Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hawaiian Pot Roast

Hi everyone, sorry that I haven’t written for a while. I have moved into a new home and all that entails. Now I have settled into a place with a nice small kitchen that fulfills my needs. As before, my focus is to learn and practice healthy eating.

As the cool November air leads us into winter it is time to serve hot meals. A crock pot is a wonderful kitchen appliance for preparing meals; just chop things up at night and start the slow cooker in the morning; by evening you will have a delicious dinner served hot and easy.

Today I made Hawaiian pot roast. Starting with a nice roast that I picked up on sale for $16, I cut the roast into large cubes. Then I chopped up potatoes, yams and onions into bite size pieces along with minced garlic. Finally I added a can of pineapple rings, juice included. Pineapple contains natural enzymes that help tenderize meat. Some extra water was added to ensure early coverage. At the end, separate the liquid and add some flour or corn starch to thicken into gravy.

Though my crock pot is large, I had enough food for two full pots. The first will be served for dinner and leftovers, the second will cook overnight and go into the freezer. For a total cost of $22 there will be twelve healthy meals; less than $2 each. Get a crock pot today and start making easy cost-effective stews and soups.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

15 Recipes to Make You Die

If you want to eat healthy and lose weight, it is very important to consider the ingredients of a recipe along with ‘how delicious it sounds’. Case in point, an article entitled ‘15 Recipes to Make Before You Die’ could actually move you closer to death. The subtitle ‘classics that you should know how to make if you consider yourself an accomplished cook’ misleads people into thinking that ‘delicious’ food is all that is important to a talented chef. Let’s take a look at what they recommend.

The list begins with simple White Bread, a choice that could be much healthier if multi-grain flour were used instead of starched white flour. Not only is the digestive roughage better from multi-grain bread; there is also more nutrition.
The Beef Tenderloin sounds delicious, however it would be wise to reduce red meat intake since this is the most difficult meat to digest. Fish, turkey or chicken are much healthier choices for your family. The recipe for Pork Crown Roast has lots of fat and sugar. Even the Beef Tenderloin is healthier. Fried Chicken? Anyone on a diet knows to skip this one. They don’t even bother to list the nutritional information with this recipe.

The recipe for Roux opens with ‘The key to great gumbo is the roux–a mixture of flour and fat that is slowly cooked over low heat.’ My arteries harden just reading about it. Next, the recipe for Pasta and Cream Sauce takes low nutrition white pasta (which quickly converts to sugar) and adds fattening cream. While the peas and chives are good for you, this dish contains 45% fat. The recipe ‘Roast Turkey and Gravy’, takes one of the healthiest meats (turkey is second only to fish) and adds ‘fat sauce’. Serve this to help your children grow a few sizes. Why not add some biscuits covered with gravy as well?

Half of the ’15 classic recipes’ are for fattening desserts. While the sugar fix provided by these recipes may result in acclamation, these desserts are really bad for anyone concerned about health and weight.

The recipe for Coconut Cream Meringue Pie contains loads of sugar and cornstarch added to pastry. Feed this to your children to make them fat; they will love you for it. Of course the coconut is good for you, everything else is questionable. While Crème Brule may get ‘oohs and ahhs’ from your dinner guests, you may want to think twice about providing this high-cholesterol and high-calorie treat. Whipped cream, sugar and eggs? Not for anyone concerned about their weight or diet.

Creamy Chocolate Fudge? Start with four cups of sugar, then add whipped cream, butter, corn syrup and chocolate? Actually, the dark chocolate is good for you; skip the rest to serve a healthy treat. The Classic Cream Puffs contain loads of calories, more than half from fat. Even skinny people should cut back on these ‘treats’. The Classic Cheese Soufflé is high in calories, with 70% from fat, while the Chocolate Layer Cake contains butter, sugar, eggs and white flour. Say no more. Finally, there is a recipe for Chocolate Pudding; these people love recipes with eggs, sugar and whipping cream. If you want to kill someone without facing murder charges, start feeding them everything on this list.

