though provoking post. If I am inactive, I find it hard to control my appetite. I tend to eat less when I exercise. I know that doesn't make sense.

There are extreme levels of physical activity that cannot be maintained over the long haul. A healthy lifestyle is the key to long term fitness and weight control.

Sometimes people are looking for that quick and easy fix. It just ain't there. BTW - I tried the low carb thing. Low carbs made me sluggish.

Thanks, Bruce

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JJAQUES41 9/30/2012 5:36PM

    There has to be a balance in your life for all things. For personal health it's exercise and eating. Not to push religion on anyone, but one thing I remember from teaching HS Sunday school classes is that our bodies are a type of shrine to God (or whatever you believe), and what we put in them (food, drugs, etc) and do to them (exercise, smoking, sloth, etc) says how we respect or feel about that which we believe.

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BUBBLEJ1 9/30/2012 5:27PM

    Agreed!

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PAMATX 9/30/2012 3:13PM

    I am in complete agreement! Great post!

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/30/2012 3:07PM

    I am also at a similar point where I'm weighing the importance of both diet and exercise. I do think that it makes a difference what level of intensity the exercise is. I follow Mark Sisson's advice of mostly low-intensity (walking, slow jogging), staring strength training and occasional all-out sprinting.

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/30/2012 1:18PM

    I'm with you kiddo. For years I believed that exercising long & hard (e.g marathon training) would work wonders. I also believed that working out hard meant I had free license to eat (e.g carbo loading).

Well I ran my marathons, even dropped a token 10 lbs, put on some more muscle (mostly in my legs), but that was about it.

In 2010, I stopped running and started cycling. Also added ST into the mix. Still ate what I liked until I joined SP in 2011. The only difference then was that I tried to temper the diet to stay within the recommended calorie limits. Lost some weight, added some muscle, but still had a bit of a belly bulge

Once I went low carb, I noticed myself getting a lot leaner, all the while I ate more total calories and worked out about the same.

I just came back from Istanbul, Turkey (blog to follow later today) and let me tell you, I was amazed at the oohs and aahhhs I got from people about how great I looked, how lean I was, etc. I also spent 2 afternoons with a nephew and we did two 20 mile walking tours all around the city. Don't think I could have done that if I wasn't physically fit.

In the end, I think you need both. The diet helps maintain a good bodyfat ratio, but exercise helps you stay fit, giving you both stamina and strength.

Nice to see you back!

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MYTURN11 9/30/2012 11:53AM

    It takes 2 to tango - Seriously though I agree with 100 percent of what you have posted.

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Cakes!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Warning: As the title suggests, there are pictures of cakes in the blog! Do not proceed if you're one of those people who can't look at sweet treats without danger!

I'm back! It's been a busy, busy month. My dad is on the mend, and I'm back home. It's taking a while to get back into my normal routines.

I'm excited for the fall. Fall is my favorite time of year, mostly because of the cooler weather. With cooler weather means soups and stews!

My mom and I both had birthdays this month, so I've been trying out my new skills with baking. Moderation is one of those difficult things to master. Many people give themselves one 'treat' day a week. My idea of moderation may seem more extreme. I go for months. I find things easier if I don't have the temptation around. It's easy for "once a week" to turn into more frequent, or a binge splurge.

But birthdays and holidays are certainly occasions when cakes or pies are called for!

Baking has always been an enigma to me. Cooking I feel pretty confident with - lots of tasting and understanding flavor combinations. Cooking can be done on the fly with just a few ingredients on hand. But baking is a science - exactly the right amounts are needed, and added at the correct time. Shows like "Sweet Genius" amazed me. How are they people able to bake cakes on the fly like that?

I bought this really awesome book called "Ratio" by Michael Ruhlman a few months ago. Now I know how "Sweet Geniuses" can do it. The book explains ratios needed to make breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, and creme anglaise (custard). I can make a number of baked goods without a recipe, thanks to this book. My husband, the Englishman, loves my pastry crust on savory pies - his favorite meal. I probably don't know the nuances to a perfect pastry crust because I've never been formally trained, but thanks to the book, I can make a consistently good one.

