Sickly sweet

12 Jul

Well, it’s been a while since my last post, as I seem to be in the wars this month. You may remember that when I wrote my second post, I had a cold. Well, in the last few days I have been experiencing a subsequent bacterial infection, or just extremely bad luck, in the form of tonsillitis. Though it has to be said that I am lucky that it is not as bad as the first time I got tonsillitis in 2007: it struck me in Edinburgh, three weeks before my dissertation was due and was extremely painful, mucous-making, physically draining and just plain disgusting. Round number two is nowhere near as bad, but still serious enough to have me off work for most of this week and on a ten day course of penicillin.

People joked that it was the lack of sugar that did it this time (I wish – that might give me an excuse to get back on it!). But, in all reality, it was most likely my cramming in every sugary treat possible before no-sugar-July which caused it, or at least increased my chances of getting sick. Sugar, especially in large amounts, is thought by some to wreak havoc on our immune systems (though the main study regarding this was done back in 1973, so we may need more up to date studies to be done before this is to be believed), and to increase inflammation in the body. Add these to the list of other things sugar contributes to (obesity, high blood pressure, risk factors for heart attack and stroke…), and you wonder why we eat the stuff really. Well, because it tastes good! And bland food makes for a boring life, in my opinion. Besides, from the USA today article above, the spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association is paraphrased as saying:

“… it’s unlikely any one food is the key to a strong or weak immune system”.

A direct quote from her is that “we can optimize the building blocks for immune system by eating a healthy, balanced diet”. Once again, everything in moderation is the key.

Except for pills when you’re sick :). The picture below is all the usual vitamins I take, plus added Vitamin C, Vitamin C and garlic and, of course, the penicillin. They do seem to be starting to make a difference, so hopefully work will be back on the cards for Monday.

The other photo is a shot of just some of the lovely food that I managed to resist last weekend at my gorgeous nephew’s birthday party. Funnily enough, it was the beer I missed more… I wasn’t expecting that!

To finish, here are some natural remedies for tonsillitis (thanks, Dave!), and an interesting (though somewhat depressing) infographic on sugar and its effects.

Pills for Africa

Pills for Africa

Caterpillar cupcakes!

Caterpillar cupcakes!

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2 Responses to “Sickly sweet”

  1. DC July 20, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    I reckon you’d be interested in ‘Sugar: A bittersweet history’ by Elizabeth Abbott. It chronicles the slave trade and the geopolitics of sugar. Interesting stuff!

    • missnomadic July 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Definitely interested. Also about to start reading “Sweet Poison: why sugar makes you fat”, by David Gillespie.

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