Wednesday, August 31, 2011

When were yours picked?

Picked today!!!

Today I made a trek over to the Well Fed Neighbor Market located at 1925 E. Bennett Street, Springfield, Missouri. I’ve talked about this market before, but because I love it so much, I am going to talk about it again. It is expanding, each week they seem to have new offerings.
Suzanne one of the partner/owners of the store has made contact with many local and organic farmers that need an outlet to sell their produce. Suzanne who holds a Ph.d. in Horticulture, is fun and engaging with her customers and suppliers alike. Her Partner, Ruell Chappell (former member of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils) is in the store most days, helping customers. Heck he has carried out more than a few watermelons to my car and always thanks me for shopping. I tell him, every time; it is I that thank you for opening a store like this. Springfield needed it! Oh sure we have a farmers market and don’t get me wrong it is great but there are days I just can’t get there in time.
I bought a lot. I always do. I shop there at least twice a week. Today, I bought two pounds of green beans that were picked this morning.  I can’t wait to eat them. As an added bonus, I also picked up bunch of Shitake mushrooms. Just as I was about to leave, two large peach cartons came in the store with their farmer and I bought a big bag of those too!

I even bought my dogs a special treat. Their eyes about popped out of their heads when they caught a whiff of the hickory smoked beef bones, I came home with. They all went to their spot in the yard and I haven’t heard a peep out of them since.

Usually they are hams for the camera but I put them under a beef bone spell! Now they think I am the greatest human being on earth.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You can feel the struggle between the hot and the cooler weather. Summer is trying to hang on but autumn is pushing its way through. Oddly, school has started back and during this time the days are cut short due to extreme heat. This year it really is not normal. There hasn't been the extreme heat and humidity that we are used to for August. I was talking to a retired farmer about a week ago and I asked him, "Do you ever remember in your life, August being this cool for Springfield, Missouri?" He shook his head no and looked me square in the eye. He said, "No and I think that the Man upstairs is very disappointed in us."

I've thought about that and I wondered why he would think this anything other than a blessing. We continue to watch changes in our climate and it doesn't matter what side of the fence you are on - undeniably our climate is changing.

Morgan Langley - My brother's sweet dog. Who is not at all missing the dog days of summer!
I've pulled the plug on the news for so forgive me for not knowing the current events. I choose not to know. I can't focus my energies on all that is wrong with this world, it serves no viable purpose. Instead, I choose to be thankful for all that is right with the world. I desire to focus my energies and thoughts on sending out positive messages and focus on my foot print.

Monday, August 29, 2011

It Continues On

Magpie Tales

It doesn’t stop because you want it too.
This Ferris wheel moves, it is always moving.
Mind at three a.m.
Folding anxieties back on to itself.

This wind
Forcing your umbrella’s collapse.
Inside out
Going on inside
You know the stuff you buried?
Flashing like a neon sign                                                                 3

Don’t even utter the words.

It is a backbiting temptress

An emissary of craving and desire                                                    
The great seductress, whose lie is as beguiling, as
Your very first line.

The high leaves you little enjoyment once the deed is done.
Left in a puddle of sticky peanut butter and maple syrup

Covered in flies
Pummeling every ounce of self-control

Feeding the demon over and over
Then lying to yourself

And everyone else

Tear streaked anger washes over and out
Spilling off your umbrella leaving you dry
And you pick yourself up and reexamine
Who is in control here?

Stead, Utter

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 19

It really is a journey, hour by hour and even sometimes minute by minute keeping your head on straight.  Lifestyle change is more mental than anything.  The rest of it is intuitive or a few minutes reading up on “how to”. I learned something valuable this week. Terra Chips made from root vegetables (parsnips, carrots, sweet potato, beet, and turnips) are delicious. Every ounce is one serving of vegetables. Sounds really good and you would think it all should check out okay. Yet it doesn’t and I’ll tell you why. Deep fried like potato chips and seasoned with enough salt to preserve a bucket of fish, these beauties once nutritious, fall into the same category as an honest bag of Lays potato chips.
Delicious, yes they certainly are but every serving is 150 calories and 10% of that fat calories. Now, okay it could be worked in but here’s the rub, each bag has 8 servings.  When you open the bag the vast space from the opening to where the chips actually lay inside the bag makes 8 servings seem impossible to produce from one bag. The serving size is so small and the seasoning is so addictive you might as well forget about it. So what am I doing to deal with crispy, crunchy and a hint of salt?  Don’t get all bent out of shape until you try this.

It really is delicious and you can control your salt by buying the unsalted sunflower seeds. Salt your own cucumber slices and then sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top. A few seeds go along way. I’m telling you, it is a great snack.

