Yesterday I went to see the doctor for the first time in a few years—my mom is not big into traditional medicine or shots. We prefer the more natural, alternative, essential oils type remedies. Anyway, he walked in and I sat down on the little examining chair-thing. All of a sudden he grabbed my hand, held it up, looked at my palm and said “What’s wrong with your hands?” I sheepishly said “Um, well, I don’t know…? My hands get really dry in the winter, so they’re pretty red right now.” He quickly said “No, they’re not red. They’re orange!” He quickly looked at my eyes to check for any signs of jaundice, then he said “Well, your liver is fine, otherwise your eyes would be yellow… Do you eat a lot of vegetables?” I said “Well, yes, I do.” “Like, a lot, a lot?” “…Yes.” “Oh, well then that’s why. The beta carotene is turning your skin a different color.” That’s nothing I didn’t already know, but I thought it was pretty funny to hear it confirmed by a doctor.
You might be wondering why I was at the doctor in the first place. My eye has been bothering me for the past few days, and yesterday I felt a small, painful, tender bump on my left bottom eyelid. The doctor told me it was a stye, which was actually quite a relief to me! My mind was racing with (scary!) possibilities,and I was a little freaked out. I was just hoping it wasn’t a tumor or something and that I wouldn’t go blind in one eye. (I told you my mind was racing.) I’ve never had a stye before, so I had to look up what it is:
- Most bumps on the eyelid are styes. A stye is an inflamed oil gland on the edge of your eyelid, where the lash meets the lid. It appears as a red, swollen bump that looks like a pimple. It is tender, especially to the touch.
- A stye is caused by bacteria from the skin that get into the oil glands in the eyelids that provide lubrication to the tear film. Styes usually develop over a few days and may drain and heal on their own.
That’s kinda nasty. I don’t even know how that happened, but apparently it did! I guess I’ll have to be more careful about my eyes. Anyway, the doctor told me that I can’t wear makeup until my stye goes away, but I’d actually already made that decision before I saw him. It’s kind of unfortunate, but it’s okay. I don’t wear makeup THAT often anyway… it depends, I guess. Usually it’s only when I’m going out to do something fun or see friends. If I’m going to the grocery store or dance, I don’t usually care, and I especially don’t care when I’m just sitting at home. 😛
I made some of Kathleen’s Carob Banana Nut Muffins the other day!
I halved the recipe, and made the following changes:
- Whole wheat pastry flour instead of reg. whole wheat
- Less cinnamon
- Cocoa instead of carob
- 1 flax egg instead of egg whites
- Vanilla Coconut Milk [carton, not can] (Trying to use it up)
- Coconut oil instead of canola
- Agave instead of honey
- No walnuts
I also purposely heaped the batter in the cups, because I wanted them to rise over and create a muffin top. I learned that trick from Kelsey.
They were awesome! Thank you, Kathleen.
^ This little guy was my favorite because of his Elvis-esque head. But shhh, don’t tell the others.
I think they’re jealous.
This one especially. But it’s not his fault; I pulled his little head off almost immediately. He didn’t even get a chance.
I also made some of Angela’s recently blogged Curried Lentil Soup. I went to the grocery store specifically for lentils and the vegetables called for in the recipe. Yes, surprisingly, I was out of celery, onions and carrots—even after my produce stock-up.
Chopping my carrots and celery. The onion came shortly after, as did the rest of the soup-making process. I’m so bad at taking pictures while making things… I always have such good intentions, but they always fail me right after the first few pictures!
Look at her coveting my soup. Silly Chansey, that’s not for you.
I topped it with some fresh tomatoes and daiya afterwards. I also stirred some kale in so it could wilt. This soup was very good and I enjoyed it a lot! I also enjoyed the leftovers for lunch today.
Well, I’m off to eat an organic Fuji apple and get ready for my volleyball game! Our church group plays sports at this time every year, and now we’re doing volleyball instead of our regular basketball. It’s just a fun championship against other members of our church in this area, but I am horrible at volleyball! It is definitely not my sport, haha. Oh well, it’s pretty fun when my arms aren’t killing me with pain!
Question of the Day 1: How often do you wear makeup? A lot? A little? Not at all?
Question of the Day 2: Do you prefer traditional medicine, with doctors, medications and shots? How do you feel about alternative medicine with essential oils, acupuncture, magnets, etc.?
Thanks for reading!