July 22, 2014

DENTAL GRAFT DIARIES: Week 6 (July 15 - July 21, 2014)

Wednesday - July 16, 2014:
While working on this blog came to realization that I am on week 6 of Dental Graft recovery.  Things should be pretty much healed up.  And they are.  But they are not back to normal.  There is a new normal - tightness across the bottom front gum line, constant biting of lips and inside of cheeks, strange bumpiness of the palate, jolting paranoia about not being careful enough...

July 15, 2014

DENTAL GRAFT DIARIES: Week 5 (July 8 - July 14, 2014)

Tuesday - July 8, 2014:
You know what things are getting better when other things that happen to you take priority and make you forget about the extreme or unusual or extremely unusual situation in your mouth.  I am finally more concerned with wholes in the walls, swollen knees, hair straightness, and maybe even the lack of male hotness in this ginormous city.  It's a good feeling. 

July 12, 2014

Papaya Mango Smoothie

1 small mango
2 cups of papaya chunks
1/4 cup coconut syrup
3/4 water
1/2 cup cottage cheese
6 oz tropical fruit yogurt

Blend for about 1 minute.  Makes about 32 oz.

     Basic Smoothie Formula

Cucumber Avocado Green Smoothie

3/4 cup lemon water
1 small avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 cucumber, sliced
Handful of spinach
1/2 cup cottage cheese with chives
8 ice cubes

Blend well for about 1 minute.  Makes about 32 oz.  

In my mind a "green" smoothie is the kind that has all vegetables and no sweetness of fruits.  Since in my mind smoothies are inherently sweet, I was a little apprehensive to go completely fruitless.  But this has one turned out a lot better than I expected.  Turns out, I am a huge fan of avocado fruit, which is 75% fat.

      Basic Smoothie Formula

July 8, 2014

DENTAL GRAFT DIARIES: Week 4 (July 1 - 7, 2014)

Tuesday - July 1, 2014: 
The bottom front gums are sore all afternoon and all evening.  Probably too much talking.  Eating pretty much all normal food, just nothing hard or crunchy or anything that sticks to the teeth.  Soup, green beans, grapes, etc.  Trying to feel around the front with my tongue - feels like something is stuck to the front of the teeth.  But I don't see anything.  Probably just plaque.  Using the Ultra Suave - not much removal going on with that thingy. 

July 7, 2014

ALLURE: Laughing Power

A simple way to enhance your social life: Share a laugh.
It's known that laughing along with someone makes both people feel more positive about each other, increasing feelings of closeness, attraction, and cooperation.  Now a study has found there is even more of a payoff after the moment is over.  Todd B. Kashdan, an associate professor of psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and his colleagues collected information from 162 volunteers about their interactions with others over two weeks.  Those who experienced laughter with another person tended to feel "greater intimacy, positive emotions, and enjoyment" in encounters they had later that day with not only that person but also anyone else, the researchers found.  Interestingly, having good feelings for others in the first place did not necessarily make people make more likely to laugh with them.  Laughter may cause people to experience a rise in levels of the hormone oxytocin, which promotes social bonding, the researchers point out.  "Our findings show that laughter benefits more than the person laughing," they conclude.  
Source:  Allure magazine, July 2014, page 84.

July 6, 2014

Peachy Watermelon Smoothie

2 cups watermelon balls
1 peach
1/2 cup cottage cheese
6 oz peach yogurt
Handful of spinach
1/4 cup sugar free watermelon syrup
3/4 cup water
8 ice cubes

Blend for about 1 minute.  Makes about 40 oz.

      Basic Smoothie Formula

July 5, 2014

Pineapple of Garden Variety

2 slices of canned pineapple
3 whole canned beets
1/2 cup cottage cheese
6 oz lime yogurt
1 cup pineapple flavored drink
Handful of spinach
1/2 cucumber
8 ice cubes

Blend for about 1 minutes.  Makes about 40 oz.  

One thing smoothies are good for is to use all the left over produce.   This is a very interesting flavor combination, but it is actually not bad at all.  A great way to get your vegetables in.  I don't know if I will ever be brave enough to make a purely vegetable one, because I do associate smoothies with sweetness.  But the beets in this one hit the spot just right. And the color is simply beautiful.  


July 4, 2014

ALLURE: Hot Shoppers

Impulse buying with little thought for consequences may be a particular problem for women who consider themselves of above-average attractiveness.  This preliminary finding came out of a study of impulsivity by Margery Lucas and Elissa Koff, professors in the department of psychology at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  Women who rated themselves most attractive and stylish compared with other women their age tended to score low on reflection about their purchases.  The study's authors can only speculate as to why, but they cite research showing that people are more likely to make indulgent choices when they feel proud, seemingly out of a sense that achievement of one goal (such as enhancing appearance) permits one to disengage from another (such as saving money).  
Source:  Allure magazine, July 2014, pg 84.

July 1, 2014

DENTAL GRAFT DIARIES: Week 3 (June 24 - 30, 2014)

Tuesday - June 24, 2014: 
First day without the cast.  First day back at work.  Turned out to be super intense and busy.  By the end of the day the tissue felt raw.  Too much talking and running around trying to catch up.  With every sip of my beloved Diet Mountain Dew the tissue felt like it was about to came off.  Not painful, more uncomfortable.  Especially when laughing.  Also, by the end of the day felt completely drained.   No energy.  I guess I am not at 100% yet.  Something keeps bleeding every time I try to brush.