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The Importance of Meal Planning: 3 Reasons to Meal Plan Weekly

Meal planning is the simple act of taking some time to plan any number of your meals for the week. Plan for yourself or plan for your family. Plan to eat healthy, and plan a night out. Plan every snack and meal, or simply plan your lunches so you don’t spend money on restaurant food during the week. It doesn’t really matter what you plan, as long as you thought about it. The goal is not to start from zero for every single meal. There are a lot of reasons why I think meal planning and meal prepping rock, but I think they all fit into three main categories. Here’s the Importance of Meal Planning: 3 Reasons to Meal Plan Weekly (according to me).


Here's Why The Daily Meal's Facebook Page Is Awesome - Recipes

From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is The Daily.

Today, in the biggest ruling since its creation, Facebook’s oversight board found that the company had no basis for indefinitely banning Donald Trump from the platform. I spoke with my colleague, technology reporter Cecilia Kang, about what that tells us about Facebook’s “Supreme Court.”

Cecilia, tell me about this oversight board that Facebook created and what it’s designed to do.

The Facebook oversight board was created about a year ago, and it was an idea that Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg had been kicking around for much longer.

archived recording (mark zuckerberg)

My goal here is to create a governance structure around the content in the community that reflects more what people in the community want.

He talked about it in 2018 on the Vox podcast, The Ezra Klein Show.

archived recording (mark zuckerberg)

You can imagine even some sort of structure, almost like a Supreme Court or appeals board, that is made up of independent folks who don’t work for Facebook who ultimately get to make the final judgment call on what should be acceptable speech in a community—

And he described it as, sort of, a “Supreme Court” that would be an adjudicating body that makes decisions on the hardest and the thorniest and the most controversial speech decisions that Facebook made.

archived recording (mark zuckerberg)

And if we do that well, then I think that that could really break ground on governance for this kind of an internet community—

And when you say “speech decisions,” you mean just the gnarliest, most contentious posts that get on Facebook and that people say shouldn’t be there, or that their posters shouldn’t be allowed to post.

Yes, and they make hundreds of these tough decisions every day with three billion users. These are decisions about political figures, these are decisions about neo-Nazis, that take place every day on the website.

And the sheer volume that Facebook confronts of this kind of content is, for the company, overwhelming. And Zuckerberg has said that it’s too much for one company and any set of individuals within a company, and himself even, to have to be the arbiter of these kinds of decisions.

Got it. So this board is going to relieve the company, in theory, of this obligation to sort out the most difficult questions that it faces about what can be on its platform.

That’s the idea. The idea is that a user, and Facebook itself, can appeal decisions or refer decisions that are much too controversial, or just too hard. So a user, for example, who may have had a post taken down or their account suspended, can go to this oversight board and appeal the right to get their content reinstated. So the idea is for Facebook to lessen its grip over the power it has on speech over its platform.

And so, what kind of person ends up being appointed to this panel, the ‘Supreme Court’ of Facebook? Which I must say, sounds like a pretty prestigious job.

So far, there have been 20 members appointed to the Facebook oversight board. And the 20 members are journalists, former politicians— including the former prime minister of Denmark— and human-rights activists— they’re international, they represent several countries. And it should be noted that Facebook constructed this board, and they helped choose the first members, and they had a say in the other following members who are chosen.

They fund the board with a $130 million trust.

The whole idea is to have this outside body, this third-party court, if you will, be at arm’s length from Facebook.

So that description would seem to immediately raise questions about just how independent this oversight board really is. So how does the board talk about that, and how does Facebook talk about that?

Yeah, the independence of the board has really haunted the company since its establishment a year ago, and they point to a few things. They say, number one, that once the board takes a case, there is zero communication between board members and the company.

So there’s a wall that’s erected, essentially.

Number two, they say that all decisions are binding. And what that means is that once the board decides on a case, that Facebook must implement its decision.

And the third is, they say that there is a trust that was established, a trust that pays the board members and that pays for the operations of the board and all of its employees. And the reason why they point to that is they say that there is no financial commingling between the company and the board, that there is an outside body that administers all the money that’s paid to the employees of the board. So, in other words, Mark Zuckerberg can’t technically write the checks for the board members, and that there is not influence, potentially, financially because the board is being paid by a third body, not Facebook.

Mhm. And once this quasi-independent board is set up, what kinds of rulings has it issued so far?

Well, it’s only issued a handful of rulings so far. The first came out starting in January. They all have to do with posts that Facebook took down because the post violated the company’s own rules on speech. And they ran the gamut, really, from an Instagram post in Brazil that showed a photo of breast nipples. And in that case, the board decided that Facebook was wrong to take down that post because the photo was meant to promote breast cancer awareness.

