Oh ... Really?

Category: Food

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Monsanto’s Dirty Secrets and Lies

Monsanto has been working its way into the upper tiers of American federal government for decades. Now Obama has given them an order of protection to be able to continue messing with our food supply - without telling us what they are doing, and being held unaccountable for the damage done to our bodies by these altered, corrupted, hybridized, genetically modified, poisoned foods.

In other words, if you become sick from eating these genetically modified foods, you cannot sue for damages. But, you may not have a choice whether you eat these foods.

Cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, vascular disease, birth defects and pregnancy complications, brain disorders, mental illness, metabolic and autoimmune disorders ... ALL of these have their roots in the foods we eat. Do you, like I do, suffer from chronic illness caused by an autoimmune disorder? If so, you can thank Monsanto for that ... they put the poison in your food that has made you sick.

And even growing your own food does not help much ... Monsanto has a monopoly on the seeds we buy, which won't germinate unless you use their fertilizers, and which produce sterile fruit and seed which cannot be used to plant the next year crops - so we have to buy more seed from them next year. Only if you have a source of independent, heirloom seed and grow from them without commercial fertilizers and pest control, will your food be not produced by Monsanto ... and even then, they are moving to outlaw the sale and transfer of heirloom seed, so the only source we will have is theirs.

The Monsanto poison can no longer be completely avoided ... it is in the feed given to livestock, in the plants we eat, even in the water supply either from ground water run off or by direct addition of the poisonous fluoride - provided, of course, by Monsanto.

Agent Orange Orphans
Between 75% to 80% of the processed food you consume every day has GMOs inside, and residues of Monsanto’s RoundUp pesticide outside. But it’s not just processed food—fresh fruit and vegetables are next: genetically engineered sweet corn is already being sold at your local grocer, with apples and a host of other “natural” produce currently in field trials.

We can only hope to minimize our exposure to these toxic foods, but we need to know what's in our foods and have viable alternative sources in order to do so. Monsanto is going to fight our right to choose not to eat their foods every step of the way ... until we are too sick to fight or dead.
Posted by LissaKay on 04/09/13 at 11:08 AM in ~ Food
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Why I got fat; And I what I am doing about it

I have been posting on Facebook about my weight loss efforts, and after having posted a before and work-in-progress pictures, I am sure there are some folks that are a bit surprised, shocked even, to see what has become of that little, teeny, skinny chick you used to know ... you know, ladies, the one you used to mentally hiss at as I swung by in my itty bitty size 2 jeans. I will be upfront - in the last 7 or 8 years, I put on about 60 pounds. Yup ... you got that right - SIXTY pounds of flabby blubber hangin' off my once incredibly hawt bod. It's OK, you can gloat. Now get over it and pay attention ... this is important.

OK, this is the me that used to be ... weighing probably about 110 - 115 pounds. Those are Guess jeans, waist size 24. I normally wore a size 2 and my waist measured 22 inches.

skinny me

That was on my 35th birthday - 1999. I stayed about that same size until sometime around 2003. By 2009, when I got married again, this is what I looked like ... my dress is a size 14, and only by the grace of God and Spanx was I able to squeeze into it that day.

fatty me

Ughhh ... I know, right?

So, what the heck happened? How in the world could a slender young woman who could eat anything she wanted without gaining an ounce get to look like a fat cow? Holy crap ... that's ME and I still can hardly believe it!

Well, in a nutshell, what happened to me is low fat diets. And what got me on that low fat diet was too much processed convenience foods, too much refined flours, too much sugar, and not enough fat. That's right ... NOT ENOUGH FAT. If you want the detailed explanation of that, check out this book, Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes.

He could have written that book about me and my weight gain adventures. Seriously. And if you are avoiding natural fats in your diet to keep your weight down, or to lose weight, you really need to read that book too.

Long ago, when I would find that a few pounds creeping on, or my jeans getting a bit snug, my go-to eating plan would be chicken, rice and broccoli for dinner every night for a week or two, and I would skip the ice cream and other treats too. It worked. Then. But then a good bit of weight showed up, and I had to get serious about it. My parents had gone on the American Heart Association Heart Healthy diet and lost an amazing amount of weight. So, I sort of followed suit, but I had no idea what I was doing. I just went for low fat ... if it had no fat, it was all good. Rice, pasta, pretzels, even Tootsie Rolls were allowed. But no butter, oil, cheese, ice cream and the like. I would lose some weight, go back to my regular habits, then it would come back. Lather, rinse, repeat. Factor in also that my lifestyle changed - I was no longer working on the ambulance, burning hundreds of calories every call, every shift. I was sitting at a desk all day ... blithely munching away on Tootsie Rolls and Bit O' Honeys all day, then going home and cooking a meal fit for a teenage boy. Plus ice cream for dessert ... low fat ice cream, that is.

So, five ... ten ... fifteen pounds crept on. Then when it became 20, 25 I became mildly concerned. But not really ... at the same time, I completely lost interest in dating. No, that's not quite right ... I became downright hostile towards the idea of being involved with anyone romantically. So I was fat, that just kept the jerks away from me.

