Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday's Random Post & Guess My Snack AND...Guess Who's 80?

This past weekend I made a quick and easy mid-day snack for hubby and I since we don't typically eat lunch on the weekends. Instead, we eat a later and more substantial breakfast and a little snack mid-afternoon before our dinner. I'm going to post a couple pictures of my snack from last weekend...and see if you can guess what it is. One of the 2 items is going to be obvious...but see if you can guess what's on the "top".  I'm going to post the photos now at 7:00 pm...and later this evening I'll come back and post what it actually is/was. I'm just curious to see what you think it is because when I looked at the photos, I almost fooled myself! ;-)  Enjoy!

P.S. -- On a totally different side note, I recently (and unfortunately) had to have blood work done unexpectedly without fasting beforehand. I received the lab reports in the mail today and the one number that jumped out to me was my triglyceride level. My non-fasting triglycerides were 80 (normal is considered 150 or less). In case you don't read my blog regularly, I have a chronic problem with very high triglycerides (or had a problem with triglycerides she says with a smile) and that was while following all the mainstream advice to lower them (switching to "healthy" whole grains, exercise, eliminating the "white stuff", weight loss, etc.). When I began my wheat and grain free journey (with no added sugar)...my triglycerides were 546. The year before that they were 656. I could never have imagined it possible for MY triglycerides to ever be that low...not in a million trillion years with my history. The removal of all wheat, grains and most sugars is what I attribute that record breaking drop in my triglycerides to...well, that and Dr. Davis. I have to once again thank Dr. William Davis (author of Wheat Belly) for helping me see the light. I didn't believe it would work for me...I honestly and truthfully did not think it was possible to see a triglyceride level of 80 for me...not in my lifetime! So, if you are just embarking on your wheat/grain free journey...hang on because you are in for the journey of your life. Life is good and I am so thankful! 

MY NON-FASTING TRIGLYCERIDES ARE 80 !!!  :-)




So many of you guessed it...I'm surprised! I don't know why I saw "french fries/potatoes" when I looked at them? Back in my former starchy days, I made home made fries that looked EXACTLY like those (before they were fried). Somehow I just "knew" you'd see potatoes, too! Maybe I have gone from being a Wheat Belly to a "Mrs. Potato Head"!  :-)

It's Jarlsberg cheese (a "Swiss-like" cheese with a slightly nutty flavor, especially when at room temperature) -- more info here: Jarlsberg

14 comments:

Kathleen Norris said...

Looks like Swiss cheese bars...would be good with almonds.

jmwhite60 said...

Swiss cheese sticks & almonds?

Anonymous said...

In the glass container is cheese. I don't know what kind though :)
Neha

Anonymous said...

Almonds and Jarlsberg cheese 'fries'?

Susan Weatherly said...

It looks like cheese but I think it is cantalope (sp).

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

I'm impressed that everyone recognized it as cheese -- I would have bet money you would have thought it was potatoes (french fries) -- for some reason it looked exactly like home made fries to me -- guess I should be glad I didn't bet any money! :-)

P.S. -- Anonymous you were right on the money with Jarlsberg! :-)

CyberSis said...

Hi GGC,

I'm a little late to get in on the game, but you'll never believe the first thing that crossed my mind ... unripe banana spears! :-) Well, I didn't *really* think that was it (my real guesses were cantaloupe or cheese.) But I just finished reading Dr. D's latest blog entry re: green bananas... have you seen it?

Marvelous triglyceride number! I can hardly fathom your pre-WB numbers. Wow ... WB works, doesn't it! Yay for you! :-) Hope you had a good week and that you're enjoying some "down" time this weekend.

Gene Black said...

My first thought was jicama but then I realized it was too yellow.

BethCT said...

I thought it was mango or cantaloupe! Congrats on your awesome bloodwork results!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis -- No, I haven't read his post about green bananas -- but I'm going to go do that right now! Thank you -- I sincerely never thought that was possible for me even though they had already plummeted tremendously on WB. I'm anxious to read about green bananas! Stay warm! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Gene -- I thought I'd get "potatoes"...or jicama -- but surprised so many knew it was cheese! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Beth -- Had several folks on my Facebook page think it was cantaloupe. Thanks -- I was quite surprised to see that number -- in the back of my head there is always the fear they may go back up...so it was a pleasant surprised they had actually dropped further. :-)

Roye said...

Wow congrats on being 80!! That's wonderful. I've never had a problem with my triglycerides but last year they were 118, this year ..... 63!!

I figured those french fry looking sticks were probably cauliflower, whenever there's a substitute for potatoes it's cauliflower!! LOL. I wish someone would come up with another idea ;). I've never had that kind of cheese but love cheese so I'm sure I'd like it.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Roye...Thanks. Lucky you with your triglycerides. My Dad had high triglycerides too and I wonder if he might still be here if he had been fortunate enough to have been around long enough to have realized it wasn't the fat keeping them so high but the carbs/sugars! Jarlsberg is similar to swiss but with a bit more flavor -- sort of nutty. I'm with you on the potatoes! ;-)