Thursday, April 26, 2012
This tip's from my sister... she tried it waaay before I ever did.
Sure, I'd heard about "Nutritional" (or Brewer's) Yeast forever...
but there's a BIG diff between plunking your money down and actually buying it AND eating it.... and thinking "O that sounds nice and healthy, I'll have to try that someday".
Yesterday was that day, spurred on by my local Sprout's 25% off Weekly Special sale. Nothing like a deal to get me motivated!
Truthfully... I was expecting the taste to be overwhelmingly hideous.
I bought the largest size, anyway.
But no, its has a delicious light flavor which blends seamlessly with a variety of savory foods. I've been sprinkling it on my salads, along with the juice of half a lemon , to provide a savory umami taste, a bit of saltiness.
Sis uses it on popcorn.
I think it would be delicious stirrrd into soups, table side, to preserve the complement of heat sensitive vitamin B's this powerhouse food contains.
Or simply mixed with some hot water, to provide a nutrient dense, low calorie snack... or as a savory rather than a sweet appetizer to a meal, to blunt overindulgence.
The brand I tried, KAL, tastes like a cross between chicken stock and miso paste.
I'll post a full nutrient profile for the Spark Tracker for those who are sampling the KAL brand. Spark has Red Star, the nutrient profile may be different, this will give you more choice.
If you think you'd like in, here's the basics.
There are two kinds of Brewers or Nutritional Yeast, but since the names are often used interchangeably, you've really got to read the label to find out which one you've got.
"Brewer's" is supposed to be a bit bitter and is the end product of the brewing process as the name implies. If you are gluten intolerant, it may be wise to avoid this one, in case the brew was beer, which contains hops, which contains gluten, OY!
"Nutritional" is grown on sugar beet molasses. This is the one that I chose. The KAL brand uses non-GMO beet molasses, which is a good thing.
It comes in two forms... flake (which is what I got.. and thank you for not saying "wellll if the shoe fits..." ) and a powder.
These yeasts are a nutritional power house in food form, full of B vitamins and a good dose of Selenium, which we need for thyroid hormone conversion. AND support your adrenals.
Hope you'll give this a try and come back and let me know how you like it.
For you old pros, pls include your recipes and suggestions, Fav Brands here so that we can all grow from it.
and Good Health!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
This thought provoking article was brought to my attention by a friend of mine.
We'd been discussing a phenomena that had been occurring with increasing frequency in my life... me catching things before I was aware that they had dropped... seeing the thing in my hand before realizing an object was falling and making a conscious decision to catch it. It seemed to me that the order was backward.
This article comes to a surprising conclusion... and raises the question... does our conscious mind decide for us, or is conscious decision.... free will... an illusion?
Read if for yourself, before you decide.
Thx Imleeney for the proper address! I really need to check my links before I post my blogs! Anyways, thanks to Imleeney, it working now...
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Turns out this is a great way to give yourself a back massage in that hard to reach upper back (thoracic) area.
Just fish out that pair of pantyhose you're never gonna wear again, because its got a tiny run in the toe, or some other imperfection, and put it to good use!
You can use various size and hardness balls for this.
I've used golf, tennis and a red spongy ball all to various effect, depending on where my back pain is.
Just cut the pantyhose off at the top of the leg, so you have two stockings.
Drop a ball into the stockings, work it down to the toe. Tie a loose knot at the top. That's all there is to it... your back stocking it ready for action!
Beware O miserble Back Pain... your hours are numbered!
Fear the power of the backstocking!
For lumbar (lower back) pain, all you really need is the ball and the wall, but it helps to have it in a sock, in case it drops. This way it won't run off under the couch, dining table or some other hard to access place... that bending to retrieve it can be last thing you need, if your back isn't happy in the first place.
As for the Action:
You can do this one fully clothed... I prefer to wear a thin teeshirt and remove my bra because I don't need the straps and back band in the way.
*Find a bare wall, stand next to it back almost touching.
* Raise your hand with the top of the stockingball up over your shoulder,
* Position the ball end of it between the knot in your back and the wall by adjusting where your hand is positioned
* Rub this knot against the ball buy doing dips and moving from side to side to massage out the stiffness, while keeping hold on the top of the stocking.
*You can reach a new location by repositioning the hand holding the stocking to the desired spot.
For lumbar pain, do the same, only you can just place the ball where you need it to be and hold on to the end by your waist so it doesn't fly off.
A variety of ball hardnesses and sizes work for different areas on your back.
Its a real boon to those living alone, or have a partner who is unable or unwilling to help. Or who don't have the resources to afford a"real" massage.
Consider it, next time you get a knot in your back, and you may be glad you did!
Check out Getstronger's tip, she uses the tennis ball on the floor instead of the wall! This might be a better alternative for some.
I also use a large, long handled, heavy metal serving spoon when I'm desperate...the type you stir soups when they are in a big pot cooking. I gently tap the area between the shoulder blade and the spine, with the "belly" of the spoon. That area is my personal Waterloo!
Sounds like torture, but its heaven! LOL
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Did you know that the 70 trillion bacteria that call our bodies home, not only launch group behavior using signalling molecules, much like an organ releases hormones (or pesky stinging fire ants use pheromones), but also speak two different "languages"?
Didn't think so.
Watch the amazing Bonnie Bassler explain it all much better than I ever could, with humor no less!
Monday, March 19, 2012
This was so easy... its a little sad how excited I am over it! LOL
After writing my lentils and rice blog a few days ago, I decided to see if I could get some to sprout... and they did, with almost no help from me! AND no fancy equipment, either!
* a clean recycled yogurt container...
* a lid from one of my pots, cuz the yogurt container's lid was AWOL
* the mesh strainer, that I use to filter my tea leaves out of my pot of tea
Added about a half cup? of lentils into the container.
Ran tap water in there, squished it around, dumped the water.
Covered lentils with distilled water so that they were all submerged.
Left them there overnite, washed em and soaked em the following morning.
Later that afternoon, I bit one and found both the taste and texture had changed.
Instead of being hard and bitter, it was sweet and crunchy.
Not crunchy like potato chips, crunchy like an apple.
So I decided enuf with the soaking, drained and washed them again, but did not cover them with water.
Next day I looked and they all had tails.
So they got another bath.
The basic schedule I used was:
Soak about 24 hours with several washes and water changes.
Drain and don't refill with water... let grow the next couple of days, giving them at least two baths a day.
Day 4? not really sure... is today and Voila here they are! Beautiful, dontcha think?
And tasty too, I just invited some of them into my bowl of luncheon chili to play!
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