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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Diet Savvy - The Mayo Clinic Diet Sucks

If you're like me, you have reason to be concerned about your weight.  I decided to read up on as many diets as possible to see where these diets fail and where they work.  I can' help but notice that there is an inherent prejudice toward dieters.  We are fat because of specific reasons, according to the Mayo Clinic diet.  And if you don't fit those reasons, I'm wondering if you can actually be helped by this diet.  I got totally stuck at the opening quiz because I could not answer that ANY of these were my problem:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Daredevil doesn't have much Hell in the Hell's Kitchen of 2015

In case any of you watched the recent release of Daredevil on Netflix, it was pretty fun.  But there are some historical (and even social) context issues that were bothering myself and another blogger.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For girls who pine for archaic courting times

Things were so much better 100 years ago.  Women were courted with respect, right?  Well, maybe not.  And maybe naughty.  Relationships were sometimes much the same as they are today - confusing as heck.  And sometimes, even men from what we all imagine were simpler and more pure times would definitely not live up to your expectations.  Even then, there were plenty of dude who just wanted to take advantage.  As you already know, I'm not against going out with a guy in PUBLIC to see what he's about.  If he makes reference to the kinds of things on these cards, ditch him fast.

James L. Gallas, Kissing Rogue

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Do you need an aquaintance card?

Before Facebook, online dating, and even before those dark times of Friendster, how on earth did people meet?  Why, with the acquaintance card.  It's just like the old classroom note, "Do you like me?  Circle YES/No."  But this is better.  Perhaps it might go over well at church.  Of course, I found that at church, men were afraid to ask a woman out unless god gave them a sign that they ought to be married instead of just going out for the heck of it and having a nice conversation with no strings.

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Hey Missouri, since when are steak and seafood so fancy?

This is what happens when a bunch of dudes who don't do the shopping for their families make the decisions about what people can and can't buy.  In Missuori, lawmakers seek to ban the purchase of "cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak."

My question is quite simple... since when are steak and seafood "luxury" items?  1 lb of hamburger goes for about $5.99 per pound and some cuts of beef cost about that.  Buy that meat in a family pack and its even less.  If you want a leaner meat, you're going to pay a higher price.  If you've been shopping lately, you know this.  And hamburger has many opportunities to be tainted at some point in processing.  In other words, it's not very good for you. So, what steak do we mean?  Just filet mignon?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Can you "Live Below The Line" on $1.50 per day?

Recently there has been a lot of attention directed at food stamps and food stamp recipients. Mostly, people are concerned about the abuse of government benefits.  But the world poverty line is even lower than you'd expect.  Many people only have $1.50 a day to spend on food.  April 27 to May 1 many people will try to do just that.  Live on $1.50 per day through the Live Below The Line Challenge.  You can also choose to donate to groups such as Heifer International, The Hunger Project, and Poverty International.  The kids at my church put money in a piggy bank so they can sponsor a poor beast for Heifer International.

Personally, I think this is better than the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Anyone can dump a bucket of ice over their heads.  ALS is a rare disease.  World hunger is more universal.  I think I might actually just go ahead with a donation.  Commit to the plan with friends so you can pool our resources.  It always goes a little farther that way.  Unfortunately, there's just the two of us, so we get $15. 

Some ideas:

Ramen noodle diet:
I can't use this option because I think I might be undiagnosed with Celiac disease considering the amount of problems I've had from eating wheat products.  If you search around, you can get Ramen noodles for as low as 25 cents each.  You can buy a dozen eggs to add some protein, cabbage for some vitamins, and some Sriracha rooster sauce for flavor.  This actually can get expensive and the high salt content is not very good for you.

Lotsa Pasta
Similar to the Ramen noodle diet, you can buy plenty of pasta for relatively little coin and get multiple servings.  However, if you are restricted from eating wheat products, this is not for you.

Tacos Mexico plan:
$5       1 family pack of chicken drumsticks (usually $1 a pound for conventionally raised caged fowl.)
$2       Family pack of tortillas (Less if we made from scratch.)
$2       Brown rice
$1       Farmer's market cabbage

$1.50  Farmer's Market carrots (ditto)
$1       Spices from home, jalapenos, garlic
$1       3 Onions
$1.50 soft tomatoes (cheaper at the Farmer's market

Unfortunately, the stuff I was trying to grow will not be ready for the challenge.  This would not necessarily save costs, since you are supposed to account for any expenses, such as water. You can use things you already have, but you have to account for their costs.  In a way, this isn't fair. If you buy some bulk pack at Costco, you are not going to have the same costs per pound.  Since my current family is only 2 people, I can't justify bulk purchasing on that level.

The smaller your "group" the harder this is.  If you have a large family, you can buy more food to distribute with a greater number of people, hence the cost per person goes down dramatically.  This makes the food stamp challenge alot more realistic.

Actually, I think I might need to give more thought to the diet for this week...  I'm obsessed with what I'm going to eat and if I really want my meals to be those things for an entire week. I'm also very concerned about sustainable and ethical sourcing.  Once I go with the $1 a pound chicken, I'm sure I'm taking a step down from free range and organic.

Anyone else thinking about this?  Drop me a comment.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The mysterious beer hangover and why I went gluten free

Go gluten free?  You're joking right????   Let me explain....

I recall complaining to a friend that I felt really hung over after having only one beer.  The response?  It was what you'd expect.  "Sure you only had one beer."  There was no point to insisting.  One beer does not equate with a hangover for the majority of people.  I had a mystery on my hands, and I didn't even know it.  I learned to stop complaining about these mystifying beer hangovers.  If people weren't going to believe me, there was no point in talking about it.