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Change Is Good: Media, Messaging & Global Village

For those of my subscribers that don’t know me personally, I am a Master Degree candidate at Marist College. It took me 13 years post undergrad to finally take the plunge to apply for and begin this program. Why, you ask? It’s the change thing… I hear it’s a good idea, but for the longest time, I wasn’t totally convinced.

The reason I bring up change and grad school is because for the next eight weeks, the concept of Eat, Love, Paleo is going to change. The eighth class in the Masters Degree series is Social Media Strategies and Tactics. This class will change some of the topics and dialogue of this blog. We don’t mind though, because after all, change is good right?

For my first non-food blog post, I want to talk a little about Canadian philosopher and Professor Marshall McLuhan. In his day, he was regarded as a well-respected media critic; personally I see him as more of a media psychic. He all but predicted the invention of the Internet with his “global village” theory, and his paradox, “the medium is the message” has changed the way I interpret colloquialisms and popular expressions.

Global Village:

One of the metaphors he gave is the role of the book, how it’s changed, no longer has sole control of our thinking and knowledge; we are no longer just a literary man! As part of the global village, today we have the ability to interact with and learn from persons we’ve never met, companies we admire, inventions like podcasts, online forums, YouTube “how to” videos, and the list goes on; we are now in the age of the tribal man. One contradiction though is McLuhan’s theory that the making of this global village or tribe is ridding us of individualism or that people are [going to be] no longer concerned with self-definition. On the contrary, I think new mediums such as LinkedIn and Pinterest are allowing for just that, the showcase and broadcast of individual tastes, preferences and talents.

Medium is the Message:

I think this theory is a great example of how we shouldn’t always be focused on the obvious. It matters not what you say (make, build, or invent) specifically, what matters is the environment and the effect on that environment. What new media has done is created a new environment, we’re in the predicated age of evolution and rather focus on the obvious (i.e. the message itself), the focus now should be on how and how often it’s delivered, its effect, and change (there’s that word again) as a result of the way its translated, communicated, or delivered. In other words, the car is not a medium, the medium is the highway, the car factories, and the oil companies; the medium is the effects of the car even being here in the first place1.

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Marshall McLuhan’s foresights not only hold true today but also will continue to be seen as the evolution of media continues. I imagine if he were alive today, he’d show up to work everyday with a big fat grin on his face wearing a cool t-shirt (that he ordered online of course) bearing the words, “I told you so.” And the coolest part, we get to discuss his prophecies as a global village of people on a medium he told us was on its way over 35 years ago. The irony!

Quote and Image Sources:

  1. http://mcluhangalaxy.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/the-medium-is-the-message/
  2. Image: http://pastormattblog.com/2010/12/22/the-medium-is-not-the-messsage-but/
 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Marist IMC

 

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It’s Time for a Fish Fry!

Love this post so decided to reblog for future reference 🙂

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Come on…Let’s Talk Paleo!

Yes I said it.  It’s time to fry some fish.  What say you?-‘You can’t fry fish on the Paleo Diet’?  Says who?

One of the most important concepts that I want to share to anyone considering the Paleo Diet is that it does not have to be as hard as you think.  In general, there is a transition that some people go through when they are adopting the Paleo Diet.  Step 1-Read the Paleo Diet Book and think that you have to be as strict as Dr. Loren Cordain is.  Step 2-Get scared and fear that you can’t keep it up.  Step 3-Start to cheat because you assumed that you were doomed to fail.  Step 4-Give up.

Well I do agree that reading the Paleo Diet Book is a great way to get started but more importantly it is a great way to learn the science and health benefits behind eating…

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Nekeesh’s Quiche

It’s been a long time, shouldn’t have left you..

I woke up this morning with the “fail to plan then plan to fail” mindset and decided to make breakfast for the rest of the week. I wanted to have a good dose of protein and carbs all in one so I decided on a quiche. Fancy huh? Not so much…it’s actually the easiest thing I’ve ever made in life and only takes about 10mins (or less) to prep and 30mins to bake. Here’s the info:

INGREDIENTS
▶1cup pre steamed or sautéed shrimp
▶1 cup (approx) Broccoli Florets
▶1/2 bag of Trader Joes Sundried Tomatoes (only $1.99 in store)
▶12 large Egg Whites or 1.5carton of “All Whites” Egg Whites
▶Mrs. Dash, Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute or whatever you usually season your eggs with

DIRECTIONS
▶Dice shrimp & broccoli
▶Line oiled cake pan, round glass casserole dish or muffin tins with broken broccoli florets, diced shrimp and tomatoes
▶Pour egg whites and seasoning over everything
▶Bake on 350 for 40-45 minutes or until eggs are baked all the way through.

