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Have You Heard the News? 
Aug. 28, 2013 6:01 am 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2013 3:24 am
I heard from a dietician just a couple of weeks ago that beef should be limited when following a "heart healthy" diet.  I was a little surprised by this, because I know that beef is a great source for many important nutrients.  I believe that one should use moderation in all things, and I would never plan dinners with the same protein source several times in a row.  It's very easy to become confused by all the seemingly conflicting studies showing this or that is bad (or good) for you.  In addition, the food police are pretty quick to jump on the bandwagon about something or other, adding their strident voices and rushed judgment to the swirling mix of information.  How do we find our way?  This is what I have decided to do for my family and me.

First of all, variety is important to me.  I like a lot of different foods, and I don't want to obsess over anything.  Life is too short.  Taste buds are probably a survival mechanism, developed to detect poisonous plants.  But face it.  Taste buds are also a way for us to experience pleasure, too.  I'm not going to spend the rest of my life worried if every bite is good or bad for me.  I don't eat rich, comfort foods every day.  They are occasional treats, and when I do eat them, I do it with intention, without guilt, enjoying every sensation.  The only real food rule I have for myself is to make sure I usually get a good nutritional bump for the amount of calories in a food.  Now and then I like a potato, just not every meal.  I've made the switch to brown rice and whole wheat pasta, but I even limit them.  I make sure there is lots of color on our plates, and I mostly shop the perimeter of the grocery store.  Often our protein source is an ingredient in a main dish, like some steak slices added to a big salad (there are some great recipes for steak salad on the Allrecipes site).  As far as the dietician is concerned, I feel I'm already a fairly healthy cook, and I'm going to continue having beef in our menu rotation.  I feel her prohibition is mainly directed toward the cuts with a higher fat content.  For a beef main dish, I will usually select a leaner cut, like one of the cuts found here.

Secondly, humans are omnivores.  Just look at our teeth.  We have incisors for biting (enabling us to consume something larger than our mouth), canines for tearing (meat off the bone), and molars for grinding (grain and other plants).  People live in many geographical regions, and the foods consumed have historically come from those regional plants and animals.  People near the water eat fish, and people inland eat chickens, cows, and pigs.  People in sunny climates tended to have fresh vegetables along with their protein sources, and people in cold climates developed diets around root crops and other vegetables that could be stored over the long winter,  with their  herded or hunted animals for protein.  Our ability to digest a variety of foods is probably the reason we're all still here.  Over the years, many discoveries have been made about the nutrients humans need from their diets, and lots of those nutrients can be found in beef, for a surprisingly few calories!  This site may surprise you.  It certainly did me!  I feel more comfortable now than ever about my decision to include beef in my menus. 

Finally, I refuse to live my life in fear.  I am a mortal being, and as such, this mortal body of mine will someday cease.  There seems to be an unspoken message in the health field that if only we can conquer heart disease, or cancer, or _______(fill in the blank), which are the leading causes of death, we can somehow conquer death!  News flash, folks!  No one gets a pass.  Everyone must walk through the valley.  So why ruin today with fears about what might happen?  Will abstinence from certain foods add years to a lifetime?  I don't know.  I'm not going to agonize over it, for I want to enjoy today.  I'm not advocating gluttony or hedonism.  I'm only saying that eggs, meat (including beef) and milk products won't kill you, if they are a part of a balanced diet.  So, be thoughtful, do your research, make your own decisions, have a wonderful day, and enjoy your food.

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Aug. 28, 2013 6:51 am
Well written. I don't live in fear either and often eat beef. My LDL is 54. Not bad for this old man.
Aug. 28, 2013 7:29 am
Bibi-Loved your blog makes you think! I always rotate foods because of food allergies and my kids had some food allergies too when they were young. The rotation of foods helped them. As adults, my kids have far less allergies than I do. I also believe that it doesn't hurt to have a dessert or a treat once in awhile.
Aug. 28, 2013 8:04 am
Well done, B.D.! I know you have a varied diet. I wouldn't knowingly have a raw fish smoothie, though, lol!
Aug. 28, 2013 8:07 am
Awwww, thanks, Lela. I think it is non-exposure that creates a lot of allergies, simply because we do not challenge our immune systems. I know some allergies can be deadly, though, and I have a lot of sympathy for home cooks who must work within strict guidelines.
Aug. 28, 2013 8:41 am
LOL Got to have my omega 3.
Aug. 28, 2013 8:47 am
Well said Bibi! And, I am whole-heatedly in agreement with your philosophy regarding life. Moderation is the key and I was taught "all things in moderation by me dear Mudder." I refuse to live in fear and I will not judge another (which is forbidden in Good Book). What is right for one is wrong for another. In my house, all meat is served; On The Side, of course! Great Blog coming from a great point of view.
