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Vlog 128 Breakfast of champions

And for a chance, something completely different from my usual vlogs 🙂 This is my typical breakfast. I am a big believer in starting the day with a big breakfast, and of course a big mug of coffee 😉 There’s not much more to say about today’s vlog. Hope you enjoy it.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Here is why I will have my bacon

Polish meatWhen World Health Organisation releases a report on cancer related subjects the world listens. They are just after putting “processed meat” into same risk category as cigarettes and asbestos. They also rated red meat as “probable” carcinogenic. When the news broke out, the press had a field day with this. There were pictures of bacon and sausages on the front page of nearly every news paper around the globe. Now we rush to change our diets according to this advice.

But wait… This same organisation told us years a go that eating fat was bad, and we proceeded to remove fat from everything and replace it with sugar. As a result the world was hit by an epidemic obesity problem and type two diabetes. Now we have children suffering from type two diabetes and fatty liver.

I am not a doctor, dietician or an expert by no means, just passionate about nutrition. But as soon as the news hit the front pages, I knew this was messed up. So let’s look at this for a second.

World Health Organisation (WHO) is a specialised United Nations agency concerned with global human health. Under them is the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC.) IARC does not conduct research, they study other studies, and based on these come to a conclusion and separate “stuff” into categories depending on how much, or little they rise risk of cancer. They have been heavily criticised by the confusing category system in the past by misleading public. Also they have been criticised of suspected industry influences and lack of transparency in the past.

What I am trying to say here is, don’t take everything they say as a fact of life. Question, read and educate your self on the matters of health. First of all to say the great Mediterranean cured meats produced by small producers, or some of the great cold cuts of meat I got to eat last week in Poland are the same “processed meat” than factory produced sausages, that might have very low meat content, or the beef burgers in fast-food restaurants, to me is ridiculous. Also in the same category than processed meat is cigarettes, alcohol and exposure to sun. There is some real research conducted by Karolinska institute in Stockholm, one of the most respected and prestigious medical institutions in the world, where they concluded that the mortality rate of women who avoided sunlight was much higher than those who were highly exposed to it. Still according to WHO we should avoid the sun…

The thing is, I know to take everything the WHO say with a pinch of salt (I’m an avid low-carber, so my body need more salt,) but there are many out there who read the news headlines designed to sell news and believe bacon, serano ham or Polish kabanos will be the death of them. And before we put some great organic meat producers out of business, please read between the lines. The major food industry has taken us for a fool for years. Eat real food, real naturally produced ingredients and reduce the amount of sugar the monster food companies are sneaking into your diet. I for one will have my bacon.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Let Me

fashionThis one is one of those songs few years back I would not have written. It just shows how writing a lot of songs can help you break out from those mental limitations we set for our selves. It is a subject that gets my blood boiling for several different reasons.

There are few things in this world of ours that have got out of hand. One of them is the world of fashion and how they portray body image. The other one is the food industry. Both of these have been allowed to feed us blatant lies for decades. Now we have children who are depressed because they are first of all overweight and looking at pictures in fashion magazines and all over the media, comparing them selves to the models. We are brought up to a society where our children have distorted body image.

It is so easy to blame the “modern society” and how the modern technology is keeping our children less active, but so is our jobs most of us adults do these days. I have had (maybe little bit strange) interest in nutrition for many years now. I might not be an expert, but one thing I know, being healthy starts from the nutrition. People are slowly starting to learn, that in the hopes of producing low-fat food products, we have been fed with sugar loaded products, that are slowly making all of us sick.

Everything in moderation they say, but most of us don’t know how much sugar our diet these days contain. I am not going to tell you what to eat and what not to eat. But I am asking you to educate your self with some resent information, not research funded by the multibillion dollar food companies (yes they have done that and have been getting away with it).

And I can’t change how fashion companies sell us distorted body image, but I can say this and I know I am not alone as a man to say this, most of us see the women in our life the real beauty as they are, not the image portrayed by the flashy magazines. You should never try to loose weight just to fit in to some stereotype designed by the fashion industry and media. The only good reason for weight loss is your own health and well being. It is all about small lifestyle changes, not on quick fixes. And for the love of anything good in this world, do not feed the scammers in the weight lost industry…

So that’s what this weeks song “Let Me” is all about, and that is the end of my rant 😀 But if you agree with me  and think we should talk more about the subject, do me a favour and share this post. Even if we get one person to open up their eyes, we have made a difference.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Mad juicers experiment

choppingboardIt was Friday, like any other Friday. I was in a middle of one of my personal experiments. Like most of us, from time to time after too much partying (beer) fast living (take away dinners) and eating out too much I hit the point where the reflection of my self in the mirror is shouts out “I predict a diet!” I love my food, I love my beer and I hate loosing weight 😀 But like with everything I do, I always look for the most effective and least time-consuming way of doing things. This time I had a very specific eating plan, I was intrigued to see if I could trick my body to drop as much of the excessive fat as fast as possible. Yep you heard me, I was looking for a quick fix 😉

But the thing is, even though the above makes it sound like I eat and drink crap all the time, I actually am very conscious of what I put in to my body. If I say fast food, this usually means burritos, sushi, occasional pizza and even more rare Indian, no McDonalds, KFC etc. I eat high protein breakfast almost every day, and try my best to eat as much green stuff as I possibly can. Also most of the beer I drink is produced by breweries who don’t use chemicals in their brewing process. So as you can see, I’m not completely ignorant to what I eat.

