A great way to start the day – have you tried a Smoothie lately?  About 6 months ago, I started on this idea as I was tired of eating eggs every day and since I was going grain free via Paleo, decided to try something different.  Read a few blog posts by the nutritionist JJ Virgin and was inspired to give her protein shakes a try since they didn’t contain whey, but rather pea protein, chorella, and potato proteins.

Today, I had the following in my shake – 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 scoop chai protein powder, 2 tsps of Tropical Traditions Coconut Creme Concentrate mixed with 1 cup of filtered water, 1T of Inner-Eco coconut kefir, 2 tsps of almond butter,  1 scoop of Amazing Grass Berry greens, 1T ground flax seed, 2 tsps of Chia seeds,  1/2 tsp of tumeric, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1-2 cups of mixed salad greens, 1/4 avocado, 1T of coconut oil, 1/4-1/2 cup frozen organic berry mixture.  Packed with good fats, full of good calories – gives me plenty of energy and leaves me feeling full for a good 4 hours.  JJ’s protein shake has 13carbs and 5g of sugar so I’m contemplating switching out to one of Thorne’s Vegalite protein mixes which have only 1 carb and 1gram of sugar.  That will help to keep my blood sugars down.  A lot of folks use bananas in their smoothie – personally, I’d avoid that and stick with low-glycemic berries – more fiber, keeps that insulin rush from being triggered.

What’s been the result of doing these shakes and eating paleo? Well, I’ve lowered my HBA1c from a high of 7.4 down to 5.5 (HBA1c is an avg of your past 3 months blood sugars). My goal is 5.0.  And this has been done without diabetic medicines, so am feeling pretty good about this. Do you know your HBA1c?

In the Nick of Time

I did my good deed for the year yesterday. A co-worker and friend of mine about my age has floaters and occasional flashes in her eyes as I do. Yesterday she complained that she was only seeing about 20% out of one of her eyes.  She described it as something like having a piece of cardboard covering that 80%.  She planned to see an opthamologist on Thursday (2 days away). I told her to forget that and to get her tush into the hospital immediately to see a retinal specialist as I suspected her retina was detaching.  I spooked her enough that she finally called and they told her to get over there now.  A few hours later they were doing surgery on her.

Had she waited, she would have probably lost the vision in that eye.  As you get older, if you get floaters and especially flashes of light (electrical impulses from vitreous gel tugging at your retina), be aware if you get that “curtain” effect, your retina is probably detaching and you don’t have a lot of time to spare.  Some people laugh cause I devote a lot of time to understanding all of my “health issues”, but sometimes it pays off in spades. Moral of the story – know thy bod, cause nobody else is going to give a hoot.  🙂

All In Ones

I’m always a bit surprised at how many people who use instant messaging, Facebook,Twitter, and Email fail to take advantage of programs such as Digsby or Tweetdeck. They would have the best of all worlds with a little icon sitting in their bottom tray. Just a click on one of the icons for example in Digsby brings up all the Facebook posts, my email, my Twitter feeds. It even pops up a little window every time a new post comes through, no matter from what program. Heck, Digsby even shows what music I’m listening to and you can click on the link and listen to the music I’m listening to via Amazon. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get the idea that many folks I’m conversing with take advantage of this. Makes life simpler, that’s for sure. Check it out if you’re feeling adventurous

HBO’s – The Pacific

In case you might have forgotten, HBO’s The Pacific starts tonight at 9 eastern. If it’s anywhere close to as good as Band of Brothers was, then we’re in for a great miniseries. I’m relying on Mr. Hanks to come through again, and I don’t have much doubt that he will. I suspect those few folks who are still alive from that campaign will appreciate this, as they are so often forgotten in all the Hitler/WWII buzz.

For the health/science nuts out there (obviously I wouldn’t be posting this, if I weren’t one. 🙂 ) , Here is an interesting software program for evaluating the amount of Omega 6’s vs Omega 3’s in many foods. As most of you know, Americans are swimming in the pro-inflammatory Omega 6’s and need to bring that ratio under control. The program takes a while to figure out, but even if you don’t use the program to set up meal plans, you can still analyze over 9000 different foods, so you can learn to pick the healthier ones for yourself. Kudos to David Mendosa at Healthcentral.com for pointing this out. Even though you may take fish oil capsules to get your Omega 3’s, you still need to lower the amount of Omega 6 in your diet, as it competes with Omega 3 and lowers its effectiveness.

Google Latitude

Wanna keep tabs on your kid? Check out the new features of Google Latitude. Hide and Go Seek at it’s best. I have to wonder why people need to know so damn much about each other – I still don’t get the constant cell phone/texting thing. Do I really need to know you just picked your nose? Don’t think so!

I told him to clean up!

I told him to clean up!

Originally uploaded by Capa12.

Ya gotta love this picture!