Breakfast Oatmeal with Blueberries and Chia Sprinkles

Breakfast Oatmeal with Blueberries and Chia Sprinkles

I remember my first migraine like it was yesterday.  And that’s not just because I’m having one today, although that certainly helps revive the nostalgia.  At the time, I was 8 and my parents were embroiled in a bitter custody battle over me and I was scheduled to talk to a social worker and give input on my current and future living arrangements.  I knew that both of my parents were going to be there and that added to the anxiety.

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Percocet with a Tylenol Chaser

This week has been filled with more pain than at any other time in my life.  I can’t believe I let my doctor talk me into having 3 surgeries at once.

On Monday afternoon I had a septoplasty, a sinus turbinate reduction and a tonsillectomy.

Truth be told, I’d been looking forward to it for over a month.  Once I decided to go for it I wanted to just do it and get it over with and hopefully get some relief from my sinus problems and migraines.  I posted about it here.

For a migraineur, though, any change to normal routine is just asking for trouble.

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Have You Ever Been Hit In The Face?

I’ve found, over the past 20 or some odd years, that living in Los Angeles comes with specific times of the year when my sinuses are most irritated.  Usually when it’s the most beautiful outside.

About 19 months ago I decided to finally consult an ENT and see what could be done.  He ordered scans.  They showed a couple of things:  my nose is really messed up and my sinuses are really messed up.

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To Supplement Or Not To Supplement

That is the question…

It seems as if every week there’s a new consensus on vitamins and supplements.  Or rather, a recycling of an old concesus; they’re beneficial, they’re a complete waste of money, they’re harmful, they’re beneficial, they’re a complete waste of money, they’re harmful, they’re…well, you get the idea.

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Forwards and Backwards – All in the Same Day

I started the day off with a migraine.  Which made me late for work.  Which meant I didn’t have time to make breakfast.  So I stopped at McDonald’s…bad, I know.  I ordered a #1, the potatoes and egg mcmuffin, minus the meat, and a latte.  I ate only the potato thingy – probably the worst part of it, and about half of the coffee.  Admittedly, the caffeine does help the migraine so there’s that.

Then for lunch I had a hamburger.  I was really craving it which may mean that I needed the protein, but a random burger probably wasn’t the best choice.

The irony of all of this is that on my way out of the house today I received my first order of delivered organic fresh fruits and vegetables from Farm Fresh to You.

Pics from Farm Fresh To You Website

I decided to give it a try because LivingSocial had a deal where you spend $15 and you get $31 worth of goodies.  This week’s bounty includes oranges, bok choy, strawberries, broccoli, cilantro, potatoes, an avocado, and a few other things I can’t remember now.  I  got so much bok choy that I think a soup is in order.

I’ll post some pics tomorrow!

A Whole Food Journey Begins

Whole foods

Whole foods (Photo credit: parislemon)

What is Whole Food? 

Wikipedia defines whole food as “Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as salt, carbohydrates, or fat.”

In my kitchen I’d like this to mean fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, full-fat dairy (preferably non-homogenized), meats and fish and some grains.  Because I also have sensitivity to gluten, this should not include gluten-containing grains but does include rice, corn, buckwheat, oats and quinoa (which are technically berries).

I say “I’d like this to mean” and “should not include” because I am not always well-disciplined when it comes to my diet.  My pantry presently has iced-oatmeal cookies, fiber bars and Top Ramen and my freezer has oodles of frozen bread products and pizzas.  There’s definitely room for improvement!

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