May 4, 2018
11:31 p.m., CDST
To ALL of my Much-Valued Followers who have stuck with me, prayed for me, laughed and cried with me over the years, so now with a serious tone I ask everyone to NOT think that I, in any way, am taking on the role of a self-centered, self-serving person who is foolish enough to even think that tomorrow's sun will not shine unless "I" wake up.
Now with that introduction out of the way, I will let everyone know that on today's date, I received a notification from HubPages that informed me that I had reached my Seventh-Year of Membership and when I read their email, I almost broke down and wept. Fact is, I can tell you all what amazing writers you are and your imaginations could easily stagger the planet. This I am sure of.
I just wanted to pop in here and share something with everyone that made my day.
As for my meeting with a noted heart specialist that I had an appointment to meet him on the 3rd of this month, did not show up at my meeting, but rather his nurse practitioner who only took my blood pressure and said that she would check on me in two weeks. And inside her many pieces of informative topics that was on the huge pile of paper for me to read was a Special Diet . . .and in closing . . . NO good food to speak of, just greens, kale, NO fruit, bread, eggs, pasta,and to tell you the frank truth: I will tell you right here and now, I am going to fail long before I try to compute my next week's meals.
Thank you all for reading this note and "I Love All of You Very Much!"
P.S. I just noticed a typo in my main headline: the word Should be:
Announcement. Sorry. You understand why the typo.
Congratulations Kenneth on 7 years at HubPages.
As for the diet, I stopped eating bread, cakes, sweets, and dessert and focused on eating healthy food (mostly) on January the first. I now devour the healthy stuff with gusto and vow never to go back to the way I was eating. I feel amazing so if I can do it you can too:) By the way, I hate it when the health professionals let their patients down and hope he manages to turn up next time.
Congratulations on the seven years. It’s funny, but as soon as I see a post from you, I want to name a Beatles song. I wonder if the Doctor billed you for his consultation? Take care of all things (including that green diet).
@ mike102771, LOL! Thank you for the reference and I should send an in-house "bill" for this heart specialist and tell him that I am the "Tax Man," another golden Beatle goodie sang by George Harrison. I will follow your advice about the green diet. I hope the green diet is not like licking a traffic light.
Congratulations on being 7 years here at HubPages.
I think your diet is very important for your health and so hang on there. I know how hard it would be. Just be positive. Take care.
Congratulations on reaching such an impressive milestone on HubPages, and thank you for sharing the update on your health.
Regarding changing your way of eating, I understand your dismay at the prescribed change in diet. I confess, I do love a good steak, chop or burger myself, and baked goods are my biggest weakness! Several years ago (primarily for health reasons), my husband and I decided to evolve our way of eating from primarily carnivorous to “flexitarian” (eating a largely plant-based diet with small amounts of meat and poultry). It wasn’t an easy transition at first. But we soon discovered that using meat more as a “condiment” - for example, eating quinoa pasta with a homemade tomato sauce filled with lots of onion, garlic and bell peppers and just a small amount of sautéed ground turkey or organic ground beef - can be just as satisfying as traditional pasta with meat sauce. If even quinoa or whole wheat pasta is not allowed, spiralized ribbons of veggies, such as zucchini, make a decent substitute for pasta and take on the flavor of the sauce, as long as you undercook them a bit and don’t expect them to taste like pasta. Are potatoes allowed? If so, a baked potato can be a wonderful base for all kinds of meals. Just top it with something other than butter.
Also, there are some really delicious plant-based meat and poultry substitutes out there. Gardein brand is our absolute favorite, especially their crispy “chicken” fingers and strips - yum! Trader Joe also makes some nice plant-based “meat” and “poultry” options. Both the Gardein and Trader Joe meatless “meats” are in the frozen food sections. And once in a while, my husband and I will treat ourselves to a burger or steak, but we moderate our portion sizes more at those meals.
