It can be hard to get past the eewwwww! factor when trying a new way of eating, but I’ve had plenty of practice. I have choked down horse meat in Switzerland, goat meat and cassava in Nigeria, seaweed and raw fish from Japan, and buffalo hump in Pakistan, and you know what? Once I got past the eeewww! factor, those were all pretty tasty. Lucky thing too: In every case, an easily-offended host was watching.
What fun! I went to four ethic groceries today—two Indian, one Asian, and a Mediterranean—and a health food store. I came home with quite a few interesting possibilities: two kinds of lentils (red and yellow), a spice mix, a small block of Thai-spiced baked tofu, L’a’rabars, a tub of Better Than Cream Cheese, tubs of green and Kalamata olives, quinoa (a grain I’ve never tried), whole wheat tortillas, and a box of protein powder.
Last month I called a dear friend I’ve known for 60 years (who has survived breast cancer for 20) to wish her happy birthday, and she told me she’d become a vegan—no meat, no dairy. Good grief, I thought. She’s gone off the deep end.
I had all sorts of sticky requests for my website: Those buttons across the top took some doing, and he didn’t think he could grant my wish for rounded corners, but in the end he managed that too. I got everything I wanted and then some. He even got my breast cancer blog viewable most recent post first, or one can consult the archives to read the story from the beginning.
I just read The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, probably the most highly credentialed researcher who has ever studied the correlation between animal protein and the diseases of affluent societies: Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many others. This man has worked from MIT, Virginia Tech, and at the top of our government health agencies. What he has to say about animal protein and breast cancer is going to make a vegan out of me.
So here are my latest listings: Original Lake Effects III watercolors from last summer’s painting project of Lake Michigan; a fabulous new signed and numbered collage print series showcasing the new Lake Effects III (summer) watercolors. Also find my new 2007 handbags and scarf & bag sets (now on sale for Christmas) as well as new necklaces and earrings (also on sale for Christmas).