Cool Fitness Gear (Part 3)

(Above and below)

British "up and coming" Track Star Morgan Lake sporting (above) the Nike Dual Sculpture Capri, Nike Pro Classic Giraffe Bra, Nike Dri-FIT Loose Tank and Nike Studio Wrap Footwear……

…..and below Rockin' the Nike Tech Fleece Vest and Pants, and Nike Air Max OG  Shoes

all from the Nike Fall 2015 Women's Line,          click photo above or below for more info



Girl Talk: “Back to Basics” Makeup….is back “In Vogue”

Well, well……

I'm glad to see a few women taking me up on my offer to come in and write something for my
"Girl Talk" section. That "Girl Talk" section is for you guys (I mean "gals" :) ), to come in share ideas, beauty and fitness tips, connect with each other in a mature, internet based health and wellness format. (I'll do the "photo shoot", its like my hobby…..)

Once I get that going full force, then I can finally focus on my "Men's Health" Section.

Anyone wanting to participate, shoot me an email at and present your article idea.



The Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Still Used In McDonald’s Food

McDonald’s has a very complicated brand image: entirely unhealthy, yet an affordable option that is almost universally available. McDonald’s isn’t a place we go to get our nutritional needs met, and with most research connecting our Western/fast food diet directly to various diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, one begins to wonder why this company continues to serve billions and billions. Availability is a key to McDonald’s worldwide success.

It is time you know some of the toxic ingredients that can be found in a typical McDonald’s menu.



Popsicle Toes !!! (Part 4) … Cool, Refreshing, Healthy, Adult Popsicles


(next 2 photos below)   Blood Orange and Coconut Creamsicles

click either of next 2 photos below for recipe

Not sure why more adults don't break out those "house guests never saw it coming" Popsicles at backyard barbecues and such, really the simplest thing in the world. All you have to do is…….

1. Mix ingredients in blender
2. Pour into molds, preferably
stainless steel
3. insert sticks when halfway frozen
4. Watch adults turn into kids again when you break them out after dinner

(I remember once asking guests "who wants red?" one 50 year old guest raised her hand and said,
"ME, ME, ME!!!"…….funny :)



Body (Part 28) , a.k.a., “Can’t Stand the Heat” (…a Summertime Slideshow)

It's that time of year again…to confront "The Wintertime Slackers". To expose who was faking on those wintertime workouts and healthy eating plans.

Anyhooz, my "boyz", Steel Pulse, are gonna kick some of that "Rasta Vibe" for this Unisex batch of summer Hard Bodies.

This Slideshow is HOT, so if you "Can't Stand the Heat" …… well, you know the rest………



“Dressed To Grill” …. Sophisticated Skewers (Part 2)

For me this summer, skewers, kababs, kebabs, or whatever you call them, are my "thang" (if I may uses the "street vernacular" for a minute).

So, here is another batch that I wanted to save off to my online cookbook.

A with another photo shoot of my favorite "Culinary Porn", I'm talking about Cool Custom Outdoor Kitchens.

And this photo shoot of a restaurant owner and chef's outdoor "Dinner Diggs", from
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, definitely fits the bill for this "Sophisticated Skewers" presentation.



The Garden of Eatin’ … Episode 5, “You Reap What You Sow” (…… from the garden)


Below: me,  on the grill, cooking up a Garden of Eatin' "LoveBurger" (recipe further down)

Summertime, summertime!!!!

I think that photo above was the whole goal in a nutshell…that being, picking fresh veggies from the garden, and using them as part of some creations on the grill (along with my everyday salads)


Below: Red Deer Tounge Lettuce (and one Specked Trout Lettuce, I distinctly remember accidentally dropping
that one Specked Trout seed in that pot, gives me ideas for future multi-colored pots!!)



Men’s Health:, and some Medical Industry insiders starting to report Prostate Screenings essentially useless

Important note from me, the blogwriter: Posting this kind of article ALWAYS causes controversy and heated debate. Inevitably, as with all my other prostate articles, someone will write in an say that in spite of my criticism of the PSA Prostate Test, the test saved their lives. My real objective is to give men both sides of the story, so each of us can start to make our own health choices. I'm not into "writing and fighting" over the web, nor am I trying to come off as a Guru of expert. What I am trying to do is help make others aware that we are, whether we want to admit it our not, victims of "Money Driven Medicine" in this country.

So, if you disagree, that's fine let's dialog calmly and professionally, and trade information and evidence, which I always welcome as I continue to educate myself. Remember, my mantra on my "About Me" page is…….

"I don't get my kicks on being right, I get my kicks on finding truth….."



