Sustaining life with the lifeless

I eat fast food a few times a week. Today I went through the drive-thru and bought a burger. I took a bite of it while sitting in my car. Somewhere between the taste and the smell a rather curious thought invaded my mind, which was on several other things at the time.

‘This food is dead.’

After staring at the thing for a few seconds, and after a few more bites, I tossed about half. I didn’t feel nauseous. The whole ordeal was just unappetizing.

This was my intuition talking, and I’m listening now. So I guess this means I’ll be fumbling in the direction of a more vegetarian diet. I’m sure my doctors will be pleased, and my body, after many protests, will get on board.

Step one is weaning myself off of fast food. The burgers, the fries, the onion rings, the hush puppies, the cheese curds, the fish, the scrimps, the chicken, the occasional shakes, all of it has to go. Fresher things will have to take its place.

It’s not going to be easy. The cravings will get kinda loud. And I’m sure I’ll slip several times along the way, and that’s okay.

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'Bulletproof' (butter) coffee

Bulletproof FixinsBack in the summer I heard Dave Asprey in an interview on Alchemy Radio. I had never heard of the Bulletproof Executive website, biohacking, the Bulletproof diet, or any of the other Bulletproof products on Dave’s website, including coffee. I had started making my own coffee a little over a year ago and have tried to stick to organic brands. Dave explained the importance of using high quality beans and problems that exist in the commercial coffee supply due to molds, fungi and other things infecting batches of beans. I don’t have a bean grinder so I started buying smaller batches of ground organic coffee so that the coffee doesn’t sit for too long after I open a bag.

Picnik is the only coffee shop in Austin that offers the Bulletproof (butter) coffee using the high quality beans sold by Dave’s company. It’s across town from me so I don’t get there much. The drive plus the cost make it more useful for me to make my own before work. I recently calculated the cost, and I am able to make 16oz of coffee for about $1.79. I tend to go through 2 half-pound blocks of butter and two bags of coffee before I run out of MCT oil. I’m still looking for ways to lower my costs without skimping.

My work schedule has me up pretty early and I have a couple of days with very long hours. The hours and lateness combined with being a light sleeper mean that I can be pretty groggy in the mornings when I start my shift. I noticed that the mental fog was gone. I was able to execute tasks much more efficiently. I also noticed that I was in a much better mood. I hadn’t been snapping at or being rude to coworkers but I could see that I felt a lot better.

I’ve tried a few bulk organic varieties from Whole Foods and a couple of other stores around town. For the past couple of months I’ve been using Kicking Horse’s ‘Kick Ass’ and ‘Grizzly Claw.’ I’ll be looking for more brands to try.

Xenoform

I’d like to think that the public understands that food from living things contains DNA. I’d also like to think that the public understands that food from GMO crops also contains DNA and that the genes aren’t all from that species. Maybe they do. Maybe they don’t. When I say not all from the same species I mean that what we’re dealing with is a xenomorphic combination. That is a combination of DNA from two distinct species at the dna_molecule_on_platekingdom or phylum level. It’s where genetic material from a fish are added to corn. There is a reason it’s called “Frankencorn.”

The headlines about people supposedly not wanting DNA in their food refer to a story that emerged a few months ago about a survey conducted by Oklahoma State University. Two of the questions have to do with food labeling. The first asked if the people polled were in favor of or opposed to mandatory labels on foods containing DNA. The second asked if the people polled were in favor of or opposed to mandatory labels on foods produced with genetic engineering. The first question is badly written, confusing, clickbaity, and it is the source of the headlines. It’s a deceptive technique.

People deserve to have the food they purchase labeled and that labeling should include whether or not it has been genetically modified, and what foreign DNA sources were used in the modification.

Rambutan

I was wandering around Central Market on Saturday and in the area where they keep turmeric and galang I saw these spiky balls with the name Rambutan on the label. I grabbed two since rambutan-store-displayI didn’t know if I’d like it. I looked up how to open it and eat it. It’s a soft-ish outer rind with a translucent white fruit inside with a seed that is about the size of and shaped like an almond.

You cut through the rind with a paring knife around it and squeeze to get the fruit to pop out. The meat is very tight against the pit so separating it would be quite a chore. I just nibbled around it until I cleaned the pit. It has an extremely mild flavor kind of like a prickly pear. The flavor could be lost in Rambutan-Openedcombination with anything remotely stronger. It might go well with coconut or something equally subdued in taste.

These came from Guatemala but the tree has its origins in SE Asia. There is more information at rambutan.com