Tag Archives: food

a pill for everything?

20 Dec

pill supplementationI am proud to report that I have been effectively dairy-free for 5 months. Not just lactose-free, but dairy-free. That means no lactose-free milk, no bread with whey in it… NO dairy at all. (I have indulged two or three times in a cheesy snack, and I paid for it immediately.)

The reactions I get from others about this topic are frustrating. Most people ask, “Are you lactose intolerant?” And I reply that I suspect I am, since ceasing dairy consumption has alleviated my digestive problems. They invariably reply with, “Oh jeez, I’m sorry. You know, they make pills now that you can take before you eat dairy so you don’t have such a bad reaction.” Continue reading

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comfort food

17 Nov
green chile chicken soup

the best comfort on a cold day

Winter begins to gnash its icy teeth at our doors again. Though we enjoy 320+ days of sunshine per year here in southern NM, heavy grey clouds shroud the Organ Mountains on stormy winter days. A mournful wind hurries yellow leaves through quiet streets, and the crisp morning greets me with its steamy breath. And I, like many people this time of year, crave comfort food. Continue reading

Masoor Dāl

15 Nov

curry lentils from IndiaOne of the main obstacles for beginning a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is obtaining sufficient protein without relying on animal sources. Vegetarians in India (as well as throughout much of the world) have long relied on lentils (or, in Hindi, Dāl) to provide essential protein.

Lentils are not only a low-fat, low-calorie source protein (about 26% protein and 1% fat, and only 230 calories in a cup of cooked lentils), but also contain high levels of dietary fiber, folate, and iron. Continue reading

Punjabi Baingan Bharta (eggplant)

12 Nov
aubergine indian food

provided via creative commons by Frank Horst

While at the farmer’s market last weekend, I noticed a pile of beautiful deep purple eggplants at my favorite stand. Although I’m not fond of most eggplant dishes I’ve tried, I thought surely there was some way I could utilize these beautiful vegetables. So I bought three.

In keeping with my current Indian food fetish, I looked for an Indian eggplant dish (of which there are many). The result was Punjabi Baingan Bharta. Although I don’t really care for eggplant, this dish is very tasty, and I will definitely make it again. Continue reading

Indian food Bonanza!

10 Nov
delicious indian cuisine

provided via creative commons by flickr user "artfulblogger"

I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post. Life interrupts, sometimes.

BUT, I have still been cooking and continuing my dairy-free lifestyle. I have entirely eliminated dairy products from my diet. No dairy-based seasonings, no nonfat dry milk in my breads. My digestion has stabilized and my allergies have diminished significantly. Moreover, when I occasionally indulge in a cheesy hors d’oeuvre, I pay the price immediately. Done. No dairy.

It’s harder than one might think to live without eating dairy products. I don’t eat out much, and have explored new cooking options at home. My current preoccupation: Indian food. Continue reading

the path to where we are standing

19 Jul

logo for this american dietWelcome to This American Diet!

My name is Ramey, and I am embarking on a wellness odyssey. Having acquired various “incurable” illnesses and allergies during my life, and having already spent WAY more time in doctors’ offices and hospitals than I care to, it is time for me to begin a more comprehensive personal wellness journey; one in which I examine my eating habits first and foremost. My goal is not to lose weight, as I have always been fairly trim. I believe, however, that a healthy weight is a direct byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. My aim, therefore, is to improve my overall health and nutrition as a preventative healthcare measure. So I am starting this blog to share with others what I discover about health, nutrition, and food in this country. Continue reading

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