I Don't Know What to Eat

I recently returned from a 6-day trip to Rochester, Minnesota to attend a conference. The Mastocytosis Society put on a most impressive event, inviting mast cell specialists from all over the world to teach other physicians and patients the newest info about mast cell diseases. As a patient with mast cell disease and an RN, I was thrilled to attend. So I let all of my perishable food run out before I left, only to return to very little in the house to eat the night of my return. My first thought was, “I don’t know what to eat.”

You would think as someone who teaches others every day how to mindfully eat that I would have been better prepared. But the truth is that I spent so much energy on what nutritious snacks I could pack for the plane and to have in my hotel room in case the food was not something I could tolerate, that I did not think ahead to my return.

Luckily, I only had to deal with that Sunday evening, having arrived at the Albany airport around 6 pm. First thing Monday morning, I was able to go to the grocery store and stock up on some yummy, nutritious foods. I am very lucky to live within 5-15 minutes of every major grocery store: Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shop Rite, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, not to mention my local favorites, Honest Weight Food Co-op and Niskayuna Co-op.

Our immediate environment (the food we keep on hand) absolutely determines our success with either nourishing our body with the food it needs to feel fabulous or stuffing it with whatever happens to be the easiest and quickest. It is so easy to order take-out or eat processed foods rather than take the time to make real, whole foods. But then you ultimately pay for it by feeling less than stellar.

The one really positive thing I did remember to do was make a big batch of homemade minestrone soup. I had 3 containers I could thaw. As you can see from this photo, I’m down to one container. This is our tiny freezer in our temporary apartment, as our house is being built. I can still cram in a lot of frozen veggies and fruits. Now, I don’ have to worry about what to eat.

Do you plan your meals and then go grocery shopping, or is every night a mystery?photo (2)

Baby Steps

It’s so easy to get discouraged. I understand. I really do. You have tried time and time again to lose weight, only to either gain it right back as soon as you go off your diet or get discouraged a couple of weeks in because it’s too difficult to maintain. What if it is as easy as taking baby steps?

No matter what you’ve tried before, how many plans or programs you have failed, you can choose to take that one step forward, that baby step, that will move you in the direction you really want to go.

I taught my kids since they were little that life is about choices. We always get to choose which path we go down, including the baby steps. So what baby step can you take towards your goal, whether it’s to lose weight, have more energy or sleep better?

  1. Add one extra veggie a day
  2. Drink one glass of purified water with each meal
  3. End your meal with a piece of fruit
  4. Replace the sugar in your coffee or tea with stevia
  5. Choose one nutritious snack to have in the evening
  6. Turn off your electronics 30 minutes before bed
  7. Dim your lights 1 hour before bed
  8. Have a 15 minute routine every night
  9. Read a book or magazine before bed
  10. Do deep breathing before falling asleep

Each one of the first 5 baby steps can be done one at a time for weight loss and be mastered before you move one to the next. That’s the beauty of baby steps. Just as a baby masters walking by getting better with each step, we get better with each step. 

The next 5 steps are for better sleep and can be done the same way. Master one before you move on to the other. Success comes more easily. And of course, your energy will increase with either plan. Better nutrition and sleep increase energy.

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Delicious Strawberries

We are in the process of moving. This is never a fun activity but this time it is even less fun. We are moving because I am having difficulty maneuvering the stairs in our present house, both up to the bedroom/offices and down to the laundry room. That darn Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome strikes again. So I drove over to Trader Joe’s yesterday to get boxes for packing. As I walked in the door, I spied the most magnificent, delicious looking strawberries. And to further excite me, they were organic!

This is the time of year that brings me joy… fruit and veggie joy. I have always preferred veggies and fruits over meat and I never liked fish. The abundance of fresh fruits and veggies in the summer delight me like a child in a candy store. For a little while, I forgot about the packing or the temporary housing we needed to find. I washed my strawberries and for those of you who have not learned this secret yet… wash your berries in a water/white vinegar solution and rinse well. It will prevent the berries from getting moldy and nasty. I sliced several of the berries to make their own luscious juice and put the rest in a bowl. Of course I ate a few while prepping.

My strawberries now take up residence on the top shelf of my fridge so I see them every time I open the door. That’s the best place to keep the cut-up veggies and fruits- front and center- not in the vegetable crisper where we forget them until they whither and die.

I did get my boxes for packing, although I have not started that yet. We are building a small ranch house that is handicap accessible. I am so excited about it but it won’t be ready until December, so we are searching for a nice little apartment for the two of us and our little Buddy because our house sold already!

In the meantime, I will be enjoying my delicious strawberries. I have a recipe for gluten-free strawberry muffins that I think I will try too. I look forward to watermelon slushies, juicy peaches and, oh well, I’ll save the rest for another post. What is your favorite summer fruit?strawberry