Seafoods for My Valentine on Hearts Day

love is real.
it is all around.
it is in the air,
on the earth,
in the water.
it is what propels life.
it is what ignites
the fire in our hearts
and makes us listen
to the songs of our soul.
to live is love.

Love

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I came home to a bouquet of flowers from my husband. Like a teenager, I did not know how to react when I saw it, so I just smiled shyly and murmured my thanks to the man who has been by my side for almost twenty years. Continue reading

Getting Sick, Going Healthy

Last week, when my hubby and I went to the drugstore, I noticed they were offering free blood pressure check. As it has been a while since I last monitored my BP, I decided to take advantage of the offer and was surprised to learn that I had an elevated reading of 160/110. I was diagnosed with hypertension in 2009, but I really thought that it has been controlled with the maintenance drugs I have been taking.

However, as my boss was out of town and I had a lot of things to do at work, I did not mind my elevated blood pressure and went to work every day. When the weekend came, I was already suffering from severe headaches, nape pain, weakness in my limbs and dizziness. Because of this, I was unable to work yesterday and decided to have myself checked.

Earlier today, during my visit to my cardiologist, I learned that my BP had spiked to 190/110 and I was already 145 pounds. I am aware that I’ve got elevated blood pressure and have gained weight, I just did not know it was this bad. So, I was started on a new course of medications and was strictly ordered to lose 40 pounds with the aim to get to the desired weight of 105 pounds to my height of an inch over 5 feet.

I was told that I must stay away from a whole lot of food I love like fresh bread and baked goodies from the bakery oven. My heart cried at the thought of not being able to inhale my favourite soft white breads, croissants, turnovers, pastries and cookies. I could not get to eat savoury and sweet tarts anymore. I should also stop eating processed food like Spam, bacon and hotdogs as well as junk food like burgers, pizza and French fries. And, as I should start on a low-carb, low-salt and low sugar diet, I was also asked to stay away from rice, pasta and all types of potatoes.

As a result, I started researching salad and veggie dish recipes and below are my favourites:

Martha Stewart’s Chopped Salad with Shrimp and Lime-Buttermilk Dressing

Chopped Salad with Shrimp and Lime-Buttermilk Dressing

Who wouldn’t want anything from the world renowned Martha Stewart, right? Especially if it is a salad that comes with shrimp. Going healthy looks good right here. Continue reading