Tag Archives: Health

I've been "easing" toward different eating habits over the last few years, but mostly playing with it.  Eating "Primal" for breakfast doesn't do much good when you throw in a Snicker's bar for lunch.  A couple of years ago I gave up wheat for Lent and was surprised at the difference.  Now, I go for a few days, then slip.  (Today is "day one" after lunch yesterday.)

The "Primal Blueprint" is the plan that I like best.  The author's blog is "Mark's Daily Apple" and I've gleaned a lot (including recipes) from that site.

There's also "Paleo" - the biggest difference is that Primal is a lot more flexible.  A little dairy, a little rice, morning coffee...

Both emphasize "clean eating" - but their basis is not my basis.  I read "Cultured Mama" who wonders if "paleo/primal" is Biblical?   Granted, they base their eating plans on the assumption that humans evolved into eating whatever they eat.  I believe that God created humans fully evolved.

However...God gave us food.  And it does seem to indicate that (in the beginning) humans were vegetarians.

Genesis 1:29
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Not until Noah, did humans have the "green light" to eat meat.

Where does that leave primal/paleo?

1 - in order to answer that, you need to separate the eating plan and science, from the philosophical reasons for creating the plan.  If you take away "evolution" reasons, what you are left with is a basic "grain/legume/frankenfood-free" eating plan that encourages you to choose foods that have been raised cleanly and without hormones, additives, artificial fertilizers.


On the wheat topic - what kind of wheat?  What we know as "wheat" today is very different than even the wheat that was grown 50 years ago.

Well for starters, the wheat we eat today is not the same wheat of 50 or even 100 years ago. Since the demand for wheat is so high (second biggest crop in the U.S., second only to corn), scientists have been genetically modifying the plant to make it grow faster and produce higher yields. This means that wheat is not rich with nutrients and health benefits like it once was.

Wheat now qualifies as a "frankenfood" - also, check out this article on "wheatbellyblog"

I guess this turned out to be about wheat - and that's okay.  Every time I eat wheat, I cough.  And cough.  Clue bus?


My son (Tom) has the "official" diagnosis.  Mom carries the gene (check) Tom as the symptoms (check).

Now, the idea is to stop it where it is.  Tom's vision is 20/40 in his right eye and 20/400 in his left eye.  There is a blind spot in each eye that (at this point) do not overlap.

He was at college in Marquette when this started, and the closest neuro-ophthalmologist is at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee - Wednesday I drove to Marquette, Thursday we drove (I drove, Tom rode) to Milwaukee and then drove on to Buffalo Grove to spend a little time with Aunt Deb.  Friday, we went back to Marquette and yesterday I drove home.  I'm pretty road-weary at this point.

It was the providence of God that we were sent there (first choice was Mayo Clinic, but there were no appointments) because the doctor in Milwaukee suggested an experimental treatment (the "magic light bulb".)  Near-infrared light has been used in a colony in Brazil that has a very high incidence of Leber's with promising results.  Tom is NOT in a controlled blind study - that means that he can continue to use all of the supplements that are also suggested.

The list of supplements is rather impressive and I learned a few things about vitamins that I didn't know.  More research required.  I'm making a page on this site so I can keep track of what he's taking and how much (since I'm buying)

If his vision stays where it is now, he'll be okay.


Podcast from "Livin La Vida Low Carb"

I like this: "I can't say that I won't eat sugar ever again, but I can say that I won't eat sugar for the next 120 days."

The podcast is talking about the similarities between drug addiction and sugar addiction - after eating a bunch of sugar, your brain over compensates (carb crash).

If you put some awareness about it, you can learn to understand the relationship between the way you eat and the way you feel.

Food journaling...not fat, carbs, etc.  Just write down what you eat and how you feel...and then how you feel an hour later...then you can see the connection.

Sugar - the most addictive substance on the face of the planet.

(note:  I've been off flour for a month and I feel good - the first few days was rough...maybe it's time to fight sugar)

Extreme  cravings?

Everything Starts With Breakfast

- blood sugar is naturally low - if you don't eat first thing in the morning, protein, your blood sugar will never stabilize.

I'm going to cheat and date this for yesterday, since I'm a day late.

I gained 1/4 pound this week (I know the problem and it's solvable.)

I did try a new "recipe" - a real no-brainer, but it fits the carb, calorie, and all the rest of my guidelines.

The battery in my pedometer went dead (I think I have a limited number of times I can put it through the washer) and I bought a new battery Wednesday.

* Exported from MasterCook *

Slow Cooker drumsticks

Recipe By     :
Serving Size  : 4     Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : "flat belly" ingredient         - dairy AND wheat free
- dairy free                    - low sodium
- moderate/complex carb         6 points
Blood pressure                  chicken
lunch                           Meals to freeze
slow cooker                     soups and stews

Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
4                     chicken drumstick and skin, R-T-C
12            ounces  black soy beans, canned - eden
2               cups  green beans, frozen
2               cups  baby carrot
12            ounces  diced tomato
1/3           cup  brown rice, long-grain
any desired spices -- curry, turmeric, chicken spices, any herbs that go with chicken...

put all the ingredients except for the drumsticks in the slow cooker and add enough water or broth to cover (to cook the rice).  Put drumsticks on top.  Cook on low until done (I started it at bedtime and it was ready to pack for lunch in the morning...if you start it in the morning it will be done at dinner time)

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 314 Calories; 10g Fat (28.4% calories from fat); 23g Protein; 35g Carbohydrate; 10g Dietary Fiber; 41mg Cholesterol; 112mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fat.

Serving Ideas : - freeze for lunches

GOAL:  Be in the best health I can be


  1. remember to get my paps and mammogram
  2. remember to get my blood work done
  3. put the date on my planner to change my contact lenses before they start to hurt
  4. find a new GP
  5. drink grape juice or red wine every day
  6. drink green tea every day


  1. do the rest of the goals and objectives (monitoring and update objectives as we go
  2. walk 2,000,000 millions steps (okay, I'll count what the pedometer counts when I pedal the bike as well.
  3. go backpacking two times


  1. put in my google calendar to use moisturizer during the day
  2. take care of my feet (moisture and pedicure)


  1. Get a perm 3 times a year instead of twice
  2. find a gentle, nice color and remember to do it

This is the really, really difficult one, because it's so easy to fall off that wagon and so hard to get back on.



Objective:  Focus on "The Primal Blueprint"

  1. Limit carbs to 100 grams a day, 6 days per week
  2. including 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables (heavy on vegetables)
  3. limit dairy to 1 serving a day
  4. restrict grains to oats and rice

Objective: Focus on "anti-inflammatory/anti-aging" eating

  1. make preferred and avoid food lists and carry in planner
  2. restrict "avoid" foods to one per day (working toward fewer)

Objective: Focus on "Blood Type Diet" (this should fit nicely, since it's very similar to the Primal Blueprint.)

  1. restrict "avoid" foods (dairy excepted) to no more than 5% of eating

Objective:  Enjoy the journey

  1. Eat foods I enjoy and don't force myself to eat food that I don't enjoy
  2. Cook one brand new recipe every week.

Objective:  Use the blogs

  1. Use the blogger blogs to track progress
  • daily food logs
  • blog through diet and exercise books
  • post new recipes
  • update weekly