Gut Rumbles

December 26, 2004

something to think about

Georgia called me today to see how I was doing. She just back home from visiting her daughter for Christmas. Evidently she read my first post this morning and felt obliged to offer some health-care advice.

Georgia is convinced that diet, vitamins and holistic treatment will cure just about anything, and she isn't one bit bashful about playing medicine-women on that subject. I usually just poo-poo that talk and call her a ditz, but she brought up an interesting point today.

"Why do you think you never get sick in Costa Rica? You don't quit drinking when you go there, but you never have any attacks, either. I can tell you why," she said.

"It's because I just enjoy Costa Rica?" I guessed.

"No, dummy! It's the FOOD!" she replied. "You eat fruit and brown rice and fish and seafood and it's all low-fat, HEALTHY food, and none of it is too spicy. It's good for your belly, especially your pancreas. You come back home and start throwing down that greasy, spicy stuff you like to eat, and you get sick. You need to eat at home just the way you eat in Costa Rica."

The more I think about it, the more I wonder if the ditz just might be right this time. I don't get bellyaches there and I have a good appetite. Of course, somebody else always does the cooking there, so eating Costa Rican food in Costa Rica is easy. I don't know about doing it in the Crackerbox.

But the idea might be worth a try.


No spicy food in Costa Rica? I've found stuff down there that made even my cast iron gut pull out the white flag.

Unfortunately, it was so damn good that the surrender was withdrawn.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on December 26, 2004 01:46 PM

Hey, Acid Head! Merry Christmas! Now start squeezing fresh lime juice onto your greasy foods and meats. Cuts the grease, helps digestion, and tastes great. In fact, lime juice is known in Mexico as a cure for gall stones and kidney stones. Will it help pancreatitis? Who cares? It tastes wonderful.

P.S. Diary products help neutralize the burn of most spicy stuff. So do corn tortillas or skillet corn bread.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! on December 26, 2004 01:54 PM

Try some Succotash. Marget Holmes Triple Succotash will fix you right up. Good Stuff.

Posted by: John on December 26, 2004 02:17 PM

Georgia is right. You eat like that, and you will be healthier. Although I'm not one to talk. You might want to look into the Mediterranean diets out there to get an idea of how you can eat. Course if I ate like that, I'd be better off too.

Posted by: Ray on December 26, 2004 04:59 PM

Using lime instead of lemon on your fish and seafood would be good, and it's an excellent all-round seasoning for an awful lot of foodstuffs.

Posted by: MommaBear on December 26, 2004 07:55 PM

It's easy to make brown rice - it's the same way white rice is made, just cooked a little longer. You can use it instead of white rice in anything you eat. Fruit is easy - and so is fish. Just put some garlic and onion and butter on the fish and cook it......hope you take the "ditz"'s advice.

Posted by: suzeisnotfooledbyislam on December 26, 2004 08:44 PM

I find it funny she didn't mention the "gettin' laid" part of the equation....

If that stuff above will klil you dead. You might as well shoot me now.

Lime is for them fancy beers. Salt, Pepper, and Hot Sauce is for everthing else. Toast included.

Posted by: RedNeck on December 27, 2004 01:33 AM

Spicy food doesn't cause pancreatitis, it only makes it worse. Excessive alcohol consumption is the problem. Keep drinking and your pancreas will fail. Yours is chronic. The acute attacks can be avoided by not drinking.

Posted by: ganso on December 27, 2004 02:34 PM
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