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text 2018-08-30 21:37
Free recipe book and a sweepstakes
Best In Class: Back to School Recipes - Steven A. Eggland

See http://egglandsbest.com/bestinclass for details and download link.

 

Do not have to enter sweepstakes or subscribe to anything to get the free ebook (PDF format).  

 

Download booklet here. (if "here" doesn't work, that's:  http://www.quadfamilyeggland.com/pdf/recipe.pdf )

 

 

Source: egglandsbest.com/bestinclass
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review 2018-07-05 17:22
The Good Gut / Justin and Erica Sonnenburg
The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health - Erica Sonnenburg,Justin Sonnenburg,Andrew Weil

Finally, a book about the gut microbiome that actually offers constructive advice! This is what I’ve been searching for, even if I am a bit disappointed with the authors’ recommendations.


First off, there are things that affect your microbiome that you cannot change—if you were born by C-section or weren’t breastfed, there’s nothing that you can about it. Neither can you change the amount of antibiotics that you took as a child.

There are three things that you can do from this moment on, however. First, don’t rush off to your doctor and demand antibiotics for every little thing. Every time you take them, there is nuclear winter for the good microbes in your gut, leaving space for pathogens to muscle in and make you sick. There are times that you will need antibiotics—save your exposures for those time. (Having recently struggled with a nasty skin infection, cellulitis, which made me very feverish and scared, I am very thankful for antibiotics).

The second thing is that we have developed the idea that ultra-clean is ultra-good. Not necessarily so, say the authors. Accept a bit of dirt back into your life. Dig in the garden, get a bit of dirt under your fingernails, pet your dog or cat, don’t stress too much about washing. Of course, clean up to make yourself comfortable and always wash your hands after toilet visits, but your kitchen does not have to have the same level of clean as an operating room. You can benefit by challenging your immune system via the gut and maybe acquire some useful microfauna in the process.

Thirdly, we are starving our good gut microbes. They need the fibre from foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains. Lots of it. Also keep in mind that our microbiome is a pharmaceutical factory, producing molecules that can affect our lives in unexpected ways. Too much meat favours microbes that produce a cancer causing substance. Finally the whole “eat less meat” message makes more sense to me, although it makes it no easier to follow. Moving away from simple carbohydrates can also be challenging, especially because we enjoy them so much, but they feed the wrong bacteria.

I find this kind of book very inspirational. It’s difficult to change life-long bad habits, but I’m always re-inspired after reading about current research and its ramifications. So I made a happy trip to the farmers’ market last night to buy cherries, raspberries and carrots and I plan to feed the beneficial bacteria as well as I can.

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text 2018-06-28 16:23
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 320 pages.
The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health - Erica Sonnenburg,Justin Sonnenburg,Andrew Weil

 

Advice that I've gleaned so far:

 

Throw away your hand sanitizer and (outside cold & flu season) maybe don't wash your hands quite so fanatically.

 

Spend some time digging in dirt.  Maybe let some of it stay under your fingernails for a while.

 

If you have the desire, get yourself a pet.  Once again, don't worry about hand washing after touching them quite so much.

 

Much to my delight, don't get too bent out of shape about house cleaning.  A bit of dirt is a good thing.

 

Eat lots of foods that will nourish your inner microbial garden:  fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains.  You know, that stuff that every book tells you to eat.

 

We are too clean and we eat too much junk.

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text 2018-06-27 14:54
Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 320 pages.
The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health - Erica Sonnenburg,Justin Sonnenburg,Andrew Weil

 

Finally, a book about gut bacteria that may have some practical advice!  I've been reading books like this one for years, looking for guidance.

 

Crossing my fingers that the advice will be useful when I get to it.

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text 2017-12-30 11:40
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 3 - St. Martin's Day - and Square 15 - Newtonmas

Tasks for St. Martin’s Day: Write a Mother Goose-style rhyme or a limerick; the funnier the better. –OR– Take a picture of the book you’re currently reading, next to a glass of wine, or the drink of your choice, with or without a fire in the background.

 

Tasks for Newtonmas: Take a moment to appreciate gravity and the laws of motion. If there’s snow outside, have a snowball fight with a friend or a member of your family. –OR– Take some time out to enjoy the alchemical goodness of a hot toddy or chocolate or any drink that relies on basic chemistry/alchemy (coffee with cream or sugar / tea with milk or sugar or lemon, etc.). Post a picture of your libations and the recipe if it’s unique and you’re ok with sharing it.

 

I decided to combine these two into one for a late candlelight breakfast this morning:

 

 

 

The drink is white hot chocolate; a gift from my BFF from our trip to London back in June.  Basically, it just calls for the white chocolate powder to be mixed into hot milk ... my mom, however, had the brilliant of very alchemically correct idea of adding a pinch of ground (or instant) coffee.

 

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