Thursday, May 10, 2012
One summer when I was somewhere around 12 years old I was visiting my Grandparents for a week and My Uncle Freddy, 3 years older, got the idea that the two of us would camp out on the farm for 3 days. We would hunt for our food and live off the land. He had a canvas tarp that would be our shelter and we took a pack with a few basic cooking tools and off we went. Grandma's rule was that we had to stay on their farm - 140 acres. Then, with the wisdom of a saint, she handed us a bag of her biscuits to take with us.
We couldn't say no.
We took our 22 caliber rifles figuring we would get squirrels for meat and the wild berries were ripe so we were in great shape. Ahhhh the ignorance of youth. Covering 140 acres we never found a squirrel in 3 days. After just eating biscuits and Gooseberries the first night we set off on the second day with a biscuit and berry breakfast. By lunch time we were hungry so we went to the creek and found some bullfrogs and cooked frog legs over an open fire. That was lunch, and then more frog legs for dinner - with a biscuit and berries. For breakfast the next morning we got more frogs, and then for lunch, and then for dinner. We spent the third night in the woods very close to the house and hurried in for breakfast. Grandma fed us a huge breakfast and we ate like there was no tomorrow. The crazy thing about that experience is that I still like frog legs - but they were much better when Grandma cooked them.
At an early age I had learned that a severely restricted diet sucks but if it has biscuits it's tolerable. However, the minute we were off that diet we went right back to our old eating habits. Sound familiar. There wasn't anything fried in our diet and it was sort of balanced but it was a flawed idea from the start. We had sold that snake oil to ourselves and since I have already tried it I'm not buying any more. So, when anyone tries to convince you that a "diet' is better than the Sparkpeople approach then it's your call. Me - - I'm saying "no thanks" to the frog legs.
Enjoy the ride,