The fifteenth recipe, for Chicken Noodle Soup finally suggests food that is more nutritious than damaging. This is the only recipe out of fifteen that you could actually feel comfortable feeding to your children. So put some thought into what you make for yourself, your children and your guests. Instead of providing sugar, fat and cholesterol, feed them food that is good for them and they will really love you.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Today in London, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono teamed up to announce ‘Meat-free Monday’. The campaign is intended to point out how humanity could reduce our global impact simply by eating meat one day less each week. If we are to create a harmonious balance with our planet, we must reduce our meat intake.

In addition to ecological benefits, reducing your meat intake can have great healthy benefits as well. By changing what you consume you can positively influence your digestive process, your energy level and your overall health. Choosing to survive one day without meat is an important first step in altering your physical being. From there you may choose to go many days without consuming animal flesh.

On a raw food diet, I continued to eat sashimi which is raw fish. My body requires meat protein of some type; eating raw beef, chicken or pork sounds pretty disgusting. It was during my raw food cleansing that my digestive process became easy; I realized how much work my body had to do to digest meat. Once in a while is okay and manageable; continuous meat eating puts strain on the digestive system.

As I applied the concepts of eating raw food my learning curve expanded dramatically. There is vast information about healthy food and healthy eating; we simply have to apply the concepts to ourselves and share these values with our friends and family.

Can you survive one day on only food that is grown from the earth?
I certainly hope so.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cooking Naked

When people first hear about what I do, they often ask ‘What is the connection between healthy eating and naked women?’ My immediate response is ‘We are!’ At www.ilovetocooknaked.com we deliver daily video lessons about healthy food and healthy eating taught by healthy naked female instructors.

Of course, there is more to it than that. There is vast information on the internet about healthy eating and weight loss. There are also millions of pictures and videos with naked women. Though there are ‘teasers’ such as ‘The Naked Chef’ (who is a man and not really naked) and ‘The Naked Wine Show’ (where the camera never strays below the cleavage of the hostess), NO-ONE else has had the courage to actually combine the two concepts.

Being able to cook naked requires confidence in body image. If you are uncomfortable with your body because you are overweight, the thought of cooking naked can be scary. In fact, some people never walk around naked even in the privacy of their own home. If you learn to eat healthy and gain some confidence with your body, it becomes much easier to cook naked even if you are not alone!

Everything on our site is focused on healthy eating. There are no sauces on our asparagus. Learning how to love the taste of fresh natural food is the first step in switching to healthy eating; the next step is learning how to make simple delicious recipes combining healthy foods.

Ilove2cooknaked.com also focuses on healthy weight loss. In a world of overweight people it is necessary to switch our diet from processed and manufactured foods to something that can be grown. When we get comments about the dangers of splattering bacon, our response is ‘If you can’t cook it naked, you probably shouldn’t eat it.’

We employ naked women to attract the audience that can benefit most. Thousands of men are overweight because they don’t eat properly and don’t know what to do about it. In addition, the food industry spends billions of dollars convincing us to eat fast foods full of salt, sugar and fat. We don’t have billions of dollars to fight back; instead we have asked beautiful healthy women to cook naked. At ilovetocooknaked.com we teach you something that is good for you, but first we get your attention!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Eating Raw

Last year I went to a presentation by Jenna Norwood, creator of the movie ‘Supercharge Me’. Satirizing the movie ‘Supersize Me’ where a man ate McDonalds for a month to test the physical impact, Jenna decided to follow a raw food diet for thirty days. The movie documents her discoveries and experiences.

After meeting Jenna and being impressed by the raw food movement, I decided to try it myself. There was quite a learning curve involved; most of the food that I usually ate was processed and/or cooked. Suddenly walking around the grocery store was an adventure; what foods could I eat? I discovered many foods in the produce section that were unfamiliar to me. What do you do with Swiss Chard or Eggplant or Radicchio?

