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It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

Posted on February 26, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

So girl scout cookies are out, my sister brought a box over. As I’m writing this I have the news on and guess what? Girl Scout Cookies are on. Talk about perfect timing! The newscaster said the cookies may smell a little funny. It appears that the lemon creme cookies have a smell to them, and there is a voluntary withdrawal. The strange smell and taste are due to a breakdown of oils in the cookie.
So I used to be a girl scout when I was a kid, and I remember selling girl scout cookies and eating quite a few. Even when I started eating healthier I would still eat them due to the fact that they are only available once a year. I thought what’s a few girl scout cookies? I loved the carmel ones. I also enjoyed the thin mints frozen, but I could never eat just one. I would get one from the freezer, and then another and another. I justified it by telling myself that two thin mints were the same size as a regular cookie, so two cookies equaled one cookie!  It’s been 2-3 years since I have consumed a girl scout cookie. I also want to mention that I was addicted to sugar from a child up until a couple years ago. I ate a lot of junk food. When I decided to give up candy, it was difficult. I worked at a company where candy was always available. There were times when I had cravings, and how I stopped myself was by reading the ingredient label. Just reading the ingredients disgusted me, and I wouldn’t eat whatever it was that I was craving.

So I’m going to list the ingredients in the thin mint girl scout cookies. Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Nicacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin, Mononitrate(B1) Riboflavin(B2), Folic acid) Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel and/or Cottonseed Oil, Soybean, and Palm Oil), Cocoa, Carmel Color, Contains two percent or less of Cocoa processed with alkali, invert sugar, whey,leavening(baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), corn starch, salt, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, oil of peppermint. Wow doesn’t that make you want to run out and buy a box?

Lets talk about the vegetable oils, based on the news report, the cookies smell bad because of the oils in them. A breakdown of oils is what’s being reported. I like that, let’s just say what it really is, the oils are rancid. Why else would they have an odd odor to them? So imagine what would happen if you ate those cookies, your body would be taking in rancid oils.

I have an app on my Iphone called: Don’t Eat That, and there’s thousands of ingredients listed that it describes. According to Don’t Eat That: Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil is a trans-fat which is made by forcing hydrogen into the oil from a liquid to a semi-solid. It is considered to be a contributing cause of obesity and heart disease. Its use is restricted in some countries(imagine that!). This substance is most likely made from genetically modified cotton. My phone doesn’t mention partially Hydrogenated palm kernel oil, but it’s pretty much the same thing, its a trans fat. For more information on why you should avoid partially hydrogenated oils check out this article which also mentions Girl Scout Cookies: The health dangers of trans fats have been known for decades, yet food companies still poison customers with hydrogenated oils

Then there’s soy oil. I can pretty much guarantee that it’s genetically modified, and if your going to consume soy, it should be fermented, organic and consumed in small amounts. Kaayla Daniel did a interview all about soy that I highly recommend. Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D. Exposes the Whole Soy Story
Soy Lecithin: Soy Lecithin is chemically derived from soybeans by using hexane. Lecithin is found in all living organisms, but is commonly produced from soybeans and eggs. It is utilized as an emulsifier in food. This substane is most likely made from genetically modified soy. The health debate about soy is centered around the type of soy and the amount consumed. there is growing concern that large amounts of unfermented soy(soy milk and tofu) may cause multiple health problems.

Hopefully after reading this you will never look at another girl scout cookie the way you did before. Michael Pollan says that if your going to eat junk food make it yourself. So if your craving cookies, bake them at home with organic ingredients. What sounds better eating a cookie that’s been sitting in a box for a couple months or a nice warm cookie straight from the oven? Cheeseslave has some healthy cookie recipes on her page here’s her Sprouted Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and her Healthy Soaked Oatmeal Cookies recipe.

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My first duck

Posted on February 16, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

I have been wanting to cook a duck for over a year. I roast a chicken 2-3 times a month and as much as I love a roasted chicken I need to change up my diet. I tried duck for the first time last month and thought it was wonderful! I went to the market and I was in luck there was one duck left. I researched recipes the day before. I found a lot of recipes that use oranges which I can’t eat right now and then I found a recipe with apples, so after picking up the duck I purchased 5 or 6 visually distressed apples.

