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Week Eight and Birthday Zagging July 29, 2009

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An interesting week. I had my birthday last Friday, so I zagged wonderfully. Had watermelon for breakfast, a whole half of a watermelon. Apparently that was a bit too much fresh fruit, as my stomach became unhappy fairly quickly. But recovered in time for Lunch at Red Lobster. Lots of Cheddar Bay Biscuits, a nice House Salad with French dressing, a Maple Glazed Grilled Chicken Breast, Vegetables and Baked Potato, as well as Raspberry Lemonade. Delicious! Then we went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Too full from lunch for Movie snacks. It was a good movie, I thought. Then home to homemade meaty and cheesy pizza and strawberry gelato a la Zack. Both were Very tasty, but my tummy is normally unhappy with dairy, so I didn’t eat a Whole lot of either. Then off to CJ’s for drinks, s’mores, lime tortilla chips and hot tubbing. It was a fairly quiet affair, very nice and relaxing.

Saturday morning I ate a good chunk of Zach’s Irish Soda Bread with soy butter. MMmmmm yum! Then spent the day and night with Rich. A very lovely rainy Saturday. Sunday Mike and I went to Cedar Point, where I had Two Salads, and part of a chocolate covered frozen banana. And I believe I now have ridden every ride in the park. Yes, he even got me on both sides of the Power Tower. Then we went to Outback for dinner and I had salad, salmon and veggies, but also about a loaf and a half of bread and butter.

Monday and Tuesday were stressful, but alkaline, and today I’m thinking about making a few changes to my diet for sanity’s sake. I want to keep doing this, but some frustrations are pushing me to the breaking point. Apples and Bananas I think at the least. I’m tossing around the idea of more flat bread, without worrying about sprouted grain or alkaline grain so much, pitas and tortillas. Simple foods, not heavily processed things. Not looking to go back to junk food, fast food, sugar, dairy and all that stuff. But I need to find a better balance for myself.

Food of the week: Grilled Fresh Atlantic Salmon

Week Seven July 22, 2009

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Fighting sore throat: won. Fighting cold: winning. It’s been a week of questionable health, but still a fairly good week. A little bit whiny about how eating isn’t simple or quick anymore, well, at least the prep for said eating. But it’s still not bad, I’m getting the hang of it, getting used to it. And feeling the benefit. Zag day coming up at the end of the week, happy birthday to me. 🙂

Food of the week: Toasted yeast-free organic sprouted kamut bread with soy butter and garlic salt.

I found it! July 19, 2009

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Yesterday I found yeast-free bread made only from sprouted organic kamut whole wheat, water and sea salt!!! Yay for Bread!

Also… frozen salmon from CostCo, in a big bulk bag tastes fishy and has a fishy texture. 😦 Fail.

Week Six July 15, 2009

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This last week has gone fairly well, though I think I’m getting a sore throat, possibly strep at the moment, but that’s not unusual for me. Had a shot of wheatgrass juice this afternoon, am feeling somewhat better now. Have had a lot of tuna on my salads this week. Still think I’m maintaining the right ratio, but eating more over all. Had another veggie pasta salad this weekend. Is good. I want to find or make soup I can eat(more proof I’m getting sick). The teriyaki veggies from Pei Wei isn’t nearly as good as the Ginger Broccoli. Taking less Naproxen didn’t last, but still doing well at ten days between shots. Blood tests coming up in a couple weeks, and I’ll be delivering a letter to my doctor tomorrow, as well as probably talking to my other doctor. It’s all going fairly well, I’d say.

Food of the week: Romaine lettuce leaf, tomatoes spread with a bit of tuna salad.

Phobias July 8, 2009

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So, I was thinking about phobias today, things I’m afraid of. Needles, bees, wasps, snakes, sparks.

It’s not that I’m afraid of bees and wasps, I’m afraid of them stinging me. They can exist near me, I can walk past them, but I don’t want them landing on me cuz they might hurt me. This came out of when I was a kid and got stung on my head by a bee in my grandmother’s yard. It hurt and I got really upset, so naturally, I don’t want to repeat that experience. But really, a bees sting? I’m sure I’ve voluntarily endured worse pain. I mean, the auto-injector probably hurt just as much, and I’m certain(in the cloud of pain memory) that the preservative-filled drugs burned a lot worse. So what’s the big deal? Sure, no one Wants to get stung, but there’s really no reason to be afraid of such a small thing.

