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 â€“ the whole dentist trip really solidified my nasty attitude. In honor of â€˜keeping in realâ€™ on the blog, I will now admit that am in a really bad mood! Iâ€™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 thatâ€™s just not going to happen, so Iâ€™m going to ride it out. I think Iâ€™ll feel better if I get work done. Proactive and positive, as I always say!
In other news, did you know itâ€™s National Vegetarian Week? I always wonder about these random holidays, but yes â€“ itâ€™s true!
If youâ€™re not a veggie, I encourage you to participate in Vegetarian Week! You donâ€™t have to go â€˜all the wayâ€™ to make a big difference. Switch it up by going vegetarian for a day or eating a vegetarian dinner every night this week. Hopefully, youâ€™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 â€œdiseases of affluenceâ€ 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.
Iâ€™m excited to see the movie, even though it sounds biased (which is one of the reasons I liked Food Inc. so much â€“ it wasnâ€™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. Iâ€™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 itâ€™s shown in Charlotte.