That's interesting. I must pay more attention next time I plant older
seeds of the cucurbita family. One thing that does occur to me is that
in Australia what we call 'pumpkin', USians call 'winter squash' so
Higgs might still need to seek a definitive answer to his query.
I'm assuming that the gardeners who told me about older pumpkin seeds
found out what they were telling me based on experience just as you did
with your summer squash. One of these gardeners also told me that dog
poo was a superb fertiliser under lemon trees. Can't say I've ever been
tempted to try that one but since he was a gardener who worked for many
years at Government House then he should have had some knowledge and skills.
Same, same Fran, squash and pumpkins are all basically squash.
Nomenclature is just a way to get your kids to eat pumpkin. <G>
We have numerous acorn squash seed that didn't compost well so one of
the beds has lots of squash growing. I baked a store bought acorn squash
and tossed the seeds in the composter. The seeds germinated in the
garden bed and are producing what looks like a Hubbard squash that has a
light green background and dark green stripes. Hybridization does that
to plants. Doesn't matter to us as squash is squash and might be a
pumpkin but it's all edible. Amazes the great grand kids when they see
something different and teaches them a small lesson about hybridization,
You are stating your opinions as if they are facts.
Words have meaning, and you don't get to define them:
Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are
high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is the
most common form of diabetes.
As I said, Paleo, is another of the wacky "I know better
than people that have studied this" things that have
become so popular lately.
Obesity and lack of exercise are the 2 most common causes
of T2. I really don't want T2.
I'm not Obese and I swim 3 times a week.
Caveman diets? No thanks.
Something odd is going on in the US when it comes to 'carbs'. It's like
'carbs' have become the new anti-Çhrist. 'Low carbing' is highly
After having tried to get sense out of someone who I had thought was
bright, curious and could do research, I decided that I'd no longer
bother trying to make any sense of what people believe when it comes to
what they eat and the reasons for why they eat what they do.
One in six of us are getting T2 Diabetes. The Diabetes Association
is predicting it will go down to one and three (though I think they
may have dubious motives). It is directly linked to the over
consumption of carbs. It doesn't fall out of the sky and hit you
in the head.
Carbs are fine, when consumed in the quantities that were available
in our ancestral diet (99% of human history), which was extremely
varied. We now have gotten too cleaver for ourselves and have
hybridized plants to produce artificial amounts of carbohydrates
that do not occur naturally in nature. I think this all came about
when we discovered beer and hybridized grains for better beer.
So the poison in truly in the dosage.
There is a part of your brain called the satiation switch
that makes us happy when we eat carbs. Only problem is
that it is designed for our ancestral diet, not the
artificially hybridized diet of today. Carbs become very,
very addictive. They are cheap to produce, which makes
the special interests push the damned things.
Oh do you know the scoundrels a the USDA think I should
be eating 400 grams of carbs a day! (I am between 30 and 60,
and health folks should probably keep it under 100.)
Talk about corruption and palm waxing! There is so much
money in cheap food like substances (carbs).
And this goes way beyond a fad. It is a major health problem.
I know one man it killed. He refused to stop eating carbs.
I know another man who told me how to abuse drugs (insulin)
so he could eat pie. He now has lost both legs, lost his
kidneys (he is on the transplant list), had a major heart
attack. It is going to kill him and a lot of people
love and depend on him. And he still won't dump the carbs.
This is a horrible addiction.
I think part of the "Fad" part you are pointing out is that folks
have noticed that you can not get fat on fat (use or lose). To
get fat required insulin (the fat hormone) and carbs. So fat
bigotry has some to play with it. The weight loss industry
is a bunch of so and so's. And society's attitude towards
fat people is scurrilous.
Now if you are in the five out of six, do worry about it. If
you start to gain weight and/or pee a lot, then worry.
(Remember that skinny people get T2 as well.) Also, if
you are suddenly starting to lose weight for no reason and
your idiot friends start to tell you how good you look
(like mine did). WORRY BIG TIME!
The good news is that you can recover from carbohydrate poisoning
(T2 Diabetes). And you can live a completely normal life, as I
and others do, without drugs or allopaths.
