Friday, September 07, 2012
Those of you, especially in the South, who have eaten cooked greens - mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, etc. , I need your opinion.
What type of cooked greens taste best to you and why?
I'm looking for the greens that are the least bitter and have the best taste.
I have somehow avoided cooked greens even though they are a major part of Southern cooking. Now I want to cook some, blend them and add them to my soups so I can get the wonderful nutritional benefits in these wonder foods without eating them as a solitary dish.
What better way to find the answer to anything healthful than get opinions on Spark People?
So, tell me what you think, Spark Friends.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Of all the joys on earth, few compare to the crowning glory of achieving against the odds, succeeding in the face of peril, or triumphing over adversity.
Wouldn't you say?
Yet in every such case, without exception, the poor odds, the peril, and the adversity must come first.
Don't you feel blessed?
- Notes From The Universe, Mike Dooley
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Over the past year, I sort of accidentally fell into eating more veggies, LOTS more veggies.
It began when I had an unexpected cholesterol test at a local grocery store. Their pharmacy was having a "special" on testing. I was tested and my cholesterol was 210. I was horrified. It had never been over 150 in my life!
So I began, after EXTENSIVE reading about nutrition, to avoid sugar. Slowly, I decided to avoid starch also. Then I began looking for ways to FILL UP and maybe replace the sugar and starch with something else.
(Something I learned from a smoker, trying to quit - the Hand-To-Mouth-Action is important! If your hand has a habit of going to and from your mouth a lot, you need to be sure it's bringing something HEALTHY up there, lol.)
I began to eat more veggies, almost all raw, but some oven-roasted and/or steamed a little. Raw veggies take a LOT of chewing; a LOT of that hand-to-mouth-action. The result is more SATISFACTION.
Three months later my cholesterol was 163. I had not cut out fat at all, or paid any attention to it, or to the amount of cholesterol I ate. Just less sugar and starch, more veggies.
As time went by, I slowly realized there was a direct correlation between eating veggies/feeling great and not eating veggies/feeling stodgy. I just kept eating more veggies.
That is when I came up with my two favorite sayings:
I bet no one has ever told you that you're eating too many veggies!
I bet no one has ever told you that you need a little more sugar in your diet?
I just realized last week, when talking to a friend and describing my current way of eating, that the food I eat MOST is non-starchy veggies! That is the major part of my diet, by far.
I still eat some meat, cheese, and olive oil. But I seem to eat less of those all the time. I don't care much if I eat these things or not, most of the time, but I can't live without my veggies, lol.
This morning I was looking at an article from EAT TO LIVE, which seems to promote a vegetarian diet: www.drfuhrman.com/library/article5.a
This article is on Dr. Fuhrman's site. The following quote is from that page, where he says that
"Following a strict vegetarian diet is not as important as eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables."
He goes on to say:
"So the question is: can the total protection offered by increasing the nutritious foods - the high phytochemical/antioxidant (protective plant foods)-- to make ones diet produce-predominant, be achieved, even if the diet is not totally vegetarian and includes some animal products?
I think the answer is yes. In other words,
you can achieve the benefits of a vegetarian diet, without being a vegetarian or a vegan, and the science available seems to support this.
So let’s not debate whether it is all right to eat a little bit of animal food or not.
The main focus here that cannot be contradicted or disagreed with is: Whether you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet or you include a small amount of animal foods
you must get the majority of calories from unrefined plant food for optimal health. A large quantity of unrefined plant food grants the greatest protection against developing serious disease.
A strict vegetarian diet, then, may be the healthiest diet, but it also may not be. One can choose to be on a healthy vegetarian diet, with careful planning; and one can choose to be on a healthy omnivorous diet, with careful planning too. Both ways of eating still require knowledge about the most nutritious food to eat to assure excellent health and disease protection."
Well, this makes me feel really good. I'm almost becoming an "accidental vegetarian", lol, but I still like some meat, cheese and oil. Dr. Fuhrman has confirmed what I've been learning, slowly, accidentally - THE VEGGIES ARE IMPORTANT!
This makes me happy. I think I'm going to MORE CONSCIOUSLY cut down on the meat, cheese and oil, and see how it goes. I'm sliding down the vegetarian path, lol. A pretty big step for an old country girl in Texas, raised on HUNTING, I promise you!
PS, I won’t be completely giving up pork ribs any time soon, though. ( I BBQ those about 5 times a year.)
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Some fast talking salesman sold my 90 year old mother $150 worth of dvds (10 of them) which do not have one recognizable actor in any of them. I was so mad when I saw them on her table, I could barely spit!
The good thing is she wasn't able to give them her debit card number because she is so blind she can't read it. So I called them and they said I could return them and to include a letter asking for her to be taken off the calling list.
It is sad to me that all of us are on every list, by default evidently, and have to beg to be removed!
Anyway, I finally realized this past year that "they" can sign her up for anything, send her anything, and as long as she can't give them a debit card number, it's their misfortune. She hasn't got a dime, or a credit card, and they can bill her all they want, but if she can't pay, there is not a thing they can do. (Although, about a year ago, someone sold her a "better" phone service, switched her phone and sent her an outrageous bill, and that took a lot of time and effort to change back to a normal phone service.)
What really angers me is that anyone can certainly tell, by talking to her on the phone, that this 90 yr. old lady doesn't really comprehend what she's getting into. And they do it anyway.
Okay, the rant is over. Thanks for letting me vent!
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