Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Does Anyone Really Care Where I Buy my Oatmeal?

The other night CG (Cookie Girl) and I discovered our newest most favourite health food store, Rainbow Foods on Richmond Road near Lincoln Fields.

Here's how it happened:

CG and I sometimes fall asleep in an embrace. One Saturday morning about a month ago we woke up in the same embrace we fell asleep in the night before. My shoulder and neck were KILLING me. I thought it would get better on its own after a day or two. Well it didn't.

Day 2: neck/shoulder massage given by CG;

Day 7: neck/shoulder massage given by Shannon at LiveWell on Centrepointe;

Day 11: read Jo Stockton's blog post about Shawn the Accupuncturist and thought that would be my next step if relief didn't come.

Day 20: saw Dr. Shawn... he stuck some needles in my upper back and the pain subsided a bit. He recommended the use of Traumeel a "magic ointment" and that I should apply ice for 20 minutes at a time. All those things "sort of" did the trick... The pain is 90% gone.

Day 27: saw Dr. Shawn again, this time to discuss natural solutions for some of my age-related stuff. I take medication for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. These are all borderline conditions (but just over the border) and the meds help keep it all under control but if I alter my diet slightly, and walk Logan more often that may be all I need*.

Anyways, long story short, Dr. Shawn gave me a diet to follow (which included oatmeal!) and suggested a couple of supplements. One supplement was only available at NutriChem Pharmacy on Richmond Road. While looking for the pharmacy I found Rainbow Foods and went in to check it out. Didn't have much time to explore because I had to get back to work but noted that THIS would be a cool store for me 'n CG to visit.

So we did ...just the other night and as expected CG loved it and we bought lots of stuff.

These are some of the things I picked up:
  1. a tin of John McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal;
  2. a jar of pure Smooth Cashew Butter;
  3. a box of Ginger Yogi Tea.
They also make great homemade soup vegetarian soup for lunch.

*NOTE: I haven't discontinued my meds, but I'd like to eventually if I can retake control of my blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure through diet and exercise.


Anonymous said...

Meh - Rainbow Foods. It's fun the first or second time you go, but after that you realize that you can get the same stuff at smaller, less expensive places. Also, they carry a lot of stuff a responsible natural food store shouldn't be carrying. I'm not a huge fan. But you guys have fun.

raino said...

i love the 'falling asleep and waking up in the same embrace'. ah. that's nice. hope you'll get feeling better.

skylark said...

XUP: Rainbow Foods also sells an atomizer that CG has been looking for and couldn't find anywhere else. She didn't buy it yet because she is still determining if she really wants it. And yes we have SO much fun!

raino: I love falling asleep in an embrace. My shoulder is taking a long time to heal but I can't give up the embrace, even temporarily!

Woodsy said...

Skylark, I am with you regarding the cuddling. I would rather wake up crippled then not be embracing or cuddling with my lover. Keep on cuddling!

As for Rainbow Foods, I used to shop there. I liked that they had a "points" program. It seemed as if every few groceries, I had accumulated enough points to receive a great discount on my groceries. The staff was also super friendly, and I liked the variety.

A. & J. said...

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raino said...

where are you sky?

richgold said...

What about cinnamon? Cinnamon is supposed to be good for lowering blood sugar levels, and might help with the diabetes. Cinnamon is also pretty good on oatmeal (especially with raisins).