Sunday, July 23, 2017

Music Explains My Life, a little bit anyway...

It has taken me sixty-three years to get to this point in the journey our Mother Earth has taken through the Cosmos. Our little planet has traveled a bit over Twenty-five Billion miles in its spiraling journey about our sun on its path to encircle the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. I've traveled quite some distance, literally as well as figuratively. And yet, I'm no closer to understanding that journey today than I was as an infant.

"Two broken Tigers on fire in the night. Flicker their souls to the wind..." Al Stewart, Road to Moscow.  Last evening I was at my favorite bar. (Who are we kidding, I only go to one bar ever. More a coffee house with beer, a place for me to write) I came inside to get a refill, which is sitting on the bar ready for me. (I know everyone that works there and they know my habits. Write, smoke cigar, drink beer.)((I'm really a pretty simple guy)) At the bar, a young maiden. She's surprised that I pick up the beer just placed there before I walked up. Striking up a conversation with me as I slurp the head off the glass to avoid spillage, we talk a minute. I tell her I have a cigar outside, she asks if she can join me. Sure. I go out, she arrives a couple minutes later. With her date. A guy she met on "Tender" - The three of us now have a spirited conversation, I get a large number of details about her, few about him, and as she is a bartender herself, she pries out the details of my existence. 

"Where you are is the best place, you can be..." It's a Beautiful Day, Marrying Maiden.  Yeah, she sends the young man, who it seems is seven years younger than herself in to buy beer for her and for me. (I have no idea why) As she sits next to me, she holds my hand and tells me how she has no desire to be with this guy. She thought it fate that brought her to this bar, at this time on this day to meet me. Her words to me, "You know, you can feel." 

"Send me an angel, right now..." The Scorpions, among others   I have only one time in my entire life, asked a woman out on a date. Once. It didn't turn out well. My relationships always seem to begin with co-workers, we become friends then whatever. Or, as in the past few years, with me sitting at a bar and others striking up conversations with me. Or in one instance, a woman telling me she loved my hair as she fondled it. This night, with her date holding two beers and standing right behind her, she tells me where she works and that I need to come visit her there and get to know her better. She would love to talk more but they had made plans to go get sourkraut. (Euphemism?)

"Beautiful Loser, Read it on the wall..." Bob Seger, Beautiful Loser.  Umm. As I look up at this young man, he seems pleasant enough, fairly good looking, (later I asked my friend the gay bartender who told me he was a hunk) had no explicit faux pax personality traits that he was exhibiting. (me, I have to try like hell to keep my lack of social skills from exposure in real life) has a great job with the State and understood me when we talked about my weird political views about being a communist. (He actually asked if I was idealist Marxist of Communist) (( that's understanding on a deep level)) So, he's the perfect guy. For someone, it would seem not so for this incredibly attractive maiden sitting next to me holding my hand. 

"When I look in your eyes, Is that you baby Or just a brilliant disguise..." Springstein Tunnel of Love  With all my past failures (there haven't been THAT many) I am reluctant to attempt any sort of relationship ever again. And realistically, I have no idea what sort of game this person is playing. Perhaps a test for this young "Tender" man, a method to determine his value, his fortitude, his will to please, to put up with crap. Anything's possible. And believe me, I've met some freaks in my life. 

"I used to rule the world Seas would rise when I gave the word Now in the morning I sleep alone..." Coldplay Viva La Vida  I was once in a very long term relationship. You know, over twenty years. I often think we got along because she was as broken as I. We meshed probably because I worshiped the ground she walked on as did she of all that I did. Reality overtook our lives eventually and we realized how broken we each were and thus came the end to our private paradise. Can that ever happen again, that feeling of being madly deeply totally in love and no matter what the realities are of our pasts, our circumstances now, today, or our past plans to define our futures? 

