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Back after a break

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy to report back to Spark after an extended break ... I spent the past number of months getting into the world of Facebook. Lots of fun there, but I have decided I'm capable of and interested in pursuing two major on-line forums, esp. given Spark's focus on cultivating a healthy lifestyle. Look forward catching up on what's been going on and learning from you all. Happy Thanksgiving!

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WOUBBIE 11/29/2014 12:29AM

    Nice to see you back! I was wondering if we'd see you around again!

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MELYROD18 11/27/2014 1:15AM

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ZRIE014 11/27/2014 12:41AM

  have a happy thanksgiving

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Two primal celebratory meals

Friday, January 10, 2014

Within this past week I enjoyed two celebratory meals - my 25th anniversary
(! emoticon ) dinner, and lunch with my student who just completed his PhD. Both were delicious and healthy. It helps that gluten-free options are becoming a standard part of some restaurants here. Since I live in small-town/rural E. Washington, if it's happening here I assume this is indeed becoming a common option around the country.

Anniversary: here is the link to the menu:

We shared the Peruvian spring rolls and the Cobb salad for appetizers. My wife had a "Sangria burger" wrapped in lettuce, and with sauteed kale on the side instead of french fries. I had the GF version of the gorgonzola pasta with chicken, accompanied by an "Omission" GF beer out of Portland omissionbeer.com/ I haven't had that rich a dish in quite a time ... very full by the end! Plus, that afternoon we'd had a coffee and chocolate cheesecake (coconut flakes/oil crust, cream cheese, Xylitol, very dark chocolate).

Safe to say that 25 years ago I had no idea how I'd be eating now ... not very low-carb, but it was delicious and still this side of healthy, I think.

Celebration lunch: this was simpler: burgers and beers for two guys. I had mine wrapped in lettuce, topped with extra cheese, bacon, egg, and slaw. Had a side salad instead of fries. Gluten-free beer (2!) - Lakefront Brewery "New Grist" = HIGHLY recommended - here is the link to their site: www.lakefrontbrewery.com/beer/year-r

Just wanted to share the good times. I'll be interested to hear if others are finding it easier to eat out as well.

Cheers, everyone!

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GINAV2 1/11/2014 9:31AM

    Celebratory, delicious, AND healthy - fantastic!

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JSTETSER 1/11/2014 6:57AM

    What delicious healthy meals! Happy anniversary! Congrats to your student too!

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Primal start to 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I -- better said, my whole family -- made a strong nutritional start to the new year. I should note that we didn't go out to any New Years Eve parties so we avoided the temptation of festive junk food. Stayed up watching "Dr. Who" videos with my teen daughter and watching the crowds in Times Square and thinking, "Man, that is way too many people for me!"

Anyhow, here's how we greeted 2014:
Breakfast: homemade yoghurt from raw milk with apples, nuts, and sunflower seeds. Had a large mug of chai tea with lots of cream.

Lunch: praise be to God, my daughter found a great recipe on a paleo breakfast website, originally an Israeli dish: five of our own duck eggs with sauteed onions, cooked in organic canned tomatoes, spiced up with hot sauce. We agreed that in an ideal world we'd be able to eat it with a nice crusty loaf of bread, but it was quite tasty and satisfying even without it.

Dinner: we used the last of our summer squash - what a blessing the squash harvest was this fall, making many good meals and saving us a bunch of money - baked with butter, and filled with browned chorizo beef sausage, served with a side of spinach seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and sesame seed oil.

Dessert: my wife and daughter shared an organic orange; I split a chocolate truffle with my daughter (it was her's - very generous of her). And I'm finishing a nice glass of milk as I write this.

The day was somewhat stressful in having to tend to a sick cat, but the good food definitely helped everyone feel better in all sorts of ways. And it's nice to know we started the year strong. I can't wait for the next meal! emoticon

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MYHANDS4GOD 1/2/2014 9:07PM

    awesome choices and even better you incorporated the entire family. Great start

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JAZZID 1/2/2014 1:24PM

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WOUBBIE 1/2/2014 9:35AM

    I'm a little jealous! Yesterday's food was largely leftovers until dinner when my DH overcooked the pork chops. Again. *sigh*


Hope the kitty's feeling better!

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JSTETSER 1/2/2014 5:52AM

    Great eats!

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144AUTUMN 1/1/2014 11:35PM

  You can do it!!

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We make the journey alone -- together.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I just read an article in "Trail Runner" magazine by a woman who did an amazing "fastpacking" trip around Lake Tahoe last July 4 week - 170 miles in 6 days (!!!) emoticon She did it solo but interacted with a few people at key points along the way who helped her (often unknowingly) to keep her spirits up. This was essential for her to be able to keep going and complete her quest.

She was reflecting on this toward the end of the adventure and came up with beautiful thought:
"It would be easy for me to feel very alone, but alone-ness is a myth, I decide. I get it now -- who we are and what we accomplish are really just the sum totals of those we encounter along the way."

To me this sums up the various journeys that everyone here is making, how they are at the same time incredibly personal and yet never something we do alone. It also reminds me how important our interactions are. So let's keep sharing, blogging, teaching, and encouraging one another. With the new year fast approaching I think most of us are looking to set goals of some sort; mine is to be a more active and supportive community member, and to be more open to being taught and encouraged by others. I so look forward to seeing what comes out of this. emoticon

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MOM_VICKI 1/3/2014 9:13AM

    Very well said! I agree about how important our SparkFriends and community are in reaching our goals.

Happy New Year!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/29/2013 8:26PM

Love your blog!

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KAPELAKIN 12/28/2013 12:23PM

    What a great blog! I know I would never have made it so far without the Spark community behind me.

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WOUBBIE 12/28/2013 10:16AM

    Great blog!


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    Beautiful blog.

Of ourselves we do nothing. Joined together we move mountains.

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JSTETSER 12/28/2013 6:17AM

    I must agree. Every morning I sit alone at my computer and interact with the Spark community.
Every day I get stronger, and make better, more informed decisions about my health.
Yesterday I was given a kefir starter. I have never had much kefir before. Can you or someone help me not kill the stuff?

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SHOOPETTE 12/28/2013 4:18AM

    this is very true, thanks for sharing

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5.0 in 2014

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Yesterday I got the results back from a blood test I had done. My hemoglobin A1C (blood sugar) level was 5.7, up from 5.6 a year ago, and putting me officially in the "pre-diabetic" range. I'm obviously not pleased by this. On the other hand, the other results were excellent:
- C-reactive protein 0.33
- Vitamin D 44.7
- Insulin 5.0
- TSH 1.410
- Cholesterol (total) 202 (LDL/HDL ratio = 1.2; LDL = 102, VLDL = 12; Triglycerides = 59, HDL = 88)

So my goal is to reduce my A1C level to 5.0 by December 2014. I've already been on
a gluten-free and primal/paleo diet for between 1-2 years, and will continue with that. The main thing I will change, I think, is to go low carb.

Wishes and prayers for wisdom and perseverance on this, as well as advice from your experience, would be gratefully accepted. emoticon Thanks in advance!

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MYHANDS4GOD 12/27/2013 6:23PM

    I am hypoglycemic. I have to watch my numbers too. You can do it I am sure.

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WOUBBIE 12/22/2013 10:44PM

    All you can do is try it and see what happens. I have a lot of confidence that you'll see an improvement!

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JSTETSER 12/22/2013 6:35AM

    Congratulations on your numbers!
My advice is continue listening to your body, find the changes that work for you, and stay active.
I make a fresh vegetable juice ever morning. That is helping me get my numbers where I want them.

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