I’m starting off the new year with a diet. I want to set myself up for success, so I will not make this an all or nothing plan. I will start with 30 days and if I have a slip up so be it. Yoni Freedhoff says slip ups happen so I will accept that it will happen and move on. After 30 days I will assess my progress and decide what the next step is.
My diet is about social media. I don’t think I consume it in a healthy way. I spend an excessive amount of time on social media. Since I did not have it growing up, it is a novelty that I cannot get enough of, kind of like junk food for some people.
I long for those days of simplicity with paper and productivity. I remember fondly writing little notes in class and passing them to my BFF known then as my best friend. I remember hours of phone conversations instead of endless digital chats. When I wanted to learn something new, I would get a book on the subject or read an article in a journal. Now I just scroll through my Facebook feed and click on the many links to learn about stuff I don’t really need to know.
One of the problems has become too much information. I can’t take it all in. Too much of anything is unhealthy. Too much food, even good food, is not healthy. Eat less, is the message top nutrition scientists have been saying for years. I am going to implement this same advice for social media consumption.
My high school buddy Dr. Tanny is also dieting. He proposed the idea and it was just the impetus I was looking for to stop the insanity of Facebooking. Partnering up with someone who has the same goals is motivating and fun. Exercising with someone helps with accountability and reduces the chance of missing a workout.
We will see how far we get and what positive experiences stem from this approach to reducing the consumption of social media. Dr. Tanny will wean himself off slowly by ranting on twitter. I will relax on Pinterest for now.
When I was working in public home care, I used to visit a lot of seniors. Sadly, many of them had some form of mild to severe dementia. At one of my home visits, a family member of one of my clients asked me if coconut oil was good for improving the memory of those with Alzheimer’s. I told them I never heard about that. I went back to my office and I did a bit of googling and found that there were in fact studies being done on this. Researchers where looking at the fatty acids in the oil to see of they had any effect.
I met a few other families that had heard about this and were cooking with coconut oil and telling me that it was helping their loved ones. Who was I to tell them there wasn’t yet enough evidence to confirm that coconut oil improves memory? Many seniors especially those over the age of 80 are at risk for malnutrition as evidenced by weight loss secondary to myriad of issues.
Here is a current article written by a dietitian on the Extenso website that confirms that coconut oil is not the cure for Alzheimer’s. But coconut oil is fat. Fat has calories. Calories are needed for weight gain especially for those who need to increase weight to improve health status. It would be remiss to tell those clients not to try it.
The placebo effect is a beautiful thing.
Addendum: Dr. Joe posted this on October 10, 2013!
The mysterious Sephardic salade cuite has been reproduced in my kitchen today! I had almost given up on this savoury tomato and pepper salad but I thought I would give it one more chance.
I am very happy that I did. It turned out perfectly and the secret ingredient is patience.
I am posting the recipe here before I forget what I did. I wonder what the Jittery Cook and Norene have to say about this salad.
Caryn’s Salad Cuite Ashkenaz Style
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 TBSP sugar
2 red peppers whole
2 green peppers whole
3 large garlic cloves minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 TBSP Paprika
1/4 cup canola or olive oil
Cook the peppers in the oven or on the BBQ (I used the BBQ because my oven was busy with Apple Cake, Broccoli and Lukshen Kugels) until they are totally black. Let them cool and then peel off the blackened skins. Remove all seeds. Chop them up and set aside.
Heat a TBSP of canola oil and toss in the garlic. Cook for about a minute. Dump the tomatoes in and bring to a boil. Add the sugar.
Toss in the peppers and the rest of the oil into the pot. Now is a good time for the paprika, salt and pepper. Get a good boil going and then turn the heat down, to just below the medium setting.
Here is where the patience comes in. You have to stir the mixture so it doesn’t burn. Do this every 5 minutes or so while the recipe reduces. It took about 2 hours to get to the right consistency.
Let the recipe cool down and then transfer it to a container and store in the fridge. Serve cold.
If you like it spicy add some tabasco sauce or hot pepper flakes along with the other spices.
1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
1/3 cup canola oil
2 TBSP vanilla extract (the real stuff)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1.5 Tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (if desired)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Put all ingredients in a food processor (except chocolate chips) and mix until smooth
Feed chocolate chips through the top chute with quick on and off pulses
Poor mixture into a well greased 8″ x 8″ pan