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Continued health experiments [Jun. 1st, 2010|11:21 am]

Giving up beef and pork has not made me feel appreciably different, unlike other changes. I need to get into the doc's office for a cholesterol test to see if it's had any effect on my system.

Drinking more milk had the almost-immediate effect of curing me from the chronic colds I seemed to always be suffering. I've been germ-sick twice since I started drinking more milk, as opposed to the continually sick I was the year before

Since we started the fruit smoothie routine, I can report that my allergies have been massively reduced: at this time of year I would usually be taking two prescription drugs and supplementing them with OTC antihistamines at least 4x a day, and instead I'm taking one prescription drug, and not even every day. This is a HUGE improvement. Also, my hacking cough and chronic sore throat (both probably the result of post-nasal drip) have pretty much disappeared.

So, what's next? For most of you this is probably a no-brainer, but I'm giving up artificial sweetners for a month. This is probably the biggest hardship so far, because I rely on Lipton Instant Peach-Flavored Iced Tea for my caffeine delivery. I got up this morning, the first of the month and the day I'd told Ferrett I was starting this project, and for a moment I considered pretending that I'd forgotten all about it. But I was good: I brewed up a large cup of Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Original, added some honey, and then poured it over ice.

It's...okay. It's definitely more of a sipping drink than a chugging drink, so I'm forcing myself to get some of it down my gullet so that I don't get a caffeine withdrawal headache. I can tell, though, that this is going to be tough. If I don't see a definite change in my health during this month, I will not be motivated to continue on this part of the regimen. But I'm willing to give it a month because of the major changes in health brought on by the other changes. I can do this for a month. I hope.

From: frito_kal
2010-06-01 03:40 pm (UTC)
It seems like it'd make sense, if you guys are making all those smoothies already, to juice some of the fruit and set it aside for tea, rather than smoothies? Same fruit intake, but with added caffeine?

Or perhaps tea smoothies. I have no idea if that'd work though.
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[User Picture]From: chipuni
2010-06-01 03:45 pm (UTC)
Tea smoothies are yummy!

They work quite well. In California, they're sold with or without tapioca 'pearls'.
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From: frito_kal
2010-06-01 03:49 pm (UTC)
*shudder* I'm in San Diego - the tapioca pearls are everywhere here, but tapioca makes me throw up so I tend to hide from them.
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[User Picture]From: creentmerveille
2010-06-01 04:41 pm (UTC)
What the heck is with the tapioca pearls? I'm in Florida, and I've never heard of that except, y'know, in tapioca pudding. :P
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-06-02 03:01 am (UTC)
It's the stuff in bubble tea.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-01 03:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it sounds like too much work. For now, I think I'll stick to a dollop of honey. ;-)
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