It was a really good work out up until the moment where my left ring finger turned backwards. It swelled and turned purple. I’m annoyed because I have to wear a splint to ensure that it heals correctly so I can hopefully wear my wedding band again soon.
Going to attempt to eat my weight in watermelon today....
…. ok just kidding but I do have an entire watermelon that I need to hurry up and eat so it doesn’t go bad. I might cut one half and freeze it and then figure out what to do with it later. I think I’ve seen some people on here make some “sorbet” type things.
forget smelling the roses; stop and taste your food
Going mostly raw has heightened one of my five senses: TASTE!
It’s pretty amazing. I eat food now and I really taste it. I’m not even sure that I can put this into words. I just cut watermelon that tasted so wonderfully sweet. And I’ve been eating raw pumpkin seeds, normally I would eat the roasted, salted ones and had never really tasted a pumpkin seed before.
One of my coworkers asked to try my quinoa salad last week, she said it tasted like dirt. <roll eyes> I politely corrected her and said that “earthy” is a better adjective.
During my last class today, one of the students brought in tiny cupcakes and offered me one. I couldn’t really say no, because it would draw attention, so I took one. I bit into it, I thought my brain was going to explode, WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR. I couldn’t swallow and ended up spitting it out into a tissue (gross I know, sorry).
I bet that’s how babies feel when they first have ice cream or something else ridiculously sweet.
You’re probably wondering what kind of kid carries around a box of cupcakes all day. Well, not a skinny one.
everyone thinks the librarian is crazy because she talks non-stop about natural remedies
so my coworkers think the librarian is crazy. She is really into holistic healing and talks about all her experiments and theories a lot. And some people have noticed that I talk to her and eat lunch with her and don’t make fun of her.
At lunch, she was drinking a beet, carrot, garlic juice. Everyone was saying “smell this! smell this! it’s awful how could she eat this?!” She kept saying that the raw vegetable juice was part of her treatment for her cold. This spectacle made my strawberry-spinach smoothie seem normal.
Honestly, I’m glad that she’s around. She has taken all the “Why are you so weird?” spotlight off of me. And now I have someone to eat lunch with and when she asks me what I’m eating, I can tell her without being ridiculed.
I bought a classic reel mower. I brought it home and then I half-way put it together. There was a part missing. ARG! My dog seemed very concerned.
So I put it all back in the box and went to get a different lawn mower, which I was able to put together in under ten minutes. Using it to mow, kicked my butt. Then I pulled weeds. A goat would have been more entertaining.
So I went to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription that I didn’t really want for anemia. Turns my insurance doesn’t cover the medicine - Ferralet. The pharmacist said it was $50. I spent some time reasoning in my mind trying to figure out if I should buy the medicine, trying to separate the financial considerations from the health considerations. I read the info sheet. I figured out that it’s folic acid, iron, b12, vitamin C, and dulco-something.
Folic acid: which I already take. The doctor never asked me if I did.
Iron, hmm ok, that’s what my body is actually missing
B12, I’m probably short on this too, ok.
Vitamin C: I drink it (fresh juice). I eat it (fresh fruit). Take vitamins (when I’m sick). It’s in the script because iron absorption is increased with vitamin C.
Dulcosate sodium: I took something called “dulcolax” back when I had part of my colon removed. It’s a stool-softener. Why would I need a stool softener, cause synthetic iron constipates people. I wonder how (or if) stool softeners affect nutrient absorption.
AND WHAT ABOUT ALL THESE “INACTIVE” INGREDIENTS?!
Anyway, I told the pharmacist that I thought $50 was a bit much for this prescription. SHE AGREED WITH ME. WOAH. She stepped away from the counter, gave me the label off the bottle and explained to me that I could get the same stuff right off their vitamin shelf for much less money. She is awesome.
Now I just have to figure out how to tell my doctor that I am not taking the prescription that he prescribed. Meanwhile, I’m gonna snack on some raw organic broccoli and raw pumpkin seeds.
Umm the doc called me yesterday while I was at work. I have to call him back today. He said that he wouldn’t call unless the test results came back bad. sigh. Let’s hope this is a call about my health insurance and payments or something. They did a CBC on me, with specific attention to my hematocrit - to check for anemia.
If they tell me that I’m anemic and that I have to eat steak or something, I am going to be upset. Talking to doctors about healing through nutrition is not easy to say the least.
I am not completely raw but I’m working my way there. It’s interesting to see how my mind has transitioned. At first my “cheat” foods or at least my “cheat cravings” were foods like hamburgers, pasta, pizza, etc. Now that I am focusing on raw fruits and veggies, now cooked rice and cooked quinoa are my cravings.
I ate a cup of quinoa today. There’d be a pic but I was so thrilled, I forgot to take one and ate the quinoa too quick. I think for now, I am going to do 75% raw, 25% cooked daily. If my test results come back bad (presence of tumors and/or cysts) I am going to all raw.
I am not losing weight but I’m toning which is awesome.
I went to the doctor. I described my problem. He did the exam.
Then he offered me a medication.
There was no mention of finding out why I am having this problem. No other options besides taking a pill. He never asked me about my diet or nutrition or fitness. Not even if I drink enough water.
Even if I weren’t into natural nutritional healing, it just doesn’t make sense to treat a symptom without even trying to find a cause, so that the cause can be treated and the problem fixed for the long-term.
I never talk to people about my eating habits because I’m afraid of being ridiculed. But I have decided that I need to do this because I get stressed when I am around other people and eating. Usually, I can decline food politely on account of having Crohn’s Disease. This isn’t working as well as it used to because I am trying to stay as raw as possible. People don’t understand why I turn down cooked vegetables, baked goods, etc.
So, I told my best friend that I decided to be a vegan. She says: “Don’t you already pretty much eat like that anyway.”
I told a life-long friend who also has Crohn’s Disease that I decided to be a vegan. She says: “I would do that but the doctors say that I can’t because of anemia and Crohn’s.”
someone somewhere needs to start “how to be a vegan on a budget” blog
I wish fruits and vegetables weren’t so expensive, especially organic ones. Every time I go to Whole Foods, I tell myself that my CD treatments were $2500/month, so buying expensive food is totally worth it.
A good thing though is that since I’ve been spending more on fruits and veggies, I am more conscious of not-wasting and only buying exactly what I need.
So my landscaping is terrible. I’ve been fixing it up, slowly but surely. I bought a lawn mower today. I was talking to people at work and told them that I wanted to get a push mower. They were shocked, telling me all how a riding mower makes mowing fun. I told them that the “closest I will ever get to a owning a riding mower is putting a saddle on a goat.” So silly me went to the hardware store to buy a mower. I thought I could get an old school push mower (the kind that runs on human power) and just bring it home and mow the lawn.
Turns out they are sold unassembled in a box. <roll eyes> As if mowing the lawn wasn’t bad enough, now I have to put the lawn mower together, lol.