Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lighten Up, Paula! - a thought of a new blog and a new way of life

It was not a big shocker to learn this week that Food Network, butter fryer cooker extraordinaire Paula Deen has Type 2 Diabetes. Traditional Southern cooking has something to do with it in my opinion. But what makes it worse is 1) she has known about it for 3 years and still continues her cooking style 2) she is promoting an insulin drug.

Okay. Every doctor, at least to my knowledge whether you live in the South or off in Timbuktu, says that you need to control your sugar levels, first and fore most, with dietary changes. If you still battle with high insulin levels, even when you change your eating habits, you have the last resort of taking insulin shots. Now, I am not battling insulin as a drug. I am sure anyone who has diabetes would tell you that pricking their finger is not top on of their list of favorite things to do on a daily basis. However, using the message of an insulin drug as the "cure" for your cooking is just wrong.

With Southern obesity levels as high as it is, (Mississippi was the fattest state in 2011 and Birmingham, Alabama was the fattest city in 2011) why has Paula not changed her ways in the public life and beat this epidemic? I know Southern cooking is her gimmick, I get that, but why contribute to ill health of others with a knife and fork of frying and butter inducing your meals? Southern cooking is rich with other vegetables, leans meats and wonderful flavors that have lighter options. Brennan's in New Orleans has brought out "Sugar Buster" recipes and promote this life style with a Southern flare. Also, "Cooking Light" magazine based out of Birmingham has been promoting healthy lifestyle for years. So, it is not totally impossible to create lighter versions of Southern favorites.

I have been thinking about this for months, even before her announcement of having diabetes, about starting a blog of creating lighter versions of Paula's recipes. Time and kitchen testing with need to be invested, but I think the world needs it right now because Paula is definitely not doing it. Creating a healthy family is essential and making something healthier for a better quality of life is always a good thing. Hey Y'all, Let's Start Cookin'!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Post Marathon Blues

It has been over 2 months since I completed the NYC marathon to celebrate my 40th birthday. There has also been my birthday, Thanksgiving, Anniversary, Christmas and another child's birtday within this span of time, so I have been busy doing lots of things, besides thinking of the possible next step.

So, for my birthday, to keep my running in check so I won't stop running, I had my husband to sign me up for the Rock n Roll Half in DC. Was under the Suntrust Marathon/Half name, but now is an offical Rock n Roll type of run. Filled with bands and spirit of the crowds, it is one I am looking forward to, but nothing can live down the NYC experience. I think I am still "high" from that experience, thinking of all of the 26.2 miles of it, the crowds, the noise, the thrill of actually being in NYC. I don't know how I will relive that experience.

My half marathon training started the day after Christmas, so I have been struggling to get back to routine, though I ran like only 3 times a week post race under 3 miles each time, due to me trying to recoup a pinched nerve in my neck. I am slowly getting back to "longer" miles, into 5 and 6 mile runs. I did a 4 miler a couple of weeks ago, a New Year's Eve run, and my time was not at it's best, but I did it at night.

Trying to get back to any kind of training after enduring a wonderful experience has its small dose of "blues" with it. I know I can't relive the NYC experience, but I can try my best to keep doing what I have been doing. I found this "blues" feeling is common after a marathon. Coach Joe English's blog talks about this and steps to over come it.

Now that Marathon Baby was born, for the second time, I am ready for another. But like I said from the last time, I don't want another child right away.