The Dietary Lessons of Teeth

We can draw many important lessons on human diet from history. In particular, examination of human teeth provides some of the most important insights we have into what humans should eat, what we should not eat, or at least are poorly adapted to eating.

Prior to around 10,000 years ago, tooth decay was uncommon–despite the lack of fluoridated toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrushes, and dentists. When grains were added to the diet, there was an explosion of tooth decay: 16-49% of all teeth recovered showed decay or abscess formation.

How Much Do You Spend on Groceries Per Month?

Michael is already good at making budget plans, and he even has the discipline to see them through. I’ve grown leaps and bounds in that area over the last few months, which seemed impossible until I asked God to change my heart regarding money. Now I feel satisfied and excited about the opportunity to become a budgeting guru. (Okay, guru might be a stretch, but I’m definitely on my way to being good at it.) I started tracking the amount that we spend on groceries last month, and we typically spend a few hundred dollars. I eat out significantly less now that I have the option to eat at home most days, but I’m not sure how that will affect the grocery budget yet. (I do know that it will be good though.) We both eat smaller portions than we used to, but I don’t usually make the recipes smaller. He’s willing to eat leftovers until they’re gone, and lately, I’ve been cooking meals that we can freeze and eat again later. Earlier this week, I made shrimp and corn bisque, vegetable soup with beef, and chicken taco soup. Eat meal was pretty large, so I separated them into containers […]
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Healthy and High Protein and Delicious Recipes? Yeah, We Love Those!

If you know me,  you know I love good food. I’m also a big fan of recipes that are high in protein. I enjoy cooking, and my friend, Elaine, does too, so I invited her to share a post on my blog today. I’ve known Elaine for about a year and a half, and throughout that time I’ve watched her consistently work toward being healthy and strong, and she has more self-discipline in eating and exercise than anyone else I know. We’re different in some ways, but we love some of the same things as well. I’m so thankful to have a friend like her, and I’m also excited about sharing this recipe with you today. Here’s what Elaine had to say about her recipe: “This recipe uses a great new brand of pasta called Banza. Instead of pasta made from wheat flour, Banza is made from chickpea flour. This gives the pasta a lot more fiber and protein than usual pasta. The pasta is slightly chewier than regular wheat pasta, but it’s still great. The added nutritional value is worth the small difference in texture. Thanks to the combination of the Banza pasta, tuna, and reduced fat cheese, this […]
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Did You Go To Graduate School? Would You Do It Again?

There’s a lot of studying going on in my life right now. In addition to my new gig as a contractor for a local government entity, I’m back in school to finish up two degrees after taking a year off, and I’m taking part in three Bible studies right now as well. It’s the end of a long day. I just finished writing a paper that was several pages long, and I loved it. There’s a lot to process, write, read, and create but this is my happy place. I enjoy learning, so when a recruiter from LSU came to talk to my class about going to graduate school, the wheels started turning. In less than a year I’ll be finished at Tulane. Sure, it took me longer than the average student, but I’m also a no-traditional student who had a variety of other irons in the fire while attending classes. It’s my schedule and my time, and I like to fill it with information and ideas that enrich my life. I’m not sure  if I’m going to pursue it yet or not, but the likelihood is great. I’m going to a meeting at the school in November. At that […]
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