reading a new book—The Mind Gut Connection. Wow, learning so, so much that I never knew before. This may totally change the way I view eating.
Working on destressing myself regarding the back issues. Cutting back again on gym and dumping the shoes he wanted me in—doing all his assigned exercises religiously however. Hoping I can get back to feeling better. My bum is much improved from the fall last week. I think that fall affected my whole body though.
We had a and a cool rainy day today and yesterday- so nice! Solar panels are nice and shiny clean.
OMG I just watched What the Health on Netflix! I am in shock. Okay, I am off meats of all kinds—have actually only had meat once in last two months. My fish consumption will be occasional and I am going to cut back on dairy gradually—that will be the hardest. A
Refrigerator fixed yesterday! Whew. We had a cooler where we put some stuff in with ice that helped for breakfast/lunch the past few days and takeout for dinners. I've decided to not stock up so much on food and fewer condiments. I had so much stuff that I rarely used just sitting there.
91 degrees today, ugh, usual temp for this time of year is in the 70s, crazy.
Joan, we are getting hot weather that you should have at this time. I usually eat organic/local/pastured meats, is there a problem with that? Did you ever eat Omnivore's Dilemma? Valerie, who was vegeterian for most of her youth started eating meat after reading that book. Glad you're feeling better in your back end areas!
Thanks for startng the May thread.
Need to start preparing for friend from last cruise coming to visit us next week. Having him over for dinner on Mon, we'll go out to dinner on Tues
Good morning—has been a busy and yet painful weekend—my QL muscle is in constant pain mode unless I either use the tens unit or load up on tons of advil (not a good liver choice!). I had a massage on Thursday which helped for a few hours—by Friday morning I could not do my exercises—skipped them for two days—restarted yesterday morning but could not last night. I will go to the rehab dr today and tell him I am in worse shape—no idea why. Thinking I may have to see my primary dr and ask for a ref for an MRI—but am still thinking about leaving him as I hate the group he is with as it is a beaurocratic nightmare to get anything done.
Sue, I always thought grass fed organic took care of the issues with meat—the issue is so much bigger than just that. The reality is that protein is actually produced only one place—in plant matter—animals that eat only plant matter only have protein in their bodies from eating the plants. Getting it second hand is not as healthy because you take in other unhealthy things from the animal fat. Also how the animal is treated—where it is butchered—and animal matter does not digest as quickly as plant matter so it sits in the body longer and we absorb more of the negative aspects of that animal. Also the restrictions to get it labeled grass fed and organic are not as stringent as should be—the best option for eating meat would be what my DS Park Ranger eats—all wild animal meat only—animals that are free to roam and eat a variety of their natural foods and then butchered by the people who are going to eat them. Also the protein myth (which I have been a vocal proponent of for years and now have to “eat my words” ) is that we do not require a lot of protein. Turns out that of all mammals on earth, human breast milk which we know is perfect for babies to grow up on, is the lowest protein milk of all—and quite a lot lower than other mammals. Yet we switch babies to cows milk and start pouring protein in people. It’s just really interesting to read and learn about the chemistry in the body with the microbes and the results that what we eat produce. I know I sound like a radical religious convert . My father’s side of the family were all Seventh Day Adventists who never ate any meat except for my father and two uncles. There were nine siblings. Of the nine siblings only three did not live over 90–my dad and those two uncles—and both the uncles died in their seventies and were heavy meat eaters. My dad lived to 86 but up in the towns in WA that are nearly total SDAdventist the life expectancy is so high—and it’s been that way for years. It makes me think. I also have heard that the same is true for the Loma Linda area in CA and it is SDA as well. Anyway, my attitude about myself is this—I have eaten meat for 73 years—it’s not like I haven’t experienced it and need to—I can move on to some new tastes and learn some new cooking methods and it might be like walking into a new candy store!
