Category: Natalie (AB)
Music: Sound of hamster's gnawshing on nuts....
Oh, what a nice day. Thank you to Philip and Luis for their emails!!! It's REALLY, REALLY nice to hear from other people and know that your voice is getting out there. Thanks for your kind words and questions! Spent my time indoors today, air conditioned and cooking! I find certain domestic work very relaxing actually and today was a nice, tranquil day. Started off with lemon water - hurrah!!! The lemons are back! I'm just so sorry that lemons only seem to work so nicely at cleaning out A's and AB's - but I'm sure you guys have other perks.....(Can you say filet mingon?) Waited for the acid levels to chill and fixed myself some mushrooms and tofu with curry. Not your usual breakfast but since it's a beneficial spice, I try to use it often. Drank some Trader Joe's Green Jasmine Tea throughout the day. Nice and refreshing.
I was so busy just trying to straighten the apartment/do dishes, I almost skipped lunch! I could feel lunch time because I was starting to get weak so I had a quick bowl of rice chex and soy milk and watched an anime called Lain. Very good - uses lots of silence and nice dialogue. Also munched on peanuts and dried pineapple that afternoon. Then I started craving vegetables. We have yams in the house but I couldn't remembe the last time I had a good, green vegetable. All I could think about were green leafy things this afternoon. So, that being my cue, I headed down to the veggie mart and did lots of shopping! Broccoli, Scallions, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Celery, Oyster Mushrooms, Yellow Onions, Yellow Squash, Spinach, Parsley, Mint, Basil, Blueberries, Canteloupe, & Carrots. I almost got the cutest baby red potatoes but my $20 bill only went so far :-) Dinner was the Braised Collard Greens receipe from the cook book and the Wild Mushroom sauce over some pasta. I know, regular pasta's not very good for anybody but I'm not going to let it go to waste and wheat is ok in moderation for AB's (better than giving it to the O!). The sauce was yummy - used those flavorful oyster mushrooms. They have such a unique taste. Very expensive but well worth it. Before I left for the market, I was feeling industrious so I cooked the chicken that my O had left out to thaw. The Simple Seasame Chicken receipe from the cookbook got rave reviews from this house. (I was very tempted to lick the measuring cup that the seasame seeds were in but I prevailed, the stomach trials of this weekend are keeping me very compliant!) It's really amazing he says, everyone should try it!!! (I guess I'll have to try it with some turkey or tofu!) and only 4 ingredients, Chicken being one of them!
Then I was bad - had a small kid sized package of shortbread cookies AND vanilla cookies just an hour before bed. We were watching "Chicken Run." (We love the skill of good claymation) I'm sure they were filled with hydrogenated this and corn syrup that and something else that's not good. But, on the bright side 1) It was not a whole box/package of cookies, only 8 and 2) everything else was very compliant today. That still doesn't make up for it. I really need to get some "healthy" vegan chocolate or something to chew on when I get this way. That way it's not as damaging to my body. Maybe they'll only be 1 or 2 avoids I'm consuming in the snack but it's better than 11! :-)
Oh, as far as supplements go, I've just been taking a vitamin C by Shaklee (I need to find a better one), a vitamin B by Trader Joe's (I find it helps decrease my hunger) and the Helix Plus by the good Doc. I also had a few alfalfa tablets by Shaklee today (I usually forget to take those) I'd like to be totally NAP in my supplements but I'm not going to throw away my expensive Shaklee ones, which still have there good side. Besides, I find it easier to take vitamins if you do it slowly, just trying to remember to take 2, then 3 and then increasing the various supplements by what your blood type needs. I've been keeping mine at the computer console - I always forget to take them when they hang out at the back of the kitchen table. With his dinner, I gave my O a B supplement as well as the Shaklee Calcium supplement we have hanging around. I'm sure there's more I should be doing but you don't change your habits over night, it has to be done slowly, over time and built up on other things. I'm just doing the best I can with what I have.