Tuesday, 24 January 2012


How's the weather? It's been pretty warm for January, after a chilly Fall.

Anyway, I got my laptop to come back on yesterday, so I thought I should say hi.

Yesterday we did something new in our quest for health, but I'm trepidatious about making that information public. If you know me on Facebook you can check out my last 2 posts.

Okay, something I can tell you! I bought a used copy of The Maker's Diet and read it. There was a bit too much of personal testimony for my taste, and a little bit of selling his special supplements, but some interesting diet and health information. He suggests a lifetime devoid of sugar, white flour (and generally all grains that haven't been soaked or sprouted), pork, shellfish, and artificial anything. He suggests a two week cleansing diet of limited items, then two weeks of transition, followed by the rest of your life on clean eating. If we were desperate (as the author was when he began his regimen) we might try it, but since we are just fat and lazy we won't.

What we are going to do is stop eating out (haven't been to McDonald's in over a week, and some people are having withdrawals), cut out all pork (I'd stopped for a while, but lately we've been getting bacon and ham), and cut out all sugar. We are looking into options for grass-fed meat and milk, and of course we already have our organic eggs. Since we have quite a bit of bacon and sweets in the house, we decided to keep eating until the 1st of Feb, when anything that is left will be thrown out of given away, and we begin in earnest.

I've tried things before, but this time I think it will work because Bob is behind the idea. Also, it is an attempt to follow God's design for our health, which can only be a good thing.

I didn't intend to write a book review, so I've left out a lot, but I did want to mention that the author (Jordan Rubin) had Crohn's Disease and was unable to absorb any nutrients - he was down to 111 lbs at age 20 - and after following his own diet he was able to heal himself and gain weight. Also, I wanted to point out that the dietary advice is taken from the Bible, followed by modern science, including the research of Dr Weston Price, a dentist who traveled the world in the 30s. I am subscribed to a blogger who always talks of Dr. Price, and publishes traditional recipes. She is at http://nourishedkitchen.com/.

I had other things in mind, but I guess that will do for now.


Wil said...

I'm curious about a couple of things in the diet...

"devoid of sugar"

Surely this rule is qualified somehow? (Since you cannot stay alive without sugar).

"the dietary advice is taken from the Bible"

It's been a while since I studied the good book thoroughly, but does it advise against sugar? (I honestly can't remember.)

MamaOlive said...

He does allow for honey and stevia. Sugar as we know it didn't exist in Bible days. Proverbs advises to eat little honey, lest it make you sick.
I suppose if you had raw sugar cane, you could chew on that, but I remember one time Dad got some and we didn't care for it.
What do you mean by, "cannot stay alive without sugar"? Sugar was never in popular circulation until the last 200 years. Before that sweetness was derived from fruit (or honey). Right?

Wil said...

Thanks for answering so quickly! :-)

We must be using different definitions of sugar... It's biologically a necessity to sustain human life.

Sugar is common in nature and is contained in many plants, including most fruits, certainly in Bible days.

(It seems like you might be referring specifically to the granulated sugar that you buy in 4 lb. bags at the store... If so, that answers my question about qualifying the rule. ;-)

MamaOlive said...

Yeah, I suppose I should say "added sugar" or even "processed sugar." We've been buying "raw" sugar for a while now, but even that is processed quite a bit so it is out.