Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu challenges when you live with a carnivore

One of my dinner planning challenges is that I am trying to eliminate 99% of the meat I used to eat in my diet while my husband continues to eat a normal carnivore diet. I plan to use a lot more fish in my diet and indulge with an occasional bit of steak (like once a month). Bottom line, my cholesterol level MUST improve...or else.

Tonight's solution:

For Me: Sauteed in a little olive oil - zucchini sticks, red onion, sliced roasted red bell pepper, sliced sun-dried tomato. Served over a small portion of cooked and plated cheese tortellini. Garnish with fresh grated parmesan and toasted and crumbed garlic croutons.

For Jeff: After I removed the sauteed veggies (I left in a tiny portion to flavor the meat), I stir fried a sliced up link of Italian sausage in the same pan, picking up the flavors of the caramelized veggies. He got tortellini, topped it with the sausage (minus the zucchini that he thinks he hates) and continued the garnish of fresh grated parmesan and toasted and crumbed garlic croutons.

What an amazing solution that made us both very happy!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pescetarian Food Diary Day 1

Luckily I already have a pantry full of veggies and vegetarian friendly ingredients. I just need to incorporate them more into my day.

Breakfast - I buzzed up a can of black beans, a handful of mushrooms, a half can of Rotel Tomatoes and peppers and a cup of leftover cooked whole grain rice. I heated this up and served it in a warmed up tomato flavored tortilla for a yummy bean breakfast burrito. I didn't really miss my eggs and bacon so bad. Oh and I have plenty of leftovers for bean dip with chips or more burritos.

At my snack time I made a quick banana smoothie with vanilla soy milk.

Late lunch was a Romain, mushroom, red onion, salad with a little Caesar Dressing, croutons, and a shake or two of fresh grated parmesan cheese. I had a glass of coconut milk to wash it all down.

Dinner is grilled salmon steak, stir fry veggies and whole grain, Jasmine brown rice.

I think this was a great start...don't you?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Leaning into Pescetarianism

Okay, I gotta get more healthy.

Two years ago I was healthier than I am now. I had lost weight and was doing well. The trouble is, I was not able to stay on my low carb diet for life. I just don't want to have to work that hard at counting carbs and tracking every morsel of food that I put in my mouth. I just want to eat something tasty and not have to worry about it.

This is hampered by the fact that being a diabetic, my intolerance for high glycemic foods screws up my blood sugar and reeks havoc with my overall health.

I watched a program the other night on PBS on reversing diabetes. The speaker talked about vegetarian diets and how getting most of my proteins from vegetable sources could actually turn my diabetes around entirely. I think this is worth strong consideration. The problem is, I love meat.

I love a good roasted meat: beef, pork or chicken. I have over the last few years moved to more turkey and fish in my diet, but perhaps I should move even further to fish only. I don't think I can give up meat entirely. But if I seriously stick to fish and seafood for the majority of my meals, I think I could actually wean myself of meat.

The thing is, I am not doing this because I am on some sort of fad. My life is beginning to depend on it. My diabetes is simply not getting better, it is unfortunately getting worse. I have to face facts. Plant protein is healthier for me and creates less health problems. 

I have to get away from processed foods, meats and even my love of cheese that I indulge way too much of. These foods are trying to kill me.

So I am leaning into pescetarianism. I love fish. It is a way for me to restart the journey back to good health. Giving up meat will be a lot easier if fish is still on the menu.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My Morning Dementia

It was quarter after seven as I was preparing to leave for work this morning. I poured myself a cup of coffee to take with me thinking how I hate wasting perfectly good coffee. I went through the house turning off the lights. I put on my jacket and gathered up my lunch and purse.

To my surprise, I went to grab my cup of coffee and it wasn't where I had left it. My forehead immediately produced those ugly frown lines between my eyes as I went off to backtrack my path through the house to discover where I had left my cup of coffee. My dogs were faithfully in my shadow as they accompanied me on my search. They broke into a run as they tried to keep up with me. We all ran into each other in the hallway when I did a quick turn around to go the opposite direction. I tried to de-tangle myself from the ball of legs and fur as I looked up at the clock frantically... it was now twenty-five after.

"Damn, Damn, Damn-it!" I screamed as I thumped down all of the stuff in my arms, back onto the dining room table (with a great deal of disgust mind you), so I could restart my search more thoroughly...only to discover my cup of coffee in my other hand.

I am now searching for my inner peace.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Struggling for the right words...

It happens everyday. You may find out that someone you care about deeply, is in fact, dying sooner than one would say was a proper length of life. You want desperately to help, but cannot. You try to "be there" for that person, but cannot "really" be in that person's shoes. You cannot know the feeling of a life battle that is losing.

The knowing, makes it hard to carry on, conversation, daily life, just keeping pace as you always have. How is it possible with this giant gorilla in the room with everyone. ...and EVERYONE struggling for the right words.

You clearly don't want to make things worse, but by trying so hard, do we make it worse in the struggle? Probably. But it cannot be helped. You can say too much, you can say too little. You can say the wrong thing, or even say the right thing, but at the wrong time. How many times can you say "I'm sorry" before even that rings empty and clueless. I think you just have to be honest when you do speak because the time for playing games... well even that may be a way to cope, everyone is different.

Well I find myself struggling for the right words these days.

I hate cancer.