In Heaven With Garlic

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This has been a week from ‘you know where’.

Car problems. 7 inches of snow on the ground with another 4 on the way – starting now. A job from… well – the same place, getting home to walk the dog through all that snow, shoveling all that snow (I live on a hill – snow blower isn’t viable) a cat that’s been leaving deposits all over the house today, pet sitting for the neighbors, when it’s not snowing – it’s frigid – 4 degrees when I left for work this morning, and did I mention the car problems? Afraid to go too far, even if it was nice out.

So tonight after work, I had to go to the bank, then to the pet store to get stuff to clean up the little problems, run home, feed all the animals in the 2 houses and let the dog out. Then off to the auto parts store to get the part needed to fix the car this weekend, then to the grocery store for some important items that you don’t want to be left without during a snow storm. Then make phone calls to coordinate the weekend – Lord willing and the snow doesn’t rise. Then walk the dog and shovel snow.


I almost gave in and pulled in to Micky D’s. Almost.

But everyone around me is getting sick and dropping like flies, and I’m already stretched well beyond my limits – so I talk myself into eating better.

While at the grocery store – I see 1/2 a roasted chicken. Perfect. I have salad fixings, and a sweet potato at home. Cool.

When I bit into the chicken, there was enough garlic to kill all vampires in a 10 mile radius! After the inital shock, it was really good.

Did you ever notice how great you feel after eating garlic? Pizza, lasagna, garlic bread? Yum!

Out of curiosity, I went to my food guide in High Energy Eating and looked up garlic. Here’s what it says –

Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure by dilating the blood vessels. Also thought to actually destroy cancer cells, kill viruses and bacteria, and of course, keep vampires away. It binds toxic minerals such as lead, and carries them out of the body. Has been used for centuries to heal many ailments. Ancient Egyptians used garlic to help them sleep. They also used a mixture of garlic and olive oil to cure earaches. Russians used it as an antiseptic during World War II, using the juice directly on wounds. Also good for sinus and respiratory problems, fights off colds. Onions, leeks, chives and scallions are also in the same family. Unfortunately, cooking destroys some of its power.

So, if the Ancient Egyptians used it to help them sleep, it must have some soothing qualities. I know I felt a lot better after eating, and it will fortify my body against all those sicknesses!

For a little extra insurance, I’m going to take my vitamins, drink some green tea, and get a good night’s sleep so I can get up and shovel more snow before heading off to work!

There’s a lot of great tasting healthy food you can make in minutes. You’ll feel so much better, and you’ll be much happier because what you ate tastes so much better than those ‘other’ fast choices.

I’m always much happier when I’ve eaten well. Follow my lead and talk yourself out of the bad choices, and you’ll be a lot happier too. I promise.

Looks like it’s going to be a long hard winter. Take care of yourself!


a.k.a. – ‘Mother’



P.S. The food guides in High Energy Eating are a lot of fun. You can discover all kinds of things about the foods you eat.