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simple things to do today for a healthier and happier tomorrow

Category: simple approaches

before you take a sip, think about this

If I asked you to drink a cleaning supply, would you?  What about a rust remover?  An engine cleaner?

What if I told you, you already did?

I’m not trying to disgust you.  Well maybe I am.  Because if you thought about what soda, coke, pop, whatever you prefer to call it, is capable of…maybe you would stop drinking it.  Or at least drink less of it.

According to many sources, soda has been used for many purposes other than a beverage for many years.  Among these purposes are cleaning blood off of accident sites, removing rust (you remember the school project of using coke to dissolve a rusty nail, right?), and cleaning engines.  You are probably getting the gist, but for an even longer list, read 51 Uses for Coca-Cola at WiseBread.

Do you love the stuff so much that you’re going to forget you read this?  The reality is, forgetting about these facts won’t make them any less real.  Nor will it change the fact that soda is also terrible for your health.  If you are interested in thinking about that too, read Soda’s Health Risks: How Bad Is It Really? at The Huffington Post.  If you are like many people though, thinking about the health effects may just increase your sense of guilt about drinking it, rather than get you to stop.

So, the next time you reach for a soda, coke, pop, or whatever you prefer to call it, think about just what that liquid is capable of doing before you take a sip.  Now, are you still going to enjoy it?

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everyone needs an allergy

I used to hate cream cheese.  Or at least I thought I did.  I don’t recall whether my dislike for it was based on an actual experience of tasting it or just from deciding I wouldn’t like it based on it’s appearance and smell, which I have done for various foods since I was young.  Either way, my dislike for it was strong enough to withstand working at my neighborhood bagel shop for a couple years during high school.  I somehow didn’t discover that I actually love the high calorie, high fat, creamy, savory spread until after I worked there.

Looking back I am impressed with my timing…and ignorance.  I am also reminded that it is human nature to believe what we want to believe.  I was never tempted to indulge in cream cheese during those years because I truly believed I didn’t like it.  Further supporting this point, to this day, I have never eaten a fresh pickle because I’m pretty certain I wouldn’t like it.  (Until recently, I hadn’t eaten any form of pickle until I tried fried ones while on vacation, which I credit to being pregnant at the time).  People frequently tell me that I would likely love pickles considering my other tastes, yet I still have no desire to find out if they are right.  This is because of how ingrained my “dislike” of pickles is in my mind.

My memory of disliking cream cheese crosses my mind on occasion, usually while I’m enjoying it by the spoonful and for a moment will wish I never discovered that I like it.  Those moments are fleeting though, because it is now one of my favorite indulgences and I wouldn’t want to go back to not liking it.  There are certain foods I wouldn’t mind disliking though.  So when other methods of attempting to cut a food out of my diet fail me, I will at times develop a “dislike” for it.

This week it is cookies.  I don’t love cookies and never have, yet lately I’ve been eating them all the time…because they seem to always be around.  They are a staple in my kitchen due to my husband’s love for them, are served at the training sessions I facilitate at work, sit next to the cash register at the lunch spots I frequent, and of course overflow during the holidays, at parties, etc.  And although I don’t love cookies and never have, I do like them and lack will power when it comes to passing on them.

So for now I will dislike cookies.  It’s not just that I won’t love them, as I love cream cheese, I actually really will not like them.  There may be a day when I will like them again, but for now, I feel the need to cut them out of my diet, so the chewy yet crunchy sweets disgust me.  In fact, I don’t know why anyone likes them.  It must be annoying to feel compelled to eat them.

I strongly recommend this approach.

If you are thinking “There’s no way I’ll ever convince myself that I don’t like fill-in-the-blank“, then perhaps you should take this approach a step further by developing an allergy.  While you may recall that you are not actually allergic to fill-in-the-blank, telling people that you are will encourage you to keep it up.  Because really, who wants to be known as the person who is making up allergies??

So, what are you allergic to?

wasting groceries

I am really good at wasting groceries. So much so, that I’ve given myself a two recipe maximum. That is, unless I am entertaining, I limit myself to purchasing groceries for two specific recipes per shopping trip in addition to my family’s standard grocery list. I then do my best to use the rest of the ingredients from those recipes in other dishes using staple items I have on hand.  This approach makes me more economical, encourages me to get more nutritional value out of each grocery item, and pushes me to be creative when it comes to thinking of and creating new recipes, all of which will benefit my tomorrow.

Throughout Adding Parsley, you will find examples of recipe combinations I’ve made with the same or similar ingredients, which I hope inspire you to waste less groceries too.  For the greatest benefit, you’ll want to focus on getting the most value out of the nutritious ingredients of course…because really, how beneficial would eating let’s say, cream cheese with dinner each night of one week be compared to eating parsley and pecans with each meal?  To see what I mean, I encourage you to read goat cheese, parsley and pecans (three combinations).