OK, let me start by telling you what a patriotic Indian I am. I live by the Indian pledge which I have taken very seriously. The bit about "I have a rich and varied heritage and I shall strive to be worthy of it"? Well, having learned the pledge and recited it every single morning in the school assembly, I was really inspired to follow up word by action. And I think I can now proudly announce that "I have a rich and varied heritage and have proved to be worthy of it". Let me explain further. I have taken the very best from the genetic pool that both my parents had to offer. From dad's side I have inherited: a "healthy" constitution (btw, being a true blue foodie is also from this side of the family) :rotfl, good hair, a sense of humour, acidity, arthritic tendencies, thyroid deficiency and from my mom's side chronic sinusitis and migraines. :bowdown Now isn't that a real rich and varied heritage? So, having proved to be such a worthy offspring of my parents, I have run into a sort of sticky situation. The problem is - no prizes for guessing - what do I eat? I should be eating ice creams and drinking chilled milk (that was the theory in the 70s, latest theory being milk irritates the gastric lining - which one do I believe) to soothe my acidity. :biggrin2 But my sinusitis dictates that I drink hot soup with pepper or hot coffee, or hot drinking chocolate. :coffee My migraine frowns strictly on all these - cheese, chocolate and coffee are all time enemies of this friend of mine. No tomatoes, no tamarind (read no rasam, sambar, vettakozhambu), no sour curd, no cucumbers, no pepper, no ginger, no coffee, no tea for my acidity. :rant My tendency to be a bit er... "healthy" means I should avoid ice cream, dairy products, rice, potatoes, beetroots etc. :spin Add to this no cauliflower, no cabbage, no sulphurous vegetables, no broccoli for hypothyroidism. No spinach if I want to keep away water retention and a swollen face at bay. :bang This is like the proverbial parent with the warring offsprings. Which child do you satisfy? :drowning So what choice does that leave me with? Bottle gourd (dudhi, sorrakai), pumpkin, yam, raw plantains. Surely, if I eat this for 5 days, I will go hop, skip and jump to join Anna Hazare on his fasts and shall offer to hold the fort in the intervening periods between all of them. :idea Certainly it will help me overcome my very "healthy" appearance and lo and behold, there will be another friend who comes to visit me - anorexia. Witsend But then I will have proved the statement I started out with i.e. I am a true patriot.