It’s a New Year

I figure that since Christmas has passed, and that my most recent post pertains to Christmas, I should compose a new blog post.

As is usual for the new year, I’ve only made one resolution: to not make any resolutions. I suppose then I don’t have to concern myself with breaking a resolution. Seriously, though, I make resolutions throughout the year, rather than choosing one day to pledge to do things for the following year. Having said that, one of things I’d like to do is to post more. I’m always researching and writing, working on something, and some of those remain “in the works” for quite a while.

However, since it is a new year – 2017! – I’ll offer some words of wisdom, borrowing from the late Steve Lacy, jazz soprano saxophonist, who rarely composed lyrics, though he composed a good portion of the music he performed.

Never trouble trouble
Till trouble troubles you
You’ll only trouble trouble
And trouble others too

One aspect of this could be rephrased “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Along those lines, I’d been meaning to post something for a long time regarding the following. Years ago I began to suffer from what I believe to be gout, though it’s not been formally diagnosed. I’d get it in my ankle joints. BAD. To the point where on one particular occasion I could not leave my apartment for a week, as I just could not walk to my car. Trouble, for sure.

In any case, doing my best to eschew all pharmaceuticals, I endeavored to find a natural cure. I determined that it wasn’t so much what I was eating, but what I was not eating – enough vegetables and fruit. Since I’d never been much of a veggie eater, I figured I’d get one of those blenders that’ll chop up most anything and just throw a kitchen sink full of veggies and fruit in it, hold my nose, and gulp it down. Well, I actually discovered there were some veggies I could grow to like!

Here’s this morning’s concoction (I refrain from “smoothie”, as it sounds so, well, unmasculine – and just look at the color…):


Ingredients are:

Some raw almonds
A few brazil nuts
Juice from ½ lemon
1 carrot
About a cup of mixed greens, including spinach
A few slices of cucumber
About 10 frozen blueberries
About 10 blackberries
A few raspberries
½ banana
¼ granny smith apple
A few ice cubes
1 cup water (+ or -)
2 tsp cacao nibs
2 tsp chia seed

It’s pretty good! I usually add cinnamon, but forgot to this morning.

I initially had a drink like this twice a day – lunch was my ‘free’ meal. Once the gout flare-ups ceased, I went to once a day. Now I may go 3 or 4 times a week. But, I’ve generally been eating better over the past 3-4 years. No sodas. Ever. Only water. Well, OK, a very occasional red wine. And that’s a resolution I’ve had for years.

8 Responses to It’s a New Year

  1. Marko says:

    So what’s the food disintegrator that you use? I was thinking about getting one of those Nutribullet things. Whatever I end up getting, has to be EASY to use, and EASY to clean, or I won’t use it.

    Pretty lazy, huh?

  2. Craig says:

    It’s a Vitamix. It’ll chew up most anything. I almost always unintentionally drop lemon seeds, and it chops ’em up with no trouble. And there’s no pulp leftover to throw away – but that’s the good stuff!

    To clean, you just rinse, then put some dishwashing liquid inside, half fill with water, put the top back on, run it on high for .5 to 1 minute or so. Rinse. Then lay it out to dry. The only thing is the plastic container will start turning a brownish-green. It doesn’t bother me a bit.

    It ain’t cheap, though. I bought mine reconditioned from the factory. The only difference, IIRC, is that these come with a 5 yr warranty on the motor, whereas the new ones come with seven. But, these things are built like a tank. And you don’t have to sharpen the blades.

  3. Craig says:

    Here’s some tips for additional cleaning. I’ve used vinegar, but only rarely bleach – and i’ve never tried boiling water:

  4. IWTT says:

    Regarding New Year Resolutions… my sentiment exactly. I don’t make them anymore. I always break them and fail. Besides, maybe we can just let this guide us..

    “Matthew 5:37New King James Version (NKJV)

    37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

    It was a strange New Year for both myself and my wife. We found ourselves not very encouraged about the New Year. We talked about how we should have just gone to bed rather than stay up and watch the ball drop, etc. Couldn’t stand the junk on the TV anyway, so we watched some old musicals until it got close to midnight. Then instead of doing the usual traditional thing we did, we found ourselves just looking at each other and wondered why we wasted the time.

    We went to bed and read the Word and Devotional together.

    At first I thought I was going through one of those holiday depressions, feeling hopeless. But that wasn’t it! What I began to ask myself? Then it came to me. Actually, I am full of hope, but my hope is in the Lord and the coming kingdom I am a part of. There is no hope in the world and we cannot trust in the world standards. There will be continued terrorist attacks, people getting killed, racism, crime, etc. etc. Our government is not all that hope fulfilling as well. But we are to be a light in this dark world. We can be messengers of the Gospel, the real Hope for the lost.

    I began to be thankful for the hope I have in Christ. For His provision, protection, His Word which gives life. For every breathe I have, even when I am physically wasting away. Thank you Lord for the hope I have In you. To worship you, my Lord and King. Amen

  5. Craig says:

    Thanks for sharing that. While I don’t think I’m depressed or anything like that, I just don’t “do” the holidays. At least not like the secular society does. I was very tired on New Year’s Eve, having gone out for a hard run (weather was perfect!). So, not wanting to watch any of the typical holiday fare, I scrolled through the channels and found The Twilight Zone. Sounded more appropriate, because so often I feel like I’m in it.

    I must’ve fallen asleep on the couch about 10:45, woke up at 2am, then headed to bed.

  6. IWTT says:

    I feel the same way about the holidays. I didn’t really want to “do” them myself. I didn’t even want to get a tree. I think, knowing how the celebration started, that it was original a pagan holiday, and as we mature in the Lord these “holidays” seem less important. If it weren’t for the grandchildren, I wouldn’t even make the effort.

  7. Brian Ronk says:

    Adding you to my ‘safe list’ I’ve been receiving lots of spam lately.

  8. Craig says:

    I know the feeling!

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