Archive for November, 2009

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing…

November 28, 2009 3 comments

Are any of you old enough to remember that Alka Seltzer commercial?  Well, the whole thing I’m referring to is the idea that our food supply was safe and in the hands of Ma and Pa Farmer.


Just got through watching the movie, “Food, Inc.”  If I had any doubt about the food-fibro connection before, this movie ground it out of me.  Oh my god.  It’s so much worse than I even knew.  I cannot go through the whole movie right here but suffice to say you MUST watch it.  Seriously.  Because you can’t watch it and then blithely go back to your old eating habits.  Or at least I can’t watch it and go back to my old eating habits.  No more store bought meat for me and mine; it’s gotta be from someplace I trust.  Which is definitely not Albertsons or Safeway.

I hope I can get Kevin to watch it or at least understand why we’ve got to change our food…even more than we’ve been doing.   Who would of guessed I’d get so riled up about something at age 53?  But it’s got me going.

Besides having my daughter move 1000 miles away to Texas, my mother has been having more serious health problems.  I want her to stay in her own place as long as possible (and probably so does her husband, my stepdad) but it seems to require a hell of a lot more effort from me and my siblings.  I’ve been going over there 4 or 5 times a week to help her manage her diabetes.  And all the funny little things she forgot or stories she repeated 100 times are taking on a darker light.  The word “dementia” is definitely coming into play with her doctors.  Sigh…  And I’m the oldest child plus a female so I’m taking the lead.  My siblings probably couldn’t pry the job away from me even if they wanted.

The only reason I can even DO this now is because of my diet.  Otherwise, my fibromyalgia wouldn’t allow it.  It would be too much.  So I’m grateful but sad.  And I need to write about it.

So I guess the blog is back on.


Official Food, Inc. Movie Site – Hungry For Change?

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Official Food, Inc. Movie Site – Hungry For Change?.

Closing up shop…at least for a while

November 6, 2009 3 comments

My blogging has dried up to almost nothing since my daughter left for Texas.  I think I just need some time to get used to the idea.  Of course she moved to Killeen just in time for the shootings.  She’s fine and so are her friends.  It’s just weird to have someone so close to such an act of violence.  I can’t imagine how the families of the killed and injured feel.  Or the witnesses.

So I’m taking time off of blogging.  I’m still on my diet; my body would feel SO sick if I wasn’t right now.  Stress and I are not friends.  But I’m going to focus on my art work and the site to show it.  I’ll soon have it up at:

Until then, take care of each other.


Meet me at the impasse

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s been pins and needles around here waiting for our darling Meghan to arrive safely in Texas.  Yesterday she made it and we are all relieved.  Of course, now I am free to miss her a LOT.

I’m amazed by this phenomenon of healing that we’ll call the “That’s Great Now What?” principle.   Even though I’ve been sick as a dog the better part of the last four years and since the Diet Experiment I’ve resolved about 80% of my pain, I find myself longing for more.  I want to feel even better…I want to eat even more.

In order to help myself through this impasse, I’ve started to jot down what all I eat during the day so I can get a better handle on what sets me off.  And trying some new things.  Almond cheese, cheddar flavor which was marginal.  Rice Dream ice-cream-ish dessert.  It was NOT good but only because it was chocolate chai flavor and I don’t like chai.  I’m not sure what my thinking was in buying it but it seemed like a good idea at the time.  It was on sale, that much I remember, and there were not any other flavors.  Hmmm….

I’m not craving a lot so that’s good.  But I’m worn out lately and kinda tired of cooking.  Plus,  it’s time to go grocery shopping and do some meal planning.  Not in that order I hope.

Oh by the way, my doctor emailed me today to say that all my food allergy tests were negative.  That’s certainly par for the course.  All my medical tests come back normal.  She offered to send me to an allergist but I don’t think I’ll go.  It might not be an allergy I have to these many foods.  It’s certainly not the typical allergic reaction with antibodies in my blood.  I can’t say that I understand it…the more I eat certain foods, the more I feel like I have fibromyalgia.  Is that a sensitivity?  Or am I just weird??

Whatever it is, it’s working a lot better to NOT eat these foods that seem to make me hurt; corn and tomatoes for sure, dairy, gluten and soy to a lesser extent.  I’m trying to eliminate or minimize these things the best I can.  And all I really have to do is learn to cook things from scratch.  Delicious things.  It can be done because there are hundreds of people blogging about doing this out there in internet-land.

I’m grateful for each one of them.