I found the recipe here:

I washed the duck covered it with salt, pepper and marjoram. I cut up the apples and put them inside the duck and took some tooth picks and closed it up. The recipe says to cook it at 400 and that it usually takes 2-3 hours for a 7 pound chicken. Mine was about 5 pounds so I figured it would take 2 1/2 hours. I cooked it in my cast iron skillet which made basting it pretty easy. After an hour of cooking I started basting it and basted it every 15 minutes. Since it has a handle I just tipped it slightly and sucked up the duck juices. I checked the temperature after it had been in there for almost 2 hours and let’s just say I should have checked it 20-30 minutes prior. According to my notes it should have been 170, it was 190 or so. I only cooked 1 1/2 apples outside of the chicken, next time I will roast 3 apples outside of the chicken. Overall I was pleased with the duck, at first it didn’t taste like it was overcooked and the skin was nice and crispy. Later when I was cutting up the rest of it I noticed that it was a little dry. Next time I will have to start checking the temperature after an hour and fifteen minutes. I think I’ll start purchasing a duck every other month to add more variety to my diet and I really enjoy the taste of duck.

After the duck was finished I saved the duck fat. I took a glass container placed a coffee filter in it and folded it over the glass bowl and put a rubber band around it. It took a while for the fat to drip through so I put a lid on it and let it filter overnight. You can use it to cook your eggs in, or I was thinking of using it the next time I make chicken. Since I can’t have butter right now I’m thinking of coating the chicken with the duck fat before I put it in the oven. In fact I think I will try that this upcoming weekend. I thought of something else to use it, mayonnaise. I have never made my own mayo, but maybe next I make a duck I’ll use the fat to make my own mayonnaise. Some other things you could use it for are to cook french fries in it, or make popcorn cooking it in the fat.

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A new beginning

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

This past Tuesday I had my consultation with my holistic health care lady. She has decided to put me on a dysbiosis diet. Which means no gluten, dairy, sugar, and I can only eat a handful of fruits. Oh and no pork that’s going to be tough.  She also said that I need to start a rotational diet. One of my biggest problems is that I have been eating the same breakfast for the past couple years which is eggs, bacon or sausage, and some fruit. I’m allowed to eat 4 types of nuts 2 of them being almonds and hazelnuts, so I want to get some sprouted almond or hazelnut butter and that way I can put that on apples and have a snack when I’m hungry. I’m also looking into getting a dehydrator so I can make crispy nuts and beef jerky.  I’ll probably eat eggs 3 times a week and the other 4 days some sort of meat with veggies or a fruit. She’s sending out a kit for me to do a GI test, which won’t be fun. I was diagnosed with H. Pylori in 2006 and the acupuncturist that I was seeing had me take a couple different herbs. I never got re-tested because the test is quite pricey, and I didn’t have the money. I never noticed any improvement when I finished the herbs, so the infection probably didn’t go away. I have to wait another week to take it since I drank a couple kombuchas last weekend and she said that can interfere with the results. I will post the results when I get them. Tomorrow I need to actually sit down and write down a menu plan, something I haven’t done before and will need to get used to. I think I might have adrenal fatigue since I have low thyroid. I figured that she would test me for that right away, but she said that she wants to see how I do on the diet and the supplements and see if my low thyroid issues improve and if need be she will test me for adrenal fatigue. She also suggested that my nausea could be related to the whiplash that I had when I was a child. In late 2004 I started getting nauseous when I read, and nobody has any idea what causes it. She recommended a chiropractor in her area that I might visit in the future to see if he thinks he can help. I’m excited about that, I don’t expect my nausea to improve but if it does I will be elated.  I’m really excited to start this new path in my life, I wonder what it will feel like to wake up one day and not feel tired all day, to not have cold hands. To have energy, and be able to concentrate for long periods of time.

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