Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Five Finger Discount

IMG_0720 My new shoes

So I decided to get the Bakila model of Vibram's Five Finger shoes, which I found at an outdoor shop nearby. From reading various posts and comments on running books, It seems barefoot runners prefer the feel of Vibram's Five Fingers shoes over any other, thus recommend them. While many outside the city don't know, Chicago has launched a back to school "tax free" campaign. Purchases at stores, at a certain price cap, who are participating in the event yield no sales tax (it's 9.75% or 10.25% currently, around there) driving the cost of living up. Well my shoes just happen to fall under the "Back to School Shoes" category =D.

Well I went running when I really shouldn't have, when my legs were still really sore and

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sofffffft Skin

So if you're like me and have KP (Keratosis Pilaris) then you'll love this "Facial Rub" I saw featured on the Good Morning America. From what I've read, KP is caused by a skin protein called Keratin which plugs up hair follicles, it's not due to poor hygiene or habits (though most would think so). This facial rub caught my attention because she noted the Lactic Acid content of powdered milk while on the show. I wasn't able to find the instant oatmeal she talks about so I used regular (I end up really wanting a bowl of oatmeal afterwards) but the rest of the ingredients I was able to find. She uses powdered milk (for the lactic acid content), Oatmeal which makes your skin really soft and

Friday, August 13, 2010

Running & Biomechanics


Not MSG related however it's something new I've stumbled upon which I believe deserves publicity. It's about running and the Biomechanics of the Human body.

So imma get into something new I thought yall might find interesting considering the mechanics of how it works. The concept is similar to how a cheetah, dog, horse, zebra, wildebeest, cat.... ok about every land mammal/animal on the face of the planet, how they run. The use the tendons and muscles in their legs to perform a suspension type running style. This is how they're able to achieve... lol "great speeds" is an understatement. Humans are meant to run the same way,

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Morning Markets!


The Farmers Markets around your city are a great way to get MSG & additive-free foods, organic goods as well! I usually shop at the Green City Market and the one just south of it on Clark & Division. There's a wide selection of vegetables, seasonal fruits and even some meats.

Some farms have turned somewhat… industrious in their ways. Some do use added pectin and advertise "Grass fed, corn finished" beef, which any research will tell you cows biologically aren't meant to eat corn. It should be noted however

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Raw Honey!


I love honey! Ahhh I love this stuff! I'm talking about the kind that's kinda foggy n dirty lookin. Now that I've tried this stuff, I'm more open to try the kind that's still sitting on the comb (really expensive from what I hear), not the kind that's had a piece of comb added to make it look raw. The kind I got in this picture is from Stakich Farms, "Truly Raw Honey: 100% pure, unheated, unfiltered", picked it up from my neighborhood Whole Foods. Since it's creamed honey (didn't know this at the time of purchase) it's very creamy, thick and really rich, unlike any honey I've ever had. I did a bit of reading on the farm. Apparently they use a centrifugal machine to extract the honey and bottle it from there. A site I was reading shed some light on creamed honey. It's been allowed to crystallize at 55 deg Fahrenheit. If it's been filtered, some companies will be nice enough to warm it to bee hive temperature (about 98 def F) to make it easier to pass it through a fine filter. Other companies may "minimally process" honey and label it as raw as there is no legal definition of "Raw" (WTF right?!). Yay for being 'had'...

Your honey should be: unfiltered, unheated (by any means), un-fucked-with. Bees wax is edible and good if you have gastric issues. It's been stated to not eat it only if you really cant bear to eat it, which would lead into a talk of the body's hunger & taste mechanics by which your body leads you to what it needs by feelings of hunger and taste (this is mainly why processed MSG/PFGA-laden foods is really bad for you as it prevents your body from doing it's job). Keep in mind though to not feed honey to kids under 1 year of age to prevent Infantile Botulism. It's medically agreed upon that about 1 year of age humans develop the intestinal bacteria to prevent this through breastfeeding. If you're stuffing your newborn with chemical baby formula magic-milk, well I cant promise your kid will develop intestinal flora needed. It might be there, might not, I'll have to look at the ingredients.

Yay for finding new nutritious healthy things in life, the search continues =). Edit: I also picked up some comb honey, while at the store, which I've been thoroughly enjoying. It's nature's candy bar and it's far better than any other. Give this to your kids rather some processed MSG/PFGA/Aspartame laden refined sugar bar-o-crap.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Food as Medicine Class

Pear Soup

In the Food as Medicine class at the Lakeview Whole foods, there was a professor from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Mitchell Harris. He seemed to be giving mostly an introduction to "hay foods can actually heal you" to the class. I would think it's unusual but however considering the mass population of people who really don't think foods actually can heal, it's understandable. This is a guy who I'd love to pick his brain for all kinds of information. So in the class he made some Poached Pear Soup (the picture above) which was very good. The broth makes an excellent tea which