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Comment by Michael Penn on December 12, 2015 at 9:26pm

Try Fenugreek and Termeric for arthritis. Available in pill form at Walmart and other places, they are both cheap and good also in stomach and indigestion issues. You can also break the pills apart and use them as seasoning when you prepare food. They are actually a seasoning anyway but have many uses.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2015 at 8:01pm

Daniel, I am familiar with the noodle making genius of the Chinese. A restaurant brought in a Chinese relative several years ago and he put on demonstrations of stretching, folding, and stretching some more until he had the dough just right for his noodles. Then he showed different ways of preparing them with different sauces.  OH! those menus were so good. Sadly, he is no longer there, nor is the mom and pop who owned the shop. I wonder what happened to them?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2015 at 7:55pm

We are having a struggle with discovering how to relieve Larry's R. arthritis flare-ups. They are excruciatingly painful for him. 

He had polio as a two-year-old, has one leg shorter than the other, compromising his spine. He wears a leg brace to stabilize his crippled leg. 

He recently had knee surgery on the other leg and uses crutches, alternating with elbow crutches and now a knee crutch. 

Over the years, he has worsening flare-ups of R. arthritis; a recent one has been particularly debilitating. He has another appointment with his rheumatologist to address the current problem. 

In the meantime, we have been doing some food experiments, eliminating groups of foods to see if food allergies compound his problem. 

We are both bread bakers and eat a lot of homemade baked goods. Last week, we eliminated wheat and gluten from his diet. 

I am glad to read this article on gluten; it may not be adding to his pain. In any event, if anyone has any ideas to share, we are most grateful.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 6, 2015 at 10:22pm
Randy, you're ready for the zombie apocalypse.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 5, 2015 at 7:58am

Here it is Dec. 5th and my 15 cubic foot freezer is still packed to the brim. The problem is, I've been concentrating on root crops--sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, onions, plus squash and late garden greens, which means I haven't tackled my frozen fruits and veggies from earlier in the year. I'll tell you, if we ever have a major lengthy crisis, i.e., power outage, I'll be good for a very long time!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 1, 2015 at 7:37am

It goes without saying, being a grandparent can be frustrating. When do you say something or keep your mouth shut? My parenting style was different from my parents, and my kid's methods are different from mine. Unfortunately, my son-in-law is somewhat intolerant of Macy's not eating. Hopefully, he'll soon learn that "forcing" her to eat won't work. I think my comments persuaded him to cool it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2015 at 3:42am

Randy, I'm sorry to learn of your stomach upsets. Sounds like your stomach is well adapted to your style of cooking.

I agree with Michael!  Parents on a power trip force their kids to eat. Just leave the child alone. Serve dinner at the regular time. A child will not starve for missing a meal or two. The operative word is "regular". A child likes and needs routine. Being consistent with meal times, snacks, and bedtimes help meet the younger child's needs. Be careful about afternoon snacks that interfere with eating dinner.  

I didn't want to be tied to the kitchen all day, so I served three hearty meals a day and snacks mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and at bedtime.  A well-nourished child will skip an occasional meal and remain healthy.  When a child plays the "You can't make me eat!" game, just stay on the routine with no individual efforts unless the child is sick. Keep an eye on weight loss or other signs of illness. Otherwise, don't play the power game, relax, and enjoy the day. 

Comment by Plinius on November 30, 2015 at 10:50am

"Stupid and on a power trip"  

Quite correct, Michael!

Comment by Michael Penn on November 30, 2015 at 8:24am

That's correct. Children will eat when they get hungry. We have no cases on record where children starved to death for not eating at the dinner table. Those parents that force them and whip them are stupid and on a power trip. They should be whipped themselves for this.

Comment by Plinius on November 30, 2015 at 8:19am

What I learned about children not eating - leave them alone. I learned to eat what I was offered in my parents' house, but it took years to learn to listen to my body. I simply didn't know when I had eaten enough.


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