Had to share a few pictures of the Tiramisu we had on Valentine’s Day.
For those that do not know, Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made with ladyfingers, mascarpone, eggs, cream, sugar, coffee and cocoa powder.
The one we bought did not use ladyfingers. And as my step-daughter put it – this one was “almost” a real tiramisu.
I love when blogging connects to our real life – and after enjoying our cake – Lisa Dorenfest (here) posted highlights from South Africa and she had tiramisu while in an apartment there:
If you are here just to see the cake photos – please skip this next part.
One of my favorite health books from last year was Lorraine Bracco’s (2015) To the Fullest.
I will try to share more about this gem of a book in an upcoming post.
In the meantime – here is a tip she shared about cake and sweet indulgences.
She suggested using the “four-bite rule” for times one may want to indulge but they do not necessarily want to go overboard.
She suggests that folks “have four bites of the sweet rather than a full serving.”
Another tip I heard – from this body builder guy on the radio – well he suggested that sometimes you can “spit the food out” after you taste it. He argued that you can get some of the taste without having to terrorize your pancreas and fully digest food that does not give life.
If that sounds silly, well I know it does sound silly, and it reminds me of Bush Boy’s Friday Sign Folly (here) earlier this month:
You see, even if it sounds silly, some people who have a compromised immune system really cannot have sweets. They cannot have cake every week – they cannot have refined sugar every day (and even fruits like bananas and grapes can be on the NO list while they are healing up). They will NOT get well if they REGULARLY eat cake, candy, protein shakes with junk added in, fruit smoothies with 13 teaspoons of sugar, breads, most dairy, and GMO foods. For some people, sugar is on the very serious “abstain” list – and so for these folks – tasting a little – and then spitting it out – could be a very helpful tip.
Sometimes before we have cake, we might really need to eat something nutrient dense, like steak.
When I was down in Florida recently, I went to Dunkin’ Donuts for some early morning coffee.
It was pretty amazing because while there, a donut was not even tempting. I was not sure how I would feel while in the store. Nada. Just wanted the coffee (with cream only).
And I know why.
It is because I am nutritionally satisfied. I still “like” sweet things (I am human), but do not need it every day –
Also, my sweet threshold has gone down and less is more.
The tiramisu on Valentine’s Day was an appreciated treat and it was not a major health setback because I don’t eat that stuff every day.
Oh and While having that Dunkin’ java, I was reading Colbert’s (2003) Toxic Relief book. I grabbed it from my mother’s bookshelf – and I did NOT expect it to be so good.
I was surprised at how much I agreed with Colbert’s arguments (on how humans “can” get things from lake water while swimming in it) and his health tips on how to support the liver and heal from the inside out. The gut is our second brain and the entire GI is connected to immunity.
More on this book later too – hopefully.
In closing, here is one more snippet from Lorraine Bracco’s book.