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The whiter the bread, the sooner you're dead.
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So one of the speakers at this year's Colour conference is Jordan Rubin, the man behind The Maker's Diet and stuff. Very, very interesting stuff on staying healthy and preventing disease and how we should take care of our bodies according to the ancient biblical guidelines, etc. I'm inspired to eat healthy now... too bad I have to cut pork out of my diet... *sob*.

Anyway, according to his recommendations, coconut oil is the healthiest for cooking (which apparently isn't news to the health-conscious community... or most of Southeast Asia), extra virgin olive oil is next, and the third healthiest oil is... get ready... GHEE. Yes, butterfat. Clarified butter oil. And coconut milk/cream is good for you too! YESSSSS!

Thing is, I should've gathered this from the way skinny asians eating a diet of curries made from coconut milk and ghee (or coconut oil) aren't dying from heart disease and diabetes and cancer and stroke the way their urbanized/Westernized/modernized canola oil using, diet Coke drinking, no-carb eating, non-fat ice cream licking brethren are. It's a very interesting and sustainable program... and it doesn't hurt that the man himself practically GLOWS with health and the whole point isn't weight loss at all but just strength, health, and preventing disease.

Generally: No pork or shellfish/crustaceans, but otherwise it's all good, as long as you keep things as natural as possible (e.g. go organic whenever possible, no chemicals, eat stuff with as little processing as possible, whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies and meat and fish...) Yeah, basically it's workable... I'm gonna see if I can do it slowly (changing my skim milk to whole milk! Easy!) I mean, it's a lot of common-sense stuff about keeping healthy (I already knew that pork ribs and clams weren't health-foods, and that organic multigrain bread is better than preservative-pumped squishy white bread), it was really just a matter of having a solid motivation behind deliberately caring for my body and, y'know, actually doing something about it.

Truth be told, I think most of us know how to be healthy, we're just too darn lazy, or think it's too expensive... or we think that simply being disease-free is good enough, which it isn't. Stupid self-improvement! Let me wallow in bacon! Waaah!!

Anyhoo, I went and bought some ghee to replace my canola oil (which is listed as a 'trouble' food, probably because it's a completely man-made oil). GHEE. My mother would be horrified.

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What's it taste like? I lalways think of rancid fat when I see 'Ghee'.

it's basically just clarified butter, so it tastes and smells like... clarified unsalted butter. it's amazing, though, coz it cooks at higher temperatures without burning, compared to regular butter or oil. i cooked with it last night and it was great.

now it's ghee for me! :)

How come yu drop dead of heart attacks with butter, but not with Ghee?

"they" keep changing their advice about what's bad for you every two months, it seems. butter may be bad for you... but then again, it may not. eggses are pterry okay, too, despite what they used to say. with cholesterol, it's not eating it that's bad, it's your veins being unable to absorb it that is.


So I believe. :-/
My silly doctor gave me my test results bax when I was crook and said my cholestrol was blah, blah, blah - I forget - and I said,"Oh, that surprises me acos of my restricted diet." and she said,"Oh, I never thought to ask for *good* or *bad* cholestrol, so maybe it's the good one."

skinny asians eating a diet of curries made from coconut milk and ghee (or coconut oil) aren't dying from heart disease and diabetes and cancer and stroke

umm... south asians have one of the highest occurrences of heart disease in the world. whether this is genetic or diet-based i dknot know, however.

...and I thought it was the rice that kept them trim.

wlel, i wasn't thinking of south asians so much as southeast asians... but to my knowledge the occurrence of heart disease and lal the other fat-fat-fat-sugar-fat-fat related diseases are still relatively low in asia in general compared to, say, Murkia... but steadily increasing as we become richer, more urbanized, sedentary and... fat.

Isn't this fun hanging out in Yoj's journal?.......

..talking about *tea*...

HE is putting up a gnu web page about herbal teas and stuff and says that green tea is the best.
He prefers it, so we have been drinking a lot of it.
It may be gooood for you, but I need the caffeine!! I NEED my black tea full of caffeine. It definitely gives me a 'pick me up'.

i'm a teaholic too, but i serpently do knot need a pick-me-up jsut before going to bed. no no. not good atoll. luckily, i have become a wise dwagin of late.

...but I can't have tea after 5ish either. Because I piddle all night. I can have water, Milo, orange, whatever, and it's quite normal, but tea - and I'm up every hour or so.
And I guess you will have found out by now, how all Mothers know where all the toilets are in town.....

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