And, when you get off the high carbs, your satiation switch
will reset and you will suddenly start to taste subtleties
you never even know were there. My eyes role when I eat my
home grown tomatoes.
Paleo is what pulled me off the drugs. And it is simple.
Meat, fat, low carb plants. What you eat in order of precedence:
1) what you grow or catch yourself, 2) local grown, 3) organic
farmed, 4) as natural as you can get it. Don't obsess on it.
And, oh man I eat so well!
Plus, there is more to Paleo than food and exercise. There
is the walking barefoot, getting up and down with the sun,
spending time with loved ones, including meals together.
We all know that Grok (my favorite cave man) use to have to
chase his food. What we all miss is that he chased it with
his family, his friends, his tribe. We have so totally
lost this in our culture.
If anyone reading this catches T2, I keep a running list
of scientific research on tradition medicine (herbs) to
help heal the injury. If you can find me (ping Todd in the
subject line), I will send it to you.
By the way, speaking of loved ones, T2 is a family/tribe
issue. If anyone in your family/tribe/loved ones has
T2, YOUR EAT WHAT THEY EAT. (Well, at least in front of
them.) My wife made the decision to be on the exact diet
I was on when I got inducted into the pin cushion club.
She has been a total blessing (she is a trophy wife in
the truest meaning.)
I am teaching myself to cook. We eat together. Now to
get the grow it yourself down. (Me and my black thumb.)
The poison in truly in the dosage.
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I wrote that he was a gardener at Government House. I don't know if he
ever put dog poop under the trees at Government House. He had years of
experience as a gardener both as a wage earner and as a non paid home
gardener. His home garden was wonderful. I'd always assumed that it
was his home trees that had the dog poop under them but must admit that
I didn't specifically ask at the time and he's now dead.
He also advocated the use of banana peel and the water left over in the
pot that vegetables had been cooked in as great for plants. I've
recently taken up this latter tip and it's brought back to (relatively)
lush life a poor suffering camellia and another small flowering plant at
the base of the stairs off my front deck.
Regardless of that, the lemon trees at Government House are very good
ones. Quite amazing really when you consider the climate in which they
Not so - there are excellent dunnies in the grounds at GH.
Possibly that is why the lemons at GH are so good.
I can't tell if it is just the US, as my exposure is largely online.
Diet has become worse than religion for not being able to tell what
meaning someone has attached to a word. I used to hang out in a
cooking group and was very confused by several posters until I
realized when they said "carbs" they meant "sugar," and when they
said "protein" they meant "meat."
Except when they didn't.
It wasn't worth the effort after a while.
|Drew Lawson | Mrs. Tweedy! |
| | The chickens are revolting! |
heh, putting it mildly... the USoA has had
agricultural fiddling with nutrition recommendations
for quite some time, so when actual science is done
it is often skewed by government funding and desires
of legislators to push their pet crops through things
like the school lunch program.
Atkins was popular many years ago. it was yet
another fad diet that has been transformed into
the Paleo diet over the past few years. not too
long ago there was also the cinnamon pill diabetic
craze, the fish oil craze, the carbo diet craze,
the low fat craze, the butter and lard craze.
i think the major improvement in basic nutrition
is best summed up as "eat real food". i.e. stay
away from overly processed foods or things that
don't look like anything real, most of what is in
the grocery store these days is packaged technofoods
that are largely made up of variations on corn, soy,
sugars and various flavorings and preservatives.
the recommendation to eat a lot of protein is
largely wrong for humans, we're omnivores, after
so many grams of protein in a diet the rest is
not needed and is very wasteful if you consider
what it takes to raise and process (aside from
plant sources). higher fiber foods are great in
general too as they provide bulk, making a person
feel actually satisfied from a meal, various
probiotic foods are good.
i stay away from too much salt, and get plenty
of exercise, that seems to be the most consistent
advice you can get from various cultural studies.
i try to eat mainly what i grow and what i
cook as i pretty much like almost anything. for
the largest meal of the day (lunch) i eat enough
to get me through to dinner and a day of gardening.
i can eat about what i want now with me being
more active. for later on, i eat a large bowl of
shredded cabbage and carrots with various things
added and a sweet and sour dressing of some type.
keeps me full and mostly away from the night time
1+ Stay away from processed foods.
