Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Do some things sound ridiculous no matter how you look at them and try to process on a logical level?! Unless, of course, they come straight from the children’s book.
And what if certain people get lost in Seussville and start claiming that what they see is in fact real and not just plausible but surely feasible and quite productive?!
Do you then call upon Dr. Seuss himself and ask to provide medical interventions as his loyal subjects definitely need some anti-pSeuss-cotics and a GPS to find way home?! Or do you yourself take the “high road” and leave them swimming with all the Red and Blue Fishes in a murky mud of their own delusional creation?! Otherwise, you’d be accused, like Horton the Elephant, of seeing and hearing things. And knowing well that most, if not all, of the Whos in Whoville will not have a voice loud enough to make themselves noticeable. Then poor Horton risks to spend a whole life being tortured by the Wickersham brothers.
And if in fact you learn to fly the kite in bed (aiming it straight at the Wickersham brothers). And if you manage, on certain occasions, to keep all ten cats on your head without them constantly running away. The task at hand then also becomes keeping your head high (no matter how many cats are sitting on it). And knowing that when Yertles the Turles try to reach over the moon standing on other little turtles, their construction, which is flimsy to begin with, will tumble down from one tiny burp. And while the little turtles will dust themself off and continue on their path, the Yertles will roll all the way down the hill and into the mud and will see their own dirty faces reflected in the water.
” So be sure when you step,
Step with care and great tact.
And remember that life’s Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
What’s Cooking This Week
“Something fishy” does not necessarily mean bad things. Some white, red and blue little fishes are quite tasty and packed with healthy fats and nutrients. And when the days are hot, you look for no-cook protein options that are quick yet satisfying. I love all fishes, no matter what color, but once in a while I like to substitute a traditional white fish (aka tuna) for some color and a bit of healthy fat and use red or pink salmon in a salad.
Sesame Salmon Salad
15 oz or 2 cans of pink/red salmon (bones removed)
1/2 of large Granny Smith apple
2 tspoons of sesame seeds
1/2 tspoon of dried celery seeds
1 Tbspoon of fresh lemon juice
2 Tbspoon of sesame oil
salt, pepper to taste
Empty the salmon cans into a bowl, break the fish with a fork removing big bones if you see any.
Peel and core the apple, rub the half you’ll be using with fresh lemon or sprinkle with lemon juice (to prevent it from turning brown). Grate it with a large grater.
Combine salmon, apple, chopped chives and celery seeds, add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Add sesame seeds and sesame oil, mix it all well. Chill before serving.
It makes a great snack or a healthy lunch alongside some salad.
This week I’ve been pondering the subjective nature of feelings yet again. What we believe usually dictates how we feel. Our attitudes about people and events will generate our emotional responses to them. Our attitudes and beliefs are always right, as they are subjective matters and are not governed by facts or logic, they are just that, feelings, beliefs, emotions. Since we’ve practiced our beliefs over a lifetime, we are very loyal to them, otherwise, we’d believe something else.
Any argument always has two sides, but as we get stuck on our rightness, we lose sight of our real human objective, which is to be happy. Many people believe that being right IS being happy. Most of us eventually learn that our rightness may be limiting or restricting our happiness. Our rightness about effective recovery from a significant emotional loss often limits our ability to complete relationships that have ended or changed, therefore a closure may never come. Many of the beliefs that we hold about dealing with losses are incorrect and unhelpful, but since this is how we were taught to respond, we continue practicing them for a lifetime.
For example, we were taught that “time heals everything”, but in fact, it doesn’t. Time does not complete anything in itself. If we believe, with all the mighty force of rightness, that time is going to heal our emotional wounds, we’re destined to wait forever. Time does not heal or complete, time just goes by. It is the actions that we take within that timeframe that could help us grieve, complete and ultimately recover.
Another example of unhelpful belief is a practice of “keeping busy”. As a response to the conflicting and often painful feelings left by a loss, keeping busy can be a quite unproductive short-term distraction. At the end of a busy day, your heart is still broken. Keeping busy does not complete relationships, taking time to work on your feelings and address the wounds within yourself usually do.
Therefore, Right is not necessarily good, it’s only Right. We tend to develop a ferocious loyalty to our rightness even though it often leads to horrible squabbles in a relationship. If we think about most of the fights we had, we realize that both sides clung fiercely to the rightness of their position. Even in the aftermath, either party may have stayed on a position of rightness and refused to apologize, and thereby extended the argument.
It may be time for us to examine some of our beliefs and attitudes and how we process the conflicting feelings caused by a loss or changed relationship. We must ensure we have effective beliefs that can lead us towards happiness, rather than being stuck in rightness. Using correct information and actions can help us capture the happiness everybody most definitely deserves.
The truth is, most people want to be both, happy and right, but in reality, you most often have to choose. So, what’s your side, happy or right???
