Well, I'm back home for a few days...maybe a week this time. My mother is still quite sick. It seems she takes 2 steps
forward, 1 back. Then other days, it's 1 step forward and 2 back. We made another ER visit (to discover she was not having a heart attack but that her compression fracture had gotten worse), she has yet another bladder infection, we have called in Home Health
Care, she's getting physical and speech therapy, and she has an appointment with a spine specialist...all since the last time I updated my blog on the 22nd!
We finished off the vegetable soup my sister had cooked for her, stopped at Wendy's take-out for a baked potato on the
day of the ER visit, and the next day just played "clean out the refrigerator." You know, left-overs day. So I didn't really cook that many new things for her. She's eating so very little anyway. I did fix her a creamed corn soup that she loved, and I fixed SLOW
COOKER CHICKEN AND DRESSING. The last time I made this at home, I divided it up into 3 freezer bags. That way I can pull a bag out of the freezer, thaw it, and fix it for just my husband and me with enough for left-overs. She liked it and had no trouble
eating it because it was soft enough for her to chew.
What I want to talk about in this post is food I'm making for...myself. I have got to get a grip! I am a stress eater.
I lost almost 50 pounds a few years ago only to put a good bit of it back on (not all, thank Goodness) during this last very stressful year while my granddaughter underwent brain cancer treatment. I had just started paying very close attention to what I ate
and had lost 15 pounds when Mother got sick. I've noticed that I have been putting anything and everything in my mouth while I've been at her house. I have all sorts of excuses: not my kitchen, not the foods and spices and usual things I have at my house,
stressed, being in a different environment, blah, blah, blah. The excuses go on and on. What WOULD I do if she weren't agreeable!? (I am so grateful she is pleasant and not contrary!)
So, I have come home and have about a week to jumpstart my new plan in my own home before going back to her house. I have
a new Vitamix and will take it with me to her house. That way I can fix nutritious and filling smoothies for a breakfast, lunch, or snack every now and then. I'm gathering my recipes to take with me. Some I've tried this week that I really like are STRAWBERRY
BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIES, LOW-CARB CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE, and CRAWFORD
BERRY SMOOTHIE. I also made a really good soup today, HEALTHIER POTATO AND CAULIFLOWER SOUP. It has only 58 calories per serving, yet was very
I'll be glad when the AR blog feature is fixed so I can once again add photos and so all the people who respond will be
identified. But until then, identify yourself below and leave me a healthy smoothie, soup, or lunch recipe that will help me make wise choices.