I hope ya’ll are doing well. Well it happened, something got me thinking again. Btw, I am still going redneck more than I usually do. That’s no secret.
I was talking with someone about kids and allergies. It blows my mind how much people leave to chance when it comes to their children.
I also find my self explaining my son the motivations of “adults.” (We talk a lot about what people used to do to survive and still do when they are trained to survival in the wild. Getting back to the redneck thaaang) Let’s face it kids are more logical than we are at times. There are other times when they are slaves to their desires. Being the wise little fellow he is, my son asked me why a person does something when they know ….. ( This part is private). You get the Idea though. My answer was that they run from the truth or avoid uncomfortable facts because they think it is easier.
I know that this doesn’t have to do with escrima, self-defense, GM Latosa or many of the other usual subjects. Sorry I’ll do a concepts related post or a training related post in the near future. Until then I have reposted a blog post that was used for something else. So if you are only to sticks knives and so on …. stop reading.
Are you still there? Good. Here are a few facts and some information that can help you with self-reliance regarding what you put in your face and your kids as well. It’s all about being honest with your self and not letting someone else tell you what to believe / know. In order to be self-reliant, you need a place to start looking for information.
Along with the old post there is a link to a podcast I was listening to while in the kitchen the other day. The guest, Nora Gedgaudas, puts many things in perspective. She was preaching to the choir in my case, but there might something new for you there.
Any Hoo! here you are.
The Old Blog Post.
I was in Copenhagen with my family. It was my wife’s birthday and we went to Riz Raz. Riz Raz is a vegetarian restaurant where you also can order meat. I had some meat on the side as well as eating from the buffet. If you are looking for some inspiration to some vegi-dishes you should go by one of the Riz Raz places. On the way back to the train station, we walked by a hotdog stand selling Hanegal products. Hanegal is an eco-producer of meats and more in Denmark. I took it as a sign to finish this blog entry.
To top it off, my wife was on the phone with a family member the same day and they ended up talking about our food journey. I write journey because all three of us have something to learn. My wife is learning to not eat all the usual modern Danish foods like oats and bread. My son and I get to learn to eat more kinds of vegi’s. We are both on different sides of the spectrum. He could eat brocoli and nothing else ( he likes it that much) and I would do any thing to not eat the green stuff! We have to work with in the constraint of price and availability as well as the likes and dislikes of different foods. It is something of a journey for us all. Well worth the learning process, even if I have to taste things I swore never to get close to again in my life. I can’t wait until or economic situations lets me have steak and eggs for breakfast ( Texas Food Please! ) like I would like to.
There are always the family and friends who play into the dynamics. They don’t like to hear about how grains etc. are not good for us and we can tend to seem like nut cases. I must admit that it can start to aggravate me a little when I look to the left and the right in stores, shops, and fast food places that are selling healthy food and all I see is soy! Soy me this and soy me that! Any Hooo! Life goes on.
There will always be different types of people out there, those who bought into modern thinking, those who don’t want to change because it is too difficult (they just can’t be bothered) , and then there are those who would like to know, but don’t have the information to read and start their own journey. I have one client who really is making an effort and I take my hat off to her. There are others who make the change with ease. Knowing where to go as well as what to read and about and be curious about are always a good start to a journey.
Before we get to far though there are a few terms you need to know.
– Ecological. Follow the link to the EU rules regarding ecological products. It might scare you and it might make you happy.
– Ecological meat is still meat that could have been (most likely has been) fed grains, corns and soy products. In other words the Omega 3 & 6 balance is still a major problem if you know about that. Another problem about this is the e coli problems that arise when the PH level are out of whack because of the feed. This is because the feed is not natures food for the animals and the animals and we the consumer pay the price for it. Then there’s the hormone and antibiotic thing as well.
– Grass fed beef does not have to be finished on grass. This gets back to the PH levels and the omega 3 & omega 6 ratios. It doesn’t take that long to mess up a grass fed cow and make it a grain fed cow.
– Grass finished, on the other hand, is not pumped with unnatural foods before market. This in turn does not cause problems for the animals or us.
– There has been court cases which were fought to control the use of the term grass fed, and ecological in the states. The wrong people won and now grass fed meat is being sold even though it really is finished on grain, soy and corn. Very large % of the corn and soy are GMO’s and grain attacks the cows stomachs just like it does ours. In short you might be in a situation where you are being sold something that is misrepresented. Remember the grass fed and grass finished terms.
– (Only grass fed and grass finished ) have the Omega 3 and Omega 6 ratio that is healthy. On top of that they have CLA’s.
– Given the situation in DK we have to live with Semi-grass fed beef that way too often comes from a milk cow. For the Danes reading this, a Texan like my self can tell you when he is eating a jersey cow or a beef cow. I went by a quality butcher who bragged about using jersey cow for his meat. He lost me there. It pays to ask questions folks.
– Ecological milk comes from cows that are eating the wrong food for them. Yes, it might be ecological corn, grain and soy, but it still causes the PH levels to go north. E coli goes bananas and so on. If you want to look it to the modern paleo diet you will see that it can be ok to drink milk from grass fed cows because the fat and much more is what it’s supposed to be. I’ll save the rest of this topic for another blog entry.
At the end of this blog entry I have posted a video. If you are not sure why you should start to look into the ecological, organic and grass fed products you should watch this video about meat glue. Heck if you just don’t like being misled you should watch the video! As always take what I write as a starting point and do some reading and research/digging of your own.
With all that said/written, I am going to break the links and information up into areas. We’ll start with Denmark. There are more but you can get started here and find quite a lot via these links.
Den Grønne butik. My local ecological store in Gentofte. He also has links to other suppliers on his website.
– I’m not sure about the eco-part but the meat is good. The meat is very lean, ergo better when avoiding high omega 6. Ditlevsdal.dk.
– Biogan A/S.
The Weston A. Price group. A go to website that can help with all sorts of information. You name it and you will find it there.
Simply organic. Just found this one with a quick search.
Zoe Harcombe is in the UK. You will find a lot of solid information here.
US Wellness Meats. A great place to get some great meat and more. I just wish I could get some of their products sent to Denmark at a reasonable price. The DK EU told would get me!
I’ll end the blog entry with a video. Ya’ll have a great day.
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