Aug. 28, 2013 9:44 am
High praise, Candice! And I might add, varied cultural cuisines are in order too: a little Tex-Mex, a little Italian, a little Indian, a little French, a little southern--these all make for an interesting table. Thanks for stopping by!
Aug. 28, 2013 10:49 am
I certainly advocate eating a diet with plenty of variety! I have been changing my choices as I see fit, depending on my budget and allergies. So, even if our choices differ, we are both aware that it is fine for us!
Aug. 28, 2013 11:21 am
Well said, Bibi! My philosophy is similar to yours. When I look back at my grandparents and parents longevity and knowing how they ate, I refuse to be fearful of any food. What I am fearful of is how so much of our food is produced. So I try to stay with local grown, additive free. I have changed my ideas of a suitable portion. My mother would serve 1 pound porterhouse steaks to each person at the table. In my house that is four servings!
Aug. 28, 2013 12:01 pm
Great Blog and again I agree about variety in food. Start young and you will enjoy lots of different foods during lifetime.
Aug. 28, 2013 12:19 pm
Agree, sueb, variety keeps things interesting, and it keeps us healthy, I believe! Thanks for your comment.
Aug. 28, 2013 12:23 pm
BigShotsMom, I agree with you about those steak portions. I also agree with you about how our food has changed over the last 50 years, but that would be ANOTHER blog, lol!
Aug. 28, 2013 12:28 pm
Hi, ibbz! I'm so glad you stopped by, and glad we are on the same page as far as variety is concerned. Happy cooking!
Aug. 28, 2013 1:40 pm
Wonderful Bibi, I couldn't agree more with you. Variety is the spice of life, we eat a varied diet, but still like the pasta. I grew up eating fresh veggies. cause my parents had a huge garden, and our dessert was fruit and cheese. Now I can't have the cheese cause I am lactose intolerant. Great blog Bibi.
Aug. 28, 2013 2:11 pm
Thanks for your kind words, manella. My dad raised a garden, too, and I grew up with fresh vegetables in the summer, and frozen or canned vegetables in the winter. Mom seldom baked, except for holidays, so if we had dessert, it was often a biscuit with her homemade preserves. Sad for you that you can't have lactose, there is lots of good food in that category. Thanks for your visit!
Aug. 28, 2013 7:52 pm
Bibi, I agree with you on all your points. Moderation works very well for us. I can't imagine having the same type of protein more than twice in a week! Nice work!
Aug. 29, 2013 4:16 am
Lots of variety here! I can't stand to have the same meal twice in a two week period! lol My menues are forever changing! Beef use to be eaten raw and in my opinion (thought I wouldn't do it myself) was much better for you but I'll keep my beef. To bad they don't go on about the negatives of pork because there are more there than with beef! But I think it has more to do with how society is runnig at the time. Next week they will tell you something else is killing us and ignore GMO's...don't worry so much about it.
Aug. 29, 2013 4:41 am
Thanks, Marianne! Moderation, balance and thoughtfulness don't get much press, but they form the basis for a great life, don't they?
Aug. 29, 2013 4:45 am
RatherBeCooking, don't you think it's a combination of who has the most money and who "yells" the loudest? In the midst of the information overload, it's even more important to listen to your own still, small voice. Carry on, dear, and thanks for stopping by!
Aug. 29, 2013 1:44 pm
All points very well made. Moderation, variety, and respect are keys to success in just about everything! All I know is that you can't believe everything you read these days, you have to bulldoze through it all and decipher what makes sense. Life is confusing enough.
Aug. 29, 2013 3:36 pm
Hi, lutzflcat! Yes, there is a tsunami of information out there, and we have to do our best to process what we can. Take care, and try to find some joy in every day. Thanks for sharing a moment or two with me!
Aug. 29, 2013 5:06 pm
Nice blog Bibi. I particularly like the part where you said "the food police are pretty quick to jump on the bandwagon about something or other, adding their strident voices and rushed judgment to the swirling mix of information". Man oh man does that ring true. Remember at one time milk caused cancer and eggs were the main demon in the cholesterol fight? Tomatoes are bad for you, tomatoes are good for you. And the one you must be keenly aware of is that too much dihydrogen monoxide can kill you.
Aug. 29, 2013 6:05 pm
Thanks for coming over, duboo! Yes, I do remember when eggs were villainous, and tomatoes were thought to be bad for you because of lycopene, which is now exactly the reason they are GOOD for you, lol! And yeah, ya' gotta watch that H2O! ;)
Aug. 30, 2013 4:52 am
Nicely written, Bibi. Seems the older we get, the more things we are told to avoid. Even us gals needs to tear into a nice steak on occasion! :) I hope my health insurance rates don't increase if the food police find out! ;)
Aug. 30, 2013 8:05 am
I agree, balanced meals and in moderation. Beef is on the table here with an occasional chicken or pork meal thrown in the mix. I have through the years modified a lot of my cooking-especially making my moms recipes. Not every dish needed a stick of margarine!
