Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Day one: Check. Let's move forward

Plan Prepare Perform!

I used to have a Weight Watchers leader that said "Use your three  P's:  Plan, Prepare, Perform". It's a motto I go back to a lot.  And it's very very appropriate now as I go thru this journey.

Steve and I both handled day #1 with no problems.  He made his lunch and packed a bag of food for us to keep at the store.  

The Super Food Green Drink was a little hard to swallow.  I had neglected to tell him that we were to start with 1/4 of a scoop and build up to a full scoop in a week.  

Everything else tastes great.   We're to have a cup of chamomile tea before bed.  I'm not a big fan of chamomile but for some reason it tasted great last night.  It also knocked me out.  I was in bed sound asleep by 9:30.  (Which worked since I have a dentist appointment  this morning at 8.  Broken tooth thanks for asking.)

While I'm doing the anti candida diet I'm also incorporating a metal cleanse.  It's easy:  add 2 TBS of fresh cilantro daily into my diet for two weeks.

Cilantro Pesto Recipe
In a small food processor:
2 palm's worth of almonds (About 1/2 c)
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1/8 tsp salt
Fresh garlic (I LOVE garlic so I put in about 4 cloves)
1/4 c fresh cilantro with stems kind of removed

Blend until smooth.

I substituted the almonds since it's the only nut I'm allowed.  It was chunky but really really tasty.  I had it spread on a couple of rice cakes for a mid afternoon snack.

Recipe #2:  Garam Masala Chicken with Yoghurt

We're to have yoghurt every now & then.  Steve doesn't like yoghurt but I do.  

I googled "Chicken and yoghurt recipes" and came across this:

1 med onion chopped & then put in a food processor and made into a paste
1 TBS oil (I used olive oil but would normally use coconut)
1 TBS Garam Masala
Saute onion in oil until caramelized.  Add garam masala.
Veggies:  I used carrots, celery, spinach all cut up & add to garam masala/onion mixture.  Saute.
Add chicken.  (I used 2 pcs frozen thigh meat.  You can add up to 6 pieces of chicken.)
1 c plain yoghurt poured over chicken.

Cover & have flame on med.  Cook 35 mins or until chicken is done.
Garnish with mint and cilantro.
Serve over brown rice.  YUM!

Steve loved the recipe and said that he couldn't taste the yoghurt!

Just got back from the dentist.  Crown:  $895.00.  No payments allowed, must be paid in advance.  

When I explained our medical bills and that I'm seeing an oncologist the book keeper told me that I needed to finish my testing with the oncologist and find out what they'll be doing before I can have any dental work done.

Turns out that when they do dental work it releases bacteria into the body & it can mess with any sort of cancer treatment.

Before you get scared that I have cancer here's the deal.  I had a melanoma removed back in November.  Due to the size the dermatologist wanted me to see an oncologist to make sure that this wasn't a reflection of something going on the inside of my body.

I saw Dr. Singh yesterday.  He's ordered a chest x-ray along with two blood tests.  I have no clue what the blood tests are for.  They're in code on the order sheet.
Today's plan:
Keep moving forward and making this a habit.


vegas_chic said...

Whew, you had me scared on that one. Here's to negative test results (if those are good).

The almond paste thing sounds really good, and it's hard to go wrong with yogurt and curry or yogurt and garam masala :).

Michelle said...

YUM! on the recipes! Blood tests are pretty standard in cancer diagnosis - actually in all kinds of diagnosis and maintenance, including my arthritis. The blood can reflect so much about the body's health.

Keep up your good work!