Christmas Eve is pretty quiet at our house. We’ve been celebrating in various ways all month long.
SIL - our Son-In-Love graduated from seminary 11 days ago. The graduation was fairly close to where HH’s mother lives. Rather than fight the holiday traffic and make two long trips so close together, we decided to have Christmas with his mother a little early.
Giving gifts at Christmas has its roots in two places in the Bible. First, God’s incredible gift to us when he “gave his only Son”* Second, the wise men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus ** Gift giving can easily get out of hand, with the stress of thinking of a clever idea plus the pressure to spend too much.
HH’s family has grown pretty big, and buying gifts for everyone had become complicated. Some people stopped giving last year, and I thought they had a good idea. I sent an email saying we would be giving extended family gifts to those over 90 and those under 18. We have five great nieces. Buying gifts for them was a delight. Then I found a beautiful bird house that I knew HH’s mom would enjoy outside her window. When she mentioned another item that she really needed to replace, that side of the family Christmas shopping was complete.
Because this was a December graduation ceremony, the seminary used Christmas songs with double meanings. Joy to the World - for instance. I know that SIL was full of JOY not only for the birth of Christ but for the end of finals. The graduates marched out of the ceremony to the Hallelujah Chorus - again appropriate in several ways. It was a moving ceremony - watching these young men and women who have committed their lives to proclaiming the message of Christ at home and around the world.
Our Strong Son had to work on Friday, but he joined us at his grandmother’s house on Saturday. We had a happy visit, opening family gifts, and telling stories. HH’s mom’s memory is failing, but there is a certain joy to telling and retelling and retelling a happy story. Her delight was so real each time we told it again.
There were times, both in my health food days and in my early BTD days, when I worried about eating things at holidays that were not optimum for my health. Those days are now over. HH’s mom pulled out her credit card and sent us to the cafeteria to buy Christmas dinner. I could pick anything I wanted, and I chose wisely from a BTD standpoint. But I’ll admit there was a little sadness that the old days are gone. Perhaps if you are chafing under pressure to eat something on your avoid list this year at Christmas, you can project yourself forward a few years to a time when loving hands will no longer be able to prepare traditional food. Life is short...enjoy the holiday. You can return to healthy eating on December 26.
HH and I returned home for four days, then were off again. SIL has been called to a church in Texas near the beach. They asked if we would come and help them move in. We spent three days helping to install shelf paper and unload boxes. DD’s friends at her office had given her a baby shower. What fun it was to put the little clothes in the new nursery and imagine that next year at Christmas BC will be nine months old.
DD and SIL returned to North Texas for DD to finish out her last week at work. They will be spending Christmas Day with SIL’s family.
SS is coming home tonight after the Christmas Eve service at his church. I’ll be fixing a traditional South Texas Christmas dinner with a BTD touch.
The birth of the Christ Child was a miracle. That is why we celebrate Christmas. But in its own way every baby is a miracle. DD tells me that this week BC can taste and smell. Imagine that. Still three months from birth and BC’s senses are developing. Next year BC will be outside the womb, enjoying the taste and smell Christmas dinner, seeing the lights, and hearing for the first time, the story of Jesus and his birthday.
* For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
** After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:1, 2, 11
I’m going through a divorce. For those of you who have experienced this I don’t need to say anything more but for those of you that haven’t I’ll explain a little further. I had been living with the same person for 25 years. We were domestic partners for eight years and married for five (because it was finally legal for us to do so). I’ve been sick for over 10 years with Lyme disease, but I was only diagnosed about 3 ½ years ago. Needless to say it’s been difficult for my partner. I was no longer the vital active person she married. I had dementia for a time and I have continued to have physical limitations due to my illness. It was like suddenly living with a very old person. So even though my spouse said my illness was not the reason she wanted to divorce. I’m sure it played a major part of the decision.
Divorce is difficult no matter when or how it happens, but since I still need physical and financial help I’m finding this new challenge in my life a bit overwhelming. I am finding my way through this, but I believe it’s the most stressful thing I’ve ever experienced. I’m asking for alimony from my spouse. I know I won’t get much but I’m trying to help myself in every way I possibly can. Unfortunately my spouse says this is an attack on her and that I’ve lost her as a friend and now we are at war.
