“(Girl) Before I lost 20kg on my diet, if I asked kids at school to please move they would just swear at me and pass by. After I lost weight the kids I passed at school would kindly move out of the way.”
“What do you think was their reason for discriminating against you?”
“(Girl) I think they were just bad kids. No matter where you go there are kids like them. However after I lost 20kg and went back to school, the kids were nicer. In the past, if they would say something like, ‘you’re here?’ they’re now like, ‘you’re here?! Dayeong?? come here come here’.”
“(Boy) People who judge others based on looks are like those that think if a rice cake looks good it must also taste good. However, some people eat fermented stingray even though the smell is so strong because they know it tastes good. There are those that only pay attention to the surface, but others recognize what’s truly attractive. That’s the difference I think.”

“(여자) 제가 다이어트로 20kg을 빼기 전엔 애들이 길 좀 비켜달라고 해도 어떤 애들은 막 욕하면서 지나갔는데 살 빼고 나서는 애들이 잘 비켜주더라구요.” 
“차별하는 이유가 뭘 것 같아요?” 
“(여자) 그냥 나쁜 애들이 있는 것 같아요. 어디를 가도 그런 애들은 있더라구요. 근데 20kg를 빼고 다시 갔더니 애들이 다 상냥해졌더라구요. 예전엔 ‘왔어?’ 이랬다면 나중에는 ‘왔어?! 다영아?? 이리와 이리와’ 이렇게요.”
“(남자) 외모 지상주의는 마치 보기 좋은 떡이 맛도 좋다는 생각과 같은 건데, 어떤 사람들은 홍어가 냄새가 심하더라도 그 진짜 맛을 알고 먹잖아요. 누군가는 겉을 많이 보지만 어떤 사람들은 다른 진짜 매력을 알아봐요. 그 차이인 것 같아요.”

There may not be a perfect gluten-free tortilla, but whether you care about gluten-free or not, using blanched collard leaves in place of tortillas (or bread) is a fun and super healthy thing to do. The nutrient density of collard ( a relative of kale and broccoli) leaves versus tortillas, bread, burger buns, hot dog buns and the like doesn’t even compare.

"Blanch:  a cooking technique in which food is briefly immersed in boiling water or fat.”

Try blanching a couple of bunches in advance and store them in your fridge so that you don’t have to think about it, you can just grab and wrap!

What you’ll need

1 or more bunches of collard greens. The bigger the leaves the better.

2 dozen ice cubes.

Directions

Place two dozen ice cubes in a large bowl and fill the bowl with water. Set aside for now.

Use a pan big enough to bring 5 cups of water to a simmer.

Cut the stem off from each of the leaves at the base of the collard.

Use a small knife to trim the spine of the collard down the middle of the leaf. Cut it so that the spine is flat with the rest of the collard.

Place the leaves one at a time in the simmering water for 30 seconds (you can simmer them for slightly more or less time. The longer it simmers, the softer it will become. Just make sure you don’t over-simmer them, because we want them strong enough to hold up.)

With a pair of tongs, place each of the leaves into the ice bath and submerge for at least 10 seconds.

Take the leaf out and pat dry with a kitchen towel.

Repeat until the whole bunch has been blanched and dried.

Voila!

Keep in the fridge for up to three days.

When you go to wrap whatever it is you want the collard leaves to be a vessel for, just lay out one or two leaves, place the ingredients on top and roll it up like a tortilla, or fold it for a sandwich.

Girls who frequently consume sugary drinks tend to start their menstrual periods earlier than girls who do not, according to new research from ESHRE. The study of 5583 girls aged 9-14 years showed that those who drank more than 1.5 servings of sugary drinks a day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who consumed two or fewer sugary drinks a week. 

Image: Coca Cola, by Beverley Goodwin. CC-BY-2.0 via Flickr.

Up in the gym just working on my fitness…

First time doing bells in 18 months!! They are baby bells - on 12kgs for singles and 14kgs for doubles - but I swung (swang??) those bells 300 times in 18 minutes! Not bad for my first time back!

Finished with a quick mile run for a cool down.

I am going to be so sore tomorrow. Awesome.