Go [pastured] Pig or Go Home!! A small rant…

This cutie lives on Ridge to Reef Farm in St. Croix!!

So this morning I have already found myself on my soapbox regarding bacon, eggs, grass-fed beef, et al. I get so frustrated when I see all those diets floating around…and there are so many supplements out there it truly boggles my mind. I know it is generally more expensive to eat organic produce, pastured eggs and chicken and pork, and grass-fed beef. Or at least in the short run. It is MUCH more expensive in the long run to eat all that processed food…expensive in the form of higher health care bills and the possible [probable] cost of a shorter life span and lower quality of life.

What if we all began demanding GMO-free foods? What if we all demanded grass-fed beef? And pastured chicken, pork and eggs?? What if, what if, what if…?? And more important than ‘what if’ is why don’t we already? How did we let something so important as food get out of our hands? This is what goes into our bodies. It is what our bodies use to grow and be nurtured and sustained. You know the expression: You are what you eat. I certainly don’t want to be some sort of chemically processed, sugar-laden, GMO filled being!!

Somehow it was decided that raw milk is no longer good for us, and in most states is it illegal to even buy it. How did we let that decision get taken away? If I want/choose to buy raw milk, I should be able to buy it. I can read about and determine the risk factors for myself. How did it come to be that someone else’s opinion about what is best for me overrides my own?

And how about fats? Yes, I said it: FATS. “Fats” is a BEAUTIFUL four-letter word that has been vilified over the years – especially saturated fats. Saturated fats are necessary in our diets (did you hear that:necessary!!), especially when they come from sources such as pastured pork and grass-fed beef. They are rich in many nutrients our bodies need. NEED…Did you know that the nutrients in vegetables are better absorbed when you add a little fat – such as butter – to them? Lard rendered from pastured pork is high in vitamin D. Just a couple of examples to blow your mind a little.

These subjects and others are topics to delve into further at another time. For now  I will finish by stating that I stand by my credo of eating in moderation. Anything can be bad for you if you go overboard…I don’t do ‘diets’…at least not in the typical sense. My ‘diet’: I eat as local as possible, I consume grass-fed/pastured  meats/eggs/poultry, and I move my body…generally via walking or Nia. I work to keep balance in my life spiritually, mentally and physically. Life is just too short to eat fake food…

Please share with your friends, thank you!

One thought on “Go [pastured] Pig or Go Home!! A small rant…

  1. This is wonderfully stated! I spent so many years listening to the “experts” on nutrition and health until I found my body in shambles and may never recover from the damage. It infuriates me that we seem unable as a nation to stop the madness! I have learned so much on my own but find that healthy eating is not favored by government, advertisers, family or friends or even most doctors! I just want to make my own choices and not have anyone tell me what they think my body needs and I want the freedom to obtain my nutrient-dense foods. I am so much better off for the education I discovered on my own and hope to continue the journey toward a healthy body and mind but sheesh, they make it hard to just eat real food these days! I eat as you do, adding a gluten free life right now to the grass-fed/pastured meats/eggs/poultry/local. (and fermented:-) I try to spread the joy of eating as I now do, but until by body reflects the change, I don’t think I have much credence with others. Thanks for the rant!

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