Monday, December 29, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again - Who Do You Want to Be - Vegan, Paleo, Macrobiotic, Vegetarian, Vegan, Healthy...

It's that time of year - resolutions - revolutions around the sun - and the hopefulness of a 1/1. 
January 1st is a symbol of being able to reset your pointer towards the things you want, and letting go of the things you don't.

How long do you allow yourself to have the resolved items on your list before you toss the list, go back to old habits, or just start getting through each day about the same as the year before? 

How do you make this year different?  Do you need to be Paleo to look great - or give up the foods you love?  Do you want to shed pounds or pounds of tolerations in your job, relationships or home? 

Food is so connected to our identity that many people believe certain foods are a must.  They identify with being a coffee connoisseur, or someone who drinks a sophisticated glass of wine each night.  Others identify with being Italian, or Asian, or from a certain region like the south, and that their heritage dictates they eat certain items. 

It's all made up.  You make up the rules.  You make up the game you are playing. 

If you want to let go of some pounds - you get to choose different foods, slice off some quantity, and get some exercise into your day.

If you want to be more focused, have more energy, generally feel and look great - you get to eat more alkalizing foods and let go of acidity. 

You do not need to subscribe to any one type of eating, such as vegan or Paleo, unless you want to.  You do get to incorporate enough commitment to what you desire to create habits that then make your choices easy.

Commit to things that make your life better for real though, and don't be duped by advertising or excuses.  You can't exercise enough to balance the acidity of daily coffee and cake.  Bread doesn't grow bread trees.  Whole grains do grow. If the grains were pulverized, they oxidized, and are not the same as eating the cooked up whole version. 

Be smart in how you choose your food, thoughts, and actions. Create your dreams this year.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

     I just made the most perfect kale and onion Okonomiyaki for my lunch today. (for the recipe click here) I probably should never make them again, because nothing will live up to the incredible crisp outside, soft comforting middle and the exact balance of sweet and salt in the sauce.  Unlike my pumpkin pie recipe (click here for that recipe) where every time I make it, it comes out exactly the same, Okonomiyaki doesn't have exact measurements.  How you make the dashi with the size of kombu and amount of bonito varies.  The amount of vegetables varies.  The pan temperature varies.  There are too many variables to have it come out the same. 

     That's part of the charm of cooking and making things from scratch.  Of course it happens in restaurants too.  How often have you gone back to a place where you had the perfect burger and fries or a magical dish that you would never make at home, and when you return to relish the experience all over again - and it just isn't the same?

     When I teach cooking, I often get students who are scared.  They think they can't cook.  They think that it is a special skill they are bad at, and they hope I can help them to at least do something basic, so they don't feel like complete fools.  Usually what they learn is that - hey - it's all a process.  I burn stuff too - I just call it blackened or carmelized and reframe my mistake into a win.  As long as it tastes good, it doesn't have to be perfect.  Eventually with practice, you have more wins than goofs - more delectable outcomes and less need to rely on recipes.  Going out is for things that are different from what you cook at home.  Restaurant meals naturally use strong flavors, more oil and have more calories than what you would make at home.  They want you to keep eating and come back so they load up on addictive sugars, and heavy fats with salt.  If you want to live healthy, slender, and free from most annoying dis-ease - than you get to eat home cooked food more often and learn to enjoy the big wins, don't sweat the mistakes, and reframe when necessary. 

     Of course I will be making my favorite savory pancakes again.  I just won't expect it to be exactly like the one I had today.  Maybe that's the lesson of life. Always be open to the new adventure in front of you and constantly rediscover what shows up.