Ceviche, tu amigo

The concept of ceviche can create a little bit of a block for many people, “so you like soak raw fish and stuff in lime juice and then eat it?” The lime juice is like a pickling liquid that ‘cooks’ and preserves the seafood. Yes it’s considered to be cooked in its own way, even though it is never heated. In fact, just as if you were boiling shrimp, the lime juice will turn the shrimp from gray...

Plower vs. Force

What
There are two distinct paths to proper weight management. One is to be a “plower” who mows down large quantities of nutritious unprocessed food, never skipping meals or watching portion size. The other way is through force – exercising extremely hard and eating so little that the body cannot slow down its metabolism enough to keep body weight from dropping. One of these routes is fully...

Addiction

Addiction
Nearly everyone is addicted to something. Addictions aren’t always to drugs which alter the biochemical state of the body instantly and acutely. Addictions can also erupt from any activity that alters the body’s chemistry from strenuous exercise to vomiting (as in bulimia). I define addiction as being overly drawn to a substance or activity to varying degrees. Addictions emerge stealthily and...

Silly Wabbit, Fat is for Devouring

Fats
Again, as most of you have discovered, I’m a huge proponent of unadulterated fats. The concept of certain types of fats being healthy is becoming increasingly common. Most fad nutritionists refer to “healthy” fats as being “actually good for you.” Still, most warn of animal fats, saturated fats, and whole fat dairy products. They also typically recommend “lean” meats, skinless chicken breasts,...

Finding Nourishment at Restaurants

One thing I found difficult for years was finding a way to eat healthy food at a restaurant. I never could seem to pull it off and usually felt overly stuffed and sick no matter what I chose. One major flaw that I made time and time again was avoiding foods that I knew weren’t ideal. Restaurant meats, for example, are raised on an unnatural diet, living an unnatural lifestyle, and most animals...

Roasting Whole Birds

Whole Chicken
Although this topic may seem a little dull, you would be surprised at how many people suddenly asked me just this week, “how do I roast a whole chicken?” Not only is whole-bird roasting one of the most delicious ways to prepare fowl of any kind, it is also one of the most nutritious ways for several reasons. First of all, a whole organism of any kind can be looked at as being nutritionally...

When Plants Fight Back!

By: Pippa Galea of the ADVENTURES IN RECOVERY BLOG I would like to write my testimonial to tell people about my raw food journey. I got turned onto raw foods 9 years ago as I was suffering from chronic fatigue and depression. To start with the diet was amazing. I lost weight, my acne cleared up, my energy increased and I felt a billion dollars. My mum was very proud of me because my eyes...

Yes, Cry Over Spilled Milk

Yee-haw! I’m in Tennessee y’all and the gittin’s good. I can’t think of a better way to sever my relationship with Maui than to hit Tennessee in the spring and live off the fat of the land. My first day I woke up and headed straight for the Franklin Farmer’s Market, yes sir I did. And y’all jus’ wouldn’t believe what my two eyes did see when I showed up at that there market. Now I’ve been to...

Oops I Did It Again Part I

Many people experience things as truth, the gospel, and then stick to it no matter what. Like my favorite comedy rant of all time by Stephen Colbert (who usually isn’t that funny), many people, like presidente W, “believe the same thing on Wednesday that he believed on Monday: no matter what happened on Tuesday.” Well, my fad beliefs come and go with relative ease, and much humility. I change my...

Sugarpie Honeybuns

There is perhaps no hotter topic in nutritional spheres than blood sugar regulation. Although you may have not been diagnosed with any kind of blood sugar regulation deficiency, to a degree your system has been altered if you’ve grown up on typical refined foods like white flour, white sugar, soft drinks, caffeine, candy, etc., which, if you’re technologically advanced enough to be reading this,...

A More "Spiritually Conscious" Diet

The other day I received a call from someone interested in the “nutrient-dense” foods I made mention of in my most recent article in Maui Vision magazine. Not to fight back or try to one up this guy (who eventually hung up on me!), but there were several points that came up in our conversation that many stand to gain from. This man had recently switched to a vegan diet and was surprised to hear...

Dieter’s Dilemma

At my place of work/lounge n’ read, the topic of weight loss is well, prevalent let’s say. Sometimes I mention to customers that “x” weight loss product is our best selling item, and that we sell more of it than any other product for any other purpose. Most people snicker and say, “well, has anybody ever heard of putting less food in their mouths!” or “it’s called eat less and exercise more,...

The Quest for Nourishment

Dairy Farm
I’ve been asked lately, as I begin to refine the direction in which my life is moving, what I envision for myself, my future, etc. I discovered quickly that I did not have a very articulate response to this question, and received a sort of “WTF?” reaction from those who I have shared my vision. When asked about my plans I say that I’m going to save up some money over the summer, attempt an...

Is My Illness Genetic?

Genetic Flaws
It absolutely amazes me how many people think that their genes are what is making them overweight, covered in pimples with mouths full of crooked teeth, blind without glasses, bogged down by aching joints, and filled with tumors and clogged arteries. This simply isn’t true. We inherit certain things, even flaws and susceptibility to certain ailments, but this is because improper nutrition and...

Nature Knows Best

Nature Knows Best
Many people know me as a bit of a naturalist, a purist. My whole philosophy for healthy living is based on respecting nature’s laws and honoring our physical makeup. Instinctively I’ve always felt a strong trust that if humans can eat food and live a lifestyle that is aligned with our evolutionary heritage, we will be vibrant and healthy guaranteed. Much of this belief came from my ability to...

The 10-Week Transformation Project

10 week diet plan
This is the first official call for a group of volunteers willing to follow a simple set of dietary guidelines for a period of 10 weeks. I know that the nutritional principles are sound, and I’ve put all of the following concepts to use in my own life with great success, but I’m curious to see if it’s “that simple” for others. To join the group you can live anywhere on earth but you must: 1) Be...

Postnatal Essentials

New mothers are faced with a difficult challenge. On one hand there is an immediate desire to lose fat and restore vigor and physical appearance. On the other, there is an essential need for nursing mothers to eat an abundance of nutritious foods to make sure breast milk is rich and nourishing for the infant. Although this task is simple and easy, when books, doctors offices, universities,...
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