I don't think you realize it, but you described yourself
as a Paleo. I doubt you will ever get Diabetes.
Take a look at Mark Sisson's Primal Blue Print. Almost
to a "T" what you describe:
If you don't have the time or inclination to read the
whole 10 step plan, here is the part on food:
1. Eat lots of animals, insects and plants.
This is the basic description of everything our ancestors
ate to get the protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins,
minerals, antioxidants, phenols, fiber, water and other
nutrients necessary to sustain life. But it was a huge
list of individual foods – some anthropologists say it
may have been 200 or 300 food choices at a time depending
upon the geographic area. The net result was a dietary
“breakdown” of fat, protein and carbohydrate that was
far different from what Conventional Wisdom considers
optimum today. This diet provided all the necessary fuel
and building blocks that, along with specific exercise,
prompted their genes to create strong muscles, enabled
them to expend lots of energy each day moving about,
to maintain healthy immune systems, to evolve larger
brains and to raise healthy children. They ate
sporadically, too. When food was plentiful, they ate
more than they needed (and stored the excess as fat).
When times were scarce, they survived on fat stores.
This random or “non-linear” eating pattern kept their
bodies in a constant state of preparedness.
If you read the whole thing, you will find this is not a
fad. It is very well though out. It saved me from Diabetes.
And, the quality of my life has risen appreciably.
You will love #6. What? I ain't saying. You will just
have to read it. :-)
Your fellow paleo,
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The list of ingredients for some 'foods' is amazing. I spend a lot of
time reading labels and I'm often amazed at the way that producers faff
so much with some products
:-)) Yup. As a beef producer, I've read a lot on the inefficiencies in
the production of meat protein vs vegetable protein. I also learned the
hard way about the involvement of animal products in colon cancer.
higher fiber foods are great in
Yep. Avoid fat, sugar and salt, get lots of exercise and hydrate well
say all of my health professionals. Shame I didn't pay more attention
before I got 3 major cancers (I don't count the various non terminal
I find that I like a full tummy at night. Dunno why but that's the way
When you before a diabetic, you become a label reader.
I love to dip vegi's (radishes, carrots, purslane, etc.)
in salad dressing. I can't use anything from the store.
Check out a bottle of blue cheese dressing. Yikes!
1 tub Trader Joe's organic sour cream
1 flat of Trader Joe's crumbled blue cheese
tad of organic apple cider vinegar
Stir like h***
You eyes will roll in your head!
> Yup. As a beef producer, I've read a lot on the inefficiencies
> in the production of meat protein vs vegetable protein. I also
> learned the hard way about the involvement of animal products
> in colon cancer.
First off, "My hero!". If animal products are involved,
I would "posit" that it is what is in them, not the animal
itself. The Inuits eat very little of anything else and
no colon cancel.
But look at the type of meat the Inuits eat. It is all wild.
It is not "cured" or processed. It is not full of hormones,
antibiotics, and other disgusting chemical. It is fed
a natural diet. Also, fat is what where mammals mask
off toxins (guess what you are eating). It is not
fed grains to fatten them up and give the ulcers.
Humans are omnivorous, no carrion eaters. It is imperative
we avoid eating sick animals.
I go for "grow or catch it" first, local organic grown
second, production organic third, natural forth. And
I don't obsess on it. (It's a Paloe thing.)
It sound like you caught colon cancer. Yikes! Are
you all healed up now?
the riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped
On Saturday, May 31, 2014 11:55:36 AM UTC-7, Todd wrote:
s and look at that alluring display of pies & cakes -- then look at the boo
k-length labels and turn away, shuddering.
Anybody know which food sage said he doesn't eat anything with more than 5
And the Inuit -- before the white man messed up them and their environment
-- were the healthiest SOBs around. Their environment was sterile -- too c
old for germs -- and they ate, as you point out, they lived on a raw meat d
ied of fresh-killed local animals.