Well, times and attitudes change, and the good Lord led me to a good man and that's all been written about before. But at the same time, I found myself caring very much about my appearance again, now that I had someone to look good for. We were engaged, and I was 40 pounds overweight. I was having so much fun being in love, I scarcely noticed that another 20 pounds crept on! In the 3 months leading up to the wedding, I busted my ass in the gym three nights a week, and I counted each and every gram of fat that crossed my lips. It was a carb free for all though. And I weight exactly the same on my wedding night as I did 3 months before. When I got the wedding pictures back, I wanted to die. I could not believe how gross I had gotten to be.

Emotionally devastating ... oh yeah. But I plugged on, following the recommendations for a healthy diet that would lead to weight loss as promoted by the Department of Health, the USDA, WebMD, my personal physician and just about every Tom, Dick and Harry that I would ask. Eat less, eat low fat foods, exercise more. I did as instructed and the scale remained right where it was. Eventually, I nearly gave up.

Then something happened that completely rocked my world (which is very private and personal, so don't ask ... ), and I knew that I had to do something and quickly. Everything I hold dear on this earth depended on my losing this gawd-awful blubber that had accumulated on my skinny self. Being somewhat OCD, I needed a highly structured plan that I could count on - today I will eat this, this and this. So, I got on the Medifast plan. It's like Nutrisystem - food is ordered and delivered to the house, five meals a day plus one "lean and green" meal that we cooked. Rich got on the plan too - as you can see from the wedding picture, he had a pound or two to lose too.

It worked, somewhat. My loss was very slow. The plan boasts an average of 3 to 5 pounds a week. I was losing less than 2. (Rich, on the other hand, was losing 5 to 8 pounds a week!) Though stressful, depressing and disheartening, I carried on. In 4 months, I have managed to lose about 30 pounds. That's still 30 more than I was in the first picture, but I was no longer obese, as classified by my BMI. My waist has gone from 38 inches to 30. I can wear size 8 jeans again, after being in 14s for the last couple of years. Light at the end of the tunnel, but still so far away ... and I was feeling like crap most days, with no energy, fighting the depression and general malaise. My skin broke out, hair is thinning, and other changes were taking place in various bodily systems that were disturbing at best, at times agonizing.

And then I came across Gary Taubes' book, and then another one, The Perfect 10 Diet: 10 Key Hormones That Hold the Secret to Losing Weight and Feeling Great-Fast!. Reading these, it finally all fell together and I figured out what had happened to me ... the low-fat diet, along with the processed, refined grains and carbs that acted together to wreck my metabolism and pile the weight on me. Even the Medifast diet is horrible, nutritionally speaking. Eating 800 calories a day, with less than 30 grams of fat, most of it engineered food and the majority of the protein coming from soy isolate protein is not good for any body. Mine is in full rebellion. The only good part is the weight I have lost, and that I have "detoxed" off of sugar and refined carbs.

I am going to start eating according to the information in these two books starting next week. Why wait until then, I don't know, other than I need time to plan and shop and reorganize my kitchen and life. I know now that what I have been doing has been all wrong ... totally wrong. I have been lucky in that I only put on weight. I could have become diabetic, developed cancer or serious heart disease. I already have heart arrhythmia and some blood imbalances with Vitamin D and iron. I hope it's not too late.

The Perfect 10 diet is one that I am familiar with ... eat whole, natural, unprocessed foods, including fats and oils. Carbs are not restricted, but eaten in moderation from vegetable, fruit and whole grain sources. Organic, preferably. Why familiar? Well, back when I was earth-mama with little babies, wearing Birkenstocks, keeping an organic garden, making all our bread myself from whole grain flours, buying our food from a whole-foods co-op, I lived that lifestyle ... and despite having one babe after another, eating as I pleased - from good, whole, natural foods - I lost pregnancy weight quickly and without even trying. And I stayed slim even after moving away from that way of eating for years ... until I started following the doctors and nutritionists recommendation to limit fats in my diet.

So here I am, 4 months ago and now ...
work in progress

Check back later to see what happens next. Oh, and Rich's weight loss? He's blogging about it at his site ... go check it out.

Please read those books ... most likely, what you think you know about good nutrition and weight loss diets is all wrong, especially if you got it from the government. Seriously, what you don't know could kill you.

Posted by LissaKay on 02/01/11 at 11:32 PM in ~ Fitness and Diet ~ Food ~ Matters of the Heart ~ Personal
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

More Good Eats in Oak Ridge

I've been tagged!

By Mrs Eaves at AtomicTumor

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the city/state and country you’re in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Todd (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)
miss kendra (los angeles, california, u.s.a)
Jiggs Casey (Berkeley, CA, USA! USA! USA!)
Tits McGee (New England, USA)
Joe (NE Tennessee, USA)
10K Monkeys (Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA)
Big Stupid Tommy (Athens, Tennessee, USA)
Newscoma (Weakley County, Tennessee, USA)
Russ McBee (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)
Atomictumor Mrs Eaves (Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA)
Oh Really? LissaKay (Oak Ridge, TN, USA)

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

Since Eaves asked for Oak Ridge locations ...

