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Great blog by Gary Taubes

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

He addresses some important issues that many people seem to have missed in his book. This is a deep thinker so be prepared to be reading for a while. emoticon


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    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 11/23/2012 2:58PM

    Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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KICK-SS 11/20/2012 6:33PM

    I read Gary Taubes blog earlier this morning. I thought it was very good too!!!! He does a good job!

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WOUBBIE 11/20/2012 2:07PM

    Thanks for posting this! Taubes has such a great way of cutting through illogic.

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GRACEMCDOG 11/20/2012 12:59PM

    I wish all my friends who continue to think that eating unlimited amounts of fruit has to be okay and good for them because fruit is a 'natural' source of sugar would read this and other material that explains the effects of fructose on the body. Thanks for posting this link, Birgit. I really enjoyed the article--quite thought provoking!

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A dark November day - I'm going to have fun anyhow

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's my day off today. So when I woke up and saw the dark clouds and the pouring rain I decided to have fun anyhow. We went swimming in the morning and I managed to swim 1000 yards freestyle. After that we had a nice cup of decaf and a small lunch and went to the ice skating rink for another 45 minutes of exercise. Now I feel entitled to just sit around for a while and read a good book or watch a movie. emoticon but not too hard. emoticon

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KALIOPPE 11/21/2012 5:12AM

    Good way to break the gloom. It is dark and rainy here today, so I skipped my aqua class. Now I need to find something to do that will take my mind off the weather. :)

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NAYPOOIE 11/20/2012 12:19PM

    I love dark rainy days too, but preferably when I can stay home and build a fire.

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LOSER05 11/20/2012 9:04AM

    I love rainy dark days

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ERIN1957 11/20/2012 7:34AM


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JSTETSER 11/20/2012 6:01AM

    Good plan!
emoticon Read my blog "Pressing on!"

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HISTORYRUNNER 11/20/2012 2:12AM

    Looks like you had fun. It's the best to get out and be active when it's cold and wet outside. Then sitting back and watching the movie is twice as good, right? emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/20/2012 12:51AM

    Ah encouraging post because it does not have to be harder than that!

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2ABBYNORMAL 11/19/2012 9:49PM

    Wow. What a great day. I envy you.
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COMEONMA 11/19/2012 7:12PM

    wow, fantastic workout! enjoy your relaxation

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ONMYWEIGH60 11/19/2012 6:24PM

    Those are my favorite kind of workouts. I love swimming and ice skating.
What a way to make the best of an rather gloomy day.


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Where to find animal products from pasture-fed animals

Sunday, November 18, 2012

On popular request I wanted to pass on this very useful resource that includes a nationwide list of where to find pasture-fed animals locally and also lots of info on why pasture-raised animals produce better food.


You may find producers near you. Be prepared to planning ahead a bit if you want a turkey or a larger amount of something. It may even be worth it for many to buy an additional freezer or refrigerator. Many small producers will only raise and grow what they can sell in a local market. Some will ask you to pay for an animal or a share while they are still raising it. But the benefits are worth it. Many will give you and your children the opportunity to visit their farm so you can see how the animals are raised. Most of them deeply care about their land and their animals and also about the people they serve and will be happy to talk to you.
There is nothing better than to know the person who is growing/raising your food. emoticon

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ROBYNLN 11/19/2012 2:23PM

    Eat Wild is a great resource. Another good website is: http://www.localharvest.org/ . These 2 websites are how I got started sourcing local, quality food sources. Another place is to check out our local farmer's market. The meat farmers there are more than happy to discuss their practices and often will have more options for people willing to commit to buy all or part of an animal.

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ERIN1957 11/19/2012 2:20PM

    Thanks so much!!

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JSTETSER 11/19/2012 6:04AM

    Thanks for the post.

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NDTEACHER1 11/18/2012 7:09PM

    I think so many pesticides, growth hormones, and on and on has lead to a very sick nation. Cancer, diabetes, many of these illnesses are not caused by man's choice but what is put in food today. My parents are 83 and 90 and still grow their own garden, don't use any pesticides or any other garbage we find in food today.

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Day 8 of ketosis

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's been a week and therefore time for an update.
I'm still in ketosis but have not lost any more weight. It is still around 131 lbs.
I did exercise some but not as much as I would like to.
I was still not sleeping that well this past week and was still coughing some. There may be some inhalant allergy at work, too.
Today we went ice skating for the first time this season and had a lot of fun. My body remembered most of what I learned last year but it was a busy day at the ice skating rink so I'll wait until I can go in the morning when it's emptier to try the more difficult figures. I also went swimming twice this past week and my freestyle stroke and backstroke is slowing improving. Starting tomorrow I am hoping to get somewhat longer workouts in.
I feel relief that I will not have to fight the urge to overeat during the holidays. We will have time to spend together as a family and have active things planned regardless of what the weather will be like.

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ERIN1957 11/18/2012 6:54AM


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LTMURPHY7 11/17/2012 11:49PM


I used to ice skate
It's fun

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Knitting sweaters for chickens?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I wanted to share this article which may seem funny and a little over the top to some, but it also shows a side of factory farming that we might want to ignore: that birds raised commercially for meat and eggs often do not receive very good care.
Suppliers will only produce what people buy. If we only buy meat from pasture-raised, humanely treated and slaughtered animals, even if we have to eat less of it to afford it, we can shut down the cruelty in much of the livestock industry.
At the same time we will get much healthier food.
So if you like to knit and your children, grandchildren and relatives have enough sweaters, gloves and hats maybe here is your next fun project to raise awareness about mistreated livestock. emoticon

By the way, we will not buy a whole turkey this year but instead have a yummy meal with a turkey leg or two and some ground beef, depending on what our coop has on sale.

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JAZZID 11/18/2012 2:12PM

    Great blog. Right now I am not eating pastured chicken, turkey, etc., but I will investigate where I can purchase it. I don't drive and I am on a budget, so I may not be 100% but if I can add in more of it I hope it will help.

Thanks for sharing blog. ~ Dee emoticon

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WOUBBIE 11/17/2012 6:13PM

    We're always on a budget, but I was relieved when my DH didn't "squawk" a while back when I mostly switched to buying eggs from humanely treated animals. You're so right about voting with our dollars!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/17/2012 6:08PM

    This I did not know. It was over 100 years ago that Upton Sinclair shone a light on the meatpacking industry resulting in a public outcry. It's even more important today and we have the tools to do it.

I remember a required case study in MBA programs in the 70s about contact lenses on chickens, so they couldn't peck each other in their close confined quarters. The debate was not about humane treatment, but about whether it was cost effective. So very sad!

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ROBYNLN 11/17/2012 4:02PM

    I will be having a pastured turkey, as I have for the past several years. I completely agree on voting w/my dollars. That is the only way things will change. Plus, we need to support our local farmers, else they will go out of business and then we will have NO options! I was concerned my usual supplier wouldn't have enough turkeys this year and didn't know what I would do. There is no way I could go back to ButterBall. Fortunately, my fresh turkey will be delivered on Tuesday! emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 11/17/2012 2:16PM

  Absolutely emoticon

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USMAWIFE 11/17/2012 2:08PM

    I have seen this several times.. They knit sweaters for penguins, chickens, pigs and one place was doing it for ducks

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