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Farmer’s Market

Posted in food, Photos with tags , on April 23, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Sunday is the day of the Ballard, the neighborhood just north across the canal from me, Farmer’s Market, where much nutrient rich, succulent food can be found.  I’ve enjoyed bread, beef heart, grass-fed & finished beef, a pumpkin ice cream bar, and a bag of lettuce.  I have some chicken feet and necks, waiting to be used to make a killer, nutritious broth, currently stored in my friend’s freezer.  Real food is where it’s at for taste and nutrition.

Food

Posted in food, Photos with tags , , on April 9, 2010 by trapperKeeper

I’ve slipped a little recently in my diet by indulging in a few dirty burgers, but, all in all, have been keeping up with it well.  Tonight, I enjoyed some berry blast kefir smoothie, half an avocado, good sourdough bread, and grass-fed beef patty.  I also picked up the grains I need to start making kefir and my milk for the week.  It’s time to start pounding the raw goodness even more.  Beet Kvass is surprisingly awesome, at least when it is done properly.  I don’t like beets all that much, but the kvass can be a decently tasty liver tonic.  Originally from Russia, kvass is a healing drink for the body.  Kvass’ disease fighting properties allowed Russian soldiers to feel comfortable enough to share kvass glasses during a cholera epidemic.  Make sure to eat fermented, alive foods.  Your gut needs good bacteria.  In extreme situations, medical professionals will actually insert a healthy person’s feces into a person who gets sick due to a lack of good bacteria (usually the result of anti-biotic use) anally or orally through a tube.  After reading that piece of information, I needed no more convincing of the need to keep a healthy gut.  Raw milk in the morning is a wonderful way to coat your stomach with good bacteria, providing for more pleasant digestion.

The Velveteen Touch of a Dandy Fop (Warm & Mandatory)

Posted in Art, food, health, Kaleidoscope, politics with tags , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Here are some new kaleidoscope images and a sketch comedy skit (http://tinyurl.com/yjdp97t) from a Mr. Show episode that inspired the post title.  Sadly, the concept behind the bit, “Coupon: The Movie” isn’t too far off modern times, where Americans have now been ordered to purchase a commodity from a private entity.  Yes, I am speaking of health care reform.  The federal government is mandating people purchase private insurance from companies, whose behavior during the last decade plus has been unethical and, in some cases, criminal.  Sadly, they will be further enriched by this pathetic excuse for health care reform .  Some don’t view me as a trusted source of reason due to my radical beliefs, many of which are only radical in a climate where corporations profiting off the wealth of the earth and the labor of others .  Enriching themselves while impoverishing others and destroying the earth.  Unfortunately, a side effect of poisoning your environment is eventually the environment poisons you.  There is no avoiding the toxins as hard as you try.  Having been pumped into our land and water, they find a home in our bodies through the water we must drink to the plants and animals we eat.  However, pollutants are only one source of containment.  The pills people take are flushed through their systems into the toilet and back into our water.  Filtering out all the parts is supposedly too costly to do.  Municipalities poison their citizens by adding fluoride (http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-reasons.htm and http://tinyurl.com/yhao4ql), more and more of which is being imported from China, from toxin scrubbers.  In other words, this fluoride is industrial grade quality material that contains toxins, including heavy metals, and it’s being added to the water supply.  Problems are starting to be noticed (http://tinyurl.com/yz8eda7), but these problems shouldn’t come as a shock because the chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water (fluorosilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride and sodium fluoride) are industrial waste products from the phosphate fertilizer industry.  Even worse, adding fluoride to the water supply doesn’t accomplish anything, at least in America.  Fluoride is effective as a topical agent, thus it is a component of toothpaste, much of which by the way is chemical crap that you are applying directly to your largest organ and your blood stream.  Fluoride can also be found in our food due to pesticide use.

