Monthly Archives: October 2010

45 Life Lessons

I got these life lessons from my mom. I am not big into passing things along but I rather liked this list. I particularly liked #40…. that you would take back your problems if you knew what problems others had.

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will his matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Plastic Free and Food Allergy testing doesn’t mix

I have been working to get as plastic free as possible in my eating over the last 1.5 years. In general I was down to about 2-3 oz a month. I still had some things I wasn’t willing to give up such as General Foods coffee, cheese and the occasional cracker but mostly I had gotten there.

And then I wondered if I had a food allergy and I can tell that my plastic consumption is rising! Now I have gotten rid of those pasta windows and milk caps and GF lids but I have gathered in plastic bags for carrots (and soon cauliflower) and rice crackers like nobody’s business. I am eating 5lbs or more of carrots a week, I am not buying organic carrots to fulfill that need so I am back to purchasing el cheapo carrots. And cauliflower is the next most non-obnoxious vegetable I could find and of course it is always wrapped in plastic no matter where you go.

Everything is going as well as can be expected with the food restrictions. I think I am doing much better.

Progress Bars subdued!

I wanted to re-institute my progress bars for my emergency fund so I found some samples for WordPress here:  Sirrob01

After a bit of fiddling because I wasn’t sure what I doing, I managed to get it implemented.  Woohoo!

Now if I was just further along than I was….

“You are what you eat” can have some truth to it.

After several years of dealing with some kind of health problem that affects my digestive system/intestinal tract, I went to my doctor again and talked to her about symptoms that seem to be ramping up rather than down.  She suggested that I speak to a specialist about whether or not surgery might not be needed.

After giving this some thought and deciding that surgery was a little serious to just be jumping into, I pondered doing a food elimination study to see once and for all if there was some food allergy/sensitivity/intolerance.  I passed this idea by someone and their response back was… “Oh, you are going gluten-free?”  To be honest, this wasn’t even on my radar so I went to Wikipedia and looked it up.  The symptoms were sounding awfully familiar!  I then looked up the diagnosis that I had been given last year.  IBS is a diagnosis of elimination.  This means that you are tested for a variety of diseases as well as food allergies and only when all this comes back negative can you truly be given a diagnosis of IBS.  None of this was done in my case.  I spoke to a doctor that goes to my church and he agreed that I needed to go through the testing to look for food and endocrine issues before being content with a diagnosis of IBS.

Note: In no way am I trashing my doctor.  She is a very good doctor and patient advocate but there is a ton of stuff to know about everything a patient can come to you about so I expect that something is going to get missed eventually.

Anyway… I decided to start with the simplest thing first – food issues.  I made the decision to eliminate all variety from my diet and eat some very basic foods for 2 weeks and see if I saw any improvement.  (You may wish to consult a doctor first before trying this).  I chose the foods to eat based on this criteria: low fat (high fat foods can make IBS worse), gluten/wheat free and dairy free.  I also researched food allergies in general and threw other items out of my diet that seemed to be common like fish, nuts, coffee, tea, eggs and beef.  And you wonder what I had left to eat right?  I decided on these items:  potatoes, corn, rice, carrots, chicken, banana, apple, rice crackers and honey.  I only drink water.

I have been on this diet for a little over a week and already I see an improvement.  It is not a 100% improvement but enough of an improvement that I have been led to the conclusion that I might have something in my diet that is causing some (not necessarily all) of my problems.  So far, it has improved enough that the additional symptoms leading my doctor to consider surgery have not occurred once.

Now, I will start the path of re-introducing foods one at a time.   I am starting with another veggie if only because I am sick and tired of eating carrots!  After that, I am going to head right for the most obvious – dairy and gluten.  I hope I find the culprit right away otherwise it will be a very long time before I have any hope of variety in my diet.  My friend who has dealt with childhood allergy testing says I can only introduce a new food every two weeks.  That is the downside to this.  The upside is that I lost five pounds last week!

Poor Emily

On the way home on Friday, I was rear-ended by a very young man.  He couldn’t have been more than 19 or 20.  Emily ended up with black paint on her back bumper, a cracked light and grill and a bent-up license plate.  The damage looks pretty superficial.   I seemed to be fine at first although an hour later I ended up with a wretched headache and a sore neck and shoulder.   The headache disappeared by the next day although I still have a bit of a sore shoulder.