Health and Wellness

food diary-January hits and misses

So I’m done with month one of my Pescatarian diet. It has surprisingly been easy. In one month, I had salmon twice and shrimp once. Otherwise, no meat. My stomach feels flatter and I am pretty certain I’ve lost some weight. I ordered a scale so will report back if I have or not. My migraines aren’t a lot better but they aren’t worse. On the food front, a big miss for me is Boca Crumbles. They smell funny, taste funny and tore my tummy up. All of the Morningstar products I’ve had so far are the opposite: No weird smell, taste good and no bad side effects. I am not as hungry as I used to be, and I thought eating this way would cause me to feel very hungry all the time. It’s the opposite.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Superbowl Sunday! Love, HauteAngel

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Confessions of a bad january 13, 2015 food diary

So we had ice in North Carolina last night, which means traffic stops, schools delay or close (yes, close), and THEN we immediately think of treats, bread, wine, beer, etc., as if we’ll be hold up for days on end and will otherwise be chewing leather for sustenance unless we stock up! Grocery stores get cleaned OUT. It’s worse if it snows.

So… I started off strong into a steady decline that evening.

BREAKFAST:

Nature’s Way oatmeal with mango

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LUNCH: Neomonde chickpea salad, hummus, tabouli and lentils

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DINNER: Leftover whole grain pasta, vodka sauce and vegan Trader Joe’s mozzarella cheese

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So you’re probably thinking that is not a bad day Kathryn! And you would be right if it ended there, but oh no, hubby made chocolate chip cookies and brought home the beer I love, Bud Light Lime. Beer aficionados, cringe! Ok, move past this admission. I like it. So I had a few beers and a cookie. Confessional over. Love, Kathryn aka HauteAngel

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January 11, 2015 Food Diary

Happy Sunday! Buddy Bear is taking a nap.

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BREAKFAST: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free frozen waffles with 100% pure maple syrup

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LUNCH: Small field green salad with mushrooms, avocado, broccoli and flax seed, also a sprinkle of EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar. I had a handful of Trader Joe’s Pita Chips too, so good. Did you know all the items with a “V” on the corner of bag or box at Trader Joe’s indicates it’s a Vegan item?

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DINNER: Butternut squash cubes, salmon grilled with a little lemon, kale sautéed in garlic and a tad of olive oil and mushrooms. One butternut squash cubed fills up a large pan. Put two tablespoons of olive oil, a little salt, pepper and a tablespoon of garlic power/or two minced garlic cloves. Mix it all up, spread out on pan and cook at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. It’s wonderful.

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I have been putting flax seed in salads, yogurt and oatmeal a lot lately, so I thought I’d give you a bit of information on them and some of their benefits:

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FLAX SEEDS (from WebMD):

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Have a great Sunday evening! Love, Kathryn (aka, the “HauteAngel”)

HAUTEANGEL’S PESCATARIAN 365 JOURNAL OF a JOURNEY TO HEALTH

January 7, 2015

BREAKFAST: Odwalla breakfast bar (I did not like it)

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LUNCH: Leftover Portabella mushroom and mango salsa tacos

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DINNER: Yes, I had it a third time…Leftover Portabella mushroom and mango salsa tacos

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Thank you for joining me on this journey to health. Any advice, recipes and support you can provide is greatly appreciated. Anything you want to know about me? Just ask! Love, Kathryn (aka HauteAngel) 357 days to go.

Foray into the world of acupuncture-part 3 of migraine update

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It’s been a long ten months battling this migraine issue. The last medicine I was put on by my neurologist was for blood pressure, although I have low blood pressure. It didn’t offer any side effects or any benefits. I am trying a new medicine now on a 6 day trial. But in the meantime, I decided to go a homeopathic route and do something I’ve never done: Acupuncture.

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The Mayo Clinic describes acupuncture as the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.

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So my first consultation/procedure is two hours. One hour the acupuncturist will take down all my medical history and information, the second hour, he will actually do the first procedure. Yikes! I don’t dread getting shots but I don’t like it either. Who does? I know the needles are tiny and thin too. I asked my neurologist about doing this and she said a lot of research shows it can be effective, some say its good effects are actually just a placebo effect (like getting better while unknowingly taking sugar pills (the “placebo”), because you believe they are making you better), however even is there is a placebo effect and I feel better, she said, “Who cares! Better is better”. I like her. She’s a smart neurologist and sensible.

