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The Glycerides

Well, if a busy month ahead, pregnancy and the like weren’t enough to keep us busy, turns out after a visit to the doctor, Binks has high cholesterol and unbelievably high triglycerides.  For the sake of complete honesty, his triglyceride levels are 1000 +.  Let’s just say when I saw the number, I freaked beyond belief.  Just to put it into perspective, “Very High” is 500+Oy.

High triglycerides is different from high cholesterol.  Namely, the doctor said it’s from a diet high in carbs and not enough protein.  It made sense in every way.  We had cut down our meat intake drastically and I have been replacing it with carbs – and not all good carbs. And, I suppose it didn’t help that prior to his blood test, we went to a party at a friend’s house wherein Binks had a good amount of sangria – and by a good amount, I bet at least 2 pitchers worth.  He kept screaming it tastes like juice! LOL!!

In an attempt to attack this naturally instead of going on medicine, we told the doctor we will do what we can at the house with diet and exercise and come back and get retested.  So, for the past week, we have had a serious food lifestyle change in the house.

The changes include:

–  No alcohol.  Which is not a big deal because (despite the above reference) we do not drink often.  I would say twice a month.

–  No beef, chicken, or pork.  We eat fish, tofu, beans and other forms of heart healthy protein.

–  No refined sugars or flours or products made from the same.  Any candies, cookies or cakes have been substituted with limited amounts of fresh and dry fruit.  And, even with the fresh fruit, we pay attention to the glycemic index in certain fruits.

–  Vegetables and more vegetables.  For lunch and dinner, I include veggies in whatever way possible.  Salads, steamed veggies, and Indian food is a great option for us.

–  Exercise every day.  And, for him – walking is not counted.  He has to do more.  So, every day, we have been walking after every meal as a warm up and then starting our exercise routine.  He’s continuing his P90X.

–  Eating out limitations.  Sometimes you just want the cheapest option – i.e. fast food.  And, sometimes you want the most indulgent options – i.e. fried chicken (did I mention I’m in love), pasta, etc.  However, lately we have limited our eating out to places that offer healthy options and cuisine.  It’s not hard considering that we love Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, etc.

–  No processed foods.  Sometimes heating up a Lean Cuisine is easier than packing lunch.  No longer.

So what have we been eating?

Salads made from the mutant Persian cucumbers growing in our garden.  I love these cucumbers because the skin is not as bitter as the traditional cucumber.  It goes wonderfully with some sliced red onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Refreshing!

Smoothies as always

No sugar and topped with Cheerios, which the doctor recommended.  Inside contains almond meal, coconut, blueberries, 1/4 of a frozen banana (as they are higher in sugar compared to other fruit), and almond milk.

Fish and no refined breads.

This was excellent.  Fish was perfect.  Salad – I have had it for many days now and don’t see any stop to it in the near future.

While I am craving this meal every day, I have to pace myself with the fish.

Blackened Tilapia

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound tilapia fillet
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Spice Mix

  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black ground pepper (if you have white pepper, you can sub half of the black pepper for that)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Directions

  1. Mix together the spice mix.
  2. Spread onto the tilapia fillet.  I let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Heat pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add olive oil and wait for pan to get really hot.
  5. Cook each side for 3 minutes each.

Salad – The salad really is a mix of romaine, tomatoes, red onion, banana peppers, and a sprinkling of feta cheese.  The dressing is a mix of olive oil, red wine vinegar, italian seasoning, lemon juice and dijon mustard.  I’m in love.

NOTE:  From my stereotype of what a high-cholesterol person ‘looks’ like, Binks didn’t fit the mark.  He is not overweight.  He doesn’t drink often.  He exercises fairly regularly.  He doesn’t eat a lot of meat.  You would not think that such a person would have such a high triglyceride level.  (This is in stark contrast to my dad who does have high cholesterol and triglycerides.  He is overweight, doesn’t eat well (high on meat and refined carbs like rice), drinks often, and gets no exercise.)

Partly, the high triglycerides is common in Bink’s family and the eating style hasn’t helped.  After making the changes for the past week, Binks has already lost 5 pounds (which was not something he was looking for), and we hope that the changes will give us better blood test results in about 3 months when he gets tested again!

Any experience with high cholesterol or high triglycerides? 

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What ya’ll know about them Texas boys?

Well…the Rangers didn’t win the game yesterday…but there’s always TODAY!

After my run yesterday (Day 2, Week 1 of C25K!), I came home to my fantastic Binks making his game-time meal – chips and salsa.

One thing that Binks love more than anything (well next to pizza and Chipotle) is salsa!  He has spent the last 5 years looking for the perfect salsa.  He has tried every (and I really do believe it) salsa he can get his hands on!  We sample everything at Central Market, Whole Foods, etc. – you name it – we have tried it!

We thought he found the one with Clint’s (here).  It’s fabulous!  I love it and he did too.  Until he started noticing that the HOT (the only version we have tried) was not tasting the same and didn’t have the bite as previous jars (he did experiments – believe you me).

So, he started to look again.

Frustrated with his lack of finding something that suited his needs (i.e., spicy as hell, not ‘vinegar-y’, not too tomato-y), I said – “go make your own then!”  I’m so nice, aren’t I? 🙂 

So, he did.

For the past year, Binks has been making his own salsa and now refuses to buy anything else.  I would like to tell you that it tastes the same every single time – but it doesn’t.  But, there are some things that are guaranteed:

1.  It’s not too tomato-y.

2.  There is no vinegar in the recipe.

3.  It will light your ass on fire!

4.  It is one of the best salsas I have ever had – ever!

Well, as I was saying – he made it again yesterday.  And, I have to say – DELICIOUSSpicy and delicious.

Do I know his recipe?  No.  Does he?  Sometimes. 🙂  The proportions vary each time but it has the same taste.

Here’s how it starts!  (It’s like a garden threw up on my counter.)

Where do I begin?  Clockwise from left: cilantro, tomato, habanero (it’s Texas – go big or go home!), lime, jalapeno, serrano, garlic, onions.

Then, he processes in batches:

Plop goes the first batch! (Probably not the best way to describe this!)

Then he starts on the second batch…

After the batches are done, he adds the lime juice.  You most certainly cannot have salsa without lime!

And then he squeezes!

…and FINALLY!

Did I make an effort to make the salsa look nice (i.e. clean up the edges, stir things more)?  NO

Should I have?  Well…yes…I’m sorry!

You have to take my word when I say that this bowl is the size of the base of my blender!

What am I going to do with all this salsa?  Any advice?

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