This morning, I went back to my dentist and got FOUR fillings on my right side. I had some gnarly cavities after ignoring the dentist for so many years (note to self: go to cleanings every six months). It was not fun. Obviously!
However, my dentist does have a TV that hangs above the chair, so I put on HGTV and blasted the volume to drown out the drilling. I gave myself a free pass on the TV Diet! Cavities require distraction.
After the Husband picked me up, we came home, and I stared into the fridge, trying to decide what the heck I could eat for lunch when half of my face was numb. Mid-drool, I decided to go with soup. Wolfgang Puck Tuscan Bean, to be exact.
Ugh – the whole dentist trip really solidified my nasty attitude. In honor of ‘keeping in real’ on the blog, I will now admit that am in a really bad mood! I’m tired and crabby and overwhelmed, and I seriously would love a free pass to just curl on my couch and take a five-hour nap. But that’s just not going to happen, so I’m going to ride it out. I think I’ll feel better if I get work done. Proactive and positive, as I always say!
In other news, did you know it’s National Vegetarian Week? I always wonder about these random holidays, but yes – it’s true!
If you’re not a veggie, I encourage you to participate in Vegetarian Week! You don’t have to go ‘all the way’ to make a big difference. Switch it up by going vegetarian for a day or eating a vegetarian dinner every night this week. Hopefully, you’ll see that being vegetarian is 1) yummy; 2) cheap; and 3) healthy.
The Vegetarian Society has some cool resources to help celebrate this week:
- Reasons why you should go vegetarian
- How to go vegetarian, bit by bit
- How to go vegetarian, cold turkey (pun intended)
- Vegetarian recipes
In a similar vein, have you heard about the new movie Forks Over Knives?
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. You can read the full synopsis here.
I’m excited to see the movie, even though it sounds biased (which is one of the reasons I liked Food Inc. so much – it wasn’t necessarily pro-vegetarian, but just educational). I definitely believe that we can heal ourselves through food and prevent many chronic conditions by eating a plant-based diet. I’m hoping the movie will include lots of scientific research to back this up!
Forks Over Knives will have a limited release (here are the showtimes), but I hope to catch it next month when it’s shown in Charlotte.