Health Cleanse…and Some Turtles

In true Michigan fashion, the weather has been a little sketchy. We went swimming one day and, the next, I was digging snow boots back out of the closet. But I know it’s coming. The revitalization of Spring is coming.

An awakening arrived, not so coincidentally, last week where I spent four days immersed with other students at Detroit Institute for Children. It was truly a whole new world and I sunk quickly into information of the physiologic and psychologic science of audiation. We spent the week studying speech-language pathology in the world of deaf and hard of hearing early education. In experiencing this environment, a spark was lit. I felt at home. I felt overwhelmed with excitement. They offer a volunteer educator summer program and honestly I couldn’t have turned in my paperwork fast enough. The week lifted me in a way that helped me to look forward with renewed positive purpose, and at myself in ways to rebuild the inside and out.

While working towards mental health in grief counseling, I’d put my physical health aside. Christmas break brought much Arby’s, Nintendo and vegetation that set habits for the ongoing polar deep freeze that we are all still recovering from. I rely on my summer tennis clinics and nice weather to stay on my game and, well, I’m pretty sure this winter has been thirty seven months long. My bad knee has been deconditioned so I have traded in running for swimming and basketball. Who knew that a court was worse on a joint than running. Maybe I did, but since I like it more than running alone, here I am with my very un-bionic knee. I know I can’t put bath bombs in it (bother😣), but my doctor suggested a hot tub. I’ll have to work the temperature way down due to my also very un-bionic heart. Hi, almost 41 and puckish genetics. Nevertheless, the jets will do me good and keep me away from a chiropractor which I fear almost as much as whales.

When I was coaching last summer, the spa at the gym started offering hot stone therapy which was something I’d always wanted to do but didn’t want to do the whole ‘spa thing’. This gave me a sort of free pass and I didn’t have to leave my Man Card at the door. I also made the mistake of hearing about salt floats in sensory deprivation at a place called Neuro Fitness, and now I’m obsessed with trying that, too.

I have a dietician as part of my cardiac rehab and I’ve been racking up major No-No Slips with her like crazy. So, I went to get new cookbooks the other night, specifically, ‘anti-cholesterol’ regimens. Apparently cholesterol diets aren’t cool anymore because I couldn’t find a one. Tons of keto, paleo and how to deep fry a flaming pork roast wrapped in elephant ears. Nothing for cholesterol…which I need to cut in half. Half. Again, thanks, person who says he’s my dad. I settled on several books based in Superfoods and clean eating and I’m satisfied and excited with that. My daughter, however, did not appreciate the gravity of one of the titles and left me a love note to boost my spirits.

The turtles were out in bunches across the road at Bird Hills preserve during the short stretch of warm weather. Tucked away in a sunny alcove, waiting. Same 😍 A great joy I’m anxiously looking forward to is getting my bike out along Huron River Drive behind our home. In the summer evenings at sunset, there aren’t many places I’d rather be.

For now, I’m not letting any dust gather on my treadmill and my summer coaching schedule is slowly taking shape. This winter tried it’s best to claim my mind, and tummy, as it’s own but I am forging ahead with healthy tools in hand. Now to work on dropping the Diet Coke from the other one. It is there, my friends, the real battle will be fought!


42 thoughts on “Health Cleanse…and Some Turtles

  1. I too recently bought the cookbook (and the companion book) after 4 months on Keto and then seeing What the Health πŸ˜„). Yours sounds like a logical approach. Hope you feel healing right soon.

    1. 😊😊😊 Thank you! I love the way I feel on paleo but I was developing too much love for red meat which I need to have zero now and forever! I can do it without but it got to be an awful habit! I also don’t eat salt and very little sugar but sugar withdrawals are a bitch. Hardest to kick by far! 😣

      1. The day after I began Keto most IBD symptoms disappeared. I decided to run with it for 4 months. I too avoid added sodium, nitrates & processed sugars (mostly because they are quite habit forming). Weight is down 16 lbs. but lcl & hcl counts are whacked. Going basically gluten free for a while to see how that goes.

