"Food-ology links FOOD RELATED HABITS to PERSONALITY TRAITS and BEHAVIORAL TENDENCIES. A PORTAL INTO THE LAYERS OF ONE'S CHARACTER. Learn more about yourself and those around you - to support better judgment, improve relationships, increase effectiveness and empower your life. You are HOW you eat."
~Juliet A. Boghossian,
Founder, Behavioral Food Expert
What does Heidi Klum's bite say about her?
Playful and very engaged with no hesitation to go smaller on the bite, suggests this model celeb is a work hard play hard individual, confident and striving with ambition. In the face of adversity she will form her own opinion, confidently state her position completely conscious and considerate of how it may affect others. If she even remotely offends any one person, she will react in a playful rebuttal playing down her mega-stardom by stating “well this is only my opinion” and do so with a warm caring smile.
What am I?
I was introduced to Europe in 1536, once established I became an important food staple and field crop. I can be stored long-term but would require specialized care in cold warehouses – I have been known to be stored in some of the oldest and largest storage facilities for perishable goods in the world. My wild species occurs everywhere from the U.S. to Uruguay and Chile. However, genetic testing proved I have a single origin in the area of Southern Peru. As long as 10,000 years ago a descendant or subspecies of mine was born indigenous to south-central Chile. This is the variety that is enjoyed worldwide. The annual diet of an average global citizen in the first decade of the twenty-first century would include about 73 lb (or 33 kg) of me. Eastern and central Europe use to have the highest per capita production in the world. Today, China is the world's largest producing country, and nearly a third of the world's harvests are in China and India. I am very nutritious as I contain vitamins and minerals that have been identified as vital to human nutrition. My skin alone contains 45% of the Daily Value (DV) for Vitamin C; 18% DV of Potassium; 10% DV of Vitamin B6 and trace amounts of numerous other nutrients. My fiber content with the skin is equivalent to whole grain bread, pasta and cereals. I can be prepared in many ways, skin-on or peeled, whole or cut up, with seasonings or without. The only requirement involves cooking me to break down the starch. I am the world's fourth largest food crop.
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Tips, Tricks, Trends & More
Fastest no sweat method to clean burnt cheese off your toaster oven tray.
You haven’t cleaned your kitchen until you’ve, well, cleaned the toaster oven tray. Equivalent to sweeping under the couch it's scores high on the most hated cleaning tasks. The greatest challenge in cleaning the toaster oven tray is when burnt cheese has dropped onto it and if not cleaned promptly with each toaster use it forms into a rock-hard formation that is difficult to clean using a traditional scrubber or sponge. TIP OF THE DAY? Use a razor!
1. First and foremost, buy a razor with a plastic hand grip for safe comfortable use.
2. Use great caution and good judgment on where to store the razor when you are not using it, so it is out of reach from children.
3. Simply pull out the toaster oven tray and position over sink.
4. Gently scrape each burnt cheese formation with the razor and watch it all slip away! VERY IMPORTANT: There is no need to scrape hard or fast or YOU WILL scratch your tray surface. Simply catch under the edge of the formation and slowly chip away at it in a few gentle swoops. Remember, you will save A LOT of time and anxiety using this method, so don’t rush the gentle scraping process - you are already ahead of the game.
Left-overs have never been so good!
Pressed for time I used some left-over linguine in the fridge, a frozen salmon burger and some delicious fresh vegetables (Japanese eggplant and bell peppers).
Cut the salmon burger into cubes, cut the bell peppers and onions into squares, saute altogether over heated olive oil, cook; in last 5 minutes drizzle balsamic vinegar generously and raise heat to high to brown/reduce vinegar.
Saute the Japanese eggplants. Gently slice an opening on each eggplant and stuff with sauteed mixture of salmon and veggies. DE-lish!
FOOD-OLOGY ADVICE COLUMN by Juliet A. Boghossian
Q. “For some reason when I go to dinner with my husband, I am fickle with where to eat or what to order and expect him to solve the dilemma for me. Yet, when I am with family I am the first to pick a hot spot for dinner and the first to order, completely independent and creative with my choices. Why am I so different? What does this say about me?” ~Via email, Portland, Oregon
A. It is very normal to have different eating habits in different settings. However, for you, to be so vastly different in front of the people closest to you, your husband and your family, suggests there is a problem for you with one of them. Because you are uncomfortable with being fickle, my guess is, your issue is with your husband. Being decisive and adventurous around your family reveals you are quite capable and confident. Being fickle and surrendering all decision related to food with your husband reveals your desire for him to take more control, to release you so you can lean on him more. My guess is you take on more than your equal share and acting helpless with your husband is your way of pushing him to contribute more. Action Steps: Instead of acting out what you want him to do, perhaps you should speak up and tell him what you need.
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