Happy Groundhog’s Day
Great movie by the way 🙂
I just have to say that I think it’s SO horrible what they do to that poor, scared little groundhog. We are getting an ice storm today…hopefully he can hide out. My husband went one year to Punxsutawney on Groundhog’s Day when he was in college. When he described to me what went down, I soon became an advocate for the groundhog.
The predictions are never right (I believe?), so what’s the difference. I trust the Farmers Almanac. No animals were harmed in the weather predictions there 😉 I celebrate the groundhog, the animal today. Not the spectacle they have turned him into.
Thanks for all your comments about the glucose tolerance test.
Yesterday after a good session at the gym (30 minutes cardio, chest/back workout & stretching)– I cleaned up and was off to my doctors appointment.
My mom came with me for the test. I had a doctors appointment at 2:30, and he wanted me to go down before the appointment to drink this nastyness:
All I ate was breakfast early that morning. (Oatmeal cooked in water, 1 T Almond Butter, 1 T Chia Seeds, Raisins, Cinnamon.)
You had to fast for about 5- 6 hours (I assumed doc didn’t specify). There was NO way I would have been able to fast all day.
The test consisted of drinking this bottle of orange sugar soda . We got there about 2:15 and they took us back right away (after I had to “register” AGAIN with the hospital. So annoying).
Once we went back I had 5 minutes to drink the sugar water. There was a lot of anticipation on my part about how nasty this was going to be. Well, it was nasty. Yes. However, not AS bad as I thought. Definitely gross. It was hard to get down, but I just tried to not think about it and chugged it down. I’m a trooper. I was instructed to walk “slowly” up to my doctors appointment. They did not want me to “burn off” the glucose. Ha.
Everything looked good at the doctors. Routine check up: pee in a cup (TMI), weight, blood pressure, babies heart beat, and they measure my belly. My blood pressure is always stellar. Sorry, I must brag 😉 110/68. THAT is all the exercise and healthy eating, I believe. It always makes me happy, the little things. 🙂 I have gained about 25 pounds so far. Always freaky to see that number on the scale, but I don’t let it get to me. It’s GOOD weight. It’s a positive thing. I think the rate I gained has been really good. So does my doctor 🙂 I start to go every 2 weeks for appointments now! Nuts!
After my doctors appointment we went straight down to the lab for my blood work. More fun times. All in all it was not as bad as I thought. Having my doc appointment between made it MUCH better than just sitting around for an hour. Having my momma there for the company was also helpful 🙂 They said the results should be ready in 24 hours. It’s the “no news is good news” results. Meaning, I just have to hope they don’t call me.
Remember my tuna fish/ mercury post from the other day? Well, after I posted I got a tweet from Wild Planet letting me know about their products. Then, I happened to be in Whole Foods and I saw these on the shelf:
Low Mercury, Sustainably Caught Tuna Fish, BPA-Free Cans!
I had to give it a try. Now that I was on a tuna-kick and all. I can’t have it too often, but this tuna said all the right things. Hand selected smaller fish with less mercury (remember what I said–the larger the fish, the higher the mercury).
I came home and made a sandwich in Millet toast:
I followed this recipe again except no red peppers this time (I was all out).
The Wild Planet Tuna was delish! I will definitely be using this as my “go-to” tuna from now on 🙂
**Interesting fact in addition to my mercury post:
Haley told me about how fish contain substances called alkylglycerols that remove mercury from their bloodstream so that they can live. When we eat fish, these same substances apparently remove the mercury from our bodies as well. Alkylglycerols are lipids with a glycerol backbone that stimulate the production of white blood cells to normal levels and encourage the growth of antibodies. AKGs are found in human breast milk, cow’s milk, and the livers of most animals and fish. I am sure this is why babies that drink breast milk are less likely to get colic, ear infections, and other issues that formula babies get more often. This immune fighting substance that makes breast milk is SO beneficial for babies.
When I looked into it I found a lot about supplements called Shark Liver Oil. I remember hearing about this in the past in one of my nutrition courses. Also, in my Prescription for Nutritional Healing Book. People use these supplements as part of an alternate treatment to fight cancer. Without getting too much into that I WAS intrigued about alkylglycerols in fish in general. Haley followed up telling me that larger fish like tuna and swordfish actually were lower in this substance, which is what makes them more toxic. However, this is the “higher mercury” tuna fish, like Blue Fin and Ahi Tuna.
I thought this was really interesting and look forward to reading up on it a little more 🙂 Knowledge is power! I love when I learn from you guys too!
I am officially 28 weeks today! I can not believe I’ve started my 7th month! Third Trimester?!! What!!!? It’s so exciting. I am getting more and more anxious about meeting Ella each day!!!
What I learned from this weeks pic: I need a haircut.
Charlie from Sweet Salty Spicy suggested I enter my Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies in her Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge. Well, the competition is tough! All those entries had my mouth watering BIG time. I am not sure if my healthy vegan treats will hold up against the others, but you can go vote for me…or whomever you feel deserves the win! It’s all in good fun 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your day!
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