My house - I love to cook. I love to experiment and invent new taste combinations. Lately, I have been enjoying the challenge of creating tasty things to eat that are also low-fat and good for me. Somehow, though, I have managed to raise heathens for children and they rarely appreciate my creations, preferring frozen pizzas and Hamburger Helper. I also do not enjoy my tiny kitchen, lack of dishwasher and limited time to pursue this hobby.

Panera Bread - a step above the usual fast food/deli shop. I do wish they added new things to the menu more often. But I do love their new Grilled Salmon Salad.

Firehouse Subs - totally bad for a diet, but oh-so very yummy!

Hot Bagel Co - often overlooked, very yummy and the low-fat selections ease the guilt

Wok n Roll - yeah, so it's cheap, imitation Chinese, but it still tastes good! Especially their Lo Mein and Orange Chicken.

There are a bunch of places I really like in Knoxville ... Calypso Cafe and Tossed in Turkey Creek, PF Chang's, Mandarin House, any place that has Japanese Hibachi - Shono's, Fuji, Hashi, etc., Rafferty's, Conner's, The Melting Pot ... and dammit, now I'm all hungry!

3. Tag 5 Others

Cathy and Doug

Posted by LissaKay on 05/22/07 at 11:23 AM in ~ Food
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Monday, January 01, 2007

Conquering Leftovers

Now serving: Musgoe Hambone Stew

All you care to eat! Please!

imageIt's been many, many years since I hostessed any part of the Christmas family gathering. My townhouse was just too small for any kind of entertaining, other than a simple dinner date. Family, with kids, and massive amounts of cooking? No way!

So, I mostly missed out on the piles of leftovers that naturally follow the holiday dinners. If mom cooked, she would sometimes send us home with a little, but that would be taken care in a day or two. This year was quite different.

For one, neither Mom nor I are very good judges of how much is enough. I think we both go by the premise that it's better to have too much than not enough. So, we usually have enough to feed an army. This year, Mom brought a 12 pound spiral sliced ham. And her famous overnight fruit salad. I made a metric ton of Mashed Potato Bake, and a like amount of Wild Rice and Broccoli Dressing.

Leftovers? Oh yeah. I got yer leftovers.

The ham left filled two gallon size storage bags. Plus the bone. Despite the consumption of ham sandwiches every day last week, I was still faced with massive amounts come Friday. So, I made a potato cheese and ham casserole. But I still had a huge chunk and the hambone left in the freezer. And potatoes. And dressing. And also apple and pumpkin pie.

So tonight I made Musgoe Stew with the hambone. What is Musgoe? Easy ... if it's in the fridge and still edible, it "musgoe" into the stew. Except the pies.

I boiled the hambone in broth and water for ... awhile. I sauted some onions and celery, then dumped that into the broth, along with minced garlic and dried red pepper. Then I emptied the fridge out. Mushrooms, mashed potatoes, dressing ... it all went in. Plus stewed tomatoes and some macaroni. I cut some ham off the bone and tossed that in too. It looks a bit odd ... the tomatoes and potatoes have combined to give it a pinkish color. But it tastes wonderful ... perfect for this chilly evening!

I now have a bloody ton of Musgoe stew. And some nice French bread.

Anyone hungry? Come on over!

Posted by LissaKay on 01/01/07 at 09:12 PM in ~ Food
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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Here comes the snow doot n doo doo

Here comes the snow
And I say, it's all right ...

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the SNOW, here comes the SNOW
and I say it's all right

Woo hoo! Snow!

Oh wait ... must do the panic thing first ... OMG! I need to get milk! No ... nevermind, I don't drink milk. Toilet paper! Must get at least 20 rolls! Run run run to Kroger!!! Ahhh the sky is falling! The world is coming to an end!

OK, got that over with. Snow ... way cool. I hope it's a good one. We haven't had a good snow here in a couple of years, and certainly nothing like the blizzard of '93. Or even the ice and snow storm of '96. How 'bout the freezing rain storm of '82? Where were you then? I believe that was the first time the University of Tennessee ever closed due to weather. The only other closing I can recall (and I am sure someone will correct me) is the Blizzard of '93.

I did go to Kroger today ... not to stock up on necessities, but to get the fixins for a feast. I had a hankering for Thai Cashew Chicken, but didn't want to spend the bucks at a restaurant for it. I also recently discovered jasmine rice ... oh. my. goodness. Awesomeness! It defies description ... just get some and try it. If you like rice, you will love jasmine rice. Anyway, I got the stuff to make the most awesomest Thai chicken with cashews (recipe below the fold), plus a few other things, including Girl Scout Cookie ice cream ... no kiddin, it's for real. Thin Mint ice cream. Yummmm! Surprisingly, the store was not all that busy. I expected to fight a crowd, but it seemed to be the usual number of Friday evening shoppers. I have often thought that weather forecasters and grocery store managers were in collusion to drum up business for the stores.

Right now it is just raining a bit, and it is a little too warm for snow. Maybe when I get up in the morning I will have a nice winter wonderland outside. Since I have no pressing business to attend to this weekend, that would be kind of nice. Snow blogging!

Posted by LissaKay on 02/11/06 at 05:22 AM in ~ Food
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