Thanks to all of you who have asked about David. He’s doing well and spent the day at home recuperating from his stay at the hospital. Lord knows you don’t actually get any rest in the hospital, so he got caught up on some sleep today.
So I should share with you that I have been nagging him about a few things over the past year. Not that I think any of these things have to do with Wednesday’s episode, but “maybe”… As I have become healthier, I have wanted to bring him along for the ride, but he’s been a little resistant. For those of you who know David, this will come as no surprise. 🙂
So the “few” things:
- Coffee. David drinks an estimated 20 or so cups of coffee a day. No, this is not an exaggeration. Our naturalist has already talked to him about the high acidity of coffee, as this was the cause of a chronic skin condition he was dealing with over a year ago. That was when he cut back from 30 to 20 cups and his skin got better (we also try to alkalize with our daily green smoothies). Coffee does have some health benefits. In moderation. As in 2-4 cups a day. Too much coffee contributes to his acid reflux (he could get rid of the Prilosec!), and inhibits absorption of nutrients because it stimulates the digestive system. There are a number of other negative side effects that I won’t get into, but at least it doesn’t seem to affect his sleep (not even when he drinks a pot of coffee before bed).
With the coffee comes that flavored creamer crap. At 20 cups a day, he’s probably drinking 2 cups of processed fat & sugar. Way too many nutritionally-deficient calories.
My thanks to Miranda (my niece) for the following image she shared with David tonight:
- Diet Coke / Aspartame. One of his cousins posted something about the negative effects of aspartame of FaceBook today and David was talking to me about this article (all of a sudden he is enlightened?!) Apparently he missed the 200 times I brought up these same issues over the past year or so… He has been doing a little better on this, but I’d like to see it disappear from the fridge (by dumping it down the drain, not drinking it).
- Lipitor. With all the healthier eating we have been doing this year, I think he can probably safely stop this statin drug and manage via diet only. I worry about the long-term side effects of prolonged use and, as my own cholesterol dropped by 50 points when I went plant based, I know we can do this without drugs.
Speaking of Lipitor, I wanted to share a great post about the new guidance on statin drugs. Apparently the pharmaceutical companies aren’t making enough money on their cash cow and they need more… so new customers must be found. This post is from my compadre in breast cancer and healthy living , Lisa. Be sure to watch the video included!
An Ideal Husband (1999) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122541/