This is what I typed by hand into google chrome (opened a new browser page even first for MFP)...and it will not let me post blog as it says its empty.
This is what I typed by hand into google chrome (opened a new browser page even first for MFP)...and it will not let me post blog as it says its empty.
I'm sure there are some of you that read that and think I've lost my mind. Maybe I have, but I don't think so. I've done a lot of reading along the way since having to change my lifestyle, and at first I was just eating more natural/fresh to avoid sodium. Then I learned how to do it better so it tasted good to me.
I started to really see the scale move and that encouraged me to do more reading and researched more foods and I started taking chances with trying new (or old) things ..and found they were wonderful! Heck yesterday I was chopping the heads off broccoli to put into my freezer and noticed a few leaves on the stalk, plucked them right off and ate them and LIKED IT lol. Seriously a year ago I mocked people that were Martha Stewart like and joked that man they need something better to do!! Now Martha is one of my GO TO women for easy wonderful recipes that explode with flavor in my mouth. Her web site REALLY is awesome.
What have I read you wonder? These are three of the books that are changing my mind and body, nutrition wise.
1. Real Food by Nina Planck - She grew up on a farm with parents that believed in natural whole foods...and was very healthy - then grew up went away to school, decided to do low fat, and even vegetarian for a while and could never understand why she was so sick..slowly she rediscovered the importance of natural healthy fresh foods. Her book was hard for me to read as it was my first jump into the intellectual food pool, it took me at least two months to finish it and comprehend most of it. But it started me thinking and encouraged me enough to seek out and purchase grass fed beef.
2. Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan MD and Luke Shanahan - very eye opening, mind blowing stuff in here about exactly why things are harmful to our bodies...its depressing really. I mentioned it to a good friend yesterday and she said "Kalyn, put the book down, I was reading that a few months ago and it depressed me to the point of tears" LOL. I know - not funny right? But it is, too...and that book even though I haven't really read it yet, I've re-read a few sections on sugar and fat that seem so true and valid I know I will be reading the whole thing in small doses so I don't go mental.
3. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon & Mary Enig
This is one of those books I will treasure forever - it is fascinating. There are multiple indexes in the back, with conditions/foods and just informational facts about each thing listed, an ingredient list of every fruit, veggie, dairy product, protein etc that you could ever think of with recipes listed and page numbers. Also a sample menu index for things like Christmas dinner, Easter dinner, child's birthday, Greek buffet, Monday menu, Friday menu, August menu...
It carefully explains each ingredient and cross references all over the book so you understand exactly why you want to use the things listed and how your body reacts to them. When I got this book months ago I thumbed through it and thought "who in holy heck makes their own cream cheese" LOL and now I'm thinking "eh, I could do that." There's a recipe for basic mayonnaise - then many variations to make flavored mayo like lemon, garlic, spicy, and so on. That's on my TO DO list. I have all the ingredients now even the whey so it stays good for 2 to 3 months. Seriously folks its like eggs whipped together with other random odds and ends I'm sure some of you have.
Another fun thing about this book that along each side of the pages there's either a sample menu, a short quip or article about that food or recipe, or a "know your ingredients" play along thing..you read the ingredients and see appendix A to find out what commercial product it is...for example -
Know your ingredients?
Answers are found in back in an appendix in this book
Ingredients: Enriched wheat flour, sugar, corn syrup, niacin, water, high fructose corn syrup, vegetable and/or animal shortening – containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed and canola oil, and beef fat, dextrose, whole eggs, modified corn starch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch, corn flour, corn syrup, solids, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, dextrin, calcium caseinate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, wheat gluten, calcium sulphate, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, yellow #5, red #40.
Gosh what is that? I'll save you the suspense - its a Hostest Twinkie. YUM.
What really caught my eye was a side bar about our consumption of products in the past 100 years and how its changed.......butter consumption DOWN over 60% Hydronated oils UP over 400% and our sugar intake has DOUBLED. Man I wonder why we're so sick all the time (not!)
I found three books by randomly searching for healthy eating or natural eating on Amazon and they were suggested together as a special deal or "customers who bought this also bought..."
I might decide later in life or just down the road that this is all wrong for me and change it up again - but it seems to me that if it worked for thousands of years before we humans thought we got so smart - why are we changing it so much our bodies can't recognize how to digest it or use it? So that's why I upped my fat intake.
** the third book, Nourishing Traditions, I would not recommend getting electronic version...its big and heavy and cumbersome, but sometimes you just need the physical book to mark pages, make notes, zoom around looking and reading without all the modern gadgetry.
Was driving to get a power cord earlier (for new freezer) and started smiling, giggling even about the reaction a birthday card I sent on jibjab got from one of my coworkers. I had forgotten I had sent it a few weekends ago. She told me how she laughed and laughed at how silly the card made me look, dancing around and shaking my stuff.
It has been a very rough few weeks but now I have a three day weekend. I'm going to do a LOT of things that make me smile!! Life is good these days.
And for anyone that would like to see the card.....lol ........
So yesterday I was driving to the rehab place and missed my turn on a very commonly traveled road and had to turn into the driveway of an apartment complex. There was a lady by the complex's mail boxes getting her mail with her two, maybe 3 year old little girl. Both of them were blonde and very pretty. The little girl was completely naked. No panties, no shirt, no diaper, nothing. It really bothered me but at the time I didn't feel like it was my place to do anything or say anything.
Well, I mentioned it to a coworker today and he pointed out "what about any registered sex offenders around there? have you looked at the map online??" well I haven't for that area, but knowing that registered sex offenders are EVERYWHERE (and yes some mistakenly convicted).....wow driving home today my conscious was eating at me. Say something, do something, if it feels wrong report it..that kind of thing.
I just got off the phone with the non-emergency dispatch and will call her back tomorrow with the exact address so she can have me report what I saw to a police officer - that way they will watch out for her out getting her mail or whatever and say something. My heart would break if I saw that little girl on the news was abducted or harmed in any way, shape or form - and I had said nothing.
Part of me wonders if I over reacted - and yeah I did email our facility manager today at work asking how often the ice machine was cleaned out - I watch too much "Restaurant Impossible with Robert Irvine LOL. I'm going to trust my gut with this one and know that even if it was something innocent in a case like this it is always in the best interest of the child - even if I don't know them - to speak up for them.
I want to add that I hope anyone that took the time to read this knows that I hope and pray no one I know has ever had to experience any form of child or sexual abuse, in any way, shape or form, either as a victim or a wrongly accused predictor.
Sometimes when I say things online or in real life it sounds judgemental or condescending and I truly do not mean it that way - I'm a work in progress. To me MFP is a safe place to share. Thank you for respecting that and sharing your comments with me.
coming back to add 7/27
Since I already have come back and commented how I was trying very hard not to offend anyone, and did apologize if I did, I'm not going to repeat myself. I will add that I checked the map tonight and turns out there is a registered sex offender less than half a mile from the apt. complex I was referring to. He even lives closer to me. I'm glad I looked!! Also, the area I live in has some very nice homes and lots of seniors, but there are a few rental buildings with many people that come and go, and they are known to be up to no good, deal or use drugs & sell their bodies. Its really odd how the different types make up such a close area. The very nice policeman I talkd to tonight was just going to keep an eye out for her, and I would guess kindly warn her to be more careful. From everything I have heard and seen this was getting taken no further - I even explained on the phone with dispatcher that I didn't think this called for intervention or child services to come in, and she agreed, but she was concerned too as she also knows the area.
I'm still glad I spoke up, I'm not someone that cries wolf or yells fire. Anyone that knows me will say that I'm pretty fair minded and sensable. I think it *is* different if you are in an unpopulated part of the country - but this was a well traveled road and this little girl was standing 2 feet from the side of the road while her momma looked through her mail. I do think that this topic is like politics though, no matter how you put it, you end up rubbing people the wrong way. But if I've encouraged just one person to speak out when their heart tells them someone is in danger, it was worth it.
Check out www.familywatchdog.us - look up your neighborhood. You might be suprised. Every town, city big or small is different and I feel I did what was appropriate for my area. I'm sorry I've caused such a stir.
I have to tell you all when I was going to grocery to get wine tonight quick, I went right by where I saw that little girl but this time on the other side of the road - there were like 7 or 8 little kids I think all from Laos..and one adult and the dude had his head in the trunk fixing something so he wasn't even watching them and they were right by that same road and some had gone around the building so he couldn't see them if he wanted to.
So on my way back I stopped quick and mentioned registered sex offender like 2 blocks away so he could let his neighbors know to just keep an eye on their kids - and he got really serious and said oh yes and pointed at building one down from his and said 'child stolen from there, very sad, thank you.'
Someone can stop with a buddy so fast grab one of those kids and do god knows what to them--I don't live in fear but its always good to be smart.
