Known by fans as the fifth taste, by the packaged food industry as the holy grail of food flavouring and by an entire generation as the evil behind ‘Chinese restaurant syndrome,’ MSG is definitely a troublesome little blighter.
What are the real facts behind the most researched and widely debated food additive in the world?
Hearing about the worrying long-term effects linked to MSG as well as some pretty unpleasant short-term symptoms, including nausea, fatigue and headache, is enough to make you check and recheck the ingredients of every item in your shopping basket.
I’m at home right now, having just come back from a couple of day’s worth of filming at Jason Vale’s Juice Factory.
What have I been up to?
Survey results: you spoke loud and clear.
So a little while ago, I sent out a survey to my email list saying that I was going to be making this ‘free thing’, asking exactly what it is that you want me to make for you.
I had a huge response of over 3,000 people fill out that survey, telling me exactly what’s wanted and needed.
It took me hours to look through all those responses, and I wanted to make sure I got it right, so I wrote this blog post to check in with you.
To my amazement, I then had over 900 comments on that post to tell me that, “yes” this is exactly the free thing you want me to create for you.
By the way, feel free to keep on commenting on that blog post so I can continue to hone and improve this thing I’m putting together.
I first of all want to say a huge thank you for all the time you spent on the responses. They were thoughtful, insightful, thorough and really made me think.
One of the things I realised is that you’re really lacking in ideas for foods that you can make easily and quickly, that are packed with nutrition and flavour, and that don’t take lots of equipment.
Well, I’m excited to say that I am making these free videos and recipes for you.
We’ve started it and that’s what I’ve been filming. Jason was kind enough to let me use his beautiful kitchen space you can see in this picture, so we can make this an extra beautiful thing. Dan, who edits my videos, is busily putting together the videos, and I’m having the recipes and photos put into full colour PDFs for you, so it’s a nice little package that you can download.
How do you get it?
All you have to do is make sure you signed up to my email list here, and then just keep a lookout for the download instructions in a few weeks, when it’s all ready!
Below is a reposting of an email that was originally sent to my subscribers on 29th June 2012.
I forgot about it until now, 29th October 2014. I’m about to write an article that refers to this email.
So I’m reposting this email as a blog post and backdating it to the original day I sent it.
Still with me?
Now, if you’re here it’s because you either read the article I’m about to write, where I link back to this one.
Or you just happened to make your way to this one first.
In either case, I feel like I’m slipping into one of the Back To The Future movies. So before I confuse you any more, get your Flux Capacitor fired up and read on.
Reposted from News From The Kitchen: 6th June 2012
I feel like something happened when I plated and photographed the recipe I’m sharing with you here.
As I loaded the the photo onto my computer, I felt a connection to what I love. It’s a connection to my creative nature; getting back to what’s good, what’s meaningful to me.
Sure I’ve been creating recipes for a while now, and I never put out anything I’m not happy with.
But this was different.
It’s like I have something to say in my heart right now and I’m not sure how to say it. The only way I can express it is through the beauty of food.
This is a connection, a soul expression.
Having a business that allows me to pursue my passion is a blessing and a gift every single day. It also brings with it an enormous amount of growth.
The growth comes in the form of being fearful of creating something that sucks, fear of being judged for running a business from my passion, fear of comments about ingredients I ‘shouldn’t’ be using, fear of offending someone, knowing who to say, “yes” to and knowing who to say, “no” to.
The difficulties of staying on a path when other people are criticising me. The realisation that all those things will probably happen, and then knowing what to honour as feedback and what to not take to heart because it’s someone else’s ‘stuff’.
I think that as I’ve continued walking my path and writing my blog for almost a full 7 years, I’ve moved towards a more ‘business-like’ approach to my posts, perhaps missing out the personal, in preference for what I perceived as the professional.
There was something about writing this recipe, at this time, in the environment I’m in (I have to climb out of my bedroom window and onto the flat roof outside to get a decent photo in my current apartment, because there’s not enough natural light most of the day for a good pic) at this point in my life that made me realise my ‘thing’ is to create and connect.
I’m realising this now, as I write these words on my computer, on the train.
I’m in a period of realising who I am.
Doing those things I once loved and all those things I’ve always wanted to do.
Drumming lessons are the latter. I’ve been back at boxing practise, just because I love it, and in September I’m taking that stand up comedy course I’ve always wanted to do.
I want my blog posts and emails to be more than about just teaching you a recipe. In fact I want my whole business to be more than about that.
I want to create, to connect, to leave some kind of legacy. To inspire and to entertain. To creatively express myself fully in the hope that you might too.
I want you to know me.
When people meet me for the first time and then go on my website, they say I’m the same person in real life as I am online, which is great, because I read that as being authentic.
But after people have known me for a little while, they usually decide there’s more to me.
I’m a creator, a friend, a lover, sometimes a little goofy, sometimes a little spiritual, up for a laugh and not always as business-like as I might appear.
So if you have been on my email list for a while now, you’ll remember that I recently sent out a survey, telling you that I’ve been meaning to create this free thing for you.
If you were one of the 2,540 people who filled out that survey, thank you so much. If you didn’t get a chance to, there’s another chance here to tell me if I’ve got this right.
Based on the results of that survey, I think I know what you need.
I wanted to check in before I create it. From taking the time to go through all the responses, it seems you want me to create some easy, simple and quick recipes that can be a meal in themselves or part of a great meal, with lots of nutrition.
Something that is delicious and tasty and easy to prepare for yourself and your family, with plenty of variety so you don’t get bored.
And finally you told me you want to feel more healthy and have more energy.
It’s going to be free; it’s going to be recipes and some video.
I’m really looking forward to making this for you, but only if it’s exactly what you NEED.
Anyway, if I spend a week or so making this and you don’t want it, then I’m going to feel stoooopid.
So here’s what I’m going to do: if you feel like the thing I’m making is what you want, but most importantly need, then let me know in the comments below (and be sure to let me know WHY and HOW this information will help you out).
If enough people want it … then I’ll personally send it to you. If it isn’t what you want, tell me what you’d rather have — you can do all that in the comments below.
If you’re not on my email list, sign up for it so you get this (or whatever I create instead) sent directly to you.
I’m excited about creating this, so please do let me know in the comments below if this is what you need me to create for you. Remember to include how and why it will help.
Paul and an inspired team of individuals whom I’m glad to know personally will be guiding 1 million Americans through a 10 day cleanse.
Will one of them be you?
I’m pleased to say that I’ve been invited to be part of the team too, providing recipes and hopefully some inspiration on how cleansing started this whole ride for me, and how it may positively affect your life for forever.
Check out the deets below, and sign up to be part of the very first cleanse, starting in just a few days.