Category Archives: hunger

Unscripted

So here is an unscripted post.  Meaning that I did not spend a lot of time thinking about it, nor editing it before I clicked on the ‘publish’ button.

But I was eating a muffin made for me by a friend, and she said that she put no sugar in it, nor any ingredients that contained a lot of natural sugar, i.e. dates, raisins…etc

So I ate one, I ate another, and I said to myself, something is missing.  So I open the refrigerator and find a small stick of butter leftover from at least 1 month ago.  I cut off a slice, stick it inside another muffin and eat it.

Then all of a sudden my brain sends to me a “I am full” signal.

Coincidence? Perhaps.  Worth a shot? Yes.

You see, food companies have applied the theories and ways of the Tobacco companies, which by the way have purchased or acquired a lot of these ‘food producers’ and they have studied very deeply what to do to food to make you want to buy more.  And what have they done? They have removed the ingredients that tell your brain to stop eating more, that your body has received the adequate nutrients so that you no longer have to eat more.

But that is bad for profits… so they – whether intentionally, or unintentionally – have removed the most vital ingredients and replaced them with cheap alternatives, or decreased them to trace amounts, such that your brain never gets the ‘I am full of nutrients’ signal, and it demands that you eat more.

Long story short.  You need butter, you need fat, you need some carbs, and you need some protein.  When you eat a muffin that has no fat, but is full of carbs and protein, your body (or brain) says to you, eat more John.  I got a lot of carbs and protein from this muffin, and just a little too much of fat.  So eat more of these muffins until we have enough fat.

Anyway, food for thought… no pun intended.  And this is another example of your mind and gut telling you to do what is right.

In conclusion, eat more butter, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and any other oil that is traditional to indigenous cultures, and watch how fast you eat less of your favorite processed food ‘products’!

Home is Healthy

 Lentil-Soup

Today, April 8th, 2013 is Food Bloggers Against Hunger Day!  This means we are donating our blog post to this wonderful cause.  We and 200 other food blogs are part of this.  This has hit the mainstream media which makes it even more exciting!  There are two call to actions by you the readers at the end of this post.

Good food is not just about being tasty and looking attractive.  It's also about being healthy.  Healthy, organic, local food tends to be more expensive and harder to access by all.  Today we are providing a low-cost, healthy recipe for this cause.  Our recipe is a traditional Greek lentil soup provided by our loving mother, someone who always strived towards healthy home cooked foods.  She is among the inspirations for this blog.  Growing up, she made sure we ate healthy which meant we would eat at home.  After all, Home is Healthy!  Lentil soup is high in iron & protein and doens't cost an arm and a leg!

Lentil soup

Ingredients

  • One pound lentils

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • one medium onion shredded

  • 3-4 cloves garlic chopped, two bay leaves

  • half cup fresh tomato puree (4 plum very ripe tomatoes)

  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  1. Wash the lentils well in strainer (sourotiri)

  2. Put the olive oil, onion, and lentils in a 6 quart pot

  3. Start stirring them with a wooden spoon (koutala) until the lentils are well coated , with the olive oil.

  4. Add the tomato puree, the garlic and continue cooking for a few minutes longer.

  5. Total time 4-5 minutes

  6. Add water, two bay leaves, salt to taste and continue cooking until they are tender soft but not over cooked.

  7. Add more water to make the soup more watery or thick, the way you like it.

 

We've done our part, now you do your part.

1) go to this link https://secure.strength.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=113 

and 

Tell Congress: Federal nutrition programs are crucial for hungry children!

2) Check out the film A Place at the Table in select cities, iTunes, or Amazon.

 

P.S. Thanks mom for the recipe!