- Have you seen my new resources page? People are always asking me where to buy the products I use or recommend, and this page makes it easy. There are mostly real food links, but there are also a few different types of links. One company sells beautiful vacation rentals, and it's owned by Kimberly Hartke, a real food blogger!
- NOTE: The Zukay raw, fermented, probiotic salad dressing giveaway has closed (winner announced on Wednesday!), however, if you go back to the original Zukay giveaway post, you will find a link for 10% off!
- Are you going to the Weston A. Price 2009 Wise Traditions Conference? If so, I look forward to meeting you there – I’ve never been, but hear that it’s an amazing weekend of being surrounded with other like-minded food freaks! Here’s how you can win a free hotel room: REGISTER BY AUGUST 28, and you will be eligible for a complimentary regular room at the Renaissance Schaumburg, IL Hotel (near Chicago) for the three nights of the conference. Participants in the drawing must register and make full payment by August 28. The drawing will be held on September 1.
- Check out my other new post for today: How “Cowpooling” Saves Money!
- As I mentioned last week, I’ve been watching the carbs lately (sweets mostly, and bread and pasta for the time being), so this article was very interesting to me: Are Low Carb Diets Over-rated for Health & Longevity? (Check out my comment there and see if you agree.) I was surprised by the findings…until I thought about it for a minute. I hope you’ll let me know what you think here in the comments!
- Have a great week, reader friends! 🙂
Monday Morning Mix-Up 8/10/09
Oh yeah, and I most highly recommend reading Matt Stone’s blog (180degreehealth.blogspot.com) and joining his free member site (www.180degreehealth.com). The author quotes him. He’s amazingly well-researched and a very entertaining writer to boot.
This is a very good article, indeed. Thanks for sharing, Kelly! I have come to realize that a lot of what the author says is true. However, what we don’t always take into account is the lifestyle and level of stress of people like the Okinawans or Kitavans, as well as if their meals were balanced (which they likely were). Stress and/or unbalanced meals cause hormonal chaos, and over time a damaged metabolism. We’ve always heard that balance is important, but when it comes to your meals and snacks, it’s more crucial than you could possibly imagine. The commentor who wonders why a bowl of cereal w/skim milk makes him hypoglycemic in 1.5 hours (even though fructose is absent) needs to know that it’s not always WHAT you eat, but what you DON’T eat that can cause this. The LACK of fat and protein (and veggies) in that meal is what caused a blood sugar “crash.”
Anyway, I could go on…It’s all about The Schwarzbein Principle II, folks!
I’ve always tossed my sweet potato fries with coconut oil if I’m going to add ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc… Makes me think of holidays – minus the marshmallows 😉
And then I came across this recipe for chipotle sweet potatoes… OH MY HEAVENS. It’s fantastic. I think it originally came from Dreena Burton, but it goes (something) like this: toss sweet potato strips with olive oil, and chipotle sauce (to taste, although I think it’s great a little on the “hot” side!) until well coated, spread on parchment covered cookie sheet, and bake at 375-400 until done.
Organic and Thrifty says
That was a great post you linked to; very helpful for me as well as I sort out low-carb vs. “real food” in general. As one who has lots of Type II Diabetes in the family, I know I have to be very careful about carbs and what they do to me (I’m also allergic to wheat and VERY sensitive to cane sugar).
I think you made a great point in the comment section; and I also think it makes sense that vegetable carbs (including sweet potato) and fruits, while being higher in carbs, are a totally different “animal” than refined carbs or even hard-to-digest whole grain /cereal carbs.
I’ve tried making sweet potato fries in the oven with butter. They came out soggy.
I am gonna try them in my deep fryer using lard or tallow. I’ll also experiment with palm oil.
Local Nourishment says
One thing I noticed right off the bat is that processed grains and carbs are not differentiated from vegetable carbs in the article. Those being studied were “subsistence horticulturists.” That means they farm the food they eat themselves. Are they growing durum wheat and refining it for pasta? Unlikely. Are they stripping the nutrients from the grains they grow (if they do grow any) for use in light-colored breads? Are they using modern agricultural techniques (pesticide, herbicide, monoculture, exhausting the land) to grow their family’s food? And does the physical labor involved in farming one’s own food have an impact on how the carbohydrates are used in their systems?
“Are Low Carb Diets Over-rated for Health & Longevity?” is just another example of looking at experimental data with prejudice.
It should say bake not back – oops
You don’t have to twist my arm too hard! Although, Teena, I’d add 1/2 butter and 1/2 olive oil, or all butter…I looooove my butter… 🙂
How I make sweet potato fries:
Cut 2 sweet potatoes into french fry strips put in container with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Coat the potatoes and back in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
If anyone has a different recipe, I would like to try something different.
After reading that post about the thin and lean Kitavans and their diet rich in sweet potatoes, I have 3 words for you:
SWEET POTATO FRIES
You also may want to start smoking, since the Kitavans “smoked like chimenys”.
Not kidding about the fries, though. 😀