In another case, a user quoted a Nazi propagandist, and Facebook took down that post saying that the post and the quote violated the company’s rules against hate speech. But the Facebook Oversight Board overturned that decision and said that the user, in fact, had intended to use that quote, that Nazi-propaganda quote, to compare Trump’s own comments and speech to Nazi propaganda. And they said that it was not in violation, nor was it intended to be in violation of the company’s hate-speech rules.

So in the vast majority of the decisions, the board has really erred more on the side of free expression and has overruled the company’s initial decisions. And, in fact, that has been, in some ways, the best proof of its independence.

So the way the board has proven its independence from Facebook is by directly contravening Facebook’s original decision in almost all these cases to take down a post.

Yeah, that’s right. Though, we should keep in mind that there really have only been a handful of decisions made so far by the Facebook Oversight Board. And those decisions are really small compared to the big case that the oversight board agreed to take on four months ago, which was the indefinite ban of President Trump.

And so, what was the decision before the board on this case, Trump versus Facebook?

So the decision before the board was whether Facebook was justified in its decision on January 7 to indefinitely ban Trump from Facebook and Instagram. And we have to remember that on Facebook, Trump had 35 million followers and on Instagram he had 24 million.

And on January 6 on Facebook and Instagram, Trump said that the Capitol rioters were great patriots and that the election was stolen from us. Facebook said that his comments incited violence and violated their own internal rules on speech. And what the board was wrestling with was whether that decision was justified.

Right. So It doesn’t get much bigger than this. The board is being asked to rule whether a former commander-in-chief of the United States, the president of the country, can be permanently barred from ever posting anything on any Facebook site.

It was a defining and the biggest decision that Facebook had before it.

And it is incredibly important because Trump is banned permanently from Twitter. And YouTube has indefinitely banned Trump, but has not said when they will allow him back on. So the decision by the Facebook Oversight Board presented the first opportunity for Trump to regain one of those megaphones. And for the board, it is their Super Bowl of decisions, a board that’s just a few months in, in effect, and this is the big one.

And so, how does the board go about making this kind of a decision?

The board deliberated this particular case just like it does every other case before it. It chose five members to look specifically at the Trump case, and they looked at the particulars of what Trump said in his post and if Facebook was justified in taking those posts down, as well as banning the president’s account at the time. And those members, those five members, went through 9,000 comments that were submitted from the public.

There were public comments submitted that reflect anger that the company took down the site, as well as warnings that the company should not let Trump back on. One commenter said, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you permanently block Trump for just being Trump, you’ve gone even further down the power-corrupts rabbit hole with other mega-rich oligarchs who are exercising their power muscles to show us who really runs America.” On the other side, however, people were very strongly in favor of keeping Trump’s account down.

One commenter said, “Donald Trump is a toxic garbage person who peddles lies and conspiracy theories and hate. Facebook was right to ban him.”

Mhm. So this board waded through 9,000 of those comments.

OK, so when do you get word that there’s actually a ruling? I’m guessing this might or might not at all resemble what it’s like when the Supreme Court alerts journalists that a decision is coming.

You know, actually it felt a lot like that, Michael. In fact, the board gave 48 hours to the media to prepare for the announcement of their decision. They made their decision days before, and they actually had told Facebook about their decision. But this was all kept under lock and key. And unlike most news related to Facebook, there were no leaks on this.

So on Wednesday morning, I woke up really going into the announcement blind. And at 9:00 A.M. I opened up my email and there’s the decision and a note that the board is going to get on the phone and explain their ruling.

archived recording (announcer)

Welcome to the webinar. Please stand by. The webinar will begin shortly. Please remain on the line.

So, Cecilia, tell us about this call.

archived recording (announcer)

The broadcast is now starting. All attendees are in listen-only mode.

So we get on the phone, and members of the board are there and they launch right into it.

archived recording (michael mcconnell)

Thank you all for attending this morning. Our decision this morning is relatively simple and straightforward.

And we hear from one of the co-chairs, Michael McConnell, who is a constitutional law professor at Stanford Law School.

archived recording (michael mcconnell)

First, we agree that Facebook had sufficient justification to remove Mr Trump’s January 6 post for violation of the policy against praising or encouraging violent actors.

He said first, Facebook had sufficient justification to remove his posts on January 6.

archived recording (michael mcconnell)

Second, we agree that Facebook had sufficient justification to suspend Mr Trump’s account, at least for the duration of what the Department of Homeland Security called a “heightened risk of violence.”

