Sunday April 20, 2014

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Week 1 in the Paleo Pasture

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The idea of living from the farm without eating wheat sounds discordant, almost oxymoronic.

Nuts,” according to Farmer. But it wasn’t his experiment; my oldest daughter and I were the lab rats.

Neither of us sought get-slim-quick weight loss. We simply wanted better health.

We noticed differences in the first few days, especially in the energy and hunger department.

After a busy day at work and six hours after her last meal, my daughter came home saying “I’m hungry, but not shaky.”

Shaky, pasty white and depressed had been her trademarks for years. This shift was refreshing. She’s talking about taking a second and third job now. Seriously: this from a young woman who was complaining of chronic and severe finger pain just a few days before.

Uncle sometimes brings treats for the kids. On Grey-Cup night, he brought two frozen pizzas, which I cooked up, but have no desire to taste.

The last time he brought frozen pizzas I got a stomach ache. My belly just doesn’t like to digest that stuff and on the Paleo diet, I am passing on what pains me.

At 10 a.m., I'd already jarred up the latest and last batch of sauerkraut for the year, killed the oldest rooster, spread dry-cure on hams and bacons and set them in closed containers in the fridge. The cure consisted of salt, honey and fresh cracked pepper. If I’d eaten pancakes for breakfast, I don’t think I’d have been well enough to do those things. I’d have still been digesting them about 11ish.

Someone told me this weekend that she follows a diet for her blood type which sounds very similar to what I’ve been eating: no grains, rice or potatoes; lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and meat. She reported feeling better when she sticks to it.

While butchering the rooster I noticed his testicles were bigger than his heart; great object lesson to warn girls about males. But for roosters, this was the perfect design; his function is to protect, take charge and pass on his DNA. He did a fine job as some young hens just starting to lay eggs have his feathered feet.

Many chronic illnesses like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and leaky gut syndrome have been linked to gluten and over-processed foods. It is entirely possible that many of us simply weren’t designed to eat wheat.


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