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A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

What’s up with my blogging

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A reader wrote inquiring about the change in pattern of my blogging (less frequent) and about the spareribs recipe I posted (do I still follow a whole-food plant-based diet?). I thought others might be wondering about that, so here’s what’s up with me on those accounts.

Blogging and its interruptions

My decision to acquire fluency in Esperanto has required a fair amount of time — here’s my current regimen. That post includes some detail on the reasons for the regimen.

The time spent in study means fewer blog posts. However, I now have the bit in my teeth and am determined to achieve fluency.

Whole-food plant-based diet

I still follow this diet, but my family and (I suspect) many of my readers do not, though certainly my family and I hope my readers do emphasize the consumption of fresh vegetables (including leafy greens), dried beans, intact whole grains, fresh fruit, berries, and nuts and seeds, and minimize the consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs — and try to avoid refined and “product” foods.

Still, I like food, and when I see a recipe like the St.-Louis-style spareribs (riparaĵo laŭ la stilo “St. Louis”), a recipe that is interesting, sounds tasty, and is easy, I post it for my meat-eating readers. Indeed, I might eat a rib or two on a special occasion, but certainly I continue now to follow a diet that is almost exclusively whole-food and plant-based. If I don’t, my blood glucose goes up (since I no longer take any medication for that — or for high blood pressure, since I also have cut out added salt).

I do think it’s a good idea to cut out refined food (e.g., refined sugar and foods that contain it, ultra-processed foods, fruit juice) and move toward whole foods, and to minimize one’s consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs, for the reasons explained in Dr. Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die and his more recent book How Not to Diet. But I figure you can read those and decide for yourself based on the research findings he points out.


Written by LeisureGuy

29 June 2020 at 10:25 am

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  1. Era mas facil .. tenias que aprender español.. hay mas hispano parlantes que los que hablan esperanto .. y al fin y al cabo vives en la antigua NUEVA ESPAÑA que llegaba del sur de Alaska , en diagonal hasta Florida y hacia abajo seguia por todo el continente hasta llegar a Tierra de Fuego ..


    29 June 2020 at 12:19 pm

  2. I certainly agree that there are more speakers of Spanish (in all its various dialects) than of Esperanto. And, of course, there are more speakers of some other languages than Spanish:

    The world’s most spoken language by total speakers

    English (1.121 billion)
    Mandarin Chinese (1.107 billion)
    Hindi/Urdu (697.4 million)
    Spanish (512.9 million)
    Arabic (422 million)
    French (284.9 million)
    Malay (281 million)

    Still, as I indicated, Esperanto has some significant advantages if your goal is simply bilingualism. Le me offer just one advantage that it has over (say) Spanish: no irregular verbs.


    29 June 2020 at 12:24 pm

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