Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -138 May 2017

Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -137 April 2017


Welcome visitor on our back yard cherry tree
April 2017.  Yes, it’s Spring!


  Mothers’ Day is May 14th this year!  Roland will create some beautiful delicious specials for the occasion, with the special menu starting at noon.  Brunch menu as well.  Please make your reservations to assure your preferred seating time.

♦ Sugar? Or artificial sweeteners? According to a study published April 2017 in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, people who drank at least one artificially-sweetened beverage a day had almost three times the risk of developing stroke or dementia. The study did not find the same link in people who drank sugar-sweetened beverages.  The data were collected over a 17-year period on nearly 4400 people over the age of 45.  The results showed that people who consumed at least one artificially-sweetened drink a day were three times as likely to develop ischemic stroke and 2.9 times as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  Now hopefully you no longer wonder why Joe’s for years has not offered Splenda or Nutraweet on its tabletops. Synthetic messed-with food-like substances and chemical cocktails that are designed to entice us to eat them are undermining our health.  This study makes clear that such chemicals as sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Nutrasweet) are far from innocuous.  They are poison to the system and deadly to the brain.  On the other hand, sugar, especially non-GMO cane sugar, honey, stevia, maple syrup, have stood the test of time.  When not overdone (seriously, be sparing and selective) these things are a part of every culture’s traditions – they are treats and often accompany special occasions.  Common sense dictates they not be overdone.  Even so, they do not carry the toxic threat that artificial sweeteners do.
Under your skin.  More and more of us are aware of the dangers of GMO “foods” and try hard to avoid them.  But what about GMO clothing?  DiJa Know?  It takes about 1/3 of a pound of toxic chemicals (sources: Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, etc.) to produce one pound of cotton—the amount needed to make one t-shirt.  Many of those chemicals, including glyphosate are linked to cancer. Here’s a personal story that Roland likes to tell.  He had stored his gym bag over the winter in a shed on our property.  There were 3 items in the bag.  Two were verifiably non-GMO cotton (a Joe’s tee shirt made with organic cotton and a pair of socks from Canada so old – 25 years old! – that they could not be GMO). These 2 items were chewed up and riddled with holes, no doubt enjoyed by the resident mice.  The third item was a newer cheap tee shirt made from conventionally grown GMO cotton.  It was not touched by the mice.  Hmmm.  Smart mice.  So, do we really want to clothe our bodies in cancer-causing chemicals?  chemicals that are absorbed through skin, the body’s largest organ?  Just one more thing to think about as we shop in today’s complex marketplace.

 Michael Pollan (author of Omnivore’s Dilemma) says, “You are what you eat eats.”  From an article by Dr. Mark Hyman (edited for length): farmers are now feeding their livestock candy.  Skittles, Gummy Bears and other junk foods are sold to farmers to provide cheap carbs for livestock.  This practice, while being unnatural and immoral, furthermore produces meat that is extremely unhealthy.  This industrial meat is full of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides, high in inflammatory omega-6 fats and absent the good anti-inflammatory fats derived from a pastured diet.
Controlled animal feeding operations (CAFO’s) use cheap simple carbs like wheat, corn, candy and GMO foods like processed soy to feed cows and chickens. They’re not good for livestock.  They’re not good for us.  Cows and chickens prefer to graze on plants grown in pastures.  When they are fed candy, corn, grains and soy, they suffer from acidosis and other diseases and need to be pumped full of antibiotics and  vaccines to fight infection, parasites and other diseases.  What’s the take away?  We must be selective when eating meat.  Better to NOT eat it if you question the source and quality.  Save your meat eating for high quality pasture-raised, yes expensive and hopefully local meats.  In fact the benefits that meat can give us can be gleaned only from grass-fed-and-finished livestock.  This goes for our pets, too.  Feeding them a diet of cheap dry petfood high in carbs and devoid of pastured meat will shorten their lives and enrich the pockets of drug companies who have recently tapped into a whole new market – cancer-riddled, often obese pets.  But that’s another story.  Bottom line: let’s stop supporting factory-farmed meat and poultry.  As Michael Pollan advises – know what you eat and know what you eat eats.

I know we all want it – faster internet and phone service – but at what cost?  The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is pushing to streamline the approval of high frequency 5G cell towers, overriding the regulation that exists, without extensive safety testing.  These untested frequencies are set to be deployed all around us without our consent.  If this succeeds, millions of small towers will be attached to existing poles in neighborhoods.  The microwaves will produce horrific health effects and will remove the remaining pollinators – bees especially die off rapidly when exposed to these frequencies.