This brings me to the title of my article, “why do I want to eat fast food?” I started the Blood type diet in 1999. I have never had very much trouble “eating clean” and staying away from junk because I found I felt so much better if I did. But now every time I pass a Jack in the Box or a Taco Bell it’s all I can do not to pull in. What is it about junk food? Why do I crave it now when I really need to eat as good as I can? Would it help to make me numb? Is it just a way to punish myself? Comfort myself? I’m not sure what the answer is and I know I’m not alone in this. I am managing to stay away from it most of the time because the consequences on my health as so drastic that is incentive enough.
This experience has given me some much needed empathy for others in a similar plight. I’ve often said to people “you just don’t eat it”. But faced with these kinds of emotions I can understand why it can sometimes feel impossible. I want to thank the kind people who suggested that I try some Bach Flower Remedies to help get me through this divorce. They have been a great help to calm my emotions and get me back to my center. And keep me from turning into the drive through window on my way home from work.
Yesterday as we came out of church, a friend of my husband’s motioned us over to his car. He grows plantains, and had brought a trunk full to share with friends. Plantains look so much like bananas, that I was anticipating a beneficial treat. However, when I got home and looked at the food lists, I saw that plantains are avoid for both Type As and Type Os. They are toxic for Hunters and marginal for Gatherers (the two GenoType I find myself stuck in between). It looks like plantains are just not good for us.
Since I had them, I sautéed one in butter and olive oil. I took a bite, expecting it to taste like a banana, but it was mostly tasteless. This is an avoid I can easily do without. I’ll peel the rest of the plantains and put them in the back yard for the deer and the bunnies. As cold as it is, they will be happy to get them.
Eggplant is avoid for Type As and avoid for menopausal Type Os. However, there is an exception that lets us love one particular eggplant.
DD found a pregnancy app that gives a weekly update on how her unborn baby is developing. Today she is 26 weeks. BC is about 14 inches long and weighs about 2 pounds. His (or her) eyes are forming and will soon open. The app equates the baby’s size to a fruit or vegetable. The first time DD sent me results, BC was the size of a blueberry. How cute is that? BC has grown from a lime, to an onion, to a papaya. This week BC is the size of an eggplant.
What an active little eggplant BC is! The first time DD became aware of this was at her sonogram. The technician commented that it was hard to get certain views because the baby was moving so much.
SIL could hardly wait to feel his baby move. It wasn’t long until DD would put his hand on her belly and he could feel the kicks. Then he discovered that if he pushed, BC would push back. They began to “play” together. BC learned the sound of Daddy’s voice, and responds by kicking and punching. When SIL is preaching, BC moves a lot, responding to the sound of the voice that is already familiar in his (or her) little ears.
BC does NOT like the pressure of seatbelts or tight pants, and is quick to let DD know when she (or he) is uncomfortable. I have joked that they had better have a quick route for the hospital, because once the contractions of labor start, BC is going to be looking for the quickest way out.
This is not a blob of tissue. This is a baby who is already revealing preferences and personality traits. This may be the size of an eggplant, but this is not a fruit or a vegetable. This is a baby, who we love already and will get to hold in just 3 more months.
All babies are miracles. In this Christmas season, I find myself thinking of Mary. She would have been two weeks from delivery. What fruit or vegetable would the app have used to describe the Son of God? Was Jesus active or patient in the womb? Did she smile when she felt the kicks and punches?
Oh my! It’s the second week of December! Where has the time gone? DD is in the 25th week of her pregnancy. The trials of the first trimester are forgotten. The second trimester was a time of energy and good health. She is now at the beginning of the third trimester.
Some missionary friends are in the United States for a holiday with their family at Christmas. We have been good friends for nearly 40 years, so when they asked if we could meet for dinner, we cancelled other things on the calendar.
They selected a restaurant in San Antonio called Sea Island Shrimp House as a place about half way between our locations. I’ll admit that my face fell when they selected that restaurant. I first ate there about 30 years ago. The menu at that time was fried fish, fried shrimp, and French fries. There is little worse for a health food nut, like me, to face in a restaurant than fried, fried, and more fried.
About 10 years ago friends again asked us to meet them at Sea Island. I ate a snack before I went, anticipating all of the fried food. Surprise! Salad was added to the menu.
