Saturday, December 3, 2016

Be A Force For Change With Target Star Wars Ts

If you haven't heard, there's a new Star Wars movie coming out in two weeks. It's also the holiday season of gift giving. The confluence of these two events obviously lends itself to many sales of Star Wars merchandise, and many different businesses will make lots of money off of it.

I love me some some Star Wars, but with my Social Responsibility philosophy I prefer to give and get gifts that some how promote personal or communal wellness, so I was very excited to see Target has come out with merchandise that fulfill both those passions with the Star Wars Force4Fashion line of Ts. This line of special Rogue One inspired designs is made to support UNICEF. For each specially marked men’s and women’s Force 4 Fashion Rogue One t-shirt purchased through Target’s retail operations from November 27 – December 31, 2016, Target will donate $5 USD to U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support the UNICEF Kid Power program; maximum donation: $1 million USD

What it is even greater is the price point of these Ts. I expected to click on the link and see them to be at least $20, if not more, but they are each priced at $12.99. That makes them accessible to many people, and also makes the $5 donation more admirable: $5 from $13 is a lot more generous than from $20 or $25 as these easily could have been as special edition charitable items.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

GF: Roasted Cauliflower Cheeseburger Casserole

Roasted Cauliflower Cheeseburger Casserole
One of the hardest things for people going gluten-free, or fully grain free, is replacing things they loved - usually comfort or fast food options like a burger. To me the easiest way is just to skip the bun altogether - you may just be amazed how much you enjoy it more without the bun, really just for convenience of eating, drowning out the other flavors of the meat and condiments. But another way is to deconstruct it and make it into a different dish with similar ingredients.

Today I got out ground beef and was thinking what to do with it. Yesterday my wife and I had tastes for hamburgers but opted for something else. I didn't want to cook up burger patties and was looking for side options. When I picked out cauliflower, I thought - why not make some casserole? Initially thinking using the cauliflower as a rice substitute, I decided to try to just use the full florets in a dish. My mind went back to burgers. I know I have seen hamburger type casseroles (such as that Helper in the store) so I searched for 'cauliflower ground beef' recipes and found a few to work with.

I combined and edited some recipes and here is my version.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

MOVEmber Adds New Way To Participate

This post could, should, have come a few weeks ago - before the month started so everyone could get involved. Alas, I did not, but there's still time to get involved, and even to carry it on, my wayward son. It is the middle of November, and that means we are also in the middle of Movember - the by now well known men's health movement that has focused on first prostate cancer, added mental health, and now with a different way to look at the word, physical health in general.

While it usually is looked at as Mo-vember, mo as in moustache where men grow facial hair for awareness, this year they realized it can also be Move-mber. In this case the 'Move Challenge' stresses increasing physical activity for the month to increase men's overall physical and with it mental health. Instead of (or in addition to) growing a moustache you can do and track exercise for the month.

Monday, October 24, 2016

GF: Can We Ditch The Gluten Free Stigma?

This is typical of an anti-gluten-free meme that is almost
more popular than the diet itself
Two of my goals here at GMM are to increase awareness and sensitivity to others so that we can all live together better and also to increase awareness of ourselves - our physical, mental, and spiritual health - since we need to care for ourselves before we can properly care for others. To me they go hand-in-hand, they are essentially two sides of the same coin, as so often happens, the other shoe drops and we can unknowingly end up personally, or through a family member or friend, connected to an issue.

In recent years my family has gone to a mostly grain-free diet, and as time passes I meet more and more people who have been recommended to do so as well, so I am going to start using this space, under the tag of GF for not just gluten- but also grain-free, to post my experiences and recipes with this type of diet. If you find yourself on this track, I hope it will be a place where you can find resources to help you stay on it. But first a few words about the stigma and satire of the gluten-free craze, fad, or whatever else you might consider it.

Before I get more into it, please understand this: trying to go grain-free can come from various avenues from gluten-free to another food allergy, or something like a paleo-diet. Yes, a gluten-free diet can come from more than just being a true Celiac with a gluten allergy, and yes, in many cases it can be flexible, not a dire health issue but a recommendation to follow as much as possible so people can fall off the wagon and it not be a cause for alarm or ridicule by others, only that person knows the effects they will deal with if they do. So it's really not nice or fair to have and voice an opinion on their commitment to said choice (unless maybe they asked you to help them stick to it.)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

#ItsOnUs To Stand Up To Sexual Assault & Harassment

Though I usually try to keep things upbeat here and celebrate men doing good, and I also stay away from political and religious issues, there are times when I need to draw attention to an issue and try to inspire men to help fix it. Now is one of those times. There are many upsetting things right now: the state of the Packers, the impending end of motorcycling season - not to mention real issues like racial relations, the fate of Syrian refugees, and gun ownership. But there is one issue that is looming above all the others for me right now: sexual harassment and assault.

It seems like we can't go more than a week without a new story about sexual assault, sometimes multiple reports per week, involving college students, professional athletes, fathers, police, and yes even a presidential candidate. Its ironic, in the worst sense of the word, that while our current president created an initiative to bring attention to the issue, a man who wants to be president is the very subject matter of the initiative. President Obama created the It's On Us initiative initially to address college campus sexual assault, but it's unfortunately needed beyond the confines of campuses and into all areas of American society, all the way up to someone within steps of the highest position in America, let alone the world. It's On Us asks everyone -- men and women across America -- to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault, and I am asking all you men out there to show how great you can be by getting involved in the conversation and become an activist for the issue.