There has been much debate in the Paleo community about the exclusion of dairy products from the Paleo diet. Some experts argue that dairy causes many health issues, among which are insulin resistance, inflammation, gastrointestinal problems and acne. Others dispute these arguments, insisting that milk is a necessary component in our diets, and provides needed calcium and nutrients. But this is where the arguments become foggy – most studies are conducted using pasteurized and homogenized milk.
There are some cultures which consume dairy that boast longevity and good health, but the difference here is the dairy they consume is raw – unpasteurized and unhomogenized. Raw milk collected from grass-fed cows contains natural antibiotic properties that help protect milk from ‘bad’ bacteria.
Commercial dairy hits the store shelves in the pasteurized Read the rest of this entry »
You would think that the reason livestock is given antibiotics is to treat them from disease, but unfortunately for the most part that is not the case. Ranchers and farmers have been feeding antibiotics to livestock since the discovery years ago that if they administer small daily doses of antibiotics, most animals gain up to 3 percent more weight than they otherwise would. With profit margins being small, a 3% gain was too good to pass up.
The US meat industry doesn’t publicize its use of antibiotics, so accurate information is difficult to obtain. But the estimates suggest that there are 15-17 million pounds per year of antibiotics used as the means to boost animals’ weight.
There is more and more evidence surfacing that administering antibiotics that are used to treat humans to live stock can pose health risk to people. If an animal is treated with a certain antibiotic over time, the bacteria living in the animal becomes resistant to that drug. According to microbiologist Dr. Glenn Morris, the problem for humans is that if a person ingests the resistant bacteria Read the rest of this entry »
So you’ve been dieting and trying to move more, but the weight is just not coming off.
We’ve all been there, and it’s very frustrating to go day after day thinking that you are doing everything right with little to show for it. It’s easy to get discouraged and go back to your old eating habits and sedentary lifestyle.
The question for many people trying to achieve their goal weight and level of fitness is – what am I doing wrong? Read the rest of this entry »
The fact is that some of the fruit which thrives in tropical climates never makes it to the mainstream supermarkets, and most people don’t get to enjoy it. Case and point: Black Sapote (also known as Black Persimmon), a nutrient-rich fruit which thrives in Florida climate, but is native to Mexico and parts of Central America. The green fruit looks like a mix between persimmon and green tomato, and almost blends in with the leaves of a Sapote tree. Before it ripens it is firm with greenish-white flesh and bitter unpleasant aftertaste.
Sometime in the beginning of January the ripe fruit begins to fall and smash to the ground – that’s when it’s time to harvest. The fruit may need to ripen for a few days in a dark place and become soft to the touch.
Black Sapote tree is in high demand among the Florida gardeners, and for a very good reason. The secret of Black Sapote is Read the rest of this entry »
Chicago is nice for its art scene, amazing restaurants, change of seasons and diverse culture, but these days I’m spending a lot of time in Southwest Florida. If you are a nature lover and a gardener Florida can be your playground all year around.
Today I was given a private tour by a very generous nature enthusiast and gardener who has an impressive tropical organic edible garden. The quaint house sits on about an acre of land, and the front and back yard are lined with exotic tropical fruit trees and shrubs that possess nutritional and medicinal properties. My host patiently answers every question, and provides a wealth of information about soil conditions, fertilizing, propagating as we stop and chat by each planting. I’m given various seeds and cuttings that I can’t wait to plant in my own tropical garden.
Everything in the garden seems to have a purpose and a unique story, and I will do more research later; but for now I will list 10 facts which impressed me the most: Read the rest of this entry »
Flower shops, local food stores and eateries went all out this autumn with pumpkin-gourd-squash-mum displays that are brimming with color, funky shapes and textures.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been snapping pictures of primarily locally grown harvest. It seems that everyone pumped up the volume this season with these displays, making them more elaborate and abundant.
Most of these pumpkins will go to waste as they are typically used for decorations, but they don’t have to be. I’m thinking comfort food, sweet smooth flavor, a meal in a bowl – pumpkin soup (Paleo, of course)! Read the rest of this entry »
Painting on Mushroom
On September 2nd the Illinois Mycological Association exhibited a wide variety of mushrooms (50-100 specimens) foraged from neighboring forests. The room in Chicago Botanic gardens was filled with energetic members who couldn’t keep up with the flood of questions from visitors curious about mushrooms and fungi. The phones and cameras were clicking away, and visitors lingered – Read the rest of this entry »