Category: Rachel (O)
1/16/04 10:05 PM
I’m off to bed. Thank goodness tomorrow is Sat. I am just not one that likes to get up at 6:30 AM. I’ll enjoy sleeping until 7:00 or 7:30. Unfortunately, with a 5 year old, that’s the best that I can expect.
Today was another successful no starch/ no sugar/ low GI/ low GL day. I ate more (low GL) fruit today, but it didn’t affect me negatively. I also added in a nice chunk of tofu. I really love tofu, although I am wary of over consumption. Still, it gives you sort of the feeling of eating a starch without it being high or even moderate GL. I say that with less confidence than I would like – for some reason, I can find tofu ice cream, soy crackers, and all other sorts of things on the indexes, but no straight tofu. I am assuming that it is similar to cooked soybeans.
I prefer fish, especially salmon, to chicken, but, geeze, I’m scared of eating it now. Lots of articles on the health issues with farm raised fish. I have known that for a while – being a Vegan last year, I was already against farm-raised fish. This is a pretty good blog on the fishing issue:
http://www.dawnwatch.com/fish.htm. the site, http://www.dawnwatch.com/ , is a really great site, and I recommend that you subscribe to her notifications. It is Veg*n oriented, but great info for omnis, too (BTW - veg*n means vegitarian or vegan and omni means meateater).
I look for wild fish, and that’s what I prefer to buy, but it is outrageously expensive. I love the convenience of canned salmon and tuna, but you just don’t know what you’re getting along with the fish. It’s a very difficult issue, as is all of the meat supply.
I am really lucky in the egg department. There is a woman who lives an easy 30minute drive from my house who has about 30 chickens loose on her farm. She collects the eggs and sells them to me. I love them. Those chickens live, basically, on bugs and what they can scratch and find. No worries about what they are eating. They live a happy life –free to roam around and sleep in the trees, and she just goes and collects the eggs each day.
I am working with a woman who has a bunch of beef cattle out on pasture. We both want to slaughter one or two and then she’ll sell me the meat at slaughterhouse prices. The problem is not finding someone to cut the beef up, but to do the actual slaughtering. I hope that I can find someone. If I can, I think that I’ll go to the slaughtering and thank the animal for becoming my organic meat. That might be weird, but it is important to me to have some connection with the being that will end up on my plate. I hope that I can find someone to do this part, as I am getting more and more concerned about the quality of the meat that we eat. I love to purchase natural, organic meat, but it can be as expensive as $10 per pound or more, and I’m just not financially flush right now. Even then, you really don’t know how the animal was handled or processed. It is such a slippery slope these days. I don’t have much hope of finding an organic lamb or mutton. One thing at a time, I guess.
Of course, I buy as much organic produce as I can.
I felt rather tired and down all day, but I feel better now. Thanks all for the exercise/ diet suggestions! I’ll keep plodding along and we’ll all see how I do. I will be your low carb guinea pig!