Archives for: August 2013
Yes, it's true. I'm going to be a grandmother. DD and SIL are expecting a baby. So, rather than blogging about turning 60, I get to blog about babies! I'm going to start by copying DD's blog announcing her pregnancy to her friends. In later days, I'll write about "Eat Right 4 your Baby" and the plethora of texts between DD and me about what and when to eat. After that…we'll see where this adventure in new life takes us.
Here's DD's Blog.
I already love the new life that IS growing inside of me! I am TEN weeks pregnant - and LOVING it.
Little Baby Cakes surprised us - not God - but us. Like most newly wedded couples, we were just "waiting..." I don't really know what that means... but we were. Waiting for my Heroic Husband to finish his Masters of Divinity... waiting for a full-time job, post graduation... waiting for a new car... waiting for the perfect house... But God had other plans. And now, we are waiting for mid-March. We are waiting to meet this beautiful, precious, miraculous, life growing inside me. Now, I cannot even imagine "waiting" for the "right timing" to have a baby. I cannot think of not having my tummy beginning to slowly pooch out. I cannot not think of going to sleep at night to the sound of HH singing softly to little BC. I love God's plan.
Some of the many questions I have been getting - almost daily
How are you feeling?
What are you craving?
Do you want a boy or a girl?
What will the baby's name be?
Here are my answers for all to read.
A. I did not realize I was pregnant until I was already SIX weeks along. So, until week six, I was fine. After week six, my pregnancy hormones began to rage.
I have two sweet acquaintances who have both dealt with infertility in the very recent past. Today, they both hold in their arms precious little babies. I have talked to both of them since I became pregnant. To hear them talk about their pregnancies - both pre and post - puts mine in perspective. Perhaps I do not feel like running a marathon all the time, but God has blessed me with this little life. Does it really matter if I don't feel 110%, 100% of the time? No. God has put this life inside of me to nurture, to cherish, to love.
So how am I feeling? Wonderful!
B. What am I eating - Meat (Turkey and Chicken). Fruit. Legumes. Peanut Butter. Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers. Yogurt. Cheese. And... Brownies...?
If you know me, you know I really do not like meat. As a child, my mother had to make me eat three bites of meat before I could get more green beans. Meat is something that I eat a little of because I know I need the nutrients. When I got pregnant, my hunger for meat increased. I will never forget the faces my Marvelous Mother and HH made when I asked for turkey bacon. It was classic. But it makes sense. I need PROTEIN. What is one of the best protein sources? Meat.
Fruit - I just love fruit. I am so happy BC does too. Same with Legumes and Peanut Butter. I just wish BC liked vegetables. Maybe they will taste better in the second trimester.
Ritz Crackers... I do not like Saltine crackers, but Ritz and Rye crackers hit the spot.
Yogurt, Cheese, and Brownies. One morning last week I was running late for work. I knew I needed something in my stomach before I attempted the 60 minute drive to work. But nothing sounded good - and I mean nothing at all. I tore through the kitchen looking for something that my body would accept. And then I saw it...my husband's birthday brownies. For some reason, they sounded good. I ate a few bites and went off to work. This was probably the first brownie that I have eaten in ten years. I asked MM what in the world was in brownies that my body was craving?! After some research, I think we figured it out - calcium and magnesium.
I tested this theory by eating some cream cheese on a piece of sprouted raisin bread. My stomach immediately felt better. This is weird to me. Usually, cheeses inflame my stomach, but right now, I need calcium and magnesium. For dinner, I had a provolone grilled cheese sandwich with ghee and sprouted bread. It was delicious.
C. Boy or Girl? We don't care. As long as it is a healthy baby, then whatever BC is, BC is. We actually are not going to find out the gender. We really do not care - and we want to be surprised on Delivery Day.
D. Name. We will not even tell our parents what our name choices are. We will say that the girl name has been picked out since we were dating, and the boy name since we were newlyweds. BC had a name before BC even existed.
On August 8 I blogged about increasing my husband's and my calcium and magnesium after a one year experiment with lower doses lead to a series of muscle spasms for both of us. I am pleased to report that we are both feeling much better.
