Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthier Substitutions

Here are some ideas to reduce calories and fat in recipes. I’ve also added healthy substitutions for general food categories, as well as restaurant food substitutions.

But remember—if you try to avoid fat by opting for highly processed foods that are labeled as low-fat or fat-free, you will likely find that the sugar content increases. This can cause inflammation, weight … Read more

Brain Food

I recently read Brain Food, the Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power, by Lisa Mosconi, PhD. Here are my notes. If you want to know the ‘why’ for any of these items, I highly recommend reading the book. In it, Dr. Mosconi lays out the scientific basis for each of these items.

Excerpt: “A new diet known as Read more

All About Alternative Grains

I’m on a small mission to try alternative grains. I mean, enough already with the white rice, corn, and rolled oats. I want VARIETY!

AMARANTH (Gluten-free)

Flavor: Slightly sweet, malty, nutty
Texture: Porridge-like, or airy-crunchy if popped
Uses: Breakfast cereal, popped, soup/stew addition
Nutrition: Complete protein; high in fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, squalene

PORRIDGE—Ratio 3:1
Rinse in a sieve and … Read more

Lactose Sensitivity Notes

I recently found that people with my genetic profile have a genetic variant that is associated with the inability to break down lactose, and that in my case I have a high lactose sensitivity. (Want to find out more? Go to GenoPalate.com)

As a result, I’ve switched to lactose-free milk for my morning tea and I also use it—or … Read more

Instant Pot Recipe Roundup

My sweetie and I like to make low-carb stews, pot roasts, braises, chili, curries, soups—and desserts—especially since cool weather in the Pacific Northwest favors those kinds of foods for most of the year.

So to simplify our lives, we just bought a six-quart Instant Pot. An hour or so before dinner, we’ll prep a pot full of something tasty,

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La Vida Low-Carb—Weight Loss Notes

I found myself in a funk. I was overweight by about 50 pounds, could no longer run up stairs, had trouble leaning over to tie my shoes, was exhausted, was depressed, and had a bad case of brain fog. After floundering around, trying to fix all this with medication, yoyo-dieting, and cheating, I finally decided that perhaps a more healthy … Read more