The hardest thing about writing -- well, the hardest thing about writing is getting one's act together to sit down and do it. Or, as the old joke goes, the hardest part of writing is application -- applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. And now that we all write on internet-connected computers instead of typewriters (Children, a typewriter was an abysmally stupid word processor with no cut-and-paste, no "undo," no delete, and no multiple copy capability.
My head is about to explode. Today, at the American Heart Association conference, a panel from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will be recommending cholesterol testing for children as young as 9. The reason? Screening more than 20,000 fifth graders turned up a bunch of undiagnosed cases of high cholesterol. Since high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease -- more on this in a moment -- obviously we have to catch this early! We have to intervene! We have to do it for the chiiiilllldreeeen!
Schlepped across town to Aldi today, because I had a wallet full of cash. I was only going to "buy a few things," but of course wound up spending $100 -- three cases of sparkling water, three cans of coffee, five cartons of cottage cheese, 3 quarts of half and half, 6 blocks of cheese, etc. They don't call it "the stock-up store" for nothing.
I wrote this a couple of weeks ago for CarbSmart. Thought I should publish it here, too, plus an update, to let you know how this is going:
Well, isn't this interesting.
I have long recommended, among other low carb Halloween survival strategies, laying in a supply of sugar-free candy to help deter sugar binges. So when I got an email from a Tracy Linden, asking if she could write an article for the blog about sugar-free candy, I figured, heck, why not?
I just wrote this incredibly long post on an Adult ADD/ADHD forum on Facebook, and it struck me it might make a good blog post, too, so here it is. The background is a discussion of gluten-free diets and other dietary approaches to overcoming ADD/ADHD.
... I was citing the fact that I was not breast fed for long as evidence that I've been this way since birth, not suggesting that the lack of breast feeding caused the problem. Again, I wasn't breastfed because my mother couldn't get me to hold still long enough -- I wanted to be looking around. Highly distractable since birth.
This is what I had for supper tonight, though I only made a single serving, using a pan-seared chicken breast, and I shredded my own cabbage -- 1/4 head. Oh, and I didn't have sesame seeds. Still unbelievably tasty.
Reprinted by permission from 300 15 Minute Low Carb Recipes
by Dana Carpender copyright 2011 Fair Winds Press.
Vietnamese Chicken Salad
Those of us who eat low carb, the exploding ranks of paleo dieters, and the rapidly growing intersection of the two, all base our claims, to one degree or another, on the idea that we can improve our health by getting closer to the hereditary or evolutionary diet of human kind. We know, for instance, that grains are inessential, because they weren't anything but a trace part of the human diet up until the Agricultural Revolution about 10,000 years ago.
On my trip through the KFC ingredients page, I found the ingredients for their popcorn chicken. The first ingredient? Diced chicken breast meat fritters with rib meat. In other words, their popcorn chicken is not made from whole cuts of chicken breast, but from chopped up and reformed chicken. Sounding more and more like a nugget to me.
I just called KFC customer service -- I'm sorry, that's "customer satisfaction" -- and told them that while their grilled chicken is low carb, and quite tasty, that more and more of the low carb community is going gluten free, and they're acing themselves out of a big chunk of their potential market for an ingredient that doesn't really even need to be in the recipe. Emphasized that I have a pretty high profile in the community, and had let my readership know that the grilled chicken contains wheat -- and that if they took it out of the recipe, I'd be happy to announce that, as well.
Really Truly Chicken Noodle Soup
9 cups chicken broth
1 medium carrot
2 medium celery ribs
1/2 medium onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon concentrate
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 packet tofu shirataki, fettucini width
salt and pepper
Go ahead, tell me I watch too much television. Hey, I have it on in the kitchen while I'm cooking. And loading the dishwasher. And unloading the dishwasher. Etc. So if you want the recipes, I'm going to keep watching the SVU reruns.
Anyway, two new food ads pinging my BS meter:
Creamy, Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
1/2 medium onion, diced fine
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cauliflower head (Mine was a big one; if you can only get little ones you might want to use a whole head.)
1 cup half and half
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt or Vege-Sal and pepper -- to taste
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
guar or xanthan
Well, this is interesting:
I have had a lot of trouble with sleep the past few months. I have a sleep disorder, common to those of us with ADHD, called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. What this means is that my body messes up night versus day, and my cortisol -- stress hormone -- levels start rising at bed time, instead of falling, telling my body that it's morning, and time to wake up. Sometimes it's pretty well controlled, other times I have trouble sleeping for weeks, even months, on end.
Ever wonder about the roots of the whole "Don't eat meat, eat lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, caffeine and alcohol are evil" ethos? Take a look at this excerpt from Chapter 11 of Plain Facts for Old and Young by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. Yes, that Kellogg, the guy who invented the corn flake.