Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Go! Without food?

Posted on May 11th, 2010 by irishcoffee

Prahlad Jani, an Indian yogi of 83 years of age, claims that he has not eaten for the previous 70 yePrahlad-Jani420-420x0ars!

Do you believe him?

Recently a group of  some 30 doctors observed him over a two-week period in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat.

“During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet”, they reported.

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“We still do not know how he survives,” exclaimed neurologist Sudhir Shah. “It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is.”

What is your opinion of fasting? A way to health…enlightenment…saving the world’s hungry…or madness?

How long could you go without food?

Michelle Obama preaches healthy on Sesame Street!

Posted on October 5th, 2009 by Jim

tick tockFresh (ish) from my New York trip I unfortunately didn’t get to catch up with the gang from Sesame Street as I was’nt sure if it was set in the Bronx or Queens! The trip was a success as an East Coast publisher requested the manuscript of GO! Smell the flowers so we’ll have to wait & see.

With the U.S  of A’s hearty food portions (tick tock diner filled me up) I was never short of energy enjoying walking around the east side, meat packing district, MOMA, Bryant Park and the theatre district. 

Central park by horse, Manhatten island by boat and the subway wherever possible I really got back into the New York way of life (beep, beep)

Back to the topic in hand – FOOD! I was impressed to find this clip of one of the most powerful women in the world preaching healthy foods on Sesame street, brough to us, of course, by the Childrens Television workshop:

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Good old Elmo, taking it in his stride and I wonder if cookie monster is now surplus to requirements?

Comments welcomed on the state of healthcare situation in super-sized America in conjunction with sharing who your favourite Sesame street character is!  Try and link the two in your answer and let’s see where this one GO’!s

This post was brought to you by the number 8 and the letters F, Y & I.

Pineapple! Why’d it have to be Pineapple?

Posted on September 19th, 2009 by Purple13
Why'd it have to be pineapple?

Why'd it have to be pineapple?

You’ve seen the film, you know the line by heart.

So I too had an ‘Indy moment’ this morning at breakfast.

What with my peppermint tea and wholewheat toast (with a slight – oh well – generous spreading of honey), I reached for my yoghurt. A yoghurt I believed to be my other favourite indulgence – black cherry flavour.

So to say I was a tad disappointed when I tucked in and was greeted with Pineapple is an understatement.

Creature of habit (nearly spelt that hobbit), my day has not started well. Will it improve? Tune in during the next few days to find out.

After all, all great adventure stories have a sequel.

In the meantime, what gets your day off to a bad start and how quickly can you recover or what do you do to recover?

Go! smell the McDonalds. Or “do you want lies with that?”

Posted on September 18th, 2009 by ethicaleater

Hi from sunny Chester, U.K.

Socialist, George Ritzer wrote of the ‘McDonalization of Society’ by which he uses Weberian ideals to explain how American society, followed by other societies worldwide, became principally like a fast-food restaurant.  The modern, fast-food style society operates under dimensions of efficiency, calculability, predictability and control.  Bureaucratic rationality aims to achieve a ‘means to an end’ with the least amount of effort possible, breaking down operations into logical, calculable steps; efficiency is thus achieved with minimum wastage.

When considering fast-food outlets, each item of food is processed, weighed and dispensed to a specific measurement, again, predominantly aided by the use of computerised machines.  Every meal served can therefore be accounted for with virtually no waste to the company; making calculability a working criteria. 

The third dimension of Ritzer’s perspective follows naturally from the other two; if every item is the same, meals are uniform in their limited variety, therefore customers will know what to expect.  Returning to a sense of routine, comfort and pleasure, content in the knowledge that wherever in the world they are, whether ordering from a McDonalds in Dallas, Texas or Chester, they will receive the same sized and the same tasting meal as they would when ordering from a McDonald’s in Dubai. 

Lastly, control over the whole operation comes as a result of the afore-mentioned principles, plus the addition of non-humanised technology replacing human work load.  This dehumanising enables procedures to be controlled leaving little room for human error, innovation or variation.  Control is maintained throughout all processes; over the portion size, control over the raw vegetables used, over the training of the staff and how they prepare, cook and present the food, and finally over the customer. 

By rationalizing operation in such a manner; irrationality occurs.  Although there are benefits to efficient systems, Ritzer suggests that fast-food restaurants no longer supply fast-food.  Queues increase at ‘drive-ins’, health problems increase as a result of the high fat, high sodium and sugary ingredients thus increasing health care expenditure plus environmental consequences and mounted concerns as ever more waste produced by fast-food outlets pollutes the planet.




Do you think ‘McDonaldization’ has well and truly got ‘us’ by the short and curly fries?

Fancy a curry, kebab or pizza?

Posted on September 4th, 2009 by ethicaleater

Hi from Chester, U.K.

Food is inherently linked with cultural identity.  Consequently, migrants will always carry their cuisine with them wherever they go.  In the case of sizeable migration, as inevitably as the new communities expand the society of the host country, so their food choices infiltrate native eating habits.

