Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
Most of us are getting ready for the winter that never comes. Dr. Steven R. Gundry
My first pot of bone broth is on the stove. I’ve boiled bones for soup before but I never went out and bought bones just for soup. Everything old is new again. Knowing what is true about diet and healthy living is confusing on all sides as we are told to eat various ways to be optimally healthy.
Bone broth is supposed to be good for our bone health and also some are saying good for our digestive health. It may be good for individuals with leaky gut, irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, and some people are saying it helps with their oral health and might help prevent tooth loss. Weston A. Price advocated bone broth for dental health.
Finding soup bones at regular grocery stores isn’t that easy but I have a supermarket called Nations near me. They have lots of bones, marrow bones, cow’s tendon, pig snout, pig’s feet, chicken feet, neck bones, chicken carcasses with the meat taken off. I opted for beef neck bones.
Roast the bones first the directions stated, and then I placed everything in my stockpot. I was going to buy a new stockpot yesterday because the metal is breaking. Then I thought of the people who get all the latest and greatest gadgets before they do something instead of just doing something. I opted to buy the bones and make a batch of bone broth instead of hunting for the perfect stockpot. Some say you should boil the bones up to twenty-four hours. This means I had to take my stock off the stove, put it in containers, find a spot in the fridge and put it back on this morning to simmer for the day.
I went down to my studio to do some art on Saturday evening but instead of painting, I read Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution. He has a new book out I looked at yesterday The Longevity Paradox How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age. One of the things he recommends is fasting.
All disease begins in the gut. Hippocrates
I fasted one day a week years ago, it may be time to bring this back. Intermittent fasting I’ve embraced and find it works for me. Fourteen to sixteen hours between dinner and breakfast most days. I do drink black coffee in the morning, and it isn’t supposed to interfere with the fast. Some people say we can have bone broth during a fast.
Religious people who fast are said to be healthier than those who do not. Generally, that would be thought to be the main difference in their eating habits, lifestyle, etc.
I looked for bone broth in Dr. Gundry’s books and didn’t find it but he does have a podcast The Dr. Gundry Podcast (episode 27) and he does agree it is scientifically proven to be good for our gut health, but he cautions too much of a good thing is not a good thing. This is one of the big messages in his books. Meat is bad because it is good for us, and vegetables are good for us because they are bad for us. He has a recipe for bone broth in The Plant Paradox cookbook.
He thinks the best thing we can do for our health is to keep our insulin levels low. He finds that the patients who have gone on a bone broth diet, how much bone broth they are using isn’t mentioned, their insulin levels have gone up. What will this mean over time, he isn’t sure, but he thinks it won’t be good. That said, he makes bone broth but doesn’t consume it every day. He believes it may be good as a short term fix but not necessarily to consume every day over our lifetime.
Moderation in everything is probably in order. Is there a perfect diet, or is there always a tweak or two we can make to improve our health? Here again, we may have to settle for the “good enough” not “perfect” diet. Can we do the best we can, with what we have?
You are what the thing you are eating ate. Dr. Steven R. Gundry
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