Sunday, January 8, 2012

Never stop learning

So far -- and I have a feeling this will continue for a while -- paleo/primal eating has been a never-ending series of dietary tweaks. Just when I think I have things totally dialed-in, I read some (or often many) smart things written by smart people that make me consider a change, sometimes a big one, sometimes just a small adjustment.

Lately, overall, thanks to a new membership in the Weston A. Price Foundation, I have things tightened up to a degree that, at home, grassfed ghee or butter is in most of our meals, *all* the beef and lamb are grassfed, seed/vegetable oils (except coconut and non-heated olive oil) are avoided and fish-oil capsules and Vitamin D have given way to those Green Pasture fermented-cod-liver-oil/butter-oil blend capsules that I previously raved about. In fact, despite a profound and longstanding habit of using the stuff pre-workout, I have even resolved to make this my last container of Muscle Milk 100% whey protein because it has soy lecithin in it. A further resolution is to go to a local farm to buy raw-milk cheese. We are really good about eating grassfed cheese, like Kerrygold Dubliner, but the non-pasteurized/raw-milk grassfed stuff is a great source of K2, so we are going to try that out. Oh, and last post I told you about the homemade liver pate. So what else is there?

Well, most recently, there's the kombucha. I had never even heard of the stuff as of just a few weeks ago, but then my wife read up on it, and then I did the same and learned that, a lot like raw fermented sauerkraut, kombucha -- a fermented tea beverage that is a bit of an acquired taste -- is great for maintaining a crazy healthy digestive tract because it is full of live (good for you) bacteria. You may recall that many of the inflammation issues associated with the standard American diet begin with poor/diminished gut flora. Kombucha fights all that and reestablishes a healthy gut. I am happily drinking a pint of it (commercially available at our local Whole Foods) every day for the month of January, and already, eight days in, a bit of GERD brought on by the festive holidays has completely subsided. I am pretty well hooked. I feel effing great.

And I guess that's the *real* point of this little ramble -- that we keep making changes and I keep feeling better. Yeah, our food bills are up, but the fact that we feel so damn good is the payoff. I will do a full-blown homage to the Weston A. Price Foundation in another post, but let's just say that I am amazed at how much I have learned about paleo/primal eating just since I joined WAP last month. This paleo/primal journey really is a never-ending lesson about the value of great food.

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