The good news is I have lost 8 pounds. Some of this I will attribute to the sickness but most to the change in diet I have done the last week. No soda (diet or regular), no red meat, no candy or sweets and nothing with high fructose corn syrup. I have been basically eating chicken, vegetables, some fish and a whole lot of smoothies. Especially smoothies laden with cherries and berries as well as yogurt, whey protein, milk or orange juice. Why the dramatic shift in nutrition? Because the last bit of gout scared the heck out of me. I do not want be crippled by these attacks every few months. Further I definitely do not want any permanent damage or have to be on a pill for the rest of my life.
And the natural "cures" are pretty bad. The first is drinking a ton of cherry juice. Not bad..until you find out how much cherry juice cost..$9.00 for 32 ounces!! WTH!! Well what are the cheaper alternatives..my favorite so far is drinking a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda four times a day..yeah..the base properties of the baking soda actually reduce the acidity of the blood. However..it is also like eating pure salt as far as sodium content. And then there is....drinking apple cider vinegar. Yes it is as yummy as it sounds.
Thus with the options open to me I have chosen the "eat clean method". Amazingly I am feeling good and do not feel hungry at all. Unfortunately it is no just diet but hydration, genetics and other factors that affect outbreaks..so I will just do my best and hope for the best.
Now the test is..Wisconsin..and all its fabulous cheese, fried fish, casseroles, sausages, gnocchi, potato pancakes, kringles, Christmas goodies, cheap food and drinks..etc..etc...etc.. The deal I made with the coach is I get two free days in Wisconsin as far as eating...Since I will be gone for over a week that seemed like a fair deal. The object is to come back to Colorado in no worse shape then when I left it. Impossible you say? Based on past performance I would agree..but I am actually going to pack my blender..yep smoothies for everyone.
And obviously everyone was extremely concerned as was I..when Brett Beielma left Wisconsin for Arkansas. A move I am sure he will regret within the next two years. Luckily the Emperor himself put everyone's fear and trepidation aside and declared that he would come down from the Ivory towers and lead the Badgers to Rose Bowl Glory yet again.. Against the hated Stanford Cardinal.. I hate Stanford..their mascot is a freaking tree.
|This is going to be my new motto for 2013|
Not only has the Emperor promised a resounding win in the Rose Bowl but has hired the Coach to take the Badgers into the next decade of greatness...Gary Andersen
Yeah..I'm a little concerned too after watching that video. At least he spells his last name correctly with an "e". Who is the Clay Matthews wannabe at :24? his son?..if it is he needs to know that the flat bill clap may fly in Utah..(and at Kompetitieve Edge with Ryan)..but not with Badgers. Do you think they had to borrow a suit for him? How about the tie? There are 50 shops within two blocks of Camp Randall selling the correct Badger Red..where did he find that tie? Are there badgers on it? Did he get it on a street corner? It almost looked like the freakin red from the Stanford Cardinal..I HATE Stanford..their mascot is a freakin tree!
Have a Merry Christmas Everyone!! I'll check in from the 262..