Wait, wait. What about that avoiding wheat and sugar thing?

It's that occasional thing. I never claimed to be a purist. But I don't eat it every day. I go weeks, even months, without breads, pasta or sugary treats. Knowing what I do, it makes me take pause and consider whether I really want the calories and the subsequent side effects. When I decide to partake, I make sure that it counts.

Like birthday cake.

Using what I learned from the "Ratio" book, I made my mom a layered lemon cake. I took inspiration from a "Victoria Sponge Cake" and added a jam and frosting center.




The only problem was the baking time was a little off because I made it at high altitude, and it came out a little drier than I liked. Marinating it in a little cognac helped moisten it! The family enjoyed it.

For my birthday, I made a chocolate rum cake! Similar to the one we had at our wedding. I certainly won't win any awards for cake decorating, but what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in taste! It came out exactly the way I wanted it. Chocolatey flavor and spiced rum throughout. The chocolate cream cheese rum frosting I made came out oh so silvery and luxurious.




I made both cakes without following a recipe! Cake baking is surprisingly quick when you know the formula. I had everything prepped and baked in an hour.

Many foods made from scratch are healthier for you. I'm not going to pretend that a home baked cake is 'healthier' than store bought. Sure, ingredients in store bought cakes have a laundry list of stabilizers and mine have only eggs, butter, flour and sugar. My family and I agree that it also tastes better. But I still wouldn't call ANY cake 'healthy'. Eggs, butter, flour and sugar are all natural ingredients, but in that combination raises insulin, blood sugar, triglycerides, and increases risk of weight gain. They are treat foods, to be enjoyed on occasion.

Some of my family and friends on Facebook wanted to know why I made the cakes. Why not just save the trouble and buy from the store? If making it from scratch doesn't necessarily make it 'healthier', why go through the trouble?

Well, as I said, making it start to finish only took 1 hour. I don't see the time aspect as an issue. The ingredients cost me probably $12 (the rum being the most expensive component!), which is cheaper than an equivalent bakery birthday cake, but cost wasn't my main motivation.

My main motivation was I have a greater appreciation for the foods I put in my body when I make it myself. When I see what it takes to add as much butter, eggs, flour and sugar to make a great cake, it makes me want to eat less of it. Because that sure is a LOT of butter, eggs, flour and sugar that goes into a cake. Knowing what's in it makes me eat smaller portions, rather than helping myself to a whopping huge slice topped with ice cream.

There are recipes that use artificial sweeteners to reduce sugar content. I have experimented with a number of baked recipes using almond flour. But that alters the chemistry of baking again. I don't want to get in the habit of eating a lot of sweet goods frequently, so for the most part I abstain from even 'low carb baking'. There's a false sense of security that it's 'better' to eat low-fat or low-carb desserts. I don't think any of these should be eaten on a regular basis.

I'd rather eat a small amount of something 'real', rather than a large amount of something that is supposed to be an alternative or substitute. Most of my baking has focused on make very small single serving petit-four type desserts that I can whip up on the fly.

Knowing the baking ratios allows me to make as little or as much as I want. I don't have to follow a recipe that makes 32 servings of cake! (Scaling down from a large quantity recipe doesn't always work - how do you measure 1/16th of an egg?) I can make a treat for two instead. I know what I'm getting without a calorie counter because I'm responsible for putting every ingredient into it.

There's more cake here than I normally make because birthday cakes are for sharing!

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BLUEKITTYJAN 10/1/2012 3:11AM

    cake-yum

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KELPIE57 9/30/2012 1:56PM

    I love baking, and I might try to find that book

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KAYOTIC 9/30/2012 1:33PM

    Great blog, I'll have to look up that book, it sounds like a good reference. I like the idea of using real ingredients too, not a fan of "fake" food!

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BILL60 9/29/2012 9:56AM

    You're one talented lady. I burn water. So, I don't even venture. My wife, on the other had, is very talented. Thank you for sharing.

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KICK-SS 9/28/2012 8:02PM

    If and when I ever do any baking, I always do it from scratch and do not use mixes for anything. At least I know what the ingredients are that way.

