It’s been a month since my last post. In the past month we have finished packing up our house and moved to a temporary apartment while our new house is being completed. We officially closed on the house we sold last Friday. The Friday before the movers came I got hit with a bad case of diverticulitis and fortunately my brother and his wife were here for vacation and they pitched in and helped. With their help we got packed and were ready for the movers on the morning of the 17th. Then there was the cleaning and polishing everything to be ready for the new owners.
In spite of all the stress and getting sick, I stayed Keto all the way. In fact the nurse at the ER said that I was ahead of the game eating Keto. The nurse told me though I must eat lots of fiber to keep things moving along. Unfortunately, I should have been doing a liquid or soft diet to allow my colon to rest and I didn’t do that. Now I am. I was in so much pain that my blood pressure was up and my blood sugar was up. Once they gave me a shot for the inflammation the pain level dropped and the blood pressure did too. The blood sugar is down to low 100s now but when I went to the ER it was 128. Not good! I cannot take any of the Sulphur drugs so I am stuck with Cipro and Levequin which I am totally against. The ER doctor did his due diligence and researched as much as he could find and said there was 3% chance of any of the negative side effects happening so we went with the Cipro. By day seven I was starting to have aching going on in my legs and the tops of my feet were hurting. I quit the Cipro even though I had three more days left.
What does a person do when their diet is low carb high fat and they get hit with the diveticulitis and they need to go with a soft diet or liquid diet?
It’s hard but I am maneuvering through it. I started doing search for shake products and everything I found was too high in carbs except for one. I found that Atkins has a shake that is acceptable. It is 16.9 fluid ounces and has 4 carbs and 23 grams of protein. The only two flavors are Vanilla Cream and Chocolate. Having two a day keeps my carb down and my protein level at a moderate level. My total of carb grams are 8 and my protein 46. But I knew that I needed to get some fat in or I would be starving, so I added some MCT oil to my evening shake and a couple of tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. Advil helped with the pain and even today I am feeling better. Just going liquid yesterday helped so much this is day two.
I also made sure I added probiotics to my daily regime to get the good bacteria in my gut. I am forgoing my morning supplements for the next week so my innards can heal up. They also seem to cause a flare up. The others don’t seem to aggravate it. The morning supplements are my Vitamin b’s.
Leon had smoked up all the frozen pork butt, pork loin, brisket and ribs before they took his precious smoker to the storage unit. We have a two car garage here so we were able to bring the freezer with all the smoked meat. Yum! Makes life easier for us eating Keto and having guests makes it super convenient. We just add a variety of veggies. I do think my stash of bacon is getting low though.
Stuffed Poblano Peppers
I love jalapeño poppers, but I hate cleaning the peppers. A few weeks ago, I decided to use poblano peppers instead. I cut them in half and seed them. Then I fill with 2 oz. of cream cheese and wrap with two pieces of bacon. Bake at 400 until the bacon is crispy. I start checking at 15 minutes. That is a feast for me. You could actually fill them with cooked hamburger meat and cheddar cheese, but I prefer the cream cheese.
My friend and Keto Sister, Rena has posted a couple of things on her facebook page this last week that I have started doing. We both watch Nurse Cindy who has been doing Keto for over 14 months. Nurse Cindy had a video about salt and it was really interesting. Unfortunately it can only be seen on facebook since she has not added it to her YouTube Channel yet. She discusses a book she has read and it is entitled “The Salt Fix by Dr. James DiNicolantonio. Her background as a nurse is in research so I trust her opinion. I started implementing salt into my mornings now too. I am purchasing the Kindle version of the book for my research also.
Another thing my friend Rena started doing before she posted about it is making a drink every night with Apple Cider Vinegar. (Found this great link on the goodness of Apple Cider Vinegar! http://nutrilifetips.com/proven-benefits-apple-cider-vinegar-15-reasons-drink-tbsp-acv-daily/ ). I had Leon get the missing ingredient for me today so I can start drinking it in the evening before bed. Here is the recipe she had. I have this in quotes to acknowledge this is from Rena’s post. Need to give credit where credit is due. Thank you Rena!
“GGM ~ (Good Girl Moonshine)
12 oz. Water
2 ~ Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar ( with the Mother in it)
2 ~ Tablespoons of Raspberry Torani's Sugar-Free Syrup
A Sprinkle of Powered Ginger
Stir and add ice :)
Just a note.... You might want to sip on this with a straw to avoid too much contact of the ACV with your teeth... if you plan to do a daily regimen of this drink!
Also, you could change it up if yah wanted to... Torani's Sugar-Free Syrup comes in dozens of flavors... Peach, Strawberry, Black Cherry, Coconut, and more ... I think any of them would taste good...
You can purchase it online at Amazon .... I have found it at Wal Mart but in limited flavors.” ~ Rena
If you live in the Houston or Dallas area, you can buy the sugarfree Torani syrups at World Market. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar has the mother in it and we buy it at the grocery store.
Can’t wait to try this tonight!
Until next time!
Please note! I am not giving any medical advice, but only sharing what I have experienced on my personal journey to wellness. Check out my links page for websites, books, and videos that are posted for educating yourself on reversing diabetes and the ailments that come with it. These are links, books and videos that I personally glean from often. I am always trying to educate myself on being healthy. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.