Debunking the paleo diet: Christina Warinner at TEDxOU

July 24, 2013
So, the food available today is not what our cavemen ancestors would have eaten nor cultivated, but this archaeologist has a real problem with nomenclature. I think most people who have chosen the Paleo lifestyle realize this.

It all comes down to semantics .... If you want the cliff notes, skip to the end where she gives her take-aways and that is the whole point of Paleolithic diets -- eat healthy, clean, and sustain-ably. Your waistline and heart will thank you for it.

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Wordless Wednesday: Squirrel!

Menu Plan Monday: I wish it would rain already

July 22, 2013
We're back from vacation and I had a week of more eating processed than I would have liked, but I only had a chance to get to the grocery store yesterday. I am afraid to step on the scale. The weather isn't helping either.

I do not deal well with humidity. 78% in L.A. and the sky should be poring. Humidity apparently makes my kids crave exotic and spicy foods. My daughter requested Indian curry and Cajun Salmon this week.

Sunday: Indian chicken curry with spinach. I thought about addig purple sweet potatoes, but chickend out. The last time I made them ... I nuked them and they came out tough. By the way, the McCormick curry was not spicy enough. Damn bland. Luckily I found my Fresh & Easy one.

Monday: Thai Green Curry -- it's been two (or three?) weeks since we last ate it and both kids like it. The Teen can still eat rice, but Joy has gotten used to eating Paleo when she's with me.

Tuesday: Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken - comfort food item for the week with broccoli.

Wednesday: Tilapia with green beans

Thursday: Garlic Lime Chicken - possibly purple sweet potatoes and California blend veggies as sides.

Friday: Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Not a whole lot of protein variety this week because I didn't want to think, but out of habit I grabbed some salmon, so that might end up being on the menu mid-week and one of the other recipes bumped to the weekend.

I sense a theme in my last few Menu Monday posts. I love California, but the older I get, the less tolerant of high temps I am. I have never liked humidity.

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Book Review: The Shambling Guide to New York City

July 18, 2013
The Shambling Guide to New York CityThe Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got so wrapped up in this book that I nearly missed my subway stop on the way to work this morning ... after staying up late trying to finish it.

It's a fun romp through NYC (why do they have all the fun?) and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Definite brain candy that the zombies will appreciate.

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Menu Plan Monday: Beat the Heat

July 1, 2013
It's entirely too hot this week, so I had to look for items that required minimal cooking (no slaving over a hot stove for me!) or would generate nukable leftovers.

I got all of my shopping done in record time because I did not want to be out in the heat longer than necessary.

Sunday: Thai Green Curry.
I cheated. I was buying all of the ingredients (my local grocery store has an abominable Asian section) when I saw this. I already had chicken at home, frozen veggies and fresh peppers in the cart. Win! The kit makes 4-5 servings. I had 2 last night (no rice), my son had a teenager's version of 1 serving and probably finished off the rest of it today for his lunch.
Monday: Primal Jambalaya. This will feed me for a few days, lunches included. Adding okra to the mix this week in place of shrimp, my son is allergic to shrimp.
Tuesday: Zucchini Frittata
Wednesday: Leftovers, if any
Thursday: 4th of July! We're going to see the L.A. Galaxy play and eat unhealthy stadium food. I love being an American.
Friday: Steak and Veggie kabobs (pre-made from the grocery store)
Saturday: Grilled Salmon and veggies. Or maybe a purple or sweet potato.

Thanks to for hosting Menu Plan Monday

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Jamba BOGO!

Who loves a BOGO? I know I do, and you do too, probably. How about strawberries? The perfect summer fruit. Closely followed by watermelon.

This week only, Jamba Juice is having a BOGO on smoothies. Except for the Downtown Disney location (go figure) and a few other spots.

Go get your juice on.

Free Smoothie when you buy one. Offer valid 6/28/2013 - 7/7/2013 at participating Jamba Juice stores with coupon.
Read the fine print.

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