August 14, 2016

Superfood, indeed!




This was dinner last night. Started with my standard raw veggie bowl with a chunky bleu cheese dip. As a special treat, I cooked up some calf liver and onions with bacon. The term "superfood" is thrown a lot these days ... but in the case of liver I think it certainly applies. 
Obviously high in protein and low in carbs, but its amazing health benefits come from its abundance of micronutrients. consider the following chart ...


I grew up eating liver and I'm committed to increasing the frequency that I eat it these days (includes chicken liver too).

More info and the source of the above chart here.

RAW BEEF LIVER


Enjoy!

August 6, 2016

White Rabbit ...

Made me laugh

July 29, 2016

Vegetarian Weekend

Sometimes you just gotta change things up.

"Breakfast" today (at 5 pm):
  • Romaine heart
  • Celery
  • Radish
  • Baby Crimini mushroom
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry tomato
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Red onion
  • Creamy poppy seed dressing
  • Croutons

'twas off the charts ...

"Dinner" tonight? I'm thinking a baked sweet potato and a zucchini / mushroom / onion saute with a glass or two of a nice Syrah.

Sounds like a plan and a half.

Enjoy!

July 7, 2016

You put that in your mouth?!?!

I am always very concerned (and, to be honest, slightly amused) by people who seem surprised to learn that a medication they are taking may cause serious complications. I see this a lot with cholesterol "lowering" drugs (statins) and with metformin, two commonly prescribed medications  The possible side effects of the statins can be devastating (don't get me started) while the side effects of metformin (Glucophage) are relatively minor ... the most notable being B 12 deficiency which can lead to peripheral neuropathy.
If you are taking metformin you really need to make sure your doctor is testing your B12 (and folate) levels yearly. Sure, your doctor should know this, but my experience is very few do. Sad state of affairs but it is ultimately you who will be suffering the consequences.
Oh, and if you are taking 'statins' and do not have a genetic predisposition to high LDL levels, you really, really need to do your research and consider getting off them (here is a good starting point).


Every prescription I've ever received comes with a voluminous information package. It is daunting and, really small print and I never read that stuff either. What I do is go online to sites such as RxList. There are a number of sites that might work ... I like RxList a lot. Review the information you find and pay close attention to the possible drug interactions, the contraindications and of course the side effects. If you have concerns talk to your doctor and/or pharmacist.


Supplements are much harder (if not impossible) to get unbiased and accurate info on. There are tons of sites out there, but as to their accuracy or impartiality (many are selling supplements, so ...) it is a crap shoot. One thing you might be helpful is to learn how to spot the less than honest brokers. Here is a good start on that. 

... cause you don't just put anything in your mouth, now do you?

-be well.

July 4, 2016

That's Lunch!

Trip to Trader Joe's yesterday for some veggies (and $10 Rebel Yell)

Those sugar snap peas are awesome!!!

Dip is a cracked black pepper, raspberry mayo.

Always been a big fan of eating my vegetables raw, but lately  ... not so much ... but I'm back baby!

In case you are not aware of the benefits of eating Snap Peas  I'm sharing the nutritional profile below.


Enjoy!


Sugar Snap Peas:

April 28, 2016

Something new ...

"Breakfast" today -
Walnuts
Unsweetened flaked coconut

Protein shake:

  • milk
  •  kefir
  •  cocoa powder
  •  cinnamon
  •  cayenne pepper (really)
  •  sweetener
  •  whey protein concentrate
  •  creatine

What's new you ask?
A couple days ago I started adding 5 grams of 100% creatine to my protein shakes. No, I'm not looking to get "swoll" ... just looking to stop, or slow, the muscle weakness/loss in my legs (thanks to motor neuropathy), improve results from lifting and to reap some of its  other benefits (heart health, lower blood glucose and LDL cholesterol). Not all the evidence on those benefits is conclusive but ... it's safe, cheap (80 days worth for $10) so I figured I'd give it a 3-4 month trial.

April 21, 2016

Death to the chicken finger

A follow-up, of sorts, to my previous post ...

"For a generation, many North American parents have indulged children’s picky eating tendencies by sticking them in an endlessly repeating loop of chicken fingers, burgers, pizza, plain pasta, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Anyone who has sat down for a meal with youngsters over the past 25 years will recognize this list of typical “kids’ foods.” Pushed out of the picture, to varying degrees for different children, are fruits and vegetables and anything else that might challenge them, from spicy delicacies to unfamiliar proteins. To picture what this might look like to a visitor from almost anywhere else in the world, imagine we just mashed up some bread and cheese and mechanically separated chicken flesh together, called it Kiddy Chow, and bought it by the bag to rip open to feed the tots."

read the full article here
(if you don't read the article at least watch the video)

Teach your children ...

I often say that one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child is an understanding and appreciation of good nutrition.
In that light ...

If you frequent health or nutrition sites you have no doubt seen the photo on the left in some ad ... it is omnipresent. While perusing a couple of my regular health blogs, I came upon one that had this photo. Asher, my (then) almost 3-year-old grandson, was sitting in my lap and said:

"Egg"
"Avocado"
"mmm ... Yummy!"

That's EXACTLY what I am talking about.

I am very proud of my son and his wife for teaching their children well.

April 18, 2016

Great way to break your fast

Eggs (2 fried Spanish style)
Bacon (2 slices thick cut)
Avocado (1/2 medium)
Grape tomatoes (8 fried in EVOO)
Strawberries (4 "largish")

Nutrient breakdown for entire meal:
Calories - 688 kcal
Carbs - 13.5 grams (total)
Fiber - 6.3 grams
Protein - 23 grams
Lipids - 60 grams

If you're interested in such things ...
Pre-meal blood glucose 100 mg/dL
2 hours post 100 mg/dL

What's a Spanish fried egg, you ask ... It's an egg fried very quickly in very, very hot olive oil. Some use olive oil AND butter but just olive oil does fine. What you get in a Spanish fried egg is a crispy, delicate white that crunches then practically melts in your mouth. The yolk is just set, but still runny enough to soak into your toast (if you are so inclined). In other words, no rubbery white, no overcooked yolk ... just Yummy perfection!

(and if you're worried about the oxidation of the olive oil at high heat ...the egg is in and out of the pan in less than two minutes ... no need to get the oil so hot that it’s smoking. A Spanish style fried egg is not likely to turn extra virgin olive oil into a health threat.)

Enjoy!

April 14, 2016

When you just can't decide ...

... Mixed plate!
It was time to eat and I just could not decide what to have so I put this together. It was wonderful, very filling.
1 medium avocado, 2 hard-boiled eggs, cucumber slices, some broccoli florets, a couple teaspoons of mayo and a generous sprinkle of Tapatio hot sauce.
nutrition
calories - 460 kcal
carbs - 17 grams
fiber - 11 grams
fats - 38 grams
protein - 17 grams
and significant amounts of B vitamins 
and vitamins A, C, and K 

Yummy!