His back pain is gone. From the day I increased his cal/mag he improved each day. Last night he told me there is a some residual stiffness, but he has resumed all normal activity. I can reach both of my arms over my head. My right arm feels a little weak, but that's probably because I have been babying it for months. I need to start trying to rebuild my muscles.
If you take hard calcium-only tablets from the grocery store, you should probably read the study that warns about too much calcium and Arteriosclerosis. If you balance your calcium and magnesium and take Vitamin K along with it, ignore the study. Just my opinion. All I am is a volunteer blogger.
I reread my birthday blog. If it sounded negative to you, I apologize. That's not the way I meant it. On milestone birthdays people tend to get introspective.
I've spent a lot of time researching health since I was 23. I've spent a lot of money buying healthy food and supplements. When you are young, your body will take a lot of neglect, but when you are old you pay the price for neglect. I really do hope that I reap the rewards of living healthy.
Now (drum roll) I am going to change the subject of this blog, and future blogs for several months. More detail next time, but I'll drop a hint and say that I bought two copies of Dr. D'Adamo's book "Eat Right for your Baby."
I turned 60 years old last week. Now is when most people start to fall apart. Now we will see how much difference 27 years of health food followed by 10 years of the Blood Type Diet will make.
Our Strong Son started the celebrating. He said that he had planned a birthday surprise. We met him in Austin, and he took us to the Whole Foods World Headquarters. It is the largest Whole Foods store I've ever been in. They have a buffet with several food lines. You get a plate or a bowl and select the items you want. You are charged for your meal by the pound. My bowl was full after going to two cold food lines. I told SS we would have come back in the winter and try the hot foods. Everything was delicious, and I felt good about the way it had been prepared.
On my birthday, I went tubing with friends. We paddled along the shore of a lake near my home, enjoying the warm sun, cold water, and beautiful views of the shore. When we got out of the water, we had a picnic. I brought ground beef and collard greens topped with curry powder. I had also made a walnut torte to share with my friends. All of them know that I am on the BTD, so they were not surprised by the unusual birthday cake.
The day after my birthday I had a photo shoot. The theme of the event was Tex Mex. The band played Texas Country music. The food was fajitas. I took pictures until most of the guests were eating. Then I put the camera away and served my plate. I passed on the tortillas, selected beef, chicken, rice, beans, and romaine lettuce. Ok - I did get some guacamole - which is BTD avoid for Type Os, but is allowed in a limited amount on the GTD. I confess I sometimes switch back and forth between the two food lists when avocado and a few other foods are involved.
Another day my Honorable Husband took me out for my favorite meal - prime rib. I had a salad and a sweet potato as my sides. Every bite was delicious.
My Christian World View tells me that with sin comes physical deterioration and death. I have no desire to live forever on this earth. However I do want the time I have here to be productive and pain free. That's why I eat right and exercise.
Right now I would say that I'm in better health than most people my age. For that, I am thankful to both God and the BTD.
I posted two blogs about calcium in 2012. They were both related to a study that linked calcium supplements to calcium buildup in arteries. At first I discounted the study. As I kept reading more and more articles warning about taking too much calcium. I decided to experiment.
After 13 months, the experiment is over. I need calcium and magnesium supplementation. So does my Honorable Husband. Unless the study was done with people taking hard pressed calcium tablets alone without magnesium -- in my opinion -- the study is bogus.
When I first lowered our cal/mag supplementation, I went through a period of nighttime cramps and cricks. However, I adjusted to the new levels of calcium and magnesium. At first there was a funny taste in my mouth, but it went away. It was nice to cut down the number of pills I swallowed every morning, and nice to save the money. Life went on. I forgot that I was experimenting.
I didn't think about the experiment the first time HH's shoulder muscle knotted up. He said he had slept funny. Our Physical Therapist Strong Son gave him a stretching exercise that took the pain away.
I didn't think about it when HH's shoulder muscle knotted up a second time with even worse pain. The stretching exercise took care of it again, and HH decided to add stretching that muscle to his daily routine.
