How two guys lost 150 lbs on an easy to follow vegan diet!

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Computer Generated BBQ Sauce- Whats next ?

Watson's Bengali Butternut BBQ sauce

and the watson generated recipe is below!

There is a joke in the computer world…. Scientist create a computer that is more intelligent than a human. They ask it the following question : ” Is there a God ?”  The computer answers ” In the past, maybe. But now there is one for sure!”

Some people  say Artificial Intelligence will be the last truly human creation. However, you can benefit from AI right now, and worry about whether genius computers will enslave the human race later.

That’s because smart computers turn out to be great cooks. Bizarre I know, but let me explain:

A few years back IBM created a somewhat intelligent computer . No it is not sentient, it does not have self-awareness or emotion. What is does have is some really cool programming that gives it the ability to understand human language, create hypothesis, and learn all sorts of things really fast. In fact, its a bit scary how well it does those things. You might remember that Watson, the IBM creation, beat the two world champions at Jeopardy.

Now IBM is trying to capitalize on its creation by having it learn all sorts of things in various industries such as medicine and the business world.  In a short period of time, the machine has absorbed tremendous amounts of information about cancer research for example, and is using that information to create new treatments, or refine old ones, with Doctor approval of course.

But if you think about it, cooking is sort of like medicine. You  have so many possible ingredients, and cooks need to understand some basic chemistry and how it all fits together to create recipes based on what worked in the past. As it turns out, Watson is so good at this sort of thing, people that have tasted the computer’s recipe creations have been wowed,especially by the unique flavor combinations. This bucket of bolts really knows how to cook !

So it makes perfect sense that Watson has created its own BBQ sauce and supposedly it is really really good. People describe it as the half way point between some sort of Asian sauce and BBQ sauce.  The point here is that you can give the computer any parameters that you like, give it the “rule” , for example, low fat vegan, and let Watson do the creating! Are we in for an era of better food ?I sincerely hope so  This sauce has almost no sugar in it for example. So the age of software generated recipes is already off to a good start . I for one am ready for the geniuses of the computer world to cook for me ! And below, the recipe

Here is Watsons AI created BBQ sauce

300g butternut squash, diced

200g white wine 100g rice vinegar

50g butter, unsalted

5g tamarind concentrate

40g water

10g chili paste (Sriracha)

4g soy sauce 50g dates, pitted and chopped

2g Thai chili

3g mustard seed

3g turmeric, fresh, thinly sliced

0.4g cardamom, ground

5g coriander leaves

2g Meyer lemon zest, grated

5g salt, to taste

10g Meyer lemon juice

6g molasses 1. Gently sweat the squash in the butter over medium low heat until softened, approximately 5-10 minutes. 2. Add the vinegar, tamarind, water, wine, chili paste, and soy; bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Add the dates, chili, mustard seed, turmeric, and cardamom. Continue to simmer and reduce to roughly 250g, for about 20 minutes. 3. Remove from heat; add the coriander leaves and lemon zest. Blend to a very smooth consistency and cool. 4. Season the mixture with salt, lemon juice, and molasses. Chill


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Lower your triglycerides and cure heart disease? Perhaps…


Have you ever gone to the Doctor and been told that you are in trouble because your LDL is too high ? Its just possible that the medical community has been barking up the wrong tree. That”s because some recent news is turning lipid screening on its head.

It looks like scientists are finally getting to the bottom of what really indicates a future heart attack. It turns out, triglycerides, a measure of fat, play a much bigger role than was ever expected. The good news is that there is something that you can do about it!

So how did this happen? Scientists looked at a group of 75000 people and found that one out of every 150 people has a mutation that causes them to have low triglycerides. Than they sat back and watched. Over a number of years, these folks were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack. That’s really big news especially in a world where heart disease is a top killer.  If you could reduce heart disease by almost half by lowering just triglycerides, that would be a breakthrough.

So, if triglycerides are that important, what can you do about it ?  Well for one thing, get them checked. There really are no good drugs yet specifically for reducing your triglycerides just yet- but the following lifestyle changes will help.

1) Cut back on alcohol:For some reason alcohol has a strong effect on your triglycerides. If you have high triglycerides you are going to have to really cut back or eliminate drinking.

2) Eat some fish: Omege three which is found in fish like salmon, is a good way to bring down a high triglyceride level for people that are not vegan.

3) Try cutting back on white bread and refined carbs. As well as  solid fat, such as margarine.

As an aside, my triglycerides which were always high, are well within and even below average following a vegan diet.

This recent research has really turned the medical community on its head. Everyone is surprised that triglycerides seems to play a much more important role in heart disease than was previously thought. Talk to your doctor and use this very new information to your benefit!

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Questions in the land of Oz



Everyone loves Dr Oz. Or do they? Apparently not the US congress, where the former surgeon turned celebrity was lambasted for hocking diet remedies.

I have to admit that I have only seen Dr Oz for perhaps 10 minutes over the years that he has been around. What I saw seemed admirable. He was convincing some overweight folks to change what they were eating in a before and after type format. And it seemed to be working!

