Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -140 Late Summer 2017

Dija Know…
Joe’s Newsletter #140, LATE SUMMER 2017
Sheila   (archives available at JoesDining.com)


Almost knocked myself out the other day


 In my musings recently about food and health practices, I slapped my forehead as it dawned on me – almost everything “they’ve” told us was bad for us has now proven to be actually rather good for us!  Cases in point – my favorites first; chocolate, coffee, butter, raw milk, cream, saturated fats, eggs, meat*, coconut oil, salt, sunshine at noon, alcohol and marijuana.  And the converse is true as well.  The things we thought were good for us have proven devastating to our bodies – artificial sweeteners, margarine and spreads, soy and tofu, vegetable oils, sunscreen, avoiding the sun, fluoride, pasteurized milk, avoiding salt, low-fat anything.  An argument can be made for or against any of them in extreme cases or extreme need.  Like if you’re in the sun for hours and hours, sun screen may be appropriate, the irrepressible urge for a potato chip or French fries – we are human after all!  Then there’s that glass of champagne or shot of fine whiskey and the now-OK use of “medical” (LOL) marijuana.  I laugh only because when you’ve lived enough decades you see the pendulum of cultural and PC trends swing back and forth.  But more insidiously, those trends are carefully staged by big ag and big pharma whose puppet is big gov.  The insatiable appetite for profit – as usual just follow the money.

Below are excerpts from past DiJa Know newsletters that expanded on these myths.  More myths in future editions.
* Deep Nutrition written by Catherine Shanahan MD may well be a shake-up on recent nutritional trends.

From Issue #93  “This beautiful food, the coconut, has been vilified mostly by the soy and canola industry since the 70’s reducing its usage in the US to almost nil.  But I am happy to see a marked comeback in the last 10 or so years.  This has been informed by such writers as Mary Enig and Udo Erasmus, expert researchers on fats.  And the movement back to coconut oil has been fueled by grass-roots health seekers.”

From Issue #102  “Women have always known that chocolate (from cacao powder) is good for us…all of us.  Now the studies are flooding in to confirm it.  DiJa know…eating some chocolate at least once a week reduces the risk of heart flutter (atrial fibrillation). It reduces the risk by 23%, and that’s a breakthrough discovery!  Raw Cacao Powder is one of the most nutrient rich and complex foods.  Ancient Mayans and Aztecs knew about its amazing healing properties.  Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, antioxidants and iron.  Its antioxidant value is . . . 40 times that found in blueberries.  High levels of magnesium help regulate metabolism, increase brainpower, help muscles including your heart work smoothly and build strong bones . . .high levels of iron, which forms a critical part of hemoglobin.  Cacao contains 314% of the recommended daily intake of iron per ounce . . . has more calcium than milk and it is more absorbable…it contains sulphur a mineral that builds strong nails, hair and promotes beautiful skin, as it helps to detoxify the liver.  Cacao raises endorphins … and cacao helps immensely with hormone imbalance.”


From Issue #94   “Soy is the most aggressively marketed product targeting vegetarians and vegans today.  It is funded by the largest global industrial food complex and is tied to the “big boys” such as Monsanto.  S$oy has become a mere bottom line commodity and has crept into our “health food” market under false pretenses becoming a staple of the vegetarian diet.  It couldn’t be further from a health food. It is mostly genetically modified. It blocks the uptake of essential minerals, inhibits protein digestion and affects pancreatic function.  Soy isoflavones are endocrine disrupters. .. Soybeans increase thyroid-stimulating hormone, further interfering with normal hormone production and inhibiting the intake of iodine (already seriously deficient in the American diet.)”


From issue #107  “Three new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who consume between 3,000 and 6,000 milligrams of sodium* per day are measurably healthier than those who stick to questionable mainstream health advice.  People consuming less than that had a 27% increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke and dying from a cardiovascular event.     BTW – the shakers on your table at Joe’s are filled with sea salt.”
From Issue #108  “Hemp (cannabis sativa) has recently been unfettered after decades of suppression and lies, whoops I mean “misinformation”.  Now I’m no expert in this field – I spent the 60’s and 70’s as a career driven nerd and missed the whole generational imprint of marijuana, mushrooms and acid rock.  So no one is more surprised than me to discover the extensive benefits of hemp.  Now the way I understand it – there are 3 main varieties of hemp, each adapted to different uses.  The high THC variety is of course valued for getting high, the others have other valuable uses.  DiJa know – hemp oil is a terrific cancer therapy?  That hemp fiber ropes are preferred on ships because of their superior strength?   That farming hemp is at least 2 x’s as profitable as and far more sustainable than conventional crop farming?   Boring as I am, hallucinogenic properties have little appeal.  But healing properties?   sustainable farming?  – now you’re talking my language!”


From Issue #106  This is a brief quote on heart disease from Dr. Dwight Lundell, heart surgeon,  “The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak.  Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.”  My comment: butter, lard from grass-fed and finished animals, coconut and olive oils are wonderful fats.
Tiptoe around statin drugs and indulge in good fats!”

  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 us abreast of the times.  During the broadcast get a surprise discount on your breakfast.  Just ask!  He’s at Joe’s on Sept. 1st.

♦  One of our favorite charities is Wild Earth Guardians.  Celebrate with them!

Fourteenth Annual Guardians GalaFriday, October 6, 2017 6:30-9:30 pm Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute.  For more information, call or email Caitlin at 505-819-1060 or cmuret@wildearthguardians.org.

♦  Three new artists are featured at Joe’s: Gail Larcom, Jay Fries and Jason Phillips.  All works are for sale.  As well, they have greeting cards for sale at the red counter.  BTW Many of you have asked who does our beautiful indoor flower arrangements.  Mary Olivea!

♦  Sunday morning – go ahead sleep in.  Saturday night, pick up a New York Joe’s at Home – delicate house-smoked salmon, whipped cream cheese with capers, sliced red onion and thick chewy Wolf’s bagels – all packaged and ready for your lazy Sunday morning breakfast for two – $24. You go get the champagne.


 ❤  Joe’s fresh dark French chocolate truffles are a perfect gift for any and all of your loved ones.  Mocha or hazelnut?  Ask your waiter.


  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.


 Wondering what Sheila’s wellness studio is all about? Pick up a brochure at the door. Wonderful stories are walking out of there every day!  www.DancingBones.us

  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
  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. 

u  Giggles:  And God promised men that good obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world.  Then He made the earth round…and laughed and laughed and laughed.

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