All There Is

Tasty Food Abundance in Healthy Europe
Tasty Food Abundance in Healthy Europe (Photo credit: epSos.de)

I’m really into food.  Mostly healthy food.  I think about meals a lot, like I used to think about boys when I was young.  Breakfast.  Lunch.  Supper.  What do I want?  Wht do I have?  What do I need to order? Food is about the only pleasure I have left.

I’m also into nutrition, nutrition that will benefit my physical conditions—low sugar, low fat, low salt.

So I order cookbooks and books on nutrition from Amazon– Dean Ornish, Joy Bauer, Dr McDougall.  I watch the Food Network on TV.  I have my own page with Dr Weil online.  It’s personalized and includes health tips for my particular problems and the latest health news.  I get a daily menu which includes three meals a day and a library of meals I can choose as substitutes.

Today I roasted vegetables (my own recipe) for lunch and made hummus for supper.  I substituted peanut butter for the tahini because it’s healthier and, surprisingly, I don’t taste the peanut butter in the finished product.

Making those two things and cleaning the kitchen used up all my energy for today.  And I did most of it sitting in a wheelchair.   The things I fix these days must be quick and easy.   So I’ve had to put away most of my old favorite recipes.

I tried Meals on Wheels but the meals aren’t all that healthy or good.  So, it’s a struggle, but I can still put a meal together; and though what I do now is far removed from what I used to do in the kitchen, the food I cook is much better than having it brought in.  And I’m grateful for that.

Odds & Ends

I’ve been careless about my food intake.  Maybe my physical problems are related to that.  So I spent some time today rereading Dr. Esselstyn’s “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.”  I made a tentative menu and ordered groceries from Price Cutter to be delivered tomorrow.  I made his black bean salad for supper.  No meat.  I have no problem not eating meat but I do love cheese and other dairy products.   I don’t know how I’ll do with that, but I’ll try.  Whatever I accomplish will be better than what I’ve been doing.

Kay came and did my hair.  She back combs it and  it looks like it’s a home for bees.  It’ll look better tomorrow.  I’m lucky to have found someone like Kay who’ll come to the house to do my hair.  It’s been 10 months since I stopped driving.  And it’s been 10 months since I’ve gone out to do anything but keep appointments.

Spent some time on the phone trying to get a land line for a Life Line system.  K will leave for a six day vacation the 29th and I should have some kind of monitoring system in place by then.  I’ll feel more secure if I know I can call if I need someone.