Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Diet and Response to Blog Comments

I started a new "diet" today to try to lose the rest of this baby weight! So far, so good! Basically, I'm cutting out all the refined sugar treats I still indulge in, diet soda, and I'm limiting my carb intake. I already eat only whole grains. But, I'm going with less than 70g of carbs a day for a few months (per Weston Price's site: http://westonaprice.org/askdoctor/losing-weight.html). I think that this a healthy amount and I tend to eat way too many starches. I'm also going to eat lot of healthy fats - butter, animal fats, and coconut oil. I recently read Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig about the importance of eating lots of healthy fats. They say that these healthy fats are essential to vitamin absorption and keep you satiated, so that you eat less.

My only concern with starting this "diet" (which really isn't a diet, but a continuation of my health quest) is breastfeeding. I don't want to lose my milk supply or eat too few calories. But, I know that the fats you eat are the most important while breastfeeding, so I'm not too concerned. I am more concerned about the asparatame in my breastmilk from drinking so many diet sodas. I'll keep you updated as to the results.

So, I tried to respond to comments, but my computer kept messing up and not letting me respond on the threads, so I'll respond here to Lindsey. As you can read from above, I really believe in the importance of fats, and everything I've learned as I've been reading and studying about health has gone contrary to popular "nutrionism", like eating low-fat, avoiding saturated fats, and consuming low-fat dairy products. I think that the natural foods that God made are the best for our bodies, not the food that the food industry created. So, I believe there is a reason why God made milk the way it is, rich in fat for calcium and vitamin absorption. So, I don't worry about the fat in milk, and I haven't gained a pound since I started drinking it. But, I do have more energy and my breakfast "holds on" a lot longer in the morning.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Deceptive Dairy Debate...

You hear a lot these days about dairy being bad for you. It's a pretty hot topic among health food people. However, most of the research is done on pasteurized milk and not raw milk from grass-fed cows. I feel like it's hard to compare the two milks. I am a believer in raw milk, you know, but I'm still interested in the arguments against dairy. So, here are some of the arguments against milk and my rebuttal.

#1 - Humans were not meant to drink cow milk. Cow milk is for cows, not people.
Yeah, well sunflower seeds are meant to grow sunflowers, potatoes are a root of a potato plant, and tomatoes are the ovary of a tomato plant. Can anyone think of a food whose sole purpose is human consumption? I can think of only one. Breast milk.

#2 - Osteoporosis rates actually increase in countries that drink a lot of dairy, so the calcium in milk does not lower the risk of osteoporosis.
The FDA recommends that adults drink low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Calcium, like many nutrients, cannot be absorbed without FAT. So, even though there may be "100%" of the calcium you need in an 8 ounce glass of milk, if you are drinking skim milk, none of that gets absorbed. You need whole, preferably raw, milk in order to reap the rewards of the calcium. So, my argument is that any old milk does not equal calcium absorption, only whole milk does.

#3 - Milk causes cancer.
Powdered milk is a carcinogen. Skim milk and 2% milk contain powdered milk. In fact, even commercial whole milk can contain powdered milk. Gross.

#4 - What's good for a baby cow may not be good for a human.
Okay. I'll give a little on this one. This may very well be true. However, milk has been a staple of the human diet since the dawn of history. Even in the Bible, God tells the Israelites that the Promised Land is a land flowing with milk and honey, signifying that the land would be full of prosperity and health. Historically, dairy has been central in many cultures. Grass-fed raw milk contains an almost perfect ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids for human consumption.

Even if cow milk isn't a perfect food for humans, it's still way better than man created alternatives: pasteurized skim milk (carcinogenic), soy milk (filled with estrogen and most of it is GMO), margarine (filled with transfat), soy cheese (eww), etc. Raw milk from grass-fed, pastured cows who are treated humanely and allowed live the way God intended for them to live produce an incredibly nutritious gift for us to consume. Let's stop criticizing milk and begin criticizing the dairy industry, the government, and the food marketers who have led us to believe that they can create a better product than the cow utter.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Awesome Quote on Real Food

"If God had wanted us to eat skinless, boneless chicken breasts, He'd have made chickens that were all breast with no fat, no skin and not a leg to stand on! If He'd wanted us to drink pasteurized fat-free milk, then fat-free milk would come boiling hot out of a cow's udder! And if He'd wanted us to eat soy protein and soy oil, the little bean would easily separate into its parts and not require a billion dollar processing plant that uses chemical solvents, extreme pressure, and hellfire temperatures. Nor would God's chosen food require tons of sugar and flavorings to make it taste halfway decent."

From the awesome article series on soy by Jim Rutz.
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53675 - Quote taken from Part 4

Monday, November 9, 2009

I am in LOVE...

...with making homemade baby food. I don't know if it's because I enjoy saving the money or the cooking process. Or, maybe it's shopping for the produce and seeing Owen's reaction to the new foods. But, I think the best part of it for me is the knowledge that I am giving my son real, healthy food, that is rich in nutrition and taste!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Iron and Baby

Owen got his first taste of beef today. He loved it! Since we're not doing cereal, I wanted to start iron-rich foods. Most countries now (including the UK and Canada) recommend meat as a first food, but it's a major traditional first food worldwide. I bought one pound of grass-fed ground beef, browned it in a skillet, and blended it in the blender, adding water until it was the right consistency. I added some sweet potatoes to the stuff he ate tonight.

Anyway, I wanted to see how much iron babies needed, and I got some great info from wholesomebabyfood.com Thought I'd paste the link here: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/Iron.htm