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posted on May 21st, 2011

How many of us ever feel light and energized after eating a… pizza?

Last week after I attended the Do Good Stuff-a-thon out in Westlake Village, CA, I googled for local "organic restaurants" and ended up at a place that makes the YUMMIEST pizzas. I ordered a personal-size gluten-free pizza with chicken, tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and olives. But I didn’t feel “heavy” after eating their pizza. Not at all! In fact, I felt so light and springy that I’d have thought I’d just finished yoga or something.

I was so impressed with this place, unceremoniously named “Pizza Salad,” that I am still thinking about it. Makes me wish I lived in Ventura county. For any of you lucky enough to be nearby, this is a MUST visit. I’ll certainly be there again when I’m in the area!

Not only does “Pizza Salad” have gluten-free crusts available, every single ingredient is organic and traceable to its originating farm (small, family-owned organic farms!). Plus, there are NO nitrates in their meats. They actually buy fresh, raw chicken and cook it for their chicken toppings - very unusual these days where even the most expensive restaurants buy pre-processed chicken shaped into “chunks” at some factory for things like salads and pizza toppings - along with all the chemical junk that comes along with processed meat! (Check out this picture of processed chicken meat, and click here for a scary article on processed red meat…) You won't find any of that garbage at Pizza Salad. The owners are so dedicated to health and the environment that even their disposable forks are plant-based and not plastic, and their uniforms are made from organic cotton.

Organic Pizza
Totally organic pizza

This family-friendly restaurant’s atmosphere isn’t much above a Subway, with simple tables and chairs and a cork-board of drawings done by some of their youngest customers. But as we were sitting there, eating our pizzas and watching my 8-month-old baby play with a balloon they gave him, I thought: Wow, I’d take great, truly healthy food and a simple atmosphere over dressed-up chemical-laden dining any day of the week, without a second’s hesitation. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t trust even the nicest restaurants to be giving me “clean” food anymore.

I trust this place. I love this place. They’re doing it right.

In a world where “Food, Inc” is just the tip of the iceberg, it’s so heartwarming and confidence-inspiring to encounter a company who is doing right by their customers.

And no, they aren’t paying me to say this. YUM!


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posted by Sumant on November 17th, 2011

Probably you could share the recipe (or a probable recipe, probability of correctness being (you decide) :-) ).... I am a fan of your work.... will make it sure, that my kids at least have access to your works (books, wonder years etc.). With your work into geometry now - I am guessing- its a matter of just a couple years that we get to see you venturing into calculus n matrices n stuffs (coz, thats where my work comes in n i, sorely, need a simple explanation medium).

posted by shanson on January 12th, 2012

I admire your work toward making math interesting for kids. PIzza sounds fabulous too. As a parent and professor I'm very interested in kids, education, and food. Have noticed you're into food as well as math. Have you read \Tomorrow's Table\" by Pam Ronald and Raoul Adamchack? If not I'd love to provide you a copy and to hear your take on it."

