Well it’s been a while hasn’t it since last I posted anything and inevitably, having forgotten my password and had to use a different computer (the 8-year-old HP laptop finally bit the dust) WordPress made it incredibly difficult for me to login. Sounds like a feeble excuse I know but believe me it always happens whenever I need to reset my password (anyone else had that problem?). But enough of my moans, I’m really not that ungrateful, after all this is a free web blog with lots of frills and bells (for those of you more competent than I at using them) and the bottom line is, I’m glad to have it.
So what’s been going on. Did I mention the wonderful man I married is transitioning to womanhood! Truly, and actually it is all rather fascinating albeit not without challenges. More on this later….
Then there was our vacation trip via Amtrak to San Francisco, the first time away together in, well far too long, and all because we finally found a kennel willing to board our un-neutered dog. Wonderful, and accomplished without flying.
I’ve also made an amazing discovery: there is a pair of Bald eagles nesting barely five minutes walk from our backyard, in fact I can see the nest from our back alley, although to see its one well-feathered young occupant I need to get closer and focus my binoculars.
Then there is my health; doing pretty well right now and long may it continue. I am still on the meds for the time being but looking forward to changing that situation fairly soon.
Every now and then I am forced to remind myself about my motto: moderation in all things! Actually I’m having to remind myself more often. We have access to so much information now that one can be forgiven not only for getting overwhelmed but more specifically, confused.
I’ve just scrolled down my Facebook page and alighted on an article questioning the health benefits of adding raw spinach and kale to one’s smoothies. My first reaction; oh dear God what now? One minute there is an avalanche of recommendations about the health benefits of these excellent vegetables and coincidentally a tidal wave of the far from cheap produce in our grocery stores; and now this. I take a deep breath and rationalize.
Of course spinach and kale is good for us and frankly common sense tells me eating raw fruit and vegetables is not only the natural and intended method for consuming food but has to be the optimum means of obtaining our essential nourishment (I highly recommend the Nearing’s book: ‘The Good Life’). Unfortunately I have not yet mastered the skill and discipline of eating a totally raw food diet, but I’m working towards improving things on that front. Moderation again!
Then I read on to learn why this particular person is advising caution on the kale and spinach front. It’s all about oxalic acid apparently and the fact we shouldn’t be over-doing it. Moderation again!
Finally, having digested the writer’s (Dawn Combs –Mockingbird Meadows) rant I ask myself the all important question, what are her credentials for this advice. Well actually at face-value she sounds worthy of some respect; perhaps more to the point her argument, assuming her facts to be correct, makes some sense.
Does this mean I should stop eating raw spinach and kale? Certainly not! Instead I shall simply remind myself, moderation in all things. I shall use a little less of it, possibly heed Dawn Combs’ advice and steam some, but most importantly I shall not allow myself to be overwhelmed or confused by the plethora of health advice proliferating all over the internet.