Monday, March 30, 2009
But I have good news- I have found a desire inside me that I didn’t even know existed- the desire to eat healthy food. All my life I thought that eating a healthy diet meant that I only consumed a certain amount of calories, that I ate a good variety of foods, such as proteins and carbohydrates and yummy, yummy dairy because I am a girl and need the calcium for my bones. I think I was wrong, really, really wrong and I am on the verge of making a change- a big, big change.
I discovered a few months ago that Sunflower Market has really great prices on produce, and so I started buying more fruits and vegetables, though at the beginning it was mostly fruit. I told a good friend and neighbor that I was trying to eat more healthy fruits, and enjoying it, and she told me about a book she had recently read that talked about changing our diets to be more vegetable based. At the time I didn’t really think it was right for me, but I stored the information in the back of my mind for future recall. Then a couple of weeks ago, that same friend blogged about Health and Appearance and I remembered that she had recommended a book to me and I suddenly really wanted to read it. And so I borrowed it. “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman M.D.
It took me about a week and a half to read, but I wasn’t too far into it when I realized that I wanted and needed to make some drastic changes to my Diet. And by Diet I mean the way that I normally eat, ( I have been musing about the word diet this week too, because when I hear people talk about their Diet I assume they are Dieting trying to loose weight, why is that? So anyway) Dr Fuhrman believes that Americans are overfeed and undernourished, he doesn’t say that we need to cut way back on food, just that we need to cut way back on foods that do us no good and up the portion sizes of the foods that are good for us. So what is bad for us, Processed, Refined, Sugary and Fatty Foods? Did that surprise me? No, not really, although I will admit that I like those foods a lot. What falls into that category? White Rice, Pasta’s…I was surprised by this, I thought those were good for me. What else…Meat’s, Cheeses and other Animal Products… should be used rarely, if at all. What is good for us? Whole grains are good, as well as, as many Fruits and Vegetables as we can possibly cram into our stomachs.
He lays out his reasoning for this type of diet very well over the first 7 chapters of the book- Whole foods are best, refining foods removes nutrients from the food, enriched foods are basically foods that have 20+ nutrients removed through the refining process and then had 4 or so nutrients added back in, still not good for you. Animal products have been linked to cancer and many of them are fatty, and as such can be linked to any number of other diseases. The best diet is one rich in nutrients and with a high Nutrient to Calorie Ratio. Fruits and Vegetables are naturally high in nutrients and low in calories, thus they should make up the majority of the calories that we consume.
The kind of diet he advocates really made me think of the Word of Wisdom and that got me thinking about what the word Sparingly means, we should eat meat sparingly, interesting to think about....
I was so excited to make this change in our eating habits that I jumped the gun a little. At several points in the first few chapters Dr Fuhrman explained that he thinks we should eat HUGE amounts of Vegetables and the easiest way to do so is in a Salad, and that our Salads should be roughly the size of a head of Romaine Lettuce. So I went out and bought salad makings and discovered that a head of Romaine Lettuce is MORE THAN HUGE, so Ken and I shared a head of lettuce between us, with other yummy salad fixings like Red Bell Peppers, a little Cilantro, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Corn etc. I even made a dressing with tofu- for myself; Ken won’t go near food that it stored near tofu, let alone tofu itself.
The Salads were so exceedingly huge that we had to eat them out of 12-cup Tupperware bowls/ metal mixing bowls. It was during this meal of gigantic salads that I asked Ken what he thought “Sparingly” meant. We came to agreement that we would reduce our meat consumption to 2 nights per week during the Spring, Summer and Fall and then 3 nights a week during Winter. My Salad was very filing. Ken didn’t hate his, but I think he was silently mourning food. I have eaten a huge Salad at least once a day for the past 6 days, and I will admit, I have not snacked as much, and I feel pretty good.
Now I felt kind of silly when I got to the chapters of the book where he explains the diet and gives example menus and a few recipes. There is so much more you can do with Vegetables than just Salads. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about cooking vegetables, Silly, Silly, Silly. So don’t fear for Ken- he will be fed and he will be fed well. I plan to really start our new diet on Wednesday- Ha ha, that is April fools day- but it is no joke, we are eating better as of April 1st!
