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Happiness in the Tummy

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It's been a few weeks since I gave up the PPIs and I am happy to report some great success. I felt like at one point I was going to have to go back on them. Changing my diet in small simple ways really did make a huge difference.

I reduced a lot of butter. For example I now cook the potatoes in my instant pot, use Yukon golds instead of baby reds and chicken broth for the base. This softens them up and since I'm using yukons they are creamier I only need a sliver of butter.

For breakfast I love my egg but hard boiled is just not my thing. The pan fried was too much on my gut so I used Jamie Oliver's technique (from YouTube) for poaching.   I have to keep practicing on the poaching. Ha!

This is how they turned out:

GERD - I feel like I'm underwater looking up

I read once if you change everything at the same time then you are setting yourself up for failure. Diet books I've read and the few nutritionists I've seen all generally agree on this topic. So then why do I feel like I'm all consumed and drowning in information?

I have to break this down so I'm not drowning all the time.

I decided start simple and track what I eat.  Its hard for me to use the phone apps because of all the little nuances so I'm going to keep a simple paper journal. The format will be:

I ate:     at this time and date:
I was doing and felt:
for example:

Today I ate 2 fried eggs in a tblspn of olive oil and a slice of swiss cheese. I had 2 packs of ritz cream cheese crackers and 12 oz of coffee with 2 raw sugars and 2 tblspns of half and half.
I took my time consuming it because I ate it while driving to work (1.5 hour drive through the back roads of the PNW with little to no traffic). I have heartburn.

I know why too, it's either the fried eg…

The right meal

Tonight's meal needs to satisfy the hunger of 4 adults. Of these 4 adults one is a diabetic, one works as a ship fitter and should probably eat a lot more calories then he does, one of us is a long boarder and only likes meat. Than there is me. I have a gluten insensitivity (boy do I try to pretend I don't), GERD and have been told by the doctor; "you are on the verge of being a diabetic" and "you now should eat an anti-inflammatory diet".

I've done a great job of ignoring all of this advice and running away for the last few months. My body really hurts, my family is starving and moody. It's up to me to figure this out. Well I'm taking it on since I understand how food works.

GERD is the thorn in my side.

The rules for GERD; Highlights taken from WebMd

avoid trigger foods bake or broil instead of frysmaller portionsserve water with mealseat slow and walk after bigger mealseat 4 hours before bedThe rules for anti-inflammatory; Dr Weil's actual…

Chicken Head

I've been listening to this book on my 90 minute drive everyday to work and then again on the way home. Well not just one book, this is one in the long stream of books. This one just got me thinking about the term chicken head. I've used that term over and over as a funny little term, something like stop being so silly you chicken head or you are walking like a chicken head. 
In the book by Philip K Dick Blade Runner, originally called 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' There is a character with slow intellect who is often refereed to as 'chickenhead'.  The character J.S. Isidore is left behind while the rest of humanity leaves the ruined earth, others like him who are slow or elderly are also left. Then there are those who chose to stay. But I digress. 
What's interesting to me is the use of the word. It was published in a book in 1968 with a derogatory meaning and it's still used in that fashion, only toward women. In the book it was for a person of…

Just for today

It's stories in the news about "The Great Barrier Reef" dying that make me want to push harder to consume less, reduce my footprint and help the world more. Below I created a list of ideas that's I work on.

I was motivated again by this article http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/asia/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching/  I found on CNN April 10 2017 shows shocking pictures of what the reef looked like February to April of 2016.  That's two months apart.

I've read that if the ocean dies we die.

On this website there are a great number of journals linking to anything and every thing you could want to know about the ocean. http://marinebio.org/research/projects/research/

Just for today take a moment to think about what you can do to reduce your footprint. Here are some ideas that's I've done:


Go paperless. Paperless billing is amazing. I get all of my bills in email. I use google calendar to remind me to pay them and then a separate on line billing app to pay…

General On Line security stuff

This is one of those posts I've pondered over for a while, "Here are all my secrets Mr bad guy".  I also think there are a number of people who could probably either benefit or add to this blog entry with comments and or feedback, which are always welcomed.

Years ago, in the early 90's years ago, my little brother says to me if you put it on the internet it's permanent. He's right. If you put anything down electronically it is now apart of your digital foot print forever. The question is how do you protect it.

I was watching my kid the other day pick up his device and he started chatting on it, put it down and walked away. I picked it up and looked at his apps, not his conversations because I really don't care to know what's going on in the mind of a 22 year old. I noticed he had a few apps that probably weren't from the devices store and were probably loaded with malware. We had a conversation about this.

First and foremost don't download an…
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