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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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.