It's been a few weeks and even a couple of months since I've been tweaking my diet. And the good news is I have no more leg or hip pain! I feel energetic and happy. I am able to live life to its fullest and continue to be active. Hart and I are running three miles a day, amazing, because just this winter I thought I would never run again. I love it! Cate, Nan and I are doing yoga at least four times a week. I find the stretching to be so important. As far as my diet, I am still GF and now dairy free. I am still working with the nightshade vegetable group. I have had no potatoes or tomatoes yet. I can tolerate a few peppers, which is nice. Also sugar is out, for the most part. Nan and I eat alike now. I now know God was telling me years ago to switch to her diet, I just didn't listen or want to. And I see the difficult path I've gone down because I didn't. I am a slow learner at times. But it is totally worth denying myself certain foods, to be pain free and healthy. I just wish I hadn't waited so long.
To celebrate our anniversary Hart and I went on a day trip to nearby Roanoke, Va. We spent the day roaming the farmer's market downtown, browsing Black Dog Salvage, eating lunch out, just being together. A nice time to connect and enjoy each other's company. We actually spread out our anniversary celebration this year, not by design but it just happened that way.
Last Friday, the girls spent the night with their friends and Hart and I had the opportunity to have an early anniversary dinner. We cooked crab legs, shrimp, sweet potato fries and artichokes. I had not attempted whole artichokes before but they turned out well, although it was quite a process to prepare them and cook them and to even eat them! But we did enjoy them. Find a recipe from an old, reliable cookbook and follow it to the letter and you will have no problems with yours. I even made the Hollandaise sauce, which was very good.
|Reminds me of a rose.|
So on our actual anniversary, which is May 21st, we had a lentils and rice.
|Recipe from the Internet.|
|The figurine that sat atop our wedding cake 29 years ago.|
|Yummy dessert Nan made from coconut milk.... chocolate mousse.|
Here is a tribute in an email I wrote for Hart and as a way to share my thoughts with my family.