Radical Notions

Up until the last hundred years (approximately), all/most:

Milk went straight from the cow to being used for butter, cheese, yogurt, etc (raw milk)

Produce was never treated with pesticides & other chemicals (organic)

Produce & Animals were of the heirloom or hybrid varieties (non-GMO)

Animals were kept on pasture as long as it was seasonally available (grass fed meat)

Eggs & Chicken came from hens who moved about freely, ate bugs, & scratched in the dirt (free range)

Food came from a nearby farmer, butcher, or your own backyard (local, self-sufficient)

Food was grown by farmers who rotated crops & the pastures used for grazing, grew a variety of items, etc. (sustainable)

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These things aren’t new; they’re much older than the recent changes brought on by the Industrial Age. We really screwed up when we prioritized convenience and easy over quality and sustainability.

Remind me again why I’m crazy and radical for wanting the same things?

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Day One

Day one of the smoothie fast… and I’m HUNGRY! We all slept in this morning, so we had a late breakfast and a late lunch, but we’re still feeling hungry. I already cheated and had a few handfuls of raisins, but I’m so hungry again I’m kind of nauseated. Yuck. Not sure how well I’m going to be able to stick to this being a fast.

A Personal Study of Amino Acids

I really love to study the human body, particularly how it works with the food you eat. Recently I started a study of amino acids, and used an old standby book for my reading: Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements, 2nd ed. by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC (certified nutritional consultant). Her science and research seems quite credible. Anyway. Here are my notes from my studying – all credit goes to Ms. Balch.

*These are my personal notes and should not be used in place of a medical professional.

Alanine: plays a major role in the transfer of nitrogen from peripheral tissue to the liver; aids in metabolism of glucose; guards against the buildup of toxic substances; useful for treatment with insulin-dependent diabetes; too much alanine and low levels of tyrosine and phenylalanine is associated with Epstein-Barr and chronic fatigue. More