Anything Cute

Sweet memories ❤️

Got a sweet message from a long lost friend whom I have not seen for ages – reminiscing… soooo Party? What? What’s that?

Anxieties abound – Maybe a doze of normalcy will take care of the rest – what are the kids doing this Halloween 🎃? Is it going to be 👻 ??? What are moms and kids of the world who celebrate Halloween doing this year??? Are we trick-or-treating or ?

Need some anxiety-buster ideas?

  • Trick or Treat trustworthy families you already know;
  • Small group of family and friends you know the vaccine status of.
  • Hold a play-group like Halloween party at your home and then;
  • Send them off on a T&T on a preset route with identified homes.
  • Quiet evening at home watching horror movies and having an activity such as:

-pumpkin carving contest;

-caramel apple making;

-try halloween themed pie making 🙂 great pics on the internet for ideas.

– Make/Bake sugar cookies with halloween cutouts and decorations

-pumpkin cupcakes making with plenty of frosting and sprinkles

-some board games after sharing scary spooky stories;

-build a campfire aka BBQ pit in backyard and … S’mores time.

-anyone plays a guitar? Sing a song… segway to banging punk style- just kidding;

-anyone have a flashlight? Spooky faces time.

-build a tent in the yard and … create spooky sounds …have a lantern and read some Halloween stories outloud together.

… in the wee hours, it’s likely that we will just cuddle and nuzzle and go to bed with full tummy and well brushed teeth!

Healthy Food

Alkaline foods mean rainbow of veggies! Some cooked;some raw; some fermented:)

Calibrating the PH balance to remedy the damage … using lots of wood ears, hijiki and ginger in this stir fry with crystal rice noodles:) Sprinkle with seseme seeds and serve with a side of brown rice for a satisfying meal. A secret ingredient? Yes – there’s that.

Healthy Living

Recovering from stress induced GERD

What are the symptoms of GERD aka GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease?

(Per Mayo Clinic)

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), usually after eating.
  • A burniing sensation – PAIN! – at night and morning.
  • nausea and stomach cramps
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid (acid!)
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat – a sore throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Laryngitis
  • New or worsening asthma
  • Disrupted sleep

If you read the above, you will notice how these symptoms can lead the sufferers further into the rabbit hole … the chest pain will trigger heart disease suspcions, thus EKG and related tests are recommended; Coughs and sore throat might be confused with Covid symptoms; same for asthma; difficulty swallowing means that you will be eating less and less, thus, in my case losing 25lbs at the worst time; neasea and stomach aches and pains will lead to further tests, such as colonoscopy after endoscopy.

Then, the worst of all – Disrupted Sleep – with lack of satisfying sleep, one’s mood suffers; making one vulnearble to stress, furthering the symptoms of GERD until it seems like a tenable predicament one is caught in, stuck and unable to get out of. When one is already stressed, disruptive sleep due to buring sensations in the chest region, can further aggrevate the level of anxieties and shake one’s confidence in one’s belief in her/his own body and mind.

So in the midst of all this suffering, what helps? I will share the roadmap of healing that worked for me in hopes that others suffering with the same and similar condition can gain some insights. I bring up GERD here but it can be for any kind of GI troubles we live with that these tools in my toolkit may help with – it’s been reported that the Pandemic restrictions and changes have brought on unusual rise in GI-related diseases as mentioned by the healthcare professionals. Besides, all these tools can be a preventitive measures – regrettably I did not practice – becasue well, the excuse we all have – “because I was too busy for self-care” causing much distress of late.

Suffering and misery loves company? Anyway, the good news, I think is that …

You are not alone.