I entered the restaurant last night, expecting to eat a nice seafood salad. Surprise again! They now have broiled fish and several alternate vegetables including green beans and spinach. I had a lovely meal of white fish with vegetables. One of our friends is gluten free. It turns out that they had never eaten at Sea Island, they were trusting the recommendation of someone else. When I told her what the restaurant used to be, her eyes grew big. She had rainbow trout with rice pilaf and spinach.
Kudos to Sea Island for their new, healthy menu. As we looked around the restaurant, more than half of the patrons were eating fried fish and French fries. That’s ok. This is a free country! I know that when I eat there, I can get a healthy meal. I expect that we will eat there more often when we are in the San Antonio area.
¿Habrán tenido la sensación que la supuesta luz al final del túnel es en realidad un tren que se nos viene encima? Claro que sí. La temporada de otoño representa un gran reto para el Dr. D'Adamo, en particular, entre conferencias y pláticas públicas que parecen multiplicarse, así como el contacto con sus pacientes en el centro de excelencia, después de la temporada relajada del verano y no dejan de surgir otras actividades omnipresentes tanto de familia y paternidad. Aunado a los placeres y las presiones de esta temporada navideña que se aproxima, de ventanas cerradas y calefacción, catarros y tos por doquier y tienen una tormenta perfecta de resfriados, gripe y agotamiento.
Los estudios demuestran que estos tiempos de vacaciones de fin de año ocupan un lugar muy alto en la escala de estrés — superado en ocasiones por la muerte de un cónyuge. Muchas personas se sienten deprimidas en esta época del año, tal vez debido a la soledad, falta de luz solar, o como consecuencia de la superficialidad inherente de tanto adorno y celebración.
Sin embargo, en el fondo, estas fiestas contienen mensajes muy útiles. La Acción de Gracias celebra la abundancia de la tierra y nos asegura sobre la inmensa capacidad re-generativa de la naturaleza. Navidad y Hanukkah son fiestas de alegría y re dedicación a un nuevo intento de pureza. Año nuevo es un tiempo de nuevos comienzos.
El otro día estaba leyendo el Dr. D'Adamo, un artículo sobre 'Spam' (embutido de cerdo; no aquel del correo electrónico) y cómo la industria Hormel, no se da abasto con la gran demanda en esta temporada. Aunque un poco perturbado por la noción de que un embutido como este sea considerado 'valioso' cuando otros alimentos más saludables están disponibles e incluso son más baratos. Así mismo los suplementos alimenticios de falsas promesas denominados 'milagrosos' también andan por los cielos en demanda.
El Dr D’ Adamo recuerda que su padre solía decir:”el Estrés es mejor manejado por un cuerpo sano.” y creo que muchos le darán la razón.
A continuación enumera unos cuantos suplementos que ha venido utilizando en su clínica a través de los años para ayudar a sus pacientes a mitigar los efectos negativos del estrés, la fatiga y la depresión:
L- Theanina (Tranquility Base)
La Theanina es un aminoácido en el té verde (Camellia sinensis) y reduce el estrés mental y físico produciendo relajación. Curiosamente, cuando se combina con la cafeína ayuda a mejorar lo cognitivo y el estado de ánimo. La Theanina también tiene efectos benéficos sobre el sistema inmunológico. Muestras de sangre revelan que la producción de proteínas antibacterianas son hasta cinco veces mayores en aquellos que consumen té verde. Una de las acciones de la Theanina es elevar la producción del ácido gamma - amino butírico (GABA), un neurotransmisor importante, así que el Dr D Adamo generalmente maximiza el efecto complementando con la dosis requerida de GABA también.
