Wait, no peanut butter?

I spent a good portion of my morning getting my mind blown about the super foods that were now deemed super bad. The bad list: tomatoes (just the pulp is okay), beans (lectin), wheat bread and grains (fattening cause it makes you crave sugar and other bad Microbiota, meat (antibiotics in the meat passed through), and worst, peanut butter and cashew that…are not nuts (more lectin poisoning), but come from a fruit [thanks, Keaton].

Super take-aways: Eat 70% cacao, drink lots of coffee, and drink olive oil (but not with that bread!) I’m still gonna eat baguettes – I don’t care.

Here are some alternatives he’s written about, and we’ll see if they go on my list of consumables.

Healthy Substitutions for Your Favorite Lectin-Rich Foods

So the point is – intestine health requires less poisoning and deteriorating by GROWING a good microbiota environment down there with prebiotics (more research to come) not worthless probiotics that just die.

Trying to absorb some info from MayoClinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/probiotics/faq-20058065
Will need to add more tables with this; https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-best-prebiotic-foods

Makes me wanna cry:

“Peanuts contain anti-nutrient lectins:
Legumes such as peanuts contain anti-nutrient lectins. These are sticky proteins which are almost impossible to digest. Lectins have been shown to strip away mucous from the small intestine, which is one of the main culprits and cause of many autoimmune diseases like IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and arthritis. Now, it is true that most foods contain lectins, however certain foods have a high concentration of this substance (such as legumes and grains). Legumes also cause “Leaky Gut” which leads to increased inflammation in your gut.”


Totes McOvernight Oatsz

Hubs and I are going to start eating more in the morning and well we eat less in the evenings lately since we are cooking and barely have time.

We have one more year of middle school and then our world will change again. And that life-long question of why do all the old folks get up so early will finally make some damn sense. They have high schoolers that start at 7:30 am, meaning all will be up and competing with bathrooms, kitchens all at the same start. Maybe they will ride to school together which makes me a little sad, that neither one of us will be taking them anymore. Wait, if they can do it all alone, I won’t have to! Wait, I know they will need me to help sometimes, so best be ready.

No matter what, oats were what my grandpa ate every morning and he lived to 92. I think it was his military habit, but it included egg yolks, and figs. That’s too turbo for me, but I’m going to def drop some coconut, almonds, chia and fruit in mine.

Some recipes I might try:

As You Like It: Overnight Oats for Breakfast
Overnight Oats
The mixture will keep for up to two days — if you don’t add the banana, up to four days. However, once you are experienced, you’ll have no problem whipping up another batch midweek if needed!
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes; Active Time: 2 minutes; Inactive Time: Refrigerate overnight or at least 5 hours
1/3 to 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 to 1/2 cup liquid of choice
1/3 to 1/2 cup yogurt (optional)
1/2 banana, mashed (optional)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional but highly recommended)
Toppings of choice
Add the desired base ingredients to a jar or other container and give them a good stir. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours.
In the morning, add additional liquid if you’d like. Once you achieve the desired consistency, add any toppings that you have on hand.

Tumeric Time

is healing me.

I lost the first tumeric tea recipe (2011), but realized I had made a paste and not a huge pot of tea all this time.

I found one that includes black pepper that helps to activate the turmeric. *Importante!


Insert delicious picture of yummy tea, if not fallen into cozy, deep sleep. (I can’t find it yet but in the meantime… here’s my Alice in Wonderland cup).

Musical Influence

This drink is a super elixir in that it has both the anti-inflammatory combo – turmeric and black pepper (coconut milk,oil as fat for faster absorption); and the cinnamon and honey combined is a great immunity boost among many others.

Supporting articles:




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Ideas for my tea party…

Art, Food, and Existential Crises: The World of Banal Muffins

An illustrated interview with artist and musician Chris Sav, the creator of the blog Banal Muffins and “boy band” Chris and the Celeriac.


Ancient Chinese (Food) Secrets 

I guess it’s not a secret if it’s on the internet. Credit: Gene Pang, former owner and chef of the Golden Buddha Restaurant (or also our second home stocked full of food)

Sweet & Sour Chicken or Shrimp