Caleb Beal - Healthy Programing

Caleb and Caleb on the Caleb show. Caleb Beal has been eating healthy drinking water and sleeping like a baby. Also, Programing! Programing teaches about the facts of life, but it is also really cool to be able to control things with simple lines of CODE.

Julie’s Thoughts on Episode 94:

Hey! I want to share some thoughts about the HEALTHY PROGRAMING episode of Only Everything. (This can also be called the "Caleb and Caleb" episode of the podcast, because it features Host-Caleb and Guest-Caleb.) To be healthy while sharing these thoughts, I am eating an apple.

1) Radishes! I'm not fond of raw radishes, but It turns out I like them just fine IF they are cooked! Radishes sautéed in olive oil, seasoned with a little salt, are GOOD! (I'm mentioning that, just in case anyone out there needs a new way to try to like radishes.) Brown rice! I have a good secret for that, too; the important part is to put the dry (uncooked) rice in a pan, along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil (for each cup of rice) -- put the pan on the stovetop (turn the stove ON) then stir regularly while the rice browns a bit. (Then you add the water; also some salt and GARLIC.) Cover and cook rather normally.

2) C.C. Hannett might have background info about the Taco Bell hot sauce situation, described in the episode. (He seems serious about Taco Bell, it's possible he's done research related to the hot sauce.) It says "cumin" in my notes. (I'm not sure why it says "cumin" in my notes. Seems important though, so I decided to mention it here . . . )

3) Those purchasable bags of sealed-up pre-cooked rice is a clever choice for camping. I also want to give a shout-out for the wisdom of employing WHOLE WHEAT COUSCOUS, as a camping-food (or otherwise!) All you need to do (to cook this stuff) is to add boiling hot water (+ oil or butter), and a little salt. (Cover the dish and let it sit, maybe 5 minutes.) Stir it up, and it's ready! Cooking whole wheat couscous (while camping) uses less campstove fuel than making (for example), pasta -- (which must be boiled many minutes).

4) I am super-fond of zucchini! I like to combine (cooked) zucchini chunks with stir-fried onion! I also like to combine stir-fried onion with avocado chunks. It says "wily broccoli" in my notes. (I'm not sure why it says "wily broccoli" in my notes. Seems important, though, so I decided to mention it here . . . )

5) My "spice theory" is that if you don't add much spice, you can taste the actual flavors of the main-ingredient foods more vividly. Also, being accustomed to blander food gives one more capacity to be AMAZED -- (by food that is only mildly spicy), and ultra-amazed, when I eat something extra-flavorful, (such as curry). I like to leave room for that amazement!

6) I am eating potato chips right now, by the way! (Not as healthy as the apple I had earlier.) (Maybe I shouldn't even mention the potato chips.) If you are reading this list and there is no #6 item on it, you will know why -- (it will be because I decided not to fess up about the potato chips, and removed it). If #6 is still in here, it's because I decided to be real about the potato chips . . .

7) (A curry story.) My daughter and I, were on a trip. We'd planned to camp, but our car had a bad trouble, and we ended up staying in a hotel room. We'd planned on making curry, at the campground, and we didn't want our hotel-room status to dissuade us from making the curry we'd been dreaming of. We decided it would be unwise to use our camp stove, at the hotel. Luckily, there was a microwave in our room! We had with us: coconut milk, curry powder, fresh garlic, a potato, and some little bits of freeze dried chicken. (Also, a reasonable selection of dishes and cooking utensils, seeing as we were on our way home after camping for nearly a week.) So we made curry! Then our hotel room smelled like the garlic. (A lot.) (Even on the next day.) If you try decide to try making curry in your hotel room, maybe don't put the leftover skins from the pressed garlic -- (yes, I even had a garlic press!) -- into the in-room garbage can. (At least don't leave the garlic skins in there overnight.) All of it was worth it, though!

Eating healthy can be simple, and needn't be time-consuming. A few good ingredients, and that's a meal! (Example: avocado chunks + sliced tomatoes + a protein-food, and you're there; and maybe you didn't even have to cook anything!) I like to settle into a pattern of having the same (or a similar) food combination, for multi-days in a row (for a period of time), then switch-up to something else. Such as: I might be on a soup-kick, (for weeks at a time), then not eat soup for a while. (But come back to it later! Soup is one of my favorite kicks.)

9) RED PEPPERS. I want to mention that making a soup out of red peppers is a great idea! (I like to use tomatoes, too . . . maybe even just add some marinara sauce). VITAMIN C was mentioned in the podcast (as a fine feature of red peppers); I found myself wondering, (while pondering my red pepper soup) . . . does the vitamin C (in peppers) get ruined, during the cooking process? (It seems like a good research question, and that's where I'm going right now.) OH WOW! The vitamin situation (related to cooked vs. raw red pepper) is indeed interesting. It sounds like there is more vitamin C (and insoluble fiber) in raw red pepper (compared to cooked). Soluble fiber isn't impacted by cooking. Cooking INCREASES the bioavailability of the Vitamin A, in Red peppers! It gets really interesting for the B vitamins; some of the B vitamins are degraded by heat, but those which remain are easier to absorb (compared to the B vitamins in uncooked red peppers). The recommendations is to eat some of your red peppers raw, and some of your red peppers cooked. At first, I accidentally typed "some of your red peppers cookied" instead of "some of your red peppers cooked." I'm not sure anyone has ever tried making cookies with red peppers in them! (If anyone has tried that, I'll be eager to hear about it!) Side-note: you've probably opened up a red pepper and found a little baby pepper-thing growing in there. That little baby pepper-thing is called an internal proliferation, (a.k.a. carpeloid formation), and I think they are really cool . . .

10) (Related to this episode's "Sound Affection.") While fixing holes in pants, (or having pant-holes fixed by a robot), it's probably better to NOT be currently actually wearing the pants. (At least most of the time. There are probably some exceptions.)

11) I don't know a lot about computer programing, but wasn't there something about apples in there? (Maybe I heard that the Macintosh variety of apple was mentioned?) I love apples, (but the Macintosh apple is not my favorit-est apple; not even in the top five right now but I haven't had a Mac for a while, maybe I'll give the Macintosh apple another chance . . . )

12) There was something in there about the "Dunder Mifflin Paper Company." I LOVE paper, (and I'd never heard of Dunder Mifflin), so I paused the episode to see what type of paper is peddled by the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Dunder Mifflin is not a real paper company! (Sorry if that was a spoiler for anyone reading this report.) "Dunder Mifflin" is a . . . (gasp!) . . . FAKE paper company. (I don't mean they are a company which makes fake paper. I mean they are an imaginary paper company, created for a television show.) PLOT TWIST! (I think I also may have read that a real paper company started making paper and calling it "Dunder Mifflin" paper.) But I don't remember for sure, (I'm leaving that research question with YOU . . . )