Look at this weird thing I just ate! It has been a long time since I’ve had a tumblr worthy kitchen adventure. John and I want to start eating less processed, more clean foods. It’s really hard because we both love pizza and beer and soda and ice cream. Last night we made this vanilla chia seed breakfast pudding, and I just finished eating it with my oatmeal this morning. Turns out, chia seeds aren’t just for growing green plant hair on your favorite terracotta looney toons. Just a tablespoon is packed with protein, fiber, and omega 3’s and they are supposed to make you feel full for longer and give you energy. They are weird. They can absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid, and they turn into a sort of gel-like substance. We used almond milk to make ours, and it wasn’t as yogurt-y as I was hoping. My review of this dish is, it was pretty easy, tasty, and healthy, but if you have consistency/texture issues when it comes to slimy things, it might not be your thing. Oatmeal is still the best breakfast, imho.
When I talk about my Great Strides Walk, some of my friends have told me they don’t know what Cystic Fibrosis really is. It is easy for me to try to explain that it is a a disease that causes your body to produce too much mucus that makes it hard to breath and nearly impossible for lungs to function, but it makes it sound like a bad sinus infection or something. Seeing it is different. Tonight I watched this beautiful documentary of Eva Markvoort’s journey with Cystic Fibrosis through her double lung transplant, the same kind my brother Jon had. SO much of it felt so familiar, so similar to what I watched Jon endure. The coughing. The waiting. Her recovery from the transplant and the fresh start she got after. Doing the things she had never been able to do. Her struggle at the end of her life. It was almost too close to home for me to watch at times. I saw my brother go through all of this. The intermittent hospital stays. The funny vest that shakes the mucous from sticking to your lungs. The 70+ pills a day to prevent rejection after transplant.
Anyway, the documentary is called 65_redroses. It’s only and hour or so long and it’s on Netflix (or you can rent it from YouTube). If you want to see a glimpse of what those struggling with Cystic Fibrosis and their families go through, I encourage you to watch it.