Sometimes bad things happen in order to promote change

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Sitting here at the hospital creates a lot of brainstorming and reflecting but why wouldn’t it? Health and nutrition is already a big part of my life. I dove completely in while I was in college. However growing up I was always active and was fortunate to have parents who created a healthy upbringing.

The term healthy is different to everyone so please keep that in mind. All of my siblings were active and involved in sports. There was always a healthy dinner ready for us on the dinner table. The pantry was fully stocked with all types of food. Junk food was not scarce by any means but I am glad that was how it was. The fact that I was never told no to partaking in less than healthy choices made them not as appealing to me. Whenever I list the foods I do not care for I always get the craziest looks and responses. I will probably lose some readers after listing these! This list of dislikes didn’t start when I started living a healthier lifestyle I just have never cared for them.

  • Ice Cream
  • Doughnuts
  • Popcorn- – (like Kettle Corn)
  • Candy (always loved red licorice)
  • Potatoes/Fries/Mashed (I love yams though)
  • Ham
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Anything Fried
  • Cake/Cupcakes (unless its homemade carrot cake)
  • Sour Cream or cream based sauces
  • Bread/Pasta
  • Soda
  • Chips (only tortilla chips)

There are definitely a lot of foods that are hard for me to say no to. I am far from perfect. However I am grateful that I care what goes in my body and the reasoning behind it. The reason why I am addressing this topic is why I am sitting in the Hospital. I am not in the hospital for myself but here with my Husband. We always joke about how he can eat anything and never gain a pound. But it isn’t always about what can happen to the outside of your body, i.e. gaining weight. After this past week he definitely got a wake up call in regards to what he puts in his body.

To see your spouse in so much pain is horrible. Especially when there is nothing you can do to help other than be there for them. Last Saturday we went to Urgent Care first and then admitted to the ER. Blood tests, ultra sounds, and a CT scan later we were sent home with no answers. He was prescribed medicine and pain killers. After so many tests that were inconclusive my trust in this system continued to decrease.

 

 

I’ve always believed that what and how you eat can cure more than medicine. I still believe that to a certain extent.  

There is a time and place for each. 

The test that was done a few days later finally gave us an answer. The HIDA test actually shows the functioning of the gallbladder. His gallbladder was functioning at 11%. They decided the gallbladder needed to be removed.

Almost a week later he had it removed. He is in a lot of pain and will be for a few days but his mindset has changed. His diet needs to change especially since he no longer has a gallbladder. The surgeon spoke with me while BHB was in the recovery room. His gallbladder was inflamed from built up cholesterol and fatty tissue. In the picture you could see how disgusting the build up really was.

I am about to show you the picture of his gallbladder so if you have a weak stomach scroll down.

 

 

 

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Regardless of the comments you receive due to your eating habits it is important to understand why you eat the way you do. I definitely get my share of remarks and comments which can get to me but its my body not theirs. In a lot of situations a person might feel forced into eating healthier and they dread it. But taking the time to learn about living a healthy lifestyle and finding your why is crucial to maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

Not only do I eat healthy for myself and to achieve my fitness goals but I know that in the future I want to be a mom. Being able to carry a healthy baby is a priority to me. This can come off as selfish or vain but in order to be the best mom and wife I must take care of myself. My husband realizes how important his health is for himself, to me, and our future children.

 

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I want to keep this guy around.

Have you found your why?

What is your definition of health or living a healthy lifestyle? 

5 Star BBQ

Brown Haired boy chose this place after seeing it bookmarked on my yelp page. It was the perfect meal before our vegetarian challenge, more like my vegetarian challenge. More on that for another post.

5 Star BBQ was not what I expected, in a good way of course. It’s in an area where the steel plants use to be so it is kind of deserted area. I feel bad because if you are not looking for it you will definitely not see it and miss out on the best bbq restaurant I’ve had in Utah. We walked in and was unsure where to order, or if we were suppose to wait to be seated. It was kind of confusing because we were not greeted or spoken to right away.

After looking at the menu I knew exactly what I was ordering. Little did I know it was way too much. Did I still finish it. . . pretty much. I ordered the smoked pork combo with ribs, side of corn bread, and coleslaw. BHBoy got the Brisket with the same sides. They do not mess around with the portion sizes.

We absolutely loved the meat, coleslaw, and amazing cornbread. Also the numerous BBQ sauces to choose from. The best one was the house. But they had spicy, sweet, house, dark, and a weird one that we are both blanking on (bad food bloggers right here). The coleslaw was really good and a good coleslaw is hard to come by; however we got sick of it after a while. It had a lot of mustard in it.

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The ribs did not have enough meat on it. I say that because they were so delicious that only a tiny piece on the bone did not work for us. Plenty of paper towels were used for our napkins. I even put a bib on. What I am not embarrassed but BHB probably was of me.

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The Brisket is the picture above with beans. BHB didn’t care much for the beans but loved the brisket. These pictures don’t even display how much coleslaw there was. Literally the size of our faces. It was hard to stop eating even though we both got sick of it. I mean it was just staring at us and we were still sitting there. . . it just happens sometimes. I am always looking for the best corn bread. The best yet has been from Bobby Flay’s restaurant Mesa Grill but this one is definitely delicious. photo (63)

We were so uncomfortably full after this meal. We ate it so fast it was our fault. I went into it not even thinking about gluten. Terrible of me. But I really just didn’t even want to think about my intolerance for once. I thought ignorance was bliss. Oh man did I pay for it. We headed straight home and didn’t move from the couch the rest of the night.

You don’t really interact much with the employees but they were very nice regardless. Probably should greet their customers but other than that no complaints here! This place is definitely a place to try! I kept thinking that I had to take my Dad and brothers here.

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An Unpleasant Dinning at Chef’s Table

A little while ago I saw a Groupon for Chef’s Table at half off. Brown Haired Boy and I had never been and took full advantage of the coupon. I was going to write a full post on the dinner but to be honest it does not deserve one. So here is the quick version:

We were both very unsatisfied but glad we didn’t pay full price for it. 

The service was wishy-washy. Our main server was very nice but he was the only server so we ended up “dinning” for almost 3 hours! It was only a week night! The best thing I could say about the dinner was the appetizer: Pan Roast “Parma” Scallop and the side salad. The scallops were good. BHB ate the beans and bread that came with it.

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BHB ordered the NY Sirloin Steak: Herb Basted, Char-Grilled 14oz. NY Cut USDA Choice Sirloin with Parmesan-Truffle Fries & Classic Béarnaise Sauce. The fries were just normal fries to him so he did finished them.  But he didn’t even finish the steak or want to bring it home. I mean that is not a good sign when a Man can’t finish the steak AND doesn’t want to bring it home.

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I was really looking forward to the Butternut Squash Risotto to compare it to the Pallet’s. That is probably one of the reasons why I wanted to go. However I was informed that they haven’t updated the website and it is not on the menu. So I went with the Gluten Free Butternut Squash ravioli. Um. . . I never order pasta, I hate it. So that was on me too. The sauce was overwhelmingly sweet and I ate maybe two pieces.

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I thought going to Yogurtland after would make up for the horrible dinner but that ended up in the toilet. No need to talk more about that. Besides the fact that I am a O.K. with never going to Chef’s Table or Yogurtland again.

So my advice you can take it or leave but its a been there done that kind of place and wouldn’t suggest it to anyone. Maybe I am just being dramatic. . . which BHB could agree.  But I know when food is good.

Sincerely,

A picky critic and her easy going Husband

 

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