However, McConnell then said—

archived recording (michael mcconnell)

But we hold that it was improper, that is to say, in violation of Facebook’s own rules as well as generally-accepted principles of freedom of expression, for Facebook to make that suspension indefinite.

He said, “Facebook’s own policies do not authorize an indefinite suspension.”

archived recording (michael mcconnell)

But users and their audiences must not be left in a state of uncertainty as to time or reasons for restoration.

So they’re saying, in essence, Facebook, you were right to ban the president and to take down those posts on January 7 because there is an imminent threat of harm. Things were really heated during that time, and the president was violating your own rules. But they said Facebook, you were wrong in imposing an indefinite ban without any criteria or any guidelines on when, or if, there could be an end to this indefinite ban.

archived recording (michael mcconnell)

Facebook must make its decision and be held accountable for whatever it decides. Ultimately, it is the public that will be the judge. That is as it should be in a democratic society.

So what Facebook’s equivalent of a Supreme Court has said here is that an indefinite ban of the former president violates Facebook’s own rules and the kind of corporate spirit of Facebook as a social media platform. And so, what does the board then say Facebook is supposed to do with this objection to an indefinite ban?

So the board effectively kicks the decision back to Facebook. The board says, you have six months to decide on your own whether you want to ban Trump permanently or not. We shouldn’t do this. And one thing that really stuck out to me, Michael, is they said— in applying a vague, standardless penalty and then referring this case to the board to resolve— Facebook seeks to avoid its responsibilities.

So Facebook sends the decision to the oversight board on January 21. The oversight board, on May 5, sends it back to Facebook, effectively.

[CHUCKLES] I suddenly feel like I’m talking to our colleague Adam Liptak about the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court was given a case from the Ninth Circuit, it didn’t like the decision, so it kicked it back to the Ninth Circuit. But that’s effectively what happened here, which is, that Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ is kicking a case back down to a lower court. In this case, to Facebook itself, and saying, you didn’t do this correctly, and it’s your problem to figure out how to do it correctly.

Yes, and this may take a lot longer for a final decision as it weaves through these different decision-making processes.

Mhm. I want to linger for just a minute on the board’s thinking about why a permanent ban is inappropriate. It sounds like it’s basing it, to keep going down this Supreme Court metaphor, on the kind of Facebook ‘constitution,’ on Facebook’s own rules. But I think on a practical level, there are plenty of people who would look at what former President Trump did on January 6 and say, that’s the ultimate reason to permanently ban someone from a social media platform. They helped incite a riot at the United States Capitol.

Yeah, I was really struck by how the board’s decision and their reasoning on a permanent ban was sort of procedural in the same way that you see that a lot with court rulings. Like real court rulings in real life, where they really wanted to adhere to the letter of the law, and the law, in this case, being Facebook’s own laws. So it’s this weird sort of parallel world, Michael, where a private company forms an oversight board, this third party, that is trying to adjudicate these speech decisions according to laws created by a private company. It’s all very similar, and the parallels are striking, to what court systems are like within the U.S. and around the world.

So because this ruling seems to be based on technical language from the company, rather than a giant principle of free speech, what implications does this ruling have— does it have any implications— for free speech by government leaders like a Donald Trump?

I think world leaders were hoping for clear guidance on what would kick them off of a site like Facebook. They wanted the oversight board’s decision to clarify what has for a long time been a lot of ad hoc decision making when it came to politicians and what politicians say on Facebook. But they didn’t get that and, in fact, what they got was the board sending the decision back to Facebook, which some world leaders have said is the problem to begin with.

Angela Merkel of Germany had said, after Facebook’s ban of Trump on January 7, that this points to, really, the power of a few big internet platforms over speech entirely. And it shows that these companies have too much power. And so by sending this decision back to Facebook, it again puts the power making and the decision making in the hands of the company that many political leaders feel are too powerful as gatekeepers of speech to begin with.

All right, so a person like Angela Merkel would have been reassured to know that a quasi-independent board was going to be making a decision like this, saying this is what will get you kicked off Facebook. But when the board decided not to really make that decision and to send it back to the company, it was reinforcing the idea that these enormously consequential decisions about what can or can’t be, and who can or can’t be, on a platform like Facebook, are ultimately going to be made by one or two people like Mark Zuckerberg.

That’s right, Michael. Essentially, Facebook is back to the drawing board and making its own decisions on Donald Trump.

Instead of the ‘Supreme Court’ of Facebook, which was the whole idea of creating a ‘Supreme Court’ of Facebook.

So do you think Mark Zuckerberg even likes this decision? I mean, if I’m the leader of Facebook I would very much, I think, have hoped that this outside board would make this decision for me.

