Super Bulletproof Coffee Mocha Madness!

I hate to break it to you Today show, but I’ve been putting grass-fed butter and coconut oil in my coffee all year, but finally…

I did it. I bought the stuff.  All the Bulletproof stuff. To make REAL Bulletproof Coffee.  And briefly review it.

It was pretty easy to rationalize:

  • Coffee–I ran out of coffee beans.
  • MCT oil–I wanted to try it (as opposed to just coconut oil), plus is preferable in Bulletproof Ice Cream
  • Chocolate powder–I use a lot of chocolate…
  • Vanilla stuff–it looks awesome, and I also use a lot of vanilla. Continue reading “Super Bulletproof Coffee Mocha Madness!”

Locavore vs. Vegan vs. Vegetarian vs. Nutritarian vs. Paleo vs. Bulletproof (vs. Raw)

This guy is a vegan?!?!

Choosing a diet is like choosing a religion. You have to commit. Now, before you commit, you can do some shopping around. Heck, you can even be fully involved for years, but at some point, you’re going to have to pick, or just be a-religious (and eat whatever you want, whenever you want, reap the consequences and maybe die earlier because of them).

Around Lenten time, I committed to Locavorism–and it was AWESOME. Now, for the past 4 weeks (two more to go!) I’ve been Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s “nutritarian” AKA a vegan that actually eat vegetables. In between these diets, I was mostly just eating whatever I want, whenever I want. Loved my Bulletproof coffee in the morning, and aspiring to be Paleo-ish…

Continue reading “Locavore vs. Vegan vs. Vegetarian vs. Nutritarian vs. Paleo vs. Bulletproof (vs. Raw)”

No Longer Locavore Guilt

I’ve been putting off writing this post…  Because it makes me feel guilty.

Being a Lenten Locavore was awesome.

Breaking fast was also awesome.

But since breaking, I just don’t feel as good.  I’m not sure if this is guilt.  Let me explain… Continue reading “No Longer Locavore Guilt”

Abridged Guide to Boston Locavorism

In case you didn’t know, I’m in the process of a spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional experiment: being a locavore for lent in Boston (that’s winter time people).  One of my friends asked me how it’s going, and I said, “Well, you learn pretty quick, because you get hungry.”

The rules I’ve created for myself so far are:  Continue reading “Abridged Guide to Boston Locavorism”

Eating well is not just about me.

Food trivia! Most farmers are women.
Food trivia! Most farmers are women.

I’ve been reading a lot about food lately.  I follow the paleos, neo-paleos, vegans, locavores, families trying to get healthy, weightloss, dieting, farmer’s markets, whatever.  I’ve looked at a lot of stuff, barely taped the surface, but it all seems so selfish.  Not necessarily a bad selfish, but it seems rare to me that I find someone who is eating well for their local/global community and not just for themselves. This is what I hear:  Continue reading “Eating well is not just about me.”

Lost Locavore

organicThis is difficult, sort of.  There is this endless sea of food all around me.  I don’t even feel like I’m trying to do this “locavore” thing.  From day one, I’ve been trying to figure out why am I doing this (Jesus?) and what are exceptions.  I discovered this blogger’s saying, “Small farms matter big.” Amen, sister.  This helped me to clarify some more.

However, If I was going to sum it up, my rule would be, “Be aware of what you buy.”  This leads to an exception: if I didn’t buy it, and it’s given to me, I can consume it.   The next wonder then has to do with going out to eat, which, unless I do some serious research, I will [probably] avoid.  I mentioned to my boyfriend that I wanted donuts at, probably as local as you can get donut shop, Twin Donuts. But I know that their 75 cent donuts are not in anyway shape or form made of local ingredients.  Even as a non-franchised homey diner thing they have happening, there is no doubt this place is doing what they need to do as cheaply as possible.  So, what do I feel about this?  Well, I don’t plan on going out of my way for a donut… But it may be my Pascal reward when all this is over-ish.

Other exceptions that [I think] are okay.  There are three things I consume everyday that are not local: coffee, tea, coconut oil, and butter. What I came across Simply Good and Tasty. They’s a locavore-ish type group located in Minnesota.  MINNESOTA.  If they can do it, I can do it.  And they’re realistic too.  It’s not fair, I live in a non-tropical location: there are no coffee beans growing here, there are no coconuts growing here, and there probably won’t be. Ever. In my lifetime.  So what do I do?

Buy Fair-Trade.

Buy Organic.

And I do.  This locavore experiment has encouraged me to learn what these things (“fair trade” and “organic”) actually mean, and Simply Good and Tasty helped me out with this.  I may dig a little deeper to find a good source of fair-trade organic coffee and coconut oil (and not just Starbucks and Amazon), but that’s the point.

Now, BUTTER.  That’s going to be another beast.  Dairy farm adventures will occur this weekend….

Food Politics

I read the book Food Politics by Robert L. Paarlberg of Wellesley College.  Even though I didn’t understand or agree with everything, I really enjoyed the book.  It gave a very direct straightforward overview of EVERYTHING having to do with food in about 200 pages.  Pretty impressive if you ask me.

What I learned?  Food is complicated!  Well, food politics are complicated.  Paarlberg seemed pretty conservative and pro-science, i.e. GMO loving, organic overrating, pro-pesticide, pro-every government food agency and the experiments they run, and pro-feed-the-hungry (possibly exaggerating…) His point, I think, being that those who are preventing high yield seeds/farming, GMOs, and pesticides in poorer countries are not helping the overall cause to FEED THE HUNGRY.  While there is a ton of food being grown, who cares how it’s done, as long as people are fed.

I think I get that.

He’s not anti-organic or local, but he does seem to think it’s a bit overcautious and overrated when the world faces bigger problems like hunger and obesity.  He explains that research has been done over and over to show that organic/local foods are not significantly more nutritious OR significantly more toxic (due to pesticides) than any other type of produce.  But he doesn’t completely throw out the importance of local/organic/slow for social and cultural benefits:

It should not be surprising, in today’s more secular age, to find people searching for food rules to follow that express solidarity around secular values.  The new rules that emerge (organic, local, or slow) are attractive and practical only for relatively small subcategories of citizens or often for only a small part of the diet of those citizens–but the exclusivity and difficulty of the rule become a part of its attraction.  The goal is to find and express through the diets we adopt a solidarity with others who share our identity, our values, or our particular life circumstances.  The scientific foundation for these modern food rules may be weak, but the social value can nonetheless be strong.

It was a tough book to swallow, but in the end, I think it’s important to live a more local/organic/slow lifestyle (as much as you can, and you can), but also to realize that that lifestyle (for the time being) is not ideal for everyone, especially for the poorest of the poor.  And in this realization: eating good food for myself and my local community, I ought to advocate for MORE FOOD (any food!) to those with none.

I don’t really know what this looks like.  The issues are big, global, and government dependent.  If a national government isn’t feeding its citizens, then what do I do?  What do you do?

While I currently know little about it, I think I would like to help global communities learn to farm better.  And this starts with better understanding my own farming nation.

How do you navigate the seemingly pretentious food world while also giving to the global hungry?