Healthy Lunch…Breezy Caprese Salad

This my take on a fast Caprese salad. I used tomatoes, cucumbers, dried basil because I forgot to get fresh basil at the store, and mozzarella pearls. For the dressing I used balsamic vinegar and a garlic olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

This is quick, easy, healthy, and most importantly delicious.

Recipe:

  • Tomatoes diced
  • cucumber diced
  • pearl mozzarella
  • balsamic
  • garlic infused olive oil you can sub regular olive oil
  • basil fresh preferably or dried
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Chop veggies to bite size
  • Toss veggies and mozzarella
  • in a separate bowl lightly mix oil, salt, pepper, and basil. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy

Stats:

Calories 253, Fat 17.7 g, Fiber 3.7 g, Carbs 11.6 g, Sodium 146 mg, Protein 17.1 g

Thanks for reading this far. Let me know what you think if you get to try this.

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Fitness Journey…Annual Check Up 3/19/2019, how did I do?

I got myself a treat for adulting and doing the adult thing of going to my doctor.

The dreaded annual check up. I have a fear of doctors. Bad doctors and bad bedside manner when I was very young and in and out of hospital for my uterine problems… left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Tests tests, and more tests were their go to. Also had doctors tell me at the age of 12 I would never have children. Well I hiked up my big girl panties and decided I should get in for an annual heck up.

(note: I am not a doctor and you should go see your doctor if you think something is wrong. Don’t be like me… =) )

1st Doctor visit 3/13/2019

I am happy to announce that I am healthy. Well for the most part. My High Density Lipoproteins -HDL, and Low Density Lipoprotiens -LDL’s are perfect, my blood pressure is perfect, my triglycerides are slightly elevated but doctor is not at all worried about that. I am severely Vitamin D deficient, and doc is checking into me passing protein in my urine. More to come about that.

Nurses scared me saying I needed to come in for a consult due to triglycerides, and that my vitamin D levels were slightly low. So me being me I looked up triglycerides and vitamin D deficiency on WebMD and of course I found I am dying everything from kidney failure, to Cancer. (Note: I am saying this all tongue and cheek I don’t really believe I am dying but it is common when you look up symptoms there.) The nurse got them mixed up. She mentioned fixing my diet, drinking more water and getting more exercise. After which my brain went to, ok how do I tighten my diet up more, how do I squeeze in another workout, and I am going to have to drink more than 3 liters of water a day!

My triglycerides are fine, but my vitamin D levels are dangerously low. In reality Doc wanted to talk to me about the vitamin D and get me on vitamin D supplement.

The day in a half between doctor appointments I became an “expert” as much as I could on Vitamin D, Triglycerides, and protein in urine. =) Googling everything was what I did.

Did you know that vitamin D affects more than just your bones and calcium absorbtion? I did not. Also blocks the release of parathyroid hormone that will absorb calcium in your bones and make them brittle. It helps with muscle function and growth. It aids in your immune function. Research and controversy surround vitamin D’s affect on the body. Some researchers hesitantly say that it may prevent, breast, colon, and prostate cancer. But not enough evidence to prescribe for prevention. Some research points to vitamin D preventing and treating, Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Multiple Sclerosis. Also

Passing protein in my urine. This was the only other thing that had him concerned. So I looked that up. Most of the responses online were about kidney failure or about cancer. That did not help me at all. But you can also have this happen if you have a UTI, or stones, or a few other things.

2nd Doctor Visit for Vitamin D and protein 3/14/2019

Doctor visit went well, he has me on daily Vitamin D supplements. He is concerned about the protein in my urine. He said it might be dehydration so he had me do a test again. Doctor said everything else looks good. Nurse was mistaken. Triglycerides are fine, and he is not worried about any of my other numbers. I look healthy.

You might be wondering what a severe deficiency in vitamin D is. My score was 10, and a deficiency is 40 still. You want to shoot for a 50 to 60 point score. So I am very severely deficient. Yay me!?!

I said to my doctor I don’t know how I will add any more exercise into my life. I workout 5 to 6 days a week.

He laughed and said, “no you don’t have to do that. You do enough.”

I sighed and said thank you, cause I could not figure out how to add more to my schedule.

I got a call from the nurse saying they see protein again, and he wanted to see me. So again we go back in.

3rd Doctor Visit for protein 3/19/2019

I go in, and Doctor asks about my supplements. I said I take BCAA’s and all my other vitamins. He thinks that the protein in my urine may be from the BCAA’s. What ever supplements your body does not use will be excreted in your urine. This is natural. So he is having me not take any BCAA’s for the next week. We will test my urine to make sure that it is what is causing the protein.

He also wanted me to get an ultrasound just in case. I went today to get an renal ultrasound. Everything looks great. I do not have any kidney stones, I don’t have any cysts in my kidneys, I don’t have any fluid build up, and my kidneys look great.

Picture of my kidneys!

So now I wait to see what happens. To see if it is the BCAA’s that are adding protein in my urine. After that I don’t know what other tests we will be doing. Doctor keeps telling me that I am healthy and not to worry. He just wants to make sure its the BCAA’s

So I am healthy… for the most part. We just need to see what that protein is and where it is coming from.

On a side note:

The imaging center I went to get my ultra sound at looked and felt like a spa. I was surprised at how nice it was.

In the end on the way home. I was so happy that my test came back great, and I don’t have another kidney stone and have been stone free for 3 years. That I got myself a treat. An Oreo custard ice cream sandwich. It was so tasty.

Thanks for reading as always. Have a great day! I am off to my Martial Arts training for the night.