Monday, May 24, 2010

Holy MSG Monday

Today I was at work, walking into the break room to fill up my water bottle when the sweet smell of MSG penetrated my nasal cavity. Ahhhhhhh... What lovely dish could this be? Frozen noodley processed meat goodness? EEK! GAG! *vomit* Freakin MSG gets me nearly every day at lunch! It smells so good in the beginning, but then the reality hits and I realize all the chemicals and grossness that is penetrating someone's body! Here are some disgusting facts on MSG:

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," the use of MSG remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label.
MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Over the years, the FDA has received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. These reactions — known as MSG symptom complex — include:
  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Sweating
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Numbness, tingling or burning in face, neck and other areas
  • Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Weakness

Many people recognise monosodium glutamate (MSG) as the additive used, for example, in some Chinese and Japanese food, but few know what it is, let alone what its effects on the body are.  Now a new report focuses on how monosodium glutamate may be just one of the causes of the Slow Poisoning of America.
In fact, MSG (which is often disguised by names like "hydrolyzed vegetable protein" or "HVP", "yeast extract" or "autolyzed proteins") is, like aspartame, a member of the group of chemicals known as "excitotoxins" (the clue is in the name!). These toxic compounds are known to interfere with brain chemistry and have been implicated in many neurological diseases, such as brain cancers, MS, fibromyalgia, depression and hyperactivity (ADHD). In fact, they overexcite brain cells to the point of cell damage and even cell death.
MSG has also been linked to obesity and, indeed, many products that contain MSG now also contain horrific chemicals like "high fructose corn syrup" (whose purpose is to make you chemically addicted to the food in the same way as sugar).

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I think Yahoo! has it wrong! I think that SJP looks freaking awesome here! I wish I could pull off these looks, instead of looking like a mess!!! She looks awesome!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

DIY Hiatus....................

I have been so busy with the new wedding plans (I know it has only been 3 days since the engagement) and work that I haven't had a moment to think DIY! I did, however, design my sister's Bridal Shower invitations a little while prior to the engagement. Because I have been on a DIY hiatus (other than Poms, which I promised not to post about) I will share the invitation equation with you!

I am totally in love with them... now I just need to print them out and splice them together and ship 'em out! This all needs to be done by the end of the month! Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I'll be seein' you soon!

Patina, aka the coolest store ever, only is graced by my presence once every year. Okay, that would be true if I were cooler than Patina, and in reality. I don't think ANYONE is cooler than Patina. They have all sorts of amazing nicknacks that EVERYONE needs at least one of. And if you are thinking "I wonder if this is a good store for Christmas shopping?" the answer is YES! It's THE BEST store for Christmas shopping. You are sure to find something perfectly unique there. I will post later, my findings of a most brilliant kind!
Here are some of the things I am hoping to find there...

And MUCH MUCH more!!!