  Can’t beat ‘em so eat ‘em.  Raw, cooked, pickled, juiced or fermented, beets have a wide range of health benefits.  They fight inflammation, lower blood pressure, lower risk for heart failure and stroke and may help reduce cancer risk.  And when combined with exercise, they have powerful brain benefits.  We benefit greatly when our nitric oxide levels are normal to high.  But taking nitric oxide as a supplement has little benefit.  Instead foods that have high nitrate content (like beets!) convert to nitric oxide upon digestion.  The effects? Better oxygen usage, better brain and better circulation.  Not bad for the humble but beautiful beet.
♦  Sunday morning – go ahead sleep in.  Referring to The contest from last month’s newsletter – smoked salmon, whipped cream cheese and thick chewy Wolf’s bagels to go for a month.  Six great entries – and they were all perfect!  So we resorted to drawing the winner from a hat.  Todd you got it!  Todd named it New York Joe’s at Home.  And so it shall be.  It will be offered on our Saturday specials menu – packaged for two for Sunday mornings.  Todd, we’ll call you and thanks to Nathan&Sarah, Connie, Raya, Kerry and Don.  Come collect your consolation gift card!


  Some of the farmers & ranchers who supply Joe’s: They get their seeds from heirloom seed banks, family and friends, their fertilizer from animals and compost and their agronomic advice from tradition:  Monte Vista Organics, Jacona Farms, Green Tractor, Camino de Paz, Synergia Ranch, Romero Farms, Shepherd’s Lamb, LaMont’s Buffalo, Sweetgrass Co-op


 Richard Eeds broadcasts the Morning Show live from Joe’s each 1st Friday of the month from 7:30 – 11am, on Hutton FM 101.5.  Richard keeps New Mexicans abreast of the times.  During the broadcast get a surprise discount on your breakfast.  Just ask!


  Joe’s Red Room is always perfect for your parties and meetings, seating 20-36 people comfortably.  Call 471-3800 to reserve all or part of it


 If you’ve wondered what in heck Sheila’s wellness studio is all about, here’s your chance to find out.  Wednesday May 17th at 6 pm, there will be an informal presentation at DancingBones.  You will leave with a better understanding of the non-inevitability of bone loss, muscle atrophy, balance issues and joint pain.  As well Dr. Carey Taussig Osteopath, will present detailed information on one of the three technologies.  Info  www.DancingBones.us

  Why are we at Joe’s so persistent about this “buy local” stuff?  Many factors are out of our hands when it comes to our food supply.  Most of what ends up on the American dinner table derives from a shockingly few giant agribusinesses. Their reach is long- from designing

the (GMO) seeds to planting, fertilizing,  processing and shipping.  We as consumers cannot with confidence hand over the entire stewardship of our food to these few multinationals.  Our passion here at Joe’s is for a local sustainable food supply – food produced by growers who are accountable for what they grow.  KYG – Know Your Grower.  We are able to look our local farmer in the eye and ask him about his growing practices or even visit his operation. This gives us the confidence that we are eating food that is healthy, wholesome, non-genetically engineered, often better than organic, humanely treated and minimally processed.  It is grown with a smaller energy-use footprint and transported short distances. We cannot divorce human health, the economy, ecology, personal (perhaps spiritual) satisfaction or honorable work from food.  Food is fundamental.  What we eat, where it comes from, the stewardship of food animals, the nurturing and building of soils – all these factors affect us at a cellular and visceral level.  Santa Fe is fortunate to have one of the very best Farmers Markets in the nation.  Here at Joe’s we offer this bounty to you, keeping dollars in the community.  In the interest of transparency, in 2008 Joe’s spent $30,000 on local foods.  In 2009, $60,000.  Each year since 2012 we have far exceeded $100,000 per annum (over 30% of our purchases).
Land, economy, health – inseparable.

  Joe’s will give you $10.  What’s the catch?  Well the way we figure it, if you cut out the middleman by NOT using a credit card, we can give that back to you and then some.  Credit cards costs the retail merchant about 3-5% and extra time & paperwork.  Now let’s be real – in today’s world you can’t function without them.  But there are alternatives that reduce our dependency on the Big Banks and actually save all of us.  We have a couple of suggestions: (1.) Joe’s Check List – If you are a “regular” and wish to pay by check, please ask your waiter to get you on the list.  (2.) Joe’s gift card – purchase $100 gift card with cash or check or silver or gold coin, get a $10 free bonus! Your $100 gift card will actually buy you $110 worth of meals at Joe’s. 


Website login: sorry your password, 27G*%bBn@2A3#D,  is not secure enough.
Cash machine login 1234: here’s your $1000 dollars.

Mobile – update.  Laptop – update.  Tablet – update.  TV – update.  Somehow I’m afraid to turn on the iron.

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, “For God’s sake, where are all these single socks coming from?”



Joe’s Dining
2801 Rodeo Rd (at Zia Rd) Santa Fe, NM   87507
505-471-3800       www.JoesDining.com
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