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The private blog of Andy Prevost. My experiences, my words. On any topic ...



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Fruit Smoothies

In early February (2018) I drove a few hundred kilometers to my brother-in-law's for his help. He's the great cook in the family and puts my barbeque skills to shame. It is quite clearly his domain.When I decided to create my own recipe, I had some ideas. Ideas I just knew my brother-in-law, Barry, would likely enhance. He even had many of the ingredients I needed on hand.We went out shopping the first day there. There were two… View More


Meal Replacement Smoothies

I arise around 5 am. I am out of the house by 5:20 am. That means a quick "setup" and breakfast. For some time, I have been relying on Equate Diabetic Chocolate meal replacement drinks. At 237 ml (8 fl oz), it's an inexpensive way of getting nutrition and out the door quickly. These are the Walmart house brand. They retail for $6.47 for a six-pack. The two closest competitors (Boost, Glucerna) cost about $9.50 for a six-pack.Walmart… View More


Health changes

Not exactly changes, a progression. I no longer use insulin, and no longer need digestive enzymes. My A1C is 6.2 mmol/L (111.6 mg/dL).I have reported on my health issues at for years. I no longer update it as often as I used to and no longer review any diabetic products. My entire goal these past two years has been to reverse Pancreatitis and… View More


Here's one job to pass on

I hold a commercial driver's license. I also hold a motorcycle driver license. Combined that works out to a designation of BM, and quite frankly fitting for the school bus industry.Being semi-retired, I wanted something to do with my time. Give back to the world, I figured. Where best but to devote your time towards children and helping ensure their safety going between home and school.I had to overcome some health obstacles. It… View More


More on fuel economy ...

My first truck was a 1969 GMC pickup truck. I think the year I bought that was around 1976 or 1977. I owned a body shop and garage at the time, and the truck was supposed to be for car parts, tires rims, body panels, and supporting customers. The GMC was a piece of junk. While it was only 7 or 8 years old, it was a rust bucket barely worth putting any effort into saving. It was just a work beast and nothing more. I never really… View More


How I improved fuel economy by 3L/100 Km

This is my recent acquisition, a 2009 Ford F150 FX4. It is in good condition but high mileage (261k Km). I previously had a 2006 Ford F150 XLT that was very similar to this: a SuperCrew with four full size doors and a 5.5… View More


Self-treatment validation

I know it works. As plain as day. I have been pain free for nearly six years now and the cost is less than one cent each day. The pharmaceuticals cannot take it away as a do-it-yourself pain management system. Remaining pain free is all the validation I need. Yet, when my endocrinologist told me on August 18 2017 (my regular appointment) that the recent CT scan showed the pseudo-cyst on my pancreas was gone. Validation,… View More


My self-treatment

Over the years, I have written about my self treatment. There are three distinct "phases", each were defined at different times in dealing with my health issues. Phase 1 focused primarily on bloog glucose control and a small component on pain management. There is a complete article that I originally wrote in 2013. Phase 2 focused almost… View More


When is a 4x4 NOT a 4x4?

My Ford F150 has 4X4 stickers all over it and is documented as a 4X4 in specifications and the user manual. Is is a 4X4?EDIT: On a flat surface a vehicle in 4WD is driving all four wheels. 25% of the engines torque is going to each wheel. In 4WD, you have 50/50 torque split front to rear. With open differentials you can lose traction with one front or one rear wheel and still keep moving. If you had front and rear… View More


Best first aid training

In high contrast to a horrible experience trying to renew my first aid certificate, I have now completed the Emergency First Aid Training with AED. (AED means Automated External Defibrillator) offered by Action First Aid.I'll even go a bit further. The course instructor,… View More