Saturday, June 20, 2015

Eat to Live? yeah I was skeptical too.

So, on 6-11-15, I took my mother to her a sleep apnea doctor. She is 60+ yrs. old and has type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and now sleep apnea. Not to mention some thyroid thing I don't completely understand. He advised that losing weight would eliminate many of these issues and reduce the amount of medication she was on. Great, I said. But we already cook every meal at home. No fast food, no processed food and she walks everyday. I buy all the groceries, so besides rice and oatmeal, there aren't a lot of empty carbs in the house (for the rest of the family- yes, but not for her- I buy her frozen mangoes and cherries yum). How is she supposed to lose weight when we've already been doing these things for 2 years and no results (she hasn't gotten worse, just not better either). He suggested Dr. Fuhrman's book, The End of Diabetes- the Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes. He said, it was written by a doctor and was NOT a diet, but a new way of looking at food- mainly encouraging greens, onion, beans and mushrooms. Most of his patients said they could not possibly eat the amount of food suggested in the book. With that I was sold. I can't stand counting calories or timing snacks. I hate being hungry, especially when I have plenty of food in the house. I have actually BEEN hungry, as in the cupboard was bare, so I avoid it now with a vengeance. As for her, she is constantly hungry and it is agonizing. We'd tried everything else, so I ordered it on the spot @$13 used on Amazon while we were in his office and he was still talking to us. Book came in last Sat and we started eating his way on Sunday 6-14. Now, I skimmed through the book, highlighted and took notes. No, I did NOT read the whole thing-I just wanted the cliff notes. As of Friday, 6-19, mom lost 2 pounds and I lost 3 and I felt absolutely stuffed all day and could not have eaten another bite if you paid me. Now I am a believer. I could not follow his guidelines 100% because I would go crazy, so I followed them 50-80%. For us, it was enough. Here's what we ate this week, left overs served as lunch the next day. -Sunday- homemade vegetable soup- added cabbage -Monday- homemade black bean burgers with bacon & cheddar cheese -Tuesday- eggplant parmesan -Wednesday- homemade bean burritos with cheddar cheese, sour cream and green sauce -Thursday- Lasagna Soup with Italian sausage -Friday- Mushroom and Carmelized Shallot Strudel (used onions- not shallots) I also made a dessert - avocado chocolate cookies- they are OK, but I would have rather had guacamole. If no leftovers, I ate kale salad with ginger dressing, soup and a side of broccoli. Mom pretty much ate left over eggplant parm every day for lunch. She loved it. For snacks, I had an orange or an apple (this is normal for me) For breakfast, I ate oatmeal, cranberries & walnuts (this is normal for me) I normally eat healthy, but must have been eating in all the wrong proportions because I have never felt so stuffed. I can't explain it, but hey, it seems to be working. Mom stopped eating rice, which I'm sure helped. I'll keep you posted on the progress and post the recipes. :) Wanna join us on this journey?

Friday, March 20, 2015

So, you wanna write urban fantasy?

Step one:  watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seaons 1-7


Step two:  read Jim Butcher's tips for writers.  Priceless.  Especially how to get through the Big Swampy Middle.


Step three:  write something. anything and finish it


Step four:  set a goal.   Mine was to write and submit a story for an anthology of short stories


Step five:  get a proof reader and some beta readers. NOT family.  You need re feedback here


Step six:  write hit series, go to Dragoncon and sign autographs

Working on this now:)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Biscuits, butter and white syrup

Does any resolution to "eat right" withstand the decadent temptation of biscuits, butter and karo syrup?  I think not.