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Celebrating Making Wise Choices 
Jan. 31, 2014 2:09 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 5:42 pm

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 SMOOTHIESLOW-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 filling!

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.  

Jan. 31, 2014 2:49 pm
I am so sorry for all the health worries you have been through this past year. Not a recipe but something I have noticed with my body and it may help you. When I have a protein such as 3 oz Greek yogurt plus 3 oz blueberries or a protein drink like Premier Protein (Costco) mixed with 3 T of ground flax seed in the morning I do not get hungry AT ALL for about 8 hours. I usually force myself to eat some fruit and veggies mid-day as I don't think it is good to go so long without something. You might give it a try to see if it curbs your appetite. I also toss in a very good dose of cinnamon with the morning protein as it helps to stabilize blood sugars. Best wishes for getting control of a life that is full of challenges.
Jan. 31, 2014 2:51 pm
Sorry, Marie C. with the morning protein thought.
Jan. 31, 2014 3:14 pm
Oh Paula so sorry to hear all this. Tough times for you and your family. I blend a lot with my Vitamix. Mostly smoothies. My favorite is http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/63251350/chocolate-oat-snack-cake-smoothie/detail.aspx
Jan. 31, 2014 3:16 pm
Linda (LMT) for this and above. For your mom I suggest using real cranberry (no added sugar) and this might be appealing. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Holiday-Sweet-Tart-Smoothie/Detail.aspx
Jan. 31, 2014 3:46 pm
Linda (LMT) another idea is to roast veggies with onion and garlic and puree in your Vitamix with chicken broth. Pulse to desired consistency and use stove top to heat if needed.
Jan. 31, 2014 3:54 pm
(Marie C). What a great idea for roasted veggies to be made into a quick soup. I almost always have roasted veggies in the fridg. I will have to give that a try. Thanks, LMT.
Jan. 31, 2014 4:01 pm
ellie here…Paula I can relate to the added stress that being a "stress eater" can bring….. I wanted to add that I find getting lots of protein early in the day also helps me stay full just as Marie C said.. here is an option that is low calorie and high protein and easily adaptable to your preferences… take care of yourself Paula… all the best… http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Egg-White-Omelet/?prop31=1
Jan. 31, 2014 4:02 pm
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tasty-baked-mac-n-cheese/detail.aspx Hi sorry about your mom but it sounds like she is on the mend. Family loves this mac and cheese.
Jan. 31, 2014 4:03 pm
Ps above from Nadine.
Jan. 31, 2014 4:23 pm
How's your granddaughter doing? An 8yr old boy at our church had brain cancer. He's doing great! He took his last MRI and it was clear! His hair is growing back! He's walking again! Good to see a smile on his face! Glad to hear your mother didn't have a heart attack. Oh, the things we do for our mothers. I remember helping my mom when she had her heart attack and lung cancer. She sure could get agitated over any little thing. I'm sure your mother appreciate what you do for her.
Jan. 31, 2014 4:26 pm
BigShotsMom: Hi Paula, you really have had a long haul of family health issues that you have faced. I go the other way, when stressed I can't eat. I lost 20 pounds when we were going through Sandy and the aftermath. I don't have any practical suggestions that haven't been covered other than make sure there is nothing ready to eat at hand except fruits and vegetables. You may still snack but it will be healthier. I'm happy you were able to get Home healthcare for her. Be gentle with yourself too.
Jan. 31, 2014 5:14 pm
From Bibi: I agree with what most of the others say, that you have a lot to deal with, and you need to be gentle with yourself. After all, you must be doing something right, to be healthy enough to help out, when needed! Perhaps you could concentrate on gratitude--for your health, for your granddaughters recovery, for your mom's continued presence with you, for good medical care, for your sister's help, and for having an abundance of food around you. I believe it is called "mindful eating", when you slow down and savor every bite and contemplate the good nutrition that nourishes your body and your soul. I know, I know, I should take my own advice, right? ^_^
Jan. 31, 2014 5:26 pm
TO EVERYONE - Thank you all for your kindness, empathy, recipe suggestions, and ideas. They are all great! I love allrecipes because of the great recipes submitted by actual homecooks. But even better are the people here. So supportive when needed! Thank you!
Jan. 31, 2014 7:21 pm
Semigourmet. sorry about the stress eating. that has to be tough. here is a breakfast recipe from Weight watchers. with the nutrition info. *** Weight Watchers – Momentum Cookbook Servings 4


