Mailbag and Things You Might Have Missed This Week

Greetings! Don’t you just love those weeks when LIFE grabs you by the whatzits and says, “Deal with me NOW!”

This was one of those weeks. In between the tile guys, the plumber, and the electricians (so many men going in and out of my house, it’s starting to look like a bordello), I managed to develop an abscess on a tooth. Trying to be gracious with stabbing pains shooting all over my head ain’t easy, lemme tell ya. But I made it through, and the dentist was able to see me this morning….only to refer me to an endodontist for a root canal. (In addition to having a curvy body, I apparently have curvy roots on this tooth.) Of course, the endodontist didn’t have an opening until February 2nd. Please pardon if my posts seem a bit terse over the next week.

But enough about me. It’s on to the show!

I received a couple of questions re: nutrition, and as you all know, I’m not a nutritionist. I did a smidge of research, but I’ll count on your kindness in jumping in with any additional info.

Question 1: Are strawberries not good on a regular basis?
My answer: Strawberries are never “not good”, especially if they have chocolate anywhere near them :)  And that’s mostly true. According to the folks at World’s Healthiest Foods, strawberries are “an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. They also qualified as a very good source of dietary fiber and iodine as well as a good source of potassium, folate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin K, magnesium, and copper.” Wow, that’s a lot of health packed into one cute little berry! 

But we know there’s always fine print, don’t we? There’s a little wrinkle with strawberries. Conventionally grown berries are high on the pesticide list, so organic is the preferable purchase. Also, these juicy red gems contain naturally occurring oxalates that might cause problems for people with kidney, gall bladder, or digestive tract issues. Might want to talk to your M.D. before eating too many strawberries.

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Question 2: Why is soy or almond milk healthier than skim?
My answer: I don’t really have a good answer. This is a highly (and sometimes hotly!) debated issue.  Ultimately, the decision for each of us will probably be based partly on our personal philosophies and partly on health goals/issues. For me, the basics are that soy and almond milk are absent any animal fats, but they’re both highly processed. Skim milk is lower in animal fat than whole milk, but it also undergoes significant processing. But that just scratches the surface.

When I was in LA last fall, the LA Times ran a fairly balanced article profiling the benefits and concerns of a variety of milks.

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Surely between all of us, we can provide enough info to be…you know, helpful. :)

Closing out with a few links I liked this week:

44 Ways to Improve Your Health and Happiness  (Wisebread)
Weight Loss Tracker: Monitor Your Weight Loss Online (Makeuseof)
Exercise Tracker: Monitor Exercise Routines Online (MakeUseOf)

Gym Etiquette (Healthy Theory)
12 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself (The Rat Race Trap)

And I’m finally done. :)

Hope you all have a great weekend!



0 thoughts on “Mailbag and Things You Might Have Missed This Week

  1. Thank you for this – I had seen so many gals on my forum talking about almond milk and wondered what the buzz was.

    BTW – Dark chocolate covered strawberries might be my all-time favorite food!

  2. ouch! that sounds painful. I have put off the dentist for a while since I stopped going when I didnt have health insurance and just never went. I should probably go although Im afraid Ill be in for a root canal myself.

    and ps – you are definitely not a granny! :)

  3. Sorry about the tooth! Dentistry is no fun, that's for sure.

    I am a cow milk lover. I try to avoid processed soy stuff, plus I am not that fond of the taste. I have never tried almond milk – but I might just to see what it's like.

  4. The milk thing (soy vs. skim) has had me wondering for a long time. I just don't care for the taste of soy, but I've heard people say it's better for you. I've kind of dumped milk for the most part, but I do have lots of greek yogurt and other dairy so I don't miss it much. But if I have to have milk then I opt for skim.

  5. Cammy, as you know, I have major teeth issues cause you read my posts of going to UCLA dental school so I really feel for you! I have had an abscess before & tat is not good & waiting that long… UGH!!!! Thinking of you!

    Thx for all the links!

  6. Cammy, as you know, I have major teeth issues cause you read my posts of going to UCLA dental school so I really feel for you! I have had an abscess before & tat is not good & waiting that long… UGH!!!! Thinking of you!

    Thx for all the links!

  7. You have to go another couple of weeks with an abscess? You're in a place I would never want to be. I know when I had one (AFTER a root canal) my face blew up like a balloon and my one eye swelled shut. Scary and painful.

    Yet you're keeping it together. Hope you get that handled soon!

  8. Hopefully they put on the cancellation list and something will come up earlier. Ouch! A sore tooth is not fun.

    Thanks for the info and links!

  9. that is awful that you have to wit so long to get your abcess taken care of! i hope like kimberly said they have a cancellation and get you in faster.
    i'm a cow's milk drinker (skim) but i do love almond milk, especially on cereal. i buy vanilla almond breeze. not a fan of soy (though not scared of it, just don't want to use a bunch of it) because i've heard it can mess with your thyroid. BUT i am sure there's lots of stuff i eat or drink that has its risks in one way or another so whatever, right?

  10. Oh wow! I feel so bad for you. Sounds like you had a pretty rough day with the tooth and all. Hope your mouth is feeling ok!

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  13. Ouch – I hate tooth problems! I hope by now it is feeling better at least a little bit.

    Hope you get in soon!

  14. I've had so many bad dental experiences that just talking about it makes me want to cry sometimes. I hope your root canal goes smoothly and they give you some good drugs. 😉

    Are any of those guys cute?

  15. Ugh. I don't think I'll be able to stand dental troubles and thankfully, I haven't had anything that bad so far. Thanks for the useful links, especially for that article on milk.