Two Onions Walk Into a Bar....

@AmbiePam (49494)
United States
May 10, 2017 6:47pm CST
I'm thrilled when I find a way to put vegetables into my diet. Like, a lot of vegetables. Most of you who know me are familiar with my mom's death, two years ago last week. After being diagnosed with dementia at 46 she died at 55. Well, part of what causes dementia, and some just can't be avoided because they are hereditary, is inflammation. So I try to pack as many anti-inflammatory foods into my diet as possible. I finally found a way to use turmeric without disliking the taste. I made a dish that had celery, onions, garlic, red bell peppers, and spinach together. That's a load of healthy stuff. Just as an aside, you may not have dental insurance. I do not have it. But it's time for a cleaning and I'm going to find a way to go. A lot of people with dementia (once again, the type varies) have had their brains studied after their deaths, and bacteria and the inflammation in their brain can be traced to the mouth's bacteria. Getting a cleaning can help prevent that kind of effect on your brain. Like I said, I KNOW it's hard to find the money. I've borrowed from my dad (I realize not everyone can), but I go. It will also save you money in the long run because it stops problems before they get out of hand and get REALLY expensive. And of course I feel triumphant for using all the vegetables before they expire. I HATE when that happens. I feel like I just threw money down the drain.
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@LadyDuck (163415)
• Switzerland
11 May 17
My dentist informed me how dangerous can be the bacteria from the mouth. I go twice a year for dental cleaning. It's not very expensive.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
It's not? I'm jealous. I go twice a year now too. It's much worse to wait and pay hundreds to thousands later. And yep, I've paid thousands. Over ten years ago, and I couldn't believe it. It wasn't even that much work.
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@LadyDuck (163415)
• Switzerland
11 May 17
@AmbiePam I pay about $100 for a deep cleaning, it takes a full hour, so I do not judge that it is very expensive.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
@LadyDuck Oh...that's expensive for me. I couldn't get into to a dentist school. You know, where they let dental students do the work for a cheap price? They were always full. Like years ahead were booked which is crazy.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
11 May 17
I throw away so much food it's not even funny.. but I can't get the kids to eat leftovers. I make a ton of food.. and if they love it, there are no leftovers. If they hate it I have too many left overs and it ends up going to waste. Ugh!
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
It's too bad it's against the law to hold kids down and force food down their throat. Do they like chocolate and peanut butter? I saw this recipe for a a healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie. I made it, but added a cup of spinach. I couldn't taste the spinach at all. You could maybe sneak some of those unused fruits or veggies into it.
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• United States
11 May 17
@AmbiePam I've tried things like that before.. somehow they notice! They are good at eating veggies so I don't worry about that too much.
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• United States
10 May 17
Sorry to hear it is the anniversary of your Mom's passing Ambie. I know this is very hard on you friend. Really very proud of you for you taking good care of yourself and eating right and going to the dentist. Yes, teeth are so important, gums and all, it can lead to many problems even heart trouble. And I love your title here LOL
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
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• United States
11 May 17
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• Philippines
11 May 17
I don't even visit my dentist anymore. We don't have have spinach, the closest thing I could buy is either mustard greens or lettuce. There's also bell peppers here but expensive.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
I wasn't thrilled with the cost of red bell peppers here. I mean a banana is dirt cheap, but a red bell pepper is pretty expensive in comparison.
@GardenGerty (100380)
• United States
12 May 17
What ever grows locally is usually cheaper. FYI @AmbiePam my doctor recently told me that to help preven muscle spasms it is more effective to drink a glass of V8 type tomato juice than to eat bananas. It seems to be true. You can get low sodium versions and pack a big serving of veggies in that way as well.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
12 May 17
@GardenGerty Thanks.
@JudyEv (126129)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May 17
I didn't know about bacteria in the mouth and the link to dementia. That's interesting.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
I like to know however I can keep dementia at bay.
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@GardenGerty (100380)
• United States
12 May 17
@AmbiePam Also linked to heart disease.
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@DianneN (79896)
• United States
11 May 17
I also eat tons of veggies and love them all. Turmeric is wonderful. I go twice a year for dental cleanings. They also examine my teeth for cavities, my thyroid, tongue, gums, and inside cheeks for anything unusual.
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@shshiju (10545)
• Cochin, India
11 May 17
Diet is always helpful. Adding mental health and concentration like yoga is good.
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
11 May 17
I was going to say if you can buy seeds from a store near by you can grow some of your own fruits and veggies to help you save on food costs. We bought some and have been growing them indoors in pots.
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• United States
11 May 17
This is a very important reminder that we need to get healthy. Food plays such an important role in either keeping us healthy or unhealthy. I certainly am trying to ward off dementia as we'll as other diseases
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@TRBRocks420 (79433)
• Banks, Oregon
11 May 17
RIP to your Mom and, yes vegetables are very good for us.
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@Deepizzaguy (13796)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
10 May 17
Thank you for sharing the health tip. Sorry for the loss of your mom as well.
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@averygirl72 (16635)
• Philippines
10 May 17
Sad to know that about your mom. I think she's still young. We should really take good care of our health so we can live longer
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@responsiveme (16753)
• India
10 May 17
You are right about oral hygiene being important, because it leads to other more dangerous things...I keep telling the children that. Thanks for info on anti inflammatory veggies
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@CRK109 (14459)
• United States
11 May 17
any chance you can share that recipe that uses tumeric? I haven't found a way to use it in my diet and I'd love to! Thanks!
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
The easiest way I've found is corn on the cob, although you could use regular corn. I get a lime, squeeze the juice over the corn, and then sprinkle it with turmeric. It's not like you get a cup full of turmeric, but I'm just glad to fit any into my diet. I've put it in smoothies before, but you have to add a lot of stuff to it so you can't taste it. Usually if I put it in a smoothie I end up putting cinnamon in it to block the taste, as well as something along the lines of a banana. Weirdly, a banana counter acts a lot of so so tasting things.
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@CRK109 (14459)
• United States
12 May 17
@AmbiePam sounds like something I'll definitely have to try! Thanks!
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
12 May 17
@CRK109 Hope you can try it and that you like it.
@ShifaLk (7480)
• India
22 May 17
Loss of mother cannot be fulfilled in any way... :(
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
22 May 17
Amen to that.
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@sol_cee (15860)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
13 May 17
Your mom passed away so young. I'm sorry to hear that.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
13 May 17
I appreciate your kindness.
• Jacksonville, Florida
11 May 17
Oh wow, I didn't know it had to do with mouth bacteria. =( I don't have dental insurance and honestly I never go since I can't afford to with 5 children. The kids go because they have insurance-thank God.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
You can check to see if there is a dental school around. The one near me is always busy. But the dental students do cleanings for a very small price since they aren't officially dentists. They have actual dentists monitoring them, so nothing bad happens. The last year of my mom's life she paced constantly. I mean all day, and all night. She once fell asleep standing up. My dad was worried her feet would get beat up because she was on them so much, so every month he'd take her to a local beauty school. They gave her a pedicure, and he paid a very small price since it was a school, and not an actual business.
@jstory07 (68253)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 May 17
That is why I try to only buy the amount of food that we can eat. I hope there is no waste that way.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
That's what I do, except for spinach. I can't choose how much to buy because it's in a container. I don't like frozen spinach, but it seems rare that I can finish the entire container before it goes bad.
11 May 17
I've also heard from a local radio health program that bacterial infection in the mouth can also lead to heart ailments.
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@AmbiePam (49494)
• United States
11 May 17
That's very true.
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@silvermist (20080)
• India
16 May 17
@AmbiePam I remember you writing about your mother. Your discussion is very informative.
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