Broccoli, Wasabi. Wasabi, Broccoli. Cabbage, Wasabi. Wasabi, Cabbage.

[This is not a medical advice site. But webmd.com is, and where you should go for medical information, please. This is a “guy wearing a bag on his head thinking McGriddles cure everything” site. Can you say “nutty biscuit buns”?  I knew you could. And you liked saying those words, didn’t you?]

I’ve written about my love of broccoli and cabbage and how they’ve benefited my digestion. Gots to have my daily dose of Isothiocyanates or papa turns into a grouchy bathroom bear. But is it the Isothiocyanates or just the benefit of eating more vegetables that helps my gut?

Here’s what I do know: I used to have stomach problems, or the mystery ailment known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is a terrible name and one doctors use for stomach problems they can’t’ figure out. (In a Foghorn Leghorn voice: Yes, sir, yes, sir, that there’s something irritating and in your bowels. That’s right. And it’s a Syndrome. I am, I say, I am gonna call it Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Catchy sounding, ain’t it?)

Then, I started eating broccoli and cabbage and voila, much better and stable. And fewer visits to the stomach doctor. So, I’ve continued to this day. Sometimes,  I’ll eat something different like bad deli meat and things go sideways, but I recover much faster with the power of my gut pals, Mr. Broccoli and Mr. Cabbage, which were the original names of the characters in Reservoir Dogs by Quinton Tarantino, but got changed after the Vegetable Growers of America complained it showed broccoli and cabbage as ruthless killers and no one would want to eat them anymore.

Cough, cough. Bullshit.

Boys, give her some space before she gives you an ass-kicking you'll never forget

And now the boys have a new pal: Ms. Wasabi. Yep, I’ve added her to the mix and she packs a punch like Uma Thurman’s character in Kill Bill. I eat it to the point my eyes water and my nose burns. Occasionally,  I can’t breathe for a second and have to grab the table. Oh, Ms. Wasabi, why do you hurt me so?

Today, I dipped peanut-butter pretzel crackers in it. I’ve also mixed it in tea, which I don’t recommend, as it gets lumpy and doesn’t taste very good and just plain looks bad in the teacup.Think layer of barf.

The strange part is that my breathing seems pretty good this week. Really good. Wasabi? It does have horseradish in it, which is in the Isothiocyanate family. Very interesting. It makes for quite the ITC cocktail with Mr. B and Mr. C. Or, it could be my imagination. And, as many of us know, sometimes that’s all it takes to make a positive difference.

Stay healthy.

[Note: The original title of this post was “Isothiocyanate Threesome.” But after reading Lizi’s excellent post about search engines and key words, I thought it best to change it.]

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6 thoughts on “Broccoli, Wasabi. Wasabi, Broccoli. Cabbage, Wasabi. Wasabi, Cabbage.

  1. Cabbage with vinegar & pepper is beautiful also give mayo a go with your broccoli. 😉
    I’m happy to see that you have found a good combo of food to aid your digestion, can you eat broccoli with a Mcgriddle?

    • Sean of Englandshire,

      I have eaten so much broccoli that I can literally eat it out of the ground it grows in, or off the tree it grows on, as I’m too lazy to look on Wikipedia to see where broccoli does grow, though I’m confident it’s not a tree, otherwise I’d have one in my backyard that I’d be giving the vampire treatment to right now.

      And f**k no, I would not ruin my McGriddle experience by eating it at the same time as my broccoli. Have you lost your mind, man? It’s a vegetable and every man knows you don’t mix a McGriddle, food of the gods, with a crappy piece of plant matter.

      UC

  2. Glad you mentioned the titillating key words/search engine post because I’ve been meaning to tell you that since that post, I received some of the creepiest emails I’ve ever gotten. I temporarily blocked search engines from my blog. Smart decision on the title.

    The broccoli industry has you to thank for the sudden upswing in broccoli sales, because I serve it for dinner now every other night. Broccoli with lemon, broccoli with soy sauce, buttered broccoli…

    I’d like to mention in a very sideways, non-direct, nonchalant, non-jinxy way: glad you’re feeling good (said in a whisper).

    • Lizi,

      I wonder what the stock ticker for Broccoli is? 🙂 I should get some love from that industry.

      I’m laughing because you’re getting creepy emails. You should post a couple of the best. I never really give any thought to the words I put in the posts or how high my blog is on Google. I’m sure those typing “Fuck” in their search engines are disappointed when the arrive at my site.

      Throw in some cabbage some nights. It’s good too. And good for you.

      UC

  3. Yes! Broccoli and cabbage rock! And horseradish and Wasabi. I buy Wasabi peas and have eaten the whole carton in one day before. Same results as you: tears, runny nose, stinging sinuses and better breathing. Alas, also three cracked molars. Wasabi pea mush, anybody?

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