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Ding Dong the Cancer’s Gone!

My pathology report came back the other day. Having a mastectomy was the right decision. Turns out that along with the ductal carcinoma en situ ( DCIS), I also  had paget’s disease of the breast in my nipple. I pretty much won the breast cancer lottery, this is a rare condition that only occurs in 1 to 4 percent of breast cancers and is usually misdiagnosed until it’s too late. I always say that I have the world’s best bad luck. My attitude is that even if I have bad luck, if it had happened to someone else, it would have been worse.  My oncologist said that my report couldn’t have been better,the margins and lymph nodes are clear. Now I have to wait a week or so for the histochemical report to determine what adjuvant  therapy I will need. Some friends came by and they commented that I look perky and vibrant, but I certainly don’t feel that way.  I get tired ...

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Sour Orange Bars, grain-free dessert

  Looking for a grain-free dessert, I found this recipe  for lemon bars. In tune with my theme of using what I have, I made grain-free sour orange bars instead of lemon bars. I cut the recipe in half and substituted stevia for the honey. If I was making this to share, I’d double the recipe.   Sour Orange Bars   Save Print Prep time 20mins   Serves: 4 Ingredients ½ cup fresh sour orange juice 6 packets stevia 3 eggs ¼ cup coconut oil (melted) Instructions combine stevia and sour orange juice add eggs to blender, blend on mix until slightly beaten add stevia/sour orange juice mix to eggs in blender, blend until combined but not frothy Pour egg mixture into a double boiler over medium heat slowly add coconut oil while mixing with a wooden spoon When mixture thickens, remove from heat pour over prepared crust in baking pan cool in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving Nutrition Information ...

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Sausage with Sauerkraut

Sausage with sauerkraut, not my typical recipe. Sauerkraut is a prebiotic, so it’s really good for your gut health. While shopping in the north of the city, where the upscale supermarkets are located, I found this huge bottle of imported German sauerkraut. Sauerkraut and sausages sounded pretty tasty to me. Argentine style chorizo is more like a German sausage than a Mexican chorizo, the beer store across the street stocks Heineken, Dutch sounds like deutsch, so again close enough. I forgot to take a photo of the caraway seeds, so just imagine a generic spice jar. Argentine Chorizos with Sauerkraut   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 3 hours Total time 3 hours 15 mins   Author: Theresa Diaz Gray Serves: 5 Ingredients 2 cups sauerkraut (drained) 1½ cups cherry tomato 1 cup onion (diced small) 1 tablespoon caraway seeds 19½ ounces chorizo 12 ounces beer Instructions Brown chorizo combine ingredients in slow cooker cook on low for ...

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The 80-20 food rule, a cure for Orthorexia nervosa

Apparently there aren’t enough eating disorders, I discovered a new one, Orthorexia nervosa,   a term which literally means  fixation on righteous eating.  I totally get it,I understand how easy it would be to slip into this sort of behavior. Which is why I firmly believe in the 80-20  food rule. The 80-20 food rule in it’s simplest form is  eat according to plan 80% of the time but don’t worry if you deviate the other 20% . This doesn’t mean eat peanuts if they are going to put you into anaphylactic shock, even if you always carry an epipen. It does mean, if you’re at Abuela’s  house and she offers you her specialty, croquetas de pollo ;don’t start lecturing her about how she should substitute  pork rinds for the bread crumbs instead eat one or two. It’s okay. You don’t want to be that person.  You know who I mean. It’s one thing is to ask for extra vegetables instead of ...

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Bonding with friends

  Barb who writes From the Snow to Mexico to keep her friends updated on their Mexico adventures is blogging again. That means that she and her husband, Mr.B,  are in Progreso soaking up some sun. Barb and I are kindred souls, not really extroverted but not totally introverted, interested in crafts and the world around us, but not really wanting to always be in the thick of things. We made plans to meet up at the Galerias Mall to watch the new James Bond movie. Husband and I walked downtown where we grabbed a taxi. We jumped into the ratty backseat, quickly giving up on a search for seatbelts and settled in. We started chatting about the sorts of things married couples talk about.The odd thump coming from under the taxi or maybe the trunk, was stealing my focus from our conversation when  suddenly Husband exclaimed “Where are we going?”, he wasn’t having an Alzheimer moment, the driver was ...

