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Trip to the Orthodontist

October 19th, 2006 at 12:52 am

Rose had to go to the orthodontist today. They took out her U wire and replaced it with a W wire. This one is pushing a bit more than the last one did and is really bugging her. Not as much as the first appliance that took up the entire roof of her mouth, though.

That's two visits this month, so there should be a nice sized rebate coming from the doc's soon once they run through the insurance. For those new to my blog, we paid the entire amount in advance last year and then 6 months later our health insurance upgraded and gave us both orthodontics and vision that we didn't have previously. So the doc runs it through the insurance and then we get cut a check.

Didn't do much else. Oh, spent $9.98 for 2 gallons of organic milk.

As for the new eating update:

Omega 3 organic eggs
100% whole wheat toast
organic banana
2 stalks of celery
organic milk

100% whole wheat bread sandwich with organic peanut butter and organic jelly
organic milk

Tacos made with either organic 100% whole wheat soft tortillas or organic corn taco shells
organic lettuce
organic cheese
taco seasoning without trans-fats or hydrogentated fats
organic milk

I have $2 to add to the $30 I will be depositing in savings tomorrow. With the auto deposit, that's a total of $42 going in tomorrow.

Oh, I almost forgot, I wrote a check to the chiropractic yesterday for $175. This covers three visits per week for the 4 of us, though we seldom go more than twice a week. That still works out to 9 visits a month X 4 people, so 36 visits, averages to $4.86 per person per visit. Not too bad. If we went through insurance we'd have to pay $15 co-pay for each of us, plus 20%. DH and I both have mild scoliosis and have both visited a chiro since we were young teens. Our kids have always gone. No one wants to end up with the hump DH's grandma had or the one his mother is starting to develop.

I guess that is all for today.

4 Responses to “Trip to the Orthodontist”

  1. jodi Says:

    I had to reread your blog to catch up on all the food changes. Good for you! DH and I went South Beach last fall (in a nutshell - no white sugar or white flour, lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats). Sounds a lot like what you are doing. It was only hard for a few days, but then we found that the way we actually taste things changes - for the better. Cheap chocolate no longer gave me any pleasure, but a great piece of dark chocolate was heaven. There are tons of creative ways to dress up veggies (eggplant lasagna is GREAT!). And, after being raised on white bread, I even prefer a lot of whole grain items now, such as pasta or rice, to their overprocessed counterparts.
    The bad thing is that we fell away from these good habits after we lost all the weight we wanted. I have only gained a few pounds, but the pants are a little snugger. So, after our big party this weekend, 3 out of 4 adults on our household are going back to South Beach. I'll be reading your bog with interest and posting a little more on mine too!

  2. Sunshine Suz Says:

    Hi Robin,

    I'm very interested in your menu. I'm trying to go organic also. I would guess I'm about 1/2 way there. I do fall off the wagon!

    Couple of questions, if you don't mind....
    1. How long do you think it took you to get to totally organic?
    2. Do you eat out?
    3. Do you buy fresh food at farm/market stands...if so, do you consider this organic since it wasn't mass produced?
    4. How much more do you think your grocery bill is now?.....Or since you buy no junk, does it balance out?

    Thank you so much if you have time to answer the questions.
    I want to eat like you when I grow up!!!!!! Oh, wait....I'm over 50 now! Opps!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    We aren't totally organic. We are eating mostly whole foods, nothing processed. We are avoiding anything with high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated anything, saturated fats, trans fats, MSG, white sugar, and white flour. And we probably still eat too much meat that does have some saturated fat, but its from a natural source.

    We go organic on the things that are most likely to have picked up pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or antibiotics. So milk, tree fruit, and some veggies. We also buy some organic stuff because its the only thing we can find that doesn't have high fructose corn syrup. Not that organic stuff doesn't sometimes have organic high fructose corn syrup, so still gotta read those labels.

    It's been a week since we started this. Though we were partially organic for awhile.

    I don't consider stuff at farm stands to be organic unless it says organic. But the stuff there tends to be fresher and it is whole foods, so we will buy from there.

    I think the initial set-up is expensive, but it will even out as we were eating a lot of garbage before. The kids haven't even asked for a desert since we started, or anything junky, which was unexpected.

    We don't plan to eat out because we can't be sure of the ingredients of anything, even with asking they don't always know or tell the truth.

  4. Sunshine Suz Says:


    Thank you so much for the info.

    I am working toward healthy eating. I eat no trans fats and MSG. I do not buy meat....but I do eat it if it is free!

    I do eat organic apples and they are so much tastier.

    Right now, my biggest bad habit is Dr. Peppers....drink way to many. I have put myself on a 30 day challenge. I have 18 of the HFCS ones left. I am having one a day till they are gone and buying no more. However, down here in Texas - (birthplace of Dr. Peppers!) some stores sell the 8 oz. kind made with pure cane sugar. I know, I know, still not good but so much better that 12 oz (or more) or HFCS. So to ease off the caffine, I'm going to switch to them till I can wean myself totally off.

    Enough of my rambling.....Thank you so much for your inspriation on healthy eating.

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