Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Not long ago I was not allowed to talk about sh*ttake mushrooms on SP, and I assumed it was because of the word beginning with a slang word. Weird since the word has nothing to do with the slang word. Earlier today I saw someone else solve this problem with a different word by substituting a "*" for the vowel to get around the SP filter.
I promise all of you who read this blog that I am not encouraging anyone to start drinking, or even cooking with alcoholic beverages!!
This evening I was startled to read on another site that claims to be a site dedicated to health, an article suggesting we prepare a number of healthy options for the holiday which used beer as the liquid in cooked and uncooked recipes.
Well, I've been in suspicious mode lately with anything that says it's healthy or good for me. I always do my thinking and research to see where that product or idea fits into my current knowledge and many opinions, however misguided they might be.
So in my knowledge, I know that alcohol evaporates off when heated. And there my knowledge ends and the questions begin. I tried to ask on a SP Nutrition board but they wouldn't let me post with my words in the post.
I'm trying again here. Even if we don't come up with definitive answers, perhaps someone will think twice before preparing a food recipe with an alcoholic beverage.
So like I said, I know alcohol evaporates when heated.
1. Are recovering alcoholics still affected when eating a recipe cooked with beer, wine, or liqueur, or liquor?
2. Are recovering alcoholics still affected when eating a recipe prepared with those beverages, but not cooked? say like a dessert or dip?
I know that red and white wine have anti-angiogenic properties (Dr. William Li in his video "Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?" and that's a good thing. I don't know if that's enough to include red or white wine in a recipe as a healthy inclusion.
3. Do the anti-angiogenic benefits of red and white wine remain if cooked in a food?
My opinion is that we could probably add a lot more nutrition to a recipe by adding a fresh-juiced fruit or vegetable to our recipe. But that opinion is based on no factual information, so
4. Is nutrient info like calories/carbs/fats/proteins and beyond available for alcoholic beverages which we might use in our recipes?
5. Was any thought about these issues put into the recipes on SP that include alcoholic beverages?
I feel these issues are important to be knowledgeable of before we cook for our holiday parties. A person making a choice to have a drink is much different from a person unknowingly eating something that was prepared with alcohol. I personally feel we ARE our brothers' keeper when in comes to the food we serve at home or at other holiday functions.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Today, I was thankful for my refrigerator that
1. saves my fresh produce from ruin before I can cook or eat it
2. saves the dishes I automatically cook for at least 4 diners, when it's only me
3. cough up my healthy pre-made meals ready to eat when I don't feel like cooking or having to clean up the kitchen
4. somehow manages to keep those little forgotten containers that hide behind the big yogurt containers and grow little black fuzz until I finish the yogurt.
5. Freezes fresh bananas, raspberries, and raspberries for healthy smoothies.
6. runs on electricity so I don't have to deal with blocks of ice.
7. enables me to have a wide variety of whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, and nuts in quite fresh colorful condition.
8. provides chopped ice and lime wedges for my water.
9. keeps some medicines viable.
10. is related to all the other applications of refrigeration like cargo containers, trucks, food manufacturing, and the morgue.
Why don't we hear more about the inventor of the refrigerator? Thomas Jefferson used to stock up his ice house with 60 wagonloads of ice from the river. Aren't you thankful you dodged that bullet??
Our modern refrigerator was designed by Oliver Evans in 1805. Jacob Perkins developed that design into something that would work, though with some degree of danger. His model worked with ammonia and ether. He received the patent for it in 1834. And many others have contributed to the development of the refrigerator to it's current state. I think it could only be improved upon by having it be solar powered. Though a door a la Harry Potter, which would show you what was close to expiring, and would also let you reach right through it if you wanted something healthy would be super.
So I'm proposing a national holiday in August when we have no other national holidays, to celebrate inventions like the refrigerator which enable us to live healthier, fitter lives.
Families could get out in the neighborhoods with hula hoops, pogo sticks, bikes, or simply pedometers. Employers could offer bonuses for employees who show up at a gym on that holiday.
PBS could feature those inventions and also those which have developed a nation of obese citizens.I think the day has possibilities to trim the fat and fight our obesity battle. Of course a case could be made on both sides for the refrigerator, depending upon what we store in them, and the choices we make when getting something to eat out of it. Would I be healthier without it and the sugary snacks I used to keep in it? I think I'd probably be dead if I had to preserve all my food without benefit of refrigeration.
What other inventions would you include in the celebrations?
And have you signed up for a turkey trot yet?
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Since coming up with my idea for a Stratified Rice Grain Salad party, I have had layers on my brain.
I was down another half pound this morning and I visualize 2 more sticks of butter peeling off kind of like that frosting you roll out before putting it on a wedding cake.
I did the stratified grain experiment this morning, layering Golden Rose Brown Rice with yogurt, cinnamon, raspberries, and blackberries. Would have enjoyed nuts with that but I'm saving them for supper or snack.
