Okay, so I'm introducing a new topic. Confession: I'm a food junkie. I read about food, research nutrients (macro and micro), experiment with different food lifestyles, experiment with different idealisms, theories, philosophies... I'm currently finishing a distance course on holistic nutrition. I read scientific material about food (ya know, the kind where you have to read and re-read a sentence 10 times before it clicks). I have many, many blogs I frequent with the main subject as, you guessed it, FOOD. It's an obsession, er, passion of mine. It's something I care about deeply, think about almost constantly, and work on daily. I'm currently in the middle of cooking for the teachers of a yoga workshop (today and tomorrow). I love creating food, too. Yep, food and I are best friends and ... worst enemies. Or rather, REAL food and I are best friends, and pseudo-food and I are worst enemies.
I love real food. What's real food, you ask? Anything that is recognizable in its eaten form as the same substance in which it emerged. Rather, if you can pick, hunt, gather, plant, milk or grow it - it's real food.
I was raised mostly raw vegan, spent a few years as a nearly 100% raw vegan, attempted fruitarian, and have also been a cooked vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore. I've also had my fair share of junk food.
Most recently, I've been fascinated by a mostly Paleolithic-based diet. That is, the predominant diet we humans ate during the longest part of our evolution. While I am thoroughly happy with the idea of everyone eating a whole foods diet (post-agriculture revolution), really we've only been eating this diet for a drop in the bucket of time compared to the amount of time we've spent eating a pre-agricultural diet. So what exactly is a Paleolithic Diet? Basically, anything that can be hunted or gathered. Milk and grains are very new foods. I'm not against the idea that many of us have adapted to eating those things (I'm still in the middle of researching this), us being biological scavengers and all, but I do believe that most of us have so many imbalances and mal-absorption issues that the best healing diet is the one our bodies thrive on. The diet we ate for millions of years.
After lots of struggling with an unhealthy reliance on the hormones (broken down) sugars release in the body, I've finally hopped on the Paleo train. Though not purely (I'm not a purist or dogmatic - I like to keep mental space open for new ideas) - I am still eating raw dairy for the fat content (and vitamins D, A, and K2). But I am experimenting with the idea of eliminating dairy for a time to see if it will help speed up the process of gut healing.
I do have to say, though, that I feel 100% better since I've started eating this way. I've eliminated grains, starches, fruits, and all natural sweeteners (except stevia). And I am happy to say that my previously out-of-control blood sugar level is completely stable 24/7. That, in and of itself, is a profound miracle. I don't feel like a terrifying monster anymore (irritability. Need I say more?). I feel great.
Anyway, I wanted to share some of the yummy Paleo foods I've been making lately.
Organic chicken salad, toasted pine nuts, greens, tomatoes and cucumbers. So good.
Paleo Chili: grass-fed beef/bison, onions, stewed tomatoes and tomato paste, carrots, chili, cumin and sea salt. Delish.
I'd like to write more often about food. Get a little scientific, a little food crafty, and a bit naustalgic. Hopefully there are a few other food junkies out there as well!