“If you’re gonna write, for God in heaven’s sake, try to get naked. Try to write the truth. Try to get underneath all the sham, all the excuses, all the lies that you’ve been told.”—Author and playwright Harry Crews, who died yesterday at 76. (via washingtonpoststyle)
You’ve heard me grump here about the “paleo-ification” of our favorite junk foods. I was amused to see the folks over at Whole 9 share my sentiments.
"Since the creation of our Whole30 program in April 2009, we’ve cautioned against the Paleo-ification of desserts and ‘junk food.’ In fact, this concept has been one of the cornerstones of the program, specifically requiring the elimination of Paleo brownies, pizza and pancakes for the duration of your Whole30.
On occasion, our position that Paleo-ified junk food is still junk food has made us unpopular. However, we know from experience that one of the fastest ways to negate the potential benefits of your Whole30 experience is to try to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Paleo mold.And when it comes to the psychological hold certain foods have over us, the whole (pancake) is far more than just the sum of the parts (ingredients).
Today, we’ll share our thoughts on why Paleo pancakes, pizza, cookies and ice cream are not everyday food, and why you shouldn’t try to recreate junk food with ‘approved’ ingredients during your Whole30.(If you’ve attended one of our Foundations of Nutrition workshops in the last year and a half, you’ve already heard this particular pitch.)
As we have so recently and publicly discussed, girls and women have ‘anger issues’ in that they are socialized to not demonstrate anger, but instead to sublimate it where it can sometimes then manifest itself as anxiety or depression.
Girls are not born less angry and more anxious, they’re rewarded for being less angry and more anxious.
So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that large groups of stressed out girls and women collectively facing the dissolution of a cohesive social structure might be more disposed to fall prey to mass psychosis.
It is arguable that men and boys experience similarly jarring episodes of anger and anxiety, and channelling mass psychosis, but we call it male aggression and fund military industrial complexes to deal with it.
“Eat Food. These days this is easier said than done, especially when seventeen thousand new products show up in the supermarket each year, all vying for your food dollar. But most of these items don’t deserve to be called food – I call them edible food-like substances. They’re highly processed concoctions designed by food scientists, consisting mostly of ingredients derived from corn and soy that no normal person keeps in the pantry, and they contain chemical additives with which the human body has not been long acquainted. Today much of the challenge of eating well comes down to choosing real food and avoiding these industrial novelties.”—Michael Pollan Food Rules -Food Rule 1 (via heartmindspirit)
We always want what we want even when we’re eating in restrictive ways, sure. However, I feel if you want something that “shouldn’t” be on the menu, you should have it, enjoy it, tackle all your mixed feelings about “cheating,” and go on with your eating and fitness life.
Needless to say, I’m a little uncomfortable with all the “paleo-friendly” bread and sweets recipes I see on the internet. I don’t think it should be about work-arounds and substitutes. Either eat the real thing or don’t.
Coconut sugar doesn’t actually come from a coconut! It is made from the sap of a coconut tree bud.
Pure coconut palm sugar is similar to brown sugar in both taste and appearance. It can be found in both solid and liquid forms and its consistency varies greatly between batches.
The composition of coconut sugar is approximately 3-9% each of glucose and fructose and 70-79% sucrose. Sucrose (sometimes referred to as ‘table sugar’) is a 50-50 blend of glucose and fructose. This is deceiving to many. The final numbers, when taking sucrose composition into consideration, shake out to 38-48.5% fructose – not much different than table sugar. High fructose corn syrup, by comparison, weighs in at 55% fructose.
Most of the coconut sugar on the shelves is not 100% pure, but rather a mixture of coconut sugar, white sugar and malt sugars.
The underlying conclusion: ‘Sugar is as sugar does.’ Coconut sugar is just another form of sweetener and should be treated as all other sweeteners. It is a treat food, not an everyday food.
Additionally, 100% pure coconut sugar is expensive and based on the breakdown it may not be worth the extra cost.”
Things are going swimmingly at the new place. I’m really enjoying being there, and I drag my heels when I have to leave it in the morning for work.
One of the things I haven’t figured out yet is where the writing goes.
Over the past 6 years, I would write in the morning when it was quiet, and I was alone. Now there’s lovely company over tea in the morning, and I often forget to even check my email until I get to work.
Happy problems, all.
As I get unpacked, things will configure and the writing time will be found.
“Women perform 66% of the world’s work, and produce 50% of the food, yet earn only 10% of the income and own 1% of the property.”—Former President Bill Clinton addressing the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (September 2009). More on these issues on the OECD’s Gendernet.