Friday Food Round Up: Don’t Stress the Nuts and Berries

An old friend came to town this week, after her most recent stint in Bali. We got down to some real talk about stress and life. I wrestle with food stress and I imagine others do as well, so this week I bring you news bites centered around food, stress, and your love muscle…. the one in your chest.

I’ll prepare pallets with this point. Stress is the worst edition to any diet. The second worst edition is probably Chicken McNuggets but more on this later.


1) Heart Plaque is an Ancient Hat:

Harden and clogged arteries (atherosclerosis) are not a 21st century chronic health phenomena. According to this study, scans of mummies from four geographical regions across a period of 4,000 years suggest that the disease was common in the ancient and wrapped.

The standard American diet is FAR from ideal, but even our pre-proccessed whole foods munchin’ kin struggled with heart disease. Be them beating in Egypt, Peru, or Aleutian Islands human hearts just get plaque over time. This is a good lead in to another heart study.


2) Stress linked to Heart Disease:

When we gets to stressing our body starts producing the hormone cortisol, our main stress inhibitor. This process draws attention away from things like immune system and blood insulin function, and raises blood pressure. Chronic stress condemns hearts to slave labor.

Worrying about a heart healthy diet is tough on the old ticker. Don’t sweat the small foodstuffs, permission not to be perfect is better for the heart than a stress filled day and a kale salad.

3) A Scholarly Study of Various Animal Eating Habits:

Demonstration of the stressful eating habits of the wild.


4) No Nuts? Go Nuts? Screw it let’s get Donuts:

Here is an example of how web research exacerbates the stress of eating healthy; I don’t know how anyone an internet connection manages to lose a pound these days.

Consider this statement: Nuts are Great!/Terrible! for weight loss

When it comes to figuring out what to eat, the internet can be like a poorly written choose your own adventure novel. No matter what, you always end up lost in a cave… or it was all a dream, or something, did you ever read Goosebumps? Anyway, when it come to nuts, or any food for that matter, I eat, feel, and learn. That is while I eat gobs of almond butter and a fair deal of rice, but take it easy on walnuts and shy away from beans. Some may be the same, some may be opposite.

When it comes to online diet research Goosebump’s sums it up.


As we have established, stress is the worst thing to have on your plate., this might be the next worst thing.

5) Mechanically Separated Poultry and a Recipe for a Tasty Alternative:

Mechanically Separated Chicken

USDA Definition: Mechanically separated poultry is a paste-like and batter-like poultry product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible tissue, through a sieve or similar device under high pressure to separate bone from the edible tissue. Mechanically separated poultry has been used in poultry products since the late 1960’s.

My high school midnight snack of choice was once Dinonuggets and a ketchupy tar pit, these days I abstain. This picture did put me in the mood for another mechanically separated pink goo. One that has just made its 2013 Farmers Market début last week.


Mechanically Separated Strawberry Sorbet

– 2 1/2 cups frozen organic strawberries with the tops chopped
– 2 cups water
– ¼ cup honey/agave/grade A maple
– Pinch of some good salt
– 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Place it all in a solid blender. Blend on highest speed until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow your its instructions. Should be enough for 4 to enjoy

Lets lessin’ our stressin’ Help me and I’ll try to help you.



2 Comments on “Friday Food Round Up: Don’t Stress the Nuts and Berries”

  1. Gaby says:

    I agree 500 percent! This is definately my theory. It’s why Italians and French live longer and look fantastic forever despite all the wine, cheese and butter and baguettes. Just chill out and enjoy your food 🙂

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