Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TOP 10 SPICES WORTH BUYING

It's always such a bummer when you finally muster up the will to try a recipe only to find out it calls for some random spice that costs $6 and winds up sitting in the cabinet covered in dust. I usually wind up either ditching the recipe all together or forgoing the spice and making a dish that tastes like salted cardboard. This is why, after pouring over many a recipe, I've come up with the 10 spices most seem to have in common and everyone can invest in with peace of mind.


Monday, August 11, 2014

SUPER EASY & CHEAP: RAW MILK ICE CREAM

This doesn't exactly fall in line with my "super" cheap and easy guidelines but I tried to make it as cheap and easy as possible. Plus, if you're eating something everyday (like I do with ice cream) you need to make sure it's quality and the benefit of making your own is you can practically make it into a superfood, depending on how much you want to spend.

Here's my basic recipe for raw milk ice cream, plus some ideas for how you can make it even more awesome...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WHY JUICE CLEANSES ARE BULL $%&#

My friend recently emailed me asking me about the benefits of juicing...

After I nearly exploded into another dimension and wrote a rather lengthy reply with LOTS OF THINGS WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS, I collected myself and decided that it's time to clear this thing up: 

Juice fasts are an expensive waste of money that can jack with your blood sugar, slow your metabolism, and actually make you MORE toxic than you were before. 

But there must be some reason why everyone seems to think they're a good idea... 

Here are some of the most commonly cited benefits:

  • Eliminates toxins
  • Promotes weight loss
  • “Alkalizes” our body
  • Promotes cellular cleanup (autophagy)
  • Gives the digestive system “a break”
  • And basically everything else under the sun from clear skin, to increased energy, improved immunity, and a ramped up sex drive

Now let's break down why these are all pretty much a load of BS...


Thursday, July 10, 2014

SUPER EASY & CHEAP: STEAK 'TEREAKI' BOWL

I do not like cooking. Honestly, I don't have the patience (I've consumed many an uncooked Brussels sprout simply because they were not cooking fast enough) and I'm cheap - two factors which have put a sizable damper on my culinary endeavours. The few times I've tried to branch out and experiment with more than just salt and garlic powder I've grown weary. Behind every Paleo Pinterest picture is a list of ingredients is a mile long consisting of things like nut milk bags, various kinds of wack-ass flour substitutes and spices that cost $6 an ounce. As Kenny Fisher once said: "No thanks, no time."

Then I thought, if I feel this way, other people must feel this way too. Not everyone can be into spending their free time and money crafting 26 ingredient meals and then figuring out which lighting situation is best to photograph it in using their $800 camera. Does it even taste good after all those pictures?

So this is the first of my S.E.A.C recipes: Super Easy And Cheap. Each recipe will be, as the name states, easy and cheap, and showcased via photos taken on my iPhone 4.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SPORTS DRINK (that's 1,000 times better than Gatorade)


Water is great, but the truth is, if you're working out hard you need more than just plain old, H2O. How hard is hard? If you're sweating, huffing, puffing, etc. You know what's hard. C'mon. 

Anyway, there's a few CRUCIAL things you need to replenish after every hard workout: 

Friday, June 13, 2014

PROBIOTICS, BACKNE & HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE

If you suffer from headaches, heartburn, or acne you could have a histamine intolerance (read more about that here). 

But basically, we all have an enzyme (Diamine oxidase [DAO]) which breaks down any histamine we eat - which is in pretty much everything under the sun that is tasty, i.e.: red wine, cheese, chocolate, etc. However, some people have a low level of this enzyme, and when they eat too many histamine-rich foods, they symptoms like those I already mentioned, plus rashes, itching, diarrhea and vomiting or abdominal pain. Yuk. 

Although this enzyme deficiency can be genetic, many people also attribute it to an imbalance in gut flora - bad bacteria that lowers your ability to produce this enzyme. This explains why many people (my self included) develop histamine intolerances after living their whole lives guzzling wine and feasting on aged cheese til their heart's content with no other side effect other than the ever-so-attractive wine mouth. 

So obviously probiotics are the answer - replace the bad bacteria with good, right? 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

CAN PROBIOTICS CAUSE ACNE?


Short answer? Yes.

To break it down, probiotics eat bad bacteria which can create a "die-off", or Herxheimer reaction. This means that toxins are created when the good bacteria eat the bad and your body has to clear them in some way. This can be through things like diarrhea, headaches, flu-like symptoms, OR acne – the body is clearing the toxins through your skin (its largest organ of detoxification).


So even though most people praise probiotics as a cure for acne it can actually worsen symptoms - temporarily. But don't abandon ship, this reaction indicates you've definitely got some bad gut bacteria to clear (which you probably already know since you have acne in the first place).