This past weekend we traveled to North Idaho to see our newest grand daughter.  It was so much fun to play with her older sister and just to hold that new baby, and cuddle.  I have to tell you though, that I figured out that we have children when we are young for a reason.  Every night going back to the hotel, I was exhausted.  Those two wore me out!  I'm old!  LOL

     Traveling can be a challenge to eat a whole foods, plant based diet.  It can be done though.  Being oil free is a bit more challenging though.  We stayed at the Holiday Inn, and they offer a continental breakfast.  On this breakfast buffet they had all the bad stuff i.e. eggs and bacon, waffles, yogurt, biscuits and gravy, but they also had oatmeal!  Hooray!  Something I could eat.  I added some brown sugar to sweeten it because the bananas went fast and I never could get one.  They also had bread that could be toasted and had jam.  I topped the oatmeal with cinnamon, and raisins and a few cashews.  No milk though.  This is what I ate every morning, and I was satisfied.

     After breakfast we went and spent the day with our kids and grandkids, and because they to are plant based it wasn't too difficult.  However, I think we ate out every day, so it was a bit more challenging and in a college town not many choices.

     We went to the Chinese buffet one night, and there were lots of vegetable choices.  I have grown to like sushi.  I prefer the nori sheet to be on the inside of the rice as to me it's really strong tasting of fish, but if it's on the inside it's not too bad.  There is always rice as well at those places, and they did have a salad bar, but the lettuce looked old.  We also went to a place called Mikey's.  It was a Greek restaurant.  I got a falafel sandwich with no feta cheese and it was very good.  The last night we went to Wingers and the choices were nil and void.  Sometimes there are no good choices.  I just did the best I could, and decided that once was not going to hurt me.  I also discovered that because I'm plant based that I have the monopoly on places to choose from.  We try extra hard to find places that serve a vegan diet.

     In May we are headed back down there for graduation and we are staying in a motel with no breakfast.  So what do you do when that situation arises.  I will just have to plan ahead.  I got an Instant Pot (in fact I have 2)!  LOL  I will pack some oats and toppings for oats and take soy milk in a cooler.  Most places have a mini fridge and a small microwave so that you can take oats and cook them there.  I cannot stand quick oats though, which is why I will probably crate along my instant pot. I will also take some cut up fresh fruits, and maybe some nut butter.  It's a bit more planning, but let me tell you, I feel so much better when I eat right.

     I have also noticed that even when you eat a vegan diet at restaurants, that everything is covered in oil!  I was listening to something not too long ago, that when you go into these places to ask them not to cook in oil.  I haven't gotten that brave yet, but some dishes are dripping in the stuff.  I can feel it on my teeth, and makes me sick after eating it.  I'm pretty sure as this movement gains more momentive and popularity that people and chefs will become more savvy to how things should be cooked.  I'm holding onto that day!

     All in all it was well worth it to see those cute little faces of my grand children, and to also watch my own children discover that raising a family is hard hard work.

     North Idaho is gorgeous!  This is in McCall!

How Can People Be So Closed Minded!!!

     I was talking with a friend on facebook this morning about diet and diabetes.  She has diabetes.  She takes a lot of medicines for her disease.  I have talked to her about it before that if she would only change her diet, she could rid herself of the drugs that she takes.  She told me to STOP!

     About a year ago, I was caring for a lady that was crippled by MS.  Her hands were starting to curl inward, and it was all she could do to feed herself.  I was there to use a hoyer lift, (pictured below)
Image result for hoyer liftto help her use the bathroom which was a commode next to her bed.  When she was diagnosed there was a doctor, and I can't remember his name who discovered that MS could be cured with a plant based diet.  I asked her if she had tried it, and she said no because it hadn't been proven, and that a plant based diet was too much work.  Her husband is diabetic, and eats a horrible diet consisting of processed garbage.  He has to work, and do the cooking as she is just not able to do it, and he isn't willing to eat a healthy diet.

     My sister and I have talked a lot about diet and diabetes.  She told me she just doesn't want to be bothered that it's too much work, and she is too old to care.

     What is wrong with people???  Why would a person want to stay sick, and live a life of pills or shots?

     Does food really matter?  Can diet change our bodies?  YES!!!  A hundred time YES!  There are many articles about diet and reversing diabetes.  I have worked with people whose lives have been changed because of a plant based diet.  I worked with a couple, and maybe I have written this before and if I have I apologize.  The gentleman of whom I am referring to had kidney function of 21%.  He was headed for dialysis.  He spent a great deal in the bathroom while I was visiting with him for a 2 hour stretch of time.  He and his wife started this way of eating (notice I don't call it a diet), and he is reversing his diabetes.  His function last I heard was 47%!!!!  His doctors are amazed!

     Another couple had issues with triglycerides being too high. 2 months after starting a plant based diet his triglycerides are within normal range.

     So why is it, that people are so closed minded to this?  What are they afraid of?  If you want my opinion, it's because they are just plain stuck in a rut.  They don't have the time to research, they don't want to give up animal products.  They don't think it will help.  There are a million excuses as to why people don't want to eat this way.

     This morning I had to go to the doctor for a bladder infection, and let me tell you the last thing I want to do is take medicine.  I know that if I didn't have to go to work tomorrow I could get it under control with some unsweetened cranberry juice, but I have to work a twelve hour shift tomorrow and no sick time available to take care of this.  Same with my arthritis.  I'm doing all I can to steer away from medicine.  I just hate it, and why people don't want to take control of their health is beyond me.

     A whole foods plant based diet can and has reversed many problems.  I'm a firm believer that we are what we eat.  I also think that people have to be ready for the truth.  Maybe when their health gets really bad, and they are just sick and tired of being sick and tired.....  All I can do is be an example to those around me.