That’s what he said all along, that he doesn’t believe that he or Facebook should be making such consequential decisions. But ultimately, Facebook will still be confronted with the decision on what to do with Trump, which has been a problem for the company throughout the former president’s tenure and continues to do so even with the president out of office.

And what was former President Trump’s response to this decision, do we know?

About two hours after the oversight board’s decision, Trump issued a statement, and that statement landed in my inbox of my email. And in that statement he said a lot of the predictable and usual things he says about social media, which is, that it’s run by radical leftists and that these companies are too powerful. And he continues to deny the election results and the process. And as I was reading Trump’s statement and the board’s decision, I was thinking that the board was essentially saying, I think, that there should at least be the possibility that Trump comes back onto the platform. The question, however, is how, and under what circumstances? Because as we can see, Trump is still doing all the things that got him banned from social media, just on different platforms this time. So Facebook will be faced again with these same kinds of questions and will need to solve those questions for itself.

Thank you, Cecilia, we appreciate it.

Thanks so much for having me.

Here’s what else you need to know today. On Wednesday, the Biden administration said that it favored waiving patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, a potential breakthrough in the global effort to speed up vaccinations. Suspending patent rights would allow companies in smaller countries to cheaply manufacture the vaccines by using the recipes developed by companies like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

But the move is opposed by the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, which argues that giving away patent rights destroys the incentive for companies like Pfizer to invest in life-saving vaccines in the future.

And the fate of the number three House Republican, Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, appeared to be in doubt on Wednesday as fellow Republican leaders, including representatives Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, moved to oust her for showing insufficient loyalty to former President Trump. Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6 riot, survived a previous vote to oust her a few months ago, but has upset House Republicans anew by continuing to call out Trump’s lies about election fraud.


8 Awesome Asparagus Recipes

Need another reason to love asparagus? This tasty, heart-healthy food helps keep bones strong, thanks to high levels of vitamin K&mdashjust one cup of asparagus satisfies your daily goal. Bonus: asparagus spears supply inulin, a special fiber in food that helps the "good" bacteria in your digestive tract.

When buying asparagus, remember that thick and thin asparagus spears are equally delicious&mdashprovided you cook and enjoy them soon after picking. Buy bright green asparagus spears that have tightly closed tips and are uniformly thick (to ensure even cooking). Refrigerate them upright with the bottoms wrapped in a damp paper towel and a plastic bag loosely covering them for up to two days. Before cooking, snap or slice off the woody ends and peel thick stalks, if necessary, to strip away any tough skin that might ruin your dish.

Now, put these wonder veggies to good use with these sensational spring dishes and recipes.

1. Trim and roughly chop 3/4 lb asparagus. Chop 1 yellow bell pepper and slice 2 oz snow peas. Set aside.

2. Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp grapeseed or canola oil in large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add 4 oz sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring, until golden, 4 minutes.

3. Add reserved vegetables and cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 minutes.

4. Drizzle with 3 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar, 1 1/2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, and 2 tsp dark sesame oil. Top with 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro, if desired. Cook 1 minute. Serve over brown rice.

NUTRITION (per serving stir-fry only) 115 cal, 4 g pro, 10 g carb, 3 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 427 mg sodium

1. Prepare 8 oz mushroom or cheese tortellini per package directions.

2. Heat 1 Tbsp each unsalted butter and olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tsp minced garlic and 2 Tbsp flour and cook, whisking, 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in 1 3/4 cups chicken broth. Add 8 oz sliced asparagus, 4 oz sliced zucchini, and 1 thinly sliced carrot. Simmer partially covered, stirring, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add drained pasta and toss. Season with lemon juice and pepper. Top with shaved Parmesan.

NUTRITION (per serving) 240 cal, 9 g pro, 25 g carb, 3 g fiber, 12.5 g fat, 5 g sat fat, 573 mg sodium

1. Spread 1 bunch asparagus in oiled dish. Bake at 425°F until crisp-tender, 15 min.

2. Crack 4 lg eggs over top and sprinkle with pepper. Bake until whites are set and yolks reach desired doneness, 10 min.

3. Top with 2 Tbsp shaved Parmesan.

NUTRITION (per serving) 94 cal, 8 g pro, 3 g carb, 1 g fiber, 5.5 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 109 mg sodium

1. Cook 8 oz whole wheat orzo.

2. Brown 3/4 lb thinly sliced chicken breast in skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat, 3 min. Remove.

3. Add 1 bunch sliced asparagus, 3 lg cloves minced garlic, 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, and 1/4 tsp red-pepper flakes. Cook 3 min.

4. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and cooked chicken and orzo. Bring to a simmer and add 1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar. Season to taste.