What’s Cooking This Week
Speaking of tomato (or tomatoe ), spring is in full blooms, and so are tomatoes and other vegetables. With a longer daylight and more energy, our bodies crave nutritious sustenance to help us endure all the work hours and exciting spring events we strive to cram in just one day. A dish full of antioxidants and energy-boosting nutrients is just what we need to optimize our daily schedules.
Veggie Florentine Soup
32 oz veggie (or chicken) stock
2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 medium eggplant, cubed
1 small yellow squash (or zucchini), cubed
3 medium carrots, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
15 oz can of diced tomatoes
1/2 lb frozen or fresh peas
2 garlic cloves, sliced or pressed
salt, pepper, spices
fresh herbs, chopped
optional: 1 tspoon of granulated sugar
Pour veggie/chicken stock in a large soup pan, add water to make up to 2/3 of a pan and bring to a boil covered on a low flame. While it’s boiling, in a deep frying pan, heat up a few spoons of olive oil and saute garlic and onions until lightly golden, add squash, eggplant, carrots and peppers, season it all with desired spices (I used lemon-pepper blend) and saute until almost done, add diced tomatoes and cook for another 1-2 minutes, then set aside.
When the stock and water are boiled, add salt and pepper and cubed potatoes, cook for a couple of minutes and add peas. Then add the veggie saute to the soup pan, mix well and bring it all to a boil, add some sugar if desired (I like my tomatoes a bit sweet) and chopped fresh herbs. Enjoy!
And nothing feels more like home than your favorite home cooked food. Especially after several unsuccessful “face-offs” with some hospital choices. It’s a common knowledge that hospital and airplane food are pretty much equally awful, but this time around, I think hospital food is a definite contender for the most inedible offering.
I did have some entertainment though, three times a day I got to play “name that food” game, and I was only right on fruit and beverages (that’s all I could possibly have there anyway).
Granted, feeding me is trickier than feeding a picky toddler, with all the gluten/dairy/eggs/soy restrictions, but deep inside me I was still hoping for some spark of common knowledge and nutrition-specific education among the dietetic department staff. I was wrong. Each and every meal came with some kind of food item that contained either of the four groups I can’t eat, it’s like there are no other foods on the planet that don’t come either breaded, smothered in cheese, butter or gravy, and there are no protein choices other than milk and eggs. So, I guess whoever was assembling my meals, was really having fun with it. As if the orders say “no gluten (wheat/barley)”, I could get a rye toast (but it didn’t say rye!!!). Or for no dairy order, I was consistently given Lactaid milk (people, no lactose does not automatically mean no dairy!). On a third day, I finally stopped getting any bread, but all those unrecognizable meat choices were drowned in some kind of gravy (like that would make the meal more appetizing!). I was pissed and also purely entertained by the total ignorance and apparent lack of common professional knowledge (and a total indifference I’d also add) of people who are supposedly in a “diet and nutrition” field.
But of course, I didn’t starve, my mom was diligently supplying me with allergen free and most definitely edible food choices
What’s Cooking This Week
The first thing when you get home after a hospital stay is to have some nice homemade meal, but nothing too time consuming or complicated as you still feel kind of “off” and need to spend a bit more time resting. Yet you don’t have to compromise on a taste and the “hominess” of the food. Zucchini pancakes could be a perfect combination of all factors. I make them pretty often as they are quick and versatile, could be a nice breakfast or lunch food or even an appropriate side dish. Of course, I make them gluten/dairy free but you can substitute GF Bisquick for a regular one and use milk instead of water and sour cream instead of mayo (though I love mayo because it gives an extra zing to it). I don’t eat eggs in their pure form, but I can tolerate them in mayo or when they are “baked-in”. Also, I often buy European mayo as only egg yolks are added (as it’s supposed to be), which I could tolerate much better than egg whites. If not, I like Hain Foods Safflower Mayo, it’s all natural and doesn’t contain soy oil. I also tried this Magic Seasoning Salt and thought it was pretty good
1 large zucchini, grated
3/4 to 1 cup GF (or regular) Bisquick (depending how thick you want the batter)
1 tbspoon of mayo (or sour cream)
1/2 cup water (or milk)
seasoning to taste
Combine grated zucchini, water(milk) and mayo (sour cream), season as desired and taste if you want to add more seasoning. Once satisfied, add a beaten egg and Bisquck, I suggest adding it in small portions to see how thick the batter gets. Mix everything well, heat up a frying pan with a few spoons of oil and drop a spoonful of batter to form each pancake, you may flatten them a little once they are in a pan. Fry on each side until golden brown, serve immediately. Makes about 12-16 small pancakes. Use whatever toppings or sauces you like, I prefer them with scallions and honey-mustard sauce. Enjoy!