A cloud on the lake just for me

The last day in Temiscouata Sur Le Lac I was treated to the cloud on the lake. I lamented the two weeks we were there, wondering where it was and yesterday, there it was. The lake has this phenomenon of a crisp white cloud that forms on the lake when the conditions are right, it does happen often. Usually very early in the morning, which was the case yesterday. Half the cloud had already dissipated by the time I ran downstairs to my phone and clicked the pictures. It is crisper than this and bigger. Very happy I got to see that again.

I am home in Calgary. I love Calgary. The flight home yesterday was uneventful except for a last minute flight change that brought us home two hours early. I did not write a blog yesterday. I did give my cat many hugs. Our visit to Lac Temiscouata was lovely, however there is a reason a friend once called it, “The Big Empty”, it is, but very beautiful, in an almost other worldly way. I love all the diversity and hustle and bustle a city has to offer. Loved seeing so many people that I’ve not seen in decades who made special trips out to see us. Loved that. And of course, the best was my daughters graduation/prom, the main point of the trip. Re-connections were made and that was lovely too. I stayed on the Wahls path as well as I could under the circumstances. Most of the meats that I ate were not pure, except for two meals of moose meat. I ate far more eggs than I should. Eggs are on the forbidden list on the protocol, however she does explain that that is because she is highly allergic to them and that eggs in general are a very allergenic food, but some people may not be bothered by them. I don’t find that they bother me, even so, at home, I limit them to two eggs once a week. On vacation, I ate them several times a week. I did keep up with the veggies and half the fish. I went to the grocery store today and got stocked up here.

I had a smoothie for breakfast using frozen fruit, frozen chopped kale, coconut milk, water, sunflower seed butter and nutritional yeast. It tasted better than it looked due to its unflattering grey color. I had a can of solid tuna with veganaise and onion followed by one cup of fresh cherries and I had a dinner of bratwurst sausage made from grass fed animals without antibiotics or hormones with greens, mushrooms, onions and pureed cauliflower with coconut milk and ghee. As I ate my dinner, I watched a documentary on Netflix called, “What the health”. A Joaquin Phoenix doc.  A documentary against the consumption of all meats and dairy, but claims processed sugar is okay. This is a Joaquin Phoenix doc. It promotes a vegan approach. It has valid points, however, right from the beginning its difficult to continue watching because it goes on a tirade against processed meats while filming whole meats, says even organic is not good. It did not mention pure meats at all, i.e. Grass fed, wild, so on. I did watch the whole documentary and have mixed feelings about it. It was slanted in the way that it presented its evidence, which made it difficult for me to wholly take it seriously. Although, I will say again, it did have its valid points, such as one doctor explaining the difference between meat eating animals and plant eating animals, that was compelling. Other sections were on the ridiculous side in its way of misleading statements. I can only say, watch it for yourself and form your own conclusions. I am still pondering it and did present it for discussion within the Wahls Facebook group.

In terms of my energy level for a trip that began at 7:30 am and ended at 9 pm including breakfast goodbyes and an evening hello to my cat who was courteously delivered to me at 8:30 pm, who first checked that her kitty litter, food and favorite window spot were all intact before presenting herself to me. Cats! So, funny.  All considering, I did very well and even had energy enough to unpack after all was said and done. I again declined all the wheel chair service set up for me with a big smile on my face.

Bonne Sante

 

Goin’ Home

Time to say goodnight to the ole farmstead. We’re flying out tomorrow at 2 pm. Long day there. After an early morning breakfast with the immediate family, were off to Quebec City for our flight where we will meet up with my son’s aunt for a final goodbye, then in the air at 2 pm. We land an hour later in Montreal with a three hour layover. We fly to Calgary with an estimated arrival time of 9:30 pm central time. Not too bad, but a long day for me. We had a lovely dinner here at the house with the Matante’s and the Monocle’s (Aunts and Uncles). Looking forward to my routine, but I will miss certain people here.

I miss my cat, she will be delivered to me Friday. While here, I cheated on her with my daughter’s cat, Sylvester:

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Sylvester the farm cat

This is my cat:

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Luna the city cat

Long day tomorrow, I am signing off.

