Wow, what a week! I've read every single one of the many comments from all of you awesome reader friends who were willing to share your thoughts and advice with me on homeschooling, and I've started making some curriculum decisions. As I said in my post last week, I didn't want this topic to take over my health and nutrition blog, so if you're interested, read my plan for not letting that happen (also find links to my homeschooling articles so far listed there). I really don't want to start another blog, but wow, the way my mind is going nonstop and with all the great information I'm coming across, I may have to! What I'd really like to do is to find a way to have two separate feeds for my Kitchen Kop blog. One for those who really could care less about anything to do with homeschooling, and another feed for those who are interested. I'll keep it how I've got it set up now for the time being…
I've been enjoying the beginning of farm market season! I set my alarm to get downtown early before it's too busy and as I walk through on the warm summer morning saying hi to the vendors, putting this or that into my basket, thinking of the coffee, eggs and bacon Kent has going at home, I almost have to pinch myself because I know that I'm living the dream.
- Guess what? My friend Alex wrote a book! From all the reviews I've read so far, it is phenomenal: Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen. If you and enough others buy it from Amazon on the same day, today, it will show up on their best-sellers list and more people will see it. (I'm buying mine today.) THANK YOU!
- If you want to CRACK UP, check out these posts where Ann Marie shared some belly-laugh videos: Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say, Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say Part 2, Sh*t Crunchy Dads Say.
- Speaking of Ann Marie, listen to this interesting interview with her that I heard recently. “The more educated you become, the more outrageous you become.” So true! Some of what was discussed included how she began blogging, the 80/20 rule of eating, the many diets Weston A. Price discovered on his travels, antibiotics and gut flora, healthy travel foods, and loads more! (p.s. I love this picture of her, don't you?)
- A few different people sent me links to articles by this heart surgeon, Dr. Dwight Lundell, and check out the kind of stuff he is saying: “There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them. One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef. Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labeled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.” Yes, a HEART SURGEON said all that! Read the full article here.
- Don't forget you have until late Tuesday to enter to win this Mini Food Processor!
- Thank you Bob, who sent me this article, Walmart is No Savior. Read an excerpt: “Of the 40,000 food items in a typical U.S. grocery store, more than half are now brought to us by just 10 corporations. Today, three companies process more than 70 percent of all U.S. beef, Tyson, Cargill and JBS. More than 90 percent of soybean seeds and 80 percent of corn seeds used in the United States are sold by just one company: Monsanto. Four companies are responsible for up to 90 percent of the global trade in grain. And one in four food dollars is spent at Walmart.” One more: “But a recent study published in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society suggests that communities that invite Walmart in may be making a devil’s bargain. The study found strong evidence that communities that rely on big box retailers — and large corporate employers in general — are less healthy and have higher rates of obesity and diabetes than those that don’t.” Let me know what you think?
- I’ll see you here later this week for Real Food Wednesday! (Did you know that participating is a great way to get more traffic to your blog OR to learn more about Real Food and get some great new recipes, too?!)