SKATER787's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SKATER787 SKATER787's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Finished Tenth Weekend Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483114 With the tenth cycle of fasting, I've reached my first weight goal. I now set my sight on the 2nd weight goal. I'll give myself 10 to 20 weeks to get there. I'm very patient so I set my goal at 1/4 lb per week, 20 weeks that's 5 lbs. The fast doesn't require much effort and the reward is the joy of 5 feasting days. I look forward to it all weekend. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:55:05 EST The Snake Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482342 Cole advocates as much fasting as you can until you reach ideal weight for your height. Luckily, I don't have to do that as I'm getting good results with my 60-hour weekend fasts. But I think he's a genius and made some very good points. <BR> <BR> Here is how he describes his Snake Diet. <BR> <BR> Warning: ****** Profane language: *********** <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t879<BR>4X4I8nk </link> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:24:23 EST Finished Ninth Weekend Fasting and Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480687 Sunday was a move day. Not having to spend time eating was a big reason for the success as I didn't have time at all. Cooking some roasted pork for the workers was somewhat of a challenge as it smells pretty good. Luckily, I bought pork instead of beef, as I tried to avoid eating pork. They are the bottom feeders of the land animals. I may have broken down and eaten beef if that was the case. The thought of eating pork, stopped me cold. Thus my fast did not fail. <BR> <BR> Later on Sunday ni... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 12:52:40 EST Fasting Duration: Beginner's Luck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480049 As I began my 9th-weekend fasting, I also like to figure out the ideal duration for fastings. <BR> <BR> 1) Metabolism slows down after 72 hours of fasting. 2) Autophagy rises rapidly at 36-72-120 hours then levels off (There are different types of autophagy and this is a new field. No definitive answer yet). 3) Gary Wenk said that 30% caloric reduction prolongs life. <BR> <BR> My contention is that the CR should be done through fasting, not by eating every day on 30% less calorie. The body... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 16:57:51 EST Life Goals: Fasting at High Altitude 10 Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478760 I've known for years that living at high altitude is healthier. This may due to the lower oxygen levels. The higher the oxygen, the more we oxidize. Thus, living at sea level offers zero health benefits. But since that is my predicament, I didn't have an alternative until now. <BR> <BR> To maximize the limited time I can have at high altitude, fasting seems to be the answer. I will combine fasting with high altitude. But for how long? The 4th week is where adaptations at high altitude occur.... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 22:27:38 EST Finished Eight Weekend Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478271 There was good news on the scale this morning. I've been looking forward to Monday breakfast all weekend and broke the fast with the usual 2 eggs, roast duck plus avocado with garlic and rice wine vinegar, and some almonds. Starting this weekend, I'm going to start the fast after Fri lunch. This will make it 68 hours instead of 60. I'll have 2 tablespoons of coconut oil for Fri dinner as it supposes to have ketones. <BR> <BR> I've added Himalayan salt to my protocol. So for Sat and Sun: <BR>... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:59:21 EST Will the Real Paleo Please Stand Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477919 I haven't bought muscle meat in years. No boneless, skinless chicken breast here. LOL. <BR> <BR> Eat from head to toe is my philosophy. If it's poultry, it's always with the skin and bones and internal organs if available. I need to get a hold of duck livers as they are hard to find. That would be ideal. <BR> <BR> Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link>freetheanimal.com/2014/03/disrupting<BR>-carbs-prebiotics.html </link> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 11:18:43 EST Video: The Science of Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477728 @38:55 Interesting facts on human's fat reserve. <BR> <BR> The effects of fasting on cancer cells @51:00 <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1b0<BR>8X-GvRs&list=PLBWyaXYDoCUJulAs94NkIxqq<BR>wy0vEJHP8 </link> Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:54:32 EST Irish Hunger Strike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476196 In 1981, the Irish Republican Army prisoners went on a hunger strike. One died after 44 days, 6 died around the 60-day mark. One died at 66-day and two were dead at 71 and 73 days for a total of 10 deaths. How long you can survive depending on how much fat your body has. I'm no expert in fasting, but if you're going to do a long-term fast, I'd limit it to 21 days (half of Christ's fasting) and certainly no more than 30 days at a time (half of the Irish Hunger Strike where most people died aro... