Natural flavor of beaver butt and Let’s fight the good fight.

Food babe is hilarious here.  I almost fell off my chair, so this is a must share.

I never thought I would become as involved in my diet as I am currently.  I’m typically a carefree person and do not get too restrictive on much of everyday life.  Nothing is ever black and white so it seems like an easy choice to hang in the grey area.  The obesity and health issues related to food are so overwhelmingly clear that it’s hard to continue to stay on the sidelines.  It’s incredibly disappointing to realize the leaders in our nutritional industries are dropping the ball.  We have put trusts in our government and big corporation for too long and they are again neglecting our wellbeing for their own capital success. (Sadly, this isn’t something new and it will continue to happen.) There’s no reason to add chemicals or gmo materials into your body. The food producers use these chemicals and additives to increase shelf-life, to increase production and  to make bigger, fatter, heavier (in turn unhealthier) animals/vegetables.  They do it simply to make more profit. No regards to what it will do to the people who eat this stuff.  (Do you think they eat it?)

Let’s affect change and let’s do it together – (very easy and minimal effort on our part)
If all of us just take little steps to pay attention and ask questions, we can little by little correct our misguided thoughts that were fed to us about health and nutrition.  I am not much of an activist but I believe that “little hinges swing big doors”.  I join this fight by constantly looking at labels and ingredients of the products and produces I buy.  Although it’s a little more expensive, I tried to buy organic, grass-fed or local.  It is certainly not at 100%, maybe closer 75% but every little bit counts.  The takeaway here, the call to action is simply to buy organic or buy from smaller companies/farms who pay attention to quality over quantity.  There are sooo many benefits but I will only talk about the most important one because it counts the most. You It’s good for your own body, your own health.  It’s the easiest way to show yourself some tlc.  We eat day in and day out.  We eat 3 times a day.  We eat more often, in small portion control.  It’s not something we can ever stop so it needs to be paid attention to.

Now if we all do it, our food suppliers will have to take notice and make adjustments to accommodate our demands. It will be the “little hinge that swing big doors”.  It’s the small 20% of the 80% in Pareto’s law that can make the difference here.  This is the power we have.  We have the money in our hands.  We have the demand.  We are the customers and we are always right.  Demand better for ourselves.  We deserve it.

PS. I sure hope you like this post, it’s one i’m really passionate about.

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eat kimchi, kimchee

its yummi, yummee

Ever since I incorporated kimchi into my scd for added digestive health, I’ve been toying with the idea of making it myself.  The pain of lugging gigantic jars of fermented vegetables on public transportation where people give you dirty looks was wearing me thin.  My arms thanks me and so does the general public.  With ingredients like garlic, ginger, onions, peppers, there are undoubtedly amazing benefits.

~So many superfoods, but only so many meals in the day

Here’s my recipe:

  • 1 napa cabbage
  • 1/2 c kosher salt (i like diamond brand)
  • water (about 12 c)
  • 2-4 stems scallions, cut into 1 inch
  • 2-4 stems cilantro, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onions
  • 1/4 c red pepper powder***
  • 1/4 c fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar (optional(i use organic cane))

Brine

  1. Wash and cut your napa cabbage into squares.
  2. In a large mixing bowl (you might need 2), dissolved salt with water.
  3. Soak cabbage in the salt water mix for about 8-12hrs in room temperature.

Combine

  1. Mix the rest of the ingredients together.
  2. Add cabbage and mix  (use spatula or heavy gloves***)
  3. Store in airtight container in room temperature until desired taste then move into fridge and enjoy!

The down side here is the brine and fermentation time, but test your patience and you will be rewarded with amazing homemade kimchi!

***(Updated 9/12/13) – Please read this cautionary advice

Hot yoga, Smelly towels no more!

I really love hot yoga.  I began going in conjuncture with my marathon training because it was the only thing that kept my knee and ankle pain away (really helps strengthen joint muscles when done on regular basis).  Also with continuous sessions, I’d feel calm, relaxed, taller even.  I’d have better posture. I’d eat healthier to have better sessions.  My lungs capacity greatly improved.  The problem was the better I felt, the smellier I became…my gear that is.

Recently, I decided to go back.  I missed it but of course, my towels are stinktified again!

This time I fought back.  Here’s how… Vinegar BABY~

1. Put your smellies into the washer with reeeeally HOT HOT water and 1-2 Cups of Vinegar BABY!  Wash.
2. Wash again regularly as you normally would a second round with detergent and make sure to dry completely.

So easy, I wish I wasn’t so lazy with googling the first time around.  I hope this post helps someone.