Bon Sante

 

Botanical Gardens, Edmundston, NB

A very meditative day. An hour listening to birds in the backyard this morning while sunning my face and an afternoon at the Botanical Gardens (pictured above). Even better, I walked a landscape that is eight acres square. Ordinarily when I go to places like zoo’s and fairs, it is necessary to either rent a wheelchair or bring my walker. I did neither! I walked at a fair clip in the first half hour, I did slow down, but not ridiculously so. Halfway thru, it was necessary to sit for twenty minutes. The biggest issue were the pathways which are layered with either gravel or shale stones. The gravel I would drag into my sandal on the left side (drop foot) and the shale I would need to slow down and keep my eyes on the ground to insure that my left foot didn’t catch the corner of a stone. Other than that, we traversed the whole landscape, its been a few years since I’ve been able to do this. Two for one, exercise and meditation!

When I get home there will be two prescriptions waiting for me in my mailbox for e-stim. One for an electrical muscle stimulation machine and the other for physical therapy to get me started and to teach me where to send the electrical pulses to begin rehabbing my left leg. Very excited about this. I am realistic about it as well and am preparing myself for the long haul. It took Dr. Wahls three years to heal the damage in her drop foot. She spent one hour a day using e-stim. I do understand that there are no quick fixes with this. I also understand that rehabbing my leg does not heal the lesion, the lesion I hope to better with the Wahls Palio Plus level which keeps you in Ketosis where healing happens during the fasting periods. Even so, I still understand that that is not a cure all either. Dr. Wahls still experiences weakness in her left leg when her speeches are two hours long or when walking more than one kilometer. But, she walks with no limp before that happens, when once she did. I dream of walking normally. One hour a day, one day at a time, that’s the way to do it.

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Botanical Gardens living sculpture

Bon Sante

Pictures of the New Brunswick Botanical Gardens in Edmundston, NB Canada.

Blog, blog, blog

Our time here is almost over. Thursday we fly back home. I spent the morning with my daughter who is working her new job full days till we leave, interspersed with going away parties with her girlfriends that are leaving now for their dorm rooms in Quebec City. We went shopping for her needs for her dorm room that she will be going to in early August. Very excited for her. A little, “She’s grown up so fast.” sadness.

For the Protocol, I’ve been lax on my exercise. I am looking forward to going to the Southland Leisure Centre and resuming my routine there. I was given hand weights to use here and just never picked one up, they look at me and I ignore them. Guess I’m on vacation from that. On the other hand, because of the very nature of this place, my meditation has increased two fold. I had a nice day, but as I write, I am exhausted. Dinner was a success tonight. I cooked for everyone and everyone helped. We made Italian sausage sauteed with peppers, onions and garlic, with balsamic, bacon grease, vegetable broth and herbs. With that we had pureed carrots and potatoes with ghee and coconut milk and greens sauteed with steamed broccoli, mushrooms and garlic. Nice dinner, no disasters.

Tomorrow is a chill day, Wednesday we are cooking for family, Thursday we are travelling to Quebec City and meeting my sister in-law there and flying out later in the day from Quebec City. We will be home late Thursday night. I feel like these days will pass in the blink of an eye and our reunion will be over. I am anxious for my routines, but there will be sadness in that.

I wish you all good health

Bon Sante

 

Win some, lose some

The challenges of following a diet like this when I am out in restaurants for special events can be difficult. We had a wonderful outing with family last night at a restaurant we frequented often back in the day. I ordered a stir fry with shrimp, which turned out to be roughly a half a cup of veggies and 2 cups of rice in a sugar laden sauce. I ate the shrimp and the veggies and a half cup of the rice and complimented the meal because I just think its rude to do otherwise. When I get back home to Alberta I will be able to tighten up my regime and get back on track. On the whole I did well, its just the meals out where I’ve had to compromise, but I chose the best I could. Here at the house, I’ve had the support that I needed to do this. My family is genuinely happy to see me doing so much better physically that they are 100% behind my efforts to do this. I’m very grateful for that.

