Day 325-Met-I'm No Angel, I Fight Temptation Too

When I went Paleo two or three years ago, (has it really been that long?) I was totally gung-ho, everyone was proud of the willpower I had and I was proud of myself for sticking to it. Fast forward to today and I have to admit, I’m struggling just a bit.

Is it because it’s summertime and I just can’t stay away from the chips, salsa, and margaritas? Maybe. If that was all, I wouldn’t be worried as much, yet I have noticed that other sneaks have become more frequent and they aren’t just alcohol. Sometimes, my body just wants a carb and instead of making a healthy choice, I grab the easy thing like a bowl of cereal instead of fixing myself an egg, or God forbid, dipping into that left behind bag of Chex mix!

I know how to snack healthy, I have just gotten lazy. I need some motivation like I had when I started this whole journey. Back then it was my first cruise that motivated me, plus the desire to get the sugar and other toxins out of my body. I quit smoking and started vaping, now I’m not even vaping nicotine anymore. I have added CBD oil to my routine and I’m sleeping better. Maybe it is also increasing my appetite? Hmm.

Well, I simply have to fight back. I need to dig deep and remember the reason I started getting healthy in the first place. Yes, I am going on another cruise in September, yet I am not worried about that. I’m worried that I have let the Devil back in and he is reeking havoc on my body. (The Devil being sugar!) For instance, I snuck a brownie bite the other night when I was finally alone. Now, why did I do that?? I’m not fooling anyone and I’m only hurting myself. Why am I not motivated to exercise and take care of myself?

Sugar is as strong as heroin to kick once you introduce it back into your system. It causes a plethora of problems, one being candida. I don’t want that again!! It took me forever to get that out of my system, it had become systemic and that is a nightmare I don’t want to go through again. Yeast infections, constant pain in my joints, skin problems…no! Ok, that is my motivation, I will get back on track, start trying to find a way to get more exercise in and go back to no sugar in my diet.

It is really tough, that means no chips, cereal, bread (I don’t eat bread anymore EVER) ok, that’s a lie, sometimes here lately, I have even had a bite of my hubby’s bread. Yikes! How has this happened?? It starts with being honest with myself, and how can I teach others how to live a healthy lifestyle if I have fallen off the wagon myself? I have a pool, I have been doing some legwork but not every day. Since my knee has been hurting, I stopped walking, but since I started taking some new supplements, I noticed that the pain has lessened significantly and the inflammation has gone down. Maybe I could start walking again! I can also do some exercises on this big round ball I’m sitting on, ha!

I need to get strict with the “diet” again, nothing from a bag or a box, eating only whole foods like meat, eggs, salads, fruit, and nuts. Like I said, I know what to do, I just need to “do it”!  I weighed myself and I haven’t gained that much, it isn’t about that though. It’s about the flab, it’s about the danger of candida and other issues developing again. I want to be proud of myself again. I want to help others do the same and live healthy lives. Ok, self. This has been a great talk, now get out there and make a difference.

 

Day 299-MET-Why I Decided To Become A Writer

The summer after my mom passed away, we were on vacation in Crystal Beach, Tx. and as I lounged on the sun deck catching up on emails and such,  I came across one of those ads for “Become a barefoot writer.” I have to admit, I was intrigued and maybe part of me was looking for something different to do with my life. When you experience loss, you sometimes need something to fill that hole, for me that was writing. At first, after reading that article and several others, it was all about how to make money as a writer. All the content I was reading had to do with becoming a copywriter and how I could make a good living as a writer, from anywhere in the world, as long as I had a computer and an internet connection, in my pajamas if I wanted! Well, who doesn’t want that dream? Anyway, since then my focus has changed and while I’d still like to make money, I realized that I can’t do that without providing a service to others at the same time. You have to give your readers something of value. Something they want or need. Help them solve a problem, fix what’s broken or offer some product or service designed to assist them some way.

Thing is, somewhere along the way I discovered that I love to write. Also, that I’m addicted to learning. I take more classes and read more material than I get words written. I’m struggling with my blog and website, but I keep trying and keep writing content and someday, maybe I’ll figure out how it all comes together. I’ve taken classes on copywriting, essay writing, marketing, social media, blogging and affiliate marketing. You would think that by now, something would have clicked and I would have it all put together and working like a well-oiled machine. Not. But I will get there if I keep my focus true and never give up on my dream. So far, I’ve written one article that paid me some money. Maybe I need to get back to that, write some how-to articles or step-by-step tutorials and submit them to some publications that pay. That way, I get compensated for providing something people may want or need.

But the other dream is creative writing and I can’t seem to get away from that. I want to someday write a book. I mean the kind with a plot and characters and a beginning, middle and end. That’s why my blog is such a confusing mess right now because I can’t make up my mind exactly what kind of writer I want to be…still. I’ve been at it almost three years now, playing around on other publications like Medium and Prose because I think I can do it all and really, I can’t. Or I shouldn’t. I should pick one thing and run with it, I just have to do some soul searching and decide which one resonates with me the most. Follow your heart they say. But what if my heart wants it all? I’m like a spoiled brat or petulant child, I want it all and I want it now! Well, I will make this promise to you, I will figure it out. If I keep writing and studying, someday it will all click and I will devise a way to write what you need to read,  you will either learn something, get the advice you need, be entertained, or be helped in some other way and maybe I will earn a little something. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Then again, maybe I will finally write a novel and it will become a best seller…talk about a dream!

