Archive for March, 2010

cheapskate solutions

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ulcer on the mend

Yahoo – my ulcer problem is improving ever so quickly since yesterday – didn’t wake up once in the night with pain!!!

The key – a friend at church told me not to think about what was bothering me. It works. Of course, I have been eating mostly appropriately, but I feel so much better emotionally and physically.

A photo from our hike yesterday:

Cool picture of the moon a couple weeks ago

ulcer diet


The diet of the ulcer patient should be formulated in a manner fit to provide sufficient nutrition, persistently neutralize stomach acid and reduce acid production and is restful both for the body and the mind.

Try food rich with-

a) Vitamin A- This fat-soluble vitamin is all-important to aid in proper growth and repair of the damaged tissues in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.

Dietary sources: Fruits: apricots, mangoes and cantaloupes. Vegetables: carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes. Others: eggs, milk, cheese and liver.

Although vitamin A is necessary for ulcer patients, too much intake can be toxic and is not recommended.

b) Vitamin C- This water-soluble vitamin is responsible for forming the protein, collagen, which maintains the structure of the muscles. It is invaluable to accelerate the process of healing of the damaged tissues in the stomach lining and to resist further infection.

Dietary sources: Fruits: citrus fruits like orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime, mango, cantaloupe, strawberry, peach, fortified fruit juices, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, pineapple, melon and kiwi. Vegetables: chard, okra, tomato, asparagus, artichoke, papaya, onion, red or green pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, Brussels sprouts, sweet and white potatoes, cabbage, beans (green or yellow), peas and pumpkin. Others: liver, pork, chicken, beef, clams and mussels.

c) Vitamin E- This vitamin is fat-soluble and is a powerful anti-oxidant that destroys free radicals in the blood. It also boosts the immune system.

Dietary sources: Fruits: kiwi and mango. Vegetables: fresh, green, leafy vegetables, broccoli and spinach. Others: sardines, corn oil, wheat germ oil, soybean oil, peanuts, peanut butter, hazelnut, egg yolk, almond and fortified cereals.

d) Zinc- This vitamin boosts the immune system, plays a crucial role in the healing of the wounds in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and resists future infections. It is a prerequisite for various enzymatic activities triggering various biochemical reactions inside the body.

Dietary sources: Fruits: orange, fig and raisin. Vegetables: potatoes, beans, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and peas. Others: peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, almonds, whole grains, fortified cereals, oysters, beef, chicken, pork, cashew, cheese, walnut, milk and oatmeal.

Some helpful tips:

Self help is the best help to treat ulcer. Chalk out a routine for yourself and evenly distribute snack or mealtime. Stick to three small meals and two or three small snacks.

Avoid hot food like red and black peppers, chilly powder, chocolate, coffee, tea, alcohol, rich fatty food, fried food, cold drinks, cigarette and medicines like aspirin. Try food enriched with starch and fiber and include milk protein in your diet.

Avoid overeating and long periods without food.

Eat a variety of foods. Avoid rich fatty foods, sugar, sodium and food that cause stomach problems.

Relax with food. Chew slowly and thoroughly.

Avoid eating at or near bedtime. Finish taking your meal 2-3 hours before going to bed. Walk 15-20 minutes after your last meal and before bedtime so that the food gets time to digest which otherwise can cause acid secretion.

Stick to fresh meat, vegetables and fruits. Avoid stale or expired foods.

Consult your health care provider about taking antacids. Use antacids if it is absolutely necessary.

Exercise regularly and manage weight.

Change your lifestyle. Stay happy and joyful.

the red fox

My husband saw this fox and took its picture. Later he walked there and found some feathers, so the fox had eaten lunch there. I found this poem about the red fox.


lots of cabbage, some aloe vera juice, limiting most foods, etc. and the ulcer problem is gradually improving. If I would just fast 3-5 days it would really clear up, but I like to eat, so I do when I can.

I only juiced cabbage once because it is a lot of trouble to juice, so I just chew the raw cabbage really well. Broccoli is supposed to work well too. Plain yogurt also is good – kills bacteria, as do the cabbage family veggies.

I started using picnik for photos and finding it quite fun.
Little girl who wanted to pet our dog at the park.

The glorious sky on the same walk. This was St. Patrick’s Day last Wednesday. Today it has been lovely, but now we are supposed to get up to 6 (yikes) inches of snow. I am so not looking forward to this.

cabbage juice

Well, I’ve gotten myself into a pickle. It seems ulcer is acting up – wakes me up in the night with tightness and bothers me all day. I will take some time to rest and trust God. I will go buy a bunch of cabbage. I don’t know what the deal is – too much stress for me, I guess. Sometimes things weigh on a person without them realizing it, I guess. The linked article gives very much information. I don’t want to have a bleeding ulcer, but I don’t want to go to the doctor either. The article says it takes about a month to get over a bad stomach ulcer condition going the hospital/medical route (plus muchos $$$$$) but with fasting and veg. juicing it is about a week. The stomach has time to heal within 3-5 days because that’s how often the cells renew so if I can fast and juice for that long I should be good to go : ) Hubby doesn’t want to cancel small church group, which we are starting up here, which I suspect is the source of all this in the first place, so I will press on and trust God to touch me and do my part with the diet and fasting. I’m thinking of my uncle and grandpa who both had bleeding ulcers – it can be a serious thing, so time to take some drastic measures and let the thing heal.

So glad Spring is on the way – still plenty gloomy out there, but at least the sun was out yesterday for a while.
I’ve been sewing some school bags for children in Tanzania – something I really enjoy doing!

Midwest facial expressions

I read this in a magazine this morning and thought it was quite accurate of Midwest ways. Will have to click on the picture to read the whole thing : )