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Just a few nights ago, I was in our front yard and noticed the subtlest, but undeniable, smell of spring - that awakening earth kind of scent that is really indescribable, but very identifiable. I have also noticed that some of the plants in our yard have little red buds on them.
Daylight is already noticeably around more and I am sleeping less.
Monday, we had an unpredicted GORGEOUS day. Sunshine, warm temperatures, and there was just something about the day that it just felt WOW! My family went to a local park for a once around its lake. I felt so much more energetic and refreshed afterwards than I do on my NordicTrack or BodyRow or doing aerobics or whatever.
Wednesday morning, I heard bird song. Not bird sounds - bird SONG. There is a difference.
Yogurt has become more common in my diet because my UN-pasteurized goat milk is temporarily unavailable because the nannies are kidding. This means that eggs will soon be available again. NOTE for city folks: whether or not hens lay eggs, and to some extent the frequency that they lay them, depends on the amount of light they are exposed to. That means that when there’s not much daylight (late fall/winter) they stop laying unless you expose them to some type of artificial light. Laying eggs without ever letting their bodies take a break is not good for them.
So what has all this to do with the BTD? Several things really. First of all, it occurs to me that the “skimpy” portions recommended for dairy items and eggs really do make a lot of sense - it’s just that most of us are used to living like kings and queens. If animals are raised humanely and agriculture is being carried out in a sustainable way, then you cannot have an infinite supply of everything for everyone. Some rationing has to be done...otherwise those cute little gray and ivory kids (baby goats) would starve and the hens would need to be “retired” way before their time. No, I’m not an animal rights activist, but neither do I think that we should abuse them either.
The coming of Spring means the coming of the main planting season. The portion guidelines for grain(s) become more understandable then, too. The older types of grains that most of the blood types require produce a smaller yield per acre/hectare. That is the primary reason that those older varieties of grain were breed to produce the wheat of today. It also means more work with less to show for it. Again, there just isn’t as much to go around...there is enough for everyone, but not enough for everyone to have an endless supply.
I have noticed that people over on the BTD bulletin boards mention from time to time that they have been told that they are eating too much of the same things over and over and over. Their ND or homeopath has advised them to eat a bigger variety of foods because they are sensitizing their bodies to whatever it is they have been eating too much of. I did the exact same thing myself when I was first learning how to BTD.
How did I fix the problem? I started eating seasonally. By “seasonally” I mean that I do my best to eat the foods that are available as the seasons change. To give you some examples, I only eat asparagus in the spring. I try to eat grapes only in the fall. I only eat potatoes in the fall, winter, and early spring. Dried fruits are mainly for the fall and winter. Fresh tomatoes are for late summer and early fall. In addition to keeping me from sensitizing to some of my favorite foods, eating like this does several other things. It makes the different types of food something to look forward to having from one season to the next. It also makes my food bill a little less. I think it also helps my body. We have circadian rhythms that our bodies cycle through each day and each month (biorhythms). I think it follows that we also have seasonal changes just like the plants and animals around us, even if we are not necessarily consciously aware of them.