Needles? I don’t like them, I don’t like that they hurt, I don’t like the way it feels when they go into me. I don’t like that they make me bleed. This fear came out of two childhood experiences. One, getting one of the many childhood shots caused my leg to hurt for the rest of the day, and no one believed me, they said I was making it up, and just complaining over nothing. The second was the first time I had blood drawn. My vein collapsed and it hurt Really Bad, and again, they didn’t believe me, thought I was making a fuss, it couldn’t possibly be that bad. This is how I remember these two events. Top it off with horror stories from my father with His experiences with needles, and it took me four years to stop hyperventilating during blood draws once I was diagnosed with RA and had to have them every three months. Now, when I get my shot, I hug a pillow, squeeze my eyes shut and sometimes hold my breath if it hurts. When I get blood drawn I try Very hard to control my breathing and relax, with eyes squeezed shut, concentrating on the voice of the person doing the draw. I wouldn’t call it a phobia, I can willingly go near them and have them used on me, but I avoid them whenever possible and cannot look at them going into flesh.

Snakes? I liked snakes as a very young child, but then my brother decided he liked snakes and would catch them in ice cream pails. And shake them at me or toss me the pail and they would hiss angrily. I don’t think he ever actually caught a snake that could have done me actual harm, but it was enough to scare me. For life. I cannot watch snakes on screen. If they are behind glass I have to be as far away as the walls of the reptile house will allow. If I see them in the wild, I really freak out and want to run away.

Sparks. I think this one came from getting burned my first year at week-long church camp. Someone stuck the innards of a marshmallow in the coals, it got ashes on it so they jerked it back up. One landed on my arm and I brushed it away. But it had already burned me and my counselors smelled the burned flesh, freaked out and dumped an entire five gallon water container on my arm. Since then, I can’t be near sparks. Sparklers, welders… can’t light little matches or regular lighters. I still love campfires, but if the wood starts popping, I will back away.

No conclusions at this time, but maybe I’ll revisit this later.

Week Five July 8, 2009

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Worked up a list of Do’s, Don’t, Sometimes, and Nevers. Looks about what I’ve been doing. I still can’t cut out condiments, dunno if I’m ever gonna get past that transition. Went looking for Yeast-Free Spelt bread today, closest I came was a Yeast-Free Hemp bread, but it had dates in it. There were two other Yeast-free breads, also with fruit in them. ::Sigh:: Looking to finally communicate with my RA doc about the diet and the reducing of medications. Wrote a first draft of the letter. Had a bad day on Monday, but found a comfort food replacement in my food of the week.

Food of the week: Toasted Sprouted Grain Tortilla’s dipped in Tomato Sauce, it’s Almost like pizza, but Really close to Garlic Bread.

One Month July 4, 2009

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I am feeling great. Not perfect, but a lot better than I was the three months before this one. By chance and busy schedules, I’ve only been getting my shot every ten days or so. The half a prednisone seems not to be hurting any. I’ve still got bits of hand achiness, but the weather’s been crazy, too. Been tired the last couple evenings, overly so, it seemed, but most of the time I want to go outside and be active. Not that I do, mind, but rollerblading is peering at me from the horizon. I will sit down with the books soon and really go over the do’s and don’t’s, and recipes. I’d say I’m nicely detoxed and now it’s time to make it a maintenance plan.

Salmon July 2, 2009

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I had grilled Salmon today on my salad, and it was Delicious!!

Week Four July 1, 2009

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Wrote about Zag day already. But this last week has gone pretty well. Found a few more dinner out options. Discovered Pei Wei yesterday, P.F. Changs Take Away… They have lots of choices of sauce-types and then you decide what meat(or if you just want veggies) to put on it. Delicious. And they offer brown rice which a lot of take aways don’t. The North Market is a really cool place, but most of the salads had cheese or other creepy things on them. Has a nice green grocer there, though.

And, just so everyone is clear, even given the restricted diet, I’m eating a lot Better than I was before. Instead of having candy and chips on my breaks at work, I eat nuts and seeds. Instead of eating a cookie or leftover pasta, for lunch, I eat fresh veggies. Instead of pizza or breaded noodles for dinner, I eat stir fry veggies and rice or soba noodles. Instead of huge amounts of garlic bread for a late night snack, I eat a toasted sprouted grain tortilla with garlic and oil.

Food of the week: Ginger Broccoli with Vegetables from Pei Wei