David Goggins
Former Navy Seal
Career Development
Bryan Cranston
Critical Thinking
Liv Boeree
International Poker Champion
Emotional Intelligence
Amaryllis Fox
Former CIA Clandestine Operative
Chris Hadfield
Retired Canadian Astronaut & Author
from the world's big
Start Learning

Ideal Meals and Guilty Pleasures

Question: What is your ideal \r\nmeal?


Nina Planck: \r\nWell\r\nmy real food luxury would be a raw milk butler.  He\r\n would just bring raw dairy products including fresh raw\r\nmilk to our house.  Once a day\r\nwould be fine, every other day I could live with. But we go to some \r\ntime,\r\ntrouble and expense to get fresh raw milk in our household.  And then a real food meal: I just love\r\nroast chicken and when I came off the vegetarian wagon I really, really \r\nenjoyed\r\nwhat they call in England the parson’s nose.  It’s\r\n the chicken tail and it is just this fatty little\r\nthing.  It’s delicious.  So I\r\n love a fresh green salad with high\r\nquality greens that have been raised in real rich soil and have real\r\nflavor.  We love good olive\r\noil.  I’m happy to spend money on\r\nit.  Gosh, I love good blue cheese. \r\n I love homemade ice cream and I love to\r\nmake pannacotta with raw cream, which I haven’t done for ages.  You can actually just use the little\r\nbit of gelatin and it’s a whole raw pannacotta.  I\r\n call it pannacrutta. \r\nThat recipe is on my Web site somewhere and I love a glass of \r\nwine and I\r\nlove chocolate. So those are a few things.


Question: What foods are your\r\n guilty\r\npleasures?


Nina Planck: \r\nMy\r\nguilty pleasure is to eat a big salad with nuts and cheese and meat day \r\nafter\r\nday after day, and not to make chicken broth and not to find some good \r\nroast\r\nbeef, so my guilty pleasure is sort of what I call "girl food" or \r\n"single girl\r\nfood."  But there is a man at home and there are children at home and so\r\n I can’t\r\njust feed them salads with blue cheese and walnuts day after day.  My industrial food guilty pleasure is\r\ndefinitely white sugar.  We have\r\nnot eliminated white sugar from our household or our diet, but I always \r\nprefer\r\nwhole, unadulterated sugar, so whole unrefined cane sugar or maple syrup\r\n or\r\nhoney are definitely my sweeteners of choice, but the dark chocolate we \r\neat – and\r\nby dark I mean 70% or higher – always contains a little bit of sugar, \r\npreferably\r\norganic, so I have not eliminated sugar from my diet and there are \r\ndishes that\r\nare just not improved by maple syrup. \r\nYou know if you want a lemon meringue pie it just doesn’t taste \r\nright\r\nsweetened with anything other than sugar and I love a little dessert.  I used to indulge in nonfat frozen\r\nyogurt and also in the sort of imitation crab you get at salad bars, but\r\n I now\r\nrealize that those are lowest form of reconstituted fishmeal and the \r\nlowest\r\nform of dairy, if in fact there is any dairy in it, so I just don’t even\r\n bother\r\nnow and I don’t even miss those guilty pleasures


Question: Is it hard for you \r\nto find\r\n"real food" in restaurants?

\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNina Planck: \r\nI\r\nmake some exceptions for eating out, although I don’t really write them \r\ndown on\r\na note card, but while I would never ever buy farmed salmon and we have\r\nbeautiful wild Alaskan salmon in the freezer, in the cupboard all the \r\ntime I do\r\nsometimes find myself eating farmed salmon at weddings or on airplanes, \r\nthat\r\nsort of thing.  One of my pleasures\r\nof the moment after our three young children are in bed is to walk down \r\nthe\r\nstreet and for 20 minutes have a dozen oysters and one glass of \r\nsparkling wine\r\nat the local joint.  Oysters, by the\r\nway, are great food for men and women who would like to be mothers and \r\nfathers.

The author admits she bends her own rules to eat out sometimes, and hasn't eliminated white sugar from her household. But for the most part, the foods she craves most are "real."

Live on Tuesday | Personal finance in the COVID-19 era

Sallie Krawcheck and Bob Kulhan will be talking money, jobs, and how the pandemic will disproportionally affect women's finances.

Bubonic plague case reported in China

Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.

(Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Getty Images)
  • The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
  • Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
  • Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Keep reading Show less

Education vs. learning: How semantics can trigger a mind shift

The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.

Future of Learning
  • The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
  • Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
  • Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
Keep reading Show less

How DNA revealed the woolly mammoth's fate – and what it teaches us today

Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Surprising Science

Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.

Keep reading Show less

Why is everyone so selfish? Science explains

The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.

Credit: Adobe Stock, Olivier Le Moal.
Personal Growth
  • Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
  • New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
  • Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.
Keep reading Show less