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Nutritional intervention for Alzheimer's Disease

I told my new doctor that my two long-term health goals were 1) to not have a stroke like my father, his brother and both parents had; and 2) avoid Alzheimer's disease which, tragically, struck my maternal grandmother around the age of 65.  Now, comes a new book, "The Alzheimer's Diet"(which I will review later) that offers a brain-healthy diet that will benefit anyone who's over 40, has a family history of AD, or is experiencing problems with memory. Here are 11 tips from the book by Harvard-trained neurologist Richard Isaacson MD and Christopher Ochner PhD:

1. Proportion your macronutrients. Every day, make sure that you aim for 25% of your total calories from fat (but less than 7% saturated, or "bad" fat); 30-45% from complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables and whole foods that are low on the glycemic index); and 25-35% from high-quality lean protein.

2. Wean yourself off high-glycemic carbs. These include sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, p…

Pillow balk

I spent all afternoon sewing covers for two old pillows (it was slow going; there was piping involved) in order to introduce a little black and white buffalo plaid into a room I thought was too red, even for Christmas. Now, all I can see are those damn black and white pillows. They're screaming at me, as if to say, "you couldn't leave well enough alone!" I think they need to be joined - and partially hidden - by other, non-screaming pillows. (It's true. I really can't leave well enough alone. Story of my life.)

Table for 18

My mother keeps saying she'll do Thanksgiving "one more year." I hope she continues forever. Nobody sets a table like my mommy....and, more importantly, nobody else has that kind of room.

Best bird ever?

Here it is: The alleged best tasting turkey on earth from Trader Joe's, dressed and ready to go into the oven.  I'm using the old Reynold's cooking bag technique because it's never failed me to date and I filled the cavity with a halved fresh lemon plus big wads of rosemary and sage from the garden.  My hopes are high, people. My hopes are high.

Stuff me

I'm determined NOT to get stuffed after tonight's Thanksgiving meal, but it's difficult to do, especially when there will be not one, but two giant pans of stuffing to choose from. (My 'wheat free' mantra may have to be modified today.) Every year, I do a slight variation on the same cornbread stuffing theme. Here's the 2012 version:
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I am thankful for you!

Cheddar + carmelized onions = Combo to die for

One of the many reasons I love Trader Joe's is their low, low prices on cheese.  This variety is my absolute fave, priced at exactly half the price you'll find at your fancy neighborhood cheese store. Try it with sliced tart apples and a jumbo glass of good Merlot while you're cooking dinner. That's what I'm doing right now, as a matter of fact. Cheers!

Big Brother sometimes makes us smile

This one's making the Facebook rounds today. It gave me a lift and reminded me how much I loved the anthem-like tune by Supertramp (Really? Supertramp?) Seems like a good one to share during Thanksgiving week.

Sunday family dinner

I love to cook on Sundays, especially if we have family coming over. "Family," in our case, means actual blood relatives or close friends we consider family. In other words, people who don't give a flip if I'm wearing yoga pants and pink fuzzy slippers all night. Friends who don't care if I sprawl on the floor after dinner to watch "Homeland" in the double-pillow hurdlers position. For that kind of family, I am preparing a new recipe tonight - pulled pork slow-cooker chili, something I made up....

 featuring two pork tenderloins cooked in French onion soup mix for 5 hours until pull-apart tender....
Balsamic-glazed sweet onions, plus diced Rotel tomatoes, a can of corn, beans, garlic and smoky spices...  ...and topped with home-baked corn tortilla strips.
 The tortilla strips were super simple. Cut corn tortillas into strips. Assemble on baking sheet, not touching. Sprinkle lightly with salt and Mexican spices and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Delis…

Note to self...

It might not be the greatest idea to get a mammogram when you're achy and sore from Tetanus and flu shots the day before. Ouch.

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Ta-ta, Twinkies!

I haven't had a Twinkie in decades, but I'll admit to being melancholy over the demise of the baby boomer lunchbox staple. I'm pretty sure I had a Twinkie, Hostess cupcake or Ding-Dong every school day of my formative years. (And I wonder why I have to fight my blood sugar levels like a dog!)  Reportedly, Hostess is no more, and that's sad - mainly because of the jobs lost and lives upended.  I, for one, won't miss the individually wrapped desserts, although I now regret never having sampled the deep-fried versions at the county fair.  Oh, well....

Best report card ever.

Thanks, in large part, to following the "Wheat Belly" diet (most of) the past 11 months, my lab results were "excellent" across the board today, especially the all-important hemaglobin A1C test which was "the perfect value" of 5.6%, down a whopping .6% since last year's test! All the other numbers, including my cholesterols, were equally stellar.  I passed my bone scan with flying colors and didn't even need a pap smear because those are recommended only every 3 years now. Who knew?!? I feel like I just got straight A's....even in Chemistry. Yay for me!

Haunted toaster on Today

Now, see?! If the Today show still did these kinds of stories, I might not have bailed for Good Morning, America:

Just a reminder of the way we were

Time-saving oatmeal

I was skeptical of this product, purchased last weekend at Costco but not opened until this morning.  Instant steel cut oatmeal? How good could it be? But, I'm happy to report that this little microwavable stroke of genius is as delicious as the real, slow-cooking thing. The secret is, the product is freeze-packed with the perfect amount of water that renders the oats at the ideal texture - not too chewy, not too mushy.  A great solution for hectic mornings, not that this morning has been too crazy, what with the extra hour and all.  (Remember, everybody: Fall back!)

Party down at Walgreens!

Yee-haw! It's November 2 - Senior Discount Day at Walgreens. Everybody over 55 gets 15-20% off! Not that long ago, I used to poo-poo senior discounts of any kind. But, since I have to stop by anyway to pick up a prescription, and since I've been meaning to give Eternal Blu (an anti-aging supplement recommended by a friend's M.D.) a try, why not stop in and reap the rewards of getting old?