Category Archives: diet


Last time I talked about nutritional yeast; today will be about bread.

Mmmmmmmm…bread. I like bread. I love bread. All kinds, like plain ol’ white bread, wheat bread, hot dog bread, hamburger bread, artisan bread, baguettes, ciabatta, sourdough, flatbread, cornbread. And all the other varieties you like, I probably like too.

But I can’t eat these delicious breads because of the wheat factor. Darnit. Oh, but you can eat cornbread, can’t you? It’s made from corn, not wheat.

Not totally true. Even cornbread has more wheat flour than cornmeal in it. It’s actually a combo of wheat and corn. There’s the rub!

So I look at bread from afar and try to remember the texture and taste of just-toasted bread. The crunchy crust, the melting of butter on warm toast, the smell of baked goodness, the chewy middle.

The latest season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table has an episode for a local chef known for founding La Brea Bakery. The bread there is very good, even though it’s all industrialized now. But the episode is a lovely story about food and a person’s love for making something extraordinary out of something ordinary.

If I had the work ethic of a chef, I might have been a chef, but the reality is that I like to eat food more than making food. And when it comes to bread, I have to look at it and not eat it. Sad, but not sad.

The great thing about today is the variety of wheat alternatives available. If this was 10 years ago and I knew I couldn’t handle wheat, then it would have been sad. But then, maybe I would have become a chef, having to make my own wheat alternatives? I might have been a lot healthier back then, too. Now we’ll never know, and it really doesn’t matter.

nutty for the nooch

I’m trying new things these days. The local grocery store had a big sale on Bragg products. I use apple cider vinegar regularly and the sale was better than the online prices so I stocked up. Then one day I was reading the weekly grocery store mailer (the digital one; I ironically tossed the paper and then found and read the digital version) and saw that all the Bragg products were on sale and it had a little photo of all their products, which included their liquid aminos and the nutritional yeast.

Since finding out about how soy sauce has gluten, I’ve been sad to not be able to eat many foods that have soy sauce in it. I’ve got tamari soy sauce, but I’ve been curious about the liquid aminos.

In the past I’ve associated liquid aminos with the old-school hippie Whole Foods patrons, not the yuppie WF patrons. And they were crazy vegetarians or vegans, and I never considered even trying it. Does “liquid aminos” sound remotely appetizing? Let alone “nutritional yeast?” Obviously these non-food labeled foods were marketed to people who didn’t care about eating delicious food or delicious-sounding food.

But coming off my bone broth cleanse and seeing the big sale I decided to try both those things. What is wrong with me? Gluten is what’s wrong with me. And I was curious.

The liquid aminos actually aren’t that bad at all, so while I like the product, I still hate the name.

But the nutritional yeast, that’s a different story.

I love it.

But the name is still lame.

It’s really good on popcorn. And in soup. I put it in my homemade rice noodle ramen that’s my mash up of random veggies in broth. It does have a nutty, cheesy smell and flavor, but not the consistency of cheese, unfortunately.

But the best thing is to eat the “nooch” with cheese, so I get the cheese but also the nuttiness of the nooch that also has tons of B-vitamins. It really does add a lot of nutrition with almost no sodium, yet it tastes salty. So it’s good to not be vegan and nosh on the nooch.

liquid gold

Last time I wrote about dinosaurs. Today I’ll talk about bone broth.

I’m currently doing a modified bone broth cleanse, where you just drink bone broth all day instead of eating food. I’m also drinking raw whole milk, which is incredibly tasty and beneficial for your health, unlike pasteurized milk, even organic pasteurized milk. And, of course, good ol’ water. And some occasional komboucha tea. And some probiotics. My gut must be in heaven.

At first I didn’t think I could survive on bone broth, so I was adding in some powdered veggies, as well as some protein powder. But my body was not happy with any sort of powdered food; it demanded only liquids, especially the liquid gold that is bone broth.

After taking out the excess foods, my body was very happy with the broth and milk the most. I got hungry but if I was hungry I just drank more gold. Then, I slept like a baby and I found myself looking younger in the mirror. This was way better and easier than makeup or using a myriad of skin care products. My neck looked good, which is a concern after a certain age.

I have reached the stage where you say “a certain age.” This was never supposed to happen, but then it did when my doctor used that phrase. I am still in denial.

So my skin looks so clear, my neck looks good, and I’ve lost some weight. In the past, I’ve done fancy juice cleanses that were organic, specially formulated for nutritional optimization, and were not cheap. They were beneficial, but they don’t come close to beating the effectiveness of a bone broth cleanse. It’s tons cheaper and easier to do. The only expensive parts are the raw milk and the probiotics, but it’s a small price for the benefits I’ve experienced. (Tip: don’t buy broth, make it at home with grass-fed or other quality bones for the purest golden benefits.)

The purpose of the cleanse is not for making my neck look better, but for other reasons that will stay a mystery for now.

And I’m still not finished with the cleanse. So I’ll have to see what happens when I start eating solid food again. I do miss my burgers and fries.

the juice cleanse

Today I’m finishing up a five-day juice cleanse. It’s been a long five days, but not that hard. I don’t feel that hungry and I’ve lost several pounds of what I believe are years of toxin buildup. While I’m quite happy with the results and feeling very healthy, I know it’s just the beginning of a larger life change.

A surprising benefit is that my feet look better. Overall, everything looks better, but I didn’t know feet were included. My feet appear to be less puffy looking, and I have to tighten my shoelaces when I go hiking. I also don’t need to wear my ankle brace, at least while doing an easy hike. And the veins look less puffy and seem skinnier and bulge out less. My circulation must be a lot better.

Who’d have thought fruits and vegetables could do so much?