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What you don’t know about food, water and energy – The National Geographic Quizz

So we’re running out of water, even if in Vancouver we feel like we have more than enough to spare for the next hundred years. So I found it interesting to find out how LITTLE I knew. Not your fault National Geographic. I know you didn’t set out to make me feel stupid. You too can test your water knowledge and prove just how smart you are!  Take the quizz right here.

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Kale and Butternut Squash Soup – vegetarian, gluten-free

Oh my. This is so good. So good. Did I say good? Yes, it’s delicious.  I am having a love affair with kale this year which is likely one of the reasons I love this so much. Anyways, it’s easy and fabulous. Try it right away!
Ingredients
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and quartered lenthwise
  • 1 large leek, washed and finely chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • I can finely diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups of finely chopped kale
  • 3 large fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 15 oz can of cannelli white beans, drained
  • 1 tsps Better than Bouillon vegetarian bouillon
  • salt and pepper to taste (I’m on a bit of a white pepper kick
  • 4 cups water

METHOD

Cut all the vegetables. Heat a large soup pot with olive oil. Add leeks, garlic and carrots. Stir until softened over medium heat for a approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Add one can of finely diced tomatoes. Add Better than Bouillon and thyme. Add squash and 4 cups of water. Bring to high simmer until squash is tender (but not overcooked!!) Add kale. Simmer for 3 minutes. If you want to thicken the soup with tomato paste to make it more stew- like you can ( I  was tempted but in the end I didn’t!)

 

 

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Re-calibrating My Post Christmas Digestive System

Echhh. It’s that time of year again where I make a promise to be good to myself. Being a stomach sufferer for most of my life I have come to know what makes my stomach happy and what doesn’t. For starters, anything with wheat in it does not make me happy. Anything with cow dairy definitely doesn’t make me happy. But finally I have also found that when I eat too much sugar or anything that processes like sugar and yeast (for example potatoes, mushrooms, miso), that that doesn’t make my stomach happy either. The holidays, are of course, the hardest time of the year to try and manage this kind of diet. Besides who can resist truffles, cookies, gorgonzola and a fine glass of wine. Not me. But generally I pay for it.

What are the symptoms? Well for one thing, I become bloated, my stomach is distended and it hurts, I become extremely tired and irritable, my skin gets blotchy with itchy spots. I get miserable and depressed. This year I tried to not get too carried away. Eating an entire stollen made of kamut (I can eat kamut which does have gluten in it) didn’t help. I did eat cow cheese and I definitely drank wine and toasted the season joyously. But I didn’t go crazy.

I didn’t go crazy mainly because I didn’t want to have to do the full-on anti-candida, no wheat (non-gluten) no yeast, no sugar, no dairy, barely any fruit diet. I did it for about 6 months a few years ago when I had gotten really sick and it was worth it. Now I live a modified version of that diet. On the original diet I couldn’t eat any wheat, kamut, or spelt, absolutely no dairy product whatsoever, no meat, nothing with sugar in it including alcohol, miso, soya sauce, Bragg, vinegar, processed foods, no bananas, oranges, mangoes or grapefruit, no broccoli, potatoes mushrooms or garlic and eeekkkk no coffee.

As I started introducing things back into my diet I finally found a balance of foods that allowed me to maintain my stomach health. On a regular basis I can eat: kamut, I eat all fruits and vegetables and legumes, I eat limited fish (salmon, mussels, Seawise prawns and scallops), I eat some but limited amounts of goat cheese (usually once or twice a week)  because if I eat too much it still affects me. I avoid all condiments especially things like ketchup and HP sauces which are full of sugar. I also avoid things like cookies, muffins and cakes because they tend to be packed with sugar.  I now eat Bragg, miso, mushrooms etc… the main thing I try and control is my dairy and sugar in-take. Throughout the year when I’m maintaining I will occasionally have things like a muffin or my mother-in-laws amazing veggie/rice noodle lasagna loaded with all kinds of cheese, and I also drink wine mostly on the weekends but I’m always striving to maintain some kind of balance in my diet.

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What a smart idea! Whole Foods First Ever Twitter Wine Tasting

I just read Mashable which listed Whole Foods along with Starbucks (History Channel and a few others as well) as being at the forefront of using social media to create conversation and drive sales. I LOVE this idea….and will be tweeting and tasting!

Whole Foods Market® unwraps its Top 10 Holiday Wines

AUSTIN, TX (Nov. 4, 2010) – ‘Tis the season to stock up on your favorite sparklers, winter whites and ripe reds to take the winter chill off without breaking the holiday budget. Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) has once again scoured the wine world to find some of the best wines for around $20 or less for its Top 10 Holiday Wines program.

Whole Foods Market invites shoppers and wine enthusiasts to taste and tweet some holiday cheer during its first-ever Twitter Tasting on Wednesday, November 17.  Starting at 7 p.m. EST, national wine buyers Doug Bell and Geof Ryan will taste six wines from the Top 10 Holiday Wine list, providing tasting notes and insights about the wineries and winemakers.  In addition, Whole Foods Market and Snooth.com are partnering to offer a contest to win a VIP trip to California wine country. Continue reading

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Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth

Well, this is an interesting book and certainly one that I could have used during my turbulent teens and twenties.  Geneen Roth is a former compulsive eater turned writer and mentor who explores the relationship women have with food.

Through explorations of her own journey as well as many of the women in her workshops she  not surprisingly discovers that people’s behaviours are often locked in the wounds of childhood.

The self-punishing and relentless cycle of binge eating represents the double-edged sword of momentary oblivion followed by self-hatred and recrimination. “If only I could be thin my life would be perfect.” “Once I get down to a size 10 everything will be good.” And while many will find themselves reaching these self-inflicted goals it’s often done in such an unhealthy way and without the true self-discovery needed that the cycle starts all over again.

Roth explores the idea that healthy weight loss isn’t about weight loss at all. It’s about untangling the emotional wounds of the past that prevent us from self-love . Learn to love yourself and everything else will follow seems to be the lesson from this book. Although Women, Food and God deals specifically with compulsive eating, I suspect that this book could appeal to anyone with addiction issues.

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