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Top 31 foods of all time, no bull, says Time Magazine.

6 Oct



Times Healthland says it’s putting an end to the confusion. Yeah, I know, you’ve probably been wondering. Paleo diet? Gluten free? That diet where brides-to-be were getting fed through an Nasogastric tube so they could fit into their tiny little dresses? (That’s got to be good for you).

Do you eat these foods on a regular basis? What do you think about them?

I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.

Black beans—heck yes! Made my own black bean soup. Lots of black bean soup.  Like, three times this week with the black bean soup.

Kale—well, it’s in the garden. Do collard greens count?

Wild salmon—very delicious. Can be cooked ona layer of kosher salt in a cast iron pan with a top on. Then you brush the salt off and it’s delicious. Also good with a sweet sauce.

Walnuts—I wish. Yum!

Pumpkin—English friend just said pumpkin was revolting. But I love it. In real pumpkin pie and also in those Afghan fritters that are so good you could cry. They suggest Pumpkin Oatmean with Yogurt and raisins. I dunno—sounds a bit ungepachket to me.

Apples—OMG! I’m sitting one foot away from a sliced apple.

Blueberries—getting expensive again. L

Bananas—I have some sliced banana next to me, too!!

Broccoli—Tuesday. Dinner. Broccoli at least twice a week. Including a little bit in the garden.

Spinach—I’ll watch Julie eat it at the ChitChat tomorrow. Good as salad or an ingredient, but plain, yuck.

Sweet potatoes—also on Tuesday (very good with black bean soup, too).

Kidney beans—very nice.

Lentils—delicious when they aren’t overcooked. Hate them mushy. They always say cook them 15 or 20 minutes. Try cooking them ten. Add the bay leaf.

Red beets—yuck

Eggplant—roasted some with zucchini and onions a few weeks ago. They always seem to soak up an inordinate amount of oil.

Brussels sprouts—a glorious treat when roasted properly. Glucosinolates

Tomatoes—hooray—beautiful tomatoes from the garden every day.

Whole wheat bread—or whole grain anything. Had quinoa and bulgar this week. Is gluten the evil killer everyone’s saying it is, or is that just to

Quinoa—seriously, if there’s one magic food, Quinoa has to be it. It’s good in a kind of sweet salad as well as a grain.

Steel cut oatmeal—oh hell yes, YUM!

Bulgur—You can cook it right INTO chili so it’s a one dish treat. Learned this trick from younger child who made it when he was sailing in Maine with Outward Bound. Delish.

Lean meat—the Mr. orders half a lamb and a fifth of a cow each year from some magical organic farm in Pennsylvania where happy grass-fed creatures gambol about until one day they get the axe—oops! And then are turned into tiny little paper-wrapped packages for th deep freeze. But meat certainly is a power food. And delicious. Can’t say it isn’t delicious.

Flaxseeds—a major source of guilt, as I have purchased a package of flaxseeds and a spice grinder to grind them up and release their inner goodness for a year. I also have a bottle of flaxseed I have not used. Oh so bad. But Dr. Oz says you still need fish oil for the best source of vitamin whatever it is. Oh yeah, Omega 3 fatty acid. Still need DHA from the fish.

Chia seeds—sorry, they belong on terra cotta puppies

Almonds—delicious, why have they been ignored?

Tuna—isn’t that shit full of chemicals? However, I did eat tuna sushi yesterday. Because it’s yummy.

Fat-free milk—husband has this thing after writing book about dairy where he thinks only full-fat milk is good. I do not understand his educated point of view but I’m sure he’s wrong.

Fat-free greek yogurt—Greek yogurt, food of the gods. From Aphrodite to Zeus, yogurt and honey surely must have been their treat #1

Dark chocolate—please don’t give me any more excuses.

Red wine—I think it’s a treat, but not a health food. That’s just me.

EVOO—I just had to say that to annoy husband because he loathes Rachael Ray. But yeah.

*Props to the lovely Rowyn K. for illustration idea.

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What do you think is missing from this list????


Everything I learned today I learned From the September 2012 Ladies Home Journal

29 Sep

DToday I had a two-and-a-half hour, completely pointless wait for an MRI. [They neglected to tell me when I told the genius receptionist I was checking in for my 1:00 appt. that it was actually at 3:00—ooooh, I was STEAMING..).Combined with two hours of Divorce Court being played at top volume, my powers of concentration were low, low, low. I was totally distracted by whether or not 42 year old Curtis should get a divorce because he wanted to be a stripper. “Who’s going to want to see that big old belly of yours?” scoffed his wife. But let me tell you, Curtis was quite the charmer, and the wife wasn’t giving him, um, how do I say this delicately, “any.” And Curtis was plainly not the ascetic type. So by the end of the episode I was pretty much a Curtis woman. I was pretty damn sure I’d have a few bucks for Curtis’s golden Mankini so he could live out his dream, big old belly or not.. . .

Although I didn’t quite have it in me to do anything constructive, I did manage to make a thorough study of the Ladies Home Journal, September 2012, and so I bring its wisdom to you, just in case you don’t have to spend all of eternity at the mercy of MRI establishment receptionists:

  1. 1.    You don’t have to put a tip in the tip jar at Dunkin Donuts.
  2. 2.    “Life is precious and you shouldn’t waste a minute of it with someone who isn’t reliable,” says Julianna Margulies, who plainly spent plenty of minutes with men who weren’t reliable.
  3. 3.    You’ll feel better if you dress up with some nice heels than if you wear your old sweatpants from college. (did they get my mother to write this?)
  4. 4.    Yes, you CAN get the new rotating, color-changing Airwick candle in “Fresh Snows and Sleighbells” scent—but only at Target.
  5. 5.    Breast cancer sucks.
  6. 6.    Foods that are good for your gut: appples, pears and berries, quinoa, nuts, psillium, water. (How is “psyllium” a food. Or water, for that matter)
  7. 7.    “”Taking probiotics may not urt you but there’s n guarantee they make you any healthier,” says Dr. Something Lee. (Really? Damn, says the woman whose diet consists of 75 percent Greek Yogurt)
  8. 8.    76 percent of American women have used their cell phones in the bathroom. Eeewwww.
  9. 9.    Delicious recipe idea: cake truffle rats. Also, eyeball cake.

10. 11. Fear of new foods is called food neophobia , or “Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.” (Hold the snake etouffe)

11. Burgundy is the hot color for fall. (Crap, I thought it was oxblood—are all my accessories going to clash?)

12. Yes, that marriage COULD be saved.

13. 85 percent of people think a healthy smile can enhance connections we make. The other 15 percent never leave their darkened computer dens.

14. It’s good to embarrasss your kids. (Evidence? None. The author just liked describing how she embarrassed her kid.)

15. Pumpkins, shmumkins. Avoid the mess and bother by decorating “Funkins.”

16. If you want to know how quickly your system works, eat a piece of corn and look for how quickly the kernels “exit.”


Prompt: What would you name the article in which #16 appears? And, who’s right: Curtis or Mrs. Curtis? Also, what kind of really mean letter should I write to the MRI place? Or was glowering sufficient?