Monday, August 11, 2014

I'll Fly Away

The biggest contribution most of us make by global warming is by flying.  There are two alternatives.  Skip the trip, or take surface transportation.  Despite some planes falling out of the sky recently, flying is very safe.  And annoying.  Like when the stewardess does the safety lecture, and says "In case of a loss of cabin pressure, for a small additional fee an oxygen mast will come down."

Consider the advantages to trains and cars and buses.  You see the scenery, can stop on the way, bring more toys, reschedule without penalties, don't have to track your miles, eat better, and go thru less stress.

There are trips that are easier to take by car than by plane.  These can be surprisingly long.  Let's say you fly 600 miles.  Yes, it only takes an hour or two.  Plus waiting on the tarmac, checking in an hour or two early, getting to the airport, etc.  The time it takes to drive may be pretty comparable.  Then factor in the expense and hassle of flying, taking off your shoes, going thru security, and the 600 miles drive seems pretty reasonable.  And when you get there, you don't have to rent a car and look for your lost luggage.  Depending on your type of vehicle and personal preference, you may choose to drive 1000 miles or more.  See some new places, wind and wend thru small towns, and visit your friends and relatives on the way.  If you avoid Interstates, you can go back in time and gawk at the Norman Rockwell scenes.

To increase the green-ness of a trip even more, you can take a hybrid or diesel, and pack the seats with friends or ride-seekers.

The train routes have nice scenery.  It's too bad it's so hard to go from point A to point B at a convenient time and price.  But one can always hope.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eating south of the border

When in Rome, eating Romas doesn't take much effort.  Eating south of the border has its advantages.  The fruit grows on trees, the fish swim in the sea, the cows munch on grass.

Camping on the beach, we ate pretty well.

At the fishing village we ate fish.  The trick is to not eat too much of it.  Over time we tried to have fewer dishes on the table, less overall food, and more vegetative dishes.

On the beach we potlucked.  This works itself out, leading to chili, salsa, pineapple, and other real food items.  Spicy rice with carrots was well received.

My personal chef figured out how to make bread on a propane stove burner.  And pineapple upside down cake.  And other fine dishes.  Who needs a house kitchen?

When we dined out, it was at taco stands.  Our favorite would put out guacamole, salsa, cucumber, radish, cilantro, onion, more salsa, cabbage, chips, etc.  With that on the table, why have more than one?  Just an extra tortilla will do.

Back in the over-portioned US of A we've had to resort to meal skipping.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Food Trucks

There is a lot of buzz about food trucks nowadays.  The restaurants hate them, because they offer inexpensive quality home-style food cooked to order.  OK, some of their wares are unhealthy, but they seem a good alternative to sit downs.  The portions are smaller too.  In Mexico, street vendors lack refrigeration, and thus are forced to use fresh ingredients.  You can buy fruit cups, tacos, and all sorts of things.

There are restrictions i the U.S. on parking and selling food.  Are they there for health reasons, or do the restaurants pay the city council to make things hard for the competition?

The other thing you see in Mexico is shacks.  Among then, every 10th shack will have a window and a little store.  Think about it, during the latest recession unemployment got near 10%.   What if every tenth person sold food to his neighbors?  or made food to sell out of a cooler on the street or in the bus?  Whey then, chunk chunk, lets do the math, 10 - 10 = 0, we'd have no unemployment.

What is so wrong about neighbors selling food to each other?  Vested interests try and prevent people from doing a little business and supporting themselves because they don't want competition.

Street food is cheap and often the best chow in town.

Let's eat.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Corporate Food

It's all about money.  Big oil, big ag, big fast food, big business.  That's why our food is artificial and our school lunches unhealthy.

I was reading in the New Yorker that environmentalists are disappointed that Obama wont come out against the pipeline.  That's not the only issue he's weak on, here are ten issues that he has not taken a stand on.  What is the bully pulpit for if you don't use it?


1) he supports foreign wars
2) supports foreign military bases
3) supports drug war and mass incarceration of harmless people
4) supports bailouts for banks and auto companies
5) supports coal, oil and nuclear industry over solar and wind
6) supports ethanol
7) supports agribusiness
8) supports arresting and killing whistleblowers
9) supported gay rights only weakly, and only after "evolving"
10) supports big fences on the border
12) supports the IRS
13) supports corporate welfare

At least Michelle speaks out about food and health.
 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Spreading the Word

What might I do to spread the word of The All-Food Diet throughout the land?

Funny you should ask that...

You can follow this blog.

You can tell your friends.

And like the facebook page.  Only 16% of my facebook friends have liked so far.

www.facebook.com/AllFoodDiet

You can write on the page anything you want about diet, health, food, lifestyle, or what you are making for lunch.  Or tell us where you shop.  How you keep fit.  Your views on the industrialization of the food supply.

You can also share the page onto your timeline. 

Write a  review on Amazon.



This site not only lets you like, but lets you 'try' and 'rate'.  If enough people do so, the relative rankings appear.  They list several thousand diets.

or like or review on goodreads, or put it on your shelf or lists...




You can still like or comment on the Waking Times piece.

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/06/28/the-all-food-diet-buy-foods-with-one-ingredient/

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

One

One is an important number, both in mathematics and in spirituality, not to mention numerology and diet.

How many screens should a movie theatre have?   One.  And it should have an old facade & marquee, serve real healthy snackfood if there is such a thing, have plush seats (one per person please), and have sconces and runway lights, and the piano should pop up out of the stage.  I never go to small noisy smelly modern multiplexes.

How many cars should you own?  Well, an argument can be made for zero, but one could also say no more than one.  Going one step further, many of us could get by on one internal combustion engine, and not own power mowers, ATVs, and the like, unless of course you really need them or have a good reason.

How any houses should you own?  Well again, you don't have to have even one, but consider the inconvenience of having more than one.  You have twice the taxes and maintenance, and how often do you really get to the second house?


How many wives should a man have?  Setting aside a discussion of none being an acceptable choice, and that the bible not only permits but requires a man to have more than one in the somewhat special circumstances that his brother leaves a widow with no sons, I would maintain that even though in a truly free society one can do as you please, the average American might find more than one hard to handle, and indeed given the divorce rate one seems to place an undue burdon on many persons.  Let us momentarily neglect the fact that "42" is the answer to everything.

When you buy food, how many ingredients should the food items contain?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Bags



How much is there to say about bags?  How compulsive can one be?

I have found that vegetable bags have little use.   These are the bags you get at the supermarket produce section.   Recently I've been putting onions and other fresh things straight into the basket.  After all, they are washed and cooked before eating.  Sometimes I take a veggie bag from the fridge and wrap something else in it, but there are few opportunities to use them.

At the markets, I usually put things in re-usable bags, although the name on the bag rarely matches the place I'm shopping at that day.  Putting the canvas bags on the conveyor belt helps the cashier to notice them and award you your dime.  When they say "paper or plastic" I respond with "canvas".

Regular plastic bags, the kind that Ireland and Los Angeles are legislating against, I use for messy garbage.  If I don't have enough, I find someone who has extras.

Paper grocery bags are for paper garbage, or for combining all the trash in the house.  Sometimes I fall short and ask others for extras.  Buying trash bags seems crazy, considering all the influx of bags and boxes into the normal household.

Recycling goes into boxes.  The boxes come from food and other purchases.  Sometimes I re-use them, pouring out the recyclables into their bin and taking the box back into the house.

My favorite bag is my baggallini.  They are made out of recycled industrial pasta, so you have to make sure you don't take them out in the rain, lest they break down.