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:17:34 EST Finished Seventh Weekend Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476038 This weekend fasting (60 hours) I took less herbal teas and more mineral water. During feast days last week, I don't know what happened but my #2 went from twice a day to 4 times or more from Mon-Fri. I don't know if it was the activated charcoal that did the trick on my intestines or what, but it was rough. Hopefully, my stomach will settle down this week. Now I have 5 days of feasting :). I've been eyeing the foods in the fridge all weekend. LOL. Once again, it's more time and less work fro... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:51:50 EST Finishing Sixth Weekend Fasting and a New Protocol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473932 I've decided to add some minerals to my fasting regimen after reading that magnesium levels dropped during fasting. It seems a little more difficult this weekend but I knew that it would pass and I would win. I also took a nap around lunchtime on Sat, so I sailed through the hunger strike. Taking a nap seems to be a good way to bypass hunger. So in between taking the charcoal powder (1 TB morning and evening), I take the mineral supplements. They are Swanson's Concentrace, Swanson's Shilajit ... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:06:22 EST Fasting Magnesium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473190 Here is a graph of magnesium levels for a man who went on 382 days of supervised fasting. So now we know that magnesium levels drop for people who go on a fast. To keep blood level magnesium up, I'll be taking magnesium supplements every day including fasting days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15df1934-927b-4cb6-bab0-c25930a80d72.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>cristivlad.com/total-starvation-382-<BR>days-without-food-study/ </link> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:25:55 EST Great Videos from Jason Fung and Butter Bob http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473089 Butter Bob knows what he's talking about. It's the fasting insulin. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sAq<BR>y1lnWXo </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Straight talk from Dr. Fung @ 5:55 LOL <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIuj<BR>-oMN-Fk </link> <BR> <BR> For my 6th weekend fasting, I'll take 2 tablespoons per day of Activated Charcoal. I'll get my fasting insulin blood test next Fri. I'll then be able to compare my fasting insulin further down the road to see... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:49:53 EST Epilogue: The Purple Sweet Potato Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471727 It turns out great. My goal was to mask the sucky taste of Maca and I achieved that with the help of purple sweet potato and lots of Kerrygold butter. The aroma of the butter is wonderful and the purple sweet potato did the trick of overcoming the taste of Maca. The brewer's yeast has no taste so it wasn't a problem. Here is a pic showing that I took 2 pieces for today as I have to pace myself for the 5-day feast before the weekend fast. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:10:05 EST Side Effects of Activated Charcoal With Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471703 So I didn't know what happened to the AC I took on Sat and Sun as I didn't have to do #2 on Sun morning. Even on Monday morning, there wasn't much evidence of it. Well, I found out this evening as the #2 came out black! My digestive tract was covered with AC for over 2 days. AC is known to bind to toxins. I think it's a good way to detox by combining AC with fasting. Now I'm sold on the practice. <BR> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:33:39 EST Finishing Fifth Weekend Fasting and Purple Sweet Potato Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471332 So I survived the fifth-weekend fasting. It's not much more difficult than the prior weeks. I fell asleep early Sat afternoon and missed out on the hunger pangs. So taking a nap is one way of skipping the hunger. I'm hoping to see good number on the scale tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Now the new food experiment. I read that the Okinawans take 70% of their calories from purple sweet potatoes. So I decided to create a superfood pie made from purple sweet potatoes, Maca root, brewer's yeast, bee... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 21:30:32 EST The Beginning of Fifth Weekend Fasting and Activated Charcoal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470843 OK, so I had one tablespoon of activated charcoal mixed with water for breakfast and the fasting has officially begun. I hope to experience strong hunger pangs this weekend as it only means I'll be burning more fat. The stronger the more fat I'll burn. So bring it on! Hunger only comes in waves, you can see that on Dr. Fung's or Caryn Zinn's videos. They will pass. No big deal. <BR> <BR> On the shopping list for food today is roast ducks, oysters, bamboo shoots, young coconuts and jiaogulan... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 09:32:23 EST Fourth Weekend Fasting a Success, Now a New Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469005 So this weekend there was a little more protest and hunger. No big deal now that I know human can survive at least 60 days without food. With the success of the trial run, I feel that I can go for the long run. So my goal is weekend fasting for the next ten weeks. Last meal is Fri dinner and breaks the fast on Mon morning. <BR> <BR> Thanks to the situation at work which had threatened my weight goal, I solved the riddle with fasting. I made lemonade out of lemons. <BR> <BR> <link>https://w... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 22:25:49 EST Fasting: Reasons and Grocery Haul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468863 The reasons I got into fasting because my weight started to creep up after being on the plateau for several years. Then my boss came back to work after an extended leave. The boss likes to have a Fri team building lunch. The problem is not only that it's expensive to eat out, restaurant foods are really crappy AFAIC. I was depressed about the situation until the idea hit me that I could try fasting to counter the bad Fri lunch. Once I had success with the first weekend fast I never look back.... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 13:08:51 EST A Crucial Test for Weekend Fasting This Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468337 This is the 4th weekend in a row that I will be doing a 2-day mineral water and herbal teas fasting on Sat and Sun. I don't expect any problems, but you never know. If I succeeded, then I can set a 10-Weekend Fasting goal. If not, then I'll have to think it over and set the 10-Weekend goal anyway. Finishing this week with a success will be a great starting point. Oh, I almost forgot, I'll also be taking some activated charcoal for cleansing. This is my first, so I don't know what it will do. ... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 20:02:33 EST Week 3 of Weekend Fasting. Warning: Belly Pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466659 Decades ago when I first heard about fasting, people were talking about fasting 3 days, 7 days and so on. SImilar to people talk about running the marathon. I happen to think that running the marathon is harmful to you. More is not always better. Same as fasting. You only set yourself up for failure when you set a marathon-like goal. I was doing intermittent fasting of skipping Sat breakfast for months before I get to this point. I think it's better to set a small goal like 1-day fasting. I g... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:29:52 EST The Surprising Benefits of Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464491 So after many years of plateauing, my weight started to creep up. I must do something about this since it's not a good sign. I listened to people who talked about autophagy (getting rid of bad cells, garbage collection) from caloric restrictions. I also noticed that when I was sick with coughing from the flu or bronchitis back in December, I lost some weight because I wasn't eating. <BR> <BR> Without any preparation, I got started last weekend. I was going to do 2-day fasting on Sat and Sun.... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:31:17 EST Hacking Buddha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382534 There is a Chinese dish called Buddha Delight with 10 ingredients. It's served on a special occasion like the New Year due to the amount of work. Thus the name Hacking Buddha because you can hack it with whatever ingredients you have and you don't need to wait for the New Year. Today, I got lucky and came up with 10 ingredients: ginger, garlic, chilli, broccoli, mushrooms, white fungus, carrots, Napa cabbage, bamboo shoots, and onions. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> P.S. I tried to hack this every other ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 18:52:43 EST For the Love of Bitter Melon Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382223 You can find videos on Youtube about the health benefits of bitter melon. They are supposed to be excellent for blood sugar control and to cure diabetic. But many of them talk about raw green juice or cook them which is A) too much work and B) quite yukky to taste. I read that a better method is to make tea. And that's just what I did. Cut them up and threw them in the dehydrator. Voila! dried bitter melon for tea. It doesn't taste bad at all. Unlike what green bitter melon juice would taste... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 00:16:05 EST 10 lbs of Chicken Feet, To Go Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373922 Warning: Please skip my blog if this is going to gross you out. <BR> <BR> In some cultures, this is a delicacy. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, this information may be useful if you want to have good skin. I was listening to Bernd Friedlander at the Silicon Valley Health Institute who has used collagen since the 80's. Bernd was the Olympic coach who was the first to use collagen for his athletes and his team has won more gold medals than any coach in history. Lean proteins such as chicken breasts are... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:47:58 EST Chocolate Blueberry Natto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311401 My yesterday Chocolate Natto could be improved, so that is what I'm going to do. I'm going to add more chocolate and also dried blueberries to make it a brain food also. The Choco Natto I made yesterday could be broken up. I will then add them to the melted chocolate chips along with blueberries. The results? Deelish! The sweetness of blueberries took over. They are wonderful and you could hardly tell that there is Natto in the mix. They crumbled some but not by much. This tells me that I ca... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:28:35 EST Chocolate Natto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310882 Back in Aug 2014, I posted a blog about making Natto. Over the years I had no problem making them, it's the eating part that I found a hassle. I got annoyed with the stickiness of the string, so I quit making Natto. But since I've been experimenting with chocolate chips lately, I thought maybe the chocolate can solve the stringiness problem with Natto. I wasn't disappointed. Chocolate Natto isn't bad. In fact, I think it can be pretty good if I use more chocolate next time. I could even run i... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 20:32:23 EST Recycling 1,000 Oyster Shells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233146 OK finally I finished the 1,000 oysters I bought in March. Without doubt, it was the best decision I've ever made regarding food. Oyster is truly a superfood. It's the richest source of zinc which is vital for the immune system and testosterone among other things. In addition, it is also a great source of selenium and iodine. I saved the oyster shells and took them to the recycling piles an hour away at Prestige Oysters in Dickinson, TX. It was a pleasant drive for a good cause. They dried ou... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:42:35 EST Weekend Watermelon Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187822 After 9 months of plateau, I revisited the idea of mono fruit fasting for the weekend. It's all you can eat watermelon and watermelon only starting Saturday morning and ended Sunday evening. The nice thing is it cuts down on cooking and I use less prepared foods. I'm happy to report that it busted the plateau and the weight went down 1 lb. That may not seem like a lot, but I only have 10 lbs to lose. So it's a big deal to me. I'm planning to do this for the summer and already looking forward ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:58:51 EST 600 Oysters, To Go Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139423 By my calculation, I need another 600 oysters to last until next January. This is in addition to the 1,000 oysters I picked up in February. This time I'm going to take another approach. Instead of freezing them whole, I'll shuck them and put in small 4 oz Jelly jar for freezing. These oysters are high pressure processing (HPP) so the meats are separated from the shell. I'll just need to open them up. It took 6 hours over the course of two days, and another 2 hours for setting up and cleaning ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:25:15 EST 1,000 Oysters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111348 My constant search for superfoods has led me to oysters, especially raw oysters. It's known that oyster is high in zinc. But what got my attention is the rare amino acids of D-aspartic and N-methyl-D-aspartate in raw oysters. These two amino acids can boost testosterone in men and progesterone in women. Cooking destroys these aminos. <BR> <link>www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1486<BR>054/Raw-oysters-really-are-aphrodisiac<BR>s-say-scientists-and-now-is-the-time-t<BR>o-eat-them.html </link> ... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 18:15:57 EST Peeling Garlic. Enjoying Pomegranate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024284 OK, Eliz asked how to peel garlic? <BR> <BR> You'll need a Chinese cleaver for that. Break apart all the cloves and use a knife to cut off the stem ends. Do it for all the cloves. Then use a Chinese cleaver to smack them, one or more at a time. Not too hard, but enough to break them. You'll learn quickly how hard to hit and this process should move right along. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35d32ee3-1c10-4b49-9c14-1e05ea6af19b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:49:40 EST 6 Heads of Garlic, Bacon Grease & Spinach, To Go Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021688 So the spinach has been sitting in the fridge for a week. Not a good way to start bulk cooking. As you can tell, I don't feel like cooking today but the spinach will have to be thrown out if I don't. So here I go, the momentum will carry me over. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I don't know where the time went, but it must have taken 1 1/2 hours to pull it off. 2 lbs of spinach, 6 heads of garlic, bacon grease and I got 12 servings. Ten containers go into the freezer while I keep two in the fridg... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:22:51 EST The Truth About Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014603 Free world premiere video starting today for 9 days. Very slick. Let me know if the link doesn't work. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqJAzQe7_0g </link> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 22:08:54 EST Why I Think Biopsy is a Bad Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013242 This is just my opinion. It's not a medical advice. Consult your physicians for medical advices. <BR> <BR> My own research and conclusion has led me to believe that biopsy while being promoted as safe can be quite harmful and could be the beginning of the demise of cancer patients. The evidence of the harm of breast biopsy is removed because invariably, they always cut off the breasts. You need to study and talk to another group of people who do get biopsied, the hepatitis people. In that ca... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:53:25 EST Sophie's Wisdom and The Kitchen Whisperer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011056 About a month ago, I had a chance to meet a dear friend, Heather, whom I haven't seen for over 20 years. Her teenage daughter, Sophie, is some sort of a horse whisperer. It was wonderful to see an old friend. To me it's as close to time traveling as you can get. Before I met them, I looked up the meaning of the name Sophie which means wisdom. It has become a very popular name. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago, out of the blue, the title kitchen whisperer came to me. It's drawn on me that my ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 13:53:01 EST Another Day in Cooking Paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000917 Just kidding of course. We do what we have to do and I found that cooking big is better despite the hassle because I will always have foods. So salute to the food processors and the frozen food makers whom I got the idea from. I'm just doing the home version of frozen foods. <BR> <BR> Let's see what I can accomplish today. Starting point: 4 lbs of bacon, 4 lbs of frozen salmon, 1 lb large shrimp, 4 heads onions, 6 heads garlic. 2 lbs spinach. <BR> <BR> I quartered the bacon and cooked it in... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:30:44 EST Sixty Eggs, Zero Mistake; There is Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993641 Did I feel like cooking? Certainly not. But it's already two days late as I should have cooked them on Sunday. These eggs are from the farmer's market and they are best cooked the same day or the next day at the latest. Otherwise, I might as well throw them out. Once I get going with the cooking however, it isn't so bad as the momentum takes care of itself. It took an hour. I used duck fat which has wonderful aroma. Once you've cooked with duck fat, you'll be totally spoiled. I also noticed t... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:12:09 EST 5 Brutal Hours of Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992867 It's brutal when you don't want to but you have to. Let's see what I got done in 5 hours. <BR> <BR> 4 lb of uncured bacon <BR> 1 lb of salmon <BR> 12 oz of shrimp (unfortunately I bought with the shell on, so I had to peel them) <BR> 6 small acorn squash <BR> <BR> I started with the bacon, then I used the bacon grease to cook the salmon and shrimp. Using 3 heads of garlic and 1 medium size fresh ginger, it's guaranteed to taste good! You can't go wrong when you use that much garlic and bac... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 17:04:18 EST I Am The Walrus, I Am The Eggman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968327 I ran out of eggs a week ago, so it's time to cook up some. 60 eggs and 2 mistakes of breaking the yolks. Not bad. Cooking time was 45 minutes with prep and clean up time about 30 minutes. I freeze them so I can have eggs for 30 days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d251d8e7-b675-4cad-a6eb-106cbbc7f65c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a39d358c-e2dd-4117-a725-0a7f6df14a12.JPG"> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:05:58 EST Bamboo Leaf Tea, The Details http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955869 I used 4 large leaves. Washed and cut into one inch strips with scissors. 3 Qt of water. Covered and bring to a boil. Simmered for 25 minutes. Yielded about 1/2 gallon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8a00aa9-c2ca-4d38-812a-19f9f81f758a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c89993a1-e02b-4a8c-a822-e40a5473acf8.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> You can get the bamboo leaves at a local Asian grocery store for less than $5 a package. Or you can try ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 14:30:38 EST Uncured Bacon, Dark Chocolate: Life is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948837 I've been looking for uncured bacon for weeks with no success until I found them at Aldi today. No nitrates is good. They have always carried the dark chocolate from Germany. I also picked up some avocados to round out the good fats program. I haven't had bacon for ages so these should be great. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7dd52163-3148-4ea9-96f5-2fdd6ad120fd.JPG"> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:11:58 EST Low Carb Solution to the Beer is good for bones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937455 For years we've known that beer is good for the bones and connective tissues because of the silicon content. Silicon is good for bones, hair, skin and nails. <BR> <BR> A study with 1,700 women shows that moderate to light beer drinkers had much better bone density than non-drinkers. <BR> <BR> The silicon in beer comes from barley's husk. My first objection is the alcohol as I don't want to take any. The next solution is to do the barley malt, but now it's out question since I want a low ca... Sun, 31 May 2015 20:21:38 EST Too Much Carbs; Time for Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934088 I've been drinking the mass quantity juice I made everyday and found that I'm gaining weight. What's worse is the arterial stiffness numbers. I have an expensive pulse wave machine that can measure that and it has put my arteries at 10 years older than before. Not good! <BR> <BR> So it's time to cut the carbs until I'm back to my ideal weight. First order of the business is to cook more veggies with fat. The high fat veggies should be good. <BR> <BR> 6 lbs of Asparagus yielded 14 servings. ... Mon, 25 May 2015 16:49:31 EST Frozen Juice aka I Love Aldi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925891 OK, 2nd round for making the juice. Thanks to Aldi who makes it possible with 99 cents Pineapples and celery. $2 Kale, 1.79 Spinach. Aldi allows me to continue with my juicing journey without going broke. <BR> <BR> Ingredients list: 14 lbs Carrots, 8 Pineapples, 6 Beets, 1 lb Kale, 1/2 lb Spinach, 1 Celery, 4 young Coconuts, 2 Red Cabbage, 1 Red Onion, Limes and lemons. <BR> <BR> Length of time: Shopping 3 stores: 3 hrs; Cleaning 1 hr; Set up, peel and cut: 1.5 hrs; Juicing 1.5 hrs; Bottlin... Sun, 10 May 2015 17:09:23 EST Coconut Milk Riddle: Solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921609 I've been wanting to make coconut milk from scratch for quite some time. At first I thought using the BlendTec blender would be the answer. But it's such a hassle that I never get around to do it, despite buying coconuts many times and had to throw them out. You have to separate the meat from the shell and then pulverize it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got another gadget, a coconut meat shredder. So I thought I give it a try. I started with 8 old coconuts, 2 of them were bad, so I ended up processin... Sun, 3 May 2015 01:47:17 EST Juicing Riddle: Solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918094 Over the decades I bought various juicers but never seem to be able to stick to it. I would use the new machine for a while, then like a lot of people, I'd quit. So how do I make the habit stick? I think the answer is to do a lot at once, then freeze them. This is contrary to the culture of juicing where 'fresh' is the operative word, and freezing is like an insult. But the way I look at it, even though the product has been frozen, it's still better than nothing. The chance of me juicing ever... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:49:29 EST Superfoods: Project #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910032 So I've been wanting to do this for quite some time. How to go about combining brewer's yeast and wheat germ that I bought since last year? Likewise, I also bought Maca. What the heck do you do with that? Then an idea came when I read about the benefits of eating grass fed butter. A recipe was born from the ingredients I have: <BR> <BR> 8 oz grass fed butter, Kentucky sorghum syrup for sweetener, roasted 8 oz Maca, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, bee pollen, dark cocoa powder. Melt butter and ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:53:00 EST The Path to Almost Perfect Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897714 So I've noticed that my steel griddle has hot spots from the gas burners and it would brown the eggs. An ideal egg would be cooked white with no browning and a runny yolk. I got an idea of using aluminum sheets to help distribute the heat. Maybe that would solve the problem. Let's get to work. I got two aluminum sheets from ebay to go over the burners. Then I just use the griddle as before. It works quite well. The hot spot is down to one with much less heat intensity. The eggs would have t... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:42:17 EST The Art of Parallel Tasking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890024 The last few months I've been working and observing the practicality and impact of parallel tasking. For example, when I cook something, not only I cook in bulk quantity, but if I had the DW, washer and dryer going at the same time, that makes for a very productive session. <BR> <BR> Likewise, if I was surfing and had nothing else going on. Watch out! I'm going to be behind on something. <BR> <BR> The experiments proved successful and made me take a hard look at the bigger picture. <BR> <... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 18:09:12 EST