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book deal?

You all know about my giving up grains and the great results that I’ve achieved. I have written 36 posts about diet and health. While that isn’t even 1% of my total content, it is one of my top non-Mexico themes. However, I haven’t wanted to start preaching about it and drive you away.  I have been fooling around with writing a book regarding my personal journey towards health and fitness. I use the the phrase fooling around because while I have written an outline and some of the chapters, I haven’t buckled down and written the book.Examining my motives, I realized that I just really want to get the word out. Like most people who discover a good thing, I feel the need to share it. So rather than writing a book, I am converting my cooking blog into a blog about Being Grain Free in the land of the Tortilla. I’m excited about the idea. Later, I may ...

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I guess it’s working!

Today, my friend, Joanna, published an interview, included in that interview were some photos of my friend Beth and me . I took the liberty of lifting two of her photos. I was totally shocked at how heavy I used to be. While I remember the photo being taken in front of the rose bush at Rosa’s home in Sta Elena, I have to guess that it was taken two years ago. The photo on the right was taken two days ago. Oddly enough I seem to standing in a hole since I am two whole inches taller than Beth! It just goes to show that we really don’t see ourselves. I’ve been feeling frustrated and convinced that I had not really lost any weight. Almost the same pose but in December of 2009, since I still have that top, I slipped it on, stepped outside to have Husband take quick snapshot. I think I should keep that top and periodically ...

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Left scratching my head

Is critical thinking no longer a required course in college? Have people gotten to the point where someone says something outrageous and no one questions it? No wonder our so called news sources and politicians feel free to just say what ever comes to their minds no one stops to do the math any more! Being somewhat obsessed with food and diet these days, I follow diet and nutrition links that sound promising. Most of the so called advice online is the same stuff repackaged. Occasionally it’s something new. Most of it is forgotten almost before my screen has a chance to change. However, I watched a video some time ago that stuck with me. A woman was espousing veganism during a mock interview. The guest stated that calorie for calorie romaine lettuce had just as much protein as steak. The skinny interviewer brain dead from either a lack of protein or fat in her diet just accepted this tidbit ...

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The life expectancy of a blog

Lee of Imagine Merida wrote a blog post that started a great discussion of blogs and bloggers in Merida. If you never read the comments on blog posts you often miss out on the best part. Some posts don’t generate comments, because, really what can you say sometimes besides “Yeah, I think so too” and you don’t want to say (or at least I don’t) “Why are you such an idiot?” . One thing that caught my eye was that Lee wrote,”Most blogs last under three years or so before running their course. Maybe that’s the case with some of the Mérida bloggers.’’ . Intrigued I did some google searches to find out what the average lifespan of a blog is. October 22,2007 is the day I made my first blog post, grandly titled “Great Plans and Ambitions” There really isn’t a lot of information out there. I found this nugget: From http://www.caslon.com.au/weblogp…   “Several studies indicate that most blogs are ...

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Eating and socializing,the expat life

After the IWC meeting, BK and I went to out to lunch. Having a short window of time, BK suggested BK (Burger King). Even though she eats more SAD (standard American diet) foods than me, BK is thin and healthy looking. We ended up at MacDonalds on Paseo in the Chedraui plaza, because we wanted to check out the costume store nearby.I’m always overwhelmed by the menu in those fast food places. It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten fast food NOB, but the restaurants here just feature combos on those giant menu boards. I didn’t want soda or a full package of fries. So I did something totally against my nature. I asked the counter person if I could get just a burger and a bottle of water? Receiving an affirmative answer further emboldened me. I asked if it was possible to get a Big Mac without bread? Adding with a smile, “I know it’s a bit odd. ...

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