Monday, August 22, 2011


It has never been easy for me. I require a lot of extra stuff. If I made a checklist it would go something like this, all the normal stuff able bodied people bring with them, plus:

Full time personal attendant ($10 hr)
wheelchair charger (own)
Shower chair commode (own)
Portable lift system (own)
rails (rent)
batteries (own)
lift battery charger (own)
hospital bed for hotel room (rent)
take extra room for the PA (rent)

So you can see I don't so a lot of traveling. It gets pretty expensive. I've never wanted to share this with anyone before because I felt embarrassed by this. But it is what it is. I am 44 years old with advanced limb girdle muscular dystrophy. I've been in my chair full time since 2003. I've lost a lot of muscle and gained a lot of fat.

This weeks prompt, well it prompted me to share this. I am not trying to annoy anyone with the woe is me routine, I am just saying there is a lot of extra stuff involved. This is one more reason to make this lifestyle change. Every twenty pounds I lose will make my dream of traveling more obtainable. I don't know if my mobility will improve but I have to think it will. In fact, I believe it will and belief is enough for me.

Going Strong on Day 15! Yay, I get to add beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day Ten

For what it is worth here is day ten.


I should be Happy

I should be happy because today is day 10 and I have not cheated or strayed from this change once and neither has Steve. I am feeling a little down today and I am not sure why. I just can't put my finger on it. I've been thinking a lot about my mother and it just keeps coming up in conversation.

I am a little hungry because I have not made my lunch yet and it is almost 2pm. I guess I better get myself into the kitchen and see what I can whip up. Maybe that will lift my mood.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

food glorious food

salad with tomatoes and broccoli,
grilled onion, corn and yellow squash

mixed summer salad

Hearty Italian Stew - Giambotta

6 Cloves of garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
2 tsp olive oil
1 small eggplant
3 small white potatoes
1 fresh fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow squash
3 fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
pepper to taste

In covered soup pot on low heat, sweat the garlic, onions and salt in the oil for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent. Chop and add to the pot in the following order the eggplant, potatoes, the fennel, the red bell pepper, yellow squash and tomatoes. Slightly raise the heat to point of simmer and continue to simmer for approximately 40 minutes. The stew is ready when the vegetables are tender. Add the fresh basil at the very end. Salt and pepper to taste.

If you make this in advance and let it set up for two days it is fantastic; however, we can never wait that long. This is very similar to the French Ratatouille.

Savory Garlic Green Beans

1 1/2 pounds of fresh green beans
6 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 red pepper flake
1 - 2 tbsp olive oil
1 -2 tbsp soy sauce

sea salt and fresh crack pepper to taste

Clean your green beans removing the ends and blanch for about 4 minutes in boiling water.

Immediately transfer to ice bath.

In large skillet heat olive oil (eyeball it) and add to thyme, red pepper flake, paprika

Add garlic slices and green beans, stir frequently (like stir fry)

Sprinkle soy sauce over green beans (eyeball it)

When the bottom of the pan begins to get a little dry add about 1/4 of water to de-glaze the pan.

Plate up the green beans and be sure to scrape all the contents of the pan onto your green beans.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Amazing 8

Here is today's video update. If you are just now watching and want to catch up it all started with my July 28th post called Reaching for the Stars. I am attempting to keep a post going daily but so far it is happening every couple of days. It really is time consuming but it is one of the tools I am using to keep myself on track. Writing about this experience is really helping me as well. Just like the title of my favorite book, Write it down make it happen. That is what I am doing! Just trying to keep it real and make it real! Enjoy :)



Magpie Tales

Your painting tools need to be the best tools possible for painting a room. You should gather them up, check them out and replace them when necessary. Taking stock of one’s tools is important. You wouldn’t want to spend forty dollars on a gallon of paint and then try to paint the room with a craft paint brush? That would be silly. It is the same with all things - use the right tool for the right job.

For the first time in forty four years of life, I have figured out why I could never stick with a diet or make my health a priority. Without health you waste a lot of time sick and in bed. You miss out on your life. You only have one and it is this life or rather my life that concerns me.

I went by an older man walking with his wife. They were both using canes and he looked at me and then said, “Getting older is terrible.” I felt sad to hear him say that. Getting older shouldn’t be terrible it should be a time of greater understanding and peace. After all you’ve had years to figure some stuff out, right? The memories should bring you joy and each day should be an opportunity to make a new memory.

