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Happy New Year! I left you with an admonishment to indulge yourself, emotionally and culinarily, and I hope you did. Now, here we are eight days into 2017 and many of us are making resolutions how this year will be different. Often our resolutions are about not indulging ourselves so much – no chocolate, no sugar, no wine, no overdosing on plate shopping (okay, that one’s probably uniquely mine). I’ve always thought that these negative resolutions aren’t ideal. This year, I’m going positive. Here’s my list:
- Be reflective
- Be curious
- Be recipe making
- Be resolute
They say that stating your resolutions frequently and out loud correlates with how likely you are to achieve them. I have no idea if this is one of those oft-repeated but false ideas, but I see the logic in it – you’re more likely to accomplish something that you have on your mind so much that you’re talking about it regularly. So this is my public declaration and I hope you’ll stick around to see how I do with them.
Item #1, be reflective, is a reminder to myself to get going on those “food for thought essays” I’ve been advertising on the front page of this site.
In keeping with items 2 and 4 on my list, I have all sorts of new things I want to try in 2017. In no particular order, it includes working on some fermentation projects (kombucha, kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut), cooking the sous vide way, making homemade jello and ice cream, trying different grains (spelt, amaranth, teff), and adding some new diet types to my repertoire, including those that conform to the microbiome diet, and also the Low FODMAP diet.
I’ve been reading a lot about the microbiome. Your microbiota is the collection of microbes — and there are trillions of them — that live on you, and in you, primarily in your large intestine. Every microbe species has its own genetic code. The microbiome is the term used to describe all of the genes encoded within all of your microbes. In a sense, this is your second genome, the first being the human genome that contains all of the genetic instructions that make you, you.
Although sciences’ understanding of the microbiome is far from complete, researchers have identified multiple aspects that impact our well-being. What you eat isn’t necessarily digested by you, in terms of the genetic material that is you. Certain types of nutrients, notably fibre, are digested by a whole other creature, a universe of them in fact, who interact symbiotically with their host – that’s you and me, my friend! And what these organisms do with your lunch might come as a surprise. So look back here for more on that in the near future, where among other topics, I’ll explain the connection between the microbiota and the tropical-mix jellybeans pictured below.
5 Veggie Juices for #trumpageddon
I’m Canadian but I think it’s fair to say that people all over the world have some level of anticipation about Trump’s upcoming inauguration. If Donald’s move to the White House is priming your fight or flight response, get your internal systems into peak performance with a 5 day veggie juice for breakfast regime.
Day 2: Beet, Blueberry and Tarragon
Day 5: Poison-Green Skull Smoothie (Spinach, Green Apple, Kiwi, Lime, and Lemongrass)
Bonus – Day 6: Poison-Green Skull Margarita
PSS – This post came in like a lamb – all pink and soft and fluffy, but it’s definitely going out on a harder note. Foreshadowing for the year ahead?