Saturday, 19 March 2016

Heart Smart

Mcj was called to the GP's office unexpectedly last Sunday though he was scheduled for an appointment two weeks away.  Why, you ask.  The results of his blood/urine tests weren't good.  He had very high sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  He had high risk of developing pancreatitis.  News that we are not happy about but are we not glad that he went to have those tests without prompting.  They were not planned at all.  He was at the doctor for a different reason and it's another story. 

We are taking this news in stride.  We fairly eat a healthy meal and I suppose, it wasn't enough.  Mcj had to give up sugar for his coffee, so he's using stevia.  We are on low carbs diet - less bread, less potatoes, no sweets and smaller portions.  Meat has to be heart smart.  Mcj is really being good with all of this.  I can say that I am being a police and control freak with implementing a very strict diet - but I am just being very supportive.  I think we all deserve a pat on the back for implementing dramatic changes with our lifestyle.  What do you think of a class ring at JoyJewelers.com?  I'd love one please.   

I'll be documenting our journey to our healthier meals and improved lifestyle.

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Zika Virus

So, I just heard about this virus last week from MCJ yet, it has been a pandemic in South America and the USA.  I have not seen it on the news yet.  Why, I am really curious.

So, I read about it this morning.  It is a disease being transmitted by mosquitoes that go around during the day.  It is a different species than those causing Dengue fever.  The first case was noted in the 1950’s somewhere in Africa.  In the past, it was noted to be occurring mostly in the area near the equator belt.  The name is an African term, if I remember it right, that means “overgrown”.  It could be that this disease originated in the forest.

This disease can be spread by humans sexually.  The first case was noted in the USA somewhere in Texas when a biologist, who’s been studying mosquitoes overseas had unprotected sex with his wife before he was diagnosed to be carrying the virus. His wife then showed signs and symptoms of the virus.  It seems that the symptoms are not that dire for an adult person but the virus can cross the placenta barrier and can cause harm on foetus.  Babies who are infected by this disease can have cephalic tendencies.  Mothers who have Zika virus can transmit it to their babies. 

Cases have been noted in Brazil recently and has been reported than one percent of babies born bear the sign of this disease. 

This is a very alarming news indeed.  Now onto some light stuff – what do you think of frailing?


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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Weekend Lunch

Well, I admit that we have been naughty on the weekends.  We have Maccas for lunch or lunches.  It's just so easy to duck down to Maccas when you are tired from grocery shopping, putting them away and doing laundry.  Maccas is not even 5 minutes drive away.

But really, how hard can it be to buy something while grocery shopping?  Something that is a quick fix?  Well, not really.  Last weekend, I did a quick pasta with tuna sauce.  It's not somethign to rave about but edible and healthy.  Plus it's filling.  What more can you ask for?  It's not like I'm asking for a chameleon tank.





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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Caged, Barn-Laid or Free Range

Yes, I am talking about eggs of course.  

Around lunch time in our kitchen at work (we call it Clear Cafe), my colleague talked about food (what else would you talk about when in the kitchen).  I can't even remember what particular topic we were discussing but it just led to eggs.  And I said that when I eat eggs I have to not think about the state of the chickens that laid them.  I was asked what type of eggs I am buying.  See, I have been buying caged eggs forever.  I have not really thought about the type.  I assumed the household from my MIL and I didn't do any analysis of groceries that we buy.  It's a routine and always on the list.  My bad.

I learned then that caged eggs were laid by chickens that are cooped-up in a very cramped condition.  A small coop and there are three of them.  I am not even sure if they can move.  All they do all day, I suppose is to lay eggs when they can.  Which is really sad.  

Growing up in the Philippines and even not in a farm, we only ever had eggs from free range chickens.  That was then. Now, my Nanay buys eggs from the market and I think they are caged eggs.  

So, with everything that I have learned so far, I started buying barn-laid eggs.  I suppose, they are better than caged.  We have friends who have chooks and theirs are in a coop.  Can't have free-ranged chooks as they get to the neighbours.

I am sure there are nutritional benefits in eating non-caged eggs but my focus really is the condition of the chickens that laid them.  And I suppose when these chickens are too old to lay eggs, wait, do they get to that stage?  I don't really know but I assume they do.  And when they are, they get slaughtered to be one of those chicken breasts that we buy at the shops.  Sad and tragic really. 

Double-Egg Yolk


So while we are in the topic of eggs, I am always amazed when I get double egg-yolk in eggs.  I suppose it's no different from having twins in human.  They're just double embryo.  But to see those yolks in the pan is different.  It's amazing that the eggs are just as big as the single embryo.

Protein Night


This is one of our menu when it's protein night at home.  Aside from it's easy to make, it's not my dish so I don't have to cook it. Happy me.

At least once a week, we either have rib-eye steak (the sort that you buy from the super market only, not the premium cut) or lamb chops.

This is a favourite at home by the way. 


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Lasagne

One of my family's favourite meal is lasagnia.  Well, I'm sure every likes it too.  What not to like, as Joey would say.  Meat, yum.  Cheese, yum.  More meat, yum!

But I actually have not tried making one yet.  I am not sure that I can do it as good as the Sara Lee that we bought.  I can cook but an average one.  Not my talent, I suppose.  We're happy with something from a box and I believe it's one of our favourites because of the taste.  Lol.

Oranged-out

That's what we are at home this week and maybe the week after.  We have heaps and heaps of oranges that our dessert and drinks would revolved around this fruit.  I am not complaining.  One, we didn't buy them.  Two Mcj does all the work.  Haha.

Yesterday, he made the makings of the tart fillings as practice.  Not bad.  I am having some while writing - with ice cream.

We will have our vitamin c overload.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Boston Tea Cake

uh, i am not really sure if it is a cake but I have never heard of tea muffin so it is a cake for me.  Anyway, I bought a tray of this at costco just to try and low and behold.  It is yummy.  The frosting is not too sweet or overpowering.  Have to buy it again sometime.


Good for afternoon tea.  Just a bit messy to eat.

Filipino Food

We visited a Filipino restaurant last weekend to try their food.  I've been missing them. 

Crispy Pata

Sinigang na Isda


Pinakbet


Halo-halo


Yum!  I didn't eat much then and now I want them all again.