Me and My Fitbit

It’s a very interesting note on our behavior.  Just when I felt I couldn’t push through one more day of steps, I called my nutritionist to discuss.

She told me that just because the American Heart Association recommended 10.000 steps a day, it didn’t have to be every day.  Then, my group of international walking pals started another challenge, I am on Team Purple.  So I started my steps again and pushed through the 28 day challenge.

The challenge ended yesterday, and Team Purple did not outwalk Team Yellow.

Today, my inner 3 year old wants to throw a tantrum. I don’t want to walk today, then I look at my steps for the day, and wonder if I could somehow pull this one out.  The weights are on my hands and I am pushing through the resistance.

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Are you committed to a workout plan?

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Meal Planning

Do you meal plan, sketch out a list of meals per day for a week or a month at a time?

I have considered the idea, however SpecialK travels for work.  I don’t usually cook when he travels.

We often buy what we like, and create meals from these items.  We had salmon, Brussels Sprouts and peaches here last week, and SpecialK knew I wanted to try grilled peaches, so he grilled all three items.

 

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I did take a second peach half after trying it; this was a good meal.  Teriyaki sauce on the salmon, some white cheddar on the Brussel Sprouts and some olive oil on the peaches.

Since then, SpecialK has been actively avoiding dairy.  There is a cheese drawer full of cheese.

Guess who gets to eat the cheese?

What is one of your favorite grill meals?

He made some, too!

Imagine my surprise when I got up last weekend, to find SpecialK making pancakes with our new flour blend.  He likes it Mikey!

He didn’t want me to make anything with my latest gluten free flour find when he wasn’t home, as he wanted to try it too.

So one morning, a week or , I made the pancake recipe from the back of the flour bag.  He liked them!  (I did too!)

He made them himself last weekend.

This is our new flour blend, you can purchase here:

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The pancake recipe is on the back, and we have cut the sugar in half, replacing white sugar with maple sugar.

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This flour is 18 g net carb per 1/4 C, the lowest I have found yet.

Your favorite pancake recipe?

We upgraded!

I was so excited a year and a half ago to buy our first instant pot.

This year, I decided to upgrade to the Instapot Ultra.  Thank you Amazon for making this possible.  I was able to resell our original one to a person who was delighted that it came from a gluten free house.

I have been lazy with this one, instead of manually doing everything, I pushed porridge and my steel cut oats were cooked.  Instead of wrapping my original Instapot with a towel for 8 hours, I push a button and yogurt is made.  I still love my Instapot, and happy that I now use the buttons instead of researching everything.

When Amazon puts it on sale again, you should get one too.  Won’t you?

Rent with Hertz

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Sometimes, you need to rent a car.  Hertz is SpecialK’s choice, I am just the passenger.

So imagine this, you fly to an airport, meet your spouse, and go to pick up your rental car.  They are out of cars.  We wait about an hour, and they give us a Dodge, with no Bluetooth. We are heading out and see several vehicles parked in the gold section. 

Eventually, we are allowed to take one of those cars

This was after they offered us a $100 voucher for our troubles, but gave SpecialK a voucher for $1.

Have I mentioned that SpecialK rents so many cars in a year that he is in their Presidents Circle?

So we start to drive out, heading to the lines of cars waiting to go through Hertz’s Checkpoint Charlie.

Two lines of cars, we move to the shorter one.  A guy comes out of the booth, to tell us the system is down, we can’t get out.

2 hours after we first approached the Hertz area, we head out.

Did you have a good weekend?

District 45

We don’t eat out often, but find our way to eat wherever we are.

We were out with Adam, Emily et famille last month, and they chose to go to District 45 in Lynn, MA.

Looking at the reduced menu they offered for brunch, I chose a panini, minus the bread.  I have never actually had a panini, as they became popular after I had renounced gluten.

The combination of ingredients appealed to me.   A flattened piece of chicken, topped with a slice of bacon, a slice of apple, covered in melted cheddar cheese.

Would you be surprised to hear that I wanted to recreate at home?

I did, using the ingredients we had at home.  A large chicken breast, that I tried to butterfly.  I ended up with 6 pieces.

We have Trader Joe’s Peppered Turkey Bacon, nitrate and nitrite Free.  1/2 slice on each piece of chicken fit great.   Granny Smith apple was sliced, not peeled.  The apple was not precooked, as the crunch of the apple slice adds a nice bite.  Top with white cheddar, which we buy at Aldi’s.