Saturday, my gym friend who had the jaw replacement on Feb 1 finally got off her picc line of antibiotics and can start trying to rebuild her body and life—she had six women over for lunch to celebrate—she is like you, Sue, loves to cook and is really good. She made an Indian daal that was all vegetarian and it was to die for—OMG, I loved it so much—she gave me the leftovers to eat here. I have been researching the recipes and I am going to learn to make it—it was also so beautiful. DH tasted it and liked it too. I bought forbidden rice again and am going to make us a forbidden rice bowl on Tuesday with pickled ginger strips, rainbow carrot strips, sauteed mushrooms, and roasted purple sweet potatoes.—can hardly wait! Yesterday I went back to making my own hummus and half of it I made into roasted red pepper by roasting some organic red peppers —-OMG, it is so good. This happened after I read the nutritional value of the hummus I was eating—zilch. It has almost no fiber—my homemade hummus is full of fiber! And lots of plant protein. So anyway, I am revising my cooking, digging out as many recipes as I can find with beans and will push the greens on us big time—luckily I have lots of kale and arugula now so they are super tasty.
We have to eat out again tonight (ugh—have been out for dinners four nights in a row now) because DS Park Ranger is in town for a peace officer annual training at one of the hotels way out on the edge of town and is not allowed to leave that area—-so we will go up and meet him for dinner, which will be nice as we have not seen him in about 3 months. However he will probably have a couple ranger buddies with him so it will not just be a family affair.
I have book club this week on Thursday, facial from my neice this afternoon and take Jordan to the ortho again on Tuesday. So missing my gym time but I feel I must get this body on track before I throw it into any more trauma by doing something wrong!
Thinking about you, JoAnne—have you had the surgery? Somehow I thought it was late last week that you were scheduled for?
Holly, I went to a retirement party for one of my teachers Friday night and someone made her a coconut cake and because you always talk about it, I had a piece—OMG, it was so delicious. And beautiful! Last night our neighbors had us over and I ate dessert there too—okay that cannot keep happening as with no gym these treats are going right on my waistline! So today I’m going to resolve to have no treats all week as they are as bad as my meat eating for sure.
Okay, this is my first post here. I picked this one because it feels like there are some like-minded people here. It's great to find folks that care about the quality of what they eat.
I'm 63 years old, and am recently widowed. I live in our country home, and raise most of my own food organically. I've been on the organic bandwagon for 44 years now. I bake my own bread, and even mill my own flour with wheat and spelt I get in bulk from the Mennonites in my area. I have a little orchard of 14 fruit trees, and grow raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, and blueberries too, as well as all kinds of vegetables every summer. I have a small flock of chickens that are "for real" free range; they travel the yard, pastures, and dry lots and enjoy foraging for greens and bugs; they give me gorgeous orange-yolked eggs and are kept totally organic. My screen name is from the fact that I trained outside horses for many years, but now just work my own. I do everything necessary here, from the mowing to the tilling to the planting to the harvesting. I use a front end loader for a snow shovel on our long drive, I even cut and split my own firewood and butcher the meat I raise. I live with three dogs and a barn cat, as well as my three remaining horses.
This new version of WW was very appealing to me because it focuses on so many of the foods I raise. Yet I find it somewhat dismaying sometimes, because some of the things I eat aren't in the database. Not much of what I consume has a label on it. Heritage poultry looks very different from the big mushy birds in the grocery store (which I find totally tasteless), and it's far lower in fat. When I butcher and stew my spent layers, I find very little fat to skim off the broth. The roasters are around three pounds. The breasts in grocery stores look grossly huge to me, since I'm used to breeds like Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, and Rhode Island Reds. I don't find heritage poultry in the database (I still have a bunch of heritage turkeys in the freezer; I used to raise them, too), nor the pastured, non-GMO pork I get from a friend who raises pigs on his place, nor the lovely, lean grassfed and grass finished Longhorn-Corriente cross beef I get from my farrier, who rodeos, team ropes, and raises cattle. Everthing possible is local. But as far as WW is concerned, that's a bit problematic.
Now, I live in the Midwest, so I don't raise avocados, coffee, bananas, or things like that. I have to buy some things. We used to have Jersey cows, and I had the loveliest raw milk to drink every day. But one cow gives way more than any one person could consume, and dairy cows are work. (Well, so are horses, but they'll forgive you if you're late for chores once in a while. Dairy cows, not so much.) So now I have to buy milk, too. I've had trouble sourcing non-GMO or organic raw milk here, so I cheat and buy grocery organic grassmilk. But I wonder sometimes just how much grass the cows really get, or if they're on hay or haylage. Sometimes it seems that the cream should reflect more chlorophyll this time of year.