"Shimmer softly summer lady, cast a glance and tell me maybe..." Do you remember the Sun by It's a Beautiful Day Marrying Maiden. Yeah, who knows, one of the things that I learned in the last few years, if you give up, you die. Lying on a hospital bed in the ER in Round Rock Texas, told I probably wouldn't make it until morning as six blood clots in my lungs were pretty much unheard of, one was risky and could break off and cause a stroke as the meds dissolved it. Six though, say your prayers. Well, I'm not a Christian. I understand the hopeless utilize that faith to get them through the unknown. Me, I got pissed. Perhaps for the first time in my life (I never get angry) And so I survived. I WANT to live, to love, to see the sun set the trees change color, the cactus bloom and taste the sweet fruits. I want to love again. At face value, this beautiful maiden has told me she likes me. It's up to me to pursue the truth. 

I've decided to get out of my rut and visit a different bar.

"I wanna do bad things with you" Jace Everett  

Wow

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vegan Chili - What the world needs more of, stuff with no MEAT

Yeah, I'm out of my get drunk all the time to get over that woman funk of the last four months. Life goes on, and like my favorite musicians from the early seventies state, "Where you are, is the Best place you can be!"

So, been reading a bit on the destruction of Mother Earth and how the drive to raise animals for food has pretty much been the main force for the destruction of the rain forests in both South America and Africa. This video is a great one detailing not just that destruction, but also how horrific things are getting here in America as well. (Beef, it's what's for our deaths)  And yes, I know, scientists all over the place are telling us global warming is fantasy, so this is one perspective. However, the reality is that meat in America is raised by large corporate agribusinesses that are raping the system and receiving HUGE amounts of subsidies from the government in order to raise cheap (and I daresay, toxic) meats. To the tune of a couple hundred billions of dollars annually. That's billion with a 'B'. The true costs of meat, beef pork and poultry would be many times what they are now if it weren't for the corruption within our government. 

So, I think it wise to begin to instruct the populace as to how to get along better without their favorite flesh of lesser beings. Who knows, the tide of public opinion is such that ever greater numbers of people are demanding transparency, culpability and HONESTY from our elected officials. Should we begin to remove the corrupt and vote in the sane and honest ones, then the prices of meats will skyrocket as the subsidy system for corporate businesses breaks down and we begin to bear the true costs.

Chili. Man I love chili.

So, I took a cup and half of garbanzo beans and soaked in water a day. Rinsed, put in a strainer and rinse three times a day for three days, The little buggers started to sprout. (Remember my series on making healthy foods healthier?) I put in sauce pan, covered in water and brought to boil, simmered 20 minutes then drained and rinsed. Then coarse chopped in my small food processor. Coarsely cut up and onion, cooked in olive oil a few minutes, added three
ounce of my Chipotle Taco Seasoning (you know, any good chili powder based spice blend will do. Whatever you like, just get the stuff with no CRAP) Added a cup of red wine (it was leftover from my drunk phase last week) Stirred in well, brought to a boil then added a jar of tomato based salsa. Simmer for ten minutes,taste it. Yeah, mighty delicious. MAN oh MAN, just like chili, same texture, some heat, smokiness from the chipotles, WOW WOW WOW.

Me, I like eggs. Since I have begun to go back to the gym and have started lifting weights again, I am going to eat eggs more. Real pasture raised eggs from the farmers markets. Gillespie Farms so far has the best eggs, Roadrunner and Ahwatukee markets. (Just my opinion) And so I fry them in real grass fed pastured cow butter, then top the eggs with chili, add some 18 month aged imported Italian Asiago cheese and serve with real ripe melon. Oh man, that'll help me forget that woman. I know, it isn't vegan the way I eat it, but so what. I'm not contributing to the industrial farming agribusiness culture rife with corruption toxic additives and horrific consequences. So I can indulge a bit. It ain't gonna be the real thing, but it's better than the crap most Americans consume. I mean come on, McDonalds burgers are pretty disgusting. As most meat is anymore.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

It's that aged cheese thing. Ahhh, ever so tasty, and good for you

Aged cheese. So many varieties, so many flavors. Why more people don't eat this bit of heaven I'll never understand. The fact is, eating aged cheeses are good for you. 

