Well, I think the tooth (or lack thereof) is healing nicely. I’m still very reliant on advil and avoiding super crusty/crunch foods, but my food seems to be back to normal.
I was think, there are so many misconceptions and stereoptypes out there. I thought I might bust some myths that I’ve learned about in my life experiences:
Myth #1 : Skinny = happy.
Not true. There are plenty of overweight people who are happy, plenty of thin who are not. It’s not a 1-to-1 correlation, and true happiness doesn’t lie five or 10 or 20 pounds from now
Myth #2: Lobsters scream in pain when they are boiled
It’s commendable that people do not want to inflict pain on animals, but this one is definitely false on the first account (screaming) and probably false on the second (pain). Lobsters have no throat, no vocal cords, no lungs, so how could they scream at all? The fact is, the noise is caused by air trapped in the shell. When heated it expands and forces itself out through small gaps, causing the sound – sort of like when you force air out between your tightly clenched lips to make a rude sound. I learned in culinary school that lobsters and other crustaceans are not vertebrates and simply do not have the nerve pathways and brain region like other animals do. Can we know for absolutely positively 100% sure that lobsters don’t feel pain? No, because there’s no way for us to directly experience what they do and do not feel. That should not stop us from making educated guesses. (all you PETA members, dont kill me, I do love animals).
Myth #3: I’m not flexible – I can’t even touch my toes – so I can’t do yoga.
Guess what, I cant touch my toes either and I teach yoga! This is often coming from someone who has the impression that if you go to a yoga class you will be required to put your foot behind your head. Not true. In my 10+ years of practicing , I’ve NEVER been forced to go beyond my flexibility in a yoga class. We each practice at our own level, at our own pace. And while the person next to you might indeed have her foot behind her head and be some cirque du solei contortionist, it’s perfectly OK if you do not. She won’t get a medal for doing so, and you won’t get a ticket for not.
Myth #4: Women and men who are diagnosed with anorexia nervosa have a great deal of will-power.
While it may seem that they are in extreme control over what they eat, in fact, their disorder is controlling them. A real show of will power would be if they surrendered and allowed a treatment team to help them, followed a balanced meal plan, etc.
Myth #5: You cannot do “serious” cooking with a microwave
This is one of the very silliest myths but it refuses to die out. There are a lot of people who use their microwave for nothing but boiling water and reheating leftovers and they are really missing out on a lot. Some people tried to use their microwave as a general purpose stove and oven replacement rather than as a more specialized tool that is well suited for some jobs but not at all useful for others. For example, I would not use a microwave for a roast beef, fried potatoes, or baking bread, but it works just great for things like rice, poached fish, and steamed veggies. I find it particularly handy for making polenta and risotto, with results that are every bit as good as the stovetop with much less work and worry. If you want to expand your microwave repertoire I highly recommend The Microwave Gourmet by Barbara Kafka. Another excellent book is The Moghul Microwave by Julie Sahni (Indian recipes).
Myth #6: Yoga is a religion
This is a very common myth. Commonly yoga is considered part of Hindu religion, but yoga is not a religion. Have you any idea how many Jewish synagoues conduct “yoga retreats” in LA? Yoga is a time tested spiritual science with the goal of revealing the true nature of reality. Yoga practice is a step by step process with the end goal of calming down the thought waves in our mind and thus prevent them from distorting the truth. Sounds like a beautiful thing to do, but its not a religion! I’m still eating my gefilte fish.
Myth #7: If you have an eating disorder you are an expert on every eating disorder.
Also if you have an eating disorder you can sympathize with everyone having body issues and can consequently fix them
For some reason, ‘normal’ people seem to think that people with eating disorders are good sources of diet advice. Anyone who has ever had an eating disorder has likely been asked by many people about ‘their secrets’, or ‘how they stop being hungry’, or ‘how did you lose the weight so fast?’. PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NEVER DO THIS! First, if people with ED’s were such experts in diet and nutrition advice, they would NOT need to resort to extreme behaviors to maintain their weight! Second, if a person is trying desperately to recover from their ED, they do NOT need to be constantly bombarded by talk about ‘dieting’ and ‘weight loss’ and ‘cutting calories’. They need to be surrounded by talk about healthy food choices and body acceptance. I will never dispense diet advice on my blog, EVER.
Myth #8: Use water instead of milk when making omletes
Some people will tell you that using milk when making scrambled eggs and omelets results in tough eggs – that you should use water instead. But if you require the pronouncement of some authority, tests by Cook’s Illustrated (the “America’s Test Kitchen” people) revealed that scrambled eggs made with water are less flavorful, do not fluff as well, and are not as soft as those made with milk.In Julia Child fashion, cream is better still, but that’s another story! By the way, this advice is for eggs cooked to be moist and creamy, the way they should be. I know some people prefer the dry, fluffy style but all we can do is feel sorry for them.
Myth #9: Its my “rest” day, so I will do yoga! Its not REALLY a workout!
There are a many different varieties of yoga- ones that are calm and meditative and ones that are powerful and intense. No matter which yoga you choose, yoga works your heart. All yoga varieties promote muscle tone, strength and flexibility, which affect your cardiovascular shape. How much of a cardio workout you get depends on which type of yoga you do and how hard you push yourself in class. In any case, yoga should not be done on a “rest day”.
Hope that helped you in some way….if not, heres some food for thought, I mean, for consumption……
I didn’t have yoga school this weekend, so I had some time for myself. Instead of ODing on exercise, I thought I’d make up some cool recipe. The problem? I lacked a lot of groceries. But improvising often leads to the coolest creations. I haven’t cultivated a cookie recipe in a while, so I thought I’d go the cookie route. Since I lacked eggs and butter, vegans rejoice, this recipe is completely vegan AND happens to be gluten free (if you use gluten free oatmeal).
Heres the ingredients:
-1 cup oatmeal
about 2/3 cup steamed or roasted and mashed delicata squash (I’ve never had delicata before and it looks so gorgeous at the market last week, but any winter squash like pumpkin, kabocha, or butternut would work)
-1 tbs stevia powder (any sweetener would do, I happened to have a lot on hand from the stevia giveaway) but a tablespoon of honey or agave would work nicely, I didn’t want these too sweet but if you prefer sweet, add more.
-1 tbs flax mixed with 2 tbs water (flax egg)
-1 tbs canola oil
-black current fruit spread (enough to fill the holes)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix everything except the jam with your hand (no use for fancy mixers or blenders! yay, less clean up!). You can roll them into balls and place on a cookie sheet or do what I did and fill mini muffin tins.
Then, take the bottom of a spoon and make holes in the middle of each cookie.
Fill with jam and let bake for about 15 minuets (check often). If they look like they may not be done, let them got for another five minutes or so (oven can vary, just keep an eye out). Let them cool and enjoy! They don’t make very many, which is why I developed it! Perfect for the single gal and not too much guilt if you finished eating the batch. Just double the recipe if you have a big family!