Foods and Their Strange Side Effects


I have heard many stories about how eating different foods can alter your body chemistry (strange odors and the like).  I can’t say I’ve ever really noticed anything personally though…until now.

Remember my post about my beautiful and tasty beet juice?  So excited to find a way to ingest (and enjoy) beets…something I’ve wanted to do for months!  Well, that was 2 days ago.  And for a day and a half my pee was pink.  I was freaking out by Thursday morning….I was worried I had a kidney stone or UTI or something, even though I felt fine.  It finally cleared up today (TMI, sorry), and I ended up going online to look up things that cause pee to turn pink.  Beets.  Top of the list!  Now that I’m normal again, I almost want to make another beet juice just to be sure that was really the cause!  So just an FYI if you decide to eat or drink several beets in one sitting…it really, really does cause some strange side effects!

The last couple of days have been heavy on the salads.  Not for every meal, but certainly for most.  When I’m feeling off (like working and sleeping strange hours will do), only whole foods make me feel good.

Thursday morning was a Napa cabbage and baby Bok choy salad with a soy sauce/ginger dressing.  It was okay…though nothing stellar.  It was a little too heavy on the ginger.  I like ginger in things like Indian food and even my juices, but I find it’s easy to over do – and this dressing was WAY overdone.  I ate a bit, and then gave up when I realized I didn’t love it.

cutting up the Napa cabbage
tons of baby bok choy from the Asian grocery in Virginia Beach

Lunch was some tortilla chips and a couple of beers at the Tide’s baseball game.  Still too tired to eat real food!

Dinner was at a totally last second family trip to Busch Gardens.  I love it when we do that 🙂  I had a salad and some fried zucchini (which has always been a favorite of mine).

fried zucchini with marinara sauce in Italy

Breakfast today was another salad, this one awesome.  Same (ish) cabbage and pineapple salad from the other day.  Changed it a bit by using romaine instead of red leaf lettuce, but basically the same.  I made a huge bowl, and even A ended up eating it for breakfast.  I also ate it for lunch.  What can I say…I was hungry, it was already made, and I was feeling lazy.

the big bowl with the side of homemade dressing
salad all "dressed" up! Breakfast AND lunch...

Dinner was some baked spring rolls.  Nothing fancy, but they were still good (and gone before I remembered to take any pictures.


My back is still hurting, so I’m sticking to yoga for now.  I wanted to run and lift today, but D actually got upset with me when I suggested I could.  Hiking around the park made me sore, and all the sitting has made it worse.  Ugh.


I slept for a few hours before the game yesterday.  I had a really nice time with the group, and while I didn’t watch much of the game (I’m sad to say I’m not a baseball fan), it was still a really, really nice treat.

D and I were both home by 4ish, and decided around 430 that an evening with the kids at Busch Garden’s would be fun.  We left, filled up the gas take, and took off for the park.  We were there by 6, and M and A took off for the roller coasters while D, R, and I wandered around going on rides and such.  We stayed until fireworks and then came home.  We would have been home by 11pm if not for tunnel traffic from hell, but that’s okay.  Midnight bedtime works too.

R doing a survivor-worthy challenge in Land of Dragons...while D chased her
R and I doing goofy Tree Pose yoga moves while waiting for a 3D ride to start

Today was work and then relaxing.  And getting pissed off at our politicians/legal system.  Not to rant TOO much…but the declaration by the federal appeals court that the healthcare reform is unconstitutional really pissed me off.  I’m not saying “Obamacare” is perfect (call it that ALL you want…it started under former Pres. Bush), but it’s at least worth trying as we tackle the issues of health care costs skyrocketing and the MILLIONS (43 mil in 2009) of American’s without insurance.  And does anyone really know WHAT the basis of the lawsuit was??  Not because it’s wrong…but because it may have violated the commerce clause!  Congress may or may not have overstepped it authority (depends on which judge you ask…one appointed by Bush or one by Clinton) when passing a law that impacts interstate commerce.  What’s funny?  The constitution doesn’t actually define “commerce”, so it’s all up to bloody interpretation…so instead of our stupid politicians working together to find a solution to the problem…they’re postering like a bunch of whiny babies about stupid crap.  I say vote them all out…replace them with a kindergarten class…and they’ll do a heck of a lot better job of trying to do the right thing.  And hug after.  Rant over.

I had an appt for a manicure and pedicure, which was really nice and relaxing.  I clearly needed to relax.  My toes are a pearlescent pale purple, and my fingers are a darker purple.  Woo hoo!

During dinner tonight the family played Yahtzee!  D and I used to play a lot when we were first married, but haven’t played in a long time.  I grew up playing it too.  During our July 15th weekend trip to Richmond, I picked up a travel game from REI (when D was oogling the camping/hiking stuff).  We played tonight, and I kicked ALL their butts!  Let’s just say my score was nearly 1500, and D’s was just over 500.  I had 3 Yahtzee’s.  They all accused me to cheating.  Poor losers.

Not much going on since this evening.  Talked to my Dad for a bit, and now it’s time to get ready for bed!  This weekend looks like it’ll be low-key.  Gymnastics tomorrow for R, and other than yard work and some more house organizing, not much on the plans (that we can remember anyway).  So here’s to a nice and chill weekend!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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