My newfound interest in food compelled me to do research. I found an abundance of information on the Internet and began to look at food differently. By mixing and matching various basic ingredients, salads became delicious, snacks became healthy and meals became a feast. I enjoyed the simple pleasures of eating, learning new tastes and creating new desires.

Over the thirty day period I cheated a couple of times, however I ate primarily raw food every day. By the end of the month I had lost twenty pounds, my digestion process was much easier, my skin tone was more vibrant and my energy levels had risen. Since then I have reintroduced cooked food and some meats, however I still consume at least 50% raw food.

In retrospect, this extreme change was easy and very very good for me. Try it yourself; by changing what you eat you can easily lose weight, relearn your eating habits and have a very positive influence on your health.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Eating Expectations

Your life is greatly influenced by everything that you swallow. There are many aspects in our life and environment that influence choices; each can be identified and analyzed. Eating habits exist based on a lifetime of experience and preferences; changing your habits requires deeper understanding of self.

How many times do you eat because you are expected to eat? Whenever someone prepares food for a group, there is anticipation that it will be eaten. If you refuse to eat what is offered you might hear about it. Most of us remember times when our mother made us eat something we didn’t want. Usually we were told it was good for us. There was usually more going on; when a gift is given there is often expectation of gratitude. Sometimes we eat simply because it is easier than not eating.

Once you decide to change your eating habits, it takes determination to explain to others about your choices. Rather than asking for something different, just choose to eat or not eat whatever is offered. The power of healthy eating habits is strengthened by learning how to not eat.

Randi's column appears weekly at ilove2cooknaked.com

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Losing weight is Easy

Losing weight is easy; just change what you eat. There is much anguish about weight loss, as if there were dramatic penalties being forced on people. How could I possibly live without potato chips? I deserve a piece of chocolate cake; I really want KFC; I will follow my diet tomorrow but today I need comfort. All of these thoughts and feelings sabotage your health. The reality is that you choose what you eat and every choice makes a difference.

An important step to changing your diet is to understand what motivates your eating. Food is supposed to be fuel for your body; instead there are MANY other aspects affecting what you put into your mouth. For example, people eat at regular times whether they are hungry or not. People eat what is put in front of them, whether it is what they feel like or not. People eat to feed their emotions and often base decisions on media-implanted desires.

Eating healthy is a choice that can be easy to make. Natural foods are better for you than processed foods; include lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in your daily diet. Eat like a slim person and you can become one. It really is quite simple.

Randi's column appears weekly at ilove2cooknaked.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chain Restaurants Load Food with Salt

A report by CNN reveals that restaurants including Red Lobster and Chili's server meals with over three times the daily recommended salt intake.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Drugs in your Food

Did you know that most processed foods contain chemicals that excite your brain? When you discover that you can’t eat just one potato chip, did you realize that the reason is not just salt but the neuro-stimulation that awakens feelings of pleasure? Your body chemistry is being manipulated by food manufacturers and the result is diminishing health.

When most people hear the initials ‘MSG’ they think of Chinese food. Monosodium Glutamate was regularly added to Chinese food to enhance the flavor; asking for ‘No MSG’ became commonplace shortly afterwards. The reality is that MSG is added to most fast foods, most processed foods, most snack foods and most condiments. If you follow the average American diet, you are consuming MSG every day.

MSG has two main effects on your body. First, it triggers changes on your tongue, stimulating salivation and fooling your taste buds so that food seems to taste better. If something tastes delicious you are more likely to eat more; you are also more likely to eat the same food again. The initial benefit for food producers results from the taste-enhancing characteristic of MSG.

There is more to the story. MSG is also an excitory neuro-toxin. Whenever these glutamates are introduced to your body, transmitters in your brain are activated. The stimulation feels good, which makes you want more. The synaptic paths that are stimulated want more stimulation so the chemical becomes addicting. Ultimately, if you live primarily on processed food, your food is a drug.

