|Misha and Nika workout in preparation for their assault on our Christmas decorations.|
"But mom, we'll be the only ones in the neighborhood without a tree."
Don't call me a Grinch. I'm just trying to save the cost of a huge veterinary bill. Seriously, our veterinarian told us that every year she sees lots of pets around the holidays who have ingested Christmas tree ornaments and other decorations. The bill for surgery can be pretty staggering. A friend's cat swallowed a glitter ball and the bill for vet care amounted to $2,000+. Better to forego the tree.
|Cheer up guys. We'll spend all the money we saved on vet bills on dog treats and chew toys.|
|No tree? What's a fun-loving cat to do?|
|Does this mean I get some extra treats because I'm the good one?|
It's really been a drag with everyone sick with a cold/flu. For me there's a double whammy because I have to worry about the dreaded sinusitis coming back. I decided my best defense would be skipping the Christmas goodies and mainly eating veggies and low-glycemic fruit, fish and seeds, and whole grains, and drinking lots of broth and herbal teas. So far, my strategy seems to be working. I've found myself healing from a cold much more quickly than those in my family who ate whatever they wanted.
Here's what I've been eating:
- Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, which support the body’s ability to resist and heal from infection.
- Fish, nuts and seeds provide valuable nutrients, including zinc, which play an important role in the immune system. They also are good sources of essential fatty acids which may reduce inflammation and production of phlegm.
- Whole grains provide more vitamins, minerals, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants than refined grains. Individuals who ate more whole grains and passed on processed and fatty foods produced less phlegm when sick, according to studies.
- Warm fluids are recommended to fight a cold because the vapor from the liquids helps open up the sinuses and thin out mucus. Best choices are herbal teas, broth and dairy-free beverages. Skip caffeinated drinks.
|Kale chips with the works|
Kale Chips with the Works
- 1 bunch of kale, washed and dried
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 unpeeled carrot
- 1 T. raw tahini
- 2 T. Bragg's amino acids
- 2-4 T. lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Spray a large cookie sheet.
- Remove the washed and dried kale from the stems. Break the leaves into small pieces. Place half the kale pieces in a large bowl and set aside.
- Prepare the coating by blending the red bell pepper, carrot, tahini, Bragg's, lemon juice in a food processor. (Note: This makes enough for another batch of kale chips the next day.)
- Spoon several large tablespoonsfull of the coating over the kale in the bowl. Toss to distribute the mixture and coat the leaves.
- Spread the coated kale on the cookie sheet.
- Place in the oven and bake until dry but pliable.
- Once the first batch is done, repeat with the remaining kale leaves.