Episode 14: Surprise! Morning Sickness, Nausea and Eating Well When You Feel Like Crap

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Where have we been?  The answer is caught up in a surprising development has kept our host down for the count for several months.  Good Lord, has it been a long time, but we are finally back on track and, coming out of this experience, armed wth some tips to share with anyone who is battling a state of chronic unwellness.  It is the pits, my friends, but we are able to testify that, if you get strategic, you can still sneak some nutrition into a stomach that seems to only tolerate things like cheesy fries.  And you can health-ify a wide range of delivery options so you can keep cooking minimal....because whether you are seriously hung over, battling raging morning sickness, in the throes of exhausting treatment or otherwise MAN DOWN, your energy and interest in cooking is probably rather low.

So grab a (flat) coke, put your feet up, and check out this short special episode, in which our host shares her surprising news, breaks down the strategies she employed to sneak some nutrition into the pizza, pasta & potatoes she's been living off of, and her view on the nostalgic comfort food that haunted her dreams.

There's more detailed tips on the carb-protein-fat ratio that tames tummies on the blog, and we have more great foodie interviews coming up - stay tuned!

nostalgia, thy name is PB&J

nostalgia, thy name is PB&J

Episode 13: Nourish - Cake is not the Devil's Food

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Candied Violet Cupcake by Violet Bakery

Candied Violet Cupcake by Violet Bakery

Continuing in our theme of looking at some of the foods that we wellness disciples are meant to avoid, we have devoted Episode 13 to an exploration of sugar, which is the one substance that every food tribe from paleo to vegans can agree on as The Evil One.  The problems with white sugar are many and range from obvious to surprising (and alarming).  Depending on what you read, sugar is meant to be responsible to everything from weight gain to acne (the obvious) to wrinkles, mood swings, depression, immune problems and, in some reports, even cancer.  Oh and it's addictive.

THE Violet Bakery: a little California love in Hackney!

THE Violet Bakery: a little California love in Hackney!

There are a number of programmes out there dedicated to helping you quit your addiction to the sweet stuff, the most famous of which is Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar.  And the internet is full of recipes for cakes, scones, pancakes and more made with "clean" ingredients - just check Pinterest.  And look, we've tried them and while some are delicious (raw key lime pie seems to work), others can't exactly replace your grandmother's red velvet.  But the real question is: need they?

In Episode 13, we spoke to a woman well-trained in ways of sweet: pastry chef of Chez Panisse fame, baker, podcaster and East London foodie Claire Ptak.  Originally from California, Claire started selling her beautiful baked goods on Broadway Market before opening Violet Bakery, her beautiful cafe on Wilton Way in Hackney that has quickly become an East London landmark.

Tune in for some insights into how some of us seem to be able to enjoy sugar in moderation with  no issues (French girls, we're looking at you), how to train your palate to taste flavours other than just sweet (so you can know how much sugar to use), and when sugar really does make you sick.  Links below to Violet Bakery, Claire's excellent cookbook and her own podcast, The Violet Sessions.

 
 

Episode 12: Nourish - Bread is Life, Beauty, Community and a Flat Tummy (Surprise!)

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Body by The Happy Tummy Co

Body by The Happy Tummy Co

In this episode of Life Butter Radio we shift from considering food and diet holistically to looking very specifically at one food substance that we all love (though we may have trained ourselves to think otherwise), and that is BREAD.  Discussion around bread has been quite loaded for the last 12 months or so; many health educators, insta-chefs and doctors argue that we should eschew not only bread, but all grains or even carbohydrates completely.  Others argue that carbohydrates and some grains are an essential component in our diets, but caution that gluten triggers an inflammatory response in most people and should therefore be avoided.  We got into this a little bit in Episode 9 with the nutritionally-based food business Fig and Bloom, for whom the growing body of evidence damning gluten was enough for them to make all their recipes gluten free.

The E5 Bakehouse knows good bread

The E5 Bakehouse knows good bread

And yet, whether you happily eat cream cheese bagels or plump for paleo pancakes, many of us continue to consume bread (or bread-like substances) because it is SO DAMN TASTY, bulks out a meal, and makes convenience food possible.  And did I mention that it's so damn tasty?  Bread also features in all our best stories (Jesus didn't feed 5,000 with fish and a nutcake), and its very smell is so pleasant and homey that hopeful vendors bake a loaf before viewing their homes.  And though many of us feel better for keeping clear of bread, some of us can quite clearly subside on ham and cheese sandwiches without issue.

So how can we rescue bread for the masses?  Can we have the pleasure of bread back, not just as a one-off, but as a part of life, without the guilt? Life Butter sat down with two East London bread makers who are harnassing the power of sourdough to make breads and loaves (you'll appreciate the difference pretty quickly into the show) that aren't just delicious, but improve our digestion and gut bacteria.  Stay tuned to find out how you can go back to enjoying toast, sandwiches and even pizza guilt-free, and what grains have to do with population, food culture and the environment.

In this episode we mentioned the theory that whole grains are actually not the healthier way to consume grains.  This article by Goop in conversation with Dr. Steven Gundry delves into the detail of this argument a bit more.  

Episode 11: Nourish - Root to Fruit

Chef, author, restauranteur, activist, big eater: this is Tom Hunt

Chef, author, restauranteur, activist, big eater: this is Tom Hunt

If wellness is truly about connectivity and that extends not only to our own immediate communities, but the entire world (and indeed the planet), how do we eat well in a way that sustains us all?  In this episode, Life Butter Radio discusses the beauty, joy and kindness of eating "root to fruit" with the man who coined this term: restauranteur, chef, author, activist and foodie Tom Hunt.  Join us as we: delve into the ease, variety and fun of sharing dishes made with organic, local and seasonal fare (yes, even here in the UK!), look at the scalability of ethically-produced food, and briefly celebrate the seeming Nirvana of Italian food culture.  That's twice now on Life Butter Radio!  What can we say, we love the Italians.  And we love Tom and his mission just as much - he is all about encouraging us to share and savour delicious food made from resources we can feel good about.  Life Butter gets a little hippie in this episode - we are all one!  Tune in to hear more; you'll be inspired to save those leftover carrots by the end of this fun, short episode!

Link to Tom's book in the US here.

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