I still need your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback. You have to tell me what you want and/or need. Do you want me to keep the blog going just as it is, or do you want to see some changes? Do you like articles, recipes, tutorials or reviews? What subjects do you want me to write about? Writing, alternative health, Paleo/Whole30 or something completely different?  These are the things I need from you, then I will be able to better design my blog to help you. Thanks for reading and following along, have a good day and I’ll be waiting for your responses on the patio.

Day 253-MET-Is Oatmeal Healthy?

Good morning my peeps and how are you on this cool and cloudy Tuesday? I survived the thunderstorms and nickel-sized hail we had last night, although I didn’t get much sleep.

I know I said my essay today would be on pet love, however, life has a way of throwing you curveballs and this morning has been crazy. After getting the dogs to the groomers, and knowing I had a ton to do today with a dr appt. thrown right in the middle of the day, I figured I better get my kitchen duties done before writing my post for the day.

Last night, I came across a delicious looking recipe I found on Pinterest for baked steel-cut oatmeal. Now, I try to eat as Paleo as possible, so in that quest I purchased some of these preferred oats at Big Lots the other day. My first experiment with them did not go so swell.  Wish me luck (or I’ll update later) on the baked treat I have been promised by Alexandra’s Kitchen. Check it out for yourself and then let me know how yours turned out.

What I wanted to explain here today, is the difference in the three types of oatmeal most commonly consumed and why Paleo guru Mark Sisson says it is not really Paleo. (healthy) In my life, Paleo equates to being/eating healthy, just so you know. 🙂

The three most common types of oats are steel-cut (one step above horse feed), rolled oats (the most commonly consumed), and instant oats ( the kind with added sugar and flavors.)

The “whole grain” form of an oat is called a grout, according to Mark (I’ll include a link to his article at the end) and is rarely sold like that, except for maybe horse feed.

Steel-cut oats are whole grouts chopped into smaller pieces. They contain the most nutrients and some of the bran that doesn’t flake off is retained. They taste nuttier than rolled oats but still have the anti-nutrient phytic acid in them, which is nearly impossible to remove. Yet these would be classified as the healthy version as opposed to the other two choices.

Rolled oats are steamed grouts that have been flattened and rolled out, and the bran has been removed. When most people think of oats, this is the kind they mean.

Instant oats are rolled, steamed, pre-cooked oats that are immediately ready to eat when hot liquid is added. These are the least nutritional, with lots of sugar and added flavorings like brown sugar and maple.

What makes these low on the healthy totem pole is the phytic acid and the avenin, a protein in the prolamine family. If a grain is rich in minerals, the presence of phytates prevents the full absorption. Avenin poses the same problems as gluten in certain sensitive people. So they aren’t really the best grain for us to eat.

The reason oats get a good rap from health organizations is because of the fiber they have called beta-glucan that increases bile acid excretion. It’s a a soluble fiber and it takes the serum cholesterol out as bile acid is excreted. Plus, it has bran (steel-cut oats do anyway) that may protect against atherosclerosis, but then again, so does a diet rich in yellow and green vegetables, so is oat bran really some magical substance? Maybe not, but they are a comfort food that lots of people just can’t live without.

All that being said, I decided that since Mark says if you are going to eat them, opt for the steel-cut variety, because they are classified as better than wheat but worse than rice, from a grain perspective. (here is that link to the article…Mark’s Daily Apple) Of course, he doesn’t like them to begin with and feels like there are many other foods with a better flavor profile, but I just have to say, I am enjoying the baked variety I just made very much!

Tastes better than it looks folks, trust me!

I’m not sure what went “wrong” here, but mine came out of the oven not looking like a baked good at all, yet tasting absolutely delicious! The flavors are nutty, sweet and chewy- not slimy like you normally think of with oatmeal. Since it came out with butter still sizzling in the bottom of the dish, I’m assuming my pan was too big or the fact that I used almond milk instead of whole milk may be the problem. It matters not, because to me, this was a delicious mistake and I will have no trouble gobbling up the whole pan! (not in one sitting though) I used fresh frozen blueberries, maybe they added a watery consistency, but they tasted great. I put it back in the oven a few minutes, but it didn’t firm up anymore, just browned a little bit. Still tastes delicious.

OMG! You have to give this recipe a try! I used Kerrygold butter and almond milk, the rest of the ingredients are Paleo approved, so it is healthy enough for occasional consumption. Y’all, this is coming from a girl that never liked oatmeal before, I have slowly been teaching myself to tolerate it and have been on the hunt for a great recipe for the steel-cut oats. Well, I’ve found it! I will have to make it again sometime and tweak the recipe, because Alexandra’s came out looking more like bread and less like…oatmeal. Still, the taste is what’s important, and it passes the test!  Plus, I used Bob’s Red Mill award winning steel cut oats which won the Annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship, the first time the competition has been won outside of Scotland!

The best steel-cut oats

I should have taken a picture before I dove into the pan, but I got in a hurry to try them. The recipe can be found at the link above for Alexandra’s Kitchen- and no, I’m not getting any compensation for all these products I’m talking about today, however, there is a method to my madness. I’m hoping you will find out what it is soon, if I have time to work on it today. 🙂

I hope I have provided you with some answers to your questions about oatmeal, and I hope you will give this amazing recipe a try! Come back tomorrow for Wednesday’s Medical Minute, hopefully it won’t be raining again, on the patio!