That being said, it's been many many months since I've baked anything, (Or bought anything baked) maybe holidays last year..... I'm better off not to.

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CTTAGENT 9/28/2012 12:37PM

    Welcome back. Glad your dad is getting better.
I, like you, do not allow a weekly day to treat myself since it is too easy to overdo and ruin what I worked so hard for during the week, especially since a spoonful of grain causes me to gain weight.
Your cakes look and sound wonderful. I may have to find that book to learn the ratio aspect of baking.
Hope you have a good Friday and enjoy your weekend.

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ALICIA214 9/28/2012 11:59AM

 

YUM !!
Your cakes look delicious... and once in a while I indulge myself in a little
sweet treat....like your husband I am a Brit and enjoy the savory treats
I love Cornish Pasties , don't know which part of the UK your hubby hails from but I bet he knows Cornish pasties.

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LADYROSE 9/28/2012 11:44AM

    Happy belated b-day! And I'm totally with you. If you're going to treat yourself, and you don't have major intolerances, have the full on real thing! The body knows what to do with it, anyway... not the artificial sweetner!

At one point I came across a blog dedicate to high altitude baking... can see if I can find it for you if you'd like it. For my bday, I came across a 'vintage' red velvet cake recipe that I'm hoping to try out... or a chocolate peanut butter one, haven't decided. ;)

ps... your cakes look awesome! You did an amazing job decorating!

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Getting Back to Normal

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A follow up with my dad's surgeon says he's healing very well. No sign of infection at all. She again emphasized that he needs to eat lots of protein and yogurt to continue healing. My dad says he doesn't like yogurt, so I'm going to buy probiotic supplements for him instead. My parents would probably buy the sugary yogurt crap anyway, so I'd rather he take the supplements.

I'm feeling much better after meeting with the surgeon. I should be able to go home as planned next week.

I admit I'm a little surprised after meeting with the doctors. As you know, I've become very wary of Western medicine and 'conventional' wisdom regarding nutrition. My dad's doctors and nurses are exceptionally well informed, and I haven't found myself disagreeing with them at all. The surgeon and nurses recommended plenty of protein and very little sugar or starches. They didn't recommend limiting fat at all; fat that comes naturally with the protein is fine.

Exactly what I've been saying.

So I'm wondering if it's the doctors that are pushing the meds, or the patients. It's concerning to me to see people who would rather take pills than exercise or throw away the Debbie Cakes. My dad has thrown away the sugary treats since my last visit, so I feel a lot better about that.

My dad lost weight and healed nicely eating more protein, vegetables, and calories. It's kind of an alien concept these days that eating more protein and calories will make us healthier. My dad has to take his vitals every day as part of his followup. His blood pressure and blood glucose levels are all within excellent ranges. The glowing praise from the doctors and nurses are making my parents feel reassured.

Eating more protein will NOT lead to high cholesterol or high blood pressure as long as they aren't accompanied by high glycemic foods. Protein and fat do not cause blood glucose to rise; high glycemic carbs do. This is the main concept that I've emphasized.

Poor compliance rates in taking medications might also lead to the misconception that certain diets or meds would work, if only people would take it.

The studies I've read all show very poor clinical results with cholesterol lowering medications. Yet statins are currently the top selling medication in North America. I wonder why that is. Is it because doctors believe their patients aren't following the directions?

Any disruption in my schedule usually leads me to fall off track and gain weight. I've done well since I've been here, though. I haven't been getting a lot of exercise. I've taken a few walks around the block, but I've mainly been busy shuttling my parents between nurses and doctors. I've lost 2 lbs. I don't know if it's due to the stress, though!

My dad has an appointment with a cardiologist today, which is the last major followup. If this all checks out, then it's back to the normal routine.

  
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FITGIRL15 9/27/2012 11:18AM

    I'm glad everything is working out! Your father is lucky to have such capable medical staff on his case! I agree, I am very weary of Wester Medicine, too!

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KELPIE57 9/14/2012 10:07AM

    Glad so much is going well.

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MYOWNHERO 9/14/2012 9:38AM

    Good news about your Dad.

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KAYOTIC 9/14/2012 9:33AM

    Great news, good to hear the doctors and nurses support the food he's getting now.

