Food, News, and Health on my Rest Day

Bridges to Breakfast:

The Dude does not abide kids missing breakfast because they can’t make it to school in time.” – Politico


I had not idea Jeff Bridges was such a gritty champion of hunger issues in the USA. His latest venture is a push to have breakfast served at the beginning of class for students who can not make it to school before the bell. Schools seem reluctant because they fear for the class time it will take… But

report from Deloitte has found that if 70 percent of elementary had access to breakfast in the classroom, it could mean that 3.2 million more students would score higher on their standardized math tests and up to 4.8 million fewer school absences per year.

That should make up for the eggie interruption. I just hope Kellogg’s and Post Cereal don’t hope onboard.

Greenland and Icey Floating Farms:


“We had what seemed to us a massive resource on one hand, and a massive lack — no local produce — on the other,” Meriem Chabani

Iceland new farming method is a projected beauty. Full of icebergs and happy families apparently. I hope it comes true.


This Weeks Ferment: Creole Kraut


  • 3 heads green cabbage
  • 2 big golden beats
  • 20 tiny Thai chilles
  • Paprika, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne
  • 3 TB pink salt

I am thinking about 10 days ferment time should do it.

Splenda not so Splended

spenda_1Spenda. The sweet cheat many love to eat.

Well dam, apparently a bunch of lab mice may have leukemia as a result of a sucralose rich diet (sucralose being the chief ingredient in Splenda)

spenda_2As a result the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has down grades Splenda from “Safe” to “Caution.” Sucralose may soon join the ranks of the artificial sweeteners saccharin, and aspartame. All having “avoid” ratings for their cancer creating tendencies in lab creatures.


“The forthcoming Italian study warrants careful scrutiny before we can be confident that the sweetener is safe for use in food,”

– CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson.

The CSPI recommends switching to water or seltzer water to curtail soda cravings. When I want a soda I brake the bank and drop $3-4 bucks on a Kombucha.


My attempts at making my own have not been tasty as of yet.

Screenshot from 2013-07-11 13:51:38What about a good cup-o-joe. Coffee and Spenda were becoming as American and Skippy’s and Smucker’s (ew).

heavy_creamI opt for this sugar free coffee edition every morning.

HEAVY CREAM BABY. I like to start the day decadent. and what is that, It can help with weight loss. My creamy coffee is legit, Splenda can split


Eat More Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps lower blood pressure. Let us declare it spice of 2014.

Cinnamon helps the blood process sugars, diminishing insulin spikes in response to food.

Does it lower fasting blood glucose?

“About 3 to 5 percent.” This Dr. Davis says in the article

Screenshot from 2013-07-26 19:34:06

Ill take it.

I have touted this fact before. This article is a refreshing deeper look. All cinnamon is great but some is greater, or so it seems.


Cassia cinnamon, the common American variety, packs much coumarin. Coumarine cause reversible liver toxicity in a small group of individuals sensitive to it. You would have to be consuming more than one teaspoon per day. If you are eating that much, reach for ceylon cinnamon instead,

Wanna get more cinnamon? Put it in this awesome blood pressure lower beverage. Coffee


A Roti Review

Rotisserie is appears to be a supper market standard. Dinner in a pinch. I often look at these factory farmed birds in the shopping cart of patrons with a twinge of envy. If only there were a place that roasted pastured birds. If it is to happen anywhere it would have to be Berkeley.


Enter Le Petit Cochon

French for ‘This Little Piggie’

English for ‘Finally Some Delicious Pasture Raised Rotisserie’


My sister and I have been grabbing one of these modest birds for quick dinners on cold nights. I strongly suggest that all bay area residents find a moment to do the same. If you live elsewhere I urge you to track down your own wonderful rotisserie hookup.

High Fat Recommendation? It had to be the Swedish

Sweden, how I do love your fatty ways.


The domino has been tipped, or so one fat loving skinny guy hopes. Sweden is the first Western nation to develop national dietary guidelines that reject dietary fats  in favor of carbohydrates.

Pause for applause.

Dr. Eenfeld, reviewed the new guidelines.  “Fat is the best thing for those who want to lose weight…. the most effective weapon against obesity.”


Which nation will do right by there countrymen next? Not one with a food economy built on corn, wheat, and soy

In the meantime though this 81% raw cacao chocolate confectioner is pleased.


Out with the Swedish Fish


And in with the dark chocolate

Hot Sauce Foraged by Veterans

Hot Sauce. Foraged

Pretty excited about this saucy order.

Had these at Urban Plates a while back. Maca hot sauce. Yes please.

DangHotSauce_bottlesSpirulina, even better.

Wait… it also supports veterans.

“Forager Mike is a Force Recon Marine Combat Veteran with aspirations of serving humanity through both food and social justice for future sustainability.  Mike is a graduate of the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program, which has been an instrumental asset in the success for transitioning Veterans from the military to civilian life and the business world.”

“Mike is a Raw food chef, a wild food forager, primitive wilderness survivalist, dedicated father, technological futurist, humanitarian, nutritionist, and an environmental social scientist.  In formulating Dang!!! it’s good Sauce, his goal was to create a Sauce that was extremely beneficial to a person’s health sustainability, and presenting exuberant taste and quality as well, while maintaining the highest beneficial integrity of the food.”

Thanks for setting my micro-nutrients on fire Mike.

Do Calories Count… More or Less: Part 2

sam_scaleCalories, the word conjures a multitude of emotions, confusion for one.

Calories = the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius


I few months back I did a post about Sam Feltman, a British personal trainer who gets his high kicks by turning his body into an experiment in caloric intake.

Sam ate the exact same whole foods every day (fish, steak, fruit veggies, eggs, and nuts… so many nuts). This diet equalled to 5794 calories per day. After 21 days Sam had gained a little over 3 pounds.


This was not belly fat, his waist shrunk by about 1 inch. Adjusting for the caloric surplus Sam should have gained 16.5 pounds.


Around 2000 of those calories came straight from cooked nuts which raises questions about energy accessibility of fiber dense foods. Still, an interesting self experiment, and 2.5 pounds of muscle? That is it?


Sam Feltman has been a busy Brit since then, mostly trying to get well intentioned and overly gimmicky Smash the Fat System in to the media lime light.*


*The diet science seems sound, I just do not think it is productive to use the term ‘bootcamp’ in regards to fitness. When it comes to exercise, moving should be fun.

No fun, no move.

sam_bcMore fun, more move.

Sam has undergone another 21 day calorie experiment. A dramatization of the standard British diet.

“For this next 21 day experiment I will be eating 1 calorie less a day than last time at 5,793 calories a day of cereal, bread, pasta, sugary drinks and chocolate.”

Also a lot of fat free yogurt. Ya know, for the probiotics.

The results are more in line with what the USDA and Soda Companie’s tell me is supposed to happen. Sam packed on 16 pounds and 3.5 inches to his waist…. of fat

sam_1 This can not be called science; it is an unreviewed study of one young man.

Had it been an experiment with a larger group of people, it would have been unethical, because 5,793 calories of processed foods would have yielded a larger group of people.

Real food in, real humans out. Fake food in…. you get the point.

Let’s all eat some almond butter by the spoon full and test this logic.

With cinnamon

and salt.

O wow. I am going to find an apple.

apple-and-almond-butter-420x420_0Count Dracula, not calories.