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It May Look Low Fat, But Butter, Baby!

October 18, 2017

Sure, it may look like a couple eggs surrounded by nothing but rabbit food, and you’re thinking: I’d be hungry in 8 minutes. But look closer! That is full fat sour cream atop those eggs. That broccoli mix and those pecans were cooked in grass-fed butter. And the leafy greens are drizzled with a balsamic herb dressing made from olive oil, NOT canola or soybean oil. Check that label. Eat the fat! Satiate your belly and feed that brain. Ketogenic eating is saving my bacon!

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Ketogenic Meal: One Spice. One Pan.

October 13, 2017

20171013_2002411057112573.jpgOne thing I love about the ketogenic diet, in addition to eating gobs of bonafide buttah, is how simple it can be. And once you rid your taste buds of all the processed crap, the flavor of simple foods comes alive. For this scrumptious high fat-moderate protein- low carb ketogenic masterpiece, I dropped a blob of grass-fed butter into a hot pan, laid in the sea-salted steak for a minute or so on each side and set it on my plate. “Oh, look!” I said to my audience (the household pets). “I shan’t let that pan of salty, buttery steak juice go to waste, so in went the shrooms. Stir, smell, and slip and slide that buttery fungus onto your plate. And because no one wants overcooked spinach, a handful of leaves and delightful grape tomatoes can be tossed into the same pan still…even after the stove is off. And I did not have to rebutter or salt a thing. This one spice, one pan ketogenic masterpiece was brought to you by my love of a full belly and my loathing of washing dishes. Eat the fat!

Ketogenic Nutella!

October 8, 2017

Eating keto doesn’t mean you never get sweet treats. But once your body is fat-adapted because you’ve kicked out sugar, you won’t crave sweet stuff much and if you were to go back to your favorite sugary treat, it might make you sick, or taste so gross that you don’t know how you could have ever eaten it! If I hadn’t experienced this myself, I would think I was full of hot air.

So onto the nutella. I rarely measure stuff so you can experiment to satisfy your own palate. So on with the ingrediants, which I heated in microwave and stirred and heated and stirred, going slowly to make sure to not burn the chocolate…

Peanut butter, 70% dark chocolate, grass-fed butter, crushed almonds, keto-friendly sweetener, vanilla, sea salt. The almonds were the last to go in, and the strawberries on the left were dipped prior to that. Notice the smoother texture. Chill and insert into mouth. Keto…Eat The Fat!

Ketogenic Cookies

October 7, 2017

Eat the fat! The healthy oils from nuts, grass-fed butter, and say so long to massive carbs!

Use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, but use almond flour instead, and a sweetener like xylitol (do NOT let your dogs eat this) or stevia instead of sugar. Roast pecans in butter if you fancy that! Use sea salt for extra micronutrients. And dark chocolate. Voila! Eat the fat and enjoy!

Watch Ken Burn’s Vietnam Documentary. Then read about refugees in post-war Laos. Chapter 1: Escaping The Tiger

September 15, 2017

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$3.99 on Amazon ~Vientiane, Laos April 1982

Vonlai’s father roused him in the middle of a moonless night.

“What? Stop it,” Vonlai mumbled.

“Shhh. Wake up,” Pah said, pulling Vonlai’s elbow. “We’re crossing tonight.”

Vonlai wobbled on weary legs. Pah strapped a bag of beef jerky and sticky rice around Vonlai’s shoulders. A shudder shot down his neck and his mind snapped awake.

Vonlai’s older sister, Dalah, was awake too, teetering as she sat upright on the mattress, grumbling at their mother. Meh pulled Dalah’s hair back, twisted two strands, and tied them into a knot.

“Ouch, Meh!” Dalah pulled her hair to readjust it. “It’s crooked.”

“Who will see you?” Vonlai asked.

Meh snapped her fingers to quiet them and grunted her disapproval. “Surely you don’t expect to be admired, girl? Now clear your mind and dress.” Meh’s voice cracked. “Without another word.”

Vonlai steadied his tired body against the wall. He wouldn’t add to Meh’s worry by complaining.

Pah looked out the window, his hand on the doorknob. “Walk like a tiger hunting a meal. Understand?”

Vonlai’s breath wavered as he nodded. He wanted to dive under his bed-covering, even though the night air was sticky and plenty warm. He held nothing but a pair of worn flip flops hooked through his fingers and a day’s worth of food—he needed to hold on to his nerve. Maybe his parents would see he was more grown up than other twelve-year-olds.

Pah turned the handle and walked out as confidently as if he were headed to the market. Meh stood in the doorway, knees locked. Vonlai pulled her hand. They all followed Pah out and slipped into the night. Most border patrol guards were teenagers accustomed to farming during daylight hours. They were likely to doze off under a black sky.

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Stay Woke to Freedom of Expression… Before We All Lose It.

August 19, 2017

First, I am on your side. The side that rejects evil/hate. And if any #NAZI scum ever threaten you with physical harm, I stand at the ready to open up a can of Jerry Springer on their ass.

