Eat to Live and Live to enjoy Everything Else
|Because I hate
vegetables so much -- I buy :-
- Bulk lettuce, spinach, asparagus, onion,
mushroom, beetroot, broccoli.
- Add tinned beans ( garbanzo, kidney,
black, butter, refried, peas).
- Add meat from a whole cooked chicken ($5
from COSTCO). No more
--- Add a tinned soup ( tomato or chicken/vegetable broth) and microwave
--- microwave the beans + tinned mushrooms + soup and put everything into a
food mixer (without the meat).
NO MORE:- potatoes, rice, pasta,
soy, corn, processed meat, cheese, butter and
GRAINS( all bread, cereal, pancakes, cookies
Almost all my carbs
come from beans, cashews and fruit.
My only source of sugar(fructose) is
fresh fruit, plain yogurt and what they
sneak into tinned foods like tomato soup and sweet peas.
All pretty drastic but necessary. I call it the Caveman's Natural Lifestyle
(Paleo Diet:- but includes fat-free milk,
cashew nuts, lentils,
beans, peas and
all other legumes and excludes
Having spent all my life having desert after dinner -- there is quite an
addiction to overcome. After every
dinner I would crave something sweet. It takes a while for fruit to take the
place of sugary deserts here !
There is only about 10% of every supermarket isle's content that I can
buy . (especially when GRAINS are out).
Watch out for the sugar content in tins (
like tomato soup, peas) and plain
The most important microbes that live in your
body "Probiotics,marketed to help boost our
are rarely worth investing in, as there’s little evidence the bacteria in
them stick around to change your microbiome in the long term. "
Scientists have discovered that a
protein in wheat triggers the
inflammation of chronic health conditions, such as
multiple sclerosis, asthma and rheumatoid
arthritis, and also contributes towards the development of non-coeliac
gluten sensitivity. Yet, gluten does not appear to cause the condition.
|After my pint cup of tea, (green
plus black tea + non-fat milk and a little Splenda), my
breakfast starts about 10.30am
with salted cashew nuts (from Costco) and
cherry tomatoes wrapped in dried
seaweed ( both, also from Costco)
I take a few mouthfuls of Sunflower
seeds ( also from Costco) and wash it all down with a glass of
V8 ( guess where I get that? -
-WRONG! Target sells large LOW SODIUM
bottles of V8).
Sunflower seeds are tasteless but contain fats that are good for
Normally I get tired of doing the same thing over again
but for some reason eating the same breakfast every day doesn't bother
Sometimes I don't take lunch but
other times its:-
- Campbell's Chunky Soup ( I live with the occasional potato content) or
- The Mill Valley Market's salad bar ( COLESLAW, BROCCOLI salad, SHRIMP
LOUIE, SPINACH + BEETS, chicken salad)
- sometimes its the hot bar -- I pick out the chicken from the chicken
curry or the beef from the stew (and leave the potatoes)
- frozen vegetables microwaved (Target sells microwavable Green Giant in mild
sauce). Plus chicken ( from whole chicken) heated in microwave with turkey
gravy ( sold in jars at Target)
- heat tinned beans + tinned
mushrooms in microwave. Chop whole
lettuce ( iceberg so I don't need to wash it)
add beets ( from Costco) chop some
onion and put all in blender.
- from Roast Haus restaurant to-go:---- roast beef+
vegetables + gravy or Au Juice ( extra
vegetables cos I'm not taking the mashed
potato) -- .
- to-go curried chicken + vegetables ( no
rice) Galang Thai restaurant
- to-go Chinese garlic vegetables
- carrots +
guacomole ( big bag of pealed carrots
from Costco ). And maybe marinated Alaska salmon
fruit - I typically take twice
as much fruit as I did before I stopped the pie and whipped cream.
- Having spent all my life having desert after dinner, it was difficult
to break this addiction and only eat fruit, instead. Helping me with this
is the resignation that I'm now Eating
to Live and Living to enjoy Everything Else.
I wash down each mouthful of banana with a mouthful of diet soda.
Wait for blueberries to get soft.
||Instead of the hastle of
Avocados and to avoid the browning over time of open containers
containing a large amount of guacamole -- I use these
|This page has all of a sudden turned into a
huge plug for COSTCO !