One thing they did know -- among their millennial wisdoms - was don't eat t
he Polar Bear's liver -- it is toxic.* Too much Vitamin A, is one theory.
The sad fate suffered by brave white explorers stranded in the Arctic was
due to eating Polar bear liver.
*The Polar bear is my totem animal -- I admire the hell out of them and bew
ail the effects of global warming on their habitat The ice covering the se
a is shrinking.
They and the seals they prey on have played this deadly game for ? millenni
a? The seals must surface to breathe periodically Either they haul out on
an ice floe where the bear hides to catch them, or they breathe through th
eir holes, where the bear is waiting. He is one smart animal!
No you are oversimplifying too much. The causes of type 2 diabetes are both
genetic and environmental. Having a parent who had it increases your chance
of getting it. The chance of getting it is also related to
- overweight (particularly)
- lack of excercise.
Consumption of excessive carbohydrates is related to being overweight but is
by no means the whole story. You can have all the risk factors above on a
low carb diet if your ancestors had T2D, you are 60YO, gorge on fat and sit
on your arse all day.
Do not be confused because those who get T2D are told to manage their carb
intake as part of the treatment. This is related to controlling blood sugar
once insulin production becomes deficient which is not the same thing as
preventing T2D by not eating carbs.
If you want to be healthy and live to a ripe old age:
- have good ancestors (!)
- don't smoke
- maintain good weight
- excercise regularly
- eat a BALANCED diet
- don't worry (including about your carbs unless your doctor says so)
No. I offend the special interests that make tons of
money off of food like substances and treating
the effect of what they cause.
Only a little bit
Indeed: carbohydrate poisoning.
Having a parent that feeds you junk food and
prepared (high carb) food knocks it out of
Actually, it is
Fat is the preferred fuel for Humans. Carbs are not. As my
GP allopath states "There is no evidence that the consumption
of fat is in any way harmful to humans".
You eat four times the carbs your body is designed for
and your burn out your pancreas. That is the injury I am
speaking of. Your pancreas GIVES UP. (You lose the weight
you gained when that happens. You starve with a belly full
Fortunately, it can be healed. BUT YOU MUST DISCONTINUE
Don't eat too many carbs. Can't gain weight from fat.
Best exercise is the one you will actually do.
Whose diet? The special interests will kill you
with their food pyramin
Spend time with loved ones and friends.
Allopaths are not their for your good; they are there
for their own good. Hopefully, the two intersect. Quite
often they don't. They are there to "treat", not "cure"
(follow the money).
I know you mean well. You just haven't lived through it and
you still believe the bull shit from the special interest groups
that are getting rich off of feeding us this garbage (carbs
out the nose) that gives up T2 and endless treatments for it
until it kills us.
And, yes your fellow man would do that to you in a heartbeat
to make money.
If you think I sound nutty, consider this. The Inuit indians
eat a wide and varied diet. Now, except for pine needles and
a few lichens they make tea out of for vitamin C, they eat
no fruits or vegetables. They eat meat, fats, fish.
Guess what? No Diabetes. Well, until the convenience store
move in, then OH HOLY SHIT. And there you have it. It is
just that simple.
Another word for Diabetes: "Cash Cow".
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no, i described myself as someone who knows
the difference between processed and unprocessed
foods. Michael Pollan and the slow food movement
or the CSA movement, or the many other movements
which aim to get back to eating real food and
not processed forms of sugar, corn or soybeans.
Paleo is just yet another way to package the
same ideas that have been there before and it
sells new books, new cookbooks, website content
and advertizing, etc.
i'm glad it has helped. not on-line at the
moment so i'll try to check the website cited
when i get back in the morning.
what i've read so far about diet and diabetes
is pretty much in line with what David has
written in reply to you so i won't repeat it.
there are some excellent books on the topic which
reiterate much of the Paleo approach, but it's
not called that. from the Dr. Gotts "no sugar,
no flour..." diet to many others... they've
all been good starting points to improving one's
health, but all along the basics have still
remained the same: eat moderately, get plenty
of exercise, avoid extra salt, avoid extra sugars,
etc. these have been known since i was a child.
just that most people do not follow such basics.
the whys of that are manyfold.
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