Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Can YOU drink regular milk?

When I was growing up, we weren’t allowed to have soda. Water (barf!), milk, iced tea, or orange juice was all that was in our fridge daily. My parents were more interested in us eating/drinking healthy, than they were us getting junk we wanted. Same goes for cereal. We weren’t allowed to have Fruit Loops or Apple Jacks because there was too much sugar. If we wanted cereal, we had to have kinds like Raisin Bran or Special K. As an adult, I still eat the non-sugary cereals. It’s just what I’m used to.

About ten years ago, when I was working at The Ranch, my boss mentioned to me that some of the stomach trouble I was having every day, likely had to do with the milk or cheese that I was eating. She suggested I take a probiotic daily to help with it, but those pills aren’t cheap, and I just didn’t believe it was helping, so I stopped. The stomach issues continued, daily, and I just dealt with it.

As the years have gone on, and my body does a complete change in its older age, the stomach problems continued, and even got worse. A couple of years ago, SS mentioned to me that I could be having a lactose problem, and all the problems I’m having could go away if I switched to lactose free milk. The science geek in me decided to make an experiment out of it to see if this really was the problem, so I went and got a half gallon of Lactaid. Could my old boss have been right all those years ago?

Experiment



-Drank one full 8oz glass of regular 1% milk. One hour later, I was experiencing extreme stomach cramping that was caused by extreme gas. This lasted 2.5 hours.

-Drank one full 8oz glass of Lactaid, lactose free 1% milk. Did not experience any stomach cramping or gas.

I was skeptical at first, because I was concerned that the taste of milk that I had grown to love, would be different. But it wasn’t. I was able to have a bowl of cereal, a glass of chocolate milk, and the creamy noodles for dinner, without any problems. (Not all at once, of course.)

Today, I am a little more careful about what I eat. I know that I can’t have lactose free things when I go to a restaurant, so it’s likely that I won’t be completely free from problems, but now that I am aware of the issue, I will be much more observant about what I order when I’m out.

At this point, it seems that I’m only affected by milk or cheese. I haven’t experienced any issues from butter, but I do plan on making that an expeiment if things start to change.

Until next time….


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wedding Talk

It’s the beginning of another year, and that means it’s getting closer to our wedding. I know it seems like it’s a million months away, but if it’s like anything else I’ve anticipated, it’ll be here before I know it.

We have set a date. Well, we’ve set a weekend. We can’t decide if we want to do it on a Saturday or a Sunday, but at least we’ve narrowed it down at least that much. I feel like that was one of the hardest decisions we had to make. He didn’t seem to have an opinion about when he wanted to get married, however, he was very adamant about not wanting to get married in December like I had originally wanted. Some things in this wedding will be worth fighting for. The date was not one of them.

I have gone through so many different venues, looking for the one that best fits ‘us’, and after talking with SS’s mother, I think we’ve found it. It’s a location that both SS and I have enjoyed for years, so we’re going to do a tour of the location and look at it a little differently than what we are used to. Can’t wait.

More updates as they come…


Friday, January 4, 2019

Healthy 2019

My health hasn’t always been something I’ve paid much attention to. Don’t get me wrong, when something unordinary goes wrong, I go to the doctor. What I’m talking about is exercising, eating right, taking the appropriate steps to ensure my body is in top shape. I don’t do that. I haven’t done that. But perhaps it’s time to reevaluate that frame of mind.

Before I met SS, I would eat almost every single meal out. It was fast food all the time. Just about the only time I had anything even close to home cooking or healthy, was when Thanksgiving or Christmas would roll around. I couldn’t gain weight to save my life. In fact, I still have a pair of size 1 jeans that I obviously can’t fit into now. When we moved in together, we started cooking actual meals. Some healthy, some not, but I was getting more nutrients and sustenance than I was before, so started to put on the weight. At 127 pounds, I’m thinking it’s time to start changing my body shape to something I’m a little happier about.

When I turned 38, I started feeling things change in my body. My knees started to hurt more, my back would randomly hurt at inopportune times, and I couldn’t comfortably sleep in the same positions I always had. Things were changing, and I wasn’t okay with it. I tried to fight it, but do you want to know what happened? My knees got worse, I got into a car accident and my back got worse, and I was sleeping less and less every night.