Jonesing for attention? Want to look badass? Drink Black Water

What?! Crazy people coming up with stuff to sell.
I kinda like it tho.

I know, I know.  I fall for gimmicks.  I can’t help it.  The way I see it, if i have the bean$ and it’s good for you and it’s purrty and it makes me happy. i do what i want.
I love to look good while doing stuff that – one,  is good for you. two, something i have to do anyway.  multitask. Think about fashion or Apple’s entire concept.  It’s how the world works.  You think that ugly* outfit that person put on wasn’t a choice??  of course it is.  freedom of expression.  don’t hold yourself down.  you do what you want.

BLK water – i certainly wont live off it but hell yes i’m going to try it.

Here’s what they tout:
1. Alkaline Ph
2. Mineral ladened
3. Electrolytes
4. Zero calories
5. Taste like water
6. Looks badass! (ok, this last one was from me)

Images from blk.beverages and khaleejesque

*remember kiddies, ugly is just a word and it’s subjective.  use it cautiously and wisely.

a little back story and a video not-for-vegetarian eyes

I’m remember hearing my grandma or dad hacking away at chickens when I was young, with nasty salmonella juices flying all over the place. I thank the heavens, when I had to feed myself in college, the meat came in nicely packaged trays, all plucked, skinned, and deboned. I thought then my life will always be perfectly packaged. With everything delivered to you in pretty little containers, by men in neatly dressed uniforms with properly advertised vehicles. The future is here. You never have to leave the door except for natural sun. Then why do I feel lacking not knowing how to do any of the basics?

I was lucky enough to spent a few months this year with my grandma back in rural Malaysia. We woke up before 6am every morning and tend to the gardens among other things. She had moved into a new place and already have a 3 month old garden on its way. There was already a variety of sprouting vegetables I didn’t know of. Additionally there was papayas, mangoes, lemons, dragon fruits, limes, eggplants, peppers, sweet potatoes, and so much more. It was just incredible. By the end of my stay, we had enough to eat off our own harvest. Each time I discovered a budding vegetable or fruit, it was pure delight. Like when I discovered the soft fiber-y spinach-like vegetables we have been eating are actually leaves of sweet potato root! She calls it Ubi in Malay. I mean, seriously, every misadventure was fantastical, from having to defend the crops from creepy furry munching caterpillars, to shooing birds eyeing our mango buds, to chasing away actual toads! (I still can’t fathom, for the life of me, where a toad would appear from since we are not near any water.) Each time we conquered, my grandma would look at me like a yuppie city dork. These are moments you never think you’d cherish, especially not living here in nyc. Who knew that the other day when I was tending my very first inspired herb garden, I would find a familiar sight of stems devoid of its parsley leaves, and uncover a tiny black caterpillar with yellow decors. I still clumsily and squirmingly managed to defend my herbs. It was a small victory but it felt so full and so warm. More importantly, it led me to think of my Ah Ma half way around the world just about to turn in for the night.

— And so this is how I came to appreciate a video like this below.
Daniel Salatin from Polyface shows how to part a chicken. It’s really a thing of beauty. That’s a hot man.

*I’m considering posting some pictures of my Ah Ma’s garden but seeing as I hardly get any views i don’t see the point —
perhaps a little sign of life in forms of say about 10 comments might inspire me.

Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?

Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around?

I am guilty of judging people based on their weight.  It’s incredibly daunting for me as I’m not a very empathetic person, to wrap my head about it.  I think a lot about it recently because it upsets me to think about my parents and their health and the choices they make concerning food.   I truly believe that your health is primarily based on the food you eat and it’s a choice you make.   As difficult as it is to control, it’s equally difficult to remain diligent too.  I get judged all the time.  When I say that I am watching my diet, I get haters looking at my small, petite frame questioning why I am.   I am thin because I work hard at it.  I fucking love bagels and croissants and ice creaming.  Yes ice creaming is the best activity ever!  But like everything else you cant do it everyday, especially 3x a day.  i feel bad if i am offending people.  i get offended when im hated on if i dont eat that cheesecake or cupcake.  i much prefer pies and pastries and pasta and rice, then i get my ass to zumba to work it off.  i eat my spinach and i drink my water and i lay off drugs and i try to limit alcohol and cigs to a handful a year.  It’s a hard fucking balance so lay off me and i’ll lay off you.  let’s fight this fight together.  i totally meant to talk about starting an organic, small farm movement but i completely went off course.  im tired and hungry. im going to take my fish oil pill and go to sleep now. good night.