Monday, December 31, 2007

q&a, disclaimer, and philosophy

Robin asked how to fry food properly. I think that is in reference to my statement in my first post that I can eat fried food as long as it is prepared properly. Well, that simply means that it isn't fried in hydrogenated fats. Other than that, I don't know. I don't fry a lot either. I know that you can find a lot of information about oils. Some of them, like peanut oil, are better for frying because they have a higher smoke point.

I think I've answered the rest of the questions. Oh, Monday asked if Splenda is made from sugar. I guess so. That's what they say. I've also heard that they use chlorine gas in the processing of it or something like that. yuck.

Now, the disclaimer: I don't necessarily know what I'm talking about. Just keep that in mind, ok. I am sharing things I've learned either through experience, research or from the nutritionist I used to go to before we moved. I'm also sharing a lot of plain old opinion. If something I say interests you, do your own research, ask a nutritionist, or ask your doctor. Or just take my word for it if you want, but please, remember, I don't necessarily know what I'm talking about.

Healthy living is a very subjective thing. Someone will tell me they eat healthy, but they will eat things that I won't and they shun things that I think are fine. So if we differ, fine! We can all share our thoughts and maybe I'll learn something new from you.

My basic food philosophy is this: the food that God made for us to eat is good. Food that man has manipulated or tainted is not good. I don't agree with the scientist people that saturated fat is bad for you. Yeh, yeh, I know they've done studies. They can prove anything with a study. I don't put much stock in studies. But I do know that God talks about eating the fat as if it's a good thing. I'm going with that.

Jesus is the Bread of Life. So, my guess is that bread isn't bad for us. The bread in that day was different than what we eat now, however, so we might give that some thought. I believe in good carbs, not in low carb.

So, I eat red meat, dairy products, including butter, and potatoes, rice and pasta! I don't eat bread but that's for another reason that I will get to later. Something that probably doesn't affect you, but I'll talk about it anyway.

Moderation is the key.

I can be more specific, and will be, in other posts. But that's it in a nutshell.


MondaythroughSunday said...

I gotcha! I do enjoy learning from you and general about this subject.

Robin said...

I'm enjoying this blog Kay! Good to point out that you are sharing opinions and things that work for you. We all have things that work better for us than others. My intent (to borrow from your other blog) is to eat healthy. I don't always succeed and even fail or fall below my own standards (which are far from perfect) sometimes.

Dairy has got to be one of my favorite things to eat...moderation has to be the key there for me. I think I could eat cheese all day long (oh and throw in some ice cream for the fun of it). So I try not to buy ice cream constantly because I don't have the will-power to resist. Butter is downright delicious, but again one of those things I have to plan not to OD on.

I'm doing great with the exericse portion of healthy living. I take a class twice a week and do cardio 5-6 days a week. I've been slacking on the weight training lately and need to get back to that. I burned myself out on it because I was doing weight training 6 days a week...then I slowed down to 3 days a week and then I just quit because I haven't figured out how to read a book while lifting weights. Of course I can read while doing lower body weights. I considered inventing a contraption to wear on my shoulders that would hold a book for me while doing upper body weights, but decided they might laugh me out of the gym if I did that.

My gym is starting a pilates class that I'm going to try, but I already feel like it will be a difficult class for me because of my back issues, but I'm going to give it a try anyhow and the instructor said she would help me with modifications.

Ok...enough rambling on :)

Kay said...

Oh, Robin, you sound like you are doing great with the exercise!
That is where I definitely don't make it. Right now I'm doing nothing. Something else I'm going to have to work on.

Pilates will help a lot with your back and you will be surprised at how easy they actually seem to be and then how sore you will be the next day! LOL I love them!

Robin said...

Hi Kay,

I have three main issues with my back or flat on my stomach that cause me problems doing Pilates that you have to lay on the floor to do... The Pilates movements where you are up on all fours I can do.

1. Spondylolisthesis - involves slippage and separation of one vertebra from the one below it generally caused by a stress fracture of the vertebral arch (at least that is what the physical therapist told me). It common terms she told me that I have degeneration between Lumbar 4 and Lumbar 5 which causes a lot of pain. I like to hang from the gavitron machine in the gym - it really helps relieve the pressure. I don't really have options on medically or surgically correcting this particular problem though because of my other back issues.

2. and 3. I have severe scoliosis and a rib hump which were corrected over 20 years ago with two surgeries done at the same time. I had thoracoplasty - surgery for prominent rib hump and then I had a spinal fusion. My spine is fused with a stainless steal rod from Thoracic 1 – 12 and on down to Lumbar 2. So I can bend at the waist basically. My physical therapist told me to be careful about twists and not to try crunches because my back doesn't bend in the places required for crunches. I've only seen the pt a couple times. They sort of blow me off because they don't want to be the one to tell me the wrong thing and I have an HMO. When I asked my primary care doctor if I could see an orthopedic he told me it wasn’t necessary. I think I do quite well in spite of it all - most people don't even know that I've had the surgeries unless I have told them. If I’m not laying flat on (or leaning against) a hard surface most of my back pain comes from my lower back, but I’ve been told to expect that because of compensating for the fusion. Doctors through the years have offered me a lifetime supply of RX for pain killers and muscle relaxers, but I turned them down because I don’t want to be dependent on medication. I try dealing with my issues with hot and cold compresses and by sleeping in positions that help relieve the pain.

So they can’t fuse Lumbar 4 and 5 to correct the Spondylolisthesis because I already have 14 vertebrae fused. So all my range of motion for bending comes mostly from Lumbar 3. I have some movement in Lumbar 4 and 5.

Weak stomach warning:

When they fused my spine they did an auto-graft which is basically a bone graft using your own bones. They shaved the excess ribs (rib hump) from my right side and used those shavings to help fuse the rod to my spine. My x-rays are really cool looking. I have the rod down most of my spine and then wire looping around the vertebra and its all fused with my own bone. Unfortunately where they shaved off the excess bone cartilage grew back in a hump just like the ribs were. So imagine laying on the floor with 2-3 inches extra under one side and then trying to do exercises that are challenging without physical issues. The class I take has a small portion of Pilates in it and I hurt through the portion of lying on my back and flat on my stomach. I attempt to modify things a bit, but it still hurts. Today I was talking with the instructor and she said she would try to come up with some modifications for me for the new Pilates class that will be starting. I told her I'd give it try.

I’ve only been actively exercising for three years now and it has helped me to feel stronger and more aware of my body. I don’t want you to think that I’m a physical wreck or anything. Like I said before most people don’t have a clue about my back issues because I don’t tell them and I wear baggy clothes. If I have form fitted clothing on people can see the hump (of course that is a modesty issue for me more than an I don’t want people to see the hump in my back). Since starting to exercise I’ve been more in control of my back pain, so I don’t want to quit. I haven’t lost any weight by exercising though, but that’s probably more of a “I LOVE cheese and butter issue.” But that’s another issue to work on…

Kay said...

Robin, I can see why the Pilates would be difficult. But maybe with the modifications it will work. They will help those vertebra that are doing all the work be stronger.
I need to do them. Every time I go to the chiropractor she tells me that my back will feel much better if I did some core strengthening.
Sounds like you are doing great and not a physical wreck at all.

Robin said...

Hi Kay,

Thanks for the vote of confidence! I know my worst area is the core mainly because of my back issues, but I'm learning and trying new things, so hopefully in time things will change for the better.