NUTRITION (per serving) 308 cal, 28 g pro, 44 g carb, 6 g fiber, 3 g fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 222 mg sodium

1. Cook 8 oz linguine, saving 3/4 cup cooking water.

2. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in skillet over medium heat. Add 1 bunch shaved asparagus, 1 chopped shallot, 1/4 cup chopped capers, 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, and 1 lg clove chopped garlic. Cook 3 min.

3. Add 1/2 cup white wine and simmer until reduced by half. Add pasta and cooking water. Simmer until reduced by half. Stir in 1 Tbsp butter.

NUTRITION (per serving) 320 cal, 10 g pro, 48 g carb, 4 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 281 mg sodium

1. Toss 8 oz peeled shrimp with 2 Tbsp sweet Asian chili sauce and 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice.

2. Grill 8 oz asparagus, turning, until tender, 7 min. Grill shrimp, turning once, 2 to 3 min.

3. Serve with more sauce.

NUTRITION (per serving) 82 cal, 12 g pro, 5 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 145 mg sodium


26 Sourdough Discard Recipes

Sourdough’s unique tangy flavor comes from fermenting the dough, which also helps it rise. Most bakers keep what’s called a sourdough starter, which is a batch of already fermented dough with active (sometimes wild) yeast that needs to be fed with more dough to stay alive. Feeding your starter often requires you to get rid of some of your existing starter to make space in the container you’re storing it in. While you’re ideally supposed to make a new loaf of bread with some of that starter, many bakers simply throw out what’s called the sourdough discards. However, there are countless great recipes (that aren’t bread) you can make with sourdough discards. Here are some of our users’ best.


Apples

How to spiralize it: Apples are a little bit weird because of the core, right? So we cut off the top, cut off the bottom, and stick the middle part (the core, which we don’t want) right on the core anchor of the spiralizer. Core = gone. Boom!

Recipes: My sweet friend Gina from Skinnytaste has just the thing for you: Spiralized Apple and Cabbage Slaw!


Here's Why The Daily Meal's Facebook Page Is Awesome - Recipes

From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is The Daily.

Yesterday, we told the story of a rare but severe symptom of long Covid. A far more common symptom is the long-term loss of smell. Today, my colleague, Times restaurant critic Tejal Rao, recounts the quest to try to get hers back.

I was in the bathroom at my home in Los Angeles. And I was stepping into the shower. And I smelled something really unfamiliar. I thought maybe it was stagnant water or the plastic of the shower cap that I was wearing to cover my hair. I thought maybe it was the stone tiles, like had someone else just cleaned the bathroom? I couldn’t figure it out.

And then after a few minutes, I realized it was actually a blank. There was no smell. I had just lost my sense of smell, just like that. And I still went ahead and took a shower. But the whole time, I was sort of thinking, how soon can I get a test for— how soon can I get tested for Covid? I had very mild symptoms. It was just a rough flu or a cold. I was exhausted.

And my parents kept checking in, kept calling to remind me to eat. But I’ve never experienced a loss of appetite like that before. Any kind of meat made me feel a little bit queasy. So roast chicken, which is a real comfort food for me normally, was just very, very squishy. And popcorn was like foam but with sharp bits in it, like so unpleasant all of a sudden. Everything about it that’s a joy was very unpleasant.

I started to feel better in early to mid-January. I didn’t have to pass out and sleep for half the day. I could get back to work. But I still couldn’t really smell anything. Smell is just— it’s so crucial to taste, which means it’s really crucial to everything that I do. I work as a restaurant critic, but I also develop recipes. And it’s really difficult to cook without a sense of smell if you’re not used to it. You don’t know what’s going on. It’s almost like wearing a blindfold.

archived recording (kemar lalor)

If you lost your taste buds, I’m going to show you guys how to get it back real quick.

I started looking up what people were doing to get back their sense of smell or different kinds of aromatherapies. And I came across this TikTok video that had gone viral for a home remedy.

archived recording (kemar lalor)

You want to take a nice, fresh orange and burn all the way around. Make sure it’s dark, charcoal, black, black—

This guy, Kemar Lalor, uploaded it.

archived recording (kemar lalor)

What you want to do after that is cut it, slice it down the middle.

Burn an orange, a whole orange with the peel still on. You burn it. You take the— take the peel off. And then you mash the hot pulp of the orange with a little sugar and you eat it with a spoon.

archived recording (kemar lalor)

I’m no scientist, but it does work. I’m telling you, this is some Jamaican remedies. It’s going to work. I promise you.

So I thought I would give it a try.

archived recording (tejal rao)

OK, so I’ve got these tiny oranges. They’re so tiny. They’re falling through the crate.

