Saturday, October 22, 2016

There is new food out there.

If you live here in Minnesota, have you all heard of The Herbivorous Butcher? This is one of the first of it's kind and it happens to be in Minnesota! My daughter has recently become an anti meat eater. She has a hard time eating anything that once had eyes and a soul. She got me curious and we visited this anti meat butcher shop a couple of weeks ago. The creations are quite interesting. They create so many different meat alternatives. Whatever real meat you can think of, they have made substitutes for. Made out of soy products, gluten powders, jack fruit! Here is an excerpt from their Facebook page." Brother and sister team Aubry and Kale Walch have spent the last several years perfecting The Herbivorous Butcher’s deliciously deceiving meat-free meats. Aubry has been a vegetarian for 18 years and has spent over a decade creating meat-free alternatives to all the foods that she grew up with on Guam, a place where cooking was very important and each meal consisted of 2-3 different kinds of meat or seafood, not to mention a wide variety of flavors, spices, and textures, blending traditional cuisine with culinary cultures from across the world. After years of watching Aubry thrive as a strict non-meat eater, Kale Walch followed suit and became vegan. Over the past several years, he has developed a keen sense for the many ingredients and methods that go into making the most flavorful, nutritious and satisfying meat alternatives. Having made the change from omnivore to vegan more recently, he is able to invoke the flavors of his previous “meat palate” to create realistic and tastefully accurate meat-alternatives." I think the deli-style shop is really cute. It is a to -go type place and I hope they can expand soon to have a place to dine inside. Based on the crowd waiting for food,I can see them having to expand soon! Google them if you'd like directions or mail order. I have to say that I am no longer afraid to try meat alternative foods. It is healthy and fun and BRAVE to try these new foods.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pangs of heartbreak.

A close friend had a bad fall and is recovering in the hospital. Broken ribs, broken pelvis and a broken vertebrae. She is in a body cast. We have been so worried and we won't visit until she is moved to a physical rehab. center. The undeniable feeling of wanting to help and check on her is literally eating away at a group of us. This incident has brought up so many feelings and memories of how it was when I was confined to a rehab. hospital a couple of times. Of course you know that your friends and family are worried sick, yet there isn't much you can do to console them. It's exhausting pretty much to visit, and not pleasant at all to have them see you when you are down. You work hard at trying to get back to your normal or even a tiny speck of an inch of your normal. So, even though I get "it", it is the worst thing someone can go through. The feeling of being cut off from the world like you are void of all freedoms. So, I am offering the only thing I can to you my friend Mary; Prayers and good thoughts to you always as you fight this horrible battle. I wish you peace and fast healing and hope you know that we are all here for anything, anytime. And this also goes out to your kids and sweet Bill. You are loved woman!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Patients on parade.

This past week I went to my appointment with an Ear Nose Throat specialist at the U of M"s new Health Clinics and Surgery Center. As usual for me, I try to arrive early for a new Dr. and new place. It is a beautiful and very modern building. There is a convenient valet service and many friendly and knowledgeable greeters there to help direct you to where you need to be. Like I said, we were very early so we settled in and I began my habit and hobby of people watching. It was both inspiring and sad to see the patient warriors strolling up and down the lobby. Many in wheelchairs and face masks and oxygen tanks. I was actually nervous for my appointment and this never ending stream of patients made me feel so deeply grateful for the health that I do have! My appointment went well. I was so impressed with my Doctor. He made me feel confident that I have nothing to worry about when it comes to my trach. He did a nose and throat scope and actually recorded it so I could check it out. A little stressful, but I thoroughly trusted him. I could need a revision surgery in the future, but for now we are just trolling along and taking things as they come. Much like the parade of patients that I observed.