The good news is that I’ve been doing some volunteer work at the middle school from which I retired, and I’ve really enjoyed the time spent with both the students and my colleagues. People ask, “Where do you find the time?” Even though I juggle two part-time businesses as a tutor and a NES practitioner, one of the joys of self-employment is being in charge of my own schedule. If I want to do something badly enough, I can make it happen.
Now then, for the “other news“…
My bio-identical hormone doctor has taken me off all dairy products, just as Dr. Rogers did several years ago when I was first diagnosed with osteoporosis. According to my blood tests, my cholesterol is still high, even though my hormone levels are great. When Dr. Rogers took me off dairy products–cheese, yogurt, and other milk products–my cholesterol dropped to 152. Now it’s above 240! So, once again it looks like dairy is not my friend. Good-bye, grilled Colby Jack cheese sandwiches. Good-bye, Greek yogurt and pumpkin pie made with evaporated milk. Good-bye, cream cheese and cottage cheese. Good-bye, broccoli cheddar soup and baked potato soup. (My doctor did say that I could have a tablespoon of Natural Bliss Creamer in my cup of Dandy Blend in the morning, which is a good thing.)
Surprisingly, I don’t feel bad about this development. I think something inside told me that dairy wasn’t good for me, even though it tasted so wonderful. Since returning to the consumption of dairy products, I’ve gained some weight back. Dr. Rogers told me that dairy made my blood “sticky”, and he showed me on the highly magnified slide of my blood what that stickiness looked like. I thought that perhaps it didn’t work that way anymore and that I could return to dairy. Alas, that was apparently wishful thinking on my part.
So, why don’t I feel bad about giving up dairy products? Because there’s plenty more yummy food items in this house to eat that I’m absolutely sure is good for me! My fridge is loaded with delicious fruit and vegetables, lean grass-fed meats, omega 3 eggs–yes, I can have them, almond milk, millet bread, whole food protein powder, and more. I won’t starve, and I won’t suffer. Besides, a little discipline is good for the soul.