Charring an orange according to Kemar’s TikTok video was the big event at my house that day. It was my partner, myself, our two dogs. We were all in the kitchen.

This is a great way to spend a— what day is it?

archived recording (tejal rao)

I have no idea. It’s Tuesday.

archived recording (tejal rao)

I think the dogs were probably wondering what we were doing. They were getting very annoyed. But we stood over the gas stove and charred some oranges—

archived recording (tejal rao)

The peel’s coming off really easily.

—and tried to follow his instructions as closely as we could. I knew that it was a TikTok video. It wasn’t a scientific paper that I had read. But I was secretly really hopeful that it would work.

archived recording (tejal rao)

And it was still— things were still really muted, still really flat. So I called up Kemar— that’s the guy who made the TikTok— to see if maybe I was doing it wrong. He was inside his car, parked outside his family restaurant where he works.

We’re located in Ontario, Toronto.

They sell goat curry and oxtail and roti.

Jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, some nice rice, all that good stuff.

Curry goat— ah, that sounds so good.

And he was so optimistic. And I told him that it didn’t exactly work for me. At least it didn’t work the way it was advertised, like it would cure me in an hour.

I say give it another try. Roast it again. Roast it for 12 minutes, though.

He said that I should try it every day.

Like 12 minutes. And make sure to eat it hot.

And then he asked if I wanted to speak to his mom, who taught it to him. And I thought yes. I’d love to speak to your mom. And he’s like “Mom?”

And she came out and was equally positive and joyful—

I’m blessed. Thank you very much.

—and so thrilled that her family remedy had traveled all around the world and people were trying it, even if it hadn’t worked for everyone.

OK, back home in Jamaica, my mom would give us— to us children then, because she have 15 kids. And when we are sick and we don’t have any taste, any kind of stuff there, she just roasts the orange and put the sugar on it and tell us to eat it. So we get back our taste and stuff and then we start to eat, because that’s what it’s supposed to do, get but your sense. It’s like it’s sending something to your brain to reboost it.

So the orange remedy didn’t work as advertised for me. But the thing that Trudy-Ann said, that the brain needs some kind of reboost, that got me wondering, what is the connection between the brain and the nose?

Hi, Pam. It’s Tejal from The New York Times.

I did a little bit of research and I found a place called the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. They do lots of different kinds of research on smell and on taste. And I connected with a research scientist there, Dr. Pamela Dalton.

Well, I’m a basic research scientist who studies how people use their sense of smell.

And she studies, among many, many other things, the ways that emotions can change the way we smell things.

Generally when you lose your sense of smell under most circumstances, it’s because the molecules actually can’t get into the olfactory receptor area of the nose because of congestion. Covid is different in that way, because most people who lost their sense of smell did so without having any nasal congestion whatsoever.

Pam explained that during the pandemic, millions and millions of people lost their sense of smell just in an instant.

It was just like a light bulb got turned off or a switch got flicked to off. And one moment they could smell. And the next moment, nothing smelled.

And even though that’s how we lose our sense of smell, that’s not how we get it back. There’s not a switch that just turns it back on.

We don’t really understand how this system uses coding to develop all of the different smells that our brain is able to understand.

So much of what we think of as taste is actually happening in your nose and brain. It’s your smell receptors. You have 400 smell receptors. And they’re all working to identify millions and millions, the estimate is a trillion smells.

That then is sort of a readout for the brain to say oh, those five types of cells that are activated mean I’m smelling a flower versus a pizza or coffee in the morning.

But another thing she told me that made me feel a little optimistic is that olfactory receptor neurons are constantly regenerating every few weeks.

Now, you as an adult have memories of what things should smell like. And that’s why we think the olfactory retraining may actually help, because you’re connecting the central input, your representation of what your coffee should smell like, with the incoming molecular signals.

Smells are connected to memories and moods and feelings. One way of thinking about it is that there’s this map in your brain that you can follow to get smells back. But if your sense of smell has been gone for a long time, if you lose that map, it’s more like starting from scratch.

It’s almost like if there’s some— if there’s some map intact, they can follow the right map to make the right connections. If it’s completely gone, they’re just wiring— rewiring haphazardly.

So I was really hopeful after talking with Pam that maybe there would be some way to find my way back to smelling by doing this thing called olfactory training or smell training. I just needed to learn how to actually do it.

I think most people don’t understand what smell training is. And I could sum that up by saying it’s not what your nose does, but rather what your brain does with the stimulation.

I called Chrissi Kelly, who founded AbScent in the UK. And that’s AbScent, as in smell.

