Kamilah Guiden's blog

When Logical Fallacies Strike on Social Media

Managing our social media accounts, I engage with many of our followers in discussions about nutrition and agriculture. While most of the time we are in agreement, sometimes we aren’t. That’s perfectly OK, and oftentimes I am able to engage with them and have a very productive conversation.

But then there are the few times when any sort of discussion isn’t possible. These people often use logical fallacies, or an error in reasoning that renders an argument invalid, to support their claims.

Weekend Chew: How To Make Homemade Jerky

What’s not to love about jerky? It is a portable snack that is full of protein and goes great with some veggies or nuts. I used to think getting some jerky required a trip to the store, but to my surprise, it’s actually really easy to make. You just need an oven and a broiler pan.

The best thing about homemade jerky is that you can customize it any way you want. There are many different spices and seasonings to make savory, sweet, or spicy jerky.


Summer's Fruits and Vegetables

If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s the constant source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Growing up, my mother would take my brother and me to a local farm, where we would pick as many fruits as we could. I would stand in the fields picking and eating sweet strawberries, tart raspberries, and juicy peaches.

Chia Seeds for Health: The Tiny Superfood?

I have a riddle: What’s only 1 mm in length, created a cult indoor garden classic, and can be added to a variety of foods and drinks for a nutritional lift? If you guessed chi-chi-chi-chia seeds, then you guessed right!

There's More Than One Way To Be Healthy

This past weekend, I had a girl’s night with some of my friends. We hadn’t seen each other in a while, and what better way to catch up than over dinner and drinks … of course, I had to pick the place, which sounds easy, but was actually really hard. See, while my friend and I have virtually no food limitations, our other friend doesn’t eat red meat or gluten. This excluded more than a few places, which meant I actually had to research restaurants that fit her qualifications.  

Does Matcha Match Up to Other Tea?

At the time of this blog post, there are approximately 30 different teas in my kitchen. Green, black, Earl Grey, hibiscus, white, rooibos, orange and mango, Thai, blackberry, and many more. But despite the plethora of teas, I am in the market for some new tea, namely matcha, particularly to make a vanilla matcha smoothie. So what exactly makes matcha so special that I have to add it to my already exorbitant collection of teas?

Make It a Meal: Vegetarian Salad Toppers

I can’t express how much I love salad. It is perfect for every meal (well, maybe not breakfast), but many relegate the magnificent salad to a side dish. To make a salad a meal, all you need are carbohydrates (such as whole grain croutons), healthy fats (any nut or seed oil-based dressing has you covered), and protein, (such as chicken, fish, or lean red meat). But wait, what if you don’t eat meat? Does that mean a salad has to stay as a side dish? Nope, you still have tons of non-meat, protein-rich salad-topper options.

World IBD Day: Nutrition & IBD

May 19 is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day. A chronic and lifelong illness, IBD includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and it affects 1.6 million Americans, including myself. Nutrition plays an important role for those with IBD; there is no single food that should be avoided or consumed. Likewise, because different foods and diets affect people differently, it is important to find an individualized diet that works best for each person.

Relationship Advice: Wash Your Hands

I don’t know what it is about me and my dates, but I’ve noticed a pattern of poor hygiene and food safety practices. One time I found out my date didn’t wash his hands after using the bathroom; his logic was that if he didn’t touch anything, it wasn’t necessary.

Spring Clean Your Kitchen for Healthy Eating

Spring is finally here. That means it is time to give the house a deep cleaning.  Of course, this includes my kitchen.  From throwing away expired food, cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer, and even labeling spices, my kitchen is now clean and organized. This helps me stick to healthy eating habits. Let’s explore some simple ways to keep any kitchen, big or small, fancy or simple, in tip-top shape. They may even save you a couple bucks too.