But let’s face facts. There is way more money to be made on diet remedies like green coffee extract which Oz touted as a way to lose weight fast. Only problem is that as a Physician  the good Doctor is supposed to be a “man of science” and there was almost nothing scientific backing up these remedies.

In meetings with members of congress Oz admitted that ” diet and exercise” is the best way to lose weight.  The thing is, there really isn’t any money in telling people something they already know.

Getting people to change their habits turns out to be so very difficult. It’s much easier to hope that there is something out there that’s a magic bullet which will do it for us.

Alas there isn’t. At least not yet. The only hope is to substitute the marginal foods we eat with more of the really healthy stuff, like more vegetables and less extract, green coffee or otherwise!

As for Oz, perhaps it’s time to ignore the man behind the curtain? Or maybe he should return his show to something that is boring but actually works for free. Diet and exercise.

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Do one simple thing and never get headaches



Here is something neat. Do you ever get headaches ? You don’t have to ever get one. Not trying to be a smarty pants here. But I have not had one in at least a year, or perhaps two. Oh, I used to get them all the time…. usually every three or four days. But recently, my head stopped hurting. If you want to understand how and why- read on.

There are many explanations for why people get headaches. Some years ago my oldest son was in school out of town and started getting bad ones. We took him to a neurologist who believed they are caused by sleeping in the wrong type of environment. Meaning- too much light. His prescription? A very dark room.  And it worked! Over time, no more headaches.

I tried the same thing but it never seemed to help. The big change for me was changing my diet. Once I really stopped eating any kind of junk food, minimal meat and no dairy, the headaches disappeared. By the way I do drink coffee every day, and I still don’t get headaches. Turns out that is an old wives tale.

But I started  to wonder what I did specifically that caused my headaches to go away. Or, what could I learn from my experience that I could than share with others?  And here is what I found.

In the 1980’s a research project was initiated at a london hospital for children. 88 kids were put on an elimination diet. Here is what the research team learned. Very specific foods never trigger headaches.  And certain foods seem to trigger many people’s head pain.


A Natural Approach to Migraines | Physicians Committee// //


  • Rice, especially brown rice
  • Cooked green vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, or collards
  • Cooked orange vegetables, such as carrots or sweet potatoes
  • Cooked yellow vegetables, such as summer squash
  • Cooked or dried non-citrus fruits: cherries, cranberries, pears, prunes (but not citrus fruits, apples, bananas, peaches, or tomatoes)
  • Water: Plain water or carbonated forms, such as Perrier, are fine. Other beverages—even herbal teas—can be triggers.
  • Condiments: Modest amounts of salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract are usually well-tolerated.



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    • dairy products*
    • chocolate
    • eggs
    • citrus fruits
    • meat**
    • wheat (bread, pasta, etc.)
    • nuts and peanuts
    • tomatoes
    • onions
    • corn
    • apples
    • bananas 

The logical point here is that my personal experience mimics the research study exactly. When I eliminated all the foods on the list of triggers, without even realizing what I was doing, I eliminated the cause of my headaches as a sort of “side effect” of trying to improve my health for other reasons.

So what is that one simple thing you can do to eliminate your head pain? Change your diet, eliminate meat and dairy, and eat the right kind of fruits and vegetables. Sounds familiar, but in this case, legitimate research backs up its efficacy!


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World Cup and Food, what can we learn



Even though we silly Americans are not soccer fans I love the world cup. The camaraderie, the fans, it all adds up to a joyous moment when we  come together and have some excitement. And its the entire world, which make it kind of special.

It also takes me back a few years. That’s because the last time the world experienced the cup, I had just had a major heart attack . After almost three weeks in University Hospitals of Cleveland where I received outstanding care, I came home, sat around most of the time and did nothing.

Than …. the world cup! I got so wrapped up in it that I actually became emotional about each game. Who would win ? Who would lose? Did the US even have a chance ? Not really

But having a chance isn’t really the point  to begin with.

One thing that I am noticing about this world cup is the fans in Brazil. I see that they are succumbing to the western disease. Obesity. One would think in Brazil which is warm and has a tradition of eating pretty healthy food (I think) that people would be a little slimmer.

Why? First of all, the average family in Brazil is making about $15 k  dollars per year or less. Not being a snob here, but realistically , how much food could that possibly buy?. Also, I suspect that people probably don’t drive personal vehicles as  much. So, if you have to walk more just to get places, and you don’t own a car, shouldn’t you be slim? One would think so.

Ahh but its not so. These days, bad food has gotten really cheap. In fact going out to eat, and eating junk food is somewhat easier than getting healthy stuff. And that’s why obesity is on the rise in Brazil, China, and just about every other place in the world that is no longer completely destitute.

The bottom line is, if we want this to change, we have to make a special effort to promote healthy eating across national boundaries. If we succeed, the fit folks we see on our screens will not be just the players on the field