Killing Me Minty

I think I may have found the reason my blood pressure is up even though I’ve gone vegan, and it is the some reason my teeth were so badly strained at my last dentist appointment: 

Mouthwash. 

I started using off brand Scope, the green mint alcohol mouthwash, earlier in 2016. I thought it would be good for my mouth and my breath.

I was still thinking in terms of “killing bacteria” being a good thing.

But in doing the research for my self-care resolution this year, I learned that our good bacteria are a vital part of our systems, and that killing them off en masse is like burning down your house to kill a spider.

By the way, I like spiders. They eat mosquitos, which I hate. I try not to kill spiders if I can avoid it.

Apparently, research has shown that these “healthy” mouthwashes can raise blood pressure and increase heart attack risk. I do NOT need that at my size!

They also apparently make your bad breath come back worse after their smell wears off, they increase yellowing of teeth, and they can increase the chance of gum disease.

It seems the best way to fight bad breath is to keep your mouth’s microbiota well balanced, not to burn down the house.

So, yeah. I won’t be using any more of that stuff.

Don’t Proceed with a Boring Lead 

Looking back at NaNoWriMo 2016, I can see a few mistakes I made. 

The first was trging to do NaNo in the stressed out state I was in. I should have just started my self care resolution two months early. 

But then,  I didn’t realize how much I needed to address my loor self care until December, so maybe NaNoWriMo helped me realize it. 

The mistake was writing something that was too … undemanding … with a lead who was just too blandly “good.”

It was the best I could do in the state I was in,  which was itself a clue. 

She wanted to save the village because out was her home and she loved it and … yawn … what was I saying? I  nodded of there for a second.

I think I will revisit that story,  and my first change well be her backstory and motivations.

The story will take a slightly darker tone,  she’ll be slightly less sympathetic, but it will all be a lot more interesting. 

Rent, La Boheme, and The Man

​https://youtu.be/q0qfFbtIj5w

Chez Lindsay’s video essay is 45 minutes long. If that’s too much Rent for you, at least watch the first 10 minutes. The best insights are there.

The one that I really took away from it was this: any art that is funded by wealthy interests, especially something like a Broadway show that is largely patronized by wealthy audiences (who else can afford tickets?), is going to ultimately support the system as it is.

No show with an audience of millionaires will ever be truly revolutionary, no matter how much it claims to be.

That’s not to say such shows can’t have merit outside of pure entertainment: Rent helped humanize the LGBT+ community to its audiences, and humanization is alway good.

You say you  a revolution? You won’t find it on Broadway.

Meat Free Monday: A Little Sandwich

That’s a raw red onion, leftover broccoli, and kernel corn sandwich with Vegannaise and Pickapepper hot sauce, on the best bread ever baked, my Mom’s homemade whole wheat.

The broccoli was already cooked firm. The corn was canned. I toasted the bread and microwaved the veggies for 30 seconds.

It was simple and thrown together, but I liked it.

Self Care Part 1: Go Deeper Into the Plants


If you’ve read this blog at all, you know that I went vegan last June.

But I didn’t go healthy. 

I still ate like I used to eat: lots of burgers and fries, just veggie burgers.Lots of fried and heavy food in general.

Even doing that I lost over 25 pounds and kept 20 off (I regained a few during the holidays).

I didn’t go vegan to lose weight per se, but health was one of my concerns. 

And my blood pressure was actually up at my wellness visit.

So I knew what I had to do.

I have to go deeper into the plant based diet. I have to start eating a more whole foods diet, minimizing the processed sugars and heavy fats (even the so-called “good fats”).

This will change the way I cook and the way I eat out. 

Actually, it already has. I started eating this way on January 1st. 

I started eating oatmeal with dates for breakfast instead of a bagel slathered with peanut butter.

I’ve added salads to my meals. I’ve started eating raw vegetables, including garlic and onion (so much for my breath).

I already feel better. I have more energy, I haven’t been as hungry during the day, and I think this is really going to help me. 

I’ll keep you posted.