I remember when I got 100 people on my Facebook group, which was called smell training, thinking oh my God, this— wow, that’s amazing.

And she started this online community.

And now we have 22,900, so there are a lot of us now.

And she lost her sense of smell back in 2012 after some kind of viral infection. And at that time, doctors didn’t really recommend anything. But she read some research about smell training and how repetitive, structured sessions, smelling just four scents could potentially help people start to orient themselves again, pick up smells again.

I quickly got to the point where being a student of my affliction was better than being a victim of my affliction. And it became an absolute passion.

I wanted to formally learn what a smell training session should look like. And it’s so much more like therapy than I expected it to be.

There is so much anxiety about getting it right in the beginning that I just think it’s really valuable to say OK, this is the program. Start with this.

So kind of like therapy, smell training works best if you’re in a quiet space where you feel safe, where you can focus and think. I sat down at my little desk in my office at home with a box of spices.

OK, and now for the first jar, I just want you to sit there with it with no expectations.

So she asked me to get four spices and not open them all immediately, open them one at a time.

OK, so hold it up to your nose.

And I had cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin.

And I want you to just shut yourself down completely.

I think what she was saying is turn off the thoughts that are analyzing what’s happening right now and just be in the moment.

And just take little— I call them bunny sniffs, tiny little sniffs.

When I was smelling without her, when I was smelling on my own, I was taking these deep breaths and trying to pull the aromas into my body. And that actually— that doesn’t work that well. So Chrissi suggested bunny sniffs, which is taking these teeny, tiny, little sniffs of air, consecutive little sniffs.

[SNIFFING] Then you pause and then take a breath, because we don’t want you to faint. And then go back to it again.

And I was immediately ready to say I can’t smell them very well. It’s kind of like the cloves were in the next room. And I could hear them a little bit, like I could pick up a word every now and then, but I didn’t know exactly what they were talking about.

And before I could complain, Chrissi asked me to kind of slow down, take my time.

Don’t say oh, that was good or that wasn’t good or I didn’t get anything. Just sit with it. OK, the second one—

The second scent that we smelled together was a jar of whole cardamom pods. Cardamom is a really familiar smell to me. It’s part of the reason I picked it to be part of my smell kit. My mom uses it mostly paired with meat. Like in lamb biryani, there’s often cardamom, or in masala chai, in tea with— boiled with spices and ginger. It’s just a really familiar, delicate, floral scent.

So Chrissi had me open the lid of the cardamom jar. And she told me to close my eyes.

I want you to imagine that you are looking into a really deep well—

—so deep that you don’t know when the coin you toss in is going to hit the bottom, and to just keep listening.

So imagine that you are waiting and waiting and waiting. And people who have lost their sense of smell, I think that we smell more slowly.

Chrissi used the term “listening” a lot when we were talking about smelling. It’s like you’re leaning in and you’re trying to pick up as much as you can.

So smell is instantaneous for healthy people. And I think it takes a longer time for us to receive, for the receptors to work, and to feed that into the brain.

You throw the coin in and you wait, and to apply that to sniffing the cardamom pods.

And just keep listening. So let’s give that one a go.

I’d forgotten that my grandfather, my mom’s father, used to chew cardamom pods until I was doing this exercise, I think maybe to freshen his breath. I don’t know why he did that but. He was my favorite grandparent. We were very close. And he always smelled like cardamom. He died a few years ago. And when I was in the middle of this exercise, I remembered it. And it opened up all these other memories that were connected to that.

All the tasks that we’re doing right now— the concentrating, the thinking, the waiting, the anticipation— all of those things are cognitive processes that happen higher up in the olfactory brain.

I think of it more like a car that’s passing me on the street with the windows open blasting a song and you just hear a tiny snippet of the song. And it takes you a while to recognize it, like you know this song came out that one summer that you wore those denim cut-off shorts and you were hanging out with your best friend. And you definitely sang it at karaoke. And it’s so familiar. It’s right on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t get it. And then maybe 10 minutes later, you remember the name of the song.

When Chrissi and I got to the end of our smell-training session, she told me it’s really about building confidence. More than anything else, it’s about building up your confidence. And before I spoke to Chrissi, I’d imagined smell training as being closer to going to the gym or really cool, really active, really fun. I’d sort of imagined— so embarrassing— I’d sort of imagined the Rocky theme song playing and I’m in a cool tracksuit and I’m jogging through Los Angeles. And it’s so boring and lonely to just sit and smell and think. It can be kind of disheartening. If you have a good day and then you have a bad day, it feels like you’re going backwards.