You can add just about anything you’d like to this recipe to make it to your liking. Some suggestions are pre-cooked ground beef/turkey, mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.

(bottom picture is lined pan before adding egg whites)

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Food

 

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TGIF – Chicken Apple Meatballs

TGIF Followers!
One of my favorite things in life is chicken-apple sausage. However traditional sausage is usually very processed and full of preservatives and other things that quite possibly might be the reason why children these days have Triple-D boobs at the age of 9. I decided to try making something similar without all the crap. I chose cupcake sized meatballs because i’m not in any sort of denial about how greedy I am, therefore I need pre-fixed portions of food…even the “good for you” food. These easy meatballs provide the perfect portion-controlled balance of sweet and savory. This is an experiment and my first time making these so lets pause briefly for a prayer that they turn out ok…

FYI I used a combination of 1/2lb of 98% fat free ground chicken and 1/2lb of ground turkey. You can use which ever meat your heart desires (beef, pork, bison, etc.)

Ingredients
▶Extra virgin olive oil for spray
▶1/2 lb ground chicken
▶1/2 lb ground turkey
▶1 large or 2 small red apple (peeled and diced finely)
▶Medium onion, diced finely (about 1/4 cup diced)
▶2 garlic cloves, minced Pantry
▶1 egg, lightly-beaten
▶1/4 cup almond meal
▶1 tbsp honey
▶3/4-1tsp each of: garlic powder, jamaican jerk blend, cayenne pepper, Trader Joes 21seasoning salute & fine herbs from Savory Spice

▶(Note: Season to your likeness, the above are just my faves…you perhaps can you use simple sea salt and pepper if you prefer)

Directions
▶Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

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▶Preheat oven to 375 degrees
▶Lightly spray cupcake tins
▶Form mixture into meatballs w/your hands or use ice cream scooper

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▶Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until meatballs are lightly-browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside.

Perfect as a breakfast side with eggs & Paleo oatmeal or lunch with mashed sweet Potatos

Side Note: I’m thinking it will be a good idea next time to brown on the stove-top before baking in the oven…hmmmm

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Food

 

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Going Green!

Sweetened Iced tea tea is somewhat of a staple here in the south. The tea at places like Bojangles and McCalisters (one of my favorites previously) is sweet enough to give you a stroke at first sip…ok maybe not an instant stroke but you’re sure to have diabetes before you leave the restaurant. LOL

For the longest time, I thought the only way to make real/good tea was the old fashioned way: boiled, add entire 5lb bag of sugar and stir. I know many people that make iced tea this way but savvy tea drinkers like myself do a cold press or cold-brewed tea. Actually I’m “newly savvy” because I just started doing this but that’s not the point …LOL

Recently one of my Instagram followers put me up on game about cold brewing her green tea; thankfully so because I have undiagnosed A.D.D and standing over a stove watching water boil is like torture for me. Also, cold brewed contains less tannin than hot tea, so the flavor is smoother and contains more anti-oxidants than hot tea.

I make mine in mason jars at night (mason jars aren’t necessary but a great idea) and its suggested that you use 1.5-2 times the amount of tea you would normally use. My Mason jars are super small (less than 8oz) so I use one tea bag per jar. If you are doing quart or liter sized jars, It has been also been suggested to use at least 2-3 tea bags in your mix.

Benefits of Green Tea:
Evidence suggests that incorporating at least a few cups of green tea every day will positively affect your health in several ways, here’s a short list:

▶Green tea and its extract have been shown to fight obesity and lower LDL “bad” cholesterol — two risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
▶ Green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols.
Increases metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
▶It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

Disclaimer: I’m no research scientist or claim to be a tea expert so if you are employed by the “tea police”, have an affinity for any other tea (besides green), prefer it hot than cold or have heard otherwise that green tea sucks…that’s perfectly ok. This blog is not intended to persuade or suggest you try anything that you don’t want to.

