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PONO'S NUTRITION

INTRODUCTION

Everybody eats!  I’m not sure what the statistics are, but I think many people arrange for someone else to prepare their repasts.  I live alone and depend on myself for adequate nutrition.  I decided to document my diet for the sympathy, advice and/or amusement of those of you with more knowledge of the subject.

 
 

PONO’S STORY

I’m 87 yo and you can imagine many attributes from that.  I am basically OK.  I have aches and pains. My prescription drugs are the standard BP and cholesterol.  I sleep a lot – 12 plus hours unless I get up by alarm for an event like a doctor appointment or a shopping trip.   I eat two “meals” a day – once soon after awakening and a second about 4ish.  One or two of these “meals” each week consist of an 11 oz. container of Premier Protein (30 g protein, 160 cal., 1 g sugar, 24 vit & min, low fat).

The early meal is almost always a sandwich and water.  Years ago I lost my taste buds and converted to decaf because I couldn’t tell the difference.  About a year ago I was running out of filters and I simply quit making coffee.  My early meal drink is now cold water.  The sandwich is one slice of 12 grain bread, with liverwurst and butter OR lunch meat, mayo and cheese OR olives, mayo and PB.  I take my morning meds after this meal.

Two hours after the early meal, I start on my daily allotment of two glasses of wine OR two mai tais. 

The afternoon meal is leftovers OR one of the recipes listed below OR selections from the typical contents of my kitchen as listed later.  As you can see, many inventory items are meals on their own OR with partners that make easy meals.

Just before bedtime I do a series of exercises and take my evening meds.

 
 

PONO'S FAVORITE EASY RECIPES

CHICKEN WITH CORN

1 pkg. Foster Farms Chicken Breast Strips 6 oz.

1 can Green Giant Cream Style Sweet Corn 14.75 oz.

Put half package of strips on a microwave plate. Cover with half can of corn.  Heat - eat.  Balance makes a second meal.

SPINACH AND EGGS

Some olive oil

1 onion med.

1 can Spam 12 oz.

1 can Spinach 13.5 oz.

6 eggs

Chop and fry onion with a little olive oil until transparent (yeah – you know).  Chop and add Spam (quantity according to appetite), warm contents.  Add Spinach and warm thoroughly.

Add 4 to 6 eggs and scramble until mixed and eggs are done – eat.  Makes several servings.

PIZZA

1 Totino’s Party Pizza 10.5 oz.

catsup

shredded cheese

1 can Spam 12. oz

1 onion med.

1 can Anchovies 2 oz.

Chop Spam (quantity according to appetite), set aside.  Chop onion (quantity according to appetite), set aside.

Place Pizza on oven tray.  Apply catsup to taste.  Apply cheese to taste.  Apply onion.  Apply Spam.  Top with anchovies.

Bake at 450° for about 15 min. – eat.  Makes 2 or 3 servings.

 

CHICKEN OR TUNA SALAD

Leftover chicken (or FF Strips or 7 oz. can of Tuna)

1 can Mixed Vegetables 15 oz.

mayonnaise

relish

Chop the main ingredient.  Drain the Mixed Vegs and add.  Add mayo to taste.  Add relish to taste.  Mix well – eat.

SEEDS OF CHANGE

1 pkg. quinoa & brown rice 8.5 oz. (or other grains and flavors)

Cheese dip (Quesos) to taste

Open package, microwave 90 sec on high.  Empty hot grains to bowl.  Add cheese, mix well – eat.

     

 

OTHER FOOD HABITS

I try to supplement meals with cut, fresh, and/or canned fruits.

I used to stop at a restaurant occasionally with friends and even for takeout, but the last such experience I recall was late 2019.

I used to order and keep a few Northwood’s pasties in the freezer but ran out and my source in Michigan doesn’t ship in summer months.  Must make a note to resupply!

Because they are all on the other side of Maui, I used to hit the Kahului Costco after haircut and doctor appointments to buy big box items and a whole roast chicken, but my barber was closed for a while and my docs postponed some appts and the Costco was a hassle so I’ve done nearly all my shopping lately at Kihei grocers.  They advertise whole chickens, but don’t seem to put them out for the early hours when they cater to the elderly.

     
 

TYPICAL KITCHEN INVENTORY

     

REFRIGERATOR

ham steak

eggs

chicken breast strips

steak

liverwurst

stuffed olives

lunch meat

sliced cheese

poke

quaker oats

butter

mayonnaise

mustard

catsup

relish

tartar

flour

cut fruit

parmesan

chocolate syrup

vinegar

avocado salsa

salsa con queso

wine

 

VEGETABLES

potatoes

onions

carrots

tomatoes

 

FRUITS

bananas

clementines

apples

 

FREEZER

hot dogs

pizza

pancakes

waffles

meat balls

pasties

fish

vodka

cool whip

 

PANTRY

peanut butter

spam

olive oil

anchovies

many spices

canned soups

canned vegetables

canned fruits

canned chili

canned mushrooms

corned beef hash

shelf meals

12 grain bread

seeds of change

mashed potatoes

hot taco mix

country gravy mix

triscuits

potato chips

oreos

premier protein

bourbon

mai tai mix

wine

 
     

AFTERWORD

I always hope that my audience gets something from P-grams, but I confess that I often find myself benefitting.  Recording my favorite recipes in one place made me realize how fragile my memory is and assures that future occurrences of each will be similar (although not necessarily like previous ones).

Taking inventory of my kitchen had two benefits.  It made me discover a number of (sometimes grossly) out of use by date items AND gives me the basis for a shopping list.

About two months ago I had the usual barrage of tests associated with my semi-annual check-up.  I’m happy to say most numbers were in range with 2 or 3 just out of range – not uncommon at my age.

OK, I see it now.  If I gave in to my whims – I would live on spicy ahi poke and mai tais!

Best wishes to all!  Comments solicited.

 

 

     

 

 

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