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Our Fooding Lifestyle Changes

Only horizontal images work for featured images and this was the only relevant image we had in the library. Therefore, I should probably start this piece off by stating how fascinating our fooding changes have been for me because of our very different childhoods. I was born in the early 80s but Zeffy was born back in the 50s. He's so excited to start his day with bacon or sausage and eggs, like he did before some powerful jerks {or idiots} convinced the American people that fat was going to kill us. Though to be fair, we are aware that we need to get our exercise habits pumped up.

Anyhow, I’ve got a steadily growing list of books we ‘need’ to obtain because we’ve been learning about the ketogenic lifestyle which is basically forcing a body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates. There is so much science to support our change to a high fat, low carb fooding lifestyle and I’ve been exploring documentaries for the past 2 weeks.

I’ve uploaded several images to the website library, a bunch of food facts labels on a few items we’ve got here. Yogurt is great unless it’s got a bunch of added sugar and the Ratio brand we picked up last weekend has 2 grams per serving, which is awesome. It’s also got a tiny warning, advising people to consult their physician before beginning a high fat diet. We have not done this… nor do we plan to. What can I say? We're edgy, wink wink

This is second breakfast {because we get up so early} which is a small handful of almonds and roughly 1/2 cup of yogurt. This week we're mixing ratio with the less expensive stuff we get at Aldi's because, at this time, we can't afford to spend... what did we calculate... 50$ a month on yogurt. Laughter. We eat a lot of yogurt for gut health, though the days of mixing it with a cup of Kashi cereal are long gone.

Moving right along; for what seem like mysterious reasons, I thought beans were high in protein or fat—this is not the case {though some have a decent amount of protein} but they sure are packed with dietary fiber and I feel like I already knew this. I’ve always had a rough relationship with food and it’s likely that part of the reason is my body knew these certain foods weren’t healthy and I wasn’t getting the foods I truly needed.

For whatever reason, some children eat certain non-edibles {like burn wood matches, paper napkins, and a few other things} and I can actually remember eating the paper napkins served with meals at dad’s house. Part of me can recall the motivation, as if there was some piece of my awareness that didn’t see a difference between the paper napkin and this or that food on the plate.

There are some very vocal knowledge-seekers out there who question the importance of dietary fiber; like, maybe we don’t need it at all. Dr. Paul Mason gave a talk at a seminar or gathering of the Low-Carb-USA group {free videos on} and compared constipation to a traffic jam; he rhetorically asks who’s logic it was that said the way to fix this is to add more cars. I love this concept and I love this movement.

That’s what it is, too, a movement; because of ignorance, shortsightedness or someone’s devious plan… the people of this country [USLand] have been eating so many very wrong things. We have sickness of mind, body and spirit because of this nonsense. I choose to believe that many people were simply tricked into believing something that was untrue. This is the label of our favourite Kashi cereal which is packed with goodness... or so we thought, and maybe they thought so too. And you know what? I have trouble sleeping sometimes, so now... I can eat a handful of this and be plenty tired within 30 minutes. Though that might not be a super healthy thing to do...

Watching these 2 documentaries and also various others, I'm  kind of relieved even as I'm rather disturbed. That horrible margarine commercial has been playing in my head the past several seconds, “it isn’t nice to fool mother nature” because I wonder how those brains were motivated. In the late 80s/ early 90s, when these commercials were in their heyday, I had a unique exposure to both sides of this 'movement' as it were. My parents had gotten separated when I was 8 or so, which meant they each had their own kitchen. Dad's kitchen bought Country Crock margarine in these big tubs {great for later storage, though I can only imagine now how much he used} because butter and milkfat caused heart disease, that's what the government says. And they should know, with their teams of health experts. My mother, on the other hand, was suspicious overall... she didn't like the government telling people what was good for their bodies. Eventually she didn't buy butter either... we only had organic extra virgin olive oil.

From the limited information we’ve gathered thus far, it seems like there are many religious elements to anti-fat campaign of the late 70s. Such as the guy who invented corn flakes; John Kellogg who apparently also invented peanut butter and some grain based alternative to coffee. He was also an advocate of theological modernism and the Progressive movement {director of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, which was founded by members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church}. Rumour has it he believed masturbating was bad and eating red meat was a sin. How much of our very manipulated fooding lifestyle was molded by religious ideals that believed people should be subservient and chaste? Won’t see me putting up a fight or getting my frisky sex on when I’ve got too many carbs in my system—I’m either too tired or aching for a fix to focus.

{My favourite salsa, which I know have to fit into my new fooding lifestyle or get rid of. I used to put half a cup on cooked spaghetti.} I feel like the people of this country have been unknowing or unwilling lab rats for a bunch of scientists studying data to explore this or that hypothesis. My own experiences are limited to nonsense painted up like divine truth by the American Heart Association… “6-11 servings of grains and carbs every day!” which I’m likely to become very convinced would have killed me eventually. On a slightly different note, I also experienced the inside of psych wards and dosed with a variety of pills because daddy said something was wrong with me. I've seen the men of this world, the guys who wear white coats who believe my people {neuro-divergent, mentally ill, rebellious, weird} are beneath them. 

Studies were shared in one or both Fat: A Documentary in which scientists explored theories on patients at mental hospitals. Changing diets, without permission, to test theories and gather data. The expression on the person’s face, sharing this information… which also includes the fact that this study was carried out by some of our ancestors, which would be illegal now because it’s so insanely unethical. Yet this seems to be a fascinating personality trait of ‘the white man’ who so often possibly believes that he is Great Creator’s favourite child and this world is a playground built just for him.

Fabulous job, me; even though I had most of this already typed up... this post still took almost an hour and it's time for second breakfast and some wiggling stretches {because I've been sitting this whole time.}

Thanks for tuning in. Teta