Then I had planned a tossed veggie salad for lunch. As I pulled out ingredients to toss, I layered them in a cut glass bowl, then weighed it. 18.2 ounces of beautiful colorful veggies: romaine, spinach, sweet potato, asparagus, brussels sprouts, tomato, onion, garic, basil, and almonds. With a bowl of banana with lime juice sprinkled on top on the side. Dr. Fuhrman made me do it with his Eat to Live Program. Must admit it's a work of art!! It's enough to make someone addicted to vegetables.
Now my only worry is being able to eat it all. I'll probably have to save half for supper. But I'm supposed to eat another fruit, 14 more ounces of veggies, AND a cup of beans tonight.
Now, I've been known to put away the food, but this seems impossible.
Monday, November 12, 2012
November seems to be my month. After all it is. I was born in it 64 years ago.
And the picture helps to tell the tale because the recliner and I got to be great buddies from November 5, 2007 when chemotherapy and radiation began through November 9 2011 when chemotherapy ended and my journey to get healthy began.
This last year has been a time of "fixing" everything wrong with me.
The Livestrong program at the YMCA went a long way to get rid of my neuropathy. My chiropractor got my head on straight, literally, getting rid of tinnitus, balance problems, and migraines. She also discovered a vitamin D deficiency and swollen legs which required the compression stockings some of you have read about.
They are a challenge when trying to bring a bit of style to the wardrobe. But I think I fear circulation problems in my legs more that a possible third recurrence of cancer. So I wear them. And work on the nutrition going in to my body, and I'm now working on becoming addicted to sweat producing workouts.
This week the new orthotics to fix my last physical ailment-my foot- should arrive and we'll see if I can't get the pain in my foot to go away.
So, knowing I spent almost every free minute in that recliner since 2007, my sister was surprised when I requested a rebounder for this birthday. Frankly, I was surprised also. My family owned one years ago and I remembered the health benefits claimed and realized by people who used one. Even paraplegics who put their feet on the mesh stage while someone else bounced improved their circulation.
I knew I could gently walk or bounce and do wonders for my efforts toward health.
There was no doubt what was in the huge box when my mom and sister walked in with it after dinner at Applebees. But I believe I'd better find another place for it. I can't even hide it behind the couch. I could put it out on the porch, but the truth is, the living room is the best place.
If I'm going to become addicted to sweat-producing workouts, I don't think I'd be real happy doing that on the porch where it freezes in the winter and pushes 105 in the summer. Besides, with it sitting in front of the recliner, I must take at least a couple of bounces to get into the chair or to get up and go anywhere (translated to go to the bathroom or to get a snack or more water.)
Perhaps they make an olive green or rose brown cover so it will blend in better with the decor. And with a little ingenuity, I could figure out a way to stash and dash it behind the draperies if company comes. I bet everyone will want to try it out at my Stratified Grain Salad Tasting Party. But if I leave it out in the middle of the floor, there will be no room for people.
Maybe a pulley system could work to pull it up to the ceiling like the Christmas trees some people hang up side down. I could hang mistletoe and garland and other ornaments from the springs on the underside!!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I am following the Eat to Live program for my 2nd 6 week stint. I get to eat one serving of whole grains each day (and a LOT of fruit and veggies). I decided that if I was going to eat brown rice as my grain choice for a day, I was going to get a gourmet selection from Lundberg. Then while I was at the health food store trying to make up my mind, I thought I'd better follow my advice in my recent blog series to get kids to be healthy eaters. After all, I'm the biggest kid around my neighborhood.
So I bought
• Golden Rose Brown Rice
• Black Japonica: a Gourmet Field Blend of Black & Mahogany Rice
• Brown Sweet Rice
• Christmas Rice: A festive red rice for the holidays
• Wehani (This one I knew already, and will cook this the morning of my party, because you wouldn't want to miss the aromas when it cooks)
And I started a cup of each in casseroles in the oven this morning before leaving for my walk. I'm going to invite those in my neighborhood without families to come for a Stratified Grain Salad tasting party before I leave for NC for Christmas.. Between now and then, I'll experiment with different combinations each day so I'll have a pretty good idea what ingredients I'll need to set out on the buffet. I'm excited about checking out the lundberg.com site to find recipes I can deconstruct into healthy stratified rice salads!
This morning, I layered Black Japonica, Greek Yogurt, blueberries, shredded apple, cinnamon, and flaxseed meal. Delicious. And I'm still full, with no desire to eat lunch. This might be a 2 meal day that Dr. Fuhrman talks about in his book. Veggies from the Stratosphere with Wehani for lunch tomorrow.
So now I have 10 cups of 4 different grains which will never make it for the 20 days it will take me to eat all of it.
Can you freeze cooked grains?
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