Aug. 30, 2013 12:26 pm
I knew I meant to come back and read this the other day but the phone rang just as it did now. Luckily, the caller decided to hang up. I so agree with you. My grandparents and parents ate foods that would scare the bejeebers out of most DRs. I don't think any one food product, except processed things made in a lab, can be singled out as bad for us. My mother kept saying this and I so agree; clean air, clean water, clean food without these we won't make it. Nor will the animals or any vegetables we grow. And yes, we can cut back on the butter then truly enjoy it when we do get it. 4 years since my last homemade croissant, boy were they good :)
Aug. 30, 2013 9:12 pm
Go ahead, mickdee! I know you're not talking about every day. Remember that's what the old incisors are for--tearing that meat right off the old T-bone, lol! So happy so "see" you!
Aug. 30, 2013 9:16 pm
Hi, sassy! Mom put margarine in when she stopped using bacon fat, lol! I don't cook like that, but sometimes, I want the flavor of bacon in old-fashioned green beans, just like hers! Beef has a place at my table, occasionally, and no guilt. So glad you came over to chat!
Aug. 30, 2013 9:21 pm
Hi, Cat Hill! You know, you are right about the clean foods. Trouble is, we don't have much clean air, water, or food anymore. A touch of butter won't hurt, but I've seen some recipes on the site that work out to about 1/4 cup per person, and I have to scroll on by. I believe you are slightly overdue for a croissant, by the way! ;) Take care!
Aug. 31, 2013 7:47 am
Bibi all I can say is AMEN SISTER! lol. You have a sane, smart and clear approach to all that dizzying data & diatribe when it comes to the necessities & pleasures of our human cuisine. Thank you for such well written words of wisdom.
Aug. 31, 2013 8:47 am
Hey, thanks, River! It's important for me to look my own personal compass, 'cause it's easy to get blown off course. There is a lot of information out there, and it's important to separate fact from hype. Looks like we may agree on a few things. Thanks for your comment!
Aug. 31, 2013 9:51 am
What a great blog Bibi. You said it...and said it very well. It just makes my head spin reading what is and what isn't good for you...and heck, it'll all be different the next year anyway. Glad I stopped by to read your blog today.
Aug. 31, 2013 11:11 am
Nice blog! I'll add another twist: WESTON PRICE FOUNDATION. :) Busted that myth about animal fat a long time ago... Go natural, GO BEEF!
Aug. 31, 2013 12:49 pm
Hey, Sherri, glad you dropped by! You are right about what will be good next year. I had a friend who said, back in the nineties, that "Someday, people will be dying of a deficiency caused by lack of butter and eggs!" I think she may have been on to something. Have a great weekend!
Aug. 31, 2013 12:51 pm
Hi, Biscuits! I will definitely check out that foundation. Thanks for your comment!
Aug. 31, 2013 7:41 pm
If you follow the blood type way of eating Type O's are the ones that should be eating beef. Type A's are almost vegetarian and Type B's not far from an A. Google Eat Right For Your Type and you will find a lot of information about how we are all eating the wrong things. I am in no way associated with the doctor or his company
Sep. 1, 2013 3:24 am
Duchess, I know that system works for some folks, but it restricts me from too many foods I love. I fully support your decision, and I wish you health and satisfaction from your food. Thanks for dropping in!
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My cooking experiences began in the 4th grade Conservation Club. Cooking and Sewing were classes for girls, and my mom agreed to teach them for me and a couple of friends. We began with a blond brownie sort of dessert. After I made it a few times, I began to experiment with the recipe. Mom was a no-recipe cook, and I do that, too, but I usually follow a new recipe the first time. Most of the time, I can tell by looking if we will like it. I have a husband, 2 sons, 1 granddaughter, and one ex-daughter-in-law. I was chosen to be an AllRecipes Allstar Ambassador in 2012, and I am so excited! I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, "Sweet & Savory". The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, Bibi.
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My favorite thing to cook is dressing (I'm a Southern Gal) for holiday turkey. I never work from a recipe, but I just start sauteing and mixing, sampling as I go. By the time I think it's right for the oven, I've eaten a full serving of the raw mix!
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I have some heirloom recipes from both my grandmothers, my mother, and other family members. When I prepare them, I am remembering time in their kitchens.
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One year, we hosted my husband's office Christmas party in our home. I did the whole dinner for 24, and it was a huge success.
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My first try at making croissants was kind of embarrassing. The croissants were a success, but the house was a disaster, and of course, the guests were already there! The recipe said to bake them in a jelly roll pan, but I used a cookie sheet. As the butter in the croissants melted, it ran off the sheet and into the hot oven, smoking up the whole house! Was my face red ...
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