They don't just make you feel good.

So many scientific studies have been done that show us exactly how beneficial aged cheeses are for our health. I think most people know and understand how bad drinking milk truly is (see footnote 5 below) and that the fallacy of the availability of calcium in the stuff is an advertising LIE. But aged cheese, is a totally different animal. Everything in there is good for us. The calcium having been released by the fermentation process, is readily absorbable. The high Vitamin B and K content as well. And studies have proven that eating high fat cheeses actually LOWERS LDL cholesterol. (6) There are just numerous reasons to include AGED cheese in your diet. (4)  Even that internet godlike person, Mark Sisson, the creator of the Paleo site that has millions of worshipers, oops, sorry, followers, tells us that aged cheeses fit into a primal diet. Whereas all other dairy doesn't, aged cheeses compliment his quackery. (3) Yeah, I don't like the guy. Nevertheless, there are two huge scientific studies, both found in the NCBI PubMed library that show that when humans don't eat crappy food, they are healthier, and have better mental health than those that eat crappy foods. And that aged cheeses are part of a healthy food diet and were noted as parts of the overall dietary practices of the healthy and/or mentally stable test subjects. (1 & 2)

Yeah, but some of that aged cheese stinks. 

I've heard that before. Me, I say, SO! Some of the stinkiest is also the tastiest. I don't know why, but that's the way it works.

Yep

 1.Mental health and food habits - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15010179
 2.Crappy food is bad for your health, - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10918461
 3.Yeah, that guy. Mark Sisson - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cheese-unhealthy/
 4.A bit better info on aging of cheese - http://www.thrive-style.com/2012/02/why-aged-cheese-is-good-for-you/
  5.Me on why milk is bad for you - http://choose-eat-live-well.blogspot.com/2014/11/milk-it-does-body-well-not-so-good.html 
 6.The great study, LDL lowered from aged cheese - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22030228
 

Monday, April 10, 2017

How to CURE your Leaky Gut!

Well, first off, to cure your leaky gut, stop reading crap on the internet and stop listening to pseudo-scientific proponents of unproven wildly preposterous concepts. There is no proof, no evidence, no medical diagnosis anywhere, of any problem called leaky gut. It's pretty simple, everything that you have heard, have read, heard the TV doctors tell you, is, well, sort of kinda maybe true. It's just that they have blown it all out of proportion and have made mountains out of the tiny moleholes in our guts. 

Realistically, most of the sane internet tells us that of the huge list of symptoms that modern humans are experiencing are the result of this leaky gut syndrome. Everything. From gas, bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Autism and all the way up to and including, Cancer. Yeah, a lot to blame on something that barely even exists. A resource that so many use, WebMd states that it's a gray area as even though there is no actual problem associated with this conclusion, that a whole host of other actual diseases can be the real cause of any or all of the symptoms credited with leaky gut. Which, again, there is no evidence it exists. 1  The NHS in the UK is a bit more direct about disclaiming rumors that this is a real thing. 2 Even Dr. Alessio Fasano, the guy whose team discovered the Zonulin protein, states that when the intestinal lining opens with increased permeability, that larger molecules CAN BE allowed through the gut lining. 3 And the works of Keata et al in their paper regarding the in vitro response of rat ilium cells increasing their permeability for flow of liquid through the lining when exposed to gliadinin is probably the starting point for the mass hysteria surrounding this phenomena. 4 
 
 But that's a long way from bits of undigested food, bacteria and even viruses working their way through the huge holes within the gut walls that so many of these proponents of leaky gut claim exist. I've said it before, every scientist out there says it, if digestive fluids, food particles and anything in your intestines leak into your blood stream, you will die. Period. Leaky Gut Syndrome does not exist in the form 'As Seen on TV!!!!' Of course, it does open other possibilities. Namely the work of one Dr. Carl Hulston. His claim is that the increased permeability CAN occur when the gut bacteria get out of whack and that the use of probiotics can shore up the gaps in the lining. 