I got a call back this morning from Dove Health Care today...they have one of the BEST pools in the USA!! And its less than 2 miles from my house!! And my insurance will probably cover aqua therapy with them as many times a week and for as long as I want to help me lose weight!! The pool even has a hydraulic stand that helps you in and out of the pool if you need it, and it has a tread mill on it so you can stop and walk to raise heart rate and get back in and swim more!! AND its a perfect 93 degrees F. Blessings abound!!
OK for those that dont know I grew up in Pensacola, FL, with a mom from Elizabethtown KY a Daddy from Frisco City AL. I know southern food and love it!! Pretty sure I am related to Paula Deen somehow! Beyond my experiences at the fine dining establishment known as Waffle House --my momma makes some KILLER cheese grits baked in the oven with heavy cream!
Mom would always make them along with coleslaw, sweet iced tea when we had fish fries. Dad always cooked the cat fish, hush puppies and home cut french fries in the fryer outside and put in brown paper sacks until it was ready to eat. I loved everything but the fish and coleslaw! LOL Clarification - I did like the occasional fried fish tail or fried fish egg roe if we were lucky enough to find some.
Tonight I hadn't decided what I wanted for dinner when I got home from work - and I had enjoyed leftover super good lasagna today for lunch (O M G you must try Ricotta Con Latte!! Much better than plain old ricotta or cottage cheese in lasagna!!). I was skimming a few diaries ..still thinking about what to do for dinner and saw that a friend had breakfast at Waffle House! Which made me think of Cheese Grits!
I dont even keep sausage in the house because its one of my first loves and I don't think I'm ready to control that yet -- the sodium is just too high although I have learned how to make it. And I love Paula Deen's cheese grits casserole. So I made something very similar with 2 oz of lower sodium ham cut up. I thought lower sodium BACON would make it too greasy with all the butter and cheese I wanted in it..lol.
Here is what I used:
What you cant see that per serving it is Carbs-23 g, Cholesterol-72, Sugars 1
I used 9 x 9 glass baking dish, and used the cheddar to top it before putting in oven.
1. Bring to boil 2 cups water, salt, pepper, spices, grits then lower heat and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes until grits are done..(it will be a creamy, thick mixture and the grits will be cooked/not HARD)
P. S. I am serious about the Ricotta Con Latte!! I want to try it in some homemade baked mac n cheese and or stuffed shells!! http://www.belgioioso.com/RicottaConLatte.htm
P. S. S. Still need to post step by step instructions with picture for grilled pizza and those tomatoes stuffed with pork was awesome!! and used some of that same pork for lasagna last night!! good stuff!!
Really Long but Exciting to ME Random: My coworker Julie might be able to secure me a chicken that her family member raises and slaughters for me to buy. I am so excited because I'll know exactly what it has been fed (which can effect the chicken's natural nutrients)...not only would I get quite a bit of meat as I've been told the chickens are HUGE, I'm conveniently out of my homemade chicken broth.
I was telling my Aunt Jerry about a recipe I had read in my "The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook" By Shannon Hayes for a basic homemade chicken broth. It was very similar to how I had done it on the fly months ago, but added carrots, onions & celerery and an igreedient I had never heard of doing, vinegar. The author of this recipe eplains that the vinegar would draw out the nutrients from the bones. My aunt who had grown up on a farm asked me to send her the recipe when I got home, and I promised I would...and I was thinking I would post it on MFP too, to share with all those people trying to get healthier that wanted to make their own broths.
The recipe in the book was submitted by someone named Stacey Muncie, and after a quick google search and finding her and reading anything online that had her name + chicken broth, I couldn't find it. I started to get interested about the nice looking lady, possibly a cancer survivor who also is a writer/blogger and discovered she was on facebook! well! I quick scooted over to FB and searhed for her...and up pops her page! She seemed very active on her page and also with twitter..and even her background was of some pretty looking pizza..Well HELLO!! I just impressed my friends by GRILLING pizza!! lol
So I found some of my new confidence and left her a note on her wall asking her permission to post her recipe on MFP as I couldn't find it published on the internet anywhere else. Well she got back to me within half an hour on that same Sunday and said sure!! its just a basic broth recipe anyways, and very common! Maybe common to those cooking for a long time, or that knew what they were doing, but for a new "foodie" type like me who could no longer use canned chicken broth because of sodium, new to the world of food preperation, and on a pretty tight budget, let me tell you - it was a Godsend to me, and I was excited about it and wanted to share with the MFP!! :) Very cool experience to find someone so nice and interesting willing to help out a stranger - I plan to go back and read more of her stuff and more about her in the future when I've got some leisure time.
