We have a replacement Dr. Bob and also a musical director. So if we can learn all the songs and dancing and the actors have their lines down in a month, then we'll be good to go. It's just a shame though what happened, pretty sobering.
I reread Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Esselstyn and really enjoyed it. I really took in the pictures of the diseased arteries and the healed (on plant based no oil diet) arteries.
Also saw a "Kitchen Rescue" 1 hour movie with Rip Esselstyn on Netflix. He went to two familys' houses and took out all the dangerous foods and then went shopping. He made breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desert. All the food looked really yummy. I've already had the sweet potato lasagna at a veg potluck, so I know I'll be getting the Engine 2 book for the recipes (went back twice for the lasagna).
Right now I'm rereading Senior Fitness by Ruth Heidrich. That's also good, lots of good info. I'm ready to spend a bit more time putting together healthy, yummy meals but I haven't had
the time yet. I went to the East Bay this weekend for my mom's birthday barbeque. I brought 2 cans of Eden (lentils & rice and a quinoa chili) with me. My dad had a can of chickpeas for me (they know I love them) and they cooked corn on the cob on the grill (along with the burgers and hotdogs for everyone else). My family didn't even have a salad! Only some lettuce for the burgers. My sister who has lost a lot of weight with Weight Watchers had some burger and brought her own asparagus which she microwaved with some water. She had a little desert but I passed. Decadent caramel brownies. What's the point I thought? Why ruin my health streak? I'm more excited about putting together some yummy healthy meals after seeing those artery pictures. I've also discovered that when I'm determined to make sure I'm not eating oil I'll eat different things than I would've picked before, but I'll still enjoy my meal.
I want to buy some healthy cereals that Rip used to create a yum looking breakfast with fruit and almond milk. I'm not a super big fan of cooked oatmeal. At least, I don't seem to like the healthier (old fashioned or steel cut) version of it unless I feel like it. But the cold fruit cereal he made in the movie looked good. I can keep it at my desk with some fruit and the almond milk in fridge. So I've been thinking about that all morning. I really had a McDougall cup for breakfast. They are convenient. Although I like the idea of moving away from so much processed food.
Also want to add in more greens to my diet. I have to figure that out. I'm thinking a weekly or twice weekly visit to Whole Foods would help, because I can stock up on one of their premade buffet kale salads (the ones that have no oil) and then just keep it in the fridge at work to add to my lunches.
I have been thinking a lot about how sad it is that there aren't more healthy
vegan (whole plant) restaurants around. Living in San Francisco, there are a lot of options, but not a single restaurant that offers vegan and no oil. Only places where you can request no oil. There is Nature's Express, but that's in Berkeley and has more of a vegan burger type menu (not that that's bad..). What I'd like is something like a Nature's Express only with a much larger menu, and all of it McDougall safe. A place where anyone trying to lower their cholesterol/reverse their heart disease could go and order safely. I'm also envisioning having healthy books on hand and also offering free classes for the general public, bringing in speakers, etc. The closest thing to this was Cafe Gratitude, but they had too much fat and were totally raw. This wouldn't be totally raw, but have sweet potatoes, potatoes, legumes, etc. along with salads, veg burgers, loafs, etc. (the whole plant kind) as well as any other healthy whole plant meal one could think of. I think that'd be a good business opportunity.
What usually happens with "healthy" type restaurants is that they miss the boat as far as real heart-health and disease prevention is concerned. One restaurant in SF has a sign in its window "voted most delicious healthy restaurant in SF" or something like that. So I went inside and looked at the menu and they had only ONE vegetarian option, and it wasn't low-fat.
But my idea is that the restaurant itself would teach people what they need to know for their health ~ like the reason they don't offer oil is because it's unhealthy. There's SO much (unknown) confusion about this. People think they need their fish oils, their olive oil, canola oil isn't harmful, etc. etc. etc. I think it's time for a restaurant that really shows how it is if you want to reverse your heart disease, diabetes, stop your MS, lose weight, etc. There are plenty of other restaurants out there that have it wrong, but they carry the same attitude, like "eat here, we're a healthy restaurant." It takes so much delving into the subject just to understand you shouldn't add oil that there should be a lesson on that topic alone. Along with one on protein, calcium, iron, general plant based health, reversing heart disease, senior fitness, etc.
Also I've been thinking it'd be good to start a little healthy fast food cart like those I see around the city with hot dogs and pretzels. Offering food that would be heart healthy and advertise it as such, including informative fliers, etc.
Lots of enterprising ideas
If I were rich I'd get this done! For right now I'm paying off orthodontic bills and saving money.
Anyway.. since I came from the East Bay this morning, for lunch I'll have the rest of the Eden rice/beans mix and maybe something healthy from the grocer a few blocks away.