I made a disaster of a meal tonight. Its a dish I make often at home. Gluten free floured cod, pan fried with yam fries and salad. The fish wasn’t completely thawed, couldn’t get it to thaw, I finally cooked it half thawed and it bled water, which ruined the breading (soggy) and it took forever to cook. I removed it too soon and had to put back in the pan to continue cooking after we began eating. Ugh! The yam fries which were baked I timed the same as sweet potatoes, big mistake. They were burned. We ate them anyway with the soggy fish. The salad was perfect. Oh well. Win some, lose some.

Bon Sante

 

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Big Day!

The day was so big, I missed my blog posting yesterday, a first. My daughter had her high school graduation and her prom all in one day. First the actual day, then how I physically did with it all. Absolutely nothing went wrong yesterday, every aspect of her day was perfection. The day started at 8 am and ended at midnight when Cinderella’s magic carriage turned into the after prom camp out. The graduation was two hours long and ended at 3 pm. We had one hour and 15 minutes to get her to the house, changed, made up and out the door and to the location of the limo by 4:15. We did it, whew! The prom kicked off with a red carpet event at 5 pm. That was fun. We were seated for dinner by 6:30. At home at 10 pm we were greeted (expected) by a cousin and his family that I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. We stayed up chatting till midnight. My daughter came home, deglittered and was off to an after prom camp out with the class of 2017! I am so proud of her and so pleased that her big day went so well.

Now, from an MS standpoint. Most of the day, I did very well. I faltered after 45 minutes of standing for the red carpet and had to find a place to sit and then again at the end of the seated dinner, it was hard to walk to the car. Other then those two moments and even afterwards, staying up and chatting, I’m good. Up early this morning, writing my blogs and getting caught up with social media, having my coffee. I don’t have words to describe how grateful I am for Dr. Wahls Protocol and for my family helping me stay on it during a complicated day like yesterday. We are blessed in a million different ways. What I ate yesterday, a smoothie in the morning, a quick salad before the graduation. The prom dinner consisted of chicken shish kabob, rice and salad. It began with a squash soup. I took the sour cream drizzled on top of the soup, off. I ate the salad without the ranch dressing. I ate only half the rice (around a half cup) and I did eat the chicken with a sweet sauce. All in all, considering the complexity of the day, I did as well as could be and still be socially engaged in every aspect. I feel it was a Wahls success. I’m satisfied.

Ooh, I hear my daughter just home from her camp out. Gotta go and hear the details!

Bon Sante

Picture: My daughter just stepped out of her limo at the red carpet event.

Big day tomorrow

My baby girl’s big day is tomorrow, graduation and prom. Very exciting. Tight schedule for us all.

  • 10 am Hair appointment
  • 12:30 Graduation
  • 3 – 4:15 Dress for Prom
  • 5 pm “Red Carpet”
  • 5:30 Dinner (all of us)
  • And all the running around for this and that inbetween

Lets see how much energy I have for this tomorrow. Today, I did 3 loads of laundry, went out for breakfast, made my daughters lunch for work, made a fairly complicated dinner of Moose steaks, herbed rice, sauteed Brussels sprouts, greens, bacon and cranberries with the help of everybody, went shopping with my ex to help outfit him for the prom dinner. Productive day, feeling good. Yesterday I was tired, but had a very good nights sleep. I promised the recipe for the coffee cake:

Basic Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe

The recipe is what I did with it yesterday and includes berries and nuts. You can use anything you like in this, chocolate chips, vanilla, dried fruit, cinnamon, peanut swirls, whatever.

Gluten Free Berry Coffee Cake

  • *2 cups gluten free flour (I used Safeway “Compliments” brand)
  • *2 tsp baking powder
  • *1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped strawberries 1 tbsp reserved strawberries)
  • *1 egg
  • *1/3 cup Ghee (clarified butter), melted
  • *1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
  • *1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp sliced filberts

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add blueberries and strawberries and toss in the flour mixture, set aside. In a liquid measuring cup or bowl, scramble the egg and add “cooled” ghee, coconut milk and maple syrup, whisk. make a well in the flour and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon just till wet and dry ingredients are combined, don’t over mix. Stir in walnuts. Spoon batter into a greased 9×9 inch square pan. Top with filberts and reserved strawberries. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven for 25 minutes. Test with toothpick. Cool.

