The Surprisingly Dramatic Role of Nutrition on Mental Illness

This is amazing. I literally stumbled upon this while looking for videos on S Corps (exciting right?).  Clinical physiologist Julia Rucklidge has being studying the impact of micronutrients on mental illness and the results are stunning.  To be clear: micronutrients are vitamin pills and supplements like fish oil. Nothing fancy.  Her focus is mental illness the ramifications of her work are far greater.

This made me choke up.  Really I can’t emphasize enough how world shaking and important this talk is.  Certainly worth the 17 minutes.  Must watch.

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John Oliver on Food Waste

We live on the 14th floor of an apartment and I constantly bemoan the fact that we don’t compost.  I tried and have never made it work, in part because it requires me to take the “waste” so far to get it composted.  Our building has tried to get people interested in compositing here right on site and it has never succeeded.

John Oliver once again makes me rethink my behavior and is motivating me to reconsider my laziness.

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Twice Baked Sour Cherry Pie

IMG_7711 For me sour cherry season is the highlight of the summer. This year they were selling for $10 a quart, it take 2 quarts to make a pie and well who only wants one cherry pie? Continue reading

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Urban Foraging: Eating and Growing Weeds in Berkeley

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First off can I just say: I love The Bay Area.  This video is split into two sections, the first part is a tour of urban Berkeley that Mark Bittman takes with 2 U C Berkeley professors: Phil Stark and Tom Carlson. They go on an urban foraging walk to discover that, basically all those weeds in between sidewalk cracks and in people’s front lawns or even growing by creepy abandon buildings are mostly edible, some of them are even tasty, all of them are free (just be sure to wash them first).

Bittman also discusses how “weeds” are finding their way on to menus of many fine dinning establishments, Chez Panisse probably being the most famous.

The video then switches focus from urban to rural and to Green String farm where Bob Cannard has being growing weeds for 30 years.  It’s fascinating and provocative.  What are these weeds that we keep trying to kill with chemicals, oh they’re food too?  But I thought they were bad?

Watch it, share your thoughts.


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How to Feed the World and End Poverty at the Same Time

This video makes it very clear we already grow enough food to feed the world, we’re just really bad distribution, access and paying farmers properly for their products.  It certainly shows how self serving and disingenuous the lies spread by big Agricultural are that with out more GMO seeds and chemicals we can’t feed the world.

Great animation.  Watch it and let me know what you think.

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Nalli Nihari Lamb Curry for Ramadan

IMG_7606Lamb shanks were on sale last week at Whole Foods and I impulsively bought 2 thinking I would braise them with the usual white wine, garlic and rosemary and serve them over mashed potatoes.  When I got home I realized there wouldn’t be time so made something else, something quicker: lamb burgers (they also had ground lamb on sale).

The next day as I pondered what to do with these lamb shanks I started looking through Sanjeev Kapoor’s excellent cookbook: How to Cook Indian. Continue reading

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A Really Upsetting Video You Have To Watch (and yes it may change the way you eat)

Some of this is old news: factory farming is horrible, antibiotic resistance in humans is in large part due to the amount of antibiotics we give our animals because they are mostly brought up in such horrendous conditions and are in constant need of medication.  Oh and this is usually done without veterinarian supervision and these drugs are all easily accessible online. Enter LA-MRSA which has crossed over to humans from pigs.

The Guardian has done a great job at investigating how LA-MRSA is infecting humans in Britain and Denmark, how it’s being transmitted and how it’s not responding to antibiotics.

As a cook the most upsetting thing to me is that it can be gotten simply from cutting up raw pork before you cook it.

I don’t ever cook pork because I live with a nice jewish Doctor and we keep kosher, but I’m happy to eat Peameal Bacon when I visit Canada or load up on bacon from the hotel breakfast buffet when on vacation.  Sure I know it’s not well sourced meat, but I figure: Oh well it’s so rare I do this.  

I think I have to reconsider my laissez-faire attitude in light of this information.

At home I’m very concerned about the sourcing of my meat, if it isn’t from a farm I’m not buying it.  When you travel or you are out sometimes this is just not possible.  Usually I close my eyes and don’t think about it.  I think this video has made me turn a corner and realize that any support of factory farmed meat is something I don’t want to be a part of.

Of course then there are issues like what do you do if you are in Thailand or some other country where you really have no idea how the meat is raised?  Become a pescaterian when on holiday?

Curious to hear your thoughts on this. I know it’s 16 minutes and there are lots of predictable shots of pigs in squalor in factory farms suffering mightily, that most of us have seen many times before. The added, urgent new information about how this continued abuse of  animals in the name of cheap meat is now starting to pose a very real risk to human health makes it a must watch, in my opinion.

Happy Friday! ;-)


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