Yes, actually it is. Today Mizz L brought down her first kill - a little vole she dug up from under the snow in the forest we walk through. Mercifully it was quick (one big shake and she must have snapped something - the neck? the spine?) and she didn't know what to do with it afterwards. At almost 10 years old, who says old dogs can't learn new tricks??? I felt pretty bad but "Killah" showed no remorse, just boredom because the little thing wouldn't squeak anymore. Note to self: get the pooch a squeaky toy already!
Jan 3rd photo:
This is my first "green monster" drink, ala OhSheGlows. Made it with 2 handfuls of spinach, steamed; 1 banana; 1 scoop vanilla protein powder; 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze; 1 handful strawberries. Not bad. Felt pretty darn virtuous drinking it, I'll tell you that.
On the 4th I went to Whole Foods in the afternoon to see, once again, what all the buzz is about. Bought a vegan blueberry muffin, to see what a baked good without eggs or milk would taste like. Kinda heavy and too sweet, but otherwise not bad.
Bought some interesting things that I had read about and wanted to try: chia seeds, sweet almond oil, coconut oil...ended up spending over $70 on two little bags of groceries. Yikes. Beautiful store but all that beauty and goodness comes at a price.
Longo's is still my favourite store even though the closest one to me is about 35 minutes away.
January 5th photo
Last night I went to see "New Moon" with Mizz J, my dear daughter, and brought home this magazine, to enjoy with my new favourite EASY, HEALTHY dessert - chia seed pudding.
Recipe was on the back of the package. Here it is: pour 1/2 cup of flavoured milk into serving dish. (I used sweetened vanilla Almond Breeze.) Add 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds and mix. Let sit for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Warning: for tapioca and rice pudding lovers only. If you don't like the texture of those puddings, you won't like this one either.
By now you might be asking yourself: What is with all the "weird" health foods? Yeah, I am asking myself the same question, only it comes out like: who ARE you, anymore?
Basically it comes down to this: I have been experiencing some changes in the way I feel of late and am trying new things in the hope that I will go back to how I used to feel.
I used to blame it on peri-menopause (the fatigue, the brain fog, the loss of memory, the weight struggle) but after seeing my doc yesterday for this very thing, it turns out it may be hypothyroidism. Wha???? My TSH levels are on the rise, apparently. Hmmm....this explains a lot. We'll be monitoring them over the next 6 months to see if the trend continues and then....? Medication I suppose.
Meanwhile, I will continue on with trying to adjust my diet and exercise to improve my health (and look better in the wedding dress I still have to buy!).