The art and science of eating, staying healthy

The art and science of eating, staying healthy

The art and science of eating, staying healthySo how does one get healthy and stay healthy?

You are probably one of the many who are being told that you must exercise regularly, eat sensibly, cut out sweets, and a whole bunch of other nonsense, which I can tell you from experience does little good. I have been doing that stuff for years and look at me!

I think I have found a solution because I have been interviewing these healthy people to find out what their secret is, and I learned rapidly that they spoke an entirely different language than I did.

They have such things as quinoa. Most don’t have French fries in their vocabulary and instead choose Harira, shishito peppers, Thai basil, Locatelli, cream of tartar, salted hog jowels, or basic guanciali, and, of course, a book on sous vide for which of course you must know what sous vide is.

Sous vide refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food and cooking it in a temperature controlled water bath. Learn how to cook sous vide at home but of course we all know that! You will need a Sous Vide Circulator, available from your nearest Sous Vide store.

Be sure to use Plugra, rather than butter. It costs a great deal more but will establish your health vocabulary status. Garlic or onion lliums, whatever they are — but of course you must know — have a ready supply of Arbol chilis, Sichuan peppercorns, and guanciale, coriander seeds, and of course Speculoosa, Falafel carne adf0vada.

Now I can’t guarantee that all the above will make you healthy but I can assure you that your friends will be impressed.

Using myself as an example I have used none of these things but have devoted a good deal of time to working out and trying to keep myself in some kind of shape. Obviously, I have not been too successful but I’m quite happy when I get to sit down and have a piece of homemade blueberry pie completely covered with whipped cream.

If you want proof of my theories look to your children. Ever notice that at times they seem rather dull and logy. Try opening the cookie jar or the leftover Halloween candies and let them dive in and help themselves. What results as most parents know is what’s called a “sugar high.” These kids seem to have just boundless energy without eating any of the so-called mystical foods. I have seen this happen many times with my own children, my grandchildren, and, of course, myself.

Virtually every healthy diet includes at least several servings of yogurt. I assume this is good for you because it has in it the following valuable additions: pectin, Lactobacillus Bulgarias. Now you must know that with all of that stuff it must be providing some benefit to the human body, but I still feel a lot better after I’ve had a few handfuls of peanut butter-coated pretzels. I feel like I could do 50 pushups after a bagful, that is if I were able to do 50 in the beginning.

Now let’s get down to the scientific part of all this. We all hear every day about how many calories are in each type of food that we choose to eat. Nonsense! I would think that most of us are smart enough to see these calories on the plates that we are eating from. You will notice that in most cases there is some residue at the bottom of your plate. What do you think that stuff is? My theory is that these are the calories that have dripped off the food and allow the manufacturer to claim how low in calories this product is.

A prime example of this is the famous Dunkin Donuts. You’ll notice that in the center of each of these donuts there is usually a large hole to allow the calories to escape. My suggestion is that you load up on these donuts which taste pretty good around the edges and leave the middle part for the health nuts.

Now what about carbohydrates? Virtually every package of food will list how many carbohydrates are in the package but what exactly are carbohydrates and do they do us any good?. Remember that there are three types of carbohydrates — monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides. The monosaccharides are white, crystallinesolids that contain a single aldehyde or ketone functional group.

This is an exact definition of carbohydrates taken from the ever reliable Internet. Of course you can trust this information.

“Carbohydrates can also be defined chemically as neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Carbohydrates come in simple forms such as sugars and in complex forms such as starches and fiber. The body breaks down most sugars and starches into glucose, a simple sugar that the body can use to feed its cells.”

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