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Week 2 -
Blog of a Canine Lymphoma

Week 2

By the end of the week it was apparent to me that my program did not supply an adequate ratio of protein to carbohydrates.  Further research suggested hemp protein as superior to soy or whey.  Put these on my shopping list.

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On Saturday, day 13, I went shopping for more ingredients.  I found beans, hemp protein, soy protein, and instant vegetable broth.  I also found millet but elected not to try it this time until I had a better idea of how to prepare it.

Saturday afternoon I prepared a hot soak of beans and then stuck them in the fridge overnight, not having enough time to cook them up that evening.  Sunday I cooked up the beans and rice and began serving it as soon as it had cooled enough.  I wasn’t 100% happy with my food preparations and continued my research off and on, around viewing the new Star Trek movie at the theatres and strolling around a County Fair.

Deciding my newest batch was insufficient for the week, and realizing the preparation time was so lengthy I could only do this on the weekend, I hit the road on Monday, Memorial Day, and bought more Fava beans at the Mediterranean Market, and more other beans at the natural food store.  I discussed things with my husband, the only bean cook I knew, and came up with a new approach, combining his experience and the advice of professionals online.

This latest batch turned out very, very well.  I think I finally have the right ratios of water to beans and water to rice.  After setting my finished batches on the counter to cool, it dawned on me that I would have to cook the Fava beans after all (had originally intended to add them in raw) since, having been frozen and then thawed, I could not safely re-freeze them in the mixture unless they were first cooked.  So today, Tuesday, May 28th, I will simmer them for just 15-20 minutes, cool them, then mix all the batches together and portion out into freezer bags.  Once I know what my ultimate yield is, I’ll have a better idea of how much to prepare each weekend and then can work on my math to come up with the best ratio of Fava beans to brown rice to other beans.

Lucy is still doing well.  No enlargement of the tumors, that we can feel, no panting.  Energy high, appetite good, thirsty and peeing frequently.  More active than BC (before cancer).  Not experiencing any difficulties eating, drinking, or breathing.  All good signs, in my book.

Next -> Day 18 - Thursday, May 30, 2013

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