Monday, January 23, 2017

Not a Food Post....

An open letter to journalists across the USA:

It seems a lot of you have either never known or have forgotten what your job is.

Your job is not to continually tell us POTUS said this, and then said that, and then blamed the media for getting it wrong.  In those cases, my journalistic friends, you are being played.  While you’re busy reporting and re-reporting the same stuff that frankly doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, a lot is going on that you aren’t focusing on.  It doesn’t really matter if there were 2 people or 2,000,000 at the inauguration.  Let me say again, it doesn’t matter.  It doesn’t matter if POTUS thinks Alec Baldwin is a no talent hack or that Meryl Streep is overrated.  Truly, it doesn’t matter. Stop reporting and rehashing these stories.  It doesn’t matter. 

What matters is the things that affect those of us who live in this country.  What matters is what our healthcare will look like, whether we’re safe in our own homes and neighborhoods, whether we have a job so we can afford our mortgage and send our kids to school where they have a chance to get a good education.  What matters is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

Your job, in case you missed this class in school, is to report the facts.  Not the facts with a left spin, and not the facts with a right spin.  Just the facts.  Let me be the judge of what it means.  That’s my job.  You tell me the who, what, when, where, and how.  That’s all.  That’s your job!  Your job is not… truly not… to copy and paste Twitter tweets and call that a story. Frankly, that’s about the laziest thing I have ever seen in the journalism world. 

It’s time to get back to real journalism! Stop following Twitter and do some real work.  Don’t use Facebook live as a way to be first, even though you have nothing to say.  Stop using click bait headlines that have nothing to do with the story… just misinformation at its worst.  Find out what’s really in the various bills and Executive Orders and then report it accurately.  Slice it, dice it, find out what it means and what the impact is, and then fill us in.  That is your job.  Follow the paper trails to uncover who really stands to win if certain laws and regulations are repealed, overturned, or passed.  That is your job. Dig, investigate, get the real and complete story and then report.  That is your job.  And, for the love of all that is newsworthy, stop focusing on being first, with incomplete facts, just to have a sound bite before another news outlet.  That is your job.  There is no prize for being first, only for being the best.  To be the best you have to actually do your job!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

To Grain or Not to Grain...

Let's get right to it!  Do clean eating and bread go together?  I get this question a lot, and I question it myself a lot.  From what I can find it seems to depend... on you.  If you can tolerate wheat, you can have it.  Just like treats, even when they're clean it doesn't mean your diet should consist solely of them.  But if you can find bread with minimal ingredients and made with whole wheat flour, go for it!  Just make sure it doesn't have any added sugar.

A lot of the store bought breads are loaded with preservatives and other really hard to pronounce words, making it hard to find a clean eating alternative.  So just do the best you can.  One of the things about clean eating is it has to work for you.  And being hyper-restrictive doesn't work for me!  Sometimes I want toast, that's all there is to it!  And better to eat some that is at least not as bad, right?

I eat bread.  I like bread, and I don't have a medical reason to not eat it.  I'd rather eat it occasionally and not feel deprived.  I just try to make good choices about it.  But if you can... and I do occasionally...make your own! You can use just about any bread recipe by substituting whole wheat for white flour and honey for sugar!  I made clean eating cinnamon rolls yesterday morning with coconut sugar.  These babies are awesome!

I love my Kitchen-Aid when it comes to making bread, but you don't have to have one.  (But it really helps!!)

I also know some people can't eat, or don't want to eat bread, for whatever reason.  And it's great to have some grain free options!

For pizza crust:  This recipe recipe is hard to beat!

And here is a no-grain bread recipe I really want to try!

For a great treat, this almond joy cake is my favorite!

So do what works for you... just do it in moderation!  What are you eating this week?  Whatever it is Keep it Clean!

Remember to check out my new recipe book!  I put together some of my favorites in one easy location!

The Clean Eating Lifestyle Recipe Book
If you prefer a paperback version, you can order that here.

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