Fitness, Friends, Family, Foods, and Flushings

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As I enter hour two of an intestinal flora breath test I made a belated decision to create a set of resolutions for this the year of our lord 2013. I have been fasting for 18 hrs so bear with my lack of prose.

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RESOLUTE RESOLUTIONS:

1)NO MORE SELF SABATOGE TIME TO MAKE GAINS: Oakland is to dam cold to be this thin. I have to be realistic in my caloric intake and face the fact that though 5 eggs and a whole butternut squash in a day seems ridiculous, it’s not when paired with 10 miles bike commuting and a brutal crossfit session. 150 pounds here I come

2)MUSCLES HIGH, COMMUINTY HIGHER: With a new gym membership at Grassroots Crossfit I have the pleasure of crushing it with an awesome group of spectrum spanning nutrition nutbags and fitness folks… I’m right at home. 2013 is the officially the year of the dead lift.

3)EAT CLEAN WITH FRIENDS: Time to ease up on food, and be less critical of its eaters. I have already started this goal with an integration of pastured eggs into a once fully vegan diet. Still no urge to glide back to gluten but that really doesn’t effect my ability to eat anywhere I’d wanna eat anyhow. Really though, food is best when shared socially and cooking for one ain’t any fun. So foodie friends, 2013 is also officially the year of the potluck.

4)GRASP GUT GLORY: I have been wrestling with a host of gastrointestinal issues for the past six months (hence the reason I’m stuck in and tiny room blowing into a tube every ten minutes. Still, I have been much feeling better (and regular) recently, a host of changes I have made seem to be working.

5)TAKE TIME TO THAI: I got’s itchy feet and dreams of curry and bamboo sticky rice are becoming too frequent to ignore. Its high time I went back to Baandada Children’s Home and see how some friends have grown, with a visit to Cambodia and Burma while I’m at it. So it is my goal to gain a weight and health level appropriate to travel back to Southeast Asia with tour bike in stowage

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So there it is, sufficient for one year I think, I hope, I pray. Support me and I’ll do my darndest to support you, and keep delivering the food justice news for your reading pleasure with some recipes tossed in to prove gluten free ain’t flavor free provided you can muster a little kitchen gumption. Happy trails, time to break dis’ fast.

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A Man’s Flounderings in Fructose

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We will start with a little mild mellow drama

poi·son  
/ˈpoizən/

Noun
A substance that, when introduced into or absorbed by a living organism, causes death or injury, esp. one that kills by rapid action.

All things in moderation folks but never forget that high Fructose Corn Syrup is an unnatural substance. The smallest dose leads to the increased production of insulin, causing instantaneous insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the cause of Type 2 Diabetes.

Here is a link to a very interesting series of lectures on how and why the obese in the developed world are undeniable victims of a system designed to keep people eating the foods that are making them sick.

I can not stress enough the flimsy façade of the justification that a lack personal responsibility is the strongest contributing factor to obesity. Robert Lustig outlines why the farse is faulty in this series focusing on sugar.

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3 Facts to Further Fast Food Force Feeding: Food giants knows them and so should you

1) Human being have a biochemical urge to consume sweets, in a sweet dense food climate this evolutionary edge is counter productive to healthy diet and downright obsolete.
2) High fructose corn syrup is one of the sweetest substances ever concocted by likes of man
3) Of the 145 items on the MacDonalds menu, only 8 contain no high fructose corn syrup (and four of those eight come with dipping sauce that does)

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Its easy to roll eyes at this, considering that a great many shy away from fast food and soda these days, but even certain foods marketed as health alternative have a little dose of the HFCS.

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Read Labels, refuse to buy products that contain HFCS, and complain to your favourite food companies when HFCS is added to your eatings. Every drop sucked out of the grocery store is a dime in your pocket when you consider the rising costs of government sponsored medical care demanded by the obesity epidemic.


My Cafe is New and So Can You

The Menu is there kinda

The Menu is there kinda

Hey East Bay, Phatbeets Crossroads Cafe is open for business. Considering it is about half a mile from my pad I’m stoaked.

The menu is locally sourced and seems quite nourishing to vegans, veggies, and flesh eaters alike. The b-fast special during my visit were a BLT bagel sando (Tempeh B for the Bacon free). This place is run by a community farm, so you know that L and T were plucked from the earth around yesterday afternoon. A BBQ chicken/tofu sub was on stage for lunch, along with two side option (Asian slaw, potato salad, or kale salad w/ an orange vinaigrette).

I was due to start slinging confections the Farmers market pretty quick, but had a enough time to enjoy a spot-o-tea and homemade gluten free brownie… honey sweetened, o yeah. So sorry Farlie’s Crossroads is my new cafe in the day.

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Address: 942 Stanford Avenue
Hours: 7 am -3 pm Monday – Friday, plus a Sunday brunch and Thursday movie night


Who Put all this TAHINI in my Bread?!

And where’s tha Gluten Dammit!

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Normally i am not a fan of the gluten free baked goods (especially with all these sweet and savory winter squash about right now). They are comprised an assortment of alternative gums and flours far more intimidating then a loaf of Sara Lee. use but made some very satisfying gluten free tahini bread last night. The ingredients list was sort of wacky but wholesome so I gave it a try. It turned out very moist, fluffy, and well.. bready. Thus I recommend it to the culinary daring.

Ingredients

1/2 c Coconut Flour (or wholewheat for a non gluten free version)
1/2 c Ground Flax
1 t Salt
1 t Baking Soda
6 Eggs (Pasture!)
1 T Vanilla
1/2 c Tahini
1/2 c Applesauce
3 T Maple Syrup (Grade B curtosiy of my friend Margrets Vermont roots)
1 T Cinammon
Dried Fruit n’ nuts of choice, I went with raisins and walnuts

Cooking Steps

Combine the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, applesauce, syrup, and tahini, beating until well combined. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Enjoying a slice right now with my old friend cup O’ Joe. That and the flax outta give me quite the cleanse, happy nomining


Final say on Pepsi’s Fill Ability

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Final say on Pepsi’s Fill Ability

High fructose corn syrup has no satiety power, just added sodium

You drink it, it makes you thirsty, you drink more, get thirstier. Let the caloric spiral begin