Chicks and Myths

Powerful Book!

This is one of many books I’m currently reading, The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith.  It’s time to return it to the library but I do intend to re- read  it next break. It’s that kind of book. It has rocked my world. It also brought me back to a time in my life when  I flirted with being a vegetarian.  I realize being a vegetarian works for some people but it was short lived by me. I lasted about one year. Tofu stir fry’s, tempeh sandwiches, brown rice brown rice brown rice, soy smoothies, fake cheese,  self righteous attitudes about my friends and family who ate meat. To put it nicely, I was  naive. I ended up very deficient and was a frequent carbohydrate and sugar  binger which caused me a tremendous amount of havoc both  physically and emotionally. I notice I rarely ever have the desire to binge and I believe the good fats and protein I eat has a lot to do with being satisfied. Give me the good stuff! Pasture raised and slow cooked delicious meat.

Lierre Keith is a warrior. Her story will move you. She obliterates the cholesterol myth. Did you know our bodies makes 80% of our  cholesterol? 20% we get through the food we eat.  And that the brain needs cholesterol and stores it? Your liver makes cholesterol too. Go ahead and feast on those pasture raised eggs, your brain will thank  you. I eat (at least)  4 eggs a day. What a fabulous source of protein. We’ve  seen the yolks growing more orange since we moved and trained the hens for their eggmobile on pasture last week. That’s what I’m talking about. Yum!

I had pages 114 and 115 ear marked. Why? She gives full detail the corporations who own our food supply. This is just one example: Cascadian Farms and Muir Glen are both owned by Small Planet Foods, which is owned by General Mills. Who owns General Mills? Alcoa Aluminum, Chevron, Disney, Dow Chemical, Dupont, Exxon/Mobil, General Electric, Mcdonalds, Monsanto, Nike, Pepsico, Phillip Morris, Starbucks, Target Stores, and Texas Instruments (producer of weapons).  I really appreciate Keith’s dedication to revealing the truth about food, soil, corporations, and health. Her conviction is infectious. She has done her research.  I look forward to the day I can share this book with a few vegetarians near and dear to me.

Love em while they're little!

Our first batch of chicks arrived last week. The little beeps are adorable. Since I joined APPPA, I’m refining our brooder skills, there’s always room for improvement.  I started them on raw apple cider vinegar today to help with healthy intestinal gut lining. I will do this while they are in the brooder to keep the rate of coccidiosis at a minimum. Everything changes once they get out on pasture which is what we always look forward to.  They travel a long way to Buxton Farm. Welcome home little ones!

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About Grace

Grace and her husband Michael manage Buxton a Polyface satellite farm. Her first passion is to align with radiant health. She knows intimately that when you have your health you can do anything. Next, her passion for vibrant healthy food and beautiful landscapes along with her interest in permaculture influenced Grace's decision to align with the Polyface farming model. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, she feels growing food and pasture raising animals is one of the greatest healers and a true source of personal empowerment. It's been said, "if you're not living on the edge your taking up too much space." Grace lives joyfully on the "leading edge" surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the appalachian mountains where her and Michael steward 1000 acres with profound appreciation."

8 Responses to Chicks and Myths

  1. Jen says:

    Grace, you might enjoy an interview I heard recently with Lierre Keith:

  2. John Amrhein says:

    That sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review, I just requested it from our library!

  3. Rachel Hershberg says:

    Fascinating. I’m planning on reading it. Thanks.

  4. monet115 says:

    Sounds like you were trying to be vegan, which IS quite restrictive and I wonder at the healthiness of that eating style because of the processed soy-based foods they eat that are made to resemble the real thing (cheese, ice cream, etc.). I’ve tried that eating regimen myself and couldn’t do it because you can’t have any animal based products at all–and I do love my eggs and cheese!

    However, people often confuse vegetarian with vegan; they are quite different. Vegans eat no animal products whatsoever. But vegetarians can and do eat dairy and eggs (lacto-ovo vegetarians). There are many vegetarians who also include fish (pescetarians). I’m of this group. I eat fish only a couple times a week and the rest of my protein comes from legumes, eggs, cheese. I’ve lived this way for years and haven’t had problems with it. I find it a well-balanced, healthy mode of eating and I never feel like I’m denying myself or that I’m being too restrictive.

    Nevertheless, I’m interested in the topic and would like to read the book. The section on the corporate issues sounds especially interesting. I’ll put it on my summer reading list. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Shannon Wood says:

    Gotta check that out. Thanks!

  6. Colette says:

    I’m not a vegetarian. However, I do want to point out that while Cascadian Farms (which is local to my area) also contracts with many local small organic farms to purchase the produce in their food. They might be owned by bigger corporations, but they also help support the local farming community. One of my good friends raises berries and fruit for them.

  7. says:

    I also LOVED this book, Grace. Thanks for blogging about it. Hopefully more will now read it.