This old man I’ve talked about
Broke his own heart,
Poured it in the ground.
Big red tree grew up and out,
Throw up its leaves,
Spins round and round.
I know all this and more.
So take your hat off
When you’re talking to me
And be there when I feed the tree.
Belly, Feed the Tree
So a friend of mine on Facebook has been posting links to a series of videos on youtube called Eat the Weeds. It looks like a really good series of videos for an aspiring – or practicing – forager. Dude calls himself Green Deane and he covers a lot of little details that might otherwise be overlooked. For example, in the episode on daylilies he points out that guidebooks list the daylily as edible – which it is – but what they don’t tell you is that some of the thousands of cultivars may not be edible. Good point.
In any case, after checking out some of the videos, I headed over to his website and took a look around. In addition to the videos, he also writes a blog and so I perused. Now I know I like this guy. He wrote an article recently entitled Nutrition or Food?. Good Stuff. Give it a read. For all of my efforts to get onto the paleo diet (sometimes effectively, sometimes less so), the one recurring theme I have been sticking with is eating real food. I don’t care what the fat content is, nor the grams of sugar. But I do care if I am eating a whole food or some otherwise processed bit of crap labeled “food.”
Meanwhile, another friend commented today on the rising occurrence of cancer. Nowadays, we all know someone that has been struck with cancer. Hell, I had a pre-cancerous growth a few years back and ended up having a conal biopsy of my cervix. It cleared up the growth and the assumption is that I continue to be free and clear. (no recurring symptoms). But it certainly gave me pause and I nearly had a complete hysterectomy (some days, I wish I had 🙂 )
In any case, the point is, why are we seeing so many cancers these days? Sure, environmental toxins, are part of it, but I suspect the single biggest cause is the food we eat. Even “whole foods” are a problem when we are eating corn-fed beef, pesticide sprayed vegetables and hormone laden meats of all stripes. This simply cannot be healthy and yet most people ignore it rather than deal with the issue head on. After all, the government wouldn’t allow such a thing, right? Ha!
So, for me, while I do not always eat as healthfully as I should, this is going to be the year that I commit fully to making sure that the foods I eat are not factory processed, are (in fact, not just in labeling) organic, hormone and antibiotic free, and preferably, are produced within my 100 mile radius. It will take me a little time to find the resources locally to provide everything, but by the end of the year, I hope to have it completely down. Time to network 🙂