Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Okay, here we go again, and again, and again (Recipe: banana pancakes)

So simple and so amazing.
1 banana
2 eggs
Good sized shake of pumpkin pie spice
Whirl the above in a Magic Bullet or blender. Pour into a pan which has ghee melted in it.
Turn in one piece if you can.
Brown on both sides. 
Cut into pieces and plate.
Add about a tablespoon of coconut milk as a garnish.

Ooooh, good lunch. Patty pan squash from the garden, onions, chicken, and paprika to make it pretty. All cooked up in gheeeeeee! 

The last bite of this tasted like every pot roast my mother ever made. Nice memories! Beef, onions, carrots, garlic powder, celery salt, paprika, new potatoes, and beef stock all in the same pot. I braised the beef and onions, tossed the rest of the stuff in, and let it simmer until the new potatoes were done. Very nice dinner with an amazing taste. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Focus: Blood sugar levels

Gonna bring them down!

Leftovers from yesterday - breakfast casserole - with fresh pineapple. Delicious.

The focus today is eating right and seeing my BS go down. I didn't sleep long at all last night and I feel a nap in my future, interrupted by blood sugar testing. 

I guess you'd say I'm primal. I'm not 100% paleo because I do enjoy a bit of dairy here and there. My base menu is paleo, sometimes even Whole30 strict, but the dairy is right now a part of things. The other item I have from time to time, which declassifies me completely, is pumpernickel bread. It's low glycemic index and does not affect my blood sure or affect digestion/stomach health for me at all. More to come on my definition of my diet.

Lunch was kind of weird. The chicken added an odd texture to the cantaloupe and Greek yogurt combo. I thought it would blend in like it does with a Waldorf salad. I was wrong. I probably won't do that again. Prosciutto and melon would probably be better. The melon was wonderful. I have a quarter of it left to eat. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Begin the beguine

 Wow! My birthday was amazing. First, I won tickets to see Robert Cray and John Hiatt, along with a meet and greet with Mr. Hiatt after. We were late (rain, traffic) and the ushers seated us in really nice seats in the rafters. There was some problem with the seating, so the head usher took one of our tickets to figure out what happened. Guess what? This view of Robert Cray is not what we were supposed to see. We had tickets in the orchestra box and no one noticed!
At intermission, we were moved to our real seats and got to see John Hiatt up close and personal. 
At the meet and greet, I expressed my thanks for his song, Blue Telescope, which got me through a lot back in 1994. It was a wonderful night and the traffic was much better, rain all gone, on the way home. Old people up after midnight! 
This morning, we're back! I love the challenge and health benefits of eating paleo/primal and that's just what I'm gonna do. This is a small casserole made with patty pan squash that I grew, a bit of shredded potatoes, a smaller bit of goat cheese, Virginia ham, and eggs. I finished it with Hungarian paprika and had the breakfast of queens. Soooo good. I have sea bass defrosting for dinner. Not sure where lunch will take me, but I'm ready (probably chicken, plantain bread, and apple).
Lunch was miscellaneous crap. Moving on.

Dinner was great. I've been wanting fish cakes for a while. These were made with chopped up sea bass (raw), some Old Bay, eggs, patty pan squash, and a smidgen of sweet potato flour. I seasoned the finished it with sea salt.  Really good.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

3 Meals a Day

It's only three meals a day. What does it take to stay within those confines?

We shall begin again immediately.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Food, exercise, and Zen

A good basic breakfast with a twist. This one has a squash in it that I grew in my own garden! It's a Zenith squash, so it's hard to see. They grow half green/half yellow. The eggs and pancetta are old friends and there's organic ketchup under those eggs. Off to exercise class in an hour and I'm so looking forward to it. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Back to it, hard core

A rescue meal for breakfast. A failed dinner (filet of beef, onions) that had no taste at all was saved by sauteed mushrooms and some tomato juice. I hate to ruin expensive beef and there was no way I was going to toss it without giving it a second life with flavors I like. It did turn out to be pretty good. I hope not to have to rescue a meal again, but at least I know I can. 

After this morning's heavy breakfast of meat and vegetables, I thought I'd like something light and chill for lunch. A cold plate is a fun thing to have once in a while. Keeping hard boiled eggs on hand is a huge bonus and having cucumbers on hand is always a lifesaver. Right now, fresh melons and other fruits are in the stores and at the farmers markets, and the taste is divine. 

A simple dinner of sausage and applesauce followed by trail mix. All done!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Improve and Preserve - Again, Paleo, Diabetes, & a good attitude

Improve what you can and preserve what you have. I've been thinking about that a lot the past few days. Part of the deep thought process is related to almost being 60 years old and having been ill, and also facing the continued saga of the 'betes. The good news is that I remain positive and not in a wallowing well of weird woe. That's not the least bit productive or positive. And so, today, I took a walk and had a really healthy primal breakfast:

A half cup of orange juice, zucchini shredded and cooked with Wellness Meats bacon ends, eggs tossed in that, chives from my garden snipped into the mix, and a half ounce or so of goat gouda. (The gouda is almost gone, thank goodness!). 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Truth day

For 24 short hours, it's the truth and nothing but the truth. Truth in nutrition, truth in blood sugar, truth in activity. I'm getting my energy back and totally don't mind cooking again! That's the truth. Yesterday, I woke up really feeling like me. Amazing.

Walmart now has shredded brussel sprouts, so I had to get a bag, of course. I fried it up with the bacon and then did up a couple eggs. I mixed up the sprouts with the eggs after eating about half of both. They were great together. The eggs cut the bitter/strong taste of the sprouts and they complemented each other nicely. Abbey got some of the bacon :) She loves when I sit down to eat breakfast!