It’s not cheap and I will submit it to insurance but am not sure if there will be any coverage. The first visit is $125 and follow ups are $75. If it gets me better, I’d rather spend my money on acupuncture than medicine. If I don’t have results from it, I will probably try a chiropractor next. Love, HauteAngel

One Lovely Blog Award – HauteAngel

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Thank you for the nomination by Redeem Cliche’, please check out her great blog! (http://redeemcliche.wordpress.com/)

 Here’s the Rules…

  1. You must display the award logo at the top of the post
  2. You must thank the person/people who nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post
  3. You must add this set of rules so your nominees will know what to do
  4. You must add 7 facts about yourself in the post
  5. You must nominate 5 other blogs and leave links to their blogs in the post
  6. You must let the people know you’ve nominated them
  7. You must follow the person who nominated you on Bloglovin

Okay, okay enough rules. Let’s get started:)!

Seven facts about myself, Kathy aka HauteAngel:

1. I’m the oldest sibling of three.

2. My daughter cheered for 17 years and at NC State University. Her blog is theworkingathlete.net

3. My son is a writer too. He writes fiction, short stories and poetry. I have no acumen for any of those genres.

4. I attended four different colleges to finally attain a B.A. in English over a twelve-year span of time.

5. My husband and my son are both former high school state champion wrestlers and NCAA college wrestlers. I can spout off wrestling stats like people who love football and basketball do : ).

6. I moved to Tennessee when I was 15 from Florida and flung myself on the bed crying after the first day of school. Why? Because kids had on overalls at the high school and I thought those were a costume on Hee Haw. (True Story!)

7. I attended the Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre for many years and danced growing up too (ballet, tap and modern).

I nominate these wonderful blogs:

Interactions by Jessica Dawn Jones (great writing!)- https://allthatjazzblogdotcom1.wordpress.com/

Paul Militaru’s incredible photography blog http://photopaulm.com/

Poms and Blondes http://pomsandblondes.com/

ask Aunty Elle http://auntyelle.com/

Beatlands http://beatlands.com/

Update on Chronic Migraine Battle – HauteAngel

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It’s been a month and I have had very little pain relief from cutting fake sugars and soda from my diet. However, I know it’s good for me and I’m done with it forever. I was put on a few different medicines, one of which is called Trokendi XR (Topiramate). I took 3 doses, increasing the milligrams each week for three weeks. Unfortunately, my short-term memory loss from this medicine was significant. It was very upsetting. Not only was there no help with the pain, but I was losing it and making mistakes I never would normally at work.

So my neurologist took me off of that and I’m trying something different. She also gave me a shot in the back of my neck to cause a little numbness and as she said, to “break the pain cycle”. It’s been 10 months straight of a headache, even when I lay down, which is horrible enough but explaining it to people is worse.

I think it is very easy to have compassion and empathy for a person with a chronic condition in the beginning, even in small doses as time goes on, but you begin to feel like the little girl (or boy) who cried wolf. People lose their concern for your health and start to focus more on how much a pain it is for them, or how depressing it is to always hear about a person not feeling well.

But my family and friends have been good to me and I can count on them. I just realize if I’m exhausted from the pain, they must be tired of not having the “normal me” around. I am sure tired of it too. So the shot took the edge off a tiny bit and I felt a little bit better for the first time in a long time. I even had the energy to go and help my daughter clean this past weekend. That was nice.

Hopefully, my neurologist and I can figure this out and get me back to full speed soon. I really think a chiropractor/acupuncture route might be best going forward. I am going to discuss those options with her. Love, HauteAngel

Chronic Migraines…my journey back to health!

Chronic Migraines!

I have just been diagnosed with this after growing up with lots of allergies, constantly stuffed up, have had sinus surgery and had a lot of relief from that. But the last nine months, I’ve had a headache and my CAT scan showed my sinuses are clear. I assumed it was that again and it wasn’t. So I saw a Neurologist and filled out about 15 pages of forms with all my information. She met with me for three hours, which is unheard of in healthcare and I truly appreciate it and thank her for great care. So there are tons of different things we can try to get me better and the first thing she told me I have to do, to my chagrin, is stop drinking diet soda. And not because of the caffeine. Because of the “fake” sugar or aspartame. I have heard many times it’s bad for you and being that I’ve been on a very low carbohydrate diet for a couple of years now, I really indulge in diet sodas and fake sugar in coffee and tea to get “sweet” in my diet.

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In a nutshell, she said these fake sugars are toxic and are even illegal in a lot of countries. Who knew? So today was my first day fake sugar-free and I will let you know how things go in this journey to headache-free wellness.