Saturday, December 22, 2012

Baking potatoes in the driveway in Minnesota on 12/21/12

As I've mentioned in previous entries, I am a solar cook. I have 4 different types of solar cookers. 3 different types of ovens plus a parabola. The parabola looks like a TV satellite dish, and works on the same principle as a magnifying glass in the sun burning from concentrated light. It is truly amazing. I can boil 2 cups of water in about 15 minutes in the sun using it. I place a dutch oven on the parabola and bake potatoes and other vegetables. Yesterday was December 21, the day of the year when the sun is the lowest in the sky. Now the sun will start to make its way higher in the sky a little more each day. It was a beautiful solar cooking day- no clouds in the sky. It was cold- about 9 degrees above zero when I placed the spuds in the dutch oven on the parabola in the driveway. It took about 1 and 1/2 hours for 2 very large red potatoes to be cooked perfectly. My wife Bev and I had them as part of our lunch. Solar cooked food is cooked by infrared heat from the sun. It usually cooks at about 250 degrees, sometimes as high as 325 degrees, sometimes lower than 250. For food to cook, the temperature has to be at least 180 degrees. Because of being cooked at a lower temperature as compared to a conventional oven in the house, there is less nutrient loss/better flavor. Solar food tastes great, and is better for you. You should taste solar cooked sweet corn!

Friday, December 21, 2012

I care about your health, your kids' health, and your grandchildren's health. Hence my email address ForPlanetHealth@aol.com. In my twenties I contracted 3 serious diseases because of my unhealthy diet. I had heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol), and painful Crohns Disease, which comes from bacteria in cow's milk. I took pills for 2 years, until I began learning what food and drink is healthy, and what is not. I turned my diet around, the diseases went away, and today, knock on wood, I don't take a pill. (And I certainly don't drink the milk from a cow anymore!) Ever since, I have been on a mission to share info with people to hopefully avoid the pain and expense that I went through. Because of the time of year, I would like to address one thing- processed sugar. Simply put, it promotes disease. The doctors I study compare sugar addiction to cocaine addiction- it is so hard to give up. My wife Bev said that Mika Brezenski from "Morning Joe" stated on air that sugar is "poison." And she is right. Sugar is high in calories but they are empty calories- no nutrition, which move quickly through your system, causing insulin spikes in your pancreas. There is natural sugar in fruit, but because of healthy ingredients like fiber, vitamins and minerals, it is digested more slowly, causing less of an insulin spike. So in essence, the more processed sugar you consume, the more you are wearing out your pancreas. This from the nutritional experts I study: Pancreatic cancer is the hardest to cure. Processed sugar promotes the growth of cancer cells. Sugar is linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes II, obesity, acne, tooth decay, and more. Sugar weakens your immune system. Sugar is being linked to alzheimers disease. So lastly, I'd like you to think about your kids' health. Well intentioned parents and grandparents think they are being nice by giving kids sugary treats. Does it make sense to limit their consumption of sugar this holiday season? -and substitute healthier treats? -like fruit, dried fruit, baked goods using less sugar than is required. When you make healthier choices, not only is it better for your body, if feels better in your mind too- knowing you are promoting your health, not destroying it. Love your pancreas. Love your kids' and grandkids' pancreases. Start new, healthier traditions is my friendly advice.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Greetings!

I would like to take a minute to thank the people who read the information on this site. I've gotten positive feedback from healthy eating people all across the globe. Since I've turned to an all plant based diet, I've never felt better. Food and drink has never tasted so good. When I consume wonderful, healthy plant foods, not only do they taste great, it feels good in the mind to know what I'm putting in my body is truly healthy, and affects the earth in a positive way. I see by checking the blog stats that besides the U.S., people from China, the Soviet Union, Germany, India, England, Norway, Spain, Australia, and others have perused this site. To all of you, I wish you a healthy and happy holiday season with your family and friends. Thank-you for reading. *Have you ever heard the sound of handbells? A friend wrote, "I think they make possibly the most spiritual sound on the planet." I hope you get a chance to hear the bells this holiday season. My wife and I play them in our church handbell choir.