But what does freedom of speech in America mean?

Imagine if someone insisted that you have no right to do with your body what you will. Imagine if they said your body, but not your choice. Imagine if they said it doesn’t matter that you were raped, you will carry that baby to term. Imagine if they passed laws regarding this. Now imagine if someone insisted that you have no right, under law, to voice your grievances in public.

Imagine if someone told you that our country was founded on Christian principles. That we are one nation under God. Not once nation under Allah or Muhammad or Vishnu or Buddha or mountains and streams and rocks, but one nation under the Christian God and as such, you must proclaim your commitment to that God Almighty or face jail time. Or public stoning. Now imagine if someone insisted that you have no right, under law, to voice your grievances in public.

The ACLU says that freedom of speech, press, association, assembly, and petition are guarantees protected by the First Amendment. They comprise what we refer to as freedom of expression, the foundation of a vibrant democracy. That without that freedom of expression, other fundamental rights, like the right to vote, would wither away.

The point is that you don’t have to agree with what people express. You don’t have to agree with the vitriol that Nazis espouse. It simply means, that under law, you must simply allow them to have their voice, as long as it’s not coupled with violence. So when #Charlottesville first happened, I suggested these Nazis were merely loud-mouth skinhead punks who wanted to throw a public temper tantrum, and that we should have just let them have their tantrum, their Freedom Of Expression, so that they could return to their parents’ basements to play video games and smash beer cans on their heads.

Counter protesters could and SHOULD have stood peaceful guard in CASE some shit happened, the way that counter protesters do when Westboro Baptist asshats come out to spread their hate. The way that counter protesters form human chains when those idiots try to scream their vitriol at a fallen gay soldier’s funeral. But instead, counter protesters in Charlottesville came ready for a fight, screaming that Nazis have no freedom of expression (see the irony?). No right to wave a Confederate flag. No right to voice their grievances about removal of a statue. EVEN IF that stature was erected post war as a means to intimidate.

So because both sides came ready for a fight, a fight is what happened. Consider the It Takes Two theory. Had counter protesters stood peacefully back, stood peaceful guard, there would have been no violence, no death, no media there making those one hundred or so punks seem important by providing TV coverage which increases ratings, which leads to more money for media corporations, which leads to more coverage of Nazi punks slinking out of the basement to shout their pathetic tantrums, which brings out The Sky Is Falling crowd, and round and round the cycle goes.

So #Resist, #Persist, and #StayWoke to what #freedom of expression actually means, before it is taken away from all of us.

Charlottesville: Hate is hate. There are no shades of gray.

August 13, 2017
S L O W . . . D O W N . . . and process this: “When both sides show up equipped to bust heads, there ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys. There’s just angry, violent assholes.” Credit to Marc MacYoung.
Trump was right. <<< Three words I have never uttered.
When he said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he was right in that hatred, and the ensuing violence it can create, IS on many sides. Hate does not see sexuality, gender, age, religion, ethnicity or color. Hate is evil. Period. But people are playing semantics now. “Trump didn’t use the right phrase to call out the hate. He should have said it this way or that way.” But hate is the only word necessary. When discussing specific policies of the left or right, I frequently argue that there are many shades of gray to consider. That extremists exist in every political party who can distort a simple concept. But with hate, THERE IS NO GRAY. Hate does not discriminate.
But if we insist on defining hate in different ways for different people of varying sexuality, gender, religion, age, ethnicity or color, are we not expanding the divide between us? When Liberals yell “I told you so…own it, you racists” or when Conservatives refuse to acknowledge the truth of someone’s struggle (BLM, WhitePrivilege), doesn’t that keep us divided? Aren’t we hating each other MORE, even though we agree on the most basic tenants of life? That slavery is evil. Child abuse is evil. Rape and murder are evil.
So when someone shares the truth of their struggle, can we all slow down and listen? Return love, not dismissal? No matter your color? For well-meaning folks who misinterpret #WhitePrivilege as a means to devalue their own struggle through poverty or abandonment or abuse, that’s not what the term means. For well-meaning folks who think #BLM is the opposite of #BlueLivesMatter, slow down and listen. Challenges exist for all of us, no matter our sexuality, gender, religion, age, ethnicity or color, that no law can mitigate. I will not separate evil into less distinct shades of gray. So please slow down and listen, and consider what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.”
Thanks for listening to ME! I promise to return the courtesy.
Signed,
White mom to LGBT, half-Asian, lower middle class, first-generation American teenagers of a refugee, immigrant father.
P.S. What will I tell my kids about #Charlottesville? I will tell them that during the Perseid meteor shower the day after, I was alone and awake. And it was dark. And outside, a few stars were falling from the sky. And I watched them from afar and then stuck around to watch the sun rise and bathe the earth in light. And I will tell them that despite Charlottesville, there will always be falling stars whose light dies, but that there will also always be a sunrise. And I will tell them to stay the course. Empowerment through vigilance, not fear, my beautiful babies. And I will tell them to go light the world with love.
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