        1. It’s great it worked so quick to help you! Kicking sugar is the worst yet but luckily dropping white carbs is fairly easy for me. I think gluten free would be a little tough for me but I know it makes people feel so much better. Hopefully that will work for you!

          1. I’ll let you know. Giving it a shot makes good sense now.

        2. I did Keto for 2 years (about 2 years ago!LOL) and dropped about 35 lbs. My cholesterol numbers, however, were SO off the charts bad …. I refused to take the statin that the Dr. wanted me to take, tho. Tooooo much bad crap associated with statins. Right now I’m in a lousy eating regimen, but I’m committed to re-Keto-izing my diet.

          1. Ug, I’m trying so hard to avoid the statin route! 😣😣😣

          2. Finding what works for each particular body is really tricky. I felt better on keto, and would love to drop that kast 10#. But like you my numbers went through the roof and I will not take statins either. I added lentils and steel cut oats back into my diet. Not sure if they’re gluten free but I must get my hcl and lcls right again, then I’ll deal with the weight. This is an excellent chat thread.

            1. I’m at the point where I need to just eat oatmeal around the clock and see if that helps my numbers! 😭😭😭

            2. Legumes (lentils, black eye peas…) are also blood scrubbers ☺

            3. …I need that! 😣😣😣

      2. Be careful how much salt and fats you cut out of your diet, Sam. A family friend went into cardiac arrest from cutting out salt. Use Himalayan pink salt. It has lots of goodies in it –
        Same with fats. Certain vitamins are fat soluble. Butter is better than margarine eg .
        But then, you probably know all this!

        1. Oh yeah, for sure. I just religiously do not *add* salt to anything whatsoever and I do keep pink salt on hand! πŸ€— I need to work on keeping lean muscle from turning to jelly but I don’t need to cut fats per se. My biggest worry is just the cholesterol boosters and that damned red meat. Moo. πŸ˜­πŸ„

          1. Sorry for the ‘mother lecturing’ 🀣
            Even the lean kind- like game meat ? Kangaroo, and venison for example.

            1. No, not at all! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

              I’m sure if I could get my hands on kangaroo here in the midwest, I’d try it, but we are way more plentiful on beef here! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I have to settle for turkey for now, since I’m not a huge fan of chicken either. Kangaroo spaghetti!

            2. There are those who think eating our national emblem is terrible. Reality is they are in plague proportions in some areas, esp on the outback roads. We have had several collisions, and annually there are many deaths caused by kangaroos. If you are wise you do not travel at dawn or dusk when they are most active.
              However, the meat that is sold in the shops here is not wild kangaroo or road kill. It is very lean and not overly gamey. I think you would like it,

            3. So…(tangent ahead) in the US like 20 years ago there was an underground videography circle who put out videos called “Bum Fights”. I’m cracking up even typing that or remembering it. But maybe, they should do, like, “Kangaroo Fights” and the loser gets eaten. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

            4. lol! back in the β€˜good old days’ of colonial Australia they used to have boxing matches with the Big Reds. Those kangaroos are MASSIVE – like 7/8 foot tall standing up – one kick from their back feet can gut a man.

            5. I’ve seen their muscles….scary! And I didn’t know they were that tall! 😲😲😲😲😲

  2. β€œHi, almost 41 and puckish genetics. Nonetheless, the jets will do me good and keep me away from a chiropractor which I fear almost as much as whales.” Haha – that cracked me up. It’s tough! I am carrying some extra weight from the winter that I would like to get rid of too. I just need to do what you are doing and focus on it. Good luck to you!

    1. Seriously, a bad genetic hand was drawn! I got the worst from both sides, lolol! I am so not ready for 90-100 degree days on a tennis court right now so I have to buckle down and put the Whatchamacallits away! *pats tummy* πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Thank you so much!