So if any of you out there have Vegetable (or Fruit or both) dishes that you love- Soups, Salads, Casseroles or Sandwiches, anything really if you would send me the recipe I would love to try it. The same goes for Spices and Herbs that you like to use, fresh or dry, let me know about them and how you use them to make your food yummy. PLEASE- because I love yummy food.
One nice side effect of this change in diet- according to Dr. Fuhrman, when your body is well fed with nutrient rich food, it will naturally find its ideal weight, I will let you know if that happens.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
32 inches tall-96th Percentile- taller than the average one year old. So if you are average weight but twice as tall- that makes you tall and skinny (OK, so maybe not twice as tall, but taller than average....)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Did you see him? He is there, sitting in the Toy Bin between Elmo and the Teddy Bear. He is a doll isn't he. He sat there and played for more than a half an hour. And he got in there all on his own, it is one of his new tricks. I found him laying on top of the toy bin, playing with his activity table several times yesterday, it would have been easier to just stand on the other side of the table, but not as much fun. Climbing is his new passion. It started with climbing onto the couch then yesterday he added climbing onto the back of the couch to his repertoire. Today- he figured out how to turn on and off the lights.
This next one is my favorite of late. This kid is so much fun, he is discovering everything and keeping his parents on their toes.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Baby J's Day! We went to Wheeler farm with some of the babies Cousins. The Animals were stinky, but the company was great.
After the Farm, we picked up dad and headed to Wendy's where we had dinner with Grandma and Grandpa T and Cousin P and her family, (because Baby J and Cousin P share the same Birthday). Baby J really did enjoy his first taste of Chicken Nuggets, he enjoyed trying to dip them in sauce too, which is why the sauce is so far away from him. The weirdest part of dinner, the Baby didn't seem to like the Chocolate Frosty- I wondered if they had given me the wrong baby a year ago, then I remembered Ken doesn't like Chocolate....
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thank goodness for TIVO, I totally forgot to watch- Baby and I watched "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and when that was over, and he was napping, I noticed that "Good Things Utah" had been recorded, "That is weird, what was on the show today that I wanted to see?" Then I remembered!
By the way, I had a Spectacular Birthday yesterday. Details about the Family Birthday's will come next week as we aren't having Cake until Ken's Birthday on Sunday. And I forgot to take pictures yesterday, but I really did have a wonderful day, thanks to all who helped make it good.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We have been eating grapes together for a few months now, but I usually half or quarter them for him. He did pretty good on his own, I only found two half eaten grapes that he had dropped, and he had eaten almost an entire bunch.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
(Baby J, getting ready for his surgery follow up)
Guess what, he didn’t. The doctor came in the room, asked if we had had any further problems with bleeding and let me know that the Hematologists had informed him of the von Willebrand’s diagnosis, and then the diaper came off. He looked for a few seconds, announced that everything looked good, but there was a string that he could easily take care of, and then asked me if I had any questions. “Why is the skin red and bumpy?” “Oh, that is pretty normal after a circumcision. It may fade as time goes on.” “Why is there a string?” “Sometimes Dissolving Stitches don’t dissolve as fast as we would like. I will trim this down, it is nothing to worry about.”
I felt so much better after that 5 minute doctor visit, it was amazing. We may never need to go back to the Pediatric Urologist, well, Baby J may never need to go back. We have a 10% chance of future sons having Hypospadias. But now we know what to expect- and to test them for Von Willebrand’s prior to surgery.
Speaking of von Willebrand’s, today we are going to the Hematology/Oncology department of Primary Children’s Hospital. We will spend at least 3 hours there (I hope they have a TV, three hours could get boring). Why so long? They want to make sure the Medication which will be prescribed prior to future surgeries will actually work. The simple explanation of what the medication does is this- von Willebran’s factor is stored in the blood vessel itself, and the medication forces the blood vessel to push out as much as possible into the blood stream. So they will draw blood tests, to see his level before medication, give him the medication, and then wait 3 hours and draw blood tests again. Hopefully all will go well, if so, we will be out of the tunnel and into the light, just in time for spring.
