Sunday, April 14, 2013
I just finished the book China Study today and then went to the market to shop for greens. I made collard greens with a teensy bit of bacon, onions and mushrooms with apple cider vinegar , a jersey white sweet potato, and the coup de grace (dun, dun dah)...
was an oven roasted terrine of whole garlic cloves and fresh brussel sprouts over which I poured a scant tahini tamari glaze dusted with crushed walnuts. I cooked the garlic and bs in a covered stoneware crock at 350 so that the bottoms were caramelized. The garlic sweetened and mellowed. No salt needed.
Oh heavens, my house smells like winter with all the comforting foods. I may not be ready to give up meat, as the China study suggest, and avoid all dairy, but I can greatly increase the proportion of calories fro veggies. Tahini is butter (of sorts) from sesame seeds. Lots of cals, so only in minimation. I would like to suggest that as a new word.
I have a little knee grinding so I know my spine is off, but feet feel good, neck is loose.
BTW these are the golden nuggets from China Study
the chemicals we eat from foods are engaged in a series of reactions that work in conert to produce good health
vitamins are not a panacea for good health
There are no nutrtients from animal sources that are not better provided by plants
in 500 cals of energy...no chol. less fat
more beta carotene folate and fiber vitamin E iron magnesium calcium
genes do not determine disease on their own. genes are activated or expressed nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes (good and bad) are expressed
nutrition can substantially control the adverse effects of noxious chemicals
some nutrition prevents disease in its early sates or halt/reverse after diagnosis
nutrition beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board
good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence . all parts are interconnected.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Rats! I violated cardinal rule of going to bed on time/ Bedtime is looser because I'm on break, but 4am?? Really? Who is making the decisions, cuz it aint my frontal lobe.
I have noticed that the more normal my sleep, the more caffeine affects me. Back in the pre-spark days when I was in sleep deprivation mode I could have espresso and be asleep in 30 minutes. Now, even a small glass of tea has subtle effects. Ill need to be more mindful of small amounts of caffeine, but also starting projects after nine. I have opened this FX Schmidt 1500 piece puzzle of Crater Lake and the project was to put the pieces on a board and clear my workspace. And I did, but until about 2am. Then I had a second wind and thought, oh, well, my as well make it an special day and enjoy the novelty of the wee hours. it wuz cool man!
Did the snoring treatment about 3am , appeared to have no effect, mouth was as dry as a bone when I awoke. Back feels super tho, and tightness is limited to hamstrings and lower legs. Time to go stretch the shoulder girdle and legs.
Friday, April 12, 2013
I just finished an estim course in Toronto over the weekend in dc current, which is in the microamp range( one thousandth of what I currently use on patients). It was a fascinating two days learning Traditional chineses medicine (TCM) of being a model and practising on other students to deliver healing current to the body. One student, a big burly ex-mariner and occupational therapist (OT) from Cape Breton was able to increase hand movement significantly for the first time in 22 years. As a skeptical OT with a plate and screws in his left ulna, estim has never been an option for him because ac current in the milliamp range would ground to his hardware and cause intense pain.
After the instructor ( a physiotherapist and licensed accupuntcurist) treated the scar, and adhesions, and a standard TCM spine protocol, he was able to show us how to get change from the drive-thru (not a great plus in the weight loss world) without rotating his spine and shoulder. He went from belligerent and skeptical to silent. And then turned his back and quietly cried.
I didnt have any aha moments, but felt great from the treatments. My own professional use of the device is for the face and neck and I will be able to treat people with pacemakers with estim now.
And me: I have been following the protocol for obesity and sleep apnea, and am excited to see what happens. My headaches are gone. My sinuses are less crusty.
My piriformis and gluteus medium are actually loose - instead of spastic (its a big muscle that is hard to reach under the glutes running from sacrioliac of the pelvis to the head of the femur ) No sciatica. Is this a placebo or will it complement the efforts I make to eat healthier and exercise more? Time will tell. Im not sure what to blog, but it would make sense to log microstim treatments and subjective feelings like change in cravings, stiffness, foot and neck pain.
The grief of injury and loss of function is something I store inside me, just like the therapist from Cape Breton who regained flexion and supination of his wrist. What grief am I storing with the loss of my body function and shape from obesity? ....I am ready to let go of this grief I have been holding!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
I recorded several scripts today from this book I checked out the library. I really enjoyed reading each script out loud. Tomorrow i will listen to one in the morning that corresponds to my spark goals. I am looking forward to seeing if I get an increase in the good behaviors such as portion control, reduction in emotional eating and goal focus.
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