      1. Hahaa…that’s so funny! Good luck! I’m sure you will do great πŸ™‚

  3. Sam, the key is to avoid the internet amd all those β€˜kitchy’ Keto and Paleo recipes. Paleo is greatand you can do it without ruining your cholesterol. Sugar and cholesterol are my challenges and part of your success will be including foods which balance and break down cholesterol, like fresh fish and the right kinds of fruits. I have found my first line of defense in all healthy eating is to stop the processed foods. Too many unknowns and hidden ingredients. You are right about Spring. It is inspiring when the weather changes and we can get out and move around. I love hiking! Good luck. With such inspiring cheerleading how could you not be successful?

    1. That was the first step! Nothing packaged or processed. Just that alone is such a great guideline! That’s part of my problem is I have some fish allergies and I know I need that. So I’m working with my doctor to have some other rules to follow. Honestly I just don’t want to be on statins, I take enough crap for my other problems I don’t want to pickle myself!

      Yes! And I havent posted about it yet but Polaroid has come back on the market and I got one and I can’t wait to get it to the hills when the sun is reliably out! All such exciting stuff, now if the snow would take a long walk off a short pier that wouls be great! Thank you for the encouragement! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

  4. That book title! Good for a chuckle. πŸ™‚ The note is adorable.

    1. I know, hahah! I felt weird buying it but there is so much good stuff in there! How have you been feeling?

      1. A great cookbook is a win in my book. I follow a pretty strict and incredibly boring diet due to illness but I know there are millions of new fancy ways to make things and I bet that book has some of them. πŸ™‚
        I’m not great but still smiling. πŸ™‚ Rough year so far, but boy howdy is it flying by! Thank you for asking.😊

        1. It really is, I realized this morning that I hardly remember March 😣!! I really admire your positive perspective, even when times are so difficult πŸ˜”

  5. I admire you for kicking the bad habits. I gotta get off the white carb wagon again…once I do without I really don’t miss it but it’s easy to slip into the comfort food habits during the crappy weather season. πŸ˜‰

    PS I found the most perfect chiro who has done wonders on me. I was sceptical…but it worked for me. But I have a suggestion: check out Bowen therapy. Apparently athletes use it. I’ve had sessions and it’s a gentle approach to dealing with pain. πŸ˜‰

    1. My little girl is on the prison diet of noodles, bread and water…and pasta is a definite comfort weakness! I felt like a million bucks when I dropped all of it on paleo but…I don’t know, rice always calls my name. I’ve been doing good though and off red meat, now to make friends with chicken. Not a huge fan *and* I’ve got some fish allergies, lol.

      I will look it up! My physical therapist is through a sports rehab and that’s working pretty well. I have two troublesome discs in between my shoulder blades and they work wonders with those to keep the migraines to a minimum! 😣😣😣

  6. Life is good. Ps I got some turtles on a lunchtime walk route and sneak up on them often. Somewhere I have some good pics but I remember once upon a time trying to share pics with you. It is not possible… or is it?

    1. Oh and I just did a 2 month run on Keto but moving onto something new.

    2. I just saw your turtles but wanted to answer here first! Yes, I remember like 2 years ago when we had to dual post our pics of lavender bundles πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Now it’s a Turtle Two-fer! 🐒🐒🐒

      1. Ahhhh so right… it was the Lavender!!! I LOVE Lavender. Good memory!

        1. It’s a curse I ‘tells ya!!! 😣😣😣

          1. It is a blessing….. and a curse. πŸ₯΄

  7. Good luck! I’m trying to stick to white carbs only in the morning PLUS when I go out on a date with my hubby and Sunday pizza. I have added in hikes 3 times/week when I’m not subbing and it’s amazing for my soul. (Oh, when I hike I eat cookies, too. LOL. I look okay so that works for me. I have a year until I’m 50 so I’m sure six months before I’ll be more crazy with my diet!

    1. I always feel like splurges have to figure in on at least one day. My heart said, please, God, not again, but even when I was treating myself more healthily, I still participated in mozzarella sticks once in a while! Being outdoors in nature, though, *is* a soul cleanser in itself! Cookies just make it better!

  8. This thread has been so lively and informative I now feel refreshed and ready to try something new. Thanks, Sam, et. al!

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  9. Great post Sam. Thanks so much and best of luck on your continuing fitness journey.

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