So what did I figure out today? That it is more important for me to regain my health, live healthfully and make as many good memories as I possibly can. How am I going to do this? Well that’s easy, I am going to use the right tool for the right job. My mind and its power to make good decisions that will improve my health. I am not going to think is terms of never again or I can’t have or any other negative because it’s too big a burden, it’s like painting a room with an eye shadow brush. The very thought impossible and ridiculous. I am going to think in terms of this minute, this hour or this day. It certainly seems more manageable this way.

Friday, August 12, 2011

God Bless the Avocado

Today is day five and I feel so much better today than I did yesterday. I have the avocado to thank for that. I've been doing a lot of crunching as you can imagine eating 100% fruits and vegetables. Today for lunch we made a beautiful spinach salad and topped it with red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, and radish then alongside we had two giant slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. We finished it with a light vinaigrette and a Haas avocado. YUM the avocado made the whole salad incredible. For dessert we sliced into the juiciest and sweetest watermelon I have ever tasted.

Why does our produce taste so great? We are eating locally grown and harvested produce. Our watermelon was picked this week and the woman who sold it to me grew it herself. She beamed when she told me how incredible this crop was. I felt like I was let in on a little secret and now it is too good not to share. If you live in or around Springfield, Missouri you need to get yourself over to the Well Fed Coop market located at 1925-B E. Bennett. I'm telling you it is worth the drive!

When I get back from the market later today I will do my video post. Perhaps I will share a peek at our bounty. Stay tuned...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Nasty Day Four

When you watch this video keep in mind that I did this at the end of a very difficult day. Day four is supposedly the hardest detox day and this is the day people tend to cave in. I had no cravings until today. I will make it through because I am determined. I just pray that tomorrow will be easier.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Five O'Clock Cocktails

It may not sound delicious but I'm telling you it really is!

Kristen's Favorite

made in my Breville Juicer

1 Large Beet with greens
1 Large Green Apple
4 Carrots
2-3 Celery Stalks
1/2 English Cucumber

This will yeild 2 - 16 ounce glasses of pure loveliness!

It is like drinking liquid energy!

Day Two and Three

I am just starting day three and I am feeling a lot better than I did yesterday. I think this detox will take a few more days. Yesterday we had a really good day. The food choices are getting easier. The desire for anything that is not a plant is gone. I think that I sufficiently grossed myself out with all the research I did on processed foods.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day One - Foggy

Yesterday was our start day. The summer is winding up. We’ve had incredible heat and humidity and yesterday it collapsed under the veil of some powerful storms. They raged with fury all night but I couldn’t keep my eyes open long enough to be moved by their power. Today I sit on my deck and enjoy the reprieve from the heat. The birds are singing and the cicadas are humming. Everything is dew covered and shiny from the rain.

I won’t lie I am in a fog. I eyelids are heavy. My skin is breaking out but I am encouraged. I ate a ton of food yesterday 100% plant based. All the fruit and vegetables and water I could take in. We calculated its caloric content and we achieved 800 calories.

We cleaned out the fridge and removed all the nutrition-less carbs from our surroundings. Honestly, I am not even tempted by any of it.

I recorded my first video log for yesterday it came it at three minutes. I have not posted it yet to my blog because I am not sure what I am doing. Like I said I am in a fog.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

T-One Day

All transformations start inside and manifest outword. Tomorrow I start my transformation and will for the first time ever post a video of myself at the beginning of my journey to recovered health. It is my God given right to be healthy and I will start living up to what I want and expect from myself.  Stay tuned it is going to get exciting around here at living in the middle.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Researching Vegetables that contain Protein

Green Protein
For my own information I am listing vegetables in their raw state and the amount of protein each has. I am getting my information from Corinne T. Netzer author of The Complete Book of Food Counts 6th edition because it is what is on my personal bookshelf and the information shouldn't change that much if at all since published in 2003. I realize there are more current editions out but we are talking about vegetables here so I am going with it. If you have more current information please feel free to comment with any updated info.

A - B

Acorn squash 15.2 oz. or 4” has 3.5 grams of protein

Alfalfa Sprouts 1 cup has 7 grams of protein

Artichoke Heart ½ cup has 3 grams of protein

Asparagus fresh 5 spears has 2 grams of protein

Avocado 1 medium (California) has 3.7 grams of protein (Florida) has 1.8 grams of protein

Banana 1 small has 1 gram of protein

Beets 2 – 2” raw has 2.6 grams of protein

Beet Greens have an additional 1.9 grams of protein

Broccoli 5 oz. has 5.0 grams of protein

Broccoli rabe 3 oz. 3.0 grams of protein

Broccoli sprouts 1 cup 2.0 grams of protein

Brussels Sprouts 2 oz. has 2.0 grams of protein