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Diet – 2015

January 2, 2015

Start Diet:

Getting started on a new diet plan doesn’t always go as planned.

I made Mom and I breakfast shakes this morning and got mine down but Mom was a different story.  She usually has been drinking her shakes.  Not this morning though.   She drank about half of an 8 ounce shake.  Later, she  drank about 16 ounces of punch (which is not on this new diet).  I tried water and other liquids but she was not in a drinking mood today.  The problem with Mom is that if we don’t get these liquids in her she will become dehydrated which causes urinary tract infections or other problems.  Over time, we have learned that we have to keep at it.   Her Doctor told us that even though the fluids might not be on the diet, it is better to get some fluids  into her.  She has never liked water so we do our best to get these liquids into her in some manner, i.e., coffee, tea, soups, juice with water added into it.  Whatever we can think of.  Tomorrow, I will start again with the shake.

We did pretty good with our foods for the day.  Since it was New Year’s Day, our southern cuisine included turnip/mustard greens, black-eyed peas, ham, cast iron skillet potatoes and corn bread (gluten-free and using non GMO corn meal).   Neither Mom or I ate the potatoes .  I love them so this was a real sacrifice.   Mom  seemed more confused than usual and would not feed herself.  So I fed her.  Her taste buds seem to be changing.  She has always loved greens but today when I gave her a bite she said no.  So I fed her a bite of something else and went back to the greens until she had eaten everything on her plate.    As for me, I have no problem cleaning the plate.

Here is a link to the  gluten-free cornbread.

I substituted coconut oil for the oil in the recipe and I did not use corn or onion in the recipe either.  I just made simple cornbread.  Mom only ate a few bites of the corn bread but I ate a slice.  I always use my cast iron skillet for making cornbread.  I have to admit it was a great meal.

I think we made a start today.  More to follow…




January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015:

I want to thank all of you who have come to my site and read what I have had to say during 2014.   I hope I can share a few posts for 2015.  Many times I have felt that I didn’t really have much to share.  Some of the health issues I battle are inability to focus.  That is one reason for writing or emailing because I can take my time and write during periods when my mind functions a little.  Sometimes during the middle of a post, my mind decides it cannot concentrate and I have to leave it and come back later when I can concentrate once again.  Well, that is my excuse for not having very many posts this year.

This year I plan to use “my blog, my voice” for sharing the struggles that we fight daily.  Recently, I had a cousin pass away from cancer.  He struggled for 11 months.   My Mom is struggling with dementia and I watch the process daily.   It has robbed her of so many choices.  She is 88 years old and at the end stages of this disease.   Yet, I see a joy and peace and calm about her that is uplifting.  For those of you who are struggling with health issues, financial issues, and other life problems, remember that God has a plan for us.  The healing power of God helps us through these struggles if we turn to Him.   He is the source and the rock.

There is a hymn that I love that comes to mind so many times when I face struggles.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Have a blessed and wonderful New Year filled with the Hope of Jesus Christ.

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