 This can be seen in Britain today in the prevalence of multicultural cuisine in the restaurants and takeaways of our high streets, and in our homes via exotic ingredients from supermarkets, and the plethora of international cookery books and TV programmes.  International cuisine has moved from the exotic to the prosaic, a fact that reflects the impact of and assimilation into British society of the waves of immigrants since 1945.

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  ‘Acculturation’ is where both the host country and migrant populations adjust to the customs of each other’s culture .  Ordinarily, this is a two-way approach dominated by one cultural group, usually that of the host country; as a rule, migrants adapt their food habits to those prevailing in the new homeland.  However this suggests a conflict between the diffusion of cuisine into an alien culture, and the importance of retaining authentic cuisine in reinforcing cultural identity. 

 The adaptation of migrants to host cuisines can take many forms.  Migrants may recreate their traditional cuisine in the host country but purely through necessity have to compromise ingredients as to what is available.  This is evident in the migrants from the Indian subcontinent having to substitute fresh chillies with ground chilli powder.  Migrants may also bring important food and cooking equipment from their home countries.  The early Afro-Caribbeans arriving from the late 1940s onwards, smuggled food aboard in their luggage, whereas in the 1970s traditional tandoori cooking ovens arrived from the Punjab.

There are many other significant migrant contributions to British cuisine; the Chinese in particular.  Even a provincial town such as Chester shows considerable multiculturalism in offering Japanese, Spanish, Cuban, French, Greek, Turkish, Thai, and Indonesian food within a few short miles. Young generations now tend to think of pizza and curries as British food.  It will be interesting to see how new waves of migrants, such as those from the recently expanded EU, make their mark on British cuisine in the future.

Today, international cuisine is part of everyday life in the UK’s multi-cultural society.  The acculturation of cuisine between the British and Italian and Indian migrants does appear to have been dominated by the migrant cuisines.  Why was this?  Is British cuisine not a significant part of its culture?

Migrants have contributed more to our cuisine than we have to theirs. This is not to underestimate the cultural importance of British cuisine; perhaps it just lacks appeal to migrants.  If the British appear to have embraced many migrant cuisines, why has no one embraced ours?  There is little evidence to suggest that migrants have adapted to British cuisine. 

Did (and does) Britain have an identity reflected in its cuisine anyway?

Please Sir can I have some more?

Posted on August 25th, 2009 by ethicaleater

Hi from Chester, England coffee people.

My daughter and I have just been sitting down to a dinner I cooked (jacket spuds filled with cheese-yum!?).

After eating one half she turned round and announced “Cor, that was lovely, thanks.”  Then realised there was another half waiting on the plate.  I asked whether the second half was being consumed due to hunger or purely because it was tasty. “Both” she replied.

The biochemical mechanisms that transmit messages from the stomach to the brain (leptin) telling us that we are full cannot be stopped but they can be ignored, meaning we can continue to eat even though we are full.

Are you full up or do you sometimes continue eating because you like the taste?

GO! Survive on Pasta, flower

Posted on May 28th, 2009 by Jim

‘The belly rules the mind’.  ~Spanish Proverb

What food so you know that can rule your mind? Mine is hot, spicy Indian curry!

Second favourite is Italian and I’ve just dug up this Dolmio sauce skit (remix in Glaswegian) that claims you can survive up to 3 weeks on  the stuff:

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Porridge is pretty unbeatable when it comes to slow release energy throughout the day.  Any other food facts welcomed right here!

GO! Feed the world with TNT and move the world!

Posted on May 12th, 2009 by Jim

please_sir_cropHi from Dubai where TNT have recently been in touch with GSTF about their work with the World Food Programme with this thought for the day:

To feed the worlds’ 59 million hungry schoolchildren would cost $3billion per year. In 2007 $107billion was spent on fast food globally – Go! Figure!


TNT and World Food Programme have had a special relationship for several years, during which time they have built schools, provided clean and safe water supplies, delivered emergency aid to disaster zones and very importantly fed thousands of hungry children around the world. This year in the UAE TNT decided to take a different approach, operating a ‘Twinning Programme’, which in effect means they take the responsibility to support and develop a specific school in Nicaragua.

At the end of March a representative of TNT UAE visited Nicaragua on a five day field visit to see first hand the work WFP does on the ground and the plans that have been created to try and further assist these very poor people… is his exclusive account of the flower smelling visit….

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Go! Find An Alternative

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 by Emma

Checking in here in Dubai following on from Angela’s great juicy post on March 5th, I came across some very easy and delicious sounding juices I thought I would share here. They are my kind of recipe – visual and make up the quantities as you go along.

So this got me thinking: Whether you believe that these remedies really work or not, they are healthy alternatives to your everyday diet. I am trying to cut out cheese, bread, biscuits and all those other delicious high carb, high sugar foods from my diet.

What healthy alternatives are there? Either in your diet or as a metaphor for your life, that you would like to introduce into your daily routine?

Are things getting smaller, flower?

Posted on February 22nd, 2009 by Jim

I’m sure they’re smaller than they used to be? Maybe it’s a relative thing to do with the size of your hands from child to adult:

Any snacks you used to enjoy as a kid that you still enjoy now or any that vanisshed without a trace?

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Do tell but don’t eat it all at once and brush your teeth afterwards or they’ll fall out! Cheers.

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