Saturday, January 21, 2012

Paula Deen Should Eat more Oats!

Gasp! Paula Deen has Type II Diabetes! Are we all so shocked by this? Really? Ahhhh, the media really does know how to pour it on thick. They almost give her a criminal-like quality.

Paula, being the positive person she is, will turn this into another million dollar opportunity. So, don't feel sorry for her. She is a brilliant business woman who will turn this "tragedy" into a fortune. She has already teamed up with the pharmaceutical company, Nova Nordisk. It is just a matter of time until her new diabetic friendly cookbook comes out(if it hasn't already). And yes, I'll check it out. In fact, Paula, if you need a dietitian to colaborate with on this book, I am available.

The truth is that famous chefs and other TV food personalities seem to be regressing these days in terms of promoting healthy cooking. And we eat it up(literally). Do they feel any sense of responsibility? Last night, I watched the Cleveland celebrity chef on his newest TV show venture(won't mention names). So, he cooks smashed potatoes and deep fries them in bacon fat. Ok, I was already drooling. Some might say that he could have stopped there, but no. He went on to toss them in a spicy aioli(mayonnaise) sauce. No one can deny that
this stuff tastes good. Doesn't anything that is cooked in bacon fat?

Ok. I'm done bashing. It is a snowy morning in Cleveland so I want a warm bowl of oats(even though I didn't actually eat those potatoes, I am imagining them in my arteries).

Did you know that soluble oat fiber has blood sugar-lowering abilities? For those of you who want to know why, keep reading. The rest of you can skip the science mumbo jumbo and go down to the pictures.

Oatmeal has a huge amount of Magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor which interacts with certain enzymes involved in the body's use of glucose and insulin secretion. Anyways, it is founds to be extremely helpful in lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics.

It is also very valuable in lowering cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal contains 3-4 grams of soluble fiber. If eaten daily, this will help to lower your bad cholesterol by 8-23%.

So Paula, eat your oats. She can probaly come up with all sorts of interesting ways to serve it up. I just hope she leaves out the bacon and butter. Here is my morning concoction.....


I cooked 1 cup of steel oats in 2 cups of 1% milk and 2 cups of water on low heat

for about 30 minutes.

I prefer dried fruit(especially dries apricots), but didn't have any on hand. So, I added some fresh chopped pear.

And apples....

and chopped walnuts....

Here we go! Not sure if Emeril feels the same, but this makes me "happy, happy".

Thanks to Tina( The Wellness War) for getting me blogging again this morning.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

I am about to join the legions of other bloggers to recap 2011 and some of the resolutions I had set last year at this time. It just needs to be done. I must come full circle and evaluate how I did..... And Yeh! I think I achieved a lot! I am pleased with myself and I hope anyone that is reading this is feeling hopeful and refreshed now that a new year is starting. I love that we get another chance every year to better ourselves. I am ready to let go of past disappointments and fears. The new year is a time to move forward with new aspirations and reach for them.... even if it means falling down a few times.

So, here's my recap...... I promise to be brief.

1. To continue to cook often and with a focus on good health and locally purchased ingredients. Check. I still love to cook. My explorations this past summer of local farmers markets was so inspirational!
2. To learn to take better pictures for my blog. Well..... not so much. BUT, I just got a Bloggie camera for Christmas which should improve the picture quality and efficiency(I hope).

3. To explore different types of exercise. I continue to love and make progress in my yoga practice. I joined Inner Bliss Yoga studio which I can't say enough about. The instructors there have really helped me to connect with the spiritual aspect of yoga. Making that mind-body connection has made it more meaningful for me. Living in the present(even if its just for that 1 hour) has brought more stress relief and serenity into my life. Also, I tried cross-country skiing. It was my goal to try to find something fun about winter. I live in Cleveland. The snow is not going away, so, might as well embrace it. I can't wait to try some new trails this year!

Also, helped to organize a walking club with some co-workers which culminated at the American Heart Association walk last August.

4. Spent some great quality time with these guys. My son is now towering over me and has doubled my grocery bill with the amount he eats, so my time with them is growing shorter. We had some great trips! We ate our way through Savannah. See us below chowing on low-country boil.

We hiked and white-water rafted in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania!

5. I also made more of an effort to become more financially secure. This is scary territory for me but I took steps to improve my financial future and was able to put some money into home improvements which included my entryway below. The wallpaper before was not pretty. Now, the foyer feels like my own little art gallery complete with Cleveland photography from Local Girl Gallery in Lakewood.

6. Worry less. This will always be an ongoing process for me. I come from a long line of worriers. But, as long as I try to fill my life with good people and the things that I am passionate about. There will be less space for the negative.

7. Volunteering. I fell down on this one, but, I am still hopeful!


It feels like our world has become so much more complicated over the last couple years. I have noticed that many people are keeping things simple when they discuss their new year's goals. And I am totally on board with that. My biggest aspiration for this year is just To Be More Kind. I want to be more kind, not only to strangers in the grocery store, but, mostly to the people that our closest to me. This will make the greatest difference.....


to cook with this thing..... the Green Egg. Our new Christmas present.

It is amazing and it is going to help my husband and I combine his love of grilling and my love of healthy cooking.

Here is the first creation of 2012. Bourbon glazed salmon from Earth Fare taken on my new bloggie camera(how did I do?)