Sunday, January 02, 2011
Around the end of the year, we begin to see those new year cartoons that depict the new year as a baby. I think they are funny. I was curious about this depiction. Wikipedia had a short explanation here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_New_Year
But I also copy and pasted some of it here.
" The stereotypical representation of Baby New Year is as a male baby wearing nothing more than a diaper, a top hat and a sash across his torso that shows the year he is representing. Sometimes he is holding an hourglass or is otherwise associated with one. Often, he is not a complete newborn but is slightly older, because he is frequently shown standing on his own, barely walking, or having a small amount of head hair.
The myth associated with him is that he is a baby at the beginning of his year, but Baby New Year quickly grows up until he is an elderly bearded man like Father Time at the end of his year. At this point, he hands over his duties to the next Baby New Year."
And here are a few cartoons of Baby New Year & Father Time.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Today is a gloomy, cloudy winter day. Although the temperatures are dropping now, it was actually a little warm this morning, in the 40s but not a single ray of sunshine in sight all day. Just gray and gloomy; and entirely conducive to this time of year for me. I like that word--conducive meaning favorable, helpful, encouraging, advantageous, and beneficial. It’s like I mail-ordered the weather my-darn-self
What could be better for reflection, contemplation, musing of the departing year and the planning and preparation of the new one that waits just around the corner? I love this time of year. Better than Christmas, better than birthdays, I love the New Year. I love the days before it, the days after it, the weeks after that. Months even:-) :-) Yeah I know months may be going too far. What can I say? I love this time of year.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Ever look at the ingredients on some of the processed foods at the grocery store?
I picked a few ingredients from my processed food of choice--lean pockets. Sodium phosphate, thiamin mononitrate, potassium sorbate, disodium guanylate, maltodextrin, hydrogenated soybean oil, hydrogenated palm oil to name only a handful of perhaps 25 items on this ingredient list. I mean what the heck--where am I? A science lab? I am even getting nostalgic for my old college chemistry and biochemistry textbooks--but that may have more to do with my realization that jobs are so non-existent that my only choice may be to go back to school. Maybe I could finally get that Masters in Biochemistry. But I digress. Back to this ingredient list! WTH for real I may soon have to give up my lean pockets.
And while I am on this "WTH are we eating?" streak, I decided to watch Food Inc. again yesterday evening. I highly recommend it, it is a very informational documentary.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I am certain that my great grandma would not recognize a lot of the stuff we eat today and she would definitely wonder if it was food. Case in point my Chicken Fiesta Mexican Style lean pocket or frozen pancakes for that matter. The list could go on and on.
Here’s a little background on my great grandma. She was born in the highlands of Kenya. Like many Kenyan women at the time, got married young, had children and settled into a life of being a farmer’s wife. They practiced small scale farming—enough to feed and sustain them and leftovers for barter/trade. They planted and ate lots of legumes, plenty of greens, corn, a variety of tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, arrowroots, yams, sweet potatoes and cassava), tomatoes, carrots, onions, bananas and plantains.
They also kept chickens, goats, donkeys, sheep, and cows. They had fresh milk and eggs but meat was eaten mostly on special occasions.
Your great grandma’s diet may have looked similar to this too with differences here and there depending on climate and culture maybe I’d be curious to learn.
Okay fast forward about 120 years to my diet today. Total different diet. I will say this though I do try to eat a lot of legumes; I eat rice, potatoes or sweet potatoes 2 or 3 times a week; some greens but could do way better. So in general maybe I am kind of okay there ?? The main disparity I think comes with meat, those pesky processed foods and snacks. For example, I do seem to eat more meat here than I do when I am at home. I think because it is more readily available and is cheaper. Take chicken for example—in the 7 months that I was home, I ate chicken twice—and these were cage free, very lean hens—but since my return to Kansas City, I have had chicken almost every week.
You know what? It just occurred to me that my great grandma would not recognize today’s chickens as chickens at all. They would probably look like something out of a bad really bad horror movie. Today’s modern chicken is given a gazillion hormones and antibiotics to grow up too fast and too big. She would totally freak out at seeing one of these birds.
So where does that leave me if I were to adhere strictly to this rule? Do I ditch chicken, eggs, ground beef, frozen meals like my lean pockets, frozen pancakes, yogurt, cereal etc etc
Probably not en masse, but I do like this rule. It is a good guideline. For me, it lets me know just how much we have strayed from the diets of our foremothers and fathers and yet we are less active and more sedentary. It is good food for thought.
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