The Art of Healthful Cooking (for Sophie)

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The Life Theme of HEALTH is very appropriate for a January focus. So many of us make our New Years resolutions around our health issues, whether it is about improving our diets for weight and related issues or about eliminating unhealthy habits in our lives.

I’d like to share with regard to the HEALTH Theme about what I have been learning recently as I am now cooking 100% of my dog Sophie’s ‘diabetic diet.’

Dog diabetes is a daunting condition, as any of you know who have dealt with this.  Apparently almost all dogs who are beset by diabetes develop Type 1 such that the pancreas can no longer produce insulin. Many also develop cataracts that leads to blindness. And the first six months are the most dangerous for getting the condition under control and developing a good management program to maintain glucose level stability.

So Sophie and I are dealing with this big time. She is just 6 1/2 years old.  I have shifted her diet almost 100% to home cooked food and we are exercising 3-4 times per day plus I give her insulin–I call it “bacon boosts” because it is developed in pigs–twice a day.  Our excellent vet is a very caring person and we are trying to get the glucose down to a good level, though we have yet to achieve that in a stable way so far as I can tell after about 6 weeks.  We are down to an allowable range but are still working on all the right doses, etc.

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Cooking for Sophie truly is an art as well as a science.  With a good friend helping me at first to develop the right portions and ingredients, we now use about 1/3 three complex carbs per cup that I rotate with more that 1/3 pureed, low glycemic but high protein and/or high fiber veggies, and a little more than 1/4 cup of either chicken with liver, turkey with liver and beef with liver. The carbs are either low carb oatmeal or quinoa in the morning and, so far, pearled barley for dinner. I also give her one mid-afternoon treat usually without the complex carbs in that. We have the insulin after the morning and dinner meals and go for a walk after all three meals, at least.  In addition I give her a multi vitamin the vet gave us, plus taurine, bromelaine, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, turmeric, and Glipizide (to add a bit to the insulin force).

The veggies I use most are broccoli, zucchini, parsley, asparagus, pumpkin, celery, clover sprouts, some garbanzo beans, and green beans, occasionally adding some spinach or kale. I puree the veggies with some meat/ veggie broth and add the apple cider vinegar to the puree, the after warming everything I blend  it all together in the food processor, then add the vitamins.

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We see the vet next this coming Saturday: wish us good health! We are also going to an ophthalmologist the next Thursday to get a baseline on her eyes’ condition.

If anyone has advice or suggestions from your own experience, please share your Comments!

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One more note about this photo of Sophie from my previous post. Notice the stuffed animal hedgehog at her front paws. I hadn’t even realized that was there. Hedgehog is a very positive animal symbol that betokens persistence and overcoming obstacles. Go Sophie!

A New Year’s Better Endings Double Inspiration

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This week’s weekly prompt list is for reflecting on Better Endings outcomes from your Significant Life Events. In addition today though, since it is New Year’s Day in America,I also want to offer you a New Year’s special invitation.

First then, to the List of Prompts. Significant Life Events are those situations or memorable interactions in your life that have “influenced the person you have become”. The following list represents a set of possible kinds of memorable events. I invite you to select one or more of these–or choose your own–and either journal, talk about, or actively contemplate about this or these events in your life, one at a time. Describe the memory vividly or go back imaginatively to experience it again. Ask yourself, Why was this such a significant event in your life? How has it impacted or shaped aspects of the person you are now? And then ask, no matter how difficult or ‘negative’ (or by all means, positive!) this event may have been, what POSITIVE outcomes do you recognize that are either directly or indirectly related to this event? Here’s the list:

  • your earliest vivid memory
  • a key family experience
  • a memorable travel event
  • a breakup
  • NOW
  • a health situation
  • a relationship moment or situation
  • school related
  • pet related
  • a loss
  • a move
  • a significant dream
  • a time of great happiness

Please feel free to submit your story about the Better Endings outcomes or impacts of one of these or of another Significant Life Event from your life. Send it in for inclusion in this Sunday’s Story of the Week!

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A NEW YEAR”S INSPIRATION:

What Is Your Life Dream?

Do you have a New Year’s list of resolutions? Okay, but what about a Life Dream? If you were  expressing all that you can be and giving all that you desire to give, daily, every day of your life, what do you envision yourself DOING / BEING? The aim of Life Mapping is for you (and well, heck, for everyone and anyone) to LIVE YOUR DREAM, NOW!

For this New Year’s Day, I invite you to reclaim or to excavate your Life Dream. Describe it in one clear phrase or paragraph. Put it somewhere visible to you so you can remember it daily. If you like, choose an image from a photograph or magazine or online site that clearly reminds you of this life Dream, and pin or post it with your Life Dream statement.

The weekly Better Endings Life Mapping activities (right sidebar and weekly Friday discussions) will be offering many opportunities for you to focus on and in fact to develop ways to fully MANIFEST your Life Dream. So, stay tuned!

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