I get my kefir at Trader Joes, good price, plain kefir, I have that almost every morning with a little granola and fresh fruit. Yum!

I think doctors tend to push pills because it's easier takes less time, and for the greater patient population will end up with better compliance than asking patients to eat better, since most people don't want to give up their processed foods without a fight. Not saying if a person wants to eat better they shouldn't do that, just that doctors have a limited amount of time for patient visits, given the current system here, and they have to use that time as best they can.

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BILL60 9/13/2012 8:15AM

    Sounds super on the home front. The best to your Dad.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/12/2012 7:36PM

    So glad to hear it's going well out there!!!

I had to do the filial duty with my dad in his later years, flying back to CA from NY on his occasional crises. It was tough. It sounds like you're doing great, and I'm happy to hear that everyone is open to your experience and advice.

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/12/2012 7:31PM

    Congrats I'll bet that's a big relief to the whole family! You're dad's lucky to have you around and to have a doc that seems to know his stuff and doesn't just parrot back what the AMA says!

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BLUEKITTYJAN 9/12/2012 6:23PM

    Congraulations on your achievements with your parents. Glad to hear that Dad is doing better. I wish I could get such co-operation with my mother. emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/12/2012 4:56PM

    How wonderful ! Glad to hear your father is do so well. Must be because of the excellent care he gets from his personal chef !

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Do you think your dad my like Keffir ? He might not like the consistency of yogurt, but perhaps he might like the Keffir which is more like a smoothy. He could even make a fruit smoothy with it. that might work for him.

I actually found a grocery store that sells Keffir for CHEAP. $2.89 !! and that's not on sale.

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WOUBBIE 9/12/2012 4:19PM

    Glad that he's on the mend.

Part of why I chose my doctor is that he never started an appointment with his prescription pad out, but gave you the healthy advice first. After 15 years with him though, I can see that his patients are wearing him down, and he's much more of a pill pusher than before.

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_RAMONA 9/12/2012 4:09PM

    I'm so glad th hear things are going well... and that your Dad has such great medical care. RE: "I'm wondering if it's the doctors that are pushing the meds, or the patients."

...my doctors are med pushers and are not at all interested in hearing anything that contradicts conventional wisdom... and it's all cut the fat, cut the fat, cut the fat.

I am still searching for those doctors that will work with me instead of against me and my desire to be strong and healthy without resorting to medication before doing anything else (like finding out what broke in the first place).

Be well, Cathy!
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MYLADY4 9/12/2012 3:17PM

    That is so good to hear that he is doing so much better. Way to go!!!

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KWRIGHT26 9/12/2012 2:34PM

    Sounds wonderful!

My mom does the same thing with yogurt. She only buys the ones with something like 20 g of added sugar and that granola crap on it.

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THINRONNA 9/12/2012 2:23PM

    I am so glad that your father is doing so well! Good news that you like and agree with the doctors too. I'll bet you will be glad to get back to your own routine but good for you keeping up with your good eating habits...it must be nice to know that it is becoming a way of life for you now. I am really happy for you and your dad!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 9/12/2012 12:00PM

    I had RNY and was worried about eating all the extra protein, but it hasn't raised my cholesterol either. It actually lowered.

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Feeling Optimistic

Friday, September 07, 2012

My dad is doing great. He's looking and feeling a lot stronger.

As I mentioned in previous blog, I've taken over the kitchen. He did have a few concerns about my dietary changes. He thought he was eating too much food.

These types of anxieties have reasons, so I talked with him. The appendix normally joins the small and large intestines. I discovered that he's concerned about tearing his intestines from where they were fused together when the appendix was removed. So he didn't want to eat too much.

I told him to write down what he had to eat so he could talk to the nurse about it.

Well, after talking to the nurse, she was absolutely beaming about what he's eating. She said protein and veggies are just what he needs to heal. He felt sufficiently reassured that he asked for breakfast and a snack without additional prodding!

I guess 'kids' might know something after all!