Home Cookin’ !!! Bali …. “This Must Be Just Like Living in Paradise…..”

"……..and I don't wanna go home"         
–David Lee Roth (from the song "Just Like Paradise") 

On the menu…….

Sate Lilit Ayam (Balinese Chicken Sate Skewers)
Ayam Betutu (Balinese Chicken Wrapped in Banana Leaves)
Sate Komoh (Indonesian Spiced Beef Saté – East Java Style)

Balinese Triple Cooked Chicken



Misty Copeland: “It’s Time”

Misty Copeland, whose openness about race in ballet helped to make her one of the most famous ballerinas in the United States, was promoted on Tuesday by American Ballet Theater…

……becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history. 



The “Cool School” (Part 3) …. Refreshing Summertime Adult Drinks

Photo Above and 2 Photos Below: Sotol Swizzle
(click photo above and next 2 photos below for recipe)



New in “The Wanderlust Food Diaries” …. A “Groovy Little Thing”, Steele Point Estate, British Virgin Islands

On the menu: A "Groovy Little" Caribbean Lunch

to go to the post, click any of the photos, or click here


“Dressed to Grill” (….Sophisticated Skewers!!!!)

Back for another year on the Grill!!! And back for more "Dressed to Grill" recipes and Healthy Grilling Tips. And in case you haven't noticed, another year of what I call "Culinary Porn", that being Custom Outdoor Kitchens.

My collection of blog recipes are my own online cookbook, and when cookin' for others, I always like to have some sophisticated recipes on standy, on my laptop that sits on the counter, as I am whipping something up (if nothing else, it looks kinda cool, as  one "at home" dinner date once told me) :)



Body, (Part 27), a.k.a., “The Way You Move” (The Dancer’s Slideshow)

This collage of Ballerina Misty Copeland and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Dancers came to me totally spontaneously, but immediately become my fav' of all my slideshows.

….and HipHop crew OutKast, bumping the title track, add a pinch of "flava' and spice" to this batch of Sophisticated, Sexy, Soul, Sista, Silhouettes.



The Garden of Eatin’ … (Episode 4, Swiss Chard, “Beauty and Brains”)

Beauty is obvious, but also a nutrient dense "Brain Food", and a "No Brainer" choice for my beginner's edible garden.

from my garden, a "bug's eye view" of my Rainbow Swiss Chard

To use the perfect sports analogy, Rainbow Swiss Chard definitely was the perfect first round draft choice, as the "Face of the Franchise", the perfect starting quarterback of my "Garden of Eatin" team.

It is definitely earning its keep for me, the "Urban Soul Farmer", as pure Garden Graffiti, with its vibrant, somewhat "macho" decor, loves bad Seattle weather, and is plain old "good eats".

And, most importantly, easy to grow, for the guy that killed a cactus back in college…………..



Home Cookin’ !!! Breakfast in Bulgaria (…. in “Apartment 311, at the Top of the Stairs”)

On the Menu:
Buckwheat Pancakes
Shakshauka Eggs
Poached Eggs with Sweet Pepper Piperade
Eggs in Onion, Bell Pepper, and Avocado

Metaphorically speaking (you know how I am by now), "Apartment 311" came from a song I loved after college (and still love 25 years later), that represents my "Ultimate Bachelor Pad", a bit of Vintage (exposed brick mandatory), a bit of Eclectic, a bit of Contemporary.

I never got that "next level" apartment after college, and back then, I only had a vague vision of what it would look like.



Health Wisdom from the Ancients: Alternative Medicine

….by guest writer Amanda Kaestner

Benefits of Alternative Medicines
(….by Amanda Kaestner)

Despite the widespread availability of traditional Western medical options, people now are turning to alternative medicines with increased vigor than in the past.

Chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture are perhaps the most popular choices, but other techniques, such as cupping, are coming into their own, too. Each of these methods holds its own benefits. 



New in “Dinner and a Movie”: Serendipity

On the Menu: The "Serendipitous Supper"

click either photo for article, or click here


Coconut Palm Sugar: Maybe, just maybe, my quest for a healthy sweetener ends here

I freely admitted in my updated article about my fiasco of my bogus stevia product I was using, NaturAmerica Dul-C stevia, that was tested and found to contain cyclamate (a know carcinogen) and Saccharin (a known toxic poison)

But maybe, just maybe, the "Nutrition Gods" have toyed with me enough and led me to the right product for my purposes. I only use sweetener in my smoothies, and in my Green Tea, but I drink A LOT of smoothies and green tea………I mean, A LOT!!!



