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This week, the importance of having some “remedy” foods in your pantry.

Why?  Because this past week has made me appreciate my rather “anal” approach to healthy cooking even more than usual.

Remedy foods-items that will help when you feel:  sick to your stomach, hurt in various parts of your body and other such things.  Amazing how “sick to your stomach” includes motion sickness and your sinuses, no?

Last week was my week.  For 5 straight days, my sinuses were acting up from the humidity and whatever it caused my landscaping to blossom.  

Then, I went to the dentist.

Ladies, I’ve never even had a cavity in my 53 years-so it was quite the shocker to find out that I had bone loss and enough plaque that a “thorough deep cleaning” was necessary, plus the beginnings of periodontal disease!

TMI on this I’m sure-however, I have some good advice:  don’t let a DDS clean your teeth, they have no idea what they‘re doing, evidently.  Plus, if you take fosamax and hear this-discuss with the prescribing doctor ASAP.  That’s on my agenda this week.

Anyway, I came home dizzy and rather queasy from being upside down.  Plus really sore from holding the same position on an uncomfortable chair too.

Remedy foods to the rescue:  Ginger and mint tea.  I have a huge patch of 3 various mints on hand.  Made some tea with those.  Ginger-I have crystallized and a finger of fresh in the freezer.  I went straight for the crystallized and just sucked on it.

Cinnamon is an excellent anti-inflammatory, as is rosemary which I have in the garden.  However-while rosemary helps the inflammation and it’s said to be good for the digestion, too much will cause stomach upset.  So don’t use a lot of it.

Now, one way or the other, my vertigo was bound to make me heave for a day-but I also keep some ginger ale (read the label, not all are made with genuine ginger)out in the garage as well as diet coke.  Yes, coke settles the stomach as well as the ginger ale. I’ve never been able to tolerate the “sweetness” level of lemon-lime soda-so that one is up to your stomachs.

Keep things like pasta on hand and just make that with chicken stock.  The taste is good and plain enough to at least put something into your stomach.  

Same can be said for white rice.  I usually serve brown, but when you‘re not feeling well-don’t go there.  I also have a “no white flour” bread rule, but keep some regular english muffins or white bread on hand.

The fiber in the healthier grains and bread products will NOT help the feelings you‘re having, trust me.

Don’t let your stomach get to empty either-this will increase the “queasy” feeling.  

As for proteins-keep it very plain.  Chicken, boned and skinned with just a bit of salt (which actually helps the icky feelings)and baked is good.  Don’t try red meat or fish-the thought of those is usually enough to have me grimace.

That old adage about chicken soup being Jewish penicillin is true.  Combine the chicken and noodles with some broth and you’ve got a great and easy to make meal that will help the person in need and make a great comfort food meal for the rest of the family.

And now, back to my mint tea.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 5, 2011
    • just about everything you described helped me when I had pneumonia a couple of years ago. I ate a lot of orzo cooked in chicken stock. It was just about the only thing I could keep down. And I really like ginger tea. I steep fresh ginger in water and add sweetener like honey or agave nectar. It settles my stomach and also opens my sinuses when I’m stuffy. White rice is soothing - with a little butter on it.

      I also like well cooked and mashed up russet potato or sweet potato.

      I hope you‘re feeling better, Carine.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 5, 2011
    • where would we all be w/o the lowly spud, Cynthia?

      my son and grandsons want matzoh ball soup, which is chicken soup w/ a bland ball of dough.

      The pain in my mouth was nothing compared to the pain in our wallet.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 5, 2011
    • Oh, I’m sorry about the expense, Carine! That hurts!

      My first husband was Jewish and I made a point to learn to cook some of his favorite foods. I used to make my matzoh balls from scratch, not even with the mix. I love that soup! It was like a dumpling. I also liked making matzoh brie (spelling?) and made him chopped liver for his lunches.

      His mother was a horrible cook so it was fun for him to enjoy Jewish food at home. I also baked a fresh Hallah (spelling?) at holiday time for him.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 6, 2011
    • pretty darn close Cynthia!  Brei, Challah!  

      MIL is the world’s worst cook as well.  In fact so bad that I think that’s why she’s in the “mental” state of demise she’s in-she thinks she’s eating right, but eats really nothing healthy and cooks almost nothing that isn’t in “pre-done” condition.

      I was just glad we decided to take the dental insurance! Both dh and I have really good teeth.  literally in the 30+ years together-he had 1 cavity.  so other than regular cleanings and x-rays-we had no dental bills.

      Our share:  $600.  The insurance:  $2,100!
      Can you imagine???  And that was w/o the x-ray!



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