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Grow Up — How to Sprout Seeds For Fresh, Cheap and Tasty Veggies Anywhere, Anytime

Time to Grow Up and Grow Your Own -- Easy Seed Sprouting DirectionsStep One:  Start with organic seeds. This means they won't be sprayed with poisons, genetically modified or otherwise yucky.   Alfalfa and mung beans are the most familiar sprout types (think hippie sandwiches and Chinese food) but almost any kind of seeds will deliver tasty sprouts.  Try radish, pea, garbanzo, lentil, adzuki beans, clover, broccoli, and many others.  You can even make your own blends which ...

Junkie Rats and How to Break Our Food Addictions

So finally the science is catching up to what our gut reaction (pun intended) has been telling us all along -- that certain foods are addictive, causing us to crave more and more, even at the expense of our well-being. According to a report of research presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, not only did rats fed a high-fat, high-calorie diet compulsively overeat, they would even suffer a slight shock to get at the food.What's more, after 40 days of junk foods, the ...

Really Wanting It: Cravings, Desire and Satisfaction

Lots of folks explain to us that the idea of waking up to a better way of eating sounds great. After all, who wouldn't want to enjoy eating fully and be healthy? If it's easy, even better. But, alas, they suffer from cravings that urge them far, far away from that path.Next thing they know, they're stuffing themselves with chips and doughnuts or whatever the problem food might be. Then, they tell us, they feel awful -- sorry, sick and sad. And they don't know what to do, how to break ...

Wake Up to Fresh: The Real Taste of Fast Food

We really liked the article in today's Washington Post that compared commercial fast food to the homemade version. It pretty much proved what we've been saying -- that freshly prepared food is way tastier (yes, even to the junk food loving kids), usually much healthier and certainly less expensive. To us, it's clear that there is a growing understanding that Now that's a great wake-up story. Of course, to get all the way there, we definitely would have wanted Sally to go further. ...

Wonder Bread Revisited: Easy Bread Recipe

Who can forget Wonder Bread, that white spongy bread of our youth that allegedly "builds strong bodies twelve ways"? Hard to imagine how that stuff could build anything much though we recall enjoying making little balls with it that could be used like a kind of play-doh (kind of tasted like it too just a little less salty) so maybe you could build little dough ball people that way after all.Fortunately, we've grown up and our idea of what healthy tasty bread is has changed as well. ...

Cooking Karma: Why Our Eating Habits Can Leave Us Empty

In today's New York Times, the king of the food literati, Michael Pollan, presents, "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch," a tale of how (and a bit of why) Americans barely cook these days and what it could mean for our future. The best part of the piece, for us anyway, was the guy who got right to the point. According to Harry Balzer, a leading food industry analyst, the real reason we have a national eating problem is "Because we're basically cheap and lazy." He adds, "Besides, the ...

Feeding Fear: How Not To Eat It

 ... With an almost insatiable appetite, fear eats at us, and the more we feed it, the hungrier it seems to get. Its impact upon our bodies, minds and spirits is unmistakable, whether it's the fluttering pit in the stomach, the paranoia and uncertainty (aka FUD) in our actions, or feelings of spiritual despair. As we often seek to remind our dear readers, we are what we eat. Now, we know that there's plenty of scary stuff going on. Lordy, lordy... we've seen it ourselves. Wars, ...

Hysterical Eating — Just Enjoy It!

Lately, it seems as if the food hysteria has been increasing.  No, we're not talking about eating when stressed (at least not today).  Rather, it's the constant reports warning that what we are eating is: contaminated, poisoned, harmful, in short supply, destroying the environment, oppressing the unfortunate or just plain gross.We know that there is quite a bit of truth here. The tricky part is:  (a) figuring out just what’s true; and (b) figuring out what to do about it.  We ...

Grow Your Own: Self Sufficiency for Everyone

... We love homegrown. Why? Because we know where it comes from. As we often repeat, CONSIDER THE SOURCE.Well, today it was announced that an organic food garden will be planted on the White House grounds, with the food to be eaten by the Obamas and served at official events. Not only annuals (tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) but also blueberry & raspberry bushes and rhubarb - plants that keep on giving). Very cool.We think everyone should grow their own, no matter how small a part of ...

A Look At Our Plate — Don’t Look and You’ll See Better

As Marion Nestle, food educator, nutritionist and author, reminds us in her wonderful books, we live in an environment where businesses and marketers are focused on having us eat more of their high profit foods. Let's not forget, all along the food chain, food business, like other businesses, is motivated by the desire for profits... not our health and well-being.As if it weren't obvious by our almost universal uncertainty about what's right and what's wrong to eat (should we give up bread? ...