And I think that is the basis for the huge push to make the world believe that leaky gut is a real thing. Cuz all the stuff I've looked at, tell us to alter our diets (a good thing) stop eating gluten (not necessarily a bad thing) and to buy their specific brands that they either make, or promote and make a profit on when you buy through their website.

Oh. Money. 

Try to remember that at no time, has ANY medical (Real Medical people, not TV Docs nor Internet Gurus) diagnosis for Leaky Gut Syndrome been approved, agreed upon or recognized as valid. It is possible for humans to alter their blood chemistry by the introduction of excess FLUID portions of intestinal contents into their blood plasma. And yes, this can lead to a number of significant problems. Tired feelings, depressed immunity and a few others. If you have other symptoms, you have other things wrong with you.

How do you cure something that doesn't exist yet mimics a myriad of real actual symptoms? That one is simple. Stop eating shitty food. At least HALF of what goes into your mouth should be RAW. Fruits, vegetables, raw. Lightly cooked is okay for part of the other half. Eat fermented foods. A variety of them. NEVER eat sugar, white flour or anything that has listed on the ingredients, a chemical name that is not natural. No soda, no artificial anything.

Is it hard to do? If you are having any sort of problems with your health, it might possibly be because of your diet. And if you are eating any of the crap listed above, then yeah. you betcha, it's going to be hard to stop eating that shit.

There are no Magic Beans. No all encompassing life giving Snake Oil to cure what ails you. You are what you eat. No one makes your choices for you, you do...

Yep.

1 WebMd 
2 National Health Service
3 Fasano

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Secret to Perfect Health - - Eat More Dirt

Sounds weird, and it sort of is. And sort of not as weird as it sounds. If you think about it logically, then we can determine just how doing this, eating dirt, is how we as human beings, evolved. From there, we can look at this process from a scientific perspective and verify just exactly why we as humans need to, not actually eat dirt, but incorporate the activities and foods needed to bring about optimum health.

Dirt. If we examine the makeup of actual dirt, we can see that there are a large number of components. Primary, broken up and very fine particles of rock. This varies by region of course, but the first stage of soil production in any landscape is the weathering and breakdown of the parent structure of rock. Dirt. When we add in organic material, microbes, air and water, we get soil. Soil is a complex living mixture of these things, each and every one of them are required for plants to grow and thrive. 

That should be a reminder to us humans. 

As humans evolved, they ate a variety of things from the landscape around them. Rotting flesh of animals found out there on the savanna, leftover from some larger bigger carnivore kill. Nuts, fruits, sweet leaves from plants growing around. Sprouting seeds and grains, that process of which turns the residing carbohydrates, lectins and phytates within the seeds into sugars (Yes, that's probably why we developed a sense of taste for sweet) makes them taste sweeter. And of course, roots and tubers. Perfectly healthy, good sources for carbohydrate energy needed to run away from those carnivores, as well as fuel for the scavenging needs of the group. Here, let's look at what these early hominids did. They would find the growing plants, recognition of their use from the growing parts. Probably a result of higher brain or evolving brain functionality. Dig or pull up the root. Wipe off some of the dirt, then eat it. 

That process would invariably include lots of the soil the root or tuber was growing in. Dirt.

Yeah, they ate dirt. With many of the meals our ancestors ate, they got big old helpings of rock dust and microbes along with the nutrition from the plant itself. Dirt. The startling thing is, these are things we evolved eating and in reality, are things we NEED to survive, to live a healthy existence. Microbes and minerals. I am hoping that if you are reading this, you know the importance of the human intestinal microbiota within each of us. Our gut bacteria are an integral part of our living systems. That biodiversity of bacteria need to be replenished. Frequently. Ancient evolving humans ate dirt. Later, civilized humans began traditions of fermenting their foods. For preservation, for inactivating some of the toxic portions of the foods (such as lectins in grains) and for flavor as well. Fermenting adds a huge amount of beneficial bacteria to our diets. Something lacking in our modern sterile lifestyles. The additions of chemical substances into our foods and food-like substances manufactured for the majority of the population are for the most part, devoid of any microbial activity. With a few exceptions, notably the FDA recalls of produce, processed meats and a whole host of food-like substances manufactured and then discovered to contain a literal plethora of dangerous bacterial contaminants. Of course the scary part is that when beneficial bacteria flourish, the nasty ones don't. Says a lot about food and food-like substance production. 