I’m a “foodie” and, believe me, you can definitely eat a much more heart-healthy diet without completely sacrificing your pleasure in savoring tasty food. It will take a little time to train your palate to enjoy a new way of eating, and it may take a little extra effort to prepare food that is both tasty and healthy (although The Gardein and Trader Joe products I mentioned let you prepare delicious meals quickly and easily), but it will be well worth it.
Wishing you all the best, my friend!
@ Margaret "thank you so much for your care and . . .(what I'm calling), the "Survival Diet," and I am going wide-open and with all four feet into this new way of eating. I appreciate the way that you explained it to me. May God bless you for being such a Great Friend and outlet for such great advice."
Dear Kenneth, you are most welcome. I'm so glad you are embracing a healthier way of eating. We all care about your wellbeing so much, my friend!
Congratulations. From your recent experiences you may have a whole new world of topics to focus on.
@ Mike Hardy -- thank you for stopping by and sharing such positive words and talking about my "experiences," I refer to them as "Obstacles" that I am doing my best to overcome.
Spot on...overcome the "obstacles" then you can chalk them up as "experiences". We too have cut down on our meat consumption. We have gotten to know how to prepare some tasty Indian dishes.
Congratulations! on your 7th year in Hubpages. Good luck on your new suggested diet. Hope it helps you regain your good health. Take care.
liesl5858 -- you are super-nice for saying this about me. As a scary, amazing fact, I was just exploring (youtube) baked chicken wing recipes which say they are more healthy and No oil is ever to be used. Wow! I can learn to like this recipe and the salads with cucumbers, orange slices, . . .pardon me. I need some food. Thanks again.
Seven years! CONGRATULATIONS!
The diet is important. I hope you do well while on it. I am a vegan and feel great. Food is medicine and helps heal the body.
Thank you for being a part of the team. It's wonderful having you. You are so positive and supportive.
Hi Kenneth, congratulations on Seven Years at Hub Pages. A worthy milestone. All the best with your diet and hope that renowned heart specialist shows up for your next appointment.
"Thank you, my dear friend, Jodah, for the best wishes and I am finding out that just because you are laid up in the hospital, any guy with a five o'clock shade with a chew of gum handing out business cards with his name on them is not punctual. In my days of selling airtime with a radio station in 2000, I would have starved to death. Wait a minute! Jodah! Did you get that? All I have to do to lose some unwanted poundage is to miss numerous appointments and the pounds should melt off. Reckon? Thanks again, Jodah."
Well done on reaching 7 years at Hubpages!
Take care with the new lifestyle regime.
You can do it Kenneth! Pretend it's food you love! We're all rooting for you.
Kenneth, you can do it. Eat whatever you like but just avoid sugar and flour-based stuff. The odd egg won't hurt you. And think: "everything in moderation but with lots of green and red veggies"
Wish you a speedy recovery, Kenneth. Be positive and have Faith. And, follow their instructions with good hope and belief. You will be Okay.
And, congratulations on the 7th Year Mark at HubPages.
I wish you a speedy recovery and congratulations for seven years at HubPages.
Congratulations on your 7th years accomplishment with Hubpages, a great writers’ community.
I wish you very speedy recovery from your heart issues, get well soon.
We miss you over Hubpages so much!
So happy to see you back on Hubpages again. I think quite a few of us were more than a little concerned on how you were doing. Re: the diet - There are ways to make the new diet a little more exciting. You are a creative guy so I am sure you will figure out ways to do it. Hint: Think ginger garlic and chicken. Jello and yogurt are quite often encouraged on diets (hope it is on yours) I mix mine together and it makes for a very tasty treat. Good luck.
Congratulations on 7 years on Hubpages, Kenneth. I do hope I can also achieve such a milestone one day! And the very best of luck with your diet! You can do it.
Seven is a magical number. Seven is a symbol of a work done with God's help. So I am glad for you my dear friend. Next year I will write you for the magical power of eight, and you will tell us about the benefits of your new diet! I have faith in you. You can make it and like it too! Find the gift in it. Much Love and respect!
Congratulations on reaching your 7-year milestone! (Note: that's not the same thing as the 'seven-year itch!' ) So don't you go bailing out on us! Hang in there; you can do it.
