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Decorative Salad

Posted in Cooking, Food, Health, Life, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2014 by urbannight

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This is the story of salads.  Or of the salads I think I ought to be eating. Because every time I go to Lauritzen Gardens I think about salads. They always have planters planted full of things that look like salad. Many types of salad greens make decorative plantings and a number of flowers are actually edible.

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On any given day I kinda crave a good salad. But I’m terrible at it. I don’t eat it fast enough and salad fixings end up going to waste. A bowl of greens with a tiny bit of dressing isn’t to difficult to do, but a really good salad takes a lot of work. Cutting up cauliflower and broccoli into really fine bits, mincing sandwich ham, onions, chives. My mother makes very fine, very meticulous salads. It it is going to be for more than her an my dad, she puts the different salad ingredients into different bowls so people can put what they want into their salads. I love having my mom’s salads. Only she lives in Idaho and I live in Nebraska.

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I have been thinking about salads and wanting them a lot more often lately as I keep thinking about losing weight, getting my blood sugar and blood pressure down, just getting more healthy in general. In fact, I mentioned several times today, to my roommate, that I wanted a salad and wanted to get salad ingredients at the store. I thought it was clear that I liked the idea of a trip to the store. He ended up going through the drive through on the way home.

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Now, I can eat fairly okay at this particular fast food place. If I’m careful, I can keep it weight friendly and stay in my bounds for my blood sugar. I have to avoid soda thought. My roommate is also diabetic and his latest doctor visits have seen a great deal of improvement while mine have somehow gotten worse. It doesn’t help that CHI and BCBS didn’t renew their contract and now everyone is trying to find new doctors and the waiting lists are 2 months long to get in to see anyone.

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Needless to say, no salad, no salad fixing for tomorrow, and going through my photos makes me want a salad even though I am no longer hungry. I am also wanting to find cooking pumpkins, because cooked pumpkin tastes yummy.

Cooked pumpkin is yummy.  It is just another type of squash or gourd after all.  But sometimes, some squash can look a little obscene.  Or do I just have a dirty mind?

Cooked pumpkin is yummy. It is just another type of squash or gourd after all. But sometimes, some squash can look a little obscene. Or do I just have a dirty mind?

Cayenne Pepper

Posted in Cooking, Food, Health, Hobby, Tea with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by urbannight

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The queen of peppers. She is in the middle of the bar for heat. (A three on the 5 point chart I was looking at the other day.) They are a lovely, shiny, bright red but can look pinkish as well. You can eat them green or fully ripe. A lovely, barely there flavor, they work wonderfully to add heat to any dish without significantly altering the inherent flavor of the dish. High in Vitamin A and other vitamins, most people can’t eat enough to make it count. But it has often been used as a warming spice, to combat cold-temperature areas as well as something to help make you sweat and thereby, somehow, keep you cooler in hot climates. That second half never made sense to me.

It supposedly reduces pain, improves blood flow, and helps ulcers. Yep, a chili pepper that helps ulcers. It is supposed to be calming on the stomach and a tea of it is sometimes used for this purpose. It is quite good at getting the sinuses flowing. All chili peppers are anti-inflammatories. The hotter the pepper the more capsaicin. The more capsaicin, the better it is as an anti-inflammatory. Making it good for arthritis and other inflammations and inflammation based pain.

I’ve heard tell that the peppers help you lose weight because you eat less. But any help in weight loss may actually be attributed to thermogenics. The capsaicin produces a reaction where the body gets very hot. This reaction actually requires a lot of energy, like putting coals on a fire. So your body starts burning an increased amount of calories and uses more oxygen for around about 20 minutes. Perhaps I should have a much of cayenne tea in the morning and before or after every meal.

This is my all time, favorite herb.

Skinnygurl vs Skinnygirl

Posted in Entertainment, Food, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by urbannight

After seeing an amusing search term on the daily stats page, I decided to look up my all time search terms and found something new since the last time I looked at it.  There is a new term creating the most hits for my blog.  Skinnygurl.  Here is the instances of it in the top 11 search terms.

1. Skinny gurl blog
3. Skinny gurl
4. Skinny gurl blogger
6. Skinnygurl blog
8. Who is skinnygurl
11. Who is skinny gurl blogger

So I spent a few minutes looking up some updates and the computer asked me if I meant Skinnygirl.  So I did a little comparing.

Skinnygurl wants to celebrate the unhealthily thin.  She is anonymous.  She admits she is a bit outrageous when she writes.  She never thought the people she was writing about would actually see her page.  She didn’t realize her site looked pro-anorexia and never intended to send that message.  (After looking at  her site a bit, I found that claim to be very hard to believe.  But maybe she really believes that in her own mind). She feels that there is a double standard where people think it is okay to get into an ultra-thin person’s face and tell her she is too thin and she needs to eat more and so on while people don’t do that to overweight people.

Skinnygirl, on the other hand, is not anonymous.  She tells you who she is.  She is about becoming skinny but has a more interesting approach.  She is all about loving yourself and valuing your self as you are and using that self-love and self-worth to convert your lifestyle into a more healthy one.  By loving yourself as you are, you can convert that into self-care and motivation to become more healthy.

Skinnygurl is about cutting people down and being over critical while Skinnygirl is about lifting people up and giving them support.

One letter off and you have a diametrically opposing method for the same topic, weight loss.  Skinnygirl is a bit on the touchy-feely side of the self-help guru methodology of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  But still, it isn’t a bad message and it isn’t a bad methodology when it works for someone.  For a misanthropic person such as myself, it’s to saccharine sweet.  But I can still see that is has much more value in it than using a critical, shame-based method to motivate people to be super skinny.

Commenting on that Skinny Gurl Blogger.

Posted in Entertainment, Food, Life, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by urbannight

In response to the blogger who runs that Skinny Gurl website, who says she is 5 foot 7 and takes pride in staying 100 lbs, I have this to say:

Anyone who is 5 foot 7 inches and only 100 lbs needs to see a doctor. It is impossible to get proper nutrition that far underweight.

I’m only 4 foot 11 inches and 100 lbs is getting close to the BOTTOM of my weight range. I felt sick and unhealthy when I dropped to 96 lbs. I felt best, when younger, at 98 to 100. Now I would give my eye teeth to reach 120 again. But I would never want to be so thin that I looked like I was rescued from a nazi death camp

She also says that there is a double standard. She thinks no one things twice about telling super thin women they need to eat more but they don’t say anything about overweight women eating too much. Actually, they do, but usually in a passive aggressive manner. It’s more like they make a point to say snide, derogatory, and insulting comments near enough to the overweight person to make sure they hear it.

The difference is that the comments directed towards overweight people are meant to be hurtful and they don’t say it to a person directly. People saying anything to thin people are more likely to be a friend or someone you at least know and it is said directly to them out of care and concern.

Can’t she see that difference?

When she insults people who actually are healthy and not over or below their weight range with highly derogatory and insulting language is part of the problem of poor self-image among women and girls. It is not a solution to Skinny Gurl’s anger or irritation that people don’t want to accept her ultra skinny, internment camp look.