We’re passionate about this one thing: The principles upon which Word of Wisdom Living is based have the power to change the world. We believe this. To help this happen we set a goal to grow our audience ten-fold this year. That’s an audacious goal. Thanks to you, the readers, we’re making progress—January viewers were twice those of December.
This week’s views were even higher. Curious as to why, I asked the beautiful wife, “Is traffic up because of the word “joy” in our titles—as in The Joy of Snacking, or The Joy of Coleslaw? Are people drawn by “joy,” like moths to the flame?” I thought about this for a while, and then had an idea only a guy could conceive. “What,” I asked, “if we used the word s-e-x, would that work better?” The beautiful wife gave me that long, eye-rolling look she saves for my worst ideas. I confess to being a curious guy, so please excuse this post’s title. It’s just an experiment—I won’t write s-e-x again.
An FDA advisory committee blessed a new weight loss drug the other day, so approval is likely. The drug company is right now, I suspect, preparing a big marketing campaign. Weight loss drugs have a troubled history; only one is currently approved and it has a scary list of side effects. Remember the Fen Phen tragedy? The truth is, it simply may not be possible to safely keep the body from storing excess calories for a rainy day.
We all vary in our susceptibility to overweight and obesity, but one thing stands out: It’s best to eat a diet high in nutrients and low in calories. Traditional plant-based diets with sparing meat have loads of nutrients and just enough calories. The modern American diet (MAD) is the opposite: low in nutrients and high in calories. The former fills you up, the latter leaves you wanting more.
America wasted two generations on the false idea that we could eat the MAD diet and not gain weight if we just counted daily calories. Counting calories is everywhere recommended but it’s a fool’s game. Hunger is a powerful force. You can starve yourself for a while, but in the long run you’ll eat until you’re full.
You hear a lot about “eating less and moving more.” People who should know better say it all the time. A better statement would be to eat differently. Or as Apple says, “Eat different.” That’s the goal of the food reformation. And be muscular.
Menu for Week #9
I was reading a cookbook, Our Best Bites, discouraged that more healthy recipes weren’t included. “Be more positive,” I said to myself, “try the next healthy recipe you see.” So in this week’s menu is “Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice,” page 205. I substituted some sausage from the freezer for the Andouiolle sausage, adding smoked paprika and Creole sauce as suggested. Might be better to stick with the Andouiolle sausage next time, the beautiful wife tactfully suggested.
- Skip’s Peanut Coleslaw (see prior post for recipe).
- Baked sweet potato (with butter and brown sugar).
- Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice (recipe cited above).
- Broccoli salad.
- Homemade Corn Bread (recipe off the box, but half the sugar).
- Baked salmon with Bok Choy.
- Long grain rice.
- Leftover coleslaw.
- Leftover Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice.
- Spinach salad.
- Leftover cornbread.
Please comment: Because it’s winter, we’ve tried to have a soup recipe each week. The best recipes have been “Split Pea Soup with Hambone,” and “Potato and Onion Soup,” but the Chicken with Rice Soup was pretty good too. Soup, especially the bean soups, taste great, offer great value, and warm the soul. Next week we’ll work on a black bean soup recipe. Please share your favorite soup recipe.