Tipo de sangre y estrés (Cortiguard y Catechol)
Existen diferencias significativas entre los tipos sanguíneos con respecto a cómo manejan el estrés. El Tipo O tiende a acumular un exceso de adrenalina a expensas de niveles adecuados de dopamina. Los de Tipo A, AB y B suelen tener dificultades en ajustar sus niveles de cortisol adecuadamente en respuesta al estrés (el tipo A siendo el peor en dicho ajuste!) Durante mucho tiempo utilizan dos suplementos específicos "anti estrés de acuerdo al tipo de sangre" en la clínica D'Adamo: el Catechol para el tipo O y Cortiguard para el A, el B y AB. El Catechol tiene una agradable mezcla de aminoácidos y de hierbas que ayudan a eliminar el exceso de adrenalina fuera del cuerpo, aunado a los lineamientos proteicos y carbohidratos no provenientes del trigo de la dieta tipo O, hacen maravillas para su estado de ánimo. El Cortiguard ayuda a los demás tipos a favorecer el control de su metabolismo (evitando el aumento de peso excesivo en tiempos de estrés) mediante el uso de hierbas y cofactores nutricionales para ayudar a mitigar los efectos de cortisol excesivo cuando se toman en conjunto con la dieta para su tipo de sangre.
Estas son sólo unas sugerencias que pueden ayudarle a navegar a través de tiempos difíciles. Sea optimista. Mantenerse conectado con amigos y familiares.
Algunas personas siguen estos consejos y otros los ignoran. Hay muchas prácticas simples que cuando uno se compromete a seguir, pueden mejorar drásticamente los síntomas de una persona y la calidad de vida. Ojalá aquellos interesados recuerden hacerlos!
Exprésense. Comprometerse con los principios de dieta personalizada y nutrición óptima. Prepararse para ello. Las Personas agradecidas tienden a ser más optimistas, característica que estimula el sistema inmunitario.
Hay que conectarse con la gente que apreciamos, todos necesitamos de conexión, el relacionarnos, las conversaciones, el toque suave es lo más importante. El aislamiento y la celebración de la independencia como meta final, nos separa de potencial curativo.
La conexión en el sentido más simple puede comenzar con el reconocimiento de su importancia. Ayudar a los demás, saludar a una persona sin hogar, mirar a la gente a los ojos, reconociendo el bien en cada momento... Estas cosas aumentan nuestro potencial para curar a nosotros mismos y a otros, construyen y mueven el QI".
Respirar profundamente dentro de su vientre, los pulmones rigen la circulación de QI en el cuerpo.Cuando nos sentimos tensionados, la respiración se vuelve automáticamente más rápida y superficial. Respiración tensa y superficial le indica al cuerpo a mantenerse en un estado de lucha o huida. Invitando a la respiración lenta, profunda, fácil y suave, frenamos la respuesta al estrés, protegemos a las glándulas suprarrenales de agotamiento y activamos el modo de auto-sanación (parasimpático).
Una práctica diaria, que puede ser tan simple como cinco minutos al día o 10 respiraciones cada hora, es la forma más rápida de recetear al sistema nervioso. Al estar respirando profundamente, es importante concentrarse en su vientre.
Podemos guiar nuestro cuerpo a la relajación concentrándonos en la respiración profunda de vientre.
Hay tantas terminaciones nerviosas parasimpáticas en el vientre, que la respiración profunda en esta área logra que el cuerpo entre al modo digestión y descanso.
Si todos respiraran en sus vientres, muchos problemas físicos se revertirían. Es como hacerse acupuntura a si mismo.
Y no hablo de correr un maratón. No hay nada tan simple pero profundamente útil como una caminata diaria en el parque, o bailar en la sala, solo o acompañado. Nuestro cuerpo no está diseñado para ser estático, si no para estar en constante movimiento excepto al dormir o descansar.
Estar sentado lesiona el bazo, que afecta a la digestión, nivel de energía y hasta nos hace más propensos a subir de peso. Estancamiento de sangre y QI es la causa principal del dolor, también ocurre cuando la persona tiene un estilo de vida sedentario.
El ejercicio diario te hará más feliz, menos estresado y mejor equipado para manejar la vida. Así que arriba y adelante!"
Ojalá todos participen en una práctica de meditación
Muchos de los problemas que nos detienen pueden ser transformados mediante el simple acto de tomar conciencia y una práctica de meditación puede ser la puerta a una mayor presencia en todas nuestras actividades.
Use un cepillo de piel
El cepillado en seco de la piel le toma sólo unos cuantos minutos al día pero hace una gran diferencia en cómo nos sentimos y en cómo nos vemos.
Usando un cepillo de fibra natural, sobre la piel seca antes de ducharse es una excelente manera de estimular la piel, el sistema linfático y el sistema de meridianos de acupuntura. Al mismo tiempo, aumenta la circulación periférica y aumenta la función inmune, que le da un brillo saludable a la piel y estimula los puntos de acupuntura en todo el cuerpo.
