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michael pollan.

From Michael Pollan’s new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, this (amazing) author on nutrition and food was on Dr. Oz and he had some stuff to say.

Who’s cooking your food? Corporations or people? Corporations are using the cheapest, worst ingredients and dress it up with salt, fat and sugar.

Get back into the kitchen and rekindle your love for cooking. If you do this, you don’t have to worry about counting calories or agonizing over getting enough nutrients, how much fat your taking in, etc. It figures itself out when you’re cooking, just in practice alone.

We’re being brainwashed into thinking we are incapable of cooking. Think about the companies selling you frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That’s ridiculous. The most simple food to make, but hey, we make it better and easier for you. But is it?

Pollan’s new FOOD RULES:

WATER: where does flavor come from? You can make the best flavors just by cooking food slowly in water. Dashi, a Japanese stock, makes everything amazing. You add kombu to your cooking water and remove before it boils. Benito flakes is a great add-on (fish and mushroom).

AIR: you cannot live on wheat flour alone. But you can live on bread. Buy your bread from a baker not a factory. If it does not go stale in a couple days it is not REAL bread.

EARTH: fermented food is super important. Basically eat from the earth. Live, fermented food. Kimchi, sauerkraut, wine, cheese…

FIRE: No no no on microwaves. This is not fire, so don’t use it. Think about when you cook on a grill, everyone is attracted to it giving it a sense of community. Do you do that with microwaves? Nope, it’s quite the obvious.

Here is Michael Pollan’s grocery cheat sheet list:

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ayurveda fat loss

I still love Dr. Oz, that’s never gonna change. I saw an episode where he had a great Indian doctor, Kurleet Chaudhary, who specializes in ayurvedic medicine. She talked about how easy it is to get your body back in shape by simply shifting your regular eating practices. 

Fat Fighting Tea

1/2 teaspoon whole cumin

1/2 teaspoon whole fennel

1/2 teaspoon whole coriander

Throw it all in some boiling water for five minutes and then sip on this tea all day long. Try to do this a few times a week. 

Another fat fighting, detoxifying, body strengthener: Triphala. This is made up of three superfruits: Amalaki, which works as an antioxidant, Haritaki, a detox-er/colon cleanser, and Bibhitaki, basically a fat melter. You can take it in powder form. 1/2 teaspoon of Triphala, 1 teaspoon of psyllium fiber, 1/2 teaspoon flaxseed in warm water and go for it. If you an’t handle it take it in pill form, take two tablets an hour before bed. 

Another way to reduce fat and get those pounds to shed is by reorganizing the calories in your meal. Basically eat 25% of your calories for Breakfast, 50% for Lunch and the remaining 25% for Dinner. Dr. Chaudhary says that your body’s digestion is at its best during lunch, so you can basically throw down during this hour. But don’t throw down after 7p because your body does not want to work at night and so your fat will be stored causing you to pack the pounds. So what should your meals look like? Breakfast should be easy to digest- egg whites, oatmeal, fruit. Lunch should be your heaviest- meats, cheese, desserts. Dinner has to be the lightest- soups, cooked veggies.

Last fat fighter is adding curry powder to all your meals. It helps you feel satiated and will help you to eat less. If the ones in the stores are too spicy for you, it’s easy to make: 

  • 5 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 small (1 1/2 inch) cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves

Grind em up in a coffee/spice grinder. Once blended add 2 tsp of turmeric powder. That’s your curry powder! 

Gharshana is a massage that helps with lymphatic flow. Not meant to be gentle it’s supposed to be vigorous. You apply pressure with raw silk gloves ($20, online) in whichever areas you want less fat. Go crazy with this to see results. 

cheeze!

I found this recipe today in my search for a gluten-free, vegan cheese sauce! Ever since I stopped eating gluten, found out I had a cow-milk allergy and deleted corn from my diet, finding favorite food replacements has been quite an arduous task! 

Note: I used turmeric and soy milk…

Thank you Karina for this great recipe, which I found on her blog Gluten-Free Goddess!

