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My New Year is off to a good start before it’s even gotten here as I found another new blog./website. Better check it out.
She has left a couple comments on this blog, but I never caught up with her blog until today when I followed the trail of her comment on Tap’s blog.
Ahh, more things to read. Life is good!
Cindy and I went in to Rapid and paid a bill and went out for a nice lunch then came home. Tyler will spend the evening with us as Tate and Kass go to see friends in Rapid. Hope they don’t stay too long as we will have the two boys! 🙂
Hope you all have a wonderful New year.
I got this from Alan Nations blog. I find it very interesting.
New Michael Pollan Book
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma has a new book out next month called In Defense of Food. Michael sent me an advance copy and if you are a grassfed enthusiast you’ll really like it. In this book Pollan reveals that much of what we are eating today is really “edible foodlike substances” and not real food. Insidiously, he said many of these fake foods come with health claims that make them appear to be more nutritious than real food. He calls this unholy combination of industrial food and semi-scientific health claims “nutritionism.” The end result has been a dramatic rise in obesity and its related health problems such as adult onset diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Pollan says the best way to fight this obesity epidemic is to return to the traditional pre-World War II diet scientists rejected as “unhealthy.” Pollan exposes that the post war diets change recommendations were never scientifically tested but were based upon extrapolations of data. For example, the overall health of the American public rose dramatically during World War II and the scientists concluded this was due to the rationing of meat and dairy products. This observation birthed the “low-fat” diet movement and faux foods like margarine and white bread. What they overlooked was that sugar and refined flour were also tightly rationed. The resulting shift of swapping fast digesting carbohydrates for animal fats and low fiber flour actually made people much fatter because they became hungry again much faster than on the traditional diet. The resulting obesity epidemic was worsened by the shift from real sugar to corn syrup as the primary sweetener. Another deadly diet shift has been the heavy use of hydrogenated soybean oil in almost all bakery products to add shelf life and moistness. The addition of corn and soybean based ingredients to almost all manufactured food ingredients and the shift to grain-based confinement beef finishing, pork production and dairying dramatically shifted America to a very high omega-6 fatty acid diet. Pollan said the first step on the road back to healthy eating is to reject all manufactured food products with a health claim. He said a traditional diet based mostly on green plants, and animals that eat green plants (wild fish, grassfed meats and dairy), is the most healthy diet. “If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize what you are eating as food, don’t eat it,” he said.
The wind blew much of the snow into the creeks and draws, so that it can thaw in the future and run into the creeks and waterholes. I just love it when a plan comes together! 🙂
Sunny but still some wind today. Tyler is home and went with me to feed hay and bring some home for the cows in the corral. He played with the dogs in the haystack just as he did many years ago as a young boy. I can remember doing the same with my father as he fed hay from the same stackyard. Ahh to be young again, but I wouldn’t want to re-live it all. 😉
Here’s a picture from yesterday afternoon, down in the breaks.
We’d gotten the cattle all worked so we were taking them back out to their pasture to the west as the sun was going down. We had an awful nice day for it. got up to 40 or so. Pretty nice for december 20th!
Snowing here this morning, but doesn’t sound like we will get too much.
Shortest day of the year today. Well, the least amount of daylight anyway. After this the days will get longer until June 21. That is always a long day to cowboy. Doesn’t get dark until about 9 pm.
Ahh, the winter will pass now. 🙂
Gabe took a nasty fall yesterday, somewhere out in the corrals. We ended up taking him to Rapid for a cat scan and it all checked out good but he sure a tuff lookin’ little feller right now!
I tried to up load a picture of him, but it won’t come on here. Mayber tomorrow I’ll get one on.
I took a leaf out of Tap’s book today and took my camera along while I was driving the team. This is what it looks like when your driving.
Sure was another nice day. Going down in the breaks tomorrow to help a neighbor work some cattle. Supposed to be nice. That’s good. I’m kind of a fair weather cowboy. I can ride when it’s cold and nasty out, but I sure don’t like it!
The old message board, cowboys and buckaroos, is on the fritz this morning, so the guy who started it, started a new one.
You have to register, but that’s pretty easy. This one has a live chat feature and spell check and other new cool things. I think it will be an improvement. For all of you who I don’t have your email address, I hope you check in here and find out how to get to the new site. Hopefully at some time we will be able to get back on the old site and move all those threads over to the new site.
For those of you who were never on the old site, this new site will be pretty much like the old one. Dedicated to, for and about working ranch cowboys and buckaroo’s. If your interested, stop in and say hi.