Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Four years ago today I took the three-week vegan challenge my son challenged me to. I didn’t think I could do it. Give up my cream with a little coffee. Somehow I drank my coffee half hot water, half coffee. I did not become a vegan, I have never called myself vegan even though I was pretty strict at the beginning of the whole food plant-based starch solution eating plan.
I was strict because I thought it was easy to revert back to old ways of eating. The first three weeks of the vegan challenge I felt good so I extended it to six months. Still feeling good and losing some weight while eating as much rice, potatoes, beans, etc as I wanted I kept it up. I already knew from my days of food combining that starch and fat are a recipe for putting on weight. Starch without fat seems to be the recipe for a svelte healthy body.
I still believe there is a lot of good information in The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall. He has tons of information on the internet on how his eating plan has helped numerous people with various diseases.
Most activism is brought about by us ordinary people. Patricia Hill Collins
I believe we are what we eat – how can we be anything else. My mother always encouraged me not to diet. She was right. In my early twenties, I quit dieting and by doing so maintained a good weight. As I hit my forties weight started to creep up and I looked for ways of eating to look after that. Suzanne Somers food combining worked for me but I ate more meat and fat than carbs and no fat so I don’t think I was as healthy as I could be. She didn’t like some of the healthiest carbs not embracing bananas and potatoes.
The Starch Solution is a lot like food combining except he doesn’t embrace eating meat and fat. An all or nothing diet doesn’t work for me. I can be really strict but I can’t live the rest of my life thinking I can’t eat whatever. I watched my son and his girlfriend struggle to find things to eat at the hotel in Jamaica because it was an omnivore’s paradise. They compromised by eating dairy.
We grew up on balanced meals. We didn’t gorge ourselves on cheese and ice-cream as kids. Our meat was grass-fed, our pigs and chickens free-range part of the year and grain-fed. There were no hormones in our meat and few antibiotics or inoculations were used. My mother still eats this way and is healthy at 94.
I’ve changed my diet again. I’ve done my third fast including bone broth, which my son informs me is not fasting. Don’t just say things Mom,” he says. “Words mean something, when we all put a different meaning to the same words, we don’t know what we are talking about.” He’s right I won’t call it a fast. For twenty-four hours from 6:00 in the evening until 6:00 the next evening or thereabout I’ve only had black coffee, black herbal tea, and bone broth.
My life as an experiment continues. I document how I feel and how this works for me. I’ve kept a food journal for years. I believe I am healthier because of it, I can look back and try to figure things out. Gut health is what I am hoping to increase. Dr. Gundry from the Plant Paradox is my new guide. He recommends we eat at least 5 days without animal foods in a row per month to give us almost the same benefits as a completely plant-based diet.
Bone broth is supposed to be good for bone health. As I said I’m an experiment and I feel our diet is what we can control and what leads to health. If we aren’t as healthy as we think we should be shouldn’t we look to our diet?
Mom didn’t have her gall bladder removed when she had gall bladder problems she changed her diet. When she who ate little fat had high cholesterol and Dad who ate fat had low cholesterol she tweaked her diet. We create our health with our knife and fork. If you think you need to tweak your diet maybe you want to look at Dr. Gundry’s Plant Paradox.
We have to find ways to preserve our soil, our health, our planet. I think mixed farms do that by enriching the soil through animal droppings. Land cannot be continuously cultivated.
It can take 500 years to create an inch of soil. The management of our soil is one of our greatest concerns. Big business has its ideas, small farmers have theirs. Does anyone know the truth? Some small farmers are taking their depleted soil and enriching it. These are the people we should be listening to.
We need the people who have done it. Who knows what they are doing, and who have made things better to be heard. We need to hear from the people who increase their water table with trees. We need to hear from the farmers who enrich their poor soil. We need to hear from people who have stopped desertification in their location. We need to hear from people who have become healthier by changing their diet. We need to hear from the people who have remained healthy by eating their ancestral diet.
We need to hear from the people who know how to do things. Monocropping isn’t good for the soil or our health.
There are statistics giving the number of harvests that can be expected from our soils if we keep to the current method of cultivation. Destroying our soil is one of the crises looming ahead of us.
National Geographic has steps they think we should take to ensure we can feed the world in 2050.
Step One: Freeze Agriculture’s footprint.
Step Two: Grow more on the farms we’ve got.
Step Three: Use resources more efficiently – they suggest embracing both commercial farming and organic farming.
Step Four: Shift our diets to less meat. Curtail using food crops for biofuel.
Step Five: Reduce waste.
I believe every country should be able to feed its own population. If we can’t feed our own people what will happen in a crisis?
Food self-sufficiency comes down to whether a country could feel its people with its own production, not whether it actually is. Canada is one of the few countries listed as food sufficient. We might not have the varied diet we love but we’ll have food.
Do we need to be the change we want to see in the world, our health, our family? Is changing ourselves, our practices, and our behavior the only change we can make?
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do. Gandhi
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