posted by Danthemanholt on August 30th, 2014

What was the pizza crust made out of since it was gluten free? Cheese is an easier form of dairy to consume. I have no problems with gluten or dairy myself. I've heard of tapioca starch for pizza crusts but I've also heard people have problems with it, if so if they take it in for a few weeks their body might get used to it. I have a high concentration of European blue eyes so my body can handle anything, so it handles gluten and dairy better, but my energy gets lower if I have lots of soft drinks and highly processed foods on a regular basis. If you're going for gluten free is it giving you stomach issues, I don't know if I read of you having digestive issues or anything. I thought that having problems with gluten and dairy had more to do with not getting in enough good quality dietary cholesterol, probiotics, sodium, digestive enzymes, and minerals. There may have been a few other things, not sure. Even the 50 billion per a capsule probiotic supplements aren't enough, as it would take 33 years to load up on probiotics. It used to be that people at a lot more raw and fermented foods all throughout their lives to keep up their probiotic stores, which needs to store as 600 trillion probiotics. There are ways to store in that amount. You have your own way, but it was just fun to bring it up. That's why people that undereat can have digestive issues is because of not enough good quality dietary cholesterol, probiotics, sodium, and minerals. When the person turns over 40 years old they get more issues with digestion, especially with the digestive enzymes, if they don't keep up with these. I've heard cold packed honey has a lot of enzymes in it as long as you don't heat it or let it sit out of the container, but I don't know if they're the same type. I can have lots of stripped gluten sources without any problems, like white wheat sources in pizza, etc. I don't know if those give you problems. Or it might be for your philosophy to have the whole source, as apart to the stripped source which I can understand. A person can have all of the nutrients from other sources and still have the stripped sources too, but that takes a lot more explaining to do, so your approach would work well for you. If it's not for digestive problems then I think you're doing it for the philosophy I mentioned that goes apart of your yoga and health practice. Other people that have issues are those that have gastric bypass surgery, and I think that it's a very bad idea to have gastric bypass surgery. The person has a high chance of dying getting it during or after, and I like intermittent fasting I feel is the healthiest route, but it depends on the person, and it's much harder to follow intermittent fasting with gastric bypass surgery. I wonder to what level supplemental digestive enzymes intake would be, or if it's at all necessary for most people, there may be other methods instead which I've thought about.

posted by Danthemanholt on August 30th, 2014

That or getting in enough protein too, as some of the amino acids can help with digestion. Some people run into problems because they don't have enough protein, and run low on glutamine stores. Glutamine stores a lot in the stomach to feed your belly. There's other amino acids that greatly help with digestion. If you eat enough protein on a regular basis you can get all of those amino acids. I've heard people might have a taurine deficiency but that's mostly for vegetarians and athletic people, where 1g of taurine is good. The closest thing to your philosophy would be Now's taurine because it's all natural. Your body can't produce taurine unless you get raw food sources that are very high in non-denatured cystine. When cystine is heated, such as pasteurized milk or heated foods, it doesn't produce nearly the level of taurine it otherwise would.

posted by Danthemanholt on August 30th, 2014

*1g of taurine a day.

posted by Danthemanholt on August 30th, 2014

Some people are having digestive issues because too much mercury stored in their stomachs through different environmental exposures and vaccines, but that's happening with a lot more people born after the 1990s. That's why you're hearing a lot more of avoid gluten now in days, plus people that gets lots of vaccines, antiobiotics, and other treatments that zap the stomach. Then the stomach needs to be refilled. Children with vegan and vegetarian parents have lots of issues because their physiology didn't develop fully with lack of certain animal based nutrients, and vegans and vegetarians who get into the habit develop many of these problems. Vegans and vegetarians usually take in low calorie, which causes a lot more problems. Fasting on a temporary basis is good during days of low duration months, but not all the time and only on occasion. Intermittent fasting is a good choice because it usually involves a calorie surplus, but non-intermittent fasting can also involve a calorie surplus. There's ways to detox mercury, and foods and supplements that detox mercury. People have had those mercury problems for half a century or so, but now it's getting much worse. People in Yoga and the holistic healing fields run into a lot of the digestive problems I mentioned.

posted by Danthemanholt on August 30th, 2014

Low calorie too often can also cause stomach issues, I forgot to mention that. It can all be easily cleaned up quickly and efficiently though.

