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I have been thinking...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thinking has kept me away for a while...and experiences…

and more thinking…

On the food side of things? I am finding that carbs are disrupting my digestive system, I don't know about yours. My stomach gets more agitated when I eat bread, grains and sometimes legumes. Not always brown rice or lentils though. I will try wild rice as suggested by I do like his site.

Over the last year I have collected dried pulses and grains for survival in hard times and it would seem that I need to now change my thinking if I am to embrace the Primal/Paleo way of eating. Vegetables, fish, fowl, meat, eggs, nuts and seeds…and for me, limited dairy e.g yogurt, full cream, some cheese (I decided this on the basis that I like it too much to give up and also that I am type B blood type and therefore privileged to eat dairy and get away with it).

That's my story and I am sticking to it.

In the absence of meat, in hard times and at a push, I would eat grains and legumes. Dried, these keep so well, and no meat, except maybe some kinds of jerky/biltong, can last as long as dried grains and legumes. Maybe agriculture was a blessing as the masses expanded?

I am between a rock and a hard place because this is crunch time for me…decision time. What do I do with all the supplies of dried beans, grains and pastas and how do I live the way of the Primal People? Do I hoard them (the grains and pulses) for a distant time, or do I give them all away to people who need food? At least it is food. Grains and dried beans/pulses keep. Fresh vegetables need rain and sunshine. So, what if you're an Ethiopian mommy and it hasn't rained for a while and you don't have any seed anyway? Now what? You want to rely on the government to help you? Well that ain't gonna happen. Again, now what?

For a start, let's just try and be kind to each other. Let us not cling to our possessions but move them on in our lives. Make way for the new. Empower charities to give to those in need and give whatever we can.

I possess way too much and it is my goal this year to diminish my possessions by at least half. How much does one need for heaven's sake?

It is also my goal to write and finish my book by the end of 2014. What an exciting project! I feel and see myself in our little house in the mountains, going through photos and articles, DVDs and old tapes, old and new writings, poems that are birthed in the glimpse of a past well lived, enjoyed and well loved.

The decluttering and giving away includes the excess weight I have been carrying for years. I am leaning more and more towards Paleo/Primal foods and am trying to get my head around it so that it makes total sense to me. In the meantime I shall continue following the 80/20 rule of good and a little less so:)

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  • LIS193
    If the food you have stocked up on doesn't agree with your body it would be a good idea to give it to people in need.
    I find my body doesn't like wheat and grains but I am ok with beans and lentils.
    Lately I have been eating a lot of vegetables and some lean protein and it agrees much better with me.
    1844 days ago
    Hi and thanks for the encouragement. We so often don't know how much we need it at times.

    I have just started minimising red meat in my diet, but if I find Paleo/Primal lacking in variety, I will possibly add it back in. This is experiment time emoticon
    1844 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2013 11:05:13 AM
    I think you sound like you are doing well. I love the idea of 80/20. I too have begun cutting out the meat and dairy. I suspect the dairy will be a lot harder for me.
    1844 days ago
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