Oct 262015

It happens all the time: one stylist says anyone can wear neon; another says no one should. Or, from the world of nutrition, one doctor says brown rice is best, another white rice is better, some say either, and others neither. So here are common sense strategies you can use to sort through conflicting expert advice and decide for yourself what to do.

  1. What has been your experience? For example, I don’t need a nutrition expert to tell me not to eat cornbread when I have a physical reaction to it like I did recently.
  2. What does your intuition suggest? Your aesthetic  instincts are a powerful tool. If you have always liked boot cut pants, or whatever else, chances are there is a real reason.
  3. What did our ancestors do? In nutrition, this is the basis for the Paleo movement; in fashion, looks typically go classic because of good design.

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Using any of these strategies is likely to return better, quicker, and more positive results than alternatives like more research or asking all your friends. And there is a fourth, bonus strategy:

  • What does the Bible say? You may, of course, insert an alternate sacred text here. When in doubt, try to remember to use this one. Because experts are often proved wrong, or right, when it’s just too late.
Oct 222015

The hero made an awesome chili the other day, and I just got a craving for cornbread. Since learning this summer about my sister having cancer, I have been trying to actually eat according to my own standards. I am now, as I call it, “off cookies”. Cornbread is pretty far from my typical diet of meat, vegetables, and fat. (But oh-so-yummy with good butter!)

When I went looking online for a recipe, I didn’t have much hope that I would even have the ingredients if I found one. But this one was adaptable. 

What I did:

  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely ground yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 medium egg and 1 tiny egg, straight out of the fridge
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups plain (homemade, goat milk) yogurt, straight out of the fridge
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup dextrose

Preheat oven to 400° (convection bake). Butter a pie pan. Combine all ingredients in the Vitamix; pour into pie pan. Bake for around 20 minutes.

While the recipe turned out beautifully, I have to admit to myself that it was obviously not a healthy food for me to eat. I was almost instantly jittery, my face flushed, and I did not have access to the vocabulary I wanted! 🙁

If you want to see more pictures of what I eat, that is pretty much the content of my Instagram.