Happy/Sad Random: I just killed a moth that somehow got inside with a fly swatter my good work friend Dan gave me. He lost his mother recently and was cleaning out her apartment and found all these fly swatters his mom had created and was so proud of, and he gave me one Saturday night when I grilled pizza. And its such a cute little swatter - I know it is more decorative than functinal, but hey, it was just a moth not a big nasty bug that might have harmed the swatter. That reminds me...blog/post recipe with pictures for grilled pizza.
Garlicy Random: I've noticed with my cooking as I make things, I use 1 clove of fresh garlic with every 1 large tomato I use, or about the same clove vs amount of tomato ..and that's what tastes great to me and now I just do it naturally when making anything with tomatoes that I want to add garlic to. Weird. Kind of like my new interest in fancy salts and sugars. Its instinctively right. I've even dedicated a small cubby on refrigerator door to have all my fresh garlic stored and usually one random onion sitting in it, too, so I know exactly where it is so its easy.
Homegrown Random: I never did finish blog last night but got some sleep. Its actually 5:47 AM right now on the 4th of July, 2012. I got a few hours of sleep and am so excited for my day off I had a hard time sleeping. Today I am going to set up my little herb garden and hope it grows well on the window sill in my spare bedroom. It has parsley, basil, oregano, chives, thyme and sage. I'm really excited because the kit was less than ten dollars and I'm starting to really enjoy fresh herbs bought at the grocery but its getting pricey at two or three dollars a pop. The cat wont be able to eat them or knock it on the floor, either, because I keep spare bedroom closed off and it gets great sun light! :) Coworker Mark suggested if the plants grow well and I enjoy them I could always transplant them to something like an unused aquarium (cheap or free!) and have that either in bedroom or living room with a grow light. It would be really pretty to look at, and still very little money, and wow! what a great idea! My Dad loved growing things and gardening - I'm sure he will keep an eye on my plants for me from heaven and make sure they survive my lack of skills!
Yummy Spicy Random: I made some really good salsa last night!! Someone at work suggested it at work yesterday and planted the idea in my head..and by the end of the day I was asking another coworker how she makes her salsa (its really good!) Got home and decided that's what I wanted for dinner - found a recipe online that was similar to her but also had cumin in it (I LOVE cumin now lol)...and added baby bell peppers, and I didn't have any plain vinegar so I used red wine vinegar (sweet with the heat?). MAN it was good!
I had planned on washing that down with a nice adult beverage but I decided that I was hungrier than thirstier, and I had also wanted scrambled eggs all day..........so............guess what I did!!
It was fan freakin-tastic!! Saved a second tortilla with the other 1.5 egg and .25 cup salsa to reheat in morning. Even my friend Donna from Houston suggested putting a tiny bit of butter on the wrapper..and man that made the whole thing perfection. Backtracking even more, a cheesy goodness random: Sunday evening, after a wonderful day of doing nothing much I decided I finally wanted to try making that Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe I had found that looked pretty good. Its written by the Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond from the Cooking Network, but its pretty basic - Milk - Half & Half - Broccoli - Cheese - Butter - Nutmeg. I followed it exactly but added some carrots and 1 cup of water and one more cup of cheese and also added one more 1/2 tsp of salt...it was awesome! I would never try outdo-ing her pictures on her blog of each step of the creation of the soup, but here is a picture of my soup and with it a link to the recipe.
Random Saltiness: I bought an inexpensive but fancy looking salt at the country grocery a few weeks ago..it says REAL SALT - ALL NATURAL Mineral Sea Salt No Preservatives on the bag - KOSHER Ing: MINERAL SALT/SEA SALT. So I've been thinking of researching fancier salts - I've been using the real salt. It is kind of pink, possibly Himalayan? Not sure but I am going to call store and ask)..and I've instinctively been using it here and there when finishing some of my food or wishing was out in kitchen so I could instead of digging for it in pantry. And I can tell a difference! Sometimes I use the Hains Sea Salt (already ground in a cardboard carton) for everyday cooking and sometimes I want fresh ground salt on my food. lol. Yanno I never could do anything half way - and if salt was going to kill me now I'm going to turn around and appreciate it and LOVE it!! I just ordered starter kit with six different kind of exotic salts from amazon very inexpensive ($25)...cannot wait to do more reading and learn how to use them. It makes eating healthy FUN.
That is about all the high points of what has been running through my head the past few days that I can share about. Well that and my awesome cholesterol report from my doctor last week (ha-ha!). And wow, if you read all of that, thanks! Have a good 4th of July everyone!!
Afterthought Random: I am sooooo glad I got this camera over a year ago! :)