Anyhow, that was a tangent, though I’ll have to admit a pretty well-written one.  Back to the initial topic of health care reform, which thankfully passed; a Republican political victory would have been disastrous.  Still, what was passed is a joke lacking truly radical, and needed changes.  Radical as defined as: Arising from or going to a root or source; basic.  Please don’t confuse the word radical by applying the modern day misinterpreted Fox News/Mainstream Media/Beltway Political Class way.  A radical to many of them is an individual who doesn’t think it’s correct for corporations to profit off the exploitation of the land and people or have the government aid them in their pillaging quest.  For example,  drinking raw milk, as I started doing recently (morning fruit/milk smoothies are a tasty way to start the day), could be viewed as a radical act.  It is certainly one that scares Big Milk, which doesn’t want to see its’ customers find out the truth about its’ product and risk having money jump ship.  In many states, it is illegal to buy raw milk and Big Agriculture has attempted in the past to get the federal government to declare raw milk illegal nationally.  But what do you expect when the same people running the regulatory agencies regularly jump back and forth between the private and public sector.  Obama appointed his fair share of corporate stooges.  Sadly, one of them, Michael Taylor a crony of Monsanto (http://tinyurl.com/lujy9l), is in charge of food safety (http://tinyurl.com/knhq4b).  Watch out for your health and safety; it’s not a conspiracy theory the federal government cares more for corporate profit/gdp growth than it does for the health and wealth of the American people and the bountiful land, which we so charmingly stole from the Native Americans.  Just another great stop on the juxtaposition of American deeds versus American rhetoric.

Sorry, another tangent.  My brain jumps around quickly once the neurons are properly firing,  Parts becomes the whole, which defines the part.  Since, I come across as a bit unhinged, check out what the widely respected Bill Moyers had to say here (http://tinyurl.com/yznlbsy) and check out some video from his program here (http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/03052010/watch3.html).  And with that, I will end it abruptly and with images.

Grande Burritos & Raw Foods

Posted in food, Photos with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Recently, I’ve been thinking more about the food going in between my lips.  So much of the “food” being produced these days is little more than high fructose corn syrup, fat, salts, and preservatives.  At best, it is nutritionally void; however, research and common sense would dictate that these substances are in fact harmful, potentially very harmful.  High fructose syrup is clearly a toxic substance.  The number of children suffering from diabetes and obesity is disgustingly high and can be traced back to their diets coupled with inactivity, one of the side effects of high fructose corn syrup.

Your body expends so much energy processing the unnatural substances, in this case high fructose corn syrup, that it gets worn out while also receiving no meaningful nutrients.  Lethargy comes next followed by an increased risk for diabetes, obesity and other physical health, let alone mental health, problems.  The cycle is vicious and hard to break, as sugar is an addictive substance.  I started moving away from the high fructose and most of the highly processed, artificial foods a few years ago after a trip to Santa Cruz, CA.  A visit which also confirmed my thought that the West Coast was where I wanted to live if I got the chance.  Now, I’ve been in Seattle for more than two years and don’t see myself moving anytime soon.  There are very few other places I’d want to live in the United States besides parts of California, returning home to Detroit if the circumstances were right, or an isolated outpost in the mountains rising west of the Great Plains if/when chaos breaks out as the governing institutions and public infrastructure fall into greater states of disrepair.  Seattle blesses me with mountains and water, sunshine all summer long, mild winters (so far this winter has been far more like spring), and, among other things, easy access to real food.

Real food is nutritious, ripe, and full with the vital juices of the universe.  When you bite into a  tomato allowed to ripen fully, you notice the immense difference between that and what you usually find at the grocery store.  Pretty much all produce at the grocery store is picked before ripe, so it will stay longer in stores.  Unfortunately, severing the fruit/vegetable before it is allowed to run through its’ whole growth cycle results in produce lacking in nutrients.  Your taste buds rejoice when you bite into truly ripe produce and your body is invigorated.  It knows you’re eating the bomb shit, chock full of the nutrients a body craves.

Lately, one of my friends, who introduced me to a lot of interesting food ideas, has had some house guests, who are hardcore foodies.  The couple eat a primal diet, which means raw meat (liver, heart, brain, and more standard American cuts of meat), raw dairy, and fruit.  I don’t believe they eat any vegetables.  I hung out with them while over at my friend’s house and learned some interesting, research worthy things.  They shared some raw, spiced bison on a cracker, a delicious berry kefir smoothie, goat milk, and a, surprisingly, good pickle.  I have never liked pickles, but liked this one.  Anyhow, my back is starting to hurt from sitting too long.  Tomorrow, I hope to get my yoga ball inflated and make it my new chair.  Sitting on the ball is much easier on your lower back than most chairs I’ve sat on.