Dilla Narduzzi for Macleans back in December 2015: A Naturally Picky Eater? There’s No Such Thing
This profusion of taste buds can make kids more sensitive, or even resistant, to strong flavours, but being exposed to those foods over time can make them more receptive. Unfortunately, many parents don’t realize this is a stage, and never offer the offending item again.
The way we introduce new foods to our child is to ask them to try the food at least once per meal. (i.e., stick out your tongue and taste it, and maybe chew it a little.) We offer the food every time, whenever we happen to cook it, and model eating it. Beyond that, we don’t force them to eat it. We also try to have at least one dish during the meal that we know they like and will eat, which ensures they won’t leave the table hungry (at least, not too hungry).
Chris Ying for MAD: The Carbon Footprint of Eating Out
Eating, it turns out, is the most significant interaction most of us have with the environment. Even if we remain cloistered in air-conditioned rooms in front of keyboards and monitors for most of the day, at some point we must eat—and whether it’s a carrot stick or a Big Mac, with our first bite we implicate ourselves in the food system, and the food system is responsible for 30 percent of worldwide carbon emissions. That is to say, almost a third of greenhouse gases are a result of growing, shipping, cooking, and disposing of food.
A good effort in trying to assess the costs of eating out versus eating in. One of the main conclusions is that meats, especially beef, has a very large environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
Eating less meat will lead to better human health, as well as reduce our overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Also see this article at The Guardian.
No food is healthy. Not even kale.
Michael Ruhlman for the Washington Post:
We will be healthy if we eat nutritious food. Our food is either nutritious or not. We are healthy or we are not. If we eat nutritious food, we may enhance what health we possess.
Because, and this is the judgment call, fat isn’t bad; stupid is bad. And until we have better information and clearer shared language defining our food, smart choices will be ever harder to make.
Besides the rant on word usage errors, the article seems to rally against two main points – the government dietary guidelines and popular ‘healthy’ food fads.
The dietary guidelines have shifted through the years based on the available science; however, I would submit that following our best research into food and nutrition and human health is the best reasonable course we can take. I do understand that industry, politics and other factors influence the shape of the guidelines but the main ideas in those guidelines are pretty sound. It’s not enough of a reason to throw them out the window.
As for fads, in one sense, they can certainly help reduce the costs for people who absolutely have to follow those diets (i.e. gluten free foods are so much more available now and much cheaper) but they also muddy the waters for others. My recommendation is to look at the fads with eyes wide open and healthy skepticism. And eat foods in moderation.
An the entrance doors of Ottawa City Hall:
You are welcome to breastfeed here anytime, anywhere.
If you would like more privacy, please go to the information desk. Someone will take you to a breastfeeding room.
This isn’t an allergen-free topic. But I love eggs. And I love butter. It amazed me to see that there was so much butter that could be added to eggs, and that it wouldn’t melt out of the eggs after it was cooked.
I find that knowledge of how to prep from basic ingredients (as basic as you can get, anyways) invaluable. It opens up a wider variety of recipe possibilities and can help in saving some money over buying prepared ingredients. One of those things is learning how to cut up a whole chicken.
I like buying whole chickens because we can get a few things from it; namely the meat, the bones and the skin/fat. The meat can then be prepared in whichever way you like. The bones are great for making stock (roasted or not, with veggies or not), and the fat is rendered from the skin. A favourite is also the leftover fried skin bits which can be salted after frying, kept in the fridge for 1-2 weeks and used as soup toppings much like bacon bits. (I sometimes just take a pinch of them to eat straight up, to get the taste of fried chicken.)
Jacques Pépin’s videos have been an invaluable resource for information on how to cook. Here’s his video on how to cut up a whole chicken.
Bonus – complete deboning of a whole chicken:
CBC Marketplace – Snack Attack: How to avoid the tricks of your treats
Reading and understanding the Nutrition Facts box on packaging is a skill worth developing – there’s a lot to process there, especially when comparing against other products. It pays to know what you’re consuming.
Scott Gavura for Science Based Medicine – The one thing you need to know before you detox:
“Detox” is a legitimate medical term that has been co-opted to sell useless products and services. It is a fake treatment for a fake condition. Real detoxification isn’t ordered from a menu at a juice bar, or assembled from supplies in your pantry. Real detoxification is provided in hospitals under life-threatening circumstances — usually when there are dangerous levels of drugs, alcohol, or other poisons in the body.
Gavura doesn’t mince words.
The lifestyle implications of a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, lack of sleep, and alcohol or drug use cannot simply be flushed or purged away. Our kidneys and liver don’t need a detox treatment. If anyone suggests a detox or cleanse to you, remember that you’re hearing a marketing pitch for an imaginary condition.
1 1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup rice flour blend*
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup ‘milk’ or water
2 tbsp oil
1 egg replacement**
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients in another bowl.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to dry, mixing as you go so there are no dry lumps. Let the batter sit to thicken.
- Heat up pan at medium low, ladle in batter (about 1/4 cup for a 5-6 inch pancake). Cook for about 2 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes on the second side.***
Makes about 6 pancakes.
* The rice flour blend I’ve been using is as follows: 2 cups brown rice flour, 2 cups white rice flour, 2 cups glutinous rice flour, 1 2/3 cups tapioca flour or potato starch.
** I use Ener-G egg replacer. I haven’t tested any others.
*** Compared to traditional wheat pancakes, these won’t brown as much, and may even be very light tan coloured. Make the first flip when the outer edges are dry.
- Place cooked pancakes on a rack in a 200°F preheated oven to keep warm
- I usually double the recipe, and store the extra pancakes in the freezer. To reheat, microwave for 45 seconds, flip, and again for another 45 seconds.
- This is essentially a basic recipe for pancakes with replacements for the milk and egg, and the flour is replaced with a 3:1 ratio blend of oat and rice flours, respectively. I find that the oat flour helps to keep the gummyness of the rice flour mixture down, and the end result is fluffier.
Melvin Konner for the Wall Street Journal – Confessions of a Paleo Diet Pioneer
Anthropologists know that people obsess about diet. Kosher and halal diets are about discipline, not health. Hundreds of millions in India never let flesh cross their lips. All of these strategies—low-carb paleo diets, too—seem to be compatible with life and health. Within these bounds, pick your poison. With care, you can extend your life—but as far as I know, nobody lives forever.