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11/17/18 9:50 A

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My nephew loves that Forks Over Knife movie. He follows the McDougall diet when doing good. It totally controls his blood sugar and when he isn't doing it, he often winds up in the hospital. His paternal grandfather was a brittle type one diabetic and his mom (my sister) is a type 2 diabetic, so he has the genes. Don't think I could ever get Gary to give up meat. I have runner friends who are plant-based and I have runner friends who are paleo and those 2 ways of eating are really different.


I bet someday science may tell us what the best way to eat is, which may be different for different people, but right now more people are interested in the taste of food than the nutrition it seems to me.

I would be interested in taking the Forks Over Knives class, but reluctant as Gary would never do it. I guess he's lost about 15 pounds, but he does eat lots of fast food and junk. He has been trying to control his blood sugar by cutting back on (not giving up) desserts.


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11/15/18 9:49 P

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I've been thinking about enrolling in the cooking class sponsored by Forks over Knives. It is $299 which seems excessive . . . although it could be priceless if that would encourage me to cook and eat that way. $300 is always cheaper than a heart attack. A friend of ours from our employed days both in KC and here in Florida just died two days ago of heart attack. He was very well-known in the KC area for playing Santa during the holidays. He had a great natural white beard and was just such a sweet person, that I think kids picked that up. So much of an outpouring of love from people who knew him from so many walks of life, but particularly poignant were the parents who said he was the only Santa that didn't frighten their children. Sigh. So sad. That's two really solid friends we've lost in the past week. It makes a guy start to think about those plant-based diets.

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9/12/18 5:14 P

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You gave us Gary's BMI but how many pounds had he lost? It seemed very noticeable to both of us as we discussed again the car. He's been on the Burger King diet? It is so much easier for men to lose than us girls.

I haven't tried the riced cauliflower yet. However, I do love the veg so I would probably be fine with it. I'm going to try to get back to planning ahead more . . . when Bob gets off vacation. It's been way tooooooooooooo upsetting to my life to have him hovering all the time. Thankfully he doesn't visit this site! I love him to death, but miss my little routine and ability to eat when and what I want without cooking for him three times a day.

Thankful for him, for sure. Just wish I could figure out how to be more in alignment when he is home. Eventually he will be here all the time when he decides to retire for real. I hope by his own volition rather than due to health.

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9/10/18 12:07 P

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I grated cauliflower and microwaved it for 4 minutes. It tasted as good as Green Giant's riced cauliflower. I added it to a pasta and cheese recipe. It really added volume making it more satisfying and I don't think it changed the taste much. I will have to add some to the kids' mac and cheese and see if they balk!!


I blogged about it with pictures. My crazy camera phone. I dropped it and it still works although it won't upload pictures to my computer now. It will let me put pictures on FaceBook or SparkPeople, though. Oh, well.

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9/10/18 12:05 P

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Jane, you and Bob were right! Gary has lost weight. I guess because I see him every day I didn't see it. He went to doc and now weighs 211 and his BMI is around 27.5, down from 29.8. So I will never fuss that he doesn't recognize when I gain weight, since I didn't see it myself! It is frustrating that all he has to do to lose around 11 pounds (maybe 13?) is cut out some super-sugary desserts. He was trying to control his blood sugar; he wasn't even trying to lose weight!


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8/15/18 11:59 P

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I should have mentioned in that post called Oh Me Oh My that I pack what Bob WANTS for lunch, not what I think he needs. I got some straight talk from a couple of people about that. LOL I have put grapes in there and apples and oranges, etc as well as hummus and pita instead of a
Cotta Salami sandwich and chips. The grapes come back home and he whines about how difficult it is to dip hummus . . . and he might get it on his shirt. As if dripping mustard from a sandwich is less treacherous. Sheesh.

Sounds like we might have married twins separed at birth . . . although no diabetes . . . just pancreatic cancer! These guys . . . . . . . . .

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8/12/18 12:21 P

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Gary has gotten more and more entrenched into bad eating and is less and less willing to eat what I want him to eat as far as main dishes go. That said, he has recently got rid of lots of high sugar items because his blood sugar is out of sight and he's now on 2 injections per day after 18 years of controlling his diabetes with pills. His blood sugar is still way over what the doc wants it to be. Right now he's in a burger and ribs mood. I don't think he recognizes how much sugar in in BBQ sauce and in ketchup. He is eating bologna and hot dogs a lot. I don't do ribs, bologna or hot dogs, and limit BBQ sauce. He goes to Sonic Burger every Tuesday for buy one/get one burgers. And we went out to eat twice this week. He does his own bologna and hot dogs for lunc h.


I've been eating more convenience foods like frozen dinners recently. There were years I didn't touch anything that processed but I seem to be having problems with portion control when I try to cook. But when it is all measured out for me, no struggle. Sigh. I'll keep trying.


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8/8/18 9:51 P

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I've been cooking one thing at night for Bob and another for me. I have struggled with Weight Watchers for months. I finally threw in the towel. I got back on SP to count calories so I could sync with my fitbit . . . it won't sync food with WW because they count points, not calories. I was struggling . . . my WW day would be out of points, but my calories on SP showed me 780 or 850. Too much disparity. To eat well on WW I have to eat a lot of eggs . . . veggies . . . fruit, all of which I"m fond. But everything else killed me. I will have to write more on this later.

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8/8/18 11:25 A

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That looks great, Jane. Appreciate your recommendation. I'm sure I'd like it for special. Most days just a plain microwaved potato, or half potato, is wonderful as far as I'm concerned. When I'm being really good, I don't use the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" Spray, but sometimes it makes the difference. If I told Gary it has yogurt in it, he wouldn't touch it. He calls yogurt "spoiled milk." It occurs to me I could make plain baked potatoes and these wonderful potatoes and let everyone eat what they will!


I know I sound not as positive as I want to come across. Truly my family is hard to cook for.




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I'm going to try those immediately. I found the best recipe on this site. It is called Wonderful Stuffed Potatoes. I wasn't sure whether they would be wonderful, but i had all the ingredients on hand . . . cottage cheese, greek yogurt, etc. They are in fact, Wonderful!! Just search for it by name and you can see for yourself . . .

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8/1/18 10:31 A

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My two new favorite low fat salad dressings. First one is low sodium. Refrigerated salsa or homemade is a lot less sodium than the stuff in a jar:

1. Balsamic-Mustard

for each serving, mix 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon deli mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning. refrigerate. If you have the calories and need the good fat, use EVOO on your greens before adding the dressing.

2. Salsa-Ranch

1 T. lite ranch dressing mixed with 2 T. fresh (homemade or refrigerated) salsa

Yum!


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7/31/18 5:34 P

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Please share your favorite recipes and ideas for help in our kitchens. We are all looking for good and healthy recipes, hacks on those comfort foods, and ways to get more bang for our points/calories.

Cyndi! Where's that Pudge Me Not brownie recipe . . . Pretty please . . . with splenda on it?

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