Eggs – Nutrition – Vegetarian

Eggs and Cheese are two words that can start chaos in a discussion with Vegetarian vs Vegan.

Cheese is bad. Period. Cheese is bad.

Eggs….well….that’s a little different. There is a lot of nutritional value in eggs, especially if you are not able to eat a large variety or quantity of food, such as while in the midst of chemo. But is the nutritional value worth the potential health risks? I think the best I can do for you is tell you to educate yourself and make your own decisions.

Now when it comes to being a vegetarian, which I am,  who interacts with a lot of Vegans, which I do, it is a whole different issue. I became a vegetarian because of the way we treat animals. I don’t want to put something in my body that lived a terrible tortured life. I just don’t. I don’t buy eggs because the chickens live a short life of hell.

Now let me show you these.

These eggs come from some extremely happy, well loved, spoiled as hell chickens. These chickens have wonderful lives and have been taken care of like pets since they were one day old. How do I know that? I was there! I went with my daughter to buy these chickens and she adores them.

So, these eggs I will eat and I don’t feel like I am setting myself up for karmic retribution.

Unexpected Bonus

One of the amazing perks of being a Holistic Nutrition Counselor is the people in my everyday life who are trying to improve their lives or are just curious ask me questions, I love love love when people follow my advice and then tell me about the positive effects!

Unexpected boosts to my day.

If you know me and you ever have a question I can help you with please don’t hesitate to ask. You know I got into this originally to help myself and now I relish being able to help others.

Cancer Treatment, chemotherapy & Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth is my personal nemesis right now. I have been undergoing chemotherapy for the last three and a half years and one of the side effects that is cumulative for me is dry mouth! It’s not just about comfort, it can cause physical damage to your mouth, tongue and teeth.

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments cause dry mouth by damaging the salivary glands. Chemotherapy causes dry mouth by making saliva thicker. But this is usually a temporary symptom that clears up about two to eight weeks after treatment ends. Radiation therapy to the head, face, or neck may also cause dry mouth.”

I recently changed medicines and now my dry mouth is extreme so it seemed like a good time to do some research on Foods & Dry Mouth relief.

There are a couple of prescription products available here in the US but the ones I have run across leave a lot to be desired. They are quite expensive and the relief is very short term. My favorite part of the last one I tried was the instructions to use every two hours and not eat or drink anything an hour after using. Talk about having to schedule your day!

I liked a lot of the suggestions on this page. Though nutritionally speaking I might make a few changes for anyone reading it. Xylitol is a sweetener that is used in a lot of commercial dry mouth products. You can also buy it as a stand alone sweetener or as mints or gum. One big word of warning – It is EXTREMELY poisonous to DOGS. Do not keep this anywhere that there are dogs. You just know that they will find it.

Sugar should be avoided in general and specifically for people trying to deal with cancer, but sugary candy can feel excellent on a very dry mouth. Throat drops usually count as sugary candy so be careful about the amount you are getting in a day.

Eat more fruit. If you can eat citrus, eat citrus. I also found that pickled beets of all things offered some great relief. Pickles and any sour foods will help but be careful of your salt content. I see a few places recommend cheeses and other places don’t. I don’t eat a lot of cheese, but I can tell you cheeses like Feta can really suck any existing moisture right on out. 🙁

The one big piece of advice is of course drink, drink, drink. Always have a glass or a bottle of something at your elbow.

My last piece of advice is BRUSH YOUR TEETH often! Mint may cause you some problems so try different things, but your teeth will be damaged by all of the sugar you are sucking on and by the changes to your saliva.