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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Fingerling Potatoes from Sundance Farm


1 lb fingerling Potatoes
6 tbsp olive oil
2 heaping tbsp rosemary
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Chop fingerling Potatoes and put in a zip lock baggy.

Add the olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.  Close the bag and shake well until all the potatoes are covered.  Dump the potatoes onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Roast in the oven for 1 hour.

These are not paleo but they came in our CSA box and we just couldn’t waste them!

To Sit or Not To Sit


Dr. Mercola addresses the negative side affects from sitting for too long.  He even points out that vigorously working out for an hour or two and then sitting for most of the day may even cancel out the health benefits of the workout.

Marcelo came up with 5 health tips for those who have jobs that require them to sit for long periods of time while at work.  One philosophy to go by is standing is better than sitting, and walking is better than standing.  Check out the article above to find out more about the correlation between sitting and health.

What Fasting Program is Good For Me?


If you are interested in fasting and are not sure how to go about implementing a regime that works best for you, Dr. Mercola lists a few options that you can choose from.

Some options include:

  1. Alternate-day fast: fast one day and eat the next
  2. Restrict eating to a 6-8 hour window by skipping breakfast or dinner
  3. Fasting one day a week for 24-36 hours
  4. Fasting twice a week by reducing calories to about 500 on the two “fast” days

Take a look and see if this might be something you’re interested in.  Dr. Mercola lists some health benefits associated with fasting, but remember that it might not work for everyone.

Watch out for GMO potatoes!


McDonald’s has refused to buy Simplot’s new GMO potato!  Read the article at the online Wall Street Journal website!

Although McDonald’s has declined the GMO potato, they have used Monsanto GMO spuds in the past, so just be careful about what and where you eat.  And just know that the food industry is rapidly experimenting with Genetically Engineered cows, chickens, eggs, fish, vegetables, and fruits and does not have to acknowledge their use of GE products.  Choose wisely.

Time Matters According to New Study


According to this study, it is not only about what you eat but the time that you eat it.  They experimented with several groups of mice, allowing them to eat all they wanted of certain foods within 9-, 12-, and 15- hour windows.  They also changed certain macronutrients that the mice had access to: just fat, fat and sugar, and just sugar.  They found that, regardless of macronutrients, the mice that ate in the time-restricted windows lost more weight and saw an improvement in body composition than those that did not.

This is significant for people who might have late night jobs or other life challenges that keep them up late.  The conductors of the study also used mice of all weights and sizes.  This is relevant because, “They found that the benefits of time-restricted feeding showed up regardless of the weight of the mouse, type of diet and length of the time restriction (to some degree).”  In addition to this, the researchers gave a group of mice two free respite days on the weekend in which they could consume however much fat they wanted.  These mice showed the same results and weight improvement as the mice that continued the time-restricted feeding seven days out of the week.  Although this study was done with mice, it is still worth calling attention to if the goal is weight loss or weight maintenance.