Thursday, March 04, 2010
Well, the news from the doctor was good and bad last week. The good news is that the things that are wrong with me are still in the range where they can be addressed by diet and exercise. The bad news is:
1. I am borderline diabetic. I've been expecting this. It is non-affectionately referred to as the Price Family Scourge in my family of origin, because all of my Father's 5 siblings had it, and at least one of their children had it. My Mother's Mother developed it later in life as well; so it has been the Damoclean sword hanging over my head for years while my Thyroid has failed and my weight has crept ever upward, and I've begun to notice signs of developing neuropathy in my feet.
2. The left atrial chamber of my heart is slightly enlarged...probably due to the mitral valve prolapse I've lived with since having Rheumatic Fever as a teenager.
3. My cholesterol level is waaaaay too high. On the good side, though...my HDL/LDL/Triglyceride balance is good.
4. My blood pressure is creeping upward at a depressing rate.
So I came home from the doctor's office, fixed myself a humongous gluten free hamburger and French Fries and a Hot Fudge Brownie A la Mode, watched a movie, and slept soundly! Lest you think me suicidally depressed, let me explain that this cleared out the last of the potentially offending foods from the Fridge/Freezer, and I went shopping yesterday for a cart load of fruits and veggies. I'm looking forward to clean cooking from here on out. The forthcoming eating plan will include items like Lemon Parsley Soup; Penne Pasta with Spinach Walnut Pesto and Fresh Tomatoes; Sprouted Seed Veggie Paninis; Homemade Granola with Homemade Yogurt and Fruit; Raw Veggie Salad; Pumpkin Bisque; Squash Soup with Pecans and Greens; Tuscan Garbanzo Bean Salad; Roasted Greek Chicken and Brown Rice Bake; Salmon with Lime Dill Sauce; Fontina Prosciutto Pizza with Artichokes and Portabello Mushrooms; Almond Strawberry Smoothies; Melon Berry Salad with Honey Lime Dressing; Quinoa Primavera; Tomato Salad with Red Onions, Capers, and Garlic Aioli; Lentil Spinach Salad with Pears, Pecans, and Goat Cheese;...anyway...I think you get the picture. None of these meals will exceed 400 calories at a pop unless I truly pig out...portion control is still my nemesis, and the sodium and sugar content of them is generally within allowable limits for me. Sodium will be the hardest thing for me to control, for while I have long ago thrown out the salt shaker, I still love things like lots of cheese. (I could live on cheese and onion enchiladas!!) I figure that allowing myself an occasional relatively sodium loaded meal like the Pizza in the foregoing list will not be too bad...by occasional, I mean about once a month. I am hosting a Bible Study/Prayer group along with my sister this weekend, and I'm making a pot of Vegetarian chili with Pinto beans and Soy veggie crumbles instead of meat. It is going to be a Pot Luck Meal, (This may be the "splurge" meal of the month!!) so I will have to exercise self control. I have difficulty doing this when I am occupied in a social setting, and it is easy to find myself mindlessly munching due to the "nerves" of trying to keep my energy levels up enough to interact with other people and not just melt into the carpet.
Well, anyway...planning and preparation and discipline seem to be the prerequisites for this kind of eating plan. I'm going to have to make sitting down and drawing up weekly menus and cooking schedules a regular part of the lifestyle. I can't leave the meal preparation to chance, because then, I'll find myself falling back into old cooking habits. I've cooked "from scratch" for many many years, and I've been continually refining the type of food I purchase and prepare. This is just more "fine tuning." Wish me the Lord's grace as I seek to become more disciplined in the pursuit of health.