Note: The ingredients with a (*) are the basic coffee cake ingredients. Add what ever or however you like from there.

Cinnamon Swirl with a crumble topping

Vanilla and chocolate chips

Peaches and pecans

Whatever direction your imagination takes you

Bon Sante

 

 

Wonder Woman

That’s what I did tonight, saw Wonder Woman at the movies. I am not feeling like Wonder Woman today, though. Busy day. I created a Gluten Free berry coffee cake this afternoon that I am happy with. I’ll include the recipe with tomorrow’s blog and add it to the recipe page. I think this will be a short blog today. I am very tired. I did keep up with the Wahls diet, but not the exercise. I exercised the first day here, Friday, but not since. Not having my routine messes me up, yeah, lets blame it on that. Its off to bed for me.

Bon Sante

 

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An isolated paradise

This is where I am vacationing. This is how it looks from all sides of the house. Note the lake to the left of the picture. This was my home and is the home of my ex-husband. I was up very early this morning reading posts on my laptop in a front room of the house. I looked up to see a female moose standing 20 feet away from the window. I watched for a minute as she stood still and then she trotted across the road up into the front field and into the woods. Every day there are deer in the backyard fields. On the back porch is a hummingbird feeder (pictured below):

buzzerNote in the picture is the hummingbird feeder with a hummingbird. Just below and to the right of the picture is a wood container for laundry clips. I hung my laundry here this morning not two feet from “Buzzer”, my nickname for the hummingbird. If I loved animals more than people, this would be the place for me as it is for my ex. I love people, I like community, I love being apart of a community.

All is well keeping up with my diet, although we went to a canteen for Poutine. Poutine is one of my favorites too. My kids wanted some. Poutine, correctly pronounced “Poo-tin”  is a Quebecois traditional food which consists of french fries, covered in brown chicken gravy and “squeaky cheese”, a curd cheese made here in Quebec. We do have Poutine in Calgary, mispronounced “Pooteen” there its made slightly incorrectly, the cheese is not the squeaky kind here and its allowed to melt under the gravy, in Quebec its added cold last. Serious yum, I did abstain. Once home, I cooked sauteed shrimp with spaghetti squash, steamed broccoli and garlic in coconut oil, it wasn’t Poutine, but it was yummy enough and then I walked up a flight of stairs, not like a toddler as I did not less then two months ago, but like an adult, one leg after the other. As far as I am concerned, Poutine can stay a distant pleasant memory.

Bon Sante

Pictures of family home on Lac Temiscuoata in Quebec.

Stay the course

Humidity! Not used to that anymore. Calgary is very dry. It is situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains and is referred to as the foothills. To the west are the Rockies and to the east are the Plains. Here in Lac Temiscouata, Quebec is the exact opposite. Very humid, lush, green, buggy, buggy, buggy and at sea level, whereas Calgary has a 3,000 foot elevation. Eventually, I will transfer pictures from my I-phone to my laptop and then I will post a picture taken here of the terrain.

From the Wahls perspective. I’ve had a successful day following the Protocol. I do feel good about that, now I need to get caught up with my exercise. I don’t want to lose touch or slip back after only 21/2 months on the Protocol. I’ve managed to keep up with four days of exercise plus walks on off days and I’ve been faithful to following the food guidelines. I need to be willing to do this no matter where I am or what I am doing. After just 21/2 months, its too easy to blow this or that off and then after 2 weeks of edging this in and that out or completely stopping an exercise schedule, it will take monumental effort to get back on track. I think this is where many quit. Not me, the gains are to great to ignore. Yeah, its a pain and yeah, I have to put other people out, however, I do my part to make it as easy on others as possible by taking care of the cooking and staying out of the way as much as I can with my requirements. Because, they are my requirements. I am the one who ultimately needs to be sure that I am following the program.

Thank God I only need to do this one day at a time.

Bon Sante