So, reason number one to eat dirt. Microbes. Or at least eat some fermented foods.

Minerals. It isn't a secret. It's common knowledge. It's taught to each and everyone of us from way back in the fifth grade. Living cells are made up of a large number of mineral compounds. We need those minerals to live. If we don't get them, cell production will virtually cease. Humans will get sick and die without a steady supply of fresh minerals fueling our bodies. Few minerals (and vitamins as well) and we do not in any way, thrive. That's the way it is. This concept cannot be disputed.

Now comes the hard part. A diet rich in plant material, and some healthy animal proteins, will support optimal health by providing a rich source of minerals. (And of course the needed other stuff, carbs, fats and proteins) That however, is dependent on whether or not the plants, and animals, are themselves rich in the minerals that they need to thrive. Plants grown on rich soils, ones that have a rich diversity of the needed rock dust, organic material and microbes; will themselves be rich sources of vitamins and minerals. Modern farming methods in use today, and being promoted by the manufacturing corporations that control the majority of food production in the industrialized world; use chemical fertilizers to give the three most prevalent chemicals within plants. Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. That however, is but a tiny fraction of the number of minerals needed by the plants to grow. And to thrive. This is exemplified dramatically with the current situation in Northern US and Canadian wheat farms. Non organic wheat farms are plagued with Fusarium Wilt making much of the crops unusable, even for animal feed. Whereas organic wheat farmers in the same areas are not seeing any such problem. Healthy soil, means healthy crops, and ultimately the same for humans when we eat those plants. We need a diversity of minerals and in healthy readily absorbable forms. There is a complex system within healthy soils where the microbial life there work to breakdown the rock dust into less complex and more usable minerals. When early humans ate the dirt stuck on their roots, they got a bit of minerals in there boosting their existence. Well, they also got healthy roots as well, grown in pristine soils.

In modern times, we wash everything. And the fact that modern farming techniques use chemicals to kill everything in the soil, (or attempt to anyway) as season after season goes by, the mineral constituents of the soil lessen to the point of that soil not being able to grow healthy plants. That's when the problems like those described above become commonplace. Non organic farms all across the world are suffering from that degradation of soil, loss of minerals and death of the microbial constituent. Dead Soil. The end result is plants, and ultimately the meats raised on those sick mineral starved plants, don't have the necessary mineral (and vitamin) reserves to nourish the humans that consume them. 

Solution two, eat more dirt. Or at the very least, eat good healthy organic plants from farmers markets. Meats raised in sustainable methods and always always, eat healthy food choices. And take mineral supplements as well. 

Our ancestors evolved eating dirt. We can replicate that, and we need to.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What's in your food part, 7. Oreos

Yes, I used to eat Oreos. I used to do a lot of things, and I weighed 320 pounds. I don't eat things like these anymore, not because I didn't like them, but because I now understand that the addictive nature, the drive to manufacture a food-like product entails the use of questionable ingredients as well as the methods of every single facet of the manufacture of these things are done with absolutely no regard for the health of the consumers that buy them. So, no, I don't eat them anymore. 

I might try to make my own some day. But in reality, why? I don't need them. I've gotten used to not eating junk foods, no sweets, no meat, no processed anything. Yeah, and I weigh 235 now. That's something.

