QUILTING WILL DOMINATE THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

TIME TO GET THIS FINISHED - 10 YEARS WORK IN PROGRESS

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PULLING TEETH

I am terribly apprehensive this morning. I have a miserable 5 top teeth left. My partial plate broke about 8 months ago and since then I've lost a tooth to an abscess. The remaining teeth are cracked, have broken fillings or in at least one case an old root canal job is past it's use by date. So today they all come out and I'm going gummy for 3 months. Yuck!!! I hope I'm making the best decision as it will be months before I know the ultimate result. Since I have suffered neuralgia for as long as I can remember I'll still have to deal with the niggling pain from time to time. My facial surgery has more or less completely healed but there seems to be quite a lot of numbness and nerve damage which is slowly improving. I have tried to care for my teeth but the real damage was done when I entered my teens and now I blame my intolerance to wheat and the resulting gut inflammation although it wasn't so evident back then.

On a brighter note I am succeeding to get my diet on a better footing. It was so much easier when we lived in our own house with appliances, pantry, work bench and running water all at hand. I guess I am adjusting to what we now have or I wouldn't be able to improve my habits. So far I'm still drinking coffee but it's all black and unsweetened, which I brew fresh each morning. I must admit I do not drink enough plain water or my favourite ginger and lemon infusion. My coffee is fairly weak. I am experiencing an old problem. Acid Reflux. I've had one lot of surgery for this about 20 years ago but when my diet gets too crazy with Nestle cappuccinos, sugar and wheat/baked products it comes back to avenge me.

That's a bit of a wake up call as it's not fun waking in the middle of the night nor is it fun when swallowing becomes difficult.

Arthritis has become a bit of an issue too with aches and pains and little yelps when I bang my thumb or other affected parts. This pain vanished after I became 100% wheat free so I have lots of incentive to make this work.

I've also been too lethargic to make the change until my discomfort became stronger than my laziness. It becomes a vicious circle. One that is very hard to break especially when you live in a not so food friendly zone. My son and his wife are pretty good but there are always things around to tempt. I just have to turn a blind eye to them.

It hasn't been a simple change to make. I don't have the energy to put into it that I once had .... the good news is that each day I grow a little bit stronger. Yesterday was almost 100% clean. I did have a half slice of a bread roll at lunch yesterday. Totally unnecessary but for a while I felt as though I needed something starchy with my egg. Next time I will be better prepared. Did you know you can toast a slice of kumera, (sweet potato) as a replacement for bread toast? Sounds yummy. 

I've got a long way to go to be a fat burner as I once was but that is my ultimate goal. I suppose I'm trying to put together all the stuff I have learned about diet and exercise and how my body responds, with the reality of our environment.

I have hopefully organised myself so that there will be lots of healthy smoothies in the immediate future. A few months ago I purchased What the Fat? a book by 3 New Zealanders. A professor of human health, a dietitian and a  chef. I am using it as a foundation to my menus.

I have been through my records and I think my lowest most recent weight was 3 years ago in September 2013. My weight stalled for a long time then some of the foods which should have stayed off my menu began to creep in. With Life/Family Issues and feeling unsettled about moving and now 'in waiting' to be able to choose our next home, I began to stress eat and not be careful with my choices. Today I have about 12 kg or 27 pounds to reach that lowest number again, which is somewhere around 80 kg or 175 pounds.

I'm not measuring anything be it my own weight, carbs, portions or ketones. It will be interesting to see how this goes. My only measure is general health and well being and the fit of my clothes. I have one pair of jeans which will not fit until I have lost that poundage. I'm thinking I may not try to reach my ultimate goal weight, which is around 60 kg or 132 pounds. It all seems quite ridiculous now that I'm heading toward my 80th birthday. Okay! I'm only 77 but we all know how long it takes to lose a pound or two let alone 30 of the darn things.

The real measure for me will be the benefit of moving more freely and feeling generally healthier. I'll also feel more comfortable in my clothes and have better choices. Surely this equates to growing older gracefully. 

Yesterday's food included:- for breakfast - nutty granola with plain yoghurt and sweetened whipped cream; lunch - omelette with ham cheese, and broccoli; dinner - pork steak spoonful of potato and broccoli with a dash of butter. and a small snack of cheese and 3 or 4 pretzels. My servings were all small to modest and I think this morning I'm starting to feel slightly better than yesterday.

This morning I will have chia seed with coconut cream and a little whipped cream with a nutty granola sprinkle. The rest of the day depends on how I feel. I have some smoothie ingredients lined up.

Time for breakfast and then a shower before I run out of time.


Monday, August 22, 2016

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE

Yesterday I wrote a blue post and decided not to publish it before I'd had a second look at it. I felt really down. Probably because it was the nearest to a clean food day I've had in ages. Maybe I had low blood sugar. Beside that our situation is not always easy. I wonder if I will ever have my own home. The months slide by and we are no closer to making plans than when we came south nearly a year ago. When you are 77 and your husband is close to 81 every month's delay is hard to bear.

But ..... I have been catching up with blogs I normally read. I was at least 6 months behind on most of them. Sometimes I wonder why I must read them all. I have such an eclectic mix. Weight Loss began this addiction and I have moved on into LCHF (Low Carb High Fat), Paleo, Wheat Belly, Fat Head and so much more, not to mention RV travel blogs and quilting which has overflowed into craft and art.

This morning I opened up a blog by Jane LaFazio, an artist and what a treat! Jane is in London visiting the Tate Gallery for an exhibition of Georgia O'Keeffe's work. She had a link to a BBC documentary. All I can say is Wow! I want more. What an amazing and interesting woman.

We first heard of Georgia O'Keeffe when we visited Santa Fe in 2006. This was our first, and at the time we thought it would be our one and only, trip overseas from New Zealand. We spent 7 weeks zigzagging from Miami Fl. to Mobile Al. to Indianapolis then west and on to California where we flew home from Los Angeles. One of the highlights was our day in Santa Fe. Unfortunately I didn't feel well which made it difficult to enjoy our walk around the city. Later I realised I showed signs of altitude sickness. I was so impressed by the architecture. I love the adobe style buildings. We visited a few shops including a tiny art gallery off the square where I saw Georgia O'Keeffe's work for the first time. We don't have money for famous art works and we didn't have space for anything much. I bought a couple of post cards and touristy stuff. From then on her work has fascinated me. I may not always like it but it grips my heart. After watching this video I now understand why. She painted with her heart and soul.
If you want a treat watch this 65 minute video.

It's good to feel like writing up a blog post. Hopefully more to come soon. We are moving toward spring weather. I love the hopefulness and joy that comes with spring. Here in the south we will experience more of a change in the season than we would on the Coromandel Peninsula.

I'll be back soon.