Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wishing Well

This morning I was thinking about life and how I wished I could somehow accomplish everything that needs doing. So much of the time I just feel like Sisyphus. I was thinking about all the things that I wish could provide to the people around me, that I don't. I wish I had 100% more time in the day and the energy to make everything in my small world a bit better - in as much as any one person can do that. Then a funny thing happened ... I thought about an old song. Not a great song, but a good (and obviously memorable) one. And, that reminded me of growing up - associating events in life with music. A silly practice, I suppose. I recall someone I once knew warning me against doing that. It's pointless, but a brain will do what it will do. Anyhow, that lead me to a YouTube video with some pretty cool animation.

YouTube - Kiwi Wishlist

LC-wise, I've been staying consistent with my weight. I've been eating well. Lately I've been enjoying quite a few blue cheese stuffed olives and pecans. Mad just made a new batch of the "magic peanut butter cookies" last night. So I expect that I'll indulge in a few of those in the coming days. Hopefully the scale won't mind too much.

Since things have been pretty crazy lately, I've practiced making the most streamlined meal replacement shake possible. Here's my winning formula for that:

+ 2-4 ounces of cold, purified water

+ 2-4 ounces of full-fat, organic coconut milk

+ 2 scoops of Amazing Grass Chocolate Greens

+ 1 scoops of MRM Natural Vanilla Egg White Protein

+ 2 packets of Now Foods Organic Stevia + FOS

+ a dash or two of AlsoSalt (a salt substitute that provides lots of potassium)

+ a dash of organic peppermint extract

I usually use a shaker cup to make this. It's the simplest way, IMO. The flavor is just incredible. It's as delicious as any chocolate-mint drink I've ever had. It doesn't taste nutritious at all but it is. Lots of antioxidants, healthy fat, fiber, nutrients, protein and very low in sugar.

Last but not least, I wrote a column this week that may be of interest to some of you. It's about the latest science re: "alternate day fasting". This might be a good strategy for some people who have a particularly sluggish metabolism. Kudos to Anne for being ahead of the curve on this one. :-)

PS - Mad made some Jalapeno Poppers stuffed with some added carnitas last night. It was the best variation of the recipe yet! Highly recommended! DDDEEELLLIIICCCIIIOOOUUUSSS!

PPS - I'm setting up a free sleep study at and I'm looking for some study volunteers. The basic set up is this: I send "you" a box of an all-natural herbal tea (known as SLP by Kroeger Herbs). If you take part, you'll fill out an evaluation of your sleep quality before and after using the tea for 2 consecutive weeks. I'll then use the data (in an anonymous way) to put together an upcoming column which will discuss the results found by all the participants. More details will be available Monday night at


anne h said...

And Kudos to you for the shout-out!

I make my protein shake with Monster Energy Drink.
During my recent H1N1, it was all I could handle.
Not too shabby!

Harry/JP said...

Aha! That'll put some pep in your step! ;-)

When I need a little extra energy, I'll swap out the peppermint extract for some instant coffee. Instead of a "mint-chip" shake, it makes a delicious (and energizing) mocha shake. As you say, not too shabby! :)

Here's looking at you, kid!

Vadim said...

Harry, I did order Magnesium and multi-vitamin formula from vitacost. I havent used it every day bit it seems to be good on my system aty least no adverse affects at all. Thanks! I know I have disappeared but I am updating it today.

Harry/JP said...


I'm happy to hear that! Please try to be consistent with the supplements and see what happens - good things, I hope!

I've also been a bit distant lately as well. We've had some family health issues. I'm away from home at the moment taking care of some of that. But I hope to get back on track next week.

Mad's diet (and mine) have been spot on during this difficult period. We're not letting life get the best of us!

Hang in there, my friend. Please let me know if I can support you on your journey to wellness! I know you'll get there! :)

Low Carb Daily said...

Congrats to you and Mad for not buckling on your plans, even during the hard times.. you guys are such an inspiration!

Harry/JP said...

Thanks! You inspire us too! Your menu selections and dedication to your plan are a beautiful sights to behold!