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Roasted Pistachios - Unsalted

I’ve been eating some unsalted pistachios almost every day for a few weeks now. They are probably better for me than lots of other things I could eat as snacks. I began eating them because I had read that they could help in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. I have no idea whether that’s true. In a couple of months I’ll be seeing the physician for a test of cholesterol levels. I shall see whether there is any difference.

I throw the empty shells on the ground in the yard. I put a few around flowers since slugs don’t like to crawl where the shells are, so I understand. I also use the shells to fill in some spots near the street where there has been some soil erosion.

Roasted Pistachios — Unsalted,

May 12, 2010

Today is the sixth day that I’ve been trying to eat and drink the sort of things that will help me to lower the level of the bad type of cholesterol. I’m not trying to lose weight, but it so happens that I have lost thirteen pounds. And today at the gym I got a blood pressure reading with both numbers in the normal range. Since I’ve been paying attention to blood pressure readings in the past few years, I don’t think I’ve ever before had a reading with both numbers in the normal range.

I still have a lot of whole milk in the house, since I had recently bought three half-gallons at Costco. I haven’t thrown it away, but I’m just using it in coffee and tea. I’m not drinking it by the glass. And instead of butter, I am using Smart Balance.

For breakfast, I have a cup of coffee and a banana. I have an orange as a mid-morning snack. For lunch, I scramble three tablespoons of egg-white liquid and eat that on a toasted “deli flat” or “sandwich thin.” (I used to have a fried egg sandwich.) I also have a non-fat yogurt and a tomato and two cups of tea. For supper, I cook an Alaskan salmon patty in the oven. I eat that with macaroni, 8 asparagus spears, and either corn or black-eyed peas. I accompany the meal with water or sometimes with green tea.

I’m not eating egg yolks, meat, cheese, ice cream, or french-fried potatoes. If I want a snack in the evening, I toast a “deli flat” or “sandwich thin” and put some peanut butter on it. Sometimes late at night I have a chamomile and hibiscus tea.

March 14, 2010

Protein powders can help or hinder physical appearance

I sometimes take half a scoop of whey protein powder in a glass of milk shortly after a workout. Once in a while I take half a scoop of casein protein powder in a glass of milk late at night before going to bed.


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Raw oysters

“A federal effort to ban the sale of raw oysters harvested during the warm months along the Gulf Coast has kicked up a hurricane of opposition from oystermen and members of Congress and threatened to derail a signature food-safety initiative by the Obama administration,” says the New York Times.

I didn’t know people ate raw oysters year-round. I thought they were in season only in months that contain the letter “r.” Every school day for six years I traveled to school on a streetcar that ran along Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. I haven’t forgotten that one of the stops was near a fish market with a large sign in the window, “Oysters ‘R’ in season!” The sign was in the window from September through April.