Thursday, May 26, 2011

Longevity

The best current information we have on how to extend our life and our health is through calorie restriction.  Calorie restriction is a way of eating on vastly fewer calories than the majority of us eat.  The "typical" American diet is 2,000 calories.  This is the amount on which all nutritional food labels base themselves.  Calorie restriction is defined as somewhere around 1200 a day.  The average daily metabolic rate is the amount of energy we need just to perform basic life tasks - like sitting, thinking, and breathing.  It is about 1200 calories, so calorie restriction is like eating a minimal amount of food for existence.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Garlic

Another food you can grow easily in your yard, or in a container on your patio or deck is garlic.  Garlic has been known for both its culinary uses and it's medicinal purposes for eons.  Garlic is a member of the allium plant family which includes onions, leeks, and shallots. 

Who has not used garlic in their cooking?  It can be used "straight up" as "garlic butter" (whole heads of garlic roasted until the cloves are all soft and squishy that can then be spread on bread) or it can be chopped finely and included in virtually any recipe.  Sauteing garlic lessens its taste potency.