I'm just whining I guess; I'm new to this Freestyle program, and I'm sad that the database focuses so much on grocery stores, commercial brand names, and nutrition labels. I feel sort of left out, and I've tried so hard for so long to do the best I can to feed myself and my family. I'll figure it out, and the program seems worthy, regardless.
I don't do fad diets, and so love Michael Pollan's simple advice: "Eat real foods, not too much, mostly plants." Lots of edible plants in my area right now! Dock, chickweed, violets, nettle, redbud blossoms, etc. Wild asparagus is up, but I have my own patch, so I leave that for others. Also, I don't eat dandelions; I'm not fond of bitter things. How about y'all? Anybody else like to forage? Or grow some good veggies of your own?
OH my, ride4work—not sure I know anyone doing all that you do! Cannot even imagine how you manage to do all! There are just a few of us left from way, way back WW who did not want to give up communicating after years of digital contact. THe four of us who stayed on here have all been in WW at one time or other but all four of us do our own thing at home now-=-we have a recent occasional member who is in WW at present but have not heard lately from her.
I gained back some of my weight after reaching my goal and then last year started just tracking on My Fitness Pal for most of the year—have not tracked the past couple months but need to start again—I did lose weight just tracking nutrition and staying under 1500 cal per day and I feel good about that because I’d never lost anything ever =without WW—really want to learn to manage my weight on my own. I have been. WW re-do since about 1972–back in the days when we made our own ketchip and ate liver once a week! I lost and gained over and over. I am 73==at age 64 finally got serious and managed to get a fair amount of weight off . I’d like to lose about 5-10 more pounds/. Am dealing with recent back issues so my exercise which was 2 hr a day at the gym is greatly compromised right now—trying to stay positive that this will pass and I can continue my good workout habits.
I grow a few vegetables —live in Vegas so they are in back yard pots and two smaller raised beds—love doing what I can. Growing things here is different though==takes a lot of patience and attention and water and amending of terrible soil.
Making forbidden rice bowls for dinner tonight. Pickling some purple cabbage to include on the rice. I made two sauces—hoping with one of those DH will find this meal appealing—I can eat it without sauces as I love the pickled ginger with the rice but I found a miso sauce and a sesame ginger sauce and both seem pretty good and healthful as well.
Really wondering how JoAnne is doing? Anyone know?
Sitting on the patio with coffee and hundreds of bird songs—it was 104 two days ago but today will only be in the high 80’s or low 90’s which is lovely in dry Vegas. 104, not as much so!
Hoping we hear that JoAnne is okay soon.
Sue, I imagine you had a great visit with your cruise friend. Some good dinners out?
I am struggling with the back still and the right arm—did not sleep very well since it was hurting so bad. I have exercises now and icing to do twice a day for it but not the other things I was doing—still waiting for more X-rays referrals—dr is fighting the battle with the radiologist whose films he said were terrible.
Went to book club last night. Still sticking to my vegetarian choice—digestive system is loving it. I am craving snacks less, eating more whole grains than before and I think it is making me feel more satisfied. I had gone up nearly five pounds with no exercise at all the past week and minimal the week before—and stress—so 1 1/2 down this morning from those 5–I think the meatless and minimizing the dairy is helping.
I have to cut kale and arugula today—the arugula probably totally bolted in the heat the past two days—will see what I can salvage. My tomatoes are getting larger than ever before! None ripe yet tho.
I think Little Women (new British made version) starts on Masterpiece Theatre this weekend—it is supposed to be really well done.
Go to dental surgeon today to see if the infection is gone and my implants can be saved.—so glad to be off the antibiotic!
Found out that the spa where my husband’s neice had been and I was going to for facials has been continuing to charge me monthly for facials—OMG—500$ credit there—I was so mad—called them and talked to the manager. The woman who was there when I canceled my last appt. and told them I was following my neice to the new location is no longer working there. At first the manager said I could only use the credit in product—I sort of lost it—she backed off and admitted the lady is no longer there to ask about it—she is supposed to call me today and let me know that they are crediting it back to my ccd. They even upped the monthly charge without ever notifying me—I had not been checking my statements and did this month because of a return I had made when I saw it.
Hi everyone! Sitting on the deck on this gorgeous morning listening to the birds. Such a gorgeous Day but beginning to get warmer and supposed to be in the 90s today.
