Category Archives: Beth Konopka Bergmann

Food Friday! Leeks and Pork Belly

Difficulty Level: 3 PITAs (totally worth it though)

Cast Iron Pan

4 whole cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
10 to 15 Chinese dried red chiles
8 ounces pork belly sliced into bite-size pieces
Dark green parts from 2 large leeks, washed and sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce

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Mr and Mrs Diet Food: 6 Grocery Shopping Strategies

In Mr. & Mrs. Diet Food: Kitchen Clean Out Part I and Part II we figured out what items to purge from your home and set up your kitchen for food prep and cooking greatness.

The next step is to venture a trip to your local grocery store to restock your kitchen. Tackling the grocery store is very important as the items you purchase will be the foundation for your continued nutritional success.


1. Count your meals.

To make grocery shopping more like science and less like an episode of Super Market Sweep you should figure out your weekly food needs — before you go.

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Hacking the ‘Short Foot’

The short foot exercise is a technique recommended by Czech physiologist and postural expert Dr. Vladimir Janda, to build strength and endurance in the muscles that support the arch. The technique primarily strengthens the abductor hallucis muscle, an important dynamic stabilizer of the foot.

This video is a great example of how a traditional short foot is achieved and trained.

We cool? Short foot edification complete. Let’s talk some specifics.
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Deciphering Diets: The Medieval Game of Thrones Diet

Last time I wrote a Deciphering Diets article I touched on the basic underpinning of most diets;

“Most popular diets share the same common principals – which in theory is why they all work, at least for a period of time. Reduce total food intake, eat less junk, eat more whole foods, reduce refined carbohydrates, eat more vegetables, and stick to leaner meats.

After that, it’s just placing an enticing patina over the basics to try and get you to purchase books, supplements, and whatever else they can successfully market to you.”

I then promised I would illustrate how just about ANYTHING can be turned into a diet if you follow these simple principles.

So, without further adieu…

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Deciphering Diets: Paleo

If you don’t know what the Paleo Diet is here’s a quick synopsis a la Wikipedia:

“The Paleolithic diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans. It is based on the premise that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, which marked the end of the Paleolithic era, around 15,000 years ago, and that modern humans are adapted to the diet of the Paleolithic period.


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