Eat– for Good Health

The next time I’m in North Hollywood, I plan to stop for brunch at Ammo’s for brunch.  A popular (according to Reba Studebaker, legs model) North African-inspired item on the menu:  eggs fried in olive oil and served with chickpeas, yogurt and a dab of fiery harissa.  Doesn’t that sound soulful?  According to Reba, Ammo’s fruit bowl is fresh and delicious.  What I find interesting is that North Hollywood patrons have the sophistocation to appreciate healthy food.  For brunch, there are pastries, beignets, crepes with fresh sauteed peaches, and other dough items.  Reba tells me the fried egg sandwith with American proscuito (tiny amount for our model) on argula with a smear of aioli.  No, she doesn’t share.

North African Tunisian food is quite spicy. A popular condiment and ingredient which is used extensively is harissa, a hot red pepper sauce made of red chili peppers, garlic, coriander, cumin, olive oil and often tomatoes. There is an old wives’ tale that says a husband can judge his wife’s affections by the amount of hot peppers she uses when preparing his food. If the food becomes bland then a manmay believe that his wife no longer loves him.  Aioli is made with olive oil and garlic.  Sometimes egg is added, but this is not provençal (traditional).



17 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Wade Coleman

    Somehow I’m reassured that people are going for less meat and more fruits and vegetables! Being a guy, I’ve been brainwashed to think I should want to eat meat all the time.

  2. Bob Hedges

    My wife Heidi thinks eating carcasses all day while avoiding what grows naturally on earth is a recipe for disaster. She is big on soy products, eggs, and sometimes serves chicken and fish. Not everyday. We do like low fat dairy products.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    When people eat (a lot) of meat and their bodies metabolize high amounts of protein, nitrogen waste is released in the form of urea. Urea is toxix and must be passed out of the body through urine. This process is hard on kidneys. Most Americans eat twice as much protein as necessary. This has sent obesity, heart disease, and cancer rates soaring over the past fifty years.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    True, Reba. Without whole grains, vegetables, and fresh fruit, there’s no fiber to bind all the toxins and fat together to be eliminated from the body. Harm is done– kidneys are in jeopardy of developing stones, age prematurely, and sometimes fail. Kidneys have to work twice as hard to break down protein and remove waste.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Many studies prove just that, Mary Alice and Reba. In a study involving 1,500 patients with diabetes, most had lost more than half of their kidney function because they thought they were supposed to eat pure protein and no carbs. The American Cancer Society conducted a study with 80,000 people trying to lose weight. The participants who ate mostly meat gained weight, and those who avoided meat and consumed more vegetables lost!

  6. Wade Coleman

    Humans are intelligent and created weapons for hunting and made fires for cooking. They also mass produced animals for easy consumption. But without these tools, we need to look at ourselves. In the wild, we don’t have the speed, strength, claws, teeth, and jaws for the task.

  7. Reba Studebaker

    Yeah, look at our flimsy fingernails compared to bird of prey talons. How about our blunt teeth compared to a lion’s fangs and the strength of our jaws compared to a wolf! Out in the wild, our asses would be kicked.

  8. Bob Hedges

    Heidi Hedges would agree, Reba– just because we can eat a lot of animal flesh doesn’t mean we should. She thinks we have evolved past apes with their massive heads, strong jaws, and brute strength. Last time she checked, we aren’t cave men anymore.

  9. Kathleen Rowland

    Here’s more evidence– as soon as we put food in our mouths, the digestive process begins with saliva. Our alkaline salive is not meant to break down animal flesh. Carnivores have acid saliva which is designed for the task. Hydrochloric acid is essential for digesting carcass, and it is secreted in small amounts in the stomach. Friends, we aren’t supposed to eat very much pure protein.

  10. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Yup. Stomachs of carnivores have ten times more hydrochloric acid than ours. Our enzymes, digestive tracts, and organs are far different from carnivoures. Our kidneys, colon, and liver are ill-equipped to process animal flesh in large amounts. Compared to carnivores, our intestines are very long, and we know what happens there with big steaks.

  11. Kathleen Rowland

    I’ll bet Heidi knows that food that doesn’t get adequately process becomes clogged in the intestines. Animals quickly pass food through their digestive systems, but we can have food fermenting in our colons, hence the need for colonics or enemas!

  12. Kathleen Rowland

    Even for them, the digestive process can be taxing. We are designed to thrive on plant foods. We don’t like what animal fat and surplus protein does to our bodies.

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