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Friday, June 25, 2010

Guts and Fish Oils

The Guts
So since my dental debacle a few weeks ago, things have been going downhill. For many years, I had a lot of abdominal problems ... after my violent gastric episodes at Christmas that made me go off diet pops, I discovered that a lot of those problems were aspartame and acesulfame induced! Since kicking the diet and sticking with regular old sugar (which is better for the gut, not the hips), I have been so much better off.

If there's one bit of advice I can give you, it's get off the diet/sugar substitute thing. It literally is killing you!

Anyway, then I had my dental debacle which led to an antibiotic which has led to awful intestinal problems ... as everyone knows, an antibiotic kills off your infection AND all the other bacteria in your body, specially your intestinal flora. That leads to lovely symptoms like cramping, gas, the big "D", and for me, nausea, chills and hot flashes right before the cramping and the dash to the bathroom. So I decided to bite the bullet. I've started a Probiotic today in the hopes that it will fix my problems. I just can't take it anymore. And I absolutely can't go back to living like that again.

The Fish Oils
Then there's the sleepy problem. I just want to sleep all the time. I mean, all the time. For instance, today was my day off so I slept in til 8:30, got up had breakfast, read for an hour and went to sleep for another two ... like I hadn't already had a full night's sleep! I literally had to drag my butt out of bed or I would have stayed there all day. This is a daily problem. I struggle with this fatigue and sometimes overwhelming need to sleep. My mother thinks I'm depressed. But I'm taking my A/D. I don't think it's that. I will never claim to be a super self-aware person, so sometimes I have to sit and take stock of how I am feeling, if things have changed. I guess that's why it takes me weeks to actually recognize a problem. But when I think of my overall mental and emotional health, I think I've been coping fairly well.

So I am going Dr. Oz on this one! His solution (or supplement) to everything depression? Omega 3's! Today I have started an Omega 3-6-9 supplement in the hopes that it will help improve my overall wellbeing, and more specifically, my mental outlook.

Here's hoping!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

'Nother Recipe

This sandwich is sooooo good. If I hadn't run out of cheese, I would have made more!

Pesto Panini

4 ciabatta rolls (I used the new PC ciabatta burger rolls)
Pam to spray rolls
1/2 cup pesto (I used my Epicure pesto that I keep prepped in the fridge at all times)
4 slices mozzarella
4 slices provolone (I used Ziggy's pre-sliced cheese)
1 medium tomato, sliced thinly to 8 slices
12 fresh basil leaves

Heat the gril for 5 minutes. Brush inside of each ciabatta half with pesto. Layer with cheses, tomato, and 3 basil leaves each. Top with one ciabatta half. Spray with Pam.

Place sandwich on grill and cool for 4-5 minutes. Slice sandwich diagonally and serve.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sandwich Kick

I have been on a sandwich kick lately. Not your regular sandwiches where you slap some deli meat between a couple of pieces of white bread. Oh no, I've been experimenting.

I've discovered a great way to make chicken salad better - the key is bacon! Once I've worked out the amounts I will post it.

But here is one that I can share for all you panini lovers. If you have a panini press or a George Foreman grill, you can easily make these. An dif you don't, you can still make them. You simply cook them in a skillet on the stove with another, heavier skillet on top of the sandwich to give it that press.

The latest and great, and super new to me, is the Reuben. I've never had Rye bread - so I went with the Light Rye. And although I love sauerkraut, I couldn't imagine it being good on a sandwich. But lo and behold, it was!

Reuben Panini

~2 tbsp softened butter
8 slices light Rye bread
1/4 cup Thousand Island Dressing
3/4-1 cup sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry
1/2lb corned beef, sliced thinly
4 slices Swiss cheese (I used Ziggy's presliced because it was easier, less fuss)

Heat the grill for 5 minutes. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread (like you're making a grilled cheese). On the unbuttered side of one bread slice, spread 1 tbsp Thousand Island dressing. Top that with ~1/4 cup sauerkraut, 2oz corned beef, and a cheese slice. Top with a bread slice, buttered side up. Repeat to make three more sandwiches.

Place sandwiches on grill and close lid. Grill 5-6 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.