There were two Labor Day Weekend events more worthy of blogging than anything that happened yesterday.
It was the last weekend that our neighborhood pool would be open. I swam a full mile (1800 yards) on Friday. Saturday I was swam my usual Â¾ mile. Sunday I was late getting to the pool because our son called to talk. Hearing about his first week of class was more important than a long swim. I swam Â½ mile fairly fast (for me - which in the grand scheme of things is not fast at all!) then took the long route home on my bicycle. Now that the pool is closed I have to decide whether to join a gym this fall or swim at an indoor pool across town as I did last year.
In August I blogged several times about sushi nori seaweed papers. Suzanna sent a comment that she tried turkey, tomato, and arrugala wrapped in a sushi nori and thought it was too bland. We corresponded back and forth, and she wrote that she found a combination she really liked. She said, "I seared some fresh slices of tuna, made some fresh wasabi, added fresh spinach leaves and slices of avocado - sort of like a sushi wrap without rice. It was absolutely delicious! The wasabi gave it a little kick of flavor. I think it might have been nice with some toasted sesame seeds as well."
I had never heard of wasabi. Suzanna had to explain that it was a powdered mix of horseradish, mustard and wasabi. She added a little water and spread it on the seaweed paper like you would mayonnaise. Suddenly at the health food market before the Labor Day weekend, I spotted it. Saturday night I tried it with tuna in sushi nori for me and with turkey on sprouted bread for my husband. He thought it was a little hot. I really liked it and plan to make it a regular part of my repertoire
Most of our weekend was spent "moving in" to a new computer. Deleting preinstalled programs we don't want and installing our own favorite programs just takes time.
I did get away from the computer to run an errand with my daughter, and while we were out, I stopped at the grocery store. I said, "If you were at a restaurant and could have anything you wanted for dinner tonight, what would you order?" She said Chicken Alfredo. Now there was a BTD challenge!
We went to the pasta isle for fettuccini noodles. There was a row of packaged mixes, two of them for Alfredo sauce. Normally I would shun packaged mixes, but I had just promised my daughter Chicken Alfredo, and I had no clue what ingredients were needed for the sauce. The first was filled with chemicals - no help there. The second said "all natural gluten free" on the front. There were two type A avoids in the ingredients. Since neither of my As follow the BTD faithfully, and I planned to prepare the sauce with soy milk, I decided to buy it.
I wouldn't be eating the noodles, so I cooked a spaghetti squash. If you are Type O and haven't tried spaghetti squash, I highly recommend it. Bake it in the oven whole, until it feels soft (like a baked potato). Cut it in half and scrape out the seeds. The rest of the squash comes out of the skin in little strings that look like angel hair pasta. It is sweeter than spaghetti, but it has the same look and feel of a plate of pasta. I cooked chicken thighs slowly at low heat. After I deboned them I sprinkled them with Italian seasoning.
My As had fettuccini topped with chicken and Alfredo Sauce. I had spaghetti squash topped with chicken, and olive oil. We all had a big green salad. Then - back to the computer.
After church we had lunch at Fuddruckers. They have expanded their menu so that it is friendly to As and Os. My husband and daughter got turkey burgers, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The last time we were here I had an ostrich burger. It was good but not outstanding. Today I got their low carb plate. It is a 1/3 pound beef patty with a side salad. When they asked what kind of dressing at first I said "No dressing", then I said, "Could I just have oil on the side?" They said, "Is olive oil ok?" I smiled - olive oil is great!
I have been surprised how many Bible verses about health I have noticed this year. Sometimes it seems as if they just jump off the page. For instance yesterday I was reading in 2 Chronicles about Asa, one of the good kings of Judah. Here is 2 Chronicles 16:12. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians.
It made me think of my experience. When I started having stomach problems, I first turned to nutrition. Whole grains made me worse, vitamins didn't help. Then I turned to doctors. Tests showed no cause, and medications didn't help. Then I turned to the Lord in prayer. That same day I read about the Blood Type Diet. A week later I was free of pain, and my health has continued to improve for 15 months.
I still study nutrition; I think it is important. I'm glad I have a doctor I trust; he can diagnose and treat things that I can not do for myself. But who best knows my type and the way I am made, than the God who made me.
I mentioned a while ago that I had a rash on my eyelids. It took a couple of weeks, but it has cleared up. Because it was right where I put eye shadow, I stopped wearing makeup while I had the rash.
Now I've thrown out the old eye shadow and the old eye makeup remover. I bought two eye shadows from two different all natural companies. It was harder to find a makeup remover. I was using the only brand that neither stung my eyes nor had mineral oil. I use olive oil as a moisturizer, but I can't put it too near my eyes because it makes a cloudy film. I read on the internet that almond oil made a good eye makeup remover. I bought a small bottle and have used it for two days. First impression - I like it! It gently takes off all the make up, it moisturizes the skin around my eyes, it doesn't sting, and it doesn't leave a film.
I've also let myself have flax seed every other day this week. Before the rash I had a tablespoon of ground flax and a tablespoon of ground pumpkin seed almost every morning for breakfast. I took the flax out of my diet because Heidi had written about several Os who had had allergic reactions to flax seed. I substituted either ground pecans or ground almonds, and both were very good. I'm thinking that I may be safer to rotate the ground nuts: perhaps pecans & pumpkin one day; almonds & flax the next. I'm really hoping that the flax didn't have anything to do with the rash. It's one thing to give up avoid foods for the BTD, but I don't want to be allergic to beneficials.
By the way, the smoked salmon was a hit at the luncheon Thursday. Fortunately there was enough left for my family to have for dinner tonight. I had cooked beet greens earlier in the weekâ€¦they were delicious. I cooked beets tonightâ€¦I'm glad my husband likes them.
It is a long time until fall weather arrives. I've lived here long enough to know I'll still be wearing shorts in November. But the first day of September was cloudy and a little cooler than normal. It felt a little less like summer and a little more like fall. So I went to run at the park near the school.
I've blogged about it before. There is a little hill with a 1-mile jogging trail around the base. I like to climb over the hill as a warm up, then run around the base 1Â½ times. I climb over the hill once more to cool down. During the summer, it is just too hot to run during the day. I get up very early and run before breakfast, or I wait and run after dark. Either way, it's not practical to run at the park.
The birds were really happy about the cloudy weather. I could hear them chirping a symphony in the bushes. I came around one curve and scared a rabbit off the path. I like this park, because it is a little bit of country in the middle of an urban area. For the time I'm running, I feel like traffic and crowds of people are far, far away. After a 3 month absence, it is good to be back to my ole stompin ground.