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.
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!