Estirarse antes de acostarse es tan importante como por la mañana, que es cuando la mayoría de la gente piensa en hacerlo.
Así como la acupuntura, el estiramiento ayuda a romper el estancamiento y alienta el movimiento a lo largo de los canales. Estirarse por la noche ayuda a aflojar los músculos que no se usan durante el día. Muchas personas pasan sus tardes sentados en el sofá viendo la televisión. Algunos van al gimnasio a primera hora por la mañana, y luego se sientan en un escritorio todo el día. Esta rutina suele causar rigidez corporal y produce dolor por la noche y al despertar.
Adopte estirarse por la noche para lograr una mejor calidad de sueño y menos dolor y rigidez en la mañana.
Acuéstese después del noticiero, para ya estar profundamente dormido después de la media noche.
Cada sistema de órganos en acupuntura tiene asignado un plazo de dos horas. A la 1 de la mañana es cuando comienza el ciclo del hígado. Entre la 1 y las 3 es el momento óptimo para que el hígado haga su limpia. Esta limpia, juega un papel importante en cómo nos sentimos al despertar, siempre y cuando hayamos logrado ese sueño profundo pasada la media noche.
La práctica espiritual ayuda a abordar las preocupaciones, el estrés y el dolor.
Estas emociones nos llegan a consumir y estancan nuestro QI y nuestra sangre. Esto por sí solo suele causar dolor y otros achaques, y establece las bases para futuros desequilibrios.
Una práctica espiritual puede ser cualquier cosa, desde escribir un diario o recurrir a la oración y hasta la meditación. Lo que funcione mejor para cada quien.
Elegir tomar té, de hierbas en lugar de refrescos fríos y sodas de dieta.
El ácido fosfórico es perjudicial para la salud ósea, y desgasta el esmalte dental. Las bebidas templadas apoyan al sistema digestivo y el amargo sabor del té elimina el exceso de calor y seca la humedad del cuerpo.
No se queden parados esperando 'el momento ideal', ahora es cuando entablar un cambio positivo, ahora es el momento adecuado.
Un cambio dramático de vida, una dieta perfecta o el momento perfecto para empezar a hacer ejercicio nuevamente, tal vez nunca suceda. Mejor lento, hoy, pero seguro.
Este tipo de pensamiento de todo o nada conduce a estar perpetuamente en estancamiento. Recuerde que incluso los pequeños avances son benéficos — y mucho más fácil de sostener a largo plazo.
Participe en alimentación consciente
Esto significa ser sensible al tamaño de la porción pero también a la calidad de los alimentos y hábitos alimenticios, por ejemplo, no comer en el coche o tarde por la noche, o no comer alimentos altamente procesados.
Al no concienciarnos de nuestros hábitos alimenticios, nuestro sistema basal y digestivo se sobrecarga. Cuando esto sucede, la digestión se alenta y no puede convertir alimentos en QI y en sangre. Deficiencias tanto de QI como de sangre dan lugar a un sin número de temas, incluyendo la falta de sueño, la mala digestión, los trastornos menstruales, la in-fertilidad, la disfunción de estado de ánimo.
Escucha a tu cuerpo
Cuando estamos en un estado de equilibrio, nuestro cuerpo se mantiene saludable.
Cuando estamos fuera de equilibrio, nuestro cuerpo señala alarmas en forma de fatiga, dolor o depresión, por nombrar sólo algunas.
Si todo el mundo escuchara estas señales y tomara acción — haciendo un cambio de dieta/vida o ir a la cama temprano — todos estaríamos mucho mejor. Cuando cuidamos de nosotros mismos, somos capaces de cuidar a las personas que amamos.
Les deseo todo lo mejor en estas fiestas y que haya mucho amor y prosperidad. Les recuerdo que a todos los que radican en México, sus compras en la tienda web Hispánica/México, jamas habían sido tan accesibles, como si viviera en USA, los costos de flete no rebasan los 8 dolares, es fantástico, y tardan un par de días, a cualquier lugar de la república!
Ya están disponibles los nuevos libros de cocina, para cada tipo sanguíneo!
Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!
