Until recently, I had very little reason to ever think about gluten—or the fact that there are many people who cannot eat it. But this all came to my attention when I asked a friend what sort of baked good she would like for her upcoming birthday, and her only request was that it be gluten-free.
A quick guide to finding one of Santa Cruz’s best trails
The best time to explore the trails on the UC Santa Cruz campus is during December, when the students are on their winter break, or during the summer, when they are gone for three months. This summer I have decided to take advantage of the peace that exists in the forests surrounding the campus, which can prove an elusive endeavor when surrounded by so many students.
After finally coming to terms with it, I have recognized my lactose intolerance. I was first in denial since I love milk and cheese. I could go on eating all the cheese and drinking all the milk I wanted. That all had to end, though. This summer I had to let go of milk. I had to call it and tell it that it was over, that it wasn't him, but that it was me. I learned from Wikipedia that 55 percent of Mexican-American males are lactose intolerant. I also learned lactose intolerance is part of adulthood, your body just stops breaking down lactose. Not until the 1950s did scientists actually start studying the causes.
I had to suddenly learn how to live without milk, which surprisingly wasn't very hard. My parents drink Lactaid, a type of milk that does not contain lactose. It 's technically milk, it tastes like milk, it sounds like milk. It's also grabbed my curiosity for other types of milk. I've heard almond milk and chocolate soy milk are delicious. Turns out it isn't that hard to be lactose intolerant when a majority of people in the world are too.
I was reading an article online about mushrooms and did you know that they are a great source of fiber, Vitamin D, protein, Vitamin B, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium and zinc? The fiber helps lower cholesterol while Vitamin D helps with the absorption of Calcium. Mushrooms are 20-30 percent protein and 70-90 percent water, meaning you get the protein from meat with the calories of vegetables. Also the Vitamin B they hold are only found in meats, which makes it great for vegetarians. The article just went on and on about how nutritious they were.
The labyrinth, thousands of years old, is a one-pathway puzzle. It has been used in the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe for ceremonial purposes, including spiritual and rites of passage rituals. It is a primal, pagan pattern and represents our journey to own center and back again into the world.
Right here in beautiful Santa Cruz at Seabright Beach on March 20, you will find Dean Pollard digging his quarterly labyrinth, celebrating the spring equinox. It takes him between 9 and 12 hours, with a little help.
PdeG: What is the meaning of a labyrinth?
PD: Birth, re-birth, transitions, healing, beauty, passage of time, spiritual growth, enlightenment, connection to source, rebirth, resurrection, emergence, evolution, progress, spiritual path, initiation.