Reality Overload

First, let me say that critics & their comments are welcome!

Now, I want to address Reality Overload. The reason that I started this blog was that I was experiencing an overload of information - and accompanying lifestyle changes. What happens when we start down a rabbit's hole of information is that it's hard to stop and take a break. Maybe first we feel put off by the ridiculous propaganda spewed at us on a "Corn Syrup is Natural" commercial (paid for by the corn syrup manufacturers) and decide to look into it some more. We snowball down a path of information that leaves us feeling sick, like in The Matrix, when Neo experiences "real world orientation" and proceeds to hyperventilate, vomit and pass out.

Instead of doing that, I am taking a break from getting this blog started. Normally, at this point, I would abandon a blog completely, but I really like this one and I'm not willing to give it up. There's a lot of information coming at me and a lot of decisions to be made, and in balancing it all (work, family, friends & home), the blog needs to go onto the back burner.


Mean Girls

I have a confession to make.
I used to be vegan. And now I'm mean.


[An Eye-Closing Bite of] *Stovetop Creamed Coconut Rice Pudding*

You know, 'cause that first bite is so good, your involuntary reaction is to close your eyes... and say "Yummmmm."

Okay, I'm new to the blog-world, so... please be nice to me? :) I'm saying this because I'm including this post as part of Pennywise Platter Thursday 02/18/10, and it might be the first blog post on this blog that people actually read. That makes me a wee bit nervous! (Prior to this one, I've just been kind of warming up, amusing myself and sometimes my husband.)

Anyway, I woke up early craving this. I couldn't find a recipe that fit my ingredients (I'm not running to the store at 6 am) and my criteria (Real Food!), and I was feeling too impatient to do the 2-hour oven bake, so... I made a recipe up. The result is rich, wholesome, satisfying and, to quote my husband, "Great for breakfast." It's also great as a dessert or snack. This makes 4-6 servings (4 as a breakfast, 6 as a snack).

And now, the recipe you've been waiting for. I've never made this before. I've never made any rice pudding before. Yeah... I'm kinda new to the cooking thing (only about 1.5 years of solid practice).  But try it anyway!


Taking A Bite Out of Propaganda

Learning that I'm not the only one put off by Whole Foods' adoption of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's ANDI scoring system, I'm compiling a list of other people's comments which I've found worth reading, along with easy-to-digest bites from those pieces.
Photo source: Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Blog

Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: Low-Carb Community Responds to Whole Foods Exclusively Marketing A Low-Fat, Vegetarian Diet:
"Dr. Fuhrman is the author of a book I reviewed several years back entitled Eat To Live and is certainly no fan of animal-based, high-fat, low-carb diets. I’ve given him an opportunity to explain the basis for his beliefs in an interview on my podcast show but he has refused... [ANDI] gives plant-based foods a way to appear more nutrient dense than animal-based foods which are just as chock full of vitamins such as A, D and K, DHA, EPA arachidonic acid, taurine, iodine, biotin, pantothenic acid, and vital minerals like sodium, chloride, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, copper, manganese, boron, molybdenum and chromium..."