But from time to time, you need to rein in the excess, restore the balance. And I do like to experiment, I find it intriguing to see what works and what does not. I’ve tried loads of things in the past, but more on them some other time. This time I decided to give my body the best stuff possible. I was going to raise my fruit and vegetable intake by juicing. It’s been a trend in the past few years. I’ve had my juicer well over ten years, but admittedly it got left in the back of the cupboard for the most of it. It was time to resurrect it.

Lets make it clear though, I was not doing a juice fast. I still consumed protein, at least twice a day. But I was drinking between one and a half and two litters of freshly made juice a day (that’s about three to four pints). In my experience lousy way to lose weight is by counting calories. Our body is never going to use 100 calories from a refined sugar the same way it would use 100 calories from broccoli. So what I was trying to do was to boost my body’s nutrient intake.

This particular Friday was day five of my experiment. I was getting settled into my routine. I could feel a definite energy boost, having said that I had experiences something similar every time I had dropped white carbs in the past, first few days felt like crap, then I got more energy. I had been reading about juices and realised my juices were bit heavy on the fruits. Lets not forget, even though it is natural, there are a lot of sugars in fruits.

VegetablejuiceSo it was time for a mad juicers experiment number 22 😉 I prepared my vegetables and there in front of me on the chopping board was something that looked more like ingredients for a soup. But I was determined to give this ago. My taste buds we’re questioning my sanity, but I told them to shut up and suck it up! My trusty old juicer kicked in to gear and I started to push cherry tomatoes through it, followed by sweet potato, ginger, broccoli stalk, red pepper and parsnip.

The result looked bit like carrot juice in colour. The taste was hard to describe, but it was not unpleasant at all. It did remind me a cold soup a bit, but at the same time it did have kind of thirst quenching feel to it. I was drinking a pint of vegetables. Who’d knew…

J.P.

P.S. As you might have noticed, this post is quite far away from my usual music related stuff. I’d like to know if you enjoyed it and should I do more of these? Let me know in the comments, or tweet me @jpkalliomusic

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

When all else fails, make chicken soup

chickensoupI wrote one of these “When all else fails” posts before, but here’s another one I resort to in a moment of doubt, deflation or even illness. It’s the good old-fashioned Chicken soup! I know this one is not much to do with music, or music business, but it is one of those things that keeps me going 😉 We all need from time to time little “pick me up”.

I am fascinated abut dishes that can be found in different forms in different cultures. For example meatballs and dumplings. One of my favourites is the chicken soup. I try to sample it on my travels, whenever I come across it. But when I am home, I love making it my self 🙂 I have a really easy method that takes very little effort.

What I do is take a large oven dish with a lid, break a carrot, onion (no need to peel) and celery in to the dish, anything up to one full bulb of garlic, few pepper corns and bay leaves. Then I put a whole chicken in to the dish and cover it with chicken stock. I bring this to a boil and skim any impurities from the top. Cover the dish and place in an oven that is on 100 C or 210 F. I leave the dish in the oven for anything up to five hours.

After five hours I remove the chicken, usually debone it and use the meat for other meals, pour the liquid in to a pot through sieve and chop some carrots in to it. Boil until the carrots are still little bit firm and serve with pasta of your choice.

This soup will heat you up on a winter’s day, help you to recover from a cold, settles an upset stomach and just lifts up your spirit 🙂 Also any leftover soup is great base for tomato soup, or basically any vegetable based soup.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

The best pizza in the world

Bestpizzabicker It is thirty-three degrees outside, I’m sitting in a small town bar in the North of Italy. Cold Prosecco is keeping me cool. The non stop lotto is on TV. Luca is just after putting on a bet for us. The fly trap on the door is not moving, there is no wind to speak off. This country town is quiet even though there is a festival just around the corner. Somewhere in a distance I can hear the sound of a motorbike growing louder. In a minute a Harley Davidson pulls outside the bar. A man jumps off and walks in from the door. Luca tells me he makes the best pizza in the region. We shook hands. This is an opportunity I can’t miss. I ask him what is the secret to perfect pizza and even before I finish my sentence I can see a passion gleam in his eyes. It is important not to use too much yeast, he told me. Tomatoes are acidic, cheese is heavy and if the dough have too much yeast, the combination can be hard to digest.

He knocks back his double espresso, we shake hands again and make plans to visit his pizzeria on Sunday. And he is off to the distance on a mission to make the best pizza in the world. We didn’t win anything in the lotto

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get two of his free songs go HERE and click Download