Resolution Update 2

Resolution update 2.0

  Cooking Salmon  over the fire

Cooking Salmon  over the fire

For the most part I am lightly practicing a ketogenic diet (low carb) higher fat. I also am adding intermittent fasting which can range from 13 hours to 20 a couple times a week. Sometimes I eat many times a day, sometimes just one hero meal. Generally I will fast or work out if the day before I ate more carbohydrates then I prefer. Delaying the time between meals and giving a purpose to that interruption, makes the fasting effortless, rather then experiencing the symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, and irritability when for whatever reason that schedule is interrupted. This resolution is changing my relationship to food. I am consciously fighting cravings and from my success food is losing power over me. I am finding myself looking for, feeling, tasting, and gobbling up nourishment. Not brand names or specific flavors. Sugar as an ingredient and many of the staple foods and snacks we consume provide only to us an ephemeral moment of satisfaction, so powerful that it changes our mood, behavior, and chemistry to fulfill that craving. It makes me wonder what else holds this type of power over me? The fulfillment of a short term satisfaction at the plausible detriment of long term benefit.?.?. (I could rap for awhile about those ideas, but maybe next year’s resolution). Our bodies use two things as fuel; carbohydrates which it turns into glucose and fat which it turns into ketones. Our Standard American Diet (SAD) compounds the two fuel sources. We want the steak and the potatoes. Carbohydrates are much easier for the body to convert into energy so a diet heavy with them becomes carbohydrate dependent. But we still consume the fats, so our body as evolved to store the energy for later use when survival requires us to have it. Our bodies can quickly adapt to either fuel source, but our diets and lifestyle encourage which source to use predominantly. My analogy while meditating on fire- imagine this campfire, when you want it to flare up quickly feed it paper and cardboard, stuff that burns quick. Take note how long it burns and what type of coals it creates, what does the fire look like 10 minutes later and how does it react when you throw a larger log onto it. The log likely sits there as the fire burns out. We are getting cold quickly around this fire so we have to throw more paper and cardboard on it to just keep it alive and likely that log still will sit there. Now imagine building a coal base of dense material, and using larger logs that burn on for hours. The addition of paper and cardboard is done with contextual purpose, to create a moment of more light,  additional heat, it is our moment of higher physical activity or our bodies short term need for more fuel. My goal is to be a fat burner (big logs) and to use carbs as an extra tool fit to the right job. I am now starting to think about what it would be like to have our food sources be more dependent upon the seasons. How might I play with my diet to fit the time of year and based on geographical location? I am still having very much fun with this resolution, I am more intimately connecting with my food and community at broad while stimulating within myself an some primal instincts. Being fed by a grocery store trough is less filling and even feels depressing to my personal masculinity……

Resolution Update 1

It’s been a week and my resolution is as resolved as day one. Resolution one was to quit plastic. This one has been the easier of the two as going one week with little shopping isn’t such a big deal. And the food stores already acquired on our shelves was plenty. But I can see the plastic wrapped food stores dwindling so I spent the week getting myself ready for when later in the month they are gone. First thing I did was scoped out all my local grocery stores. The fresh produce section is pretty much the only place I have to look. Which is ok because that helps with the low carb cutting sugar resolution anyway. I found a local family that sells raw cow and goat milk. Delicious. Bought half a gallon and hope to use it in the coming days to make my own yogurt and possibly butter. That same family also has a butchering business and I bought all their marrow bones for 80cents a pound. I’ve made up my first batch of savory bone broth and it is now my staple breakfast and lunch ingredient. We also have a friend who provides us with eggs. Unrefrigerated farm eggs fresh and shelf stable for weeks. What a travesty that we still think refrigerating eggs is necessary. I also started up two gallons of Kombucha, and spent one afternoon making nut bars. I added 1-1-1 of sunflower, pumpkin and walnuts. I food processed them with a quarter cup of lemon juice added a very small amount of dates and made up a thick batch of chia seeds as the emulsifier. I placed them on racks in puck form and put them in the food dehydrator for 4 hours on 125. At first I was unimpressed, but as the days have gone on I very much enjoy them. Once I get some fresh yogurt it will be a dynamite snack. I also don’t have a good source of grass fed beef or organic chicken that doesn’t come all wrapped up in plastic. So I contacted a Buffalo Farmer in Cle Elum and am on the order for the February slaughter. Good Bye beef hello Bison. He also will save me bones and organ meats. Then I went to the Carniceria in Wenatchee and bought a whole bunch of frozen goat. With this I plan to make a traditional Mongolian dish called a khorkhog, divinity.

This journey so far has left me very inspired to just create a lot of the things myself and to connect with the local food producers in my area. With the right planning and preparation this all is pretty easy. I am getting better at putting together my shopping kit which so far consists of; Reusable shopping bags, some jars, and extra light weight plastic bags that we’ve  accumulated in a cupboard for years. This is probably one of the easiest things society could do is cut out all plastic and paper bags at the check stand, produce isle and bulk section. We’ve started a fine bulk pantry, Goodwill is loaded with great glass storage ware. Plus it gives our kitchen the feel of food nostalgia, its like how grandma’s kitchen might have looked back before packaging, fast food, and tv dinners.  

New Year Resolution

New Year’s Resolutions: For the purpose of accountability I am making my resolution public. I will periodically share my experience and will happily answer any questions you have about it along the way. The inspiration of this year’s resolution came from my latest trip to Australia and New Zealand. After watching a documentary on the plane called “Blue” I was almost brought to tears. When it comes to the woes of the ocean I consider myself much more versed then the general public. I’ve experienced bleached out coral reefs, tumor infested turtles, declining stocks of our most valued NW species, I’ve gone aboard what I can only describe as a slave powered tuna industry, shorelines of beaches completely filled with plastic that originated thousands of miles away, and our destructively blind monetization of natural resources and the order of things… Lets just say it was my final straw and I give myself permission to start being vocal and irate about it. I despise the idea and application of single use plastic and I am fucking tired of knowing and not holding my life to a higher standard for it. Step one of the resolution, rid my life of single use plastic. For the month of January I will not be purchasing anything that comes in plastic. Under a scrutinous eye I’ve made some exceptions to things that contain plastic as part of the purchased good. But I will first research other options. I am diving in deep for the first month and I expect it to be really hard, that’s the point. I’ll leave it at that for now and will share my discoveries and woes along the way.

Second resolution, we are addicted to sugar, simple carbohydrates, and shitty ingredients. We have a hemorrhaging health care system and the only thing our leadership can discuss and the thing people want to debate is who is going to pay for it. We’ve been fed a fucking ridiculous amount of garbage for the last couple generations and there is a massive amount of compiling data that suggests sugar, processed grains, and all the other shit we put into a shelf friendly, convenience  oriented food system is making us sick. The idea that we need a candy bar to feel like our normal selves, red fucking flag. We are addicted and we show every sign in our lives and society that the problem of addiction is just as bad as if it were an addiction to cigarettes, substances, porn…….. Our food system is a really big problem. Step one of resolution, sugar detox for the month of January. Its not gonna kill me and I’ll probably learn a lot along the journey. First three days. Lots of water, low carb vegetables, meat, and nuts…..