No subestimes el poder de los Alimentos.
Unos resultan medicinales, activan sus genes que favorecen su SALUD y desactivan aquellos genes que la dañan.
Entérense cuales son estos alimentos por medio de los reportes nutrigenomicos personalizados y mejoren su calidad de vida. Contáctenme finalizando las fiestas, los llevare de la mano y les explico el razonamiento detrás de cada valor que les arroje el sistema inteligente computarizado del Dr D Adamo. No hay secretor!
This year, for the first time in my lifetime, American Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincided. Thanksgiving is always the 4th Thursday in November, so it can range from the 22nd through the 28th, depending on what day of the week November 1st is that year. This year it fell on the 28th, the latest possible date.
Meanwhile, the Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar. Months always begin with a full moon, so we can’t have a “leap day” every 4 years without messing up the days of the month. So we get a “leap month” every few years. Most years have 12 months but leap years have 13. The whole cycle repeats every 19 years. This year is the earliest possible point in the cycle, when Hanukkah begins on the night of November 27th.
So, we have an early Hanukkah combined with a late Thanksgiving, making the two holidays overlap. Somebody coined the term “Thanksgivukkah” and it’s fun to use- so why not? We won’t get to use the word again until 2070, when Thanksgiving falls on November 28th and Hanukkah starts that night.
Thanksgiving has never had much special meaning to my family, or I might have resisted the silly term combining the holidays. Most of us were off from work and school for Thanksgiving, and we either got a free turkey or we got one on sale, plus the rest of the “traditional Thanksgiving foods” were readily available, in season, and on sale.
We’ve always been flexible about having the turkey another day that weekend if Thursday wasn’t convenient. When I was 10, we moved during Thanksgiving week, and weren’t ready to host a big dinner on Thursday, so we had the traditional foods on Sunday instead. The year my son was born, his Bris (ritual circumcision) was on Thanksgiving Day, so we had the turkey and trimmings on Friday night instead of Thursday.
I’ve never found Thanksgiving cooking to be that much more work than what I prepare for Shabbos every Friday afternoon- only I’m making a larger amount at once and using leftovers for Shabbos that week. I made brown rice the night before, and added raisins and apple chunks to the rice. I put onion and ginger slices on a foil pan, put the turkey on that, then stuffed with the prepared stuffing. I sprinkled dried dill over the bird, covered with foil, and put in the preheated oven. I uncover it in the last hour of cooking, basting every 15 minutes, so the skin gets crispy.
I also made a pumpkin pie with a rice and almond flour crust. The pie filling itself was a can of pumpkin with eggs, homemade rice milk, honey, and spices. I made cranberry sauce by combining 1/3 cup of raisins, 1/3 cup of unsweetened dried pineapple, cut into small chunks, with 2 cups of water and 3 cups of frozen cranberries. I let that simmer on low a long time and chilled before serving. I also opened up a can of jellied cranberry sauce, since Hannah prefers that to the homemade kind. When basting the turkey, I removed some of the cooking liquid into a small saucepan and thickened that with rice flour to make gravy. The final dish was simply steamed broccoli.
I’d originally intended to make latkes as another side dish, but I ran out of energy. We truly did have enough food without it. I’d made latkes the night before, and have made them several times since. We don’t need to have latkes EVERY day of Hanukkah!
For Halloween, my Mom bought a huge packaged of assorted “fun sized” chocolates to give out to trick-or-treaters. She didn’t want to be tempted to eat the chocolates, so she gave them to us.
At first, the kids gorged and I restrained myself. Instead of eating a candy bar, I mashed an avocado, added cocoa powder and agave, and enjoyed a bowl of 100% compliant chocolate pudding! But then the next day I caved and ate one “fun sized” Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It was OK, but not as tasty as I remembered; it’s now much too sweet for my taste.
If that one little chocolate had been my only indulgence for the month, I don’t think it would have hurt me. But there’s milk in those little goodies, and milk sets off allergic-like cravings in me. I had a hard time keeping myself from snacking on small amounts of cheese every day. Then, just when the cravings were almost under control, came Jack’s birthday, with the resultant cheesecake and dairy-heavy meals. I’ve had a hard time coming off the dairy since then; having a few slices of cheese for a bedtime snack, or topping off a healthy “salad and fish” meal with some cheese on a rice cake.