One day, SS’s folks came over with a giant economy sized bottle of Glucosamine and Chondroitin. I had never heard of this stuff, but they had been taking it for quite some time, and it was helping with their pain. So, I decided to give it a try. What could it hurt? The pain I was feeling when I would stand up, was beginning to become too much, and this could be a solution.

After about three weeks of taking it, I noticed I was able to stand up without slowly limping like an old lady. The everyday pain in my knees was gone. I was shocked. It hasn’t helped the pain in my back, likely because it’s completely unrelated to joint pain, but it has helped my knee pain tremendously. I’ve read several things since, and it seems that results are conflicting. What works for one, doesn’t seem to work for another. I’m here to tell you that it has helped me.

Now that I’m 40, and things are changing at a much more rapid pace, I feel the sense of urgency. I know what my grandparents looked like when they were 70. Do I want to be like that? Because honestly, I’m headed that direction. It’s extremely hard to do these things when I don’t have anyone around to push me. It’s what motivates me. I have coworkers that go to the gym and work out, and another who is really into powerlifting, and another who is really into hiking, but they’re coworkers. They live their own lives and have their own agendas. I’ve concluded that I just need to do this on my own. I just need to step out of my comfort zone and attack it head-on.

Here’s to a healthier 2019!


Monday, December 17, 2018

She’s 11 weeks

Our little GraycieRoo is eleven weeks old today. She’s sporting a new collar and bell, and is getting into more and more trouble.

She’s finally gotten to a point where she isn’t trying to catch, chase, or eat the bell that’s hanging from her collar. However, she thinks the garland hanging on our TV stand, is a play toy. Every time we leave the house, she tears it down and rolls around on the floor with it. She carries it around in her mouth, like a comet shooting across the floor with its long tail.

I don’t fully understand the relationship between her and Ebony. The reason we started looking for another kitty, was because we felt Ebony needed a buddy. Unfortunately, ever since Graycie arrived, he’s looked nothing but annoyed. She follows him around, everywhere, and it’s obvious he gets tired of it. She grabs onto his legs as he’s walking by her, and sometimes when he’s just sitting still, she will come up in front of him and throw her arms around his neck like she’s hugging him. It’s absolutely adorable, but I know he is annoyed. He has several little scabs on the back on his neck. When I try to look at them, he pulls away.

Is Graycie hurting Ebony? I see them sleeping together, sometimes, and Ebony spends a LOT of time licking Graycie. When I see this stuff, I have to assume they’re getting along and that Ebony doesn’t hate Graycie, right? Maybe he is just putting up with her to make Mom & Dad happy?

Overcooked

Overcooked Meat (150°) - Slightly pink center

I don’t know what event happened in my life that caused me to have to cook my food so much, that it removes a lot of the flavor, but I’d love to figure it out. Take meat, for example. Most people I know, eat their meat rare or medium rare, but I’ve never been in a restaurant with someone and had them order it any more cooked than that. Me? My entire life, I’ve ordered my meat medium well. I can’t tell you how many crazy looks I get from people, and how many comments I’ve had people make over the years, but I’m beginning to see a pattern.

Overcooked Ramen

When I cook Ramen noodles, I cook them several minutes longer than SS does. He always comments about how gross it is that I eat overcooked noodles, but to me, they don’t seem overcooked. I don’t like stiff pasta, what can I say.

Overcooked Garlic Bread

We make garlic bread often, because we eat a lot of pasta, and it just goes really well together. That being said, SS always has to leave mine in a little bit longer than his, because I like my crust really crispy. The middle part is aaaaaalmost hard, but not quite. Close.

Upon writing this blog post, I have come to find out that I’m not the only person that eats their food overcooked. In fact, I found this article from 2007 that states overcooking your food can be dangerous, even lead to Cancer. Apparently, eating overcooked pasta can increase blood sugar. Hmm. Perhaps I need to start rethinking some decisions in regard to food. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to all-of-a-sudden go on some healthy eating food kick, but I will stop overcooking my noodles and bread.

Are there any foods that you overcook? Or do you undercook?