Welcome ride4work!Your farm seems spectacular! I can't imagine how wonderful it would be to have all that fresh produce and meat and chicken And milk come in every day Available to me . You have an advantage most of us don't even know how to imagine . I'm seventyone years old and have been in Weight Watchers posting on this thread for 11 years. I had participated in Weight Watchers probably twice before posting here . Having joy the friendship An Posting sound much That although I'm not doing the program anymore I've continued posting . I had just had some surgery so at this time I don't Intend Trying to do anything with Weight Watchers program . We love having new people post on the thread. Since it's been moved to this area we don't get a lot of stopperbyers. Will love to have you continue to post with us .
Well crew, think I'm back with the living. This surgery was Monday And I really haven't felt like talking to much of anybody or doing much until today . I had to stay in the hospital an extra day because I had oxygenation and blood pressure issues . My blood pressure dropped really low and my oxygenation was low and they couldn't get It up. I've had a lot of pain in my left shoulder from the air they put in with laparoscope and it has continued Up until today it seems better.Bye The way I'm using the microphone to dictate this And had to go back and correct with all the funny mistakes are made but it's easier than typing it all. However, I haven't corrected excessive use of capital letters it seems to put in . My abdomen has 6 holes in it . And this surgeon said My lung was not completely expanded but it would do so. He said everything was really stuffed up in there around my heart and lungs And the stomach was folded over itself . He said the opening in the diaphragm should've been the size of a quarter and it was more like the size of a softball . so he had to put A mesh on the diaphragm and around the fundus of the stomach .
I have been trying to write this since about 9 o'clock in been interrupted by telephone calls so I better quit now and will come back later have a good day! love,JA
JoAnne—OMG your surgery was so serious! I cannot believe that your intestines had migrated up around the heart and lungs—I am just shocked—and a hole the size of a softball! Geez, I’m so glad you are recuperating okay.
Hi! Busy week, what if the friend visiting us Mon/Tues, volunteering Wed, lots of organizing stuff and usual household chores/food prep and of course, the gym.
Ride4work, I'm so impressed by all the work you do raising/growing your own food! I enjoy cooking but don't have a green thumb. I live in Philly and maybe someday will move somewhere with more land and hopefully my SO of 30 years can do some gardening. I'm not officially on WW, but I started exercising when I started WW more than 10 yrs ago. Struggling with 10-15 lbs from menopause.
Joan, I can't believe your ongoing back pain, it's been far too long. Has DS park ranger recovered fully from concussion?
Jojo, glad the surgery went as well as can be expected, hope your recover quickly. It is a good thing you are a nurse and can understand better what is going on, because from what you describe I would be terrified in your place.
My dinner went well, I had puree of cauliflower soup with buttery croutons and pickled tomatoes, scallop mousse, spinach gnudi with pancetta and sage, filet mignon with mushroom demi-glace sauce and thyme popovers.
Lunch that day we went to a restaurant where the sous chef that I interned under last winter had transferred to from the restaurant where we worked together (same owner). It was great to see her.
The next day we took the friend on the big bus tour of the city. It was fun, SO and I had never done that before here in our own city. Our friend has COPD and walks extremely slowly with a cane, so there was no way he can walk more than a couple of blocks without stopping to rest. Sad.
We went out to an Asian fusion restaurant for dinner that night, a block from his hotel. It was fine, kind of a trendy touristy place although it opened 18 yrs ago, a lot of young people in the 20s.
Joan- how distressing that you are still having such orthopedic problems. I know you are like me and just want to keep going but maybe your body needs a rest from the exercise. I am coming to realize my limitations but want to do as much as I can.
I have tomorrow a.m. still on liquids and then lunch I can start the digestible soft. I already have lunch planned: fresh green beans(I am not allowed butter or oil), squash with melted Parmesan, baked potat(no skin) with yogurt, and chicken cooked in the pressure cooker. I know my eyes 👀 will be bigger than my stomach. I have to be careful not to overeat.
Sue- the bus tour in your own city sounds like fun. Did you learn something new? I’m sure your friend appreciated not having to walk much..
Did some buying online today for 4 graduation gifts. Glad to get that done. Also sent some thank you notes and get well cards. I think feeling so poorly has made me more aware of others now when they are sick.