2	teaspoons canola oil ¼ cup onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 3 russet potatoes, Scrubbed Shredded and squeezed dry ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper Pinch of sage 4 large eggs 4 scallions, sliced


1.	Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. 2. Add the potatoes, salt, pepper, and sage to the skillet; cook, stirring frequently, until the potatoes are softened, about 5 minutes. With a spatula, press on the potatoes to make an even layer. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the potatoes are lightly browned, about 5 minutes longer. 3. Place a large plate over the potato cake and carefully turn the skillet over. Slide the potato cake back into the skillet. With a spoon, make 4 indentations in the potato cake that are large enough to hold an egg. 4. Break 1 egg into each indentation. Sprinkle eggs and potatoes with the scallions. Cover the skillet and cook until the eggs are set, about 5 minutes. Nutritional facts: Serving size: ¼ of skillet Calories: 223 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Protein: 9g Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 4g cholesterol: 212mg. Iron: g Sodium 369mg. Calc: 73mg Sugars: g Potassium: mg Notes: To bulk this up, cook 1 red or green bell pepper, diced, along with the onion and garlic.
Jan. 31, 2014 7:24 pm
Semigourmet again. sorry that didn't work. I have some low fat low carb, and weight watchers recipes if you would like just email me at my screen name @aol. and in subject line type AR Buzzer. and in the body of the mail remind me which recipes you would like and I would be glad to share them with you. I am a bit of a recipe hound. my recipes are saved in a word document.
Jan. 31, 2014 7:30 pm
Hi Paula, thank you for the update on your Mama. You and she have been on my heart and in my prayers. Caregivers HAVE to take care of themselves. It's a physical and emotionally draining job. I love the chocolate oatmeal smoothie recipe. I am going to try it. It sounds so good. Take care sweet Paula!
Jan. 31, 2014 7:31 pm
Oh... The above post is from Candice. I keep forgetting to start off with my name.
Feb. 1, 2014 5:11 am
Maggi: good morning, Paula. Can't help with food. It want you to know you are in prayer here. You are doing such a wonderful commitment to your mom and I know it isn't easy. Warm thoughts to all of your family as the different routine is an adjustment for all.
Feb. 1, 2014 8:53 am
(Lela:) I am sending {HUGS} because I have been in your shoes. Although, my Dad was a bit contrary. Even though he saw me prepare the meals, he said I was feeding him left overs. I had to remember that was just the meds. talking. Your mom is lucky to have two great daughters to help her. I hope she gets back on track. I know how much you love smoothies-I made one with mangos-not as calorie friendly as some but very tasty. You can see all the smoothies in my Menu for smoothies--http://allrecipes.com/menu/63903824/smoothies/detail.aspx?p34=Menu%20Title
Feb. 1, 2014 10:20 am
You've had a lot of suggestions so I'm not going to add more. I too am a stress eater. I have a 4-1/2 year old grandson who was diagnosed 3 years ago with spitzoid melanoma and has been getting treatments at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. We drive 1000 miles one way every 3 mos. for his checkups. I know the feeling in the pit of your stomach just dealing with everything concerning grandchild and mother. I also took care of my mom who had Lewy-Body dementia. Never know when the table will turn so we try very hard to enjoy the moment with our family. May God Bless you.
Feb. 1, 2014 5:42 pm
Paula, Thanks so much for sharing your life with us. Please know that many people think of you each day and send love your way. (Indiana Peggy)
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