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They Punctured My Yolk

I haven’t been feeling very smurfy lately. I won’t bring you down with the details but I have decided that it is time to go on an extreme health kick. So for the month of September I am going to be cooking a lot out of Jae Steele’s “Get it Ripe” and focusing on unprocessed foods. My plan is to make big pots of dried beans, a pot of whole grains and then eat them with vegetables throughout the week since I haven’t really felt up to cooking.

The first thing I made was the Cannellini and Kale Soup. Basically, you puree 3 cups of beans and sage and mix the pureed beans with whole beans cooked in garlic and then add some Kale. It was really good and we both liked it. The weird thing about cooking Ms. Steele’s recipes is that I read on her blog that she can be serious about people following recipes exactly. Measuring out 5 cups of chopped Kale is kind a time suck (especially since it turned out I had chopped exactly 5 cups anyway because I have gotten really good at that). Nonetheless I feel compelled to follow the directions specifically because that is what she wants me to do. Isn’t that silly? I felt like I didn’t even deserve a compliment for the soup since I hadn’t really made it any differently than a robot would have. God I wish I had a robot.  I could just hand the recipe to it and it would make whatever I wanted. Today I think I would make it cook me this tofu ceviche from Top Chef. And I would have it speak with a cockney accent. And it would sing “Can I Borrow a Feeling” when I am feeling low.

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Kombucha – Mushroom Tea

When you think of mushrooms maybe you think of this

or this

but probably not I don’t know what you think about really, I sometimes think of my friend Sandra. She had two neighbors in Olympia named Bryan and Ryan. They were best friends and they had names that rhymed and those boys loved their mushrooms.

Like a lot of people that went to the Evergreen State College these young men studied the many endless variety of mushrooms that can be found in the rainy state of Washington. In retrospect, I wish that I too had gotten into mushroom hunting, but I was too busy doing important stuff like making movies and watching Twin Peaks to be bothered with survivalist life skills. These classes, also, always seemed to involve drum circles so I passed and am trying to get caught up now.

A long tangent to get to the matter at hand: Kombucha tea which is probably not even a mushroom as Sleepy Smurf and I have been debating this morning as we drank our Buddhas Brew here in Austin Texas. I recently went to a talk  with a mushroom expert and I was sure that he said Kombucha was a mushroom. Sleepy is sure that it is not since it is a yeast but I think that the mushroom expert said yeasts and mushrooms are the same. Bryan and Ryan would know for sure but it really doesn’t matter (Evergreen says it is not a mushroom). People in both Russia and China call it Mushroom tea and have been drinking it since ancient times for its healing properties.

It is a relatively new phenomenon in the US. I first tried it a few years ago when I was trying to do an all raw diet but I really didn’t like the flavor. It had a strong vinegary taste. Since then I have tried it off and on. I learned that Kombucha can be really good for your digestive tract, this is something that I have always struggled with and when I learned that Kombucha could grow good bacteria in my system I became intrigued. I later learned that people think it has all sorts of healing properties, from fighting cancer to warding off infections people think it is great for everything but I couldn’t get over my taste issues. Lucky for me, I gave it another shot the other day at the Live Oak Market and discovered what I friend I have in Blueberry Buddha’s Brew. It made my stomach feel immediately better and I am pretty sure that I grew a couple of inches. Really, I felt like my whole system was fortified with goodness. The effects were immediate and totally unexpected. Buddha’s Brew touts the tea as a “Daily Elixir of Health” so I have been trying to drink one every day. I recently discovered that I can buy a whole case of the blueberry and the grape (my favorite flavors) at the Farmer’s Market at a great price so hooray! And it is brewed right here in South Austin. I read on Addie’s blog that she had recently learned to brew her own and following these instructions I think I might try it soon. Until then I am stoked that I can get Buddha’s Brew at the Live Oak Market, the People’s Pharmacy, the Whip In, and Thom’s Market. I love when convenience stores are actually convenient!

High Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

Have you seen those pro high-fructose corn syrup adds? They really make me laugh because the prey on people’s stupidity in a very direct way. This is how the pretty much go:

Person 1: I can’t eat that, it has high-fructose corn syrup

Person 2: Well what’s a matter with that?

Person 1: (gives confused look)

Person 2: Its made from corn and has the same calories as sugar

Person 1: wow! I don’t know what is going on!

me screaming at the TV: Sugar is bad for you too! The only thing worse than white sugar is corn syrup! Calories aren’t the only thing that matters you *&*%#$@!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVsgXPt564Q

toxic-sodaFirst, the corn used isn’t some terrific whole food that we have all forgotten about, it is, in fact, one of the most genetically mutated crops that completely poisons the land, the farm animals that have to eat it, and people that eat anything that has been processed. In fact if you are unclear about what “processed” really refers to the phrase “made with corn” can easily replace “processed” in most cases. The corn used to make syrup isn’t the same as the sweet corn that we eat it the summer. It is a vile inedible mutant that most ingest every day.

Next, the process that they use to turn the already genetically modified corn into syrup has dramatic effects on how we then digest the syrup. It doesn’t digest in your body the same way that the sugars in fruit digest. Research has shown that high-fructose corn syrup goes directly to the liver, releasing enzymes that are told to store it as fat. This may elevate triglyceride (fat in blood) levels and elevate cholesterol levels. I don’t think it is any surprise that obesity levels started to rise at the same time as the introduction of HFCS into all foods in the 70s.

So now we find in today’s Washington Post the HFCS just got a little bit worse, that’s right folks, it also has Mercury in it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601831.html?

Mercury poisoning, though, only effects your nervous system and who really needs that when you think about it.