Ah, so it’s New Year’s Eve. The last day for dietary debauchery before the new year begins. I just read my January post from last year and the list of what I’d hoped to accomplish in 2012. Some of those things got done. Many did not. Carpet still needs to be replaced. Still have some pants from the ’90s! But, I’m chugging along. This year, my list is shorter. This year, I pledge to turn over a new leaf.
Yes, I have mastered spinach and arugula. Even KALE! This year I vow to try mustard greens and collard greens. A resolution I can absolutely accomplish…and then feel accomplished. And perhaps even healthier. For the past week, my bod has been filled with foods I rarely eat. Meat. Empty carbs. I have felt heavy. Sluggish. Worn out. I am not worn out by the holidays. I have had an easy season. Each year seems to bring less holiday stress, and I’m sure grateful for that. I feel worn out from lack of decent exercise and improper eating. Not horrible eating. Just not “right”. So, tomorrow begins with Going Green. Will you be joining me?
I also may attempt to sort the chaff and grain better this year. My nutrition team believes I may have a gluten sensitivity. Reviewing family history of type 2 diabetes tendencies, this could be true. Ugh! For years now, I have been told and believed that white rice and potatoes were evil, with corn being nearly as dastardly a villain. Now, I have to retrain. No more whole grain or whole wheat. I have to rely on rice and potatoes and corn. And quinoa flour…and maybe garbanzo bean flour (mostly cuz garbanzo is such a cool sounding word)…maybe almond flour (which is wickedly expensive). I’ll need to actually look at those “gluten free” shelves. Ugh again! My challenge is to try this for three months and then have blood work done. If my sugar numbers have vastly improved and my BUN numbers and AST…Blood Urea Nitrogen and a liver enzyme…then, rats, I have a gluten sensitivity. Oh boy, I mentioned a liver enzyme and you saw red flags, didn’t you? Well, my AST and ALT were both HIGH in 2008-09. Now they are low. As I see it, my liver is taking a much needed rest. As a nutrionist sees it, I may have a gluten issue…or I may not be getting enough protein…or I may be overhydrated (obviously, unlikely).
So, off I go to buy a new “planner” calendar. I will peruse 2012 before putting it on the shelves. Ya, I save my planners. Kinda like a diary. “Which year did we go to Disney World over spring break?” Hey, I can find that info… I dunno, as you lightly ponder your death, it seems important to save the documents that showed you lived. Anyhow, I’m off to get another one.
Yes, I am off to plan another year. 2012 saw my baby become a teen! My oldest became a legal, drinking adult! My first daughter got her driver’s license! My marriage turned 25! I put my toes in the sand, dragged my feet up the mountains of Wyoming, and strutted around parts of Europe. It was a helluva year! 2013 will see my other son enter the decade of 20s, my oldest will graduate from college, my youngest will enter high school. And me? I’ll be eating rice noodles and adding collard greens to my soup! I’m coasting…