Oreos. Good memories or just plain bad horrific food?
 Probably a little of both. Most wouldn't say they are horrific, and they are a long long way from being in anyway nutritious. Definitely not as bad as some of the other food-like substances that I reviewed here a year ago or so, these are just naturally, well, nasty. Two, Double Stuf Oreos, are 120 calories. 7 grams of fat and 21 grams of carbohydrate. Mostly in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup. Well, sugar is actually the first ingredient on the list. More sugar than flour in the cookies. No wonder they taste so addictive. I mean good. 
I suppose that here I could put in a link to that documentary about how Fructose is actually destroying our lives, 65 minutes of lengthy diagrams and charts of how the human body uses sugars, fructose and dextrose to run our systems. But realistically, most people that want that info already know it, the rest, probably lost by now and looking at photos of cats dressed in tuxes or some other such nonsense. 

So, sugar, bad. HFCS, extremely bad. (HFCS and Hg) There's the Mercury contamination thing plus we know the stuff is GMO and although we have no idea if genetically altering plants actually will cause damage to humans down the road; we do know that they drench the plants with glyphosate. Roundup. Now, a known carcinogen. Flour, kinda bad. The fact is, 95% of all wheat in America and many other countries as well, is drenched in glyposate as well. This use of the stuff is worse as it is done 8 to 10 days before harvest in order to kill the plants and make harvesting the grain easier on equipment and to give a slightly larger yield. Slightly. Glyphosate is bad when sprayed on GMO crops while in the early stages of growth. The stuff slowly breaks down. When sprayed just before harvest, it's all there baby. You get the full dose. 

So is that bad?

No one can tell you what to eat and what not to. It's up to you. You only get one body, in the long run, what you feed it, drives how it works down the road.

Ingredients

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORNSTARCH, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLIN - AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE.CONTAINS WHEAT, SOY.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Cabbage Rolls, Southwestern Style

It's been said that I do things a little bit differently. I suppose that's true. Smoked Salmon Tamales. Sushi Ravioli. Stuff that comes out delicious, just different from anything anyone else does. So, not surprising that I make that old European favorite, Cabbage Rolls, into something completely different.

Why not though? Southwestern food is so unique, so flavorful, it lends itself to making EVERYTHING a bit better.
 They might look a might odd, but that's because the sauce I used was my best selling 'Passion of the Garlic' salsa. I make it with tomatillos and lots of oven roasted garlic. A bit of spice and this stuff is the absolute bomb, as my old dear friend Key always told me about the foods I used to make for her. 

This time, I had some organic pork from my friend Kenny the 
Fishhugger. (Kenny) Nice stuff, I browned some and used half for some tacos for someone. The other half I put in a glass container in the freezer for a couple weeks. I bought a big head of Savoy Cabbage at the farmers market and said to myself, "Self, this is going to be spectacular" Saying stuff like that to yourself is okay, I never answer myself back so all's good. My shrink said it's okay. So, I took a half a red onion and a yellow bell and diced them up. a cup of cooked brown rice (I always have extra, I eat it nearly every day) And I diced up about 3 ounces each of Mozzarella  and Asiago cheeses. Cooked the onion and pepper in a bit of olive oil about 4 minutes, then took off the heat and added a big bunch of fresh basil, oregano and thyme leaves from my patio garden in pots. Chopped of course. Threw in the frozen already cooked pork and let sit until the pork was thawed. Added the rice and cheeses, tossed well and then set aside. I love Savoy as the leaves come off easily. I removed eight of them, very few tears, so cool. I brought an inch of water to a boil in a stock pot and put the leaves in a metal colander and put inside the pot. Steamed them about ten minutes. Savoy are pretty hardy.
Then proceeded to let cool and roll them up into these babies. Oops, I poured about a quarter of the jar into the rice mix and tossed that as well. Then the rest of the jar of salsa, I mixed with a half jar of water. Poured a bit on the bottoms of the pans and after put the stuffed rolls into the pans, I poured the rest of the sauce over the tops.I covered with parchment paper, then sealed with aluminum foil. NEVER LET ALUMINUM FOIL TOUCH ANY FOOD!!!! That's why the paper first. Protection. And salsa is acidic, it would eat holes in the foil and if you ate that residue, then it does horrible things to your brain. Anyway, bake at 350 for an hour and holy cow, these are incredible
 

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