I scrape off the skin when half-way microwaved.
sweet cos - Although one portion contains 2 grams of
sugar ( for a total of 14g of sugar - 7
portions). 2g is acceptable, I think.
Let’s face it: If you bake cookies using a cup of
sugar, it really doesn’t matter what type you use if you eat all of the
cookies, right? Whether it’s date
sugar, agave or
evaporated cane juice, when it comes to
sugars, the quantity you consume matters
more than the type.
Guidelines recommend no more than six (for women) to nine (for men)
teaspoons of any type of added sugar daily.
Higher consumption is
linked to an increased risk of
heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Maybe you prefer coconut sugar because it’s
less refined or may cause less of an insulin
spike than white sugar. That’s fine, but you
still need to watch portion size. Despite the different colors, textures and
flavors, all sugars contain a similar number
of calories (10-20 per teaspoon) but
scant amounts of vitamins,
minerals and fiber.
Enjoy a spoonful in your coffee or in that bite of dessert, but don’t believe
any sugar is a health food.
Sea salt is healthier than table
Much like natural sugars, the health halo over
sea salt is also undeserved. Although it’s often
marketed for its content of trace minerals, like
copper and manganese,
they’re in such tiny quantities that they contribute very little to the
body. Plus, we already get enough of these
nutrients from the foods we eat daily.
The truth is that sea salt and
table salt contain the same amount of
sodium by weight, and that’s the nutrient of most
concern. Consumed in excess (more than 2,300 mg/day),
sodium may put you at
stroke, kidney disease and high blood pressure.
From a culinary point of view, however, the type of
salt matters. Different varieties will change the flavor profile and
texture of a dish. For example, flaky Maldon adds a terrific crunch, while
Hawaiian sea salt imparts an earthy flavor. So
choose a pinch of a particular salt for its
culinary characteristics, not because you’re sprinkling health onto your
Quinoa is super-high in
Quinoa is often listed alongside poultry and
meat as a stellar source of protein, so it’s time
to set the record straight. Quinoa has eight
grams of protein per cup, but a three-ounce
serving of meat or poultry has around 25 grams of protein — hardly comparable.
The confusion lies in the terminology. Quick science lesson:
Protein is made up of smaller units called amino
acids. A “complete” protein contains all nine essential
amino acids — and quinoa is one of
relatively few plant-based foods in this category. But being a complete
protein isn’t the same as being high in
Quinoa is delicious and does add some
protein to your meals, but with 40 grams of
carbohydrates per cup, its culinary use is as
a grain, not a protein.
When compared with other grains,
quinoa has a moderate amount of
protein — not as much as
wheat, but more than brown rice or
Cleansing helps remove
toxins from the body
Cleansing involves using
laxatives, juices or
herbal remedies to remove “toxins” from
the body to accelerate weight loss or boost energy. But there is little
scientific research on the effectiveness of
cleansing, simply because most “detox diets” don’t identify the specific
toxins they aim to remove.
Some people report feeling “energetic” after
cleansing, but that may be because most detox
diets involve eliminating processed foods.
The downside to detoxing? Expensive
nutritional deficiencies and false hope from unsubstantiated claims.
You can skip the extravagant juice concoctions
and costly supplements, since your body
self-cleanses daily. We all have built-in detox systems: the skin,
intestines, liver and kidneys effectively remove waste from your body through
sweat, urine and feces. So, a good workout (to
sweat), some water (to pee) and a high
fiber diet (to poop) will
cleanse you naturally. And of course, you’ll have less to “cleanse” if you
don’t drink too much alcohol,
smoke or rely on a diet filled with
Processed meat causes
Remember last year’s scary headline? “World
Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer.” Turns out, the
science was not as dire as the headline made it sound.
The WHO report said that eating 50
grams of processed meat every day (about one hot
dog) increased the relative risk of colorectal
cancer by 18 percent. That’s not the same as “causing
put it into perspective: The average person has a 5 percent risk of
developing colon cancer; those who eat a lot a
processed meat increase their risk to 6 percent.
Meats that are not
processed — such as steak, veal and fresh pork (like pork chops or
loin, not bacon or ham)
less strongly linked to colorectal cancer than
So what does this mean for your dinner plate? The
American Institute for Cancer Research
suggests avoiding processed meat and
limiting red meat to no more than 18
ounces (about three 6 oz. servings) per week. Steaks and pork chops are better
choices than sausages, deli
meats or bacon.