Share Your World 3 February 2020

Here is my contribution to this week’s Share Your World From Sparks

QUESTIONS:

When was the last time you tried something new?

I am constantly trying new things especially in the realm of healthy eating.  Five years ago I tried a new eating plan. LCHF is huge in this country and many people I know are following it or have tried and fallen off the wagon for one reason or another.  Most stick to it at least 75% of the time.  I cheat sometimes and perhaps that is why I have been diagnosed as prediabetic!   Well!  I was gob-smacked as I don’t drink sodas or even fruit juice, I don’t add sugar to my tea or coffee, I don’t even add milk!   I very seldom indulge in confectionaries or junk food and the only treat I usually allow myself is dark chocolate!  However, over the Christmas season, I ate the odd slice of Christmas Cake and minced fruit pies are my favourite.   Perhaps that’s why my sugar levels went up?  There are several things putting you at risk for diabetes type 2.  The only thing I am guilty of is being over 65!  Life is so unfair.    But I digress – what have I tried new recently?   Because of this new diagnosis as well as having high cholesterol levels I have decided to go on a semi-plant based diet.  I am still sticking to LCHF but with less red meat and dairy and sticking to the ‘good’ fats while having fewer of the ‘bad’.   I simply refuse to cut meat out altogether.   I am a South African Greek for heaven’s sake! Life is too short.   But I am adding more vegetables, eating less red meat and of course adding lots of fish which is easily available where I live.  (The Earl, by the way, is also prediabetic) Oh, and I’ve given up wine and coffee!   If my posts become grumpier you’ll know the reason why!

Yesterday, I bought a juicer/blender set.   Today we started on celery juice.   Celery juice is supposed to be the new miracle drug – it is good for everything.   So what’s the harm?   It may do nothing and it may bring down the cholesterol and sugar levels!  Cheers!

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The start of a new regime

If you were forced to eliminate every physical possession from your life with the exception of what could fit into a single backpack, what would you put in it?

A pair of Tomy takkies (sneakers/plimsolls), a pair of secret socks, two sets of underwear, a pair of black jeans, two short sleeve t-shirts, 2 long sleeve t-shirts, puffer jacket (I don’t have one but would get one ‘cos I can’t fit my other warm jacket in) toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, towel, sunscreen, moisturiser, lipstick,  Laptop computer, (my backpack has a special compartment for it), phone and camera + chargers in their respective compartments, passport and Flipfile of essential documents.

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What simple fact do you wish more people understood?

You are enough.

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What food item do you go through fastest in your house?  (credit to Sandmanjazz)

Now that I’ve started juicing, it’s going to be celery!

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GRATITUDE (Not mandatory for participation)

Feel free to share something that really makes you happy! 

Lots of things make me happy but the one I will share today is stated below.

It makes me happy having friends and/or family to stay.

One of my dearest friends, Hanny, came to stay last week.  She is the bravest, most positive person I know.  In spite of all the challenges including cancer that she faces daily, she is everybody’s friend, always kind, and generous to a fault.  We walked on the beach, swam in the sea and bonded with long chats into the night.

Today she was admitted to hospital and will undergo surgery for a hernia on Wednesday.   Hope it all goes well Han!

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Hanny  – always smiling

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Published by puppy1952

I am making the most of the South African Lifestyle and hope with my blog to share some of the adventures my husband and I are having in our retirement. We live at the Southern Tip of Africa in the small coastal town of Struisbaai. Earl and I have a Gecko off-road caravan and we travel around South Africa frequently. We are bird and wild life enthusiasts so are often in game reserves.

2 thoughts on “Share Your World 3 February 2020

  1. Thanks so much for Sharing Your World! The memes are beautiful and appropriate! ❤ Best wishes for a successful outcome to your friend's surgery. It's grand when we meet someone like Han. Because they show us the possibilities in life, and diminish the bad things. Lucky you to have such a friend! I happen to love raw celery and will keep a few sticks in my veggie bin in the refrigerator to snack on. Green drinks are a fairly big deal over here too…so many swear by them. I hope your new endeavor brings the results you wish. Having diabetes is not easy.

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