Saturday, March 12, 2011

Change of lifestyle

My new doctor is a lot stricter than the previous one.  She recommended a loss of weight, reduction in salt and regular exercise.  I'm all for that, if she is the one doing the lifestyle changes!  

So, I've gone on a low-carb diet, avoiding all "whites" except for cauliflower (now flour, sugar, salt, potatoes, rices, etc.).  My acid reflux disappeared within a week!  I've already lost 8.5 lbs in 3-1/2 weeks (mostly water retention, I'm told), and am continuing to progress.

One of the best sites I found is http://nutritiondata.self.com/tools/calories-burned

This site allows you to identify the food you eat in 1 day, to see if you are getting the balance you need.  It looks at the inflammation factors of the food (good and bad) in order to reduce possible problems. Since I experience arthritis symptoms, by reducing the percentage of inflammatory foods I eat, I should find a reduction in pain.  We'll see!

It takes a lot more work to prepare special meals and a lunch every day, so I have less time to create cards, but I'm planning on a class in embossing techniques in the near future, incorporating ideas from the Emboss or Die CD from Technique Junkies which I received this week -- when my studio is painted.  MDH is busy as we "speak", painting away!