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There was even talk of muffins | Pistachio Strawberry Muffins

TC kept quoting this line from The Venture Bros. when I said I would make muffins on Saturday and ended up making them on Sunday.

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Vegan Gluten-free Makeup?

What you put in your body is important, no doubt. From avoiding foods treated with pesticides to minimizing added sugars, and instead cooking whole grains and leafy greens, we can choose to fuel our bodies with foods that will prolong our lives.

 

Generalities aside, the motivation behind this post is two-fold: one, cosmetics for cosmetic purposes, and two, cosmetics for compassionate purposes.

When I became vegan in 2010, I wore makeup: eyeliner, eyeshadow, nail polish, sunscreen, and lipstick.

Vegan Makeup | Gothic Granola

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Would a Gluten-Free Bullet Kill a Werewolf?

Going gluten-free is not a magic bullet to health, contrary to this article from Paleo Magazine.

If you have, in fact, experienced real intestinal damage at the hands of bread, pizza, cake, and beer, then your health is going to take a nosedive even after becoming gluten-free. Why? The body doesn’t heal overnight.

GF Magic Bullet | Gothic Granola

 

Mmm, cake… Eww, beer…

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Top Five Points of Advice to Webinar Presenters

By “bad” webinars, I mean, “poor quality,” for the following reasons. These reasons are presented in a list format, like many webinars giving health and wellness tips; some representative titles: “Top 5 Must-Do’s for Small Business Wellness,” “Top 5 Cost Neutral Wellness Program Strategies,” and “14 Wellness Predictions for 2014.”

I’ve listened to a lot of webinars since entering the world of health and wellness in December 2012, listening to those first live calls with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

 Webinar Tips | Gothic Granola

Grab some stove-popped popcorn and read on. 

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Haters | Probiotics

I was right about a rant brewing, but my prescient vision was off by a week. Yes, I finally finished reading Frank Herbert’s Dune.

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Avocados & Aggression | Strawberry Avocado Waffles

Sometimes aggressively remaking a recipe yields better results. I have made these waffles three times now and the last time, while not perfect, was the best of all three. These are more anti-James food since I used both avocados and strawberries, both of which are foods to which my brother objects. Good thing I made these just for me! I mucked up my waffle iron with the wet batter in the process, but I consider it well broken-in now. The cocoa makes the avocado taste more apparent, I think, unless it’s obscured with lots of sweetener. The strawberry version below has no cocoa.
  

CHocolate WAffles | Gothic Granola 

Chocolate avocado waffles (eventually drowned in maple syrup and almond butter), circa February.
 

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On Work | Pumpkin Butterscotch Cream Cheeze Bars

They don’t pay me to think anymore, so I tend to think hard anyway. When I’m speeding home from closing shift, downing 800 mL to 1 L of water in order to rehydrate while blasting Rage Against the Machine, my mind runs in high gear. It’s time to write.
 
It’s difficult to be consistent in other areas of life when one’s job is inconsistent. Let us begin with this premise. Being a cashier and having a standing sedentary job is no more healthy than being a desk jockey with a sitting sedentary job. The inconsistent hours, workload, and cast of characters is beginning to wear on me. When a job begins to impact my health negatively, in preventable ways, then it’s time to go. This is a job, not my career.
 
 max on pillow | gothic granola

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