I had my annual visit to my naturopath recently. She took all the normal blood tests. Things are looking pretty good. Total cholesterol is 183, down from 205. Triglycerides are at 57, down from a whopping 233 (yippee!) HDL is 64, up from 60 and LDL is 107, the only thing that deteriorated a bit, up from 98. But the ratios are all good. The chem panel was all within normal limits, too. The one disturbing result was the glucose was at 104, up from 91 last year. This was after about 6 weeks of taking Glycoscia. I guess that’s one supplement that won’t work for me. Something else is behind it.
Anyway, the good lipid results are from the changes in supplementation. I increased the use of Red Yeast Rice, and added Kyolic garlic with lecithin, while still limiting my intake of animal fats.
So, what does my naturopath do? She wants to experiment. Since Red Yeast Rice is still a statin, just in natural form, she would rather I not have to take it. So she told me to stop the RYR and start a homeopathic program of Biotherapeutic Drainage. You can read a little bit about it here: http://www.susanjonesnd.com/biotherapeuticDrainage.htm . We’ll see how it goes. I grew up with homeopathy in our home, so am very excited about doing this.
At least we know what does work.
Music: Big City Rhythms – Michael Feinstein
Mood: Accepting the reality of it all
The day to day struggle of ‘being good’ was paying off. I was feeling better, had lost a pound and was being more diligent about the aerobics. Then last weekend was our annual Sweet Adelines retreat. Our coach flies up from San Jose and we hole up in a hotel and work on our competition songs all weekend. In between rehearsing, we eat and drink. We don’t sleep a whole lot. It’s a great time. I think I had too good a time. I came home really puffy and creaky. I didn’t stick a whole lot to my plan. The ‘plan’ just didn’t fit into the ‘fun’ part.
So, I suppose, the trick to this whole lifestyle change thing is to figure out a new way of ‘having fun’ or enjoying life. I know if I were a diagnosed celiac or gluten intolerant, I would always go out of my way to avoid wheat. The immediate consequences would be disastrous enough that I would find a way to deal with the lifestyle change. At this point, the ingestion of avoids just causes me minor disturbances. That is, on the surface it seems like a minor disturbance. I know that inside, on the cellular level, there are many more bad things happening.
Ack! I don’t want to change. I have to change.
And the struggle goes on.
Okay….it’s time for the New Year Blog.
I am doing my usual first of the year self-assessment. It doesn’t look all that hot, folks. I am three, yes count them THREE pounds heavier than I was at the end of last year. The last one has come on in the last month. I haven’t had this much lack of will power in years. There have been more avoids in the house than usual. And I kept saying…..”well, it’s the Holidays!” Yeah, man. The Holidays.
Of course, during this past guilt-ridden month of eating too much and too many avoid items, I have also been plotting and planning the annual “New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight”. I think there is a theme to my life here. Denial could be part of it. (Oh, that blasted Egyptian river!)
Denial is not good for a non-secretor.
So, here’s the plan. I have gathered fresh flax oil and lecithin granules. I received Harmonia and B/AB Protein powders from NAP. I have purchased beneficial fruit juice and will RESOLVE to mix these all together and drink for breakfast three or four times a week. I will not put breakfast off until 2 PM. I am going to eat smaller meat portions at the evening meal. I am going to drink less bourbon. That’s enough for the food part.
Exercise-wise, I will continue to practice Pilates 2-3 times a week. I will continue to practice Tai Chi once a week. I will make sure that I do aerobics a minimum of three times per week.
Oh, and after reading my fellow bloggers latest entries……I will love myself.
I have “wait for the Plumber” duty today. He’ll be here sometime between noon and five. Luckily it’s not an emergency situation. Just something we thought we should take care of before it does become an emergency. I don’t have a lot on my mind, so will ramble on a bit. Maybe some of it will be BTD relevant.
I’ve been sending daughter the Basic O type packs. She takes them when she ‘remembers’. She doesn’t follow the diet at all, but I’m hoping the supplements are helping her body in some way. This last time I sent her some Harmonia. She loves it. She says it makes her regular and she feels good with it. Her only complaint is that there are only 19 servings in the container. Any progress will do.
I started the holiday baking frenzy this weekend. I had orders from daughter to make rum balls. They need a few weeks in the refrigerator to mellow the tastes before eating. I cringed as I made the darn things. My hands were touching ingredients that should never be in my house. The ‘good’ ingredients were toasted walnuts, unsweetened cocoa, dark rum and because there was no corn syrup, I used agave. But, I had to use vanilla wafers, and confectioner’s sugar. I remember loving to eat vanilla wafers as a kid. I could down two dozen at one sitting with no problem. I tried one out of the box on Sunday, and it tasted horrid. Looking at the ingredients, I didn't see where there was any vanilla in them at all. Then looking at the box, it said Nilla Wafers. They don’t use vanilla any more. I would guess that vanilla extract has alcohol in it and they can’t put that on a grocery shelf any more. I would love to play with my recipes to make them more BTD compliant. But then the family wouldn’t eat them. They want things to taste the way they remember. No tweaking allowed for treats.
The singing group is picking up quite a few gigs for the holidays. Some we get paid for, and some we do just for exposure. We’re always looking for new members. I’m looking forward to the fun and harmonizing with my friends.
I feel like a horse at the racetrack. The gates are opening, and BOOM! We’re off and running into the holiday food season.
Our holiday season gets a slow start a few weeks early. Hubby’s birthday is at the end of October. He gets a special chocolate cake that I make. It’s one of those complicated recipes from Joy of Cooking that involves making a custard, and then you blend things in as you go along. I think the only compliant ingredients in the thing are butter and the walnuts in the frosting. Hubby says it’s the happiest three days of his year when he gets to indulge in that cake. This year I was able to hold off eating much of it. Just a tiny sliver here and there.
It was my birthday on Monday, so hubby took me out to dinner at a local seafood restaurant. I was able to choose wisely from the menu. They offered Hawaiian Nachos as an appetizer. It is Ahi poke with a wasabi cream topping on taro chips. It was very tasty and light, following the true meaning of an appetizer. After a green salad with raspberry vinaigrette, we both chose a macadamia nut buttered mahi mahi with rice and squash for our entrée dishes. They came out overcooked and we had to send them back. The second time was perfect. I was too full for dessert, but they offered us free desserts because we had to wait for the meal. The apple crisp seemed the most compliant, if you can say that about any restaurant dessert. It was nice and tart, and the two of us barely finished half of it. Anyway, I like going places where I can choose compliant food and enjoy it. Heck, even the martini was neutral!
Now, today is Thanksgiving. We have been invited to eat at a friend’s house. He is an excellent cook. I will not worry about compliance. But, I will try to keep the portion sizes down. We don’t have to cook anything. We just have to bring the wine. Hubby wanted to take champagne, and I wanted a Riesling. We compromised and are taking both.
My modest goal for this holiday food season is to not put any more weight on. I have been very bad at keeping it off and have put on two permanent pounds this year. I am increasing my aerobics and hopefully this will help keep me steady. I see the calendar filling up with parties and other eating opportunities. To paraphrase someone famous:
“I will stay the course”.