I didn't think about it when I got the pain in my right arm that I feared was a rotator cuff injury. SS examined me, said my rotator cuff was fine and gave me a stretch for a strained nerve. The stretch has helped. I have very little pain, but I have not regained full range of motion.
I didn't think about it on vacation when I was carrying too many water bottles and felt a muscle pull in my right hip. The pain didn't last long, but I'm aware that two months later, there is still a dull sensation in my upper right leg.
I didn't even think about it two weeks ago when HH, who had back surgery in 1985, began to have back pain. Over a period of several days it grew from being annoying to being debilitating. He was terrified that he had ruptured another disk. He could not put on his own shoes and socks.
We drove to see SS, who after a thorough exam told him it was muscular rather than nerve pain. SS gave his Dad some exercises, and told us to go to the doctor to get anti inflammatories and muscle relaxers. The doctor did her own exam, and concurred with SS's conclusions. She identified two specific muscles in his back that were in hard knots. She increased his ibuprofen and said to use a heating pad.
Gradually HH got better. Then yesterday, for no apparent reason, the muscles knotted up again. He did not lift anything; he did not twist; he had mostly been at bed rest. Frankly, we were both scared. Living with this kind of pain is not what we expected out of retirement.
I was off on a photo shoot, when I got a text asking how soon I could come home. He felt terrible. I finished up my work, and as I drove home I prayed. As I prayed I remembered all I had read for 35 years about calcium/magnesium, and how essential it was for muscles. I remembered the study that discouraged taking calcium supplements. I remembered my experiment.
HH and I immediately upped our calcium. My goal is to return to our pre-study dosage, but right now we're both taking a little more than that. Again I have a funny taste in my mouth. That seems to happen whether I increase or decrease my dosage. I am optimistic that we will return to our previous level of wellbeing. We will continue to take Vitamin K. That seems to be one way to prevent calcium from building up in soft tissues.
If my two previous blogs influenced you to cut back on your cal/mag intake, take a moment and think about how your muscles and nerves have functioned in the past year. Be more aware of changes in your body than I was.
If you have never taken a cal/mag supplement, and you struggle with muscle pain, all I can say is cal/mag worked for my family for years. I regret letting that study influence me.
These are links to my original two blogs.
There's a part of the gluten free craze that I like. Trying to explain to a friend or a server that I don't eat wheat is sometimes complicated. Like the friend, urging me eat a muffin, who said "It's not wheat, it's bread." Or the server who had no clue what ingredients were in the chopped steak. But if I say I'm gluten free, suddenly everyone understands. Friends say, "Oh, that's what Bill O'Reilly is into." Servers whip out a gluten free menu.
This is good. It's not as precise as Blood Type Diet, but it's good.
However, the dark side of gluten free is the food manufacturers who have jumped into marketing gluten free products. I am aghast when I read ingredients that are almost all potato starch and chemicals. This is not good!
I understand that people suddenly giving up gluten want to keep their lives feeling normal. They're on a quest to find replacements for familiar foods. I started off on the BTD doing the same thing. I know now that eating becomes less stressful when you accept that there is no wheat free or gluten free product that tastes like Wonder Bread.
In today's gluten free environment, if you look at grocery store shelves you could convince yourself that you can have it all. Just be sure you don't read the ingredients of that gluten free roll with an expiration date of 2015. It contains no real food, and it will not build your health.
I'm thinking about this today, because of a trip to the grocery store yesterday. The grocer in our small town must have someone gluten free in his family. Since we moved here, I have found lots of alternate grains in our grocery store. The store has stocked natural rice crackers on the shelves and 100% rice bread in the freezer. When we lived in the city, I had to go to a health food store to buy these products.
But yesterday the rice bread was gone. It was replaced by several bread varieties with bold wrappers proclaiming gluten free. Every one of them was made of potato starch and chemicals. I filled out a comment card for the store manager, but I'm not optimistic he will bring back the basic healthy products when exciting products in snazzy wrappers are available.
I'm thankful that there is a health food store nearby that values real food as much as I do.