 

I am sure I will have better pictures the next time make this.

 

What new food combinations do you enjoy?

Toasted Cheese with jam

Where have you been all my life?  I might just be in love again.

i don’t recall where I read this idea, but here it is.  Toast a piece of bread, and spread a layer of your favorite jam on top.  Add some sliced cheese and return to toaster.  (Works best with toaster oven or regular oven).

It wasn’t until I was eating this that I realized the need to share this idea.

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Perhaps it is a statement of where I am at, or a need for delicious offerings, but this one works!

In other news, I got my stitches out yesterday, and can resume living, and getting my steps done.  Cancer free by my birthday was a nice gift.

What is your favorite way to eat toasted, or grilled, cheese?

A little c

5F9267A9-4C84-4E2F-A2BF-1F38800CE759.jpegA little “c”?  A small tumor, a basal cell with nodes and integrating roots.  The best news?  This type of tumor does not head to your lymph nodes.

The location of my basal cell was on the left hand side of my nose, as the nose flares out near the end.

I had Mohs surgery yesterday, followed by reconstruction surgery today.  As I said to SpecialK tonight, this is miserable surgery.

Sunscreen every day.  I like what my primary care doctor said, which is that  Vani-Cream is a zinc based lotion.  I was given some by a dermatologist in CA, and will not mind using it.  (I won’t feel the need to shower before bed, as I do when wearing sunscreen).

This is why I haven’t been cooking or baking of late.  However, I did supply myself with SmartFood and Halo Top for the duration.

Stitches come out Tuesday, and I can’t wait.

But first will be my birthday, this Saturday.  I have requested burgers on the grill, and a side of grilled pineapple.  SpecialK ordered me a cake, chocolate with chocolate buttercream.  (He turned down ganache, because of sugar.  WTH?)

Still here, hanging on.  Life will get better.  For tonight, I succumbed to a pain pill, and lay here wide awake with codeine in my system, again.

What will you do this Memorial Day Weekend?

Why we eat what we eat, and why I avoid coconut

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Beware the inheritance of your parents!

My mother had low blood pressure. Some thyroid issues, skin cancer and other various ailments, but she ultimately passed away from dementia.

My father has had heart issues,  high blood pressure and diabetes.

I am the middle child, and medically predisposed to genetically acquire some of their ailments.

Some of those ailments are rearing their ugly heads.

I eat gluten free, as I got very sick in 2009.  I thought I would give gluten free a try, and I felt much better.  Oh, and my allergies mostly disappeared.

In 2010, I was advised to walk away from sugar.  Apparently, if I wasn’t careful, I too would be diabetic,  I wasn’t having any of that.

In 2012, SpecialK and I connected.  He originally thought he would eat gluten free to make it easier for our kitchen.  His migraines diminished in occurrence.  He decided to stick with it.

I can’t have spinach, due to its high concentration in oxalates.  I can thank Mom for my intolerance of lactose. Neither of us here eat pork.  I barely eat beef at all, sometimes lean ground beef. I mostly prefer chicken.  We also eat salmon, eggs, beans, fruit and vegetables.

We eat eggs, low fat soft dairy cheeses, and full fat hard dairy cheeses.  Having said that, we use whipped cream cheese.  The taste is better, and compared against light cream cheese nutritionally, whipped wins.

A light olive oil bottle is refilled often,  we use extra virgin olive oil on occasion, and grape seed oil for the rare times we fry.

You won’t find coconut butter, milk, flour or any part of a coconut in our kitchen.  Coconut is high in saturated fats, and I won’t be eating it.

Its time to get cooking!

 

New York weekend and Canadian find

Last weekend, May’s first weekend, we headed to New York City for the weekend.

I took 2 pictures in NYC, starting with this picture, outside Tiffany’s.

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This second picture was of the surrounds of our outdoors breakfast, looking up.

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We left New York a bit earlier than originally planned on Sunday, as SpecialK had a flight to Canada to catch on Sunday evening.

When he came home, he brought some Canadian snacks, gluten free and low carb, somewhat.

The one that caught my attention was this bag:

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Of course, I tasted them, before devouring the entire bag.  (It was a single serve bag.)

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I liked them!  (Hey, Mikey liked it!)

Here’s the back of the bag.

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Yes, it’s Canadian made.  Finding a foreign product that we like, just like when we went to Costa Rica.

Have you found any foreign made foods that you wish you could buy locally?