posted by Danthemanholt on August 30th, 2014

It can also be a high level of inflammation from refined vegetable oils, too much omega 6, and free radicals in the body. That's generally for most people, so with your better habits I don't think you're having any problems or causes like this but that's a checklist to get into the stomach digestion. With free radicals even if the person is very healthy in an active lifestyle there's just too many free radicals accumulated, where protandim daily for years would make a big difference. It's an interesting theory that if by cleaning up the free radicals that would greatly aid in digestion. If the body's immune system is weakened, then the stomach might not have as much energy because there's too much of the body's energy (in digestive enzymes, hormones, and other immune properties) used to fight free radicals and inflammation. The high omega 6s and rancid high omega 6 vegetable oils cause a lot of the inflammation by damaging the heart and the arteries. Protandim cleans that all up by cleaning up the damaged arteries and the free radical damage. Some omega 6s are good, but too many are bad. Even if it's organic you have to look out for how it's processed, otherwise vegetable oils can have too high of hydrogenated fats and transfats. Soy isoflavones are also in the milligrams range daily and it can lower the hormones, which could possibly lead to digestive issues for the same reasons. With flaxseed oil and related sources I think that the phytoestrogens in them can cause the same problems, so it's best to stay away from them and find replacements for the other nutrients you want. Even fermented soy has too much soy isoflavones which it's just the same, and in China they don't have nearly as much soy as what you think. Ironically Americans have the most soy in the world, while China has over 4 times the population of the USA, and Americans' dogs and cats are also getting those problems with their soy rich animal food intake. It's ironic in the healthy lifestyle how just as many problems can happen. Vitamin K2 MK7 supplements derived from natto are still good, but natto in higher quantities by itself can cause problems with it's soy isoflavones. Soy lecithin is ok in smaller amounts, but in higher amounts you can get too many soy isoflavones. Sunflower lecithin may be better, as some supplements have lecithin in them. I've read it's really bad to get in 8mg of soy isoflavones a day or over, and wouldn't want to go near that amount. If there's places the person likes to eat on occasion that has a high amount of soy isoflavones I'd say that's ok, because if they stay away from it completely they may give up and have it all of the time.

posted by Danthemanholt on August 30th, 2014

Electro-magnetic radiation from having a laptop on the lap or belly causes a lot of oxidative stress and lowering of the hormones. Having a cell phone in the pocket or on the lap can cause the same problems too. There's hormonal glands in the head, so I can't say for bluetooths (which I've heard emit as much as the cell phone itself, you'd really have to look for the right device I've heard a lot are bogus), and because of this I don't know if cell phones to the head cause any problems. Lowering of the hormones and oxidative stress I think can lead to digestive issues, and keeping a laptop on the belly can cause those problems too. Because I have a lot of European blue eye genetics I don't have nearly the level of problems with this stuff, but I avoid a lot of it anyway as even with European blue eye genetics it still causes a lot of other problems over time such as aging, lowering of hormones, etc. and with the percentage of bad stuff I've cut out it's much better for my health than the vast percentage of people, even those that are highly active and/or follow the most healthy eating lifestyles. The Four Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss has a lot of interesting research on this type of stuff. I remember sending his assistant Amy many details, and I think he might have used some of it for the ideas in his book but not sure, I had been talking to and reading from a lot of the professionals that helped him write the book that I also shared a lot of information with for a decade now with those professionals. Much of what was in the book was completely new to me when it was released.

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The first successful usage in a production vehicle began in Japan by the mid-1990s. Dr. Shohei Itoh and Masahiko Miyaki of the Denso Corporation, a Japanese automotive parts manufacturer, developed the Common Rail fuel system for heavy duty vehicles and turned it into practical use on their ECD-U2 common-rail system mounted on the Hino Rising Ranger truck and sold for general use in 1995.[3] Denso claims the first commercial high pressure common rail system in 1995.[4]
Modern common rail systems, whilst working on the same principle sensor are governed by an engine control unit (ECU) which opens each injector electronically rather than mechanically. This was extensively prototyped in the 1990s with collaboration between Magneti Marelli,Centro Ricerche Fiat and Elasis. After research and development by the Fiat Group, the design was acquired by the German companyRobert Bosch GmbH for completion of development and refinement for mass-production Common Rail Nozzle . In hindsight, the sale appeared to be a tactical error for Fiat, as the new technology proved to be highly profitable. The Common Rail Injector Valve had little choice but to sell, however, as it was in a poor financial state at the time and lacked the resources to complete development on its own.[5] In 1997 they extended its use for passenger cars Common Rail Injector . The first passenger car that used the common rail system was the 1997 model Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD,[6] and later on that same year Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI.Common Rail Shim & Gasket kit have been used in marine and locomotive applications for some time. The Cooper-Bessemer GN-8 (circa 1942) is an example of a hydraulically operated common rail diesel engine, also known as a modified common rail.

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