Gelato vs. Ice Cream? Does it Affect Your Health?
Gelato or ice-cream? What’s your pick?
A fun bit of culture differences on health:
- I grew up in a culture that believes that too much ice-cream will cause you to get a strep throat. People still believe it.
- Cold drinks will get you sick. For sure. So, no ice in drinks on a hot day.
- People believe that drafts cause sickness too. As kids, were were extra-bundled after taking a bath. Wet + possible drafts = recipe for colds.
Some of my biggest culture shocks in relation to health were:
- The fact that you cannot buy medicine in US without a prescription. In Eastern Europe you can buy practically everything, if not absolutely everything, at any drugstore, no prescription needed. People self-diagnose and self-treat all the time.
- The first year after my first son’s birth was a year of shocks. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that pediatricians weren’t prescribing pills or fever reducers when his temperature went up, and when I was told it is normal for the baby to get sick up to 12 times a year, and runny noses are a part of developing an immune system, I almost fainted from shock: in the culture I grew up every runny nose is a problem, any baby rash is an issue and you used to never leave the drs office without a long list of “must have” prescriptions.
I like the US approach, btw.
Pregnancy approach. While there are some things I wish were done better in US, on the whole, the approach of “pregnancy is not a sickness, it’s just a different state of being” resonates with me very well. Although I have to be honest - the first one was a big psychological shift.
What do you resonate most with? Have you heard any of the above before?
PS: we are a “team gelato”, but anything frozen is always a good idea!