Saturday, January 4, 2014

More on Good Skin; Out with the Old; LCHF for birds

In writing about good skin in my last post, I should have remembered that taking vitamins and avoiding most dairy helps me, too. I started avoiding dairy after reading The Paleo Answer by Loren Cordain and noticed that indulgence in cheese or half-and-half led to acne and a few other problems. Avoiding it from there on has been a no-brainer. Taking GNC's Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins helps me avoid nosebleeds and improves my skin, too. Since I also have to take iron, which is an antagonist of zinc (a key nutrient in the vitamins), I've found it most effective to take the vitamins with breakfast and the iron with dinner.

Being on vacation has made it easier to experiment. At the beginning of my vacation a few weeks ago, I was afraid I was going to fritter my time away playing video games. I did a lot of gaming, but also got my house in order. My dying computer and printer, software from the 90s, floppy disks, clothes and shoes I don't wear anymore, music I don't listen to anymore, books I don't read anymore, papers I don't need, shipping boxes, plastic garden pots, and various computer cables are going or gone. The floppy disks, pots and boxes went like free beer on Craigslist. While I was at it, I spruced up my house with new curtains and a new bronze and amber porch light that goes with my 1910 bungalow better than the old wrought iron one. Photos of my dog Sasha went into a collage. Nothing got stuffed in a drawer or closet or the basement--those got cleaned out as well.

What does this have to do with health, fitness and low-carb living? Anything is easier when you're organized. There are only 24 hours in a day, and time that's spent looking for something you've lost, replacing something you've lost, clearing a space to work, and shuffling stuff from pile to pile and room to room means there's less time for everything else: exercise, research, support, and making any but the most basic meals. Personally, I detest clutter and take pleasure in running a tight ship.

Having gotten that out of the way, I had time this morning to make suet cakes for the wild birds in the neighborhood. I melted some lard over a low flame and added crushed walnuts and shelled sunflower seeds, poured the mixture into silicone cupcake molds, and refrigerated them. My next door neighbor recently died, but since his bird feeders are still up, I'll put the cakes in them. We'll see whether the birds go for LCHF.

4 comments:

Lowcarb team member said...

I don't know why I have trouble getting my comments through - my third attempt!

I think your statement about being organised is a great one for us all to make our New Year Resolution

"Anything is easier when you're organized. There are only 24 hours in a day, and time that's spent looking for something you've lost, replacing something you've lost, clearing a space to work, and shuffling stuff from pile to pile and room to room means there's less time for everything else:"

Yes, agree with you on the LCHF bird food - they do like it - our next door neighbours used a similar recipe to you and their garden was full of birds eating well . LOL !

All the best Jan

Lori Miller said...

Good to know the birds like that recipe--it's so cold and snowy here that I haven't seen many out and about.

Sorry you're having trouble with comments. Anyone else having difficulty?

Lowcarb team member said...

I may be pre-empting your next post - but - wondered if the birds did or are enjoying their LCHF food?

All the best Jan

Lori Miller said...

I'm not sure. There's too much snow and not enough light when I get home to tell.