Mind Your Microbiome

Great viewing from ABC Catalyst.

“New research has linked the Western diet to asthma, autism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, emphysema, cancer, and the list goes on. The reason a healthy diet could be even more important than previously thought is because food affects the bacteria deep inside our guts. Unbeknownst to most of us, we each carry about 1.5 kg of bacteria – that’s trillions of tiny microbes that contribute 100 times as many genes as our genomes do. In the last ten years, a technological revolution means scientists are now beginning to discover just how crucial these microscopic creatures are to our overall health…and what they’re learning is shaking the very foundations of medicine and nutrition”

Full report here: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/gut_reaction_part_1/#

Powerful Books and Podcasts

“Hang around people that are high level thinkers. If you can’t find those people, then … leverage it by listening to podcasts, reading powerful books, things that will inspire you.” Zach Even-Esh (Bulletproof podcast #161)

An ongoing list of those I’ve found most inspiring and/or thought provoking (dates reflect listening or reading date, not publication/air date)

Seasonings Greetings (3 ways with dukkah)

Amanda Reid:

Great Christmas gift idea — also really keen to try the spiced honey popcorn.

Originally posted on one equals two:

[Recipe 1] PISTACHIO and ALMOND DUKKAH transforms into
[Recipe 2] SPICED LAMB PIZZA (lahm bi ajine)
[Recipe 3] SPICED HONEY DUKKAH POPCORN
[Recipe 4] CHAR-GRILLED DUKKAH LAMB with TRAY-ROASTED VEGGIES

It seriously feels like we packed away the Christmas tree two months ago. I cannot BELIEVE we’re half-way through November. Yikes!
Every Christmas I make a massive batch of something sweet or spicy to pop into jars for teachers, family and friends. Za’atar was popular, and dukkah is equally tasty and a cinch to whip up and package; especially if you employ child labour in your home, as we do.
I buy my fabric pieces at Amitié – they have a huge basket of off-cuts, the perfect size for topping jars. The raw tangerine string is from Araliya. It’s handmade from coconut fibre, and it was a birthday pressie (thanks Chris)!
For a more substantial gift, a small spice…

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Wholesome Lunch Ideas

Amanda Reid:

Simple, fast and mighty tasty looking. #paleo

Originally posted on Studio Snacks:

Hi readers! In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been posting full post very consistently because I am currently away from my studio for the summer. However, I am very active on Instagram, and you can follow my shenanigans there if you must. Recently, every weekend I’ve been posting photos of my mealprep for my brother, who works the graveyard shift at the hospital as a dialysis assistant. He’s a paleo enthusiast who literally has no time to cook. He works at night time and sleeps during the day time… kind of like a vampire, I guess.

Above is one of the most recent meal preps, starting from the top:

1. Carrot, onion and sausage stir fry
2. Chicken and broccoli
3. Chorizo mushroom tomato sauce over cabbage

Here are the ingredients I used for this particular mealprep (not shown are some pantry items I also used: coconut oil

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Change Your Beliefs About Yourself to Form Better Habits

Some great advice:

“Your goal isn’t to be perfect. Your goal is simply to win the majority of the time. And if you cast enough votes for the right identity, eventually the good behaviors will win out.

For some reason, we often think that if we fail to follow our exact plan step-by-step, then we have totally blown it. The truth is that it doesn’t work that way at all. If you make a mistake, remember that it’s just one vote. Be aware of the votes you’re casting and try to win the majority. Every action is a vote for your identity.”

Whole 30 Day 23

Well, I’ve gotten this far!  Normally I cave in about now … and I must say I was really tempted yesterday as I made my family mushroom and chicken san choy bau for dinner (not my recipe choice) and while it contained some very lovely paleo ingredients, it also called for kecap manis (sweet soy) and peanuts.  In hindsight I should have just substituted coconut aminos (why didn’t I think of that last night?!).  Instead, I considered eating the very tasty looking mushroom mix v/s $300 donation to Mr Rabbit … and Continue reading