(Baby J during piano practice this morning, piano practice comes right after- lets throw the toys around practice)
I love Spring!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Another thing that has plagued me lately is the fact that it is getting harder to keep track of our purchases. Ken and I have a system that we like, but it just hasn’t been working for me lately. We use our Discover Card for everything possible, and then we pay it off every month. We get wonderful rewards this way- if my sisters have ever wondered why we are so willing to give gift cards at Christmas time- its because we get them through Discover Card Rewards! It is truly a win win situation. Each month, I go through the check register, compare it to the discover card bill, and when I get the two totals to match, I pay the bill. But lately, Ken and I have become a bit lax at writing things in the check register, and so this process has gotten harder and harder until I just gave up. The past two months I have not double checked to make sure every discover card charge was in the check register, I just paid the card. Bad Kate, Bad!
So, I read the Readers Digest, I really do, not just the jokes, I read about 80-90% of the articles. In January they had a little note about keeping track of finances and how Quicken had recently offered a free online service ( quickenonline.intuit.com ), I felt very proud when I was able to tell Ken about it when he said he thought we needed a new way of tracking our spending. That was as far as we got in January, saying out loud that we probably should figure out a better way to handle our finances. Then February came and went in a Tornado of Fun and we found ourselves in March, it was time to pay the Discover card, and I didn’t want to do the work. “Quickenonline” a little voice in my head said. “What?” I said. “Ken is gone to meetings, the baby is asleep, you could play Burger Shop, or you could check out Quickenonline and see if it would work for you”
So I did, and Wow! I love it. First of all, It is free. And within minutes I was able to set it up so that I could see both my Checking and my Discover card account detail in the same place! The program will automatically categorize each credit or debit into my accounts, I can change any categories that are not right and even create new categories and it will show me charts so that I can see where I am spending my money. It has a section that shows me upcoming bills, which is nice because I often forget those when I am thinking about how much money I have. (Not that I sit around thinking about all the money I have….which actually might be part of the problem, I should think about that more) Even better than that, it has a budget area, and as long as I categorize my purchases correctly it will show me how much money I have left in each area and even warn me if I am going to go over budget in an area. From what I have seen in the first couple of days- it is exactly what I have dreamed of having. I am going to log on right now and look at my “Pie Charts”!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Do you recognize anyone in this picture? These are the three wise men (they dubbed themselves the 3 wiseguys- thus the Einstein look a like) from the 2005 Highland 14th Ward Christmas Pageant. Ken is the one on the right. He was originally cast as an angel, after all he is very angelic, and at the last moment was asked to fill in as a wise man too- good thing we had a fancy chenille blanket he could throw over his shoulder. Ken is willing to serve, wherever, whenever and however, especially if he gets to have fun while serving.
So, I guess I get to tag people now. I choose Alicia, Melanie, Christy, Arit (who may have already done this), Abby and You, if you want, no one is going to have any bad luck if they don't. Show us the 6th picture found in the 6th folder of pictures on your computer.....no matter what it is.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
At about 3:50 this morning, I stumbled out of bed to go comfort my son. He is still dealing with the last bits of the viruses that have plagued him for the past month. I was letting him whine, but when he started to cry I went to him. After a diaper change and a bottle, he put his little head on my shoulder and we cuddled on the couch for a few minutes. I thought that he had gone to sleep and so we headed to his room, as I was getting his blankets ready I noticed that he was not asleep, but was looking at me, silently, with a sweet little smile on his face. He didn’t really look like my tiny baby anymore, that sweet little face seemed older somehow.
So I decided that we could cuddle just a little more before I put him down. I looked over at the mirror across from his crib, I saw myself holding my sweet baby. He is so much bigger than he was when we first brought him into that room, almost a year ago, but he is still so small. And then in my mind I saw a tall young man, he was in a suit, he was distinguished. In that glimpse I knew he was my baby, my grown up baby, I wouldn’t be able to hold him like I was at the moment, but there would be times that he would need his mother just as much as he did now, and he would still put his head on my shoulder and find comfort there. It made me so happy, I felt so much love for him. My baby, my son, someday he would be a man, but he will always be my baby.
He knew I was going to put him back in bed, but he didn’t fuss or fight. I wonder if he had the same glimpse that I did.