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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wisconsin Athletes Take Action To Support Rights

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Bronson Koenig
In recent weeks, two athletes of Wisconsin teams, one pro one college, have taken very different actions to show support for the rights of their people. Both of these stories are now 'old' as it concerns news cycles, a few weeks having passed, but they both remain relevant to the state of the nation. Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix decided to pursue a degree in Criminal Science to try to resolve the issues between police and the black community and Badgers basketball player Bronson Koenig went to North Dakota to join in on Native American protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Great Play: Aaron Rodgers Surprises Kidney Donor On Ellen

We are almost inured at this point, to professional athletes doing crazy, inappropriate, even illegal things, so its always great to see them being leaders off as well as on-field. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has shown to be one of the 'good guys' with things like his It's Aaron program. This week he showed once again that he is a leader off the field, making a surprise appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' TV show on Monday to thank someone else doing an amazing thing.

In a pre-taped video message, Rodgers surprised a teacher from Madison, Wis., who is donating a kidney to her 4-year-old student. Beth Battista is scheduled to donate a kidney to Lyla Carreyn in February.

You can watch the segment below.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Heview: Colectivo Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

That may look like a dark beer, but it's not,
it's nitrogenated coffee
In recent weeks Colectivo Coffee Roasters has introduced a new beverage poured at their beer bars: Nitro Cold Brew Coffee.Wait what? Are you confused? I was at first and had to ask. What is this? Is it a new coffee beer (they already have a coffee stout)? Is it a coffee? Well, first, though it is served from a tapper alongside their beers (at locations that have them) it is not beer. It is coffee. Just coffee. OK, not just coffee. No, really it is.

The name actually says exactly what it is: nitrogen infused cold brewed coffee. That is all. It is essentially carbonated (nee nitrogenated) coffee. But the end result is very unique ending up looking and drinking like a light stout except without the alcohol. And that's a good thing, a very good thing. You can read Colectivo's release information here, but I'll continue with my own description and review.