Keeping up with mystery boxes
We have been ordering Magic Meadow Mystery Boxes for several month now.
Mystery boxes are similar to what I think of as CSA boxes – an assortment of seasonal vegetables (and fruit, if you order that box). (Except, of course, that we can order as we go from Magic Meadows.) You never know quite what you will get in each week’s box, so it’s an ongoing challenge to stay flexible in my cooking routines.
At first, staying so flexible in my cooking was extremely tiring, and I lost some of the early vegetables because I couldn’t get to them in time. (Especially greens and winter squash, which I’m not accustomed to using in such quantities.) Of course, I was stupidly topping up at the local greengrocer to get “the usual” (but not in season) vegetables that I had come to depend on since I took over the cooking back in 2015.
More recently, I have refused to do that and have just been making whatever we have work. I am still slow to use all the amazing variety of greens we get in our boxes, but I am doing MUCH better. I also order boxes that don’t have greens until all the greens are gone.
It’s hard work, but it’s far more nourishing than using the same vegetables in and out of season, month after month after year. I have even learned about new vegetables that I never would have picked up on my own – most recently, fresh broad beans (also called fava beans).
Adventures in blood sugar
I am still in the midst of the great blood sugar experiment.
In testing so often over so long, I am starting to see patterns again and understand maybe why my blood sugar has gone wonky.
Come to find out, it may not have much to do with what I eat or when. My first discovery was that when my stomach felt ‘comfortably full’, I was guaranteed a high reading afterwards. So I have started to serve my own food on a tea saucer. I allow myself to refill it if I’m still hungry, but surprisingly often, I’m not. I knew our caloric needs reduced as we aged, but I didn’t expect it to happen so abruptly!
Next, I discovered that on days that I go the whole day without interacting with anyone outside the family, my blood sugar is fine. On days when I socialise with one or two people in non-stressful surroundings, it’s only a little elevated and can be dealt with by an extra walk.However on days that I interact with crowds or am otherwise socially stressed (or have anxiety for another reason) I get very, very high readings even on a ketogenic diet.
That will take some management, but it’s good to know. I never would have guessed that link and it took me a long time to notice it.
Our Magnus continues to have occasional “episodes”, but they are no longer scary now that we know what they are and what to do. Actually, the most recent one may have been simply hair balls, because he had been shedding like crazy as it got warmer and he recovered much more quickly than before.
The ‘treatment’ is a day or two (one can) of prescription “digestive care” food, which while almost nutrient free, is easy to digest and slips easily through a cramped digestive tract. Then four serves of slightly more nutritious, but still far from ideal, commercial moist food. (He really adores that and nearly turns himself inside out while I open the package.) Then, he’s ready to go back to his normal diet. By the last package of commercial food, he’s keen for his normal food again; it’s not as exciting as the junk food, but I think his body misses the nutrients.
As he nears his second birthday, he is starting to settle down and be less demanding. We still haven’t convinced him that twice a day is sufficient for a young cat to be fed, but his ability to wait has been stretching enough that I have hopes that some day we can stop waiting on him hand and foot. (He still loves to play, but has learned to entertain himself more and make do with wrestling a couple of time per day. That’s a relief on the days that the boys are busy.
My regular readers (up to 8 now!) may have noticed that my blogging has been less inspired lately. So much so that I am missing my deadlines and then blathering. My excuse is that I have been ill. Not dreadfully sick in bed, just “sleeping too much and sniffling like a coke addict”. The mild headache makes it hard to think clearly enough to be scintillating. My apologies.
It has, however, sent me back to read old blog posts for inspiration. That has been fun – and instructive. I used to be much better at this. I wonder whether, with practice, I can get the “magic” back.