Cheers!

Recipe:
▶ Put 1-3 tea bags (depending on jar size)along with (optional) lemon slice/wedge in mason jar.
▶Fill with room temperature water (add liquid stevia drops or all natural powdered version if you need some sweetness–FYI Stevia is NOT Paleo)
▶Screw lid tightly and refrigerate over night.
▶Enjoy daily

“Benefits or Green Tea” information is courtesy of: WebMD & Lifehack

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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K.I.S.S

For the most part I’m a pretty simple chick. You can usually catch me in Jeans and a white tee, with the most simplest of jewelry, no make-up and no fancy condiments on my food or ice in my water. Simple!

Embarking on any new diet or life changing journey can be quite overwhelming. Just deciding what I would eat this week and which store to get all this healthy food from without going poor was quite the feat. What I’m learning is that not all of your food and preparation need to be as difficult as Chinese arithmetic. I mean if you like spending 2 hours in the kitchen making fancy grain free pancakes, quiche, and sugar free muffins, have at it; but me, myself and I keeps it simple.

There are tons of simple Paleo offerings for meals, especially breakfast–the most important meal of the day. I can appreciate anything that takes a few moments to shop for and even less time to prepare. If you’ve decided to embark on this or any new journey, my advice is to embrace the challenge with a K.I.S.S ~~> keep it simple stupid 🙂

I did so with a breakfast this week that consisted of simple egg white muffins and cold pressed green tea (see tomorrows post for my green tea potion and simple preparation). I prepare the muffins on Sunday and they last all week. I prepare the green tea every night and its ready to go in the a.m.

Egg White Muffins:
▶Sautéed shrimp (cooked just enough to remove the excess water)
▶Sun dried tomatoes
▶Or any other ingredients you would like in an omlette.
▶Trader Joes 21 Season Salute (or preferred flavors of Mrs Dash)

Some other suggestions are:
▶Ground beef
▶Turkey burger
▶Shredded chicken
▶Mushrooms
▶Onions
▶Spinach

Directions:
▶Lightly coat muffin tins with olive oil spray
▶Fill each slot with veggies/meat and egg whites (carton egg whites or egg beaters will do…or you can use beaten whole eggs)
▶Make sure each slot is no more than 3/4 of the way full so they don’t boil over
▶Bake 20-25minutes at 350 degrees. Use a toothpick to ensure they are done all the way through before removing.

As you can tell by the recipe above, I’m not related in any way to Barefoot Contessa or Martha Stewart…told you, Im simple! So I’ve taken the liberty of looking up another recipe for you that’s inclusive of all the fancy measurements and every step you’ll ever need to make some simple egg (white) muffins. 🙂 Click the link below

Paleo Egg Muffins from Paleo Spirit

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Food

 

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Cinnamon Apple Scones

So I found out the other day from one of my Instagram followers (@juicingtips) that I have what is called a masticating juicer. This means that the slow auger, is a like a large drill bit or screw. As it turns, it crushes the fruits and produce and squeezes them against the outside wall of the juicer. Often the filter or screen is in the side of the wall and this forces the juice out. Since it does it slowly, it does not heat up the juice. This keeps the enzymes and nutrients at a temperature that they can survive at thus giving you the benefits of drinking them.

The downside is that I have a lot of leftover pulp that usually goes in the trash. I found a recipe from the civilizedcaveman site that allowed me to use the pulp from the apple juice I made yesterday.

These are Paleo Cinnamon Apple Scones that I plan to have as a snack each day this week (1 triangle section per day). The recipe can be found on his site (linked above).

Like I said, I used juicing pulp instead of the “minced apples” in his recipe.

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Before (going in the oven) product.

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Final product. They Came out GREAT! Side Note: if you are a lover of sweets, you may need to up the ante on the amount of honey you use or add sweeter fruits (i.e. bananas) but remember these arent generally super sweet. They are scones not brownies. LOL

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BONUS: Red Delicious Apples I used for the recipe and the resulting juice I had left over. The non-processed, perservative free juice Makes for a great addition to breakfast!

 

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Food, Juicing

 

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