I hope this post finds you all well. I have missed posting and missed all of my members.
It’s been seven weeks since my heart transplant operation and I am so grateful for the gift of life.
I just want to say on a personal note how much I appreciate all the e-mails and comments regarding my medical condition. I appreciate your kind words, care, love and concern. I am getting stronger each day, although some days are harder than others.
I feel that all my members have become my extended family and I can’t wait to get back to writing the blog on a regular basis again. I might even come up with a few new recipes for organ recipients like myself that have a restricted diet.
Thank you once again for all of your love, I LOVE you all!
Although I am still too weak to start lifting dishes to set a tablescape or get back in the kitchen to cook, I wanted to share a few tips that I have learned in the hospital that I think would be good for all my members to follow.
Since the new “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists came out this week listing all the foods that have the most & least pesticides, and the recalls for listeria and E-coli; I have to share this with you.
EWG’s Clean Fifteen 2019
- Avocados *unfortunately, this week avocados have been recalled
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas Frozen
- Honeydew Melons
EWG’s Dirty Dozen 2019
As you can imagine, not only do I have a lot of food restrictions post op, but I have to try and remain as healthy as possible and clean all my food thoroughly since I no longer have an immune system to rely on.
Rinsing fruits and vegetables in a colander under water is just not enough, washing with organic dish detergent is not enough and produce sprays that you can buy in a grocery store are basically citrus extracts that aren’t strong enough to clean the pesticides. In addition, most of the produce sprays contain grapefruit extract which interferes with some medications, especially cardiac medication.
So what can you do? After many studies, it turns out that the best pesticide cleaner is good old baking soda. In a bowl of water add a tbsp. of baking soda and soak your fruits and vegetables for 10-15 minutes. Remove the food from the bowl and into a colander to rinse by using tongs or a glove. DO NOT pour the water from the bowl directly in the colander or you will be pouring the pesticide sediment back on to your food. Rinse with water and then cook. I could definitely feel the difference with the fruits and vegetables once washed this way.
Tip # 2
Many of the doctor’s were very concerned about the proper temperature of the food once cooked. Every oven is calibrated differently and sometimes looks alone can’t determine if the food is cooked to the proper temperature.
- chicken and turkey- 165 degrees
- fish – 145 degrees
- beef, roasts – rare (130 degrees) & well done (155 degrees)
- pork, veal, fresh ham -rare ( 130 degrees) & well done (155 degrees)
- pre cooked ham, hot dogs, sausages -140 degrees
To solve the mystery, Bob and I bought an instant read meat thermometer. I bought a separate thermometer for my hand bag for when we are allowed to eat in a restaurant again (which won’t be after a year of healing for me, but I am prepared). The thermometer is instant read and lifetime warranty. We purchased it on Amazon for $18.95 and it gives me peace of mind to know the food is cooked properly.
I hope you try at least one of these tips and find it helpful. Food safety is so important for all of us.
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It’s good to see you posting. I’m sure the info you posted will help some of your readers!
We missed you so much, so glad you are doing much better.
So great to see your posting. Good info as always
So Happy to see your post today Diane! I have started to clean my veggies with the baking soda and can’t believe the difference! Thanks for sharing with us! Prayers for you as your Journey to a complete recovery continues!
This is great information. Thank you for taking the time to research and share with us! My Portuguese mother taught me to use vinegar to wash fruits and vegetables. Wondering if you read anything about vinegar?
Glad you are getting better!
Diane so happy to hear a post that you are doing well God Bless Take Care Ralph
We’ve missed you Diane! So happy you are getting better and stronger. In oue Italian Men & Women Who Cook group, we are all praying for you, and every day someone always asks for an update on how you are doing. Continue on your journey to good health! Blessed be, Susan
Hi Diane,So happy to hear you are doing so well. I have been keeping up with the posts that Bobsent to Elayne via facebook. I hope your recovery goes smoothly and look forward togetting together this summer when Elayne comes for a visit. Sending you lots of love and prayers. Love, Merrill
Welcome back…We have missed you, but are so glad you are doing well:)
Hi. My prayers are with you for a speeding recovery. Missing your beautiful table scapes and can’t wait for your full return to your blog. Thanks for many great recipes. Will be following your progress. Emilie Chapin
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Very happy to see you posting. I’m not on fb too much lately , so I’m glad to see your progress. Thanks for the good tips. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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So glad to see that you are feeling well enough to post. I am happy to know that your recovery is progressing well. You are a strong woman to be able to endure all that you have been through. I wish you only the best.
Welcome back Diane! I really missed Bob’s daily updates about your progress. I knew you would come up with ideas about your restricted diet. I love that you posted Clean 15 2019 and Dirty Dozen 2019. I really missed your blog! Keep up the good work!😘
Hi and welcome back! I got excited when i saw your emaiil pop up. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Thanks for the tips and know that we are thinking of you always. Take good care.cchr
So nice to see your post ! I am glad you are
doing well and hope that you are able to
get outside and enjoy the beautiful Spring
weather. Happy Easter to you and your