Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I was out of fun ideas after the boxes, so we played with the camera and took funny pictures...
BrennenLastly, I am on a bit of a health kick. I actually hope it is not a kick, but a lifestyle change. It has been a lot of work, but I am sure it will be worth it. It all started when I began reading my old BYU teacher's blog: http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/blog/ She talks about eating more healthy, blah, blah, blah. Then I read a book she recommended, and it changed my life. It is called "China Study" and I recommend it to everyone.
So since then I have been trying to feed my family way fewer animal products (meat, milk, eggs, cheese) and more whole foods (whole grains, fruits, vegis, legumes). We could be a LOT better, and I still get my favorites when we eat out... but I actually do feel better when I eat healthy. Since we stopped drinking milk, Oakley is not wheezy and buggery all the time (yes, you can get ALL the calcium you need without drinking milk- those dairy gurus have us all brainwashed). Kalle the other morning Cracked Brandt up with this conversation before I got up:
Kalle: Dad, milk is bad for you
Brandt: Why is that?
Kalle: Because it has animal protein!
I found this online that I thought was pretty cool:The first of the six vials in this set contains whole wheat kernels, recognized throughout history as the "staff of life." At the opposite end is bleached white flour... as gleaming and nutritionless as industrial science can make it. The four middle vials showcase the nutritional riches that today's commercial millers sacrifice on the altar of unlimited shelf life: The bran, middlings, wheat germ, and wheat germ oil, where virtually all the goodness of the whole grain resides. None of that goodness remains in white flour.
To end, here are some fun facts about dairy that I got off my teacher's blog:
Asians have little or no osteoporosis. They also (until recently) have been nonconsumers of dairy products. (Besides eating much less meat and almost no dairy products, they also drink few sodas, get lots of exercise, and eat more vegetables.)
The huge nurses’ study (75,000 subjects) by Harvard School of Public Health found that women with the highest dairy consumption had substantially more bone fractures than women who drank less milk.
The highest dairy-consuming countries are Finland, Sweden, the U.S., and England. The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are Finland, Sweden, the U.S., and England.
Black South Africans consume 1/10th the amount of calcium that African Americans do. But African Americans have 9 times as many hip fractures! (Our obsession with eating massive amounts of calcium is unwarranted. We just need to eat bioavailable sources of calcium. These foods high in calcium include greens, nuts, grains, etc.)