Food Fail: Parsnip Leaves

Searching for natural alternatives to “crack in a bowl” (soup made with Ukrainian vegetable stock powder), I set about to find parsnips.  They’re one of the ingredients listed on the packet, and responsible for the unique flavor.

Excited to find some at my local shouk, I peeled them, chopped the root up with the leaves, and put it in single serving bags in the freezer.  I’d heard such good things about what parsnips add to soups, and that they’re good roasted on their own.

Having learned my lesson from the buckwheat experience though, whenever I try a new food, I look around to see if there might be allergy issues.  I found out that parsnip leaves are actually toxic.  You might not get sick from eating them, but after handling or eating them, but when you go out in the sun, you’ll get a rash.

So, the roots are safe, but the leaves are very bad for you.  Next time I’ll know better, but it’s a shame that my current batch is wasted.

Cooking Slim Month 1

Cooking for weight loss would be more accurately termed cooking for optimal nutrition. Once you get to a certain point in the process, you will achieve a weight that is perfect for your activity level and body type. The food will no longer be the problem in your weight loss or health maintenance goals.

It’s not about going on a diet. It’s about adjusting your diet. It is a lifestyle change that you will easily be able to adhere to. Popular dieting/weight loss theory is based on a calories in:calories out equation, but this is only a fraction of the story. If you put molasses in your car’s gas tank, your car will cease to run. If you put low quality gasoline in it, then it will run, but not very well. You’ll end up burning alot of gas to go less of a distance, and decreasing the life of your car.

The human body is also a kind of machine…a biomechanical wonder, built for survival. It needs the right fuel to perform at its best. So even if you’re a couch potato type, you should be treating your body as if you were surviving a long winter in your cave.

So this month, we’re going to start by making a small, very easy change. You’re going to get rid of all your fattening oils. See this guide at WAPF for the types of oils you should and shouldn’t use. I’ll go a step further by advising you to only use the good oils that are native to your ancestral regions and/or genetic ancestors within the past thousand years.

Nothing should be deep fried, since this is wasteful anyway. Try shaking and baking instead, if you like a crispy crust on things.

Bookmark this page, and at the end of your first month, come back, and post a comment. Tell us about your transition.