Friday, December 30, 2011

Primal Ham & Cheese "Quiche"

I made this variant (above) of a recipe that Lisa first saw on Canada AM. Below is a shot of the "original" made just about exactly the way the recipe noted (but no muffins and butter not "Pam"). The variant above is made with a scrambled egg (rather than whole egg) with some grated cheddar cheese and a few small slices of green onions mixed into the egg, and topped with grated cheddar cheese. I really need to use a better camera, but you get the idea from these shots.

Real food bargains: St. Albert edition

My friends, Ken and Lisa, told me some time ago that I should blog about bargains from stores in the St. Albert area on real food and related items, since finding such deals is one of my hobbies. So here you go, my inaugural post of such things, with just a few items I saw at the Real Canadian Superstore on a recent outing.

Ocean spray cranberries* (340 g bag): $0.46 per bag when you buy in groups of 2
Sunny Fruit dried figs (200 g package)*: $1 per package when you buy in groups of 3 (*no preservatives)
Giant yams: $0.46 per pound
Lactantia whipping cream (1 L carton): $1.50
Brita replacement filters$2.94 for a 3 pack (there are a lot of complete filter pitchers on sale, too)

* I made a variant of the cranberry recipe on the bag by replacing the sugar with 2 tablespoons of honey; very tart and tasty with much less sugar!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Save time, the environment, and your health

The Edmonton Journal reported a new study earlier in December that actually quantified yet another benefit of taking stairs over an elevator: stairs are faster. So now people have yet another reason to bypass the line for the elevator and get some fitness on their way to the office (or wherever the upward-bound destination happens to be) . This is even more important in our world today when the destination is an office chair, prolonged periods of sitting, and otherwise sedentary employment given the recent evidence that we should avoid excessive (sitting) "down" time.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The tables have turned: Look who's the experimental test subject now

For the past two years or so I have been participating in an MRI study examining the relationships between MS, disability, and iron in the brain. The study was headed up by my neurologist, Dr. Gregg Blevins and Dr. Alan Wilman, both from the University of Alberta. I also participated in the media release: click here to view Global Edmonton's piece.

Friday, December 2, 2011

When it comes to nutrition, we're on our own

The Canadian government cancelled a program to verify nutritional and purported health benefits of products sold in grocery stores. What does this mean for us, the consuming public? My take of this news is that it is all the more reason to stick to real, whole food, rather than packaged, processed nonsense that comes in beautiful packaging covered in slogans reflecting the latest health craze (omega 3 enriched [insert crappy food here], for instance).

UPDATE: Apparently, the government is "scaling back" testing, not cancelling it outright, as was originally reported (see first link in this post). None-the-less, consumers would do well to not purchase "food" that is packaged and touted as "heart healthy" etc. If the product needs marketing to sell it, you probably shouldn't but it. You don't often see any health claims on whole food in the produce section.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Carbohydrates anonymous

A news piece in the Edmonton Journal (originally published in the Vancouver Sun) a few days ago does a nice job of summarizing some of the issues around excess carbohydrate consumption. There are many factors to consider that the piece does not get into (read: all carbohydrates are not evil) but it gets the main point across nicely, namely, that too many carbohydrates (i.e., more than you can readily burn off) are not a great plan if you want to lead a healthy life. The problem is compounded if you select highly processed carbohydrates that have the additional strike against them of containing industrial oils high in pro-inflammatory omega 6s.