Awareness is the first step of change. Do your own research; evaluate your own eating habits. You choose what you eat; make those choices intelligent choices.

Randi’s column appears weekly at ilove2cooknaked.com

Monday, May 4, 2009

Change Your Diet

I spoke to a friend whose teenage daughter had started a vegetarian diet and gained a lot of weight. Apparently she decided that eating French fries every day was acceptable within the definition of her new lifestyle. In our overweight society, there is much confusion about diets.

The word ‘diet’ comes from the Greek word ‘diaita’ which literally means ‘way of living’. A person’s diet is the sum total of what they eat. For example, someone who lives on a raw food diet eats primarily raw food. Sometime in the twentieth century, the word ‘diet’ began to describe a routine of deprivation. When you ‘go on a diet’, you are not allowed to eat the foods you prefer. Instead, you are required to deprive yourself with the objective of weight loss.

Instead of going on a diet, the best way to lose weight is to CHANGE your diet. The best way to change your diet is to experiment with new foods and to develop new cravings. If you tasted a juicy peach and a dry cookie for the first time, the peach would likely taste better. When you actually look forward to eating a salad you have developed an eating style that leads towards healthy body weight. When you substitute tasty delicious new foods for the crap that you used to eat, your body and mind can both benefit.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sugar Sugar

Did you know that about 25% of the calories that you burn come from sugar? As a fuel, sugar is very efficient. It is quickly absorbed by the body and quickly converted into energy. The feeling of a sugar rush is common in North America; almost everything that you eat has extra sugar added. At the end of the 19th century, the average American consumed about five pounds of sugar per year. Now we consume about two or three pounds of sugar PER WEEK!

Sugar has no nutrition. Once the fuel is burned there is no supplementary advantage that remains. We often ingest more fuel than we require, particularly when overeating is combined with a sedentary lifestyle. This excess fuel is stored as fat.

The processed food industry has us addicted to sugar. Check the labels on manufactured foods and do the math. A can of cola contains about ten teaspoons of sugar. Can you imagine drinking a coffee with ten spoons of sugar? Everything from bread to peanut butter is loaded with sugar and we are used to a daily rush.

Awareness is the first step of change. Become aware of the sugar that is in your food. Become aware of how your body reacts to sugar; choose to eliminate sugar from your diet for short periods of time and notice the difference. You are in control if you choose to be.

Randi’s column appears weekly at ilove2cooknaked.com

Monday, April 20, 2009

You are what you eat

A friend of mine is overweight and blames his condition on genetics. Then he tells me that his definition of heavenly food is 'breaded chicken wings with cheese and gravy'. Sooner or later people will realize that what they eat has a direct effect on weight and health. You really are what you eat.

We form associations with 'comfort foods' that make us feel better when we are emotionally challenged; these foods awaken past memories with positive emotions. Though comfort foods are different for each person, invariably the foods we use to comfort ourselves are fattening.

It is possible to change your associations and realize better rewards from healthy food. Instead of addressing emotions with foods that make you feel good briefly and then feel bad after, you can learn how to feel good about eating something that is good for you.

Randi's column appears weekly at ilove2cooknaked.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A new way to learn about healthy eating...

If you keep feeding bread to a duck it will eat until it is full and then die of malnutrition. The same thing happens with most North Americans… we eat whatever we desire until we are full and our bodies reveal the results. Most North Americans are overweight; a LOT of North Americans are fat. Kids begin getting fat at a young age and stay that way for the rest of their lives. They grow up and teach their eating habits to their children and the cycle continues.

It is easy to change your eating habits. It is easy to become healthier simply by adding new healthy food to your daily diet. The best way to lose weight is to choose new foods to eat. Begin to appreciate the wonderful delicious flavours and textures of the new foods you are discovering. Feed yourself, feed your senses, feed your mind with thoughts of healthy food!

Randi’s column appears weekly at ilove2cooknaked.com