Food Diary (November 28, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with plums and flax seeds
Lunch: Green peas with mustard sauce and rice
Dinner: Savoury polenta with spinach
Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Ang Sarap
Salmon and Avocado Sushi
Today’s Favourite Blog
We were told so many different things by our parents when we were small, things not to do, and things to do. Here are 8 myths:
1. If you don’t wait an hour after eating before you go into the water, you’ll get stomach cramps and drown. The idea behind this is that when your blood rushes to your stomach to help you digest food, you wouldn’t have enough circulation to keep your arms and legs working properly. The tale likely gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, when kids enjoyed local pools and lakes with far less lifeguard supervision than we have now. As a result, parents conjured up a way to keep kids at bay after lunchtime while they got some rest in
2. Don’t sit too close to the television or you’ll go blind. You can suffer from eye fatigue, however. There’s also the faint possibility that you might develop photosensitive seizures from certain flashing images. Better to be safe than sorry, say experts, so sitting back at least four to five feet is recommended.
3. Don’t crack your knuckles or you’ll get arthritis. But according to WebMD, there is no evidence that cracking your knuckles–caused when the bones are pulled apart to form a gas bubble and break the adhesive seal in the joint–inflames the joints and leads to arthritis. However it can cause reduced grip strength or weaken the fingers.
4. Drinking coffee will stunt your growth. This is false.
5. Don’t pee in the pool or it’ll turn red and expose your mess. But urine in water can cause irritations like red, puffy eyes or an itchy throat or cough.
6. It takes seven years for gum to leave your digestive system after you swallow it. This urban legend’s roots are hard to pinpoint, but Snopes found that the “warning” likely stems from gum being labeled “indigestible.” It may not break down in the digestion process, but gum will definitely pass out of your system as quickly as everything else.
7. Don’t go outside with wet hair or you’ll get sick. According to Dr. Rob Danoff of MSN’s Health and Fitness Web page, the only thing that can make us sick is exposure to a virus, plain and simple.
8. Eating sugar/candy/food before bed will give you nightmares. This one is true. Studies have shown that going to bed on a full stomach can stimulate brain waves, which trigger nightmares. Epicurious.com cited another study which implied that unhealthy foods produce even scarier nightmares.
I must admit, I always thought number 3 was correct. A friend at university told me and I believed her until today when I read this article. Maybe she didn’t know herself. At least this article brought back memories.
I avoid eating food or sweets before going to bed but I do it once in a while. I did notice that when I ate sweet it affected my dreams, usually in a not so good way.