October 18, 2016

Read the label

The fewer foods with labels you eat the better off you are ...

October 15, 2016

Frittata ...

... "an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta." 

Spinach, sweet potato, mushroom, onion, and cheese Frittata (with bacon, of course) 
Healthy, lots of protein, low carb, and of course ... Yummy!

How was your breakfast?


October 10, 2016

chile verde

pork, bell peppers (green and yellow), anaheim chilis, onion, Ortega chilis, tomatillos, salt and pepper.
8 hours in the slow cooker and this will be some good eating.

the final product

I was not disappointed

August 27, 2016

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.



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.


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.


Sugar Snap Peas: