Day 12 & 13: The Never-ending Quest for Health

If you want to test your memory, there’s nothing like those songs you sing in your youth. Like this little sweet thing from camp:

I´m a little  coconut
Sitting on my coco-butt
 Everybody laughs at  me
Because I am a nut, you see

(Chorus)
I´m  a nut (*clap* *clap*)
I´m a nut (*clap* *clap*)
I´m a nut, I ´m a nut, I´m a nut (*clap* *clap*)

MacScouter Book of Songs

I feel like I’ve been singing that song all week. Coconut oil, coconut juice, coconut milk, and -surprise- coconut. Mostly, though, I relate to the chorus, because following all this diet advice is a bit nutty.

It wasn’t so long ago that soy was magic. And before that, corn. And I find it absolutely wacky that this

everything but the coconut
everything but the coconut

is not on my diet.

Happily, though, since I had been dairy-free for several weeks before this venture, tomorrow I am re-introducing cream in my coffee. And maybe some yogurt, if I’m still feeling nutty.

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8 thoughts on “Day 12 & 13: The Never-ending Quest for Health

  1. I do not recall Coconut songs from my youth. But, I do recall “I’m a little tea pot, short and sout…” Enjoy your cream in your tea when you “pour me out”. Often one element of a food type is the culprit. For instance, those yumming looking grains probably contain gluton, which gets some people stuck up. The lactose in the cow’s milk makes them intolerant. However, general categories like “grain” and “dairy”, miss the nuances of foods. Non-wheat grains may not have gluton. Goats milk does not have lactose (as well as all those nut based milks, alomons, coconut…). What you will be getting at eventually, is shopping more carefully. BTW, I thought about you while eating chips and salsa at our local Mexican restaurant today 😉

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    1. I hadn’t bought a bag of chips in probably a year -really. After my week away, I made the mistake of walking down the ‘chip aisle’ in the grocery store. The ‘Oven Baked’ chips spoke to me and in two weeks I had consumed the whole bag. I actually forgot they were in the drawer for a couple of days. Teddy Bear loved them too. The other day I discovered that I had gained three pounds. Blame it on the chips.

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    2. Hope you enjoyed those chips – according to the author, corn is a HUGE mistake. It’s one of those foods you should never eat, in any form. Somehow, though, I’m pretty sure I will either convince myself that tortilla chips contain tortillas, not corn, or I’ll just cheat.

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      1. From conversations with mother/aunt and sister-in-law, my impression that the sins of corn were 1) starch basically converts to glucose (sugar), and 2) most corn seed is now genetically modified, with unclear possible responses when consumed. As sugar is not a problem for me, I asked around at our farmer’s market for non-GM corn for eating. Alas, those chips probably have more chemistry than I had in high school and college.

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      2. I know that gmo’s are supposed to be avoided, but haven’t we basically done the same with all seeds since saving seeds began? It may be simplistic, but farmers have been combining the best aspects of their produce for a long long time. So, if we excluded all the culprits, what would we eat?

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      3. GMO are different from selective breading of seeds. For instance, if I find a squash that does get eaten by squash bettles, and use it’s flowers to pollinate a squash with really good flavor, I have only taken squash DNA and mixed them up. If I take that tasty squash and mix it’s DNA with bacteria DNA, I have genetically modified squash DNA. The GMO companies are doing this to either make the plants toxic, or more likley to resist their companies herbicides/pesticides so that farmers can spread that on the field killing competing plants and bugs. This sounds okay, except that we do not know what happens to DNA transfers to the next generation of seeds, or the general environment. For instance, one of those pesticides mixed into corn & soybeans kills bees, as well as the intented insects. Round-Up Ready corn had in 15 years generated “super” weeds (pigweed espeically) that is resistance to Round-Up now. Hand weeding is the only way so far to get rid of it. During the same time frame, Round-Up Ready & spraying corn fields with Round-Up has nearly elimiated the milk-weed in the mid-west. Monarch butterflies mostly breed on milk-weed. This year the Monarch butterfly population crashed for lack of habitate in the USA. Whether you are concerned about what GMO’s might do to your GI system, what they are doing to the environment is scary. Ranted enough.
        Oscar

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  2. Yeah, I was really talking about my GI.
    But I loved your rant. There’s a lot of scary things going on in the real world. That’s why I have Marsha’s Bungalow – where things are safe and when I talk, it’s all about me, and not about frightening butterfly-attacking weeds that make millions for business owners at their grandchildren’s expense.
    PS – If I don’t want weeds, I pull them out of the garden with hands and gloves, not fingers on spray bottles.

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  3. My, My, Who’s saving the environment now? Back to the Chips: You all thought I was eating corn chips. Surprise. They were potato chips! Baked, not fried. With lots of salt. Not good, but oh so delicious. Now I have to try hard to give up the Spice Drops. “A spoonful of sugar makes the world go around.”

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