Swapping Rice for Burgers

Source: China obesity ‘explosion’ blamed on swapping rice for burgers

Over 40 years ago I lost 200 pounds.  With age I found 35 of those lost pounds but remain extremely pleased the other 165 stayed off.  I loved this article about obesity in China.  This article could have been written about my childhood.  I swapped burgers for rice and got fat.

Real fat.

I’ve been part of a weight loss study for decades.  I answer a couple of questionnaires every year.  Most people don’t believe I used to be fat.  I need to find some old childhood pictures and post them as proof.

Breweries are the Mark of a Thriving Community


That successful towns have a brewery or two is no coincidence.

Source: Breweries are the Mark of a Thriving Community

The Boss and I took the day off.  The plan was to hit Nic’s Grill for a burger and then the arts festival in downtown OKC.  Meandering would be a good word for the day.  After the arts festival we decided to revisit the Urban Farmhouse to check out their stuff.  This business is located in an old crappy industrial area of Oklahoma City.  As we slowly snaked down a narrow alley in search of a parking space I noticed a brand new sign on the building across from the furniture shop.  Anthem Brewing set up their operations in the warehouse next door.

Great little breweries in the crappy parts of town are a good thing.

Powdered Peanut Butter – Prevention

Chunky, creamy, or powdered? A nutritionist chimes in about powdered peanut butter.

Source: Powdered Peanut Butter | Prevention

I saw a huge plastic container of this stuff in the store the other week.

I also saw peanut butter flavored beer in another store this week.

Think I’ll stick with regular old fashioned salted roasted peanuts and a nice craft beer that tastes like…beer.

This RD loves it!



Your Healthy Lifestyle Won’t Necessarily Make You Healthier

Public health researchers are beginning to see that changes in how you live are no guarantee of changes in your health.

Source: Your Healthy Lifestyle Won’t Necessarily Make You Healthier | WIRED

Understand there are limits.  Kale, quinoa, and the latest antioxidant, anti-aging diet, exercise routine, hot sweaty yoga, mindfulness meditation, whatever only helps your health.  There is no perfect diet.  There is no perfect exercise regimen.  There is no magic bullet.

Beans May Help With Weight Loss

 ‘Pulses’ like these may help dieters feel fuller and reduce food cravings, new analysis shows

Source: Beans, Chickpeas May Help With Weight Loss

I have two bean stories.  I’ll start with my second favorite memory of beans.

I moved from NJ to Texas at the age of 25.  Talk about culture shock.  It was a big brand new world to explore.  And if you enjoy ethnic cuisine you try to eat whatever the locals ate.  I wasn’t quite sure what Texas cuisine was besides smoked brisket.  On one day of exploration I passed a rather cheap and gaudy looking fast food joint that probably no longer exists.

“I wonder what this is?”

So I stopped, went in, stared at the menu and had absolutely no idea what anything was.  So I ordered a bean burrito.  It was your typical fast food burrito, thick brown paste, a little cheese, a little chili sauce, all wrapped up in a flour tortilla.  This happened so long ago the only remaining memory was that I liked it.  A lot.

So ends my second favorite bean story.




Tri Tip – Tip #3

The gang was coming over for dinner.  I wanted something simple and tasty.  The weather was perfect.  I had just purchased a full tank of propane.  It was time to grill again.  For decades our go to marinade has been the Iki Marinade.

My next thought was chicken.  But the local store was selling tri tip steaks for $4 a pound.  So I bought a package.  If you’re familiar with  this particular cut you know you typically get irregular pieces of steak in any given package.  Butchers are smart.  They will flip a piece of meat so that the side facing the buyer looks awesome.  You buy, take the package home, and open only to discover one of the pieces is really, really small and someone will get the pipsqueak.   When you see a picture of this steak you’ll  understand what I’m talking about.

Irregular shaped steaks are a pain in the ass to cook.  So I cut each steak in half and pounded the hell out of them until they were about a half inch thick.  The flattening helps tenderize the meat and grill more evenly than when left whole.

You’re welcome.