Aug 31, 2011
The other night, Robby and I had a conversation about his decision to attempt the HCG diet. It’s nothing like taking what people claim to be effective weight loss pills but the risks and the concerns are there nonetheless.
First and foremost the diet entails daily injections and a caloric intake of 500 calories. That only concerns me. The shot is supposed to essentially trick your body into believing it is not hungry so you can comfortably eat 500 calories a day without feeling like you’re going to die of starvation. I don’t like it and I have no idea what the possible impact could be on his heart– something we already know is an issue.
I expressed this concern to him and he got upset stating that I was not being supportive. I told him that I do not agree with his decision and I will not agree with the diet but if made up his mind that this is something he wants to see through then I would support his decision; I just won’t agree with it.
He let the subject matter drop but I could tell that he was still not pleased about it. I am concerned about his health and feel that he did a piss poor job of following the Weight Watchers diet because while he was eating healthier, he wasn’t exercising and as a result he continued to maintain his weight.
Regardless, I love him and I understand his desire to want to lose weight. Do I agree with the method he is choosing? No. But will I support him regardless? Yes. Does that mean I’m being unsupportive? I don’t think so– but you tell me.
Jan 23, 2011
Robby and I are at our last leg with Trouble. He’s clearly miserable but he’s just not getting better. We’ve talked to several different consultants and haven’t heard anything that we haven’t tried. It’s frustrated beyond on else, especially when you’re dealing with this type of situation and honestly I doubt a consultants directory would help and I certainly don’t think consultants for hire will do the trick either.
So we’ve resolved to trying out other methods that might work. We need to make a run to PetCo and get a Comfy Cone to prevent him from turning his neck to lick, some leg warmers so he can’t get at his legs and then lastly baby socks secured with duct tape to pad the scratching he’s doing. It’s a last ditch effort, but it might work.
When you’re dealing with a dog with severe allergies that continues to make things worse, but techniques do you employ? Do they work?
Sep 22, 2010
We all know the importance of obtaining all our vitamins and nutrients via the food we eat and while food processing as its advantages- mass production makes food cheaper- it also has its disadvantages. One of which is that food that has not been processed by washing and simple preparation is expected to contain a higher proportion of naturally occurring vitamins, fibers and minerals.
Food processing can lower the nutritional value of food which affects the amount of food necessary to meet all the requirements of the food pyramid. As a means to assist with the nutrition needed in the human body and avoid eating an excess amount of food, multivitamin supplements have been created to give people the option another option to obtain their daily vitamins.
One of the problems that is inherited with the use of multivitamins lies solely with each company’s claim that the product they’ve produced is the best multivitamin on the market. Another problem which arises with the use of multivitamins is a lot of people believe that it is best to get your nutrition and vitamins through a natural means, but food processing makes that almost impossible as the quantities needed to meet the requirements are doubled if not tripled.
What methods do you utilize to obtain all your nutrients? Are they effective?
Aug 31, 2010
So if you’ve visited my furbabies page, then you know that I own 3 dogs. 3 dogs in which health and wellness are a top concern, especially since one of our dogs, Trouble, has extreme allergic reactions to specific foods, substances, etc.
One of our biggest concerns are also teeth. I know that a lot of you may think it’s silly, but given that unlike humans, dogs aren’t really capable of brushing their teeth, it is essentially our responsibility to make sure they are properly cleaned.
Have you ever tried brushing a dog’s teeth? Yeah, me neither and believe me, I have no interest in trying so instead I’ve decided to try Nylabones, Edible Dental Dog Chews after some research. Some of the best features are that it’s natural and it helps clean teeth while also freshening the dog’s breath and reducing plaque and tartar build up.
On top of all of that, it’s available in the Costco coupon book, which is a plus given how often we shop there. It really makes the bones affordable especially since it’s $3.50 until September 12, 2010!
And the best part? I don’t have to deal with trying to brush their teeth myself. It’s simple, effective, and painless. That’s an A plus in my book!
Jul 28, 2010
When it comes to glasses and vision, I of all people know the importance of having the appropriate prescription and glasses or contacts that suit you. Part of the reason my vision is so bad now is because in high school I refused to admit to the fact that I had problems seeing and instead resorted to squinting and using friends glasses which weren’t designed for me.
I’m paying for it now. Believe me.
In any event, I also know just how expensive eyeglasses are and that for most people, especially if you don’t have insurance it’s next to impossible to actually afford glasses, let alone afford the exam.
Thankfully there is now a wonderful company Zenni Optical that makes glasses both affordable and stylish. So for those of you who have been putting of purchasing glasses or are taking the route I did when I was younger—don’t. You’ll thank yourself in the long run and you won’t have to deal with the horrible vision I deal with now. Sure, there are people with worse vision, but being preventative is a good thing and believe me when I say that I learned that the hard way. Yes, I sure did.
Jul 28, 2010
In the recent years, more specifically as I’ve gotten older, my health has become more and more of a concern. If I’m honest though, my concern isn’t really for myself, but for Robby whose family history is known to have medical issues concerning weight.
This concern is particularly prominent now, given that Robby recently suffered from pneumonia and the medications given to him comprised what the doctors like to refer to as the “good bacteria”. It was recommended that he start eating yogurt to offset the effects of the medication, which he has, but I am also a fan looking for natural methods to assist with sickness. In that regard, I have heard that Oregano oil is a good supplement to take as it has been proven to be effective against even drug resistant bacteria.
Despite that, I am no fool and understand that medication is sometimes necessary. As much as we’d like to think that there is a good natural way to help with sickness, that is not always the case and I won’t be disillusioned into believing that. This is especially prudent when it comes to Vitamin D, as Robby’s family also has a history of skin cancer and Robby is prone to getting sunburns when he’s out in the sun for too long. In an effort to assist with our upcoming trip to the river, I think I’m going to suggest Bio D-Mulsion which is a vitamin D supplement enhanced in a manner which helps the body absorb it.
Either way, health has become a serious concern for me and I hope that I’ll be able to convince Robby to be more health conscious as well!