Last weekend was spent packing and moving stuff. The hubby and I, along with my side of the family, also got busy attending to Mame’s needs in the hospital. She had a bad fall while taking a bath on Thursday morning and complained of intense back pain after, so we rushed her to the ER of Manila Doctors Hospital at Ermita. Apparently, she had a spine compression fracture and the ER doctor recommended that she get admitted in the hospital for pain management. She had an option for a surgery (kyphoplasty) for faster recovery but she declined (we supported her decision) upon knowing that the compression would heal on its own naman. She stayed in the hospital until Sunday afternoon and was prescribed more pain meds. She’s fine now and the pain is quite tolerable already but she’ll be back in the hospital for follow up check-ups next week.
The ketogenic or keto diet is not a new diet. Just a bit of googling will tell you it became popular in the 1920’s as a therapy for epilepsy. Recently, a lot of doctors have been advising parents to put their children afflicted with ADHD, autism, and other neurologic disorders on the keto diet to better manage their condition. Apparently, this high-fat, moderate protein, and low carb diet results in ketosis, a natural metabolic state where the body uses ketones that burn fat for energy, instead of glucose (from the carbs that we eat).
I’ve tried many diets in the past (the one I documented the most on this blog was the GM diet) and although they made me lose weight, it didn’t take long for me to gain them back. That’s why I was initially skeptical about the keto diet. But because I gained 20 unwanted pounds in under six months this year, I sort of got desperate. I wanted to go back to a weight I’m comfortable with and confident of. I don’t have hypertension, diabetes, and other diseases, and if my last blood test results would be the deciding factor, I figured I was in good condition to try the diet. And so I did.
So, the time has come that we have to stay in Bacoor for good. The property where my PILs work as caretakers (and where they are currently residing and the hubby and I staying in during weekdays) has already been sold. Last weekend, we have started packing and moving stuff to Bacoor. We will be doing the same in the coming weekends because we only have until the end of the November in Manila.
Last weekend was quite busy. We were able to go home in Bacoor as early as Friday night, though. On Saturday, I gave my husband a break in doing the laundry (read: gender equality) by asking him to go to this self-service laundry shop near our place. You know, those big washers that you just put your clothes and some liquid detergent and fabric conditioner inside before it does its cycle: wash, rinse, and spin. Then you transfer it to the dryer for drying. Et voila, newly-laundered clothes after an hour or so!
In the afternoon, we went to this new outlet shopping place in Silang, Cavite. This was followed by a visit to yet another outlet shopping place in Marikina. Wala naman kami binili, trip lang ni hubby mamasyal, hahaha.
Last long weekend was fun but challenging at the same time. We had so much time but so much to do as well. First, there was Undas or All Saints Day. As what has been our arrangement in the past years, the hubby and I joined my parents and my sister Jodie in traveling to our hometown in Nueva Ecija to visit the grave of my father’s parents who I fondly called Tatay and Inang. We also got to catch up with some of our relatives who filled us up with new anecdotes and laughter and of course, food.
Second, there was Kalag-kalag or All Souls Day that my PILs prepare for every November 2nd as a way of remembering our departed loved ones with reverence. After praying the rosary, we feasted on grilled tilapia, grilled liempo, pork sinigang, baked spaghetti, baked garlic and parmesan chicken, and lotsa rice. We also had a cake from Max’s and the kalamay na may sabaw and ube haleya that we brought from my hometown for desserts. The boys had a few bottles of beer while the girls drank soda. Happy times!