By: ajbarse | August 20, 2018

AJ and Chris dive in to an all new mini-series called the PNW State of Mind Series.  Taking a bird's eye view of something often neglected, but highly critical to our well-being: Our health!  The duo talk

  • Wrapping up the hiking season, and changing my mindset in approaching food
  • Requiem for a personal newsletter

Primer: Published Aug 8: NYT OP.Ed.
The Toll of America’s Obesity Beyond the human suffering, diet-related diseases impose massive economic costs.
By David S. Ludwig and Kenneth S. Rogoff
Dr. Ludwig is a pediatrician. and Dr. Rogoff is an economist.

Diet discourse, views and opinions

  • Whole30
  • Ketogenic
  • Paleo
  • Slow carb diet
  • Intermittent Fasting.
  • Slow Food- Carlo Petrini (Italy)
    • “Slow Food was started by Carlo Petrini and a group of activists in the 1980s with the initial aim to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. In over two decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture.
      • Our approach is based on a concept of food that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.
      • GOOD: quality, flavorsome and healthy food
      • CLEAN: production that does not harm the environment
      • FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers

What AJ is trying:
  • Eating healthy- not as a diet.
    • Eating “Culturally and Traditionally”
    • Son with allergy issues, means some things can't be in the house or used in cooking; adapting what goes on the family plate.
  • RECALIBRATE that sweet tooth.
  • Have tried/using Zero fasting app:
  • See books + Argus app + Netflix as reference.
  • Yes weight-loss as a result for the last month, but went into this for the mindset of better wholistic diet health; not as a diet.
  • Observations from traveling abroad, and borrowing from Japan; BENTO

Books & Media:

Netflix: BBC Food Delicious Science 2017: 3 episodes
  • “ TV presenter Michael Mosley and botanist James Wong explore the physics, chemistry and biology inside every bite of food we eat.”


Meal Prep

Blue Apron - monthly subscription-based delivered-to-your-door whole meal kit

Dandelion Organic - Healthy produce brought to your door for a budget-friendly price, right here in Whatcom County

Shopping the outside perimeter of a grocery store



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