We had Jack’s birthday party yesterday, and most of the leftover candy went into the goodie bags. I baked the cake with spelt flour; which is so toxic for me that it’s not even a temptation. The purchased (wheat) pizza is finished; I didn’t eat any. It’s time for me to get back on track with healthy eating and detox from all the dairy and sugar I’ve managed to ingest in the past few weeks.
Today I’ve eaten clean all day, but I feel brain-fogged and tired and I still have a slight headache. I expect to feel better by tomorrow. I could have prevented all of this if I’d just been more careful with my diet in the first place. I KNOW better!
All this was started by one little “fun sized” candy. Not so much fun after all.
One of my big clients did a seminar on aging gracefully. My little company was involved with pre-publicity, handouts for the seminar, and photographing the event. There were five speakers from a Texas medical school. Of the five, three were fascinating, one was interesting, and one disagreed with everything I believe about nutrition.
The first speaker was a doctor who specializes in eye diseases of the elderly. He encouraged the audience to put a piece of graph paper on the refrigerator door. He said to look at it every few weeks, with one eye at a time. If you notice a spot where the lines appear wavy or disconnected, it's time to be evaluated for macular degeneration.
I was shocked but delighted, to hear this doctor endorse supplements. He said that C 500, E 400, Beta Carotene, Zinc, and Copper would not prevent macular degeneration, but would slow its process. Some patients, however, have not done well on Beta Carotene and Zinc. Researchers have found that Lutein, zeaxanthin, and bilberry have much the same effect on the eyes, but without the difficulties. Lutein and billberry are two of the supplements that my research led me to take after the sudden appearance in my right eye of a large floater.
The second speaker talked about frailty. Two elderly patients can come to the doctor with identical complaints. One recovers in a few weeks; the other declines and drops to a lower quality of life because of frailty. A lifestyle that includes exercise for 30 minutes 5 times a week was her recommendation to prevent frailty. She also cautioned against being either underweight or overweight, saying there was danger in both. She urged the audience to find out their BMI and keep it normal.
Speaker three was about Alzheimer’s research. I was taking pictures, so I could not take notes on the long words, but here is the big picture. Rapamycin is a drug that has been used for transplant patients, and shows promise in extending the lifespan of test animals. Recent tests have showed that it can reverse the progress of dementia in mice that are pre-engineered to get Alzheimer’s. The videos showing mice before and after rapamycin treatment in a learning situation were incredible. This speaker is part of a team proceeding with further studies and they are very optimistic.
The fourth speaker was a dietitian who prompted the government diet. All I could think of as I listened and took pictures was that if I ate according to the chart that she had on the screen, I would have stomach inflammation and year round allergies. I felt sorry for her and wanted to say "I've been on the Blood Type Diet for ten years and don't take any prescription medications, how many do you take". But professional photographers are not wise to interject themselves into events in that way.
While this was a free event, registration was required. Part of the registration process was alerting the planners to any dietary needs. I said I was gluten free. Though I had helped design a lunch box for the event, I was still wondering how they would feed 350 people in the amount of time allotted for lunch. At noon a sliding panel in the convention center was opened and there were tables piled high with lunch boxes. All the boxes had sandwiches, fruit, and a cookie. There were four choices: turkey, ham, vegetarian, and gluten free. Another table was filled with bottles of water.
I grabbed my gluten free lunchbox and joined some friends at a table. I found a turkey sandwich on gluten free bread, a banana, and a gluten free brownie I wrote a blog last summer about suspicious ingredients in gluten free products. I haven’t had a sandwich in five years, and this one tasted delicious. The bread had a good texture and flavor. The brownie was moist and chewy and wonderful in every way. I began thinking that I might reconsider my opinion about gluten free marketing. Two days later, as the bread and brownie worked their way through my digestive system, I became gassy. My poop (pardon graphic language, but if you are considering these products, you need to know) was sticky and hard to expel. I stand by my August blog. Dark Side of Gluten Free
The keynote speaker after lunch was the least technical of the five. He painted a picture of how attitudes and treatments for aging have changed over the years. He pointed to enormous advancements and hope for improving both quality and length of life in the future. Comments after the seminar were extremely positive. There are already discussions about this being the “first annual” event.