“Do The Funky Chicken” !!! (Part 5) …more Creative Chicken Recipes (and healthy cooking tips)

Above and Below: Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts
(click above or below for recipe)



Girl Talk: DIY Skin and Bodycare (Part 6) … a.k.a., “The Orange Article”

Wow!!! A couple of women actually wrote me and said they can't wait for the next "Color" article in my DIY series. Started out as just something "fun to do" (my excuse to thumb through dozens of photos of lovely ladies :) ), but now, it is a full blown well received series of articles for the blog.

….and of course, I'm always trying to make health and wellness "hip and trendy".

Anyhooz, it seems, with so many beautiful women's photos, so many DIY formulas from so many great bloggers, and so many colors left in the rainbow, this series can go on for a while……..



Chipotle first to go 100% GMO Free!!!

The free market victories against the biotech industry are coming at a rapid pace now, and the latest announcement is a real game changer: Chipotle Mexican Grill has outright rejected all GMOs and, as of today, is now serving all non-GMO ingredients in its foods.

"When it comes to our food, genetically modified ingredients don't make the cut," says an official announcement on the Chipotle website. "The food we serve should be made with ingredients raised with care for animals, farmers, and the environment. We're doubtful that the GMO ingredients that used to be in our food meet these criteria."



Food for Thought: “I don’t wanna be part of the ‘Cellphone Culture’ “

How do I write this while sticking to my mantras of "don't judge" and "to each his or her own" ?

In general, I've always felt like I was "flying solo" and out on an "Island" with so many things all my life (I call myself a "Species of One"), but it truly feels like the whole world I see in public is on the cellphone.

When I say [no exaggeration] a line of 12 people waiting at the bus stop in front of Whole Foods Seattle,  looking down at their phones, I wanted to scream out "What the hell is wrong with you people?". But instead, I figured I better go home and first take a look at myself…….and if necessary, do any screaming in an article on my blog.



The Garden of Eatin’ … (Episode 3, “Coming to Life…Like a Symphony”)


"April is not the cruelest month, if I may disagree with the eloquent gloom, of the poet of doom "

–Michael Franks (from the song "Coming to Life")


I always post my favorite spring time song by my boy Michael Franks on the blog every spring, and I'll let the song "Coming to Life" walk us through this episode of "The Garden of Eatin' ".

Anyhooz…a month and some change after I started the "Garden of Eatin' ", everything is growing!!! What a Gardner I've become!!! OR shall I say, and "Urban Soul Farmer".

Other than that Italian Oregano starter plant that was killed in action (not sure if it was "friendly fire" or not) everything is "Coming to Life"…..



"Body", (Part 28)
a.k.a. "Can't Stand The Heat"
...a Summertime Slideshow


Poached (or any style) Eggs
with Sweet Pepper Piperade


Misty Copeland: "It's Time"
The First Female Black Principal in the American Ballet Theater


Cucumber, Jicama, and Mango
"Raw Fries"


My Top 10 Breast Cancer Prevention Superfoods (Part 2)


Men's Health
Nutrients for Male Vitality
and Well Being (Part 5)


Hawaiian BBQ Salmon Burgers with Coconut Caramelized Pineapple


Ayurvedic Skin Care is not skin deep,
it goes much deeper


"The Wanderlust Food Diaries"
"Groovy Little Thing" a Virgin Islands Villa
On the Menu: A Groovy Caribbean Lunch


Buckwheat Pancakes


My Top 10 Hidden Toxins in our "Supposedly" Healthy Vitamins, Supplements, and Health Foods


Dinner and a Movie
On the Menu:
The 'Serendipitous Supper'


"Fifty, Fit, And Fabulous!!!"
Gervel Sampson, Age 55!!!
(Breakin' that Age 55 Speed Limit!!)


Cool Fitness Gear!!! (Part 3)


The "Garden of Eatin' "
Episode 4... 'Swiss Chard'
...Beauty and Brains


See all articles in "The Healthy Chef's Cookbook"
(The Art of Food)


See all articles in "Eat Smart"
(The Science of Food)



Links to my favorite sites who are ''Raging Against the Machine''(and also some fun cooking blogs)

(same name, different blog, no need to fight about it)

Real Food Freaks

Kim's "Nutritionally Well"

Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Totally different style than me, but my favorite food blog in creativity. She inspired me to start my 'Dinner and a Movie' and "Wanderlust Food Diaries' articles.

Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Endless adaptable recipes with AWESOME food photography!!!!

Cool site for Caribbean cuisine. Recipes very adaptable to health conscious eating.