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Comment by Patricia on February 13, 2018 at 2:05pm

Eat what you like as long as the body allows it, & to hell with the goods, bads, or otherwises. If bp & weight aren't an issue, don't worry about it. If it ain't broke.....well you know.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2018 at 8:08am

I like that rant, Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2018 at 7:54am

Good for you Patricia, although the more I read about the effects of salt (like on BP), the less I think it's so bad.

And while I'm here, permit me to do some ranting and raving.

It starts with reading a book titled It Starts With Food (by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig). (This is not a book review.)

Here's the deal. The authors are promoting how to live a healthier life by a) eating the "right" foods, and, b) avoiding the "wrong" foods.  Wrongs are sugar, grains, dairy, legumes. Fill up with vegetables, fruits, meats.

Here's my beef. I'm nearly 75 years old, have no major health issues, feel good, etc. I regularly eat all the "wrongs". But I do eat a whopping amount of "rights". According to the book, I'd be a lot better off eliminating the bad guys. Well, if I'm so healthy, WHY should I? I like eating those "enemies". I love desserts! (And, by the way, I weight less than 130 lbs at 5'7+", so I'm not fat.)

I'm wondering if I have to choose between continuing to eat the foods I like and live to 95, or cut out the baddies and live to 100. Or does it really matter? At the moment, I'm opting for choice #1. As they say, life is too short. Enjoy the moment.

End of rant.

Comment by Patricia on February 12, 2018 at 5:33pm

Making 3 loaves of bread today, using only 1/4 tsp. salt....I want to tell the specialist that I'm trying....

Comment by Patricia on February 10, 2018 at 1:33pm

Yes, I am livid about that doctor & it was the Prince George doctors who found this when I went for the pre-op. I'm just glad we no longer have that doctor, & have a new one. I could have been dead of kidney failure or on dialysis if things weren't discovered when they were. I am also lucky I quit taking the stuff prescribed when they disagreed with me so hopefully damage is minimal.

Comment by Plinius on February 10, 2018 at 5:42am

That's bad news, Patricia, all the more because the doctor caused it. 

Comment by Patricia on February 9, 2018 at 3:19pm

I have had irritible bowel, reflux, collagenous colitis for years Joan,& adjusted my foods accordingly.

This kidney thing has been on the edge of normal for years, but after our dr. retired, we had a new dr. for 18 months, who has since moved on, but was prescribing things for my hip that I should never have taken, & my kidneys took a bad hit because of them.

Now I have to see the nephrologist & go from there. Apparently by what I've read so far, diets are geared to your lab work, so what's right for one may not be right for another.

But in this waiting time, I am watching salt & where its hidden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2018 at 3:10pm

Patricia, what do you expect will be your new diet? Will Carl be a resource for you; I assume kidney disease has patterns of diet. 

I am sorry you have stomach issues. I have no idea how that feels. Perhaps my stomach was hardened by my spending the first four years of my life in the filth of the slaughterhouse and meat market with my Dad. 

Comment by Patricia on February 9, 2018 at 3:00pm

I can't live like that. I want my own cooking most of the time with an occasional meal out as a nice treat & a change from cooking it myself, & 2 or 3 times a year is plenty.

I have learned to eat while keeping my stomach problems to a minimum, & restaurants aren't going to do that.

Now it appears I have kidney issues, will see a specialist in March, & likely have to re-vamp my whole diet....again! I never was much of a salt person, but kidney diets involve a lot more than just salts.......sigh......

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2018 at 2:51pm

Larry loves to eat out; it was hard for me to get used to at first! I would have a meal half prepared, casserole in the oven, smells emanating throughout the house, salad ingredients on the cutting board, and in he came, "Let's go to ... for dinner tonight. My loud protest brought a sad look and he relented. Laura assured me Larry likes to go out and I would get a night off. "But! but! but!" I responded.
I finally learned how to pull the meal off the stove, or out of the oven, put the salad makings back into the 'frig, get on my shoes, coat, gloves, and scarf and happily enjoyed the meal out. 
Living in the country, in a rural community, meant there were not many fast food places and a lot of Mom and Pop cafes with wonderful coffee, Old European recipes, outstanding desserts, people chatting from table to table with family and friends. Most of the people were related in one way or another so it felt like a Sunday-after-church-supper with extended family. 

Living in Colorado, in a huge housing development 1,000 feet higher in elevation than Denver, means expensive restaurants, houses that people struggle to keep from foreclosures, high stress everywhere one turns, and "keep-up-with-the-Jones's" atmosphere that kills the appetite for restaurant eating.

There is an outstanding meat market/grocery store, but it is on the other side of Littleton, a long drive at best, terrible traffic at worse. On the rare occasion that Craig or Mindy make the run, they return with fine beef and chicken bones so that I can make stock. They also return with very fine, fresh fish !!!  Wait !!!   Fresh fish in Colorado? Yes, it is flown in on schedule and the long, tiresome trip usually occurs because of fish. 

The organic, GMO-free, fresh fruits and vegetables come from greenhouses that produce the finest produce I can remember having. 

There is a housing development next to Craig and Mindy's home further up the mountains with multi-million $ homes. This population demands and gets FINE fresh foods. Their prices skyrocket according to the ability to pay sky-high costs. 

I, clearly, am out of my comfort zone here. 


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