The Best Cheesy Uncheese Sauce 

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons light olive oil

5 tablespoons sweet rice flour
2 1/2 cups unsweetened plain soy, hemp, nut, or coconut milk
2 rounded tablespoons good tasting nutritional yeast*
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or more, to taste
A good dash or two of Garlic Powder, to taste
A good dash or two of Minced Onion, to taste
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free Dijon or honey mustard, or to taste
1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, or lemon juice- to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon paprika (for orange) or turmeric (for yellow) color- may omit
1/4 cup white wine – may omit for alcohol-free
 
Note: I now add a rounded tablespoon of sesame tahini to the sauce mixture as well.
 
Instructions:

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and stir in the rice flour (I like to use a whisk to do this). Cook and stir the flour for about 30 seconds- it will make thick paste- and continue stirring to cook the raw flour taste out of it.

 
Slowly add in the hemp milk, whisking to blend the flour paste and hemp milk.
 
Bring the mixture to a bubble (it will thicken as it heats) then reduce the heat to low. Add the nutritional yeast, sea salt, garlic and onion powder, mustard, vinegar, nutmeg, paprika or turmeric, wine (and sesame tahini, if using), and whisk to blend.
 
Continue heating and stirring the sauce over gentle heat for about five to ten minutes. Taste test. Does it need a hint more salt? Wine?
 
Stir and gently heat through.
 
Remove from heat and use on pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables or casserole fillings.
 
Makes about three cups sauce.

safflower.

the fight for a fat fighter. Let’s all just stop looking (and fighting) and focus in on safflower for a minute. An age old secret weapon, first discovered in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. It comes in oil form and supplement form (and others of course). I was watching this really awesome episode of Dr. Oz, which is how I came upon this knowledge. And, not like this matters, but Montel Williams swears by it (lost two inches in 11 weeks without even trying although he tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle). Apparently it is designed to be eaten thirty minutes before you eat, and it helps shift the craving for that sugary dessert afterward. Other ways to get this omega-6 fatty acid it… Look for 6 mg. of linolenic acid in the supplement form. Look for 7-10 g polyunsaturated fat when looking for an oil. Sunflower seeds can also be eaten (3 tsp. a day) to get those same benefits. An Ohio University study showed that although women didn’t lose weight while on the oil, they did lose a good amount of body fat. And then Oz asked a panel of doctors their opinion and they were split. So he said, try it for three months, see what happens. I’m all for that, why not?

spirulina.

I have been inspired by Dr. Oz lately. I think he’s awesome and it’s cool that he just freely gives his knowledge. Well, and by free I mean he gets paid the big bucks to share his doctorial knowledge.

There is more than where this came from, so check back in frequently for more healthy tips to incorporate into your daily routine.

First up: spirulina… We’ve all heard of it but what is it really? According to Dr. Oz’s site:

Microalgae from the ocean and uncontaminated lakes, including blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella, seaweed and kelp are easy-to-digest, high-protein and high-energy supplements – and contain over a 100 trace minerals!

Here is a good tip from an episode I watched the other day:

Dr. Oz’s Energy Cubes

Dr. Oz’s Energy Cubes are made with two energy boosters: spirulina and lime juice. Combined, they are shown to help boost your mood. A true miracle from the sea, spirulina is an excellent source of protein. This blue-green algae, available in powder and supplement form at health food stores, boosts energy by unlocking sugar from your cells so it does not get stored as fat.

Dr. Oz’s Energy Cubes

Ingredients
1 tsp spirulina powder
12 oz lime juice

Directions
Combine ingredients; pour into ice cubes trays and freeze. (The cold from the ice also works to wake you up and help boost metabolic energy.)

Add 2 energy cubes to water, fruit or vegetable juices daily.

For a true breakdown of spirulina’s nutritional analysis check over here.

Personally, I just add a teaspoon to my superfood shake: kale, banana, coconut, date, cashew + water & spirulina = power punch for a breakfast meal!

anaphylaxis.

an·a·phy·lax·is

noun.

a severe and often life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen previously exposed to the body.

i just found out i’m allergic to cow’s milk and cod fish… Now, I don’t usually eat cod fish, but I do eat a lot of other edible fish like tuna, halibut, etc. and apparently I could be allergic to those as well. Basically my life is over cause my whole being is about eating. Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, spicy tuna on crispy rice, honey roll, etc. make up the loves of my life. I live to eat and eat to die. I don’t know what I’m going to do but I will figure it out. And for those of you who care about my eating habits, I will keep you up to date.

toast.

I thought this was pretty impressive. Or maybe I was impressed cause it was pretty.

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