What Broad Spectrum Antibiotics Are and Why to Avoid Them

If you live in Thailand long enough, you will at some point go to a doctor.

When you do, you will notice that no matter what your condition, odds are you will be prescribed numerous medications – in the neighborhood of 4 has been the average for my family.  It is critical that you understand what medications the doctor is advising to put into that designer “shopping bag” at the clinic or hospital, and that you actively participate in deciding whether you need them or not.  It can be trickier Continue reading “What Broad Spectrum Antibiotics Are and Why to Avoid Them”

What Mineral Water Is and How to Shop for It

As the end of 2017 draws closer, I find myself thinking about my plan to commit to full-on Plant Paradoxing in February.  This will entail about 6 weeks of strictly following Dr Steven Gundry’s diet – or rather Way of Eating, since his intention is that once on it one does not really ever stop.  I have already read the book forwards Continue reading “What Mineral Water Is and How to Shop for It”

The Best Yoga Studio in Thailand that No One Knows About – Sol Yoga Bangkok

Bangkok is often a mystery of traffic congestion and related stress in getting from point A to B.  I learned a long time ago that thinking I could accomplish 3 things in a day – all in different locations around the city – was a tad too ambitious.  These days I try to round up my activities in a given 24 hours into a particular location, and just stay put.

On the other hand, there are always tempting reasons to dive into the fray of Bangkok traffic, and one for me is a good fitness class.  For 8 months or so I was a regular at a HIIT training studio.  They offered a ½ hour lunch class that I loved, and the location was a short ride (defined as more-or-less 20 minutes) from my office.  I could get there, get a workout in, shower and return in a respectable hour and a half.  Twice a week I figured was doable. Continue reading “The Best Yoga Studio in Thailand that No One Knows About – Sol Yoga Bangkok”

Winter Salad

Important question for you:  is salad only a summer food?

I think not.

Never had I even pondered such a notion before this year, when a friend surprised me with this assertion after I innocently suggested adding a salad to our dinner plan, in January.

Well, I do kind of get it.

Delicate baby greens would seem to be spring and summer food.  But what about cabbage and kale, mature Romaine even?  What about green houses that produce micro greens year-round for all of us rabbit-food fans in the world?  What about the fact that I, personally, rely on salads as a staple in my way of eating no-matter the weather outdoors?

I guess, since I know many people who are also munching on salads year-round, I took it for granted that it’s a norm for most.  Or maybe it’s because I’m American and my blasphemous friend is European?  With superior food knowledge?

But still, it seems a bit drastic to deny oneself the pleasure of a good salad for 3/4 of the year.

Ultimately, if being a correct food consumer means limiting salad-eating to the 3 months of summer, I’m out.

This here is my Winter Salad, so named because it makes use of citrus fruit and other items which can be easily sourced in the cold months.  Over the years I have been inspired periodically to tinker with a recipe by this title I discovered in a random food magazine, long since out of print.  After multiple modifications over time, I’m happy to now call it my own and share it here.

A former next-door neighbor in Bangkok who would often turn up for dinner referred to it as, “The Good Salad.”  I always got a kick out of that.

The salad features citrus, a light, slightly sweet and spicy dressing, avocados and healthy slivered almonds.  It’s easily topped with shrimp, chicken or boiled eggs if you want a main dish salad.  Without the added protein, it makes an interesting side salad.

This latest edition of the recipe, among other things, incorporates erythritol into the dressing instead of sugar, with which I began experimenting earlier this year.  Since there was so little white sugar in the original version, this was an easy way to eliminate a bit of the blood sugar spike this salad delivers, though of course it still turns up here in the oranges and pomelo.

If you try this salad, I hope you let me know what you think.

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Winter Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Salad
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 cups lettuce leaves of your choice
  • 6 cups spinach or arugula
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup pomelo (or grapefruit) segmented and shredded a bit
  • 1 cup orange sectioned, roughly 2 oranges
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 1/4 cup feta or goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup avocado or other clean oil
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp erythritol
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the lovely salad ingredients gently in a big salad bowl.  

  2. Put the avocado oil, white wine vinegar, orange juice, lime juice, erythritol, salt and cayenne pepper in a jar with a tight lid, and give it a good shake to mix everything up.  
  3. Pour as much dressing as desired over the salad before tossing and enjoying.

 

 

Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe – Mexican Wedding Cakes

I’m a “healthy living” experimenter, albeit, at a beginner level.  And few things delight me more than dragging others down those rabbit holes with me.  It’s just more fun to do a detox with a friend. More than once I have returned from a social outing wondering if I spent just a bit too long over a glass of red wine chatting about the latest research on magnesium Continue reading “Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe – Mexican Wedding Cakes”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 4 of 4)

It’s a jungle out there.  Learning what to eat and what to avoid in it, and how and when and why is what The Plant Paradox, by Dr Steven Gundry, is all about.  In Part 1 of this 4-part blog series, I explain why I trust Dr Gundry as an authority on this topic and summarize his message.  In Part 2, I summarized the 7 disturbing changes in the past 50 years which have exacerbated the need to take action in changing our diets. In Part 3, I shared the list of Yes Please foods.

Dr Gundry’s 6-week eating plan boils down to two fairly straightforward lists – the Yes Please foods and the Just Say No foods.  He enphasizes that adhering to the “No” foods, where we cut out disease-promoting lectins, is far more important than adding the “Yes” foods into our diet.

In this final post of a 4-part series, I present the Just Say No list.  I also note where there may be Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 4 of 4)”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 3 of 4)

It’s a jungle out there.  Learning what to eat and what to avoid in it, and how and when and why is what The Plant Paradox, by Dr Steven Gundry, is all about.  In Part 1 of this 4-part blog series, I explain why I trust Dr Gundry as an authority on this topic and summarize his message.  In Part 2, I summarized the 7 disturbing changes in the past 50 years which have exacerbated the need to take action in changing our diets

There are two keys to Dr Gundry’s program:  the first is to avoid what is bad for your body, primarily lectins, the plant proteins which cause trouble for many people and of which as a rule, we in the modern Western world tend to eat way too many.  Second is to feed the good bacteria, the troops in our gut that work for us, what is good for them so they can succeed in the war for our health.

Dr Gundry’s plan begins with Phase 1, a 3-day detox to clear the gut and prep it for what is to come next.  Phase 2 is his 6-week eating program, which is really a “forever” eating program, with the exception that, you may want to test your body’s tolerance for adding back in certain other foods if prepared properly, aka Phase 3.

But before that, he sets forth his 4 golden rules of eating, Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 3 of 4)”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 2 of 4)

It’s a jungle out there, Learning what to eat and what to avoid in it, and how and when and why is what The Plant Paradox, by Dr Steven Gundry, is all about.  In Part 1 of this 4-part blog series, I explain why I trust Dr Gundry as an authority on this topic and summarize his message.

So, from Dr Gundry we know that plants are trying to kill us, and that it matters how we choose and prepare our food.  We also know that it is important to consider our good gut bugs when we eat, because they need to eat too.  The next step might seem to be Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 2 of 4)”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 1 of 4)

You know when you are carrying on with your life, thinking you are making incremental but true forward motion toward a healthier lifestyle, only to discover that many things you thought were basic and good turn out to be wrong? Like when it becomes clear, for example, that vegetable oils are evil?

Well, if you have never had this experience, and don’t want to have it, then I suggest Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 1 of 4)”