As for doctors, just because they have a piece of paper saying they are a certain type of professional or specialist, does not mean that they posess any kind of good manners as is expected of normally sociable people. Maybe they should. How about adding a course to med school, whereby they must pass a 'good bedside manner,' test, and a test on punctuality, and not passing the buck to the nurse or PA!! (Perhaps you should send a bill to the doc for your wasted time!)
As for the diet; stress not, my friend! I've been a vegetarian since the mid 1980s, by my own choice, and for just about every reason you could name. And you know what? I was in my early 40s at the time, and as fit and sassy as I'd ever been in my life! I was strong, able to carry 4' x 8' scenery flats by myself, at the community theater where I was a member--and that was before we cut a trapdoor in the stage floor--they had to be carried down the bacstage steps, out the side door, around the corner of the building, and down a flight of stairs to the prop room!
Today, I'm still a vegetarian (lacto-ovo; I'm afraid I have too much of a love affair with cheese and ice cream to go vegan, even though I am well aware of the reasons I should), but unfortunately, I've backslid into too many sweets, and have become much more sedentary since being somewhat housebound with my hubby's health issues.
But, I know I could get back to where I was if I put my mind to it. I have tons of yummy vegetarian recipes--feel free to email me if you are interested in some of those. And remember, unless we are speaking of exotic foods, in the general marketplace, there is a heap more variety amongst veggies and grains than there is of meat and fish! Hang in there!
I will echo what Sean said: The number 7 is truly magical - it is a source of life and blessing for all creatures, us included. It also represents completing a cycle - so you are ready to embark on a new even better cycle with articles we will all look forward to reading and being an even bigger part of our community! I wish you all the best with your health - you should know from only well being and happiness in the years to come.
Happy 7th Anniversary, Kenneth! This is a special one to celebrate with all you've been through these last several weeks. Pace yourself with the diet, try to eat healthy at least a few times a week. It's better than nothing. Take care, prayers for you continue.
Congratulations on your 7th anniversary! It's great that you are able to enjoy it in this little celebration with HP friends. The best to you in reworking your eating habits and saying no to foods that cannot help you regain your health.
Congratulations on your 7th anniversary! I do hope you can successfully complete your diet. It's really important to do it so. Just stay healthy! Cheers!
P.S. Apologies; my post did not come out sounding right. It wasn't supposed to be "about me," but about wishing you well with your new challenges!
Dear Kenneth, it's so nice to "see you" here again. I wish you excellent health and success in your new, healthier, eating plan. "You are, what you eat", so to speak. You have such a big heart, we all want it to be a healthy one.
Love and hugs,
My mother-in-law recently bought us one of those new 'air fryer' machines. It's awesome! You can do fried potates with extremely little oil, and they come out yummy! There is also a way to do Brussels Sprouts, by roasting them in the gizmo, and they are super tasty; even people who think they hate that vegetable will like it fixed this way!
Boiling veggies is a no-no; all the vitamins and minerals leach out into the water, and get tossed down the drain. And besides, they all end up tasting very 'blah.' So many tastier ways to do veggies nowadays!
Here's the thing about meat: Producers fill them with growth hormones and antibiotics, then subject them to extremely stressful conditions, then killed and sold them to us . . . with all that crap still inside them. How many of us have cancer now, because of the growth hormones we eat in meat? They don't stop working, just because they switched bodies. How many are resistant to antibiotics now, because we've ingested what was pumped into the chickens, beef, or pork we've eaten? How many of us are reacting to stress hormones produced and never cleared out by the animals we eat?
The only way to get around it is to eat organic meat. Hopefully the new laws loosening up requirements for the organic label won't affect meat as well.
Congratulations on your seventh year. Seven has always been a lucky number for me - hope it will prove so for you. And hope your specialist shows up next time... Good luck with the life-style changes (new diet). Get your head into the right space (and it sounds like you're the kind of guy who can) and you'll do just fine. Cheers!
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