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My dad and I talked about nutrition this morning. I told him I avoid wheat products, eat 3 eggs per day, real butter, protein and vegetables. I told him about the book "Wheat Belly", and how modern wheat is heavily modified. My dad said he noticed since he stopped eating daily bread, he doesn't feel so bloated anymore. I nodded in agreement.

The last time I visited my parents, I was appalled. Their kitchen was full of breads, cereals, cookies, and sugary snack bars. When I arrived earlier in the week, I noticed they got rid of almost all of it. However, processed 'luncheon' meats and other packaged foods have made an appearance. I'm gently trying to reverse this, too. I made a pot roast last night with fresh meat and veggies, which earned high praises from my parents for the tenderness and flavor. My mom asked me for the recipe so she can make it again.

Success!

Today the weather made a cooler turn, so I'm cooking a beef stew. As always, it's made with simple, whole ingredients. Cubed chuck roast, beef broth, onions, celery, carrots, thyme, can of organic diced tomatoes, salt and pepper in a crockpot. That's it. The tomatoes are the only item that aren't in its direct form. However, I used it because the only ingredients listed are tomatoes and salt. It's really hard to buy fresh, good tasting tomatoes in Colorado, so I prefer to use the canned in this case for better flavor and nutrition.

I'm fortunate that my parents are open minded people. They've listened to my suggestions and are making changes. My mom made the comment that the 'younger' generation knows more about current research.

There are still challenges. My dad is on cholesterol lowering medications, which I am highly concerned about. I can't directly challenge his doctor's advice because I don't hold a MD. But I've gently made the suggestion maybe he can talk to his doctor that if his numbers continue to look good, they can reduce or eliminate some of his meds.

Especially the cholesterol. I explained to him what cholesterol is, why it's important, and the difference between good and 'bad'. Western medicine is in love with statins at the moment (highly profitable), so this is going to be a tough sell. But giving my dad information might open a path for a conversation to persuade the doc, "Hey, my numbers look good, why do I need these?"

I might give my dad a copy of "Wheat Belly" to give him food for thought before I leave. Maybe I can persuade him to give the book to his doc after he finishes it!

  
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THINRONNA 9/11/2012 3:50PM

    Good luck! I hope that your dad is open minded enough to listen to you and to read the book...I don't have parents like that. You have made some real progress it seems with them. I am so glad to know that your dad is doing bette!

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SNOWSNAKE 9/8/2012 11:05PM

    Im going to be taking out the crock pot after reading your recipe for this week, yummy! Glad dad listens to his daughter, afterall....they raised you and you were listening !! ***SNOW*** emoticon

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KAYOTIC 9/8/2012 1:29PM

    really great news! wonderful that your parents are open to trying and embracing your healthy ideas and habits.

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BLUEKITTYJAN 9/8/2012 7:14AM

    You are so right about statins. I have stopped mine knowing that I can control mine with diet.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 9/8/2012 12:23AM

    You're a great daughter!
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MYLADY4 9/7/2012 9:56PM

    emoticon So glad that they are listening to you and taking this seriously. What a great daughter you are.

Actually, I have heard that canned tomotoes are sometimes better then fresh due to the increased licopene (sp?) that happens to the tomatoes when they are cooked.

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WOUBBIE 9/7/2012 7:26PM

    You can usually appeal to older folks through their wallets too. When you point out that a crock pot meal costs less per serving than lunch meat that carries some weight with them!

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KICK-SS 9/7/2012 6:15PM

    It's my understanding that the appendix is nothing more than a little "tail" on the end of the large intestine. Web MD says it's a junction, but doesn't actually attach to anything - medicine has not quite figured out what the purpose of the appendix might be, theory is a storehouse for some good bacterias.

I got the info from Googling "appendix" then went to Web MD's site, it's pretty interesting with pictures too - maybe you can show your Dad. I know it's harder for older people to understand some of these things.

Sounds like he's making progress with his way of eating, that's so good! My Mother was a wonderful eater. My Dad.... another story..

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/7/2012 1:55PM

    Glad to hear your dad is recovering quickly !! You're lucky your parents are open to new ideas. Some people (as they age) are reluctant to make any changes that might disrupt their routines.

And well, it's nice to have a personal chef to do the cooking !

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