I don’t think that the word recovery is a good one to use, because smell loss is an injury. So you recover from an illness. But an injury might leave you with some lasting scarring. So if you were in a car accident and you were really badly banged up and had to have surgery or had scars somewhere, you wouldn’t say “when am I going to recover from this?” You would say “when are my scars going to heal?”

You don’t just go from hurt to healed overnight. And that’s what smell is like. You don’t just go back to normal. It’s more like adjusting and learning how to live in a new space. That’s really just the beginning.

The smell training doesn’t have a distinct timeline. I have been very tempted to stop, because it’s really, really tedious. But over the weekend, I got a ladder out of the garage and propped it up against the lemon tree in my front yard. And they have this amazing floral, fruity perfume. And I notice that the leaves, too, I could smell the leaves. And there’s something about it that feels new, too. It feels so vivid. And I feel so grateful for it. In a way, I think I’m just paying much closer attention to it than I used to.

After two months, Tejal reports that her sense of smell has finally returned.

Here’s what else you need to know today.

We had a very tragic incident today here at the King Soopers. There was loss of life. We have multiple people who were killed in this incident.

On Monday afternoon, a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in a residential neighborhood of Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people, including a police officer. The suspected shooter is in custody, but the police have not described a motive. It was the second mass shooting in less than a week, following the murder of eight people at spas in and around Atlanta, Georgia.

And The Times reports that on top of his nearly $2 trillion stimulus package, President Biden is preparing to recommend spending as much as $3 trillion on a sweeping set of new programs, beginning with a giant infrastructure plan. That plan calls for investing in roads, bridges, and rail lines, broadband internet for rural communities, charging stations for electric cars, and the construction of 1 million affordable housing units. To pay for it, Biden is expected to propose raising taxes on corporations, a tactic that is already meeting resistance from congressional Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell.

archived recording (mitch mcconnell)

I think the Trojan horse will be called infrastructure. But inside the Trojan horse will be all the tax increases.

Biden may seek to pass his infrastructure plan through a legislative process known as reconciliation that bypasses the need for Republican support in the Senate and requires just 51 votes rather than the usual 60.

archived recording (mitch mcconnell)

So yeah. I fully expect that’s what they’ll try to do, and that’s because I don’t think there’s going to be any enthusiasm on our side for a tax increase.

Today’s episode was produced by Tina Antolini, edited by Wendy Dorr, engineered by Corey Schreppel and contains original music by Dan Powell. Special Thanks to Hans Buetow.


The best keto crackers need cheese, right?! That’s one option, but I’ve got loads of others for you:

    – The amazing and silky pate we serve on special occasions is perfect with low carb crackers. – Always a hit, everyone loves a scoop of artichoke dip atop their keto crackers with almond flour! – Mix together this easy cheese ball app for an impressive dish your friends will love. – This dip can be made ahead and is fancy enough to serve guests! Everyone always loves it. – Pair this addicting dip with an assortment of veggies and delicious almond crackers. – Almond flour crackers add a nice crunch on the side!

2.) Gluten-Free Olive Oil Lemon Cake

OMG! If you love lemon, here&rsquos a treat that doesn&rsquot even have granulated sugar and tastes amazing! This zesty cake is sweetened with maple syrup and even has an awesome lemon glaze poured over the top with sliced almonds. The olive oil has a very mellow and light flavor that I really enjoyed.

I went ahead and bought the Paleo baking mix Bobby recommended and it&rsquos so awesome as a quick gluten-free baking option.


How to tell what’s worked and what hasn’t

After sharing posts, you’re likely to want to know how they did. Your social media management tool would likely have some built-in analytics that can help you better understand how your posts performed. Here’s a peek at what the Buffer for Business analytics look like:

You can also gain a huge number of stats and numbers from Facebook Insights.

Once you’ve shared several pieces of content to your Facebook page, you’ll see an Insights tab at the top of your Facebook menu, between Notifications and Publishing Tool. At the top of the Insights page, you’ll see your stats such as Page Likes, Reach, and Engagement for the week, along with a comparison to the same stats from last week.

Another neat area to check is the section on when your fans are online.

Click on “Posts” from the Insights menu, and you can see when your fans are typically online during the week and each day of the week. Here’s an example from Buffer’s Page Insights:

One of the newest features of Insights is the “Pages to Watch” section at the bottom of the “Overview” page. You can add other Pages that you want to monitor—a great way to grab some competitor research and take inspiration from the way that other Pages market themselves.

To add a Page, simply click on the “Add Pages” button at the top of the section.

Search for the name of the Page you want to watch, then click to add it to your watch list. Once a Page has been added, you can click on the name of the Page from your Insights dashboard, and you’ll see an overview of their best posts from the week.