Day 88- A Couple of Updates

Earlier in the week, I shared some news about my Dad and my hubby. Just a quick update on my Dad- He had to be catheterized again (as I anticipated), and he will need surgery in a couple of weeks, due to the results found in the tests they performed on Tuesday. We are hoping it is a solution to the problem and he can do without the catheter in the future, however, if this turns out not to be the case, he is resigned to learn how to self-cath for temporary relief. He understands this and has made his peace with it.

Yesterday, I went on the great gluten-free beer hunt, searching four different establishments and, to my surprise, I found the one I want my hubby to try…in three different places! Sprouts stores have a pretty good selection of gluten free beers, including Omission, the one I talked about in my post the other day. Goody Goody Liquor had a few, however, they charged more. Same for Whole Foods in Colleyville, they are expensive on all of their offerings, so I traipsed off to find Central Market because I heard they will let you “create your own 6-pack”, this was not the case at the Southlake store. In fact, I couldn’t find any assistants and when I did get some direction, could not find any of the beers in singles. I wanted him to try one to see if he liked it before committing to a whole 6-pack. Alas, this was not to be, I will probably go back to Sprouts and pick up a 6-pack of the Lager Omission offers and try to find a different gluten-free beer to try myself, since none of the other stores offered the Treason Ale by Dogfish Head.

It was interesting that I did find a few to choose from though, and I’m sure as it catches on, there will be more. I can’t wait to see his reaction and share it with you guys. Meanwhile, I’ll just sip my latest cabernet I picked up from Goody Goody, called Darkhorse. It was pretty good as I remember from past experience. It’s allowed on Paleo if y’all remember me saying so once upon a time…as well as vodka, tequila…anyway, now I sound like a lush so I’ll be quiet and go try to dream up a story for the writing prompt “scissors”. Any suggestions?? I’d appreciate some, the due date is midnight tomorrow if I want to be featured on The Weekly Knob this week. Comment below and I’ll be watching for them on the pato. 🙂

Day 30-Product Week- What's Your Sweetener?

I have read countless articles on how addicting sugar is and how we need to stop consuming so much of it because, lets face it, it feeds cancer. That’s why I quit, not that I have cancer (that I know of) but why give it a reason to thrive if it’s there? Just saying. So today, I would like to tell you about my favorite sweetener and some others that are considered safe in small quantities if you’re living the Paleo lifestyle like myself.

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While doing more research I discovered an article from Foodbabe.com that discusses the safety of this sweetener, and let me just say, she makes several great points and may have influenced my decision to change the brand I’m currently using to the one pictured above. I thought I was being a smart consumer by choosing any kind of stevia over table sugar and artificial sweeteners like Equal and Splenda. After reading her article however, I believe I’ll go with the one that has no additional ingredients like dextrose or chemicals. The closer to the real plant you can be, just like with food, the better you are. I could make a trip to Trader Joes or Sprouts and get some but I prefer the inside comforts today (still feeling the effects of my infection) so I may opt for ordering some from IHerb.com.

Other safe sugars, when eaten in small quantities, are raw local honey, 100% pure maple syrup, and coconut palm sugar. I love the latter because of it’s caramel taste, still, I hardly ever use it unless I’m following a particular recipe.

Stevia is my go-to sweetener, I use it in my coffee and iced tea, I have the liquid on-the-go in my purse, and I use the powdered form in my pitchers of tea. What is your favorite way to sweeten your foods and drinks? I wish I could get away from it all but since I’m at my ideal weight and my blood work is completely normal, I’ll stick with Stevia thank you. I might even get wild and grow my own! Give it a try and get away from the chemical laden artificial sweeteners will you, and let me know how you like it. According to the article I read on the Sweetleaf brand, it should not taste bitter and is safe for diabetics. You can check that out for yourself under Is Stevia Safe, by Food Babe, at food babe.com.

This morning I tried a new product I found from Dannon called Triple Zero yogurt, which has Stevia in it! It was delicious and I need the yogurt cultures since I’m on antibiotics. That reminds me, it’s time to also take my probiotic pill, so I’ll check  out for now and hope to see you tomorrow when I fill you in on flax and chia! Be seeing ya then, on the patio. 😀