October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Not only is it a good time to learn everything you can about this dreadful disease, but it is also a great
time to do your self- check and get those mammograms. If you feel uncomfortable that a male is telling you to do this, too bad! Maybe it will help you remember to get it done! We have several breast cancer survivors on AR and those whom you know should be
reminder enough to take care of yourself. I am aware of two AR members currently engaged in their own fight with this disease.
Our Northern friends in Manitoba and Saskatchewan sent a weather front that cleared out the dismal weather that was claiming
us for the days preceding last Sunday. What a relief to see blue skies ! Unfortunately, that front included frost and freezing temperatures that claimed most of the lower elevations around us. Our higher elevation of this prairie saved us from those conditions
so, my peppers and a couple tomato plants are still producing. That Canadian gift has moved onward and this week we have been experiencing clear skies, balmy 70’s during the day and very cool mid 40’s at night. I’ll take it! That’s beautiful fall weather and
will make the fall coloring get very showy.
When I was concerned about a frost or freeze, I covered up the plants that I wanted to keep producing- mostly cherry
peppers. They continue to blossom and set peppers and I want to see how far I can make them work and into what temps I can protect them economically.
During the past fourteen months, I have frequently been finding flavors that cause a taste disaster in my mouth. (For
the new readers, the cause of this problem is this basic formula: Oral cancer = radiation = taste buds gone berserk.)
It seemed, every few days a new taste disaster would come to light. It got to where I didn’t want to eat anyplace but home because I was sure I would be obliged to eat something that tasted bad (or worse).
One evening, a few weeks ago, my wife put things in a new context that seems to be the information I need to know so
that I can eat and, once again, enjoy what I am eating. It came about when my wife was having some sugarless ice cream that I had made and I was having the same ice cream only sweetened. As I ate the sweetened ice cream, the flavor was rapidly
going bad so, I set it aside. That’s when she said, “I think it’s sugar that is making your taste go bad. Eat my ice cream and see what happens.”
We swapped the ice creams and I began the experiment. The conclusion is that the unsweetened ice cream tasted good right to the last delicious spoonful. So, we began keeping track of anything I had that was sweet.
We soon discovered that refined sugar is the biggest culprit. If I had to have negative response to any food, refined
sugar is the one to have. What could be better than not eating something that isn’t good for me, anyway?
Of course, I haven’t tried everything, yet so I’ll continue learning. If I stay away from that ingredient, I can enjoy the things I have been missing. Unrefined sugar seems to be OK as well as, Stevia and Splenda.
A big plus- I had the first indulgence of chocolate in these twelve months. I was in the store to buy buttermilk and saw a container of Silk Lite Chocolate. I looked at the nutritional values and the ingredients and found nothing objectionable.
On impulse, I bought it. I had doubts because I have heard mostly negatives about the Silk products. At home, I poured a small serving and liked the flavor very much! Above all, it tasted like the chocolate I had been missing! I’ll be experimenting more with
sugar free foods.
Now, I need to discover why my taste finds Cheddar, Colby, Cojack and Pinconning cheeses to be repugnant. (Perhaps it’s
the colorant?) They are the only cheese that I have a bad taste for.
10/04/11 08:11pm: Two people very close to me discovered lumps in their breast. They had different doctors and each doctor said to "watch it for a while"! Luckily, they were smart enough to run like he!! to other doctors! Cancer can move very quickly and
must never be watched until it is identified. Never, never watch it for a while!