Such good discussion here, everybody. Ya'll are interesting folks.
LadyM, I just recommended the Instant Pot at lunch yesterday with friends, and the guy beside me whipped out his phone and looked it up on A-River right away when I said it was great for both rice and beans, lol. I know the Air Fryer might be good for HRH, who loves potatoes fixed all ways. I have not purchased one yet. So far, he seems happy with baking when he does fries. Oil is going to be 120 calories a tbls no matter what, so when we can get by with less it's a good thing.
Btw, the restaurant that friends chose for us offered a great menu for my hopes. I had collards and black eyes, rice and slaw with cooked apples for dessert (we all had same dessert) - super good. And there were at least that many other veggie choices I would have enjoyed but couldn't try it all. How cool is that - friends were very thoughtful. Nice to have found another restaurant with bright things to eat. The sodium was probably high, but that's all restaurants.
I've been obsessing a little over numbers from blood work. My red blood cell counts are all uniformly high, like my ddad's. I was specifically told back then that it wasn't inherited and so I didn't keep his records. Sigh. But of course I remember him having his "blood draws" (meaning actually taking blood as if for donation, in order to reduce the number of red blood cells). I rest somewhat assured that his health was always excellent. I don't think he knew about this at all when he was 61, though - they did those during his 90s. At lunch, the friend who is a nurse told me that a couple of her aunts went semi-regularly for "blood draws", too.
(I also spoke to this nurse friend about my anxiety and not being able to sleep on Saturday nights thinking about church. That was a good conversation to get out. She emailed me this a.m. just to reassure some more.)
Anyway, chipping away at the lipids ❤ , cholesterol is down by 48 points and into "good" range, where it's never been since they started poking me for it in 2011. LDL down by 49. I'm still chasing behind HRH's better numbers as I always have on these, and we have been pondering why, since we think of me as the careful-eating one.
Number one thought is the cheese, since I'm an addict and he's never been, so I'm glad I've started to monitor it. Also, I'm my mother's daughter - and she and her twin always had the cholesterol discussions with drs. HRH's family, not so much. And thyroid med might need tweaking - that could have something to do with it.