Still Breathing!

Where am I going amongst this?
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary—and past times that, I hateful the quiet that has befallen this weblog over the final 14 days—I am non dead. I am real much alive, as well as give thank you lot goodness, or I would accept missed out on this morning’s delicious breakfast of ii farm fresh eggs (from Smith Meadows) cooked inwards bacon fat, amongst a dollop of homemade ketchup, as well as some homemade sauerkraut to  cut the richness a little. (If sauerkraut sounds similar a questionable as well as maybe fifty-fifty gross improver to an otherwise awesome sounding breakfast, remain tuned. I’ll endure posting nigh the awesomeness of fermented vegetables inwards the future. And also, proceed inwards heed I’m non talking nigh the mushy, vinegary, grayish materials you lot powerfulness endure accustomed to putting on your ballpark hotdog. I’m talking nigh fresh, crispy, tangy, cabbage come upwardly alive, as well as teeming amongst probiotics no store-bought yogurt or bottle of pills tin match.)

And speaking of ballparks, why has a hush fallen over the crowd for the past times ii weeks?  (And past times “crowd,” I hateful me, as well as this blog.) Well, I approximate the best agency for me to explicate it is that I’m tryin’ to acquire my body of body of water legs. I dearest food. I dearest writing. I dearest cooking. I dearest nutrition, health, as well as the biochemistry that helps us empathise those things. So there’s truly no improve agency for me to pose all those things together than writing nigh recipes, wellness as well as nutrition-themed books, farming as well as growing real food, as well as occasionally, the scientific discipline behind it all.

But I’ve been questioning whether blathering on nigh the biochemistry of fats as well as oils is truly the best role of this petty infinite I’ve carved out for myself. I know I dearest it, but I’m non for sure nigh the residuum of the world. And frankly, in that location are a ton of people out in that location writing nigh some of these subjects already, as well as they accept enquiry staffs, fact-checkers, as well as all that other skillful materials helping them to churn out pieces that are loaded amongst reliable data as well as citations. If I practise to a greater extent than of the same, am I only reinventing the wheel, as well as a substandard wheel, at that? Do nosotros demand some other vocalism doing something that a twain of other people are already doing quite spectacularly?

The answer, of course, is: Yes. It doesn’t thing who else is doing it, as well as how many employees they accept backing them up. If I dearest writing these things, I should proceed writing them. What’s that they tell nigh writing? Write what you lot know. And what’s that other describe of piece of work that is freaking awesome?

"Don't inquire yourself what the populace needs. Ask yourself what makes you lot come upwardly endure as well as and hence travel practise that. Because what the populace needs is people who accept come upwardly alive."  (Howard Thurman)

In example of emergency!
So, fifty-fifty though I sometimes experience downwardly because I accept the distinct feeling in that location are nigh iv people who regularly read this blog, that shouldn’t halt me, right? (Note: those iv people practise non include my mother, who thinks I’m completely wacko is supremely supportive of precisely nigh everything I’ve always done or tried to do, but whose eyes glaze over almost directly when it comes to reading anything detailed nigh nutritional chemistry.) I’ve never wanted to travel a “guru,” celebrity, or international “personality” inwards the wellness as well as nutrition world. (I’m non maxim that wouldn’t endure nice, but my aim is non endure a zillionaire as well as come across my human face upwardly on highway billboards.) I’d similar to brand a large impact, but on a smaller scale. I’d similar to abide by people inwards my community who demand help. People who, similar me, did or are doing “all the correct things” but aren’t seeing the results they’d human face from all the slogans as well as choose handle of phrases nigh wellness as well as weight loss existence no to a greater extent than complicated than eating less as well as moving more. Like the tagline on the top of the weblog says, I’d similar to assist people navigate the body of body of water of nutritional madness.

 It would endure squeamish if nosotros didn’t demand a lifejacket, but the truth is, the water’s choppier than ever. The waves are crashing downwardly all around us as well as most of our compasses aren’t working anymore. We’re inwards the Bermuda Triangle of nutrient as well as health, as well as our instruments are going haywire.

Somebody SAVE US!
Low fat? Low-carb? Grass-fed? Cage-free? Organic? Non-GMO? Gluten-free? Fortified amongst omega-3? Fasting & detox? Weight-Watchers? Atkins? Paleo? In the advert of all that’s holy, WHERE IS THE RESCUE HELICOPTER?!  

So what is the best role of this space? I’m non sure, but I do know that the worst role of it is silence. So I’m going to proceed posting, proceed finding my voice, proceed learning, as well as perhaps most of import of all, keep sharing what I’m learning. I’ve finished a twain to a greater extent than books that I’ll endure posting reviews of, as well as I’ll proceed experimenting amongst recipes to share. (More practical ones than the homemade ketchup, I promise.) And sky assist you, I’ll proceed writing nigh the science, because I desire to present that in that location are legitimate, scientifically factual reasons behind my recommendations of for sure foods as well as dietary strategies over others.

So, for the minor crowd of folks who’ve flora their agency here, thank you lot for sticking amongst me. If you lot accept whatever ideas for things you’d similar me to write about, attain out! Like Austin Powers said, [insert cheeky British accent], “I don’t bite…hard.” Wondering whether the $4.50/dozen eggs at the farmer’s marketplace are worth it when you lot tin acquire a dozen for $2.00 at the supermarket? Ask away! What’s the divergence betwixt organic beef as well as conventional? Have no thought what to practise amongst the bunch of kale you lot bought at the grocery shop because you’ve heard it’s a superfood? Can you lot yet endure good for you lot as well as fit if you lot purchase all your nutrient at Wal-Mart? (Answer: Yes. Will that endure the absolute best you lot tin perhaps experience as well as look? Probably not, but you’ll come upwardly darn close.) I welcome your questions anytime.

Where should nosotros steer this thing?
In closing, I’ll acquire out you lot amongst a link to a guy who does a phenomenal labor of staying eyeball-deep inwards medical literature inwards gild to convey you lot practical, down-to-earth suggestions for how to apply the principles behind skillful nutrient as well as good for you lot lifestyle. Chris Kresser is the existent deal. In fact, I’d planned a big, multi-part post on omega-3s as well as 6s, but the fact is, Chris has already done it beautifully. I highly recommend the serial that starts here: Essential Fatty Acids, most particularly this one: Too much 6, non plenty 3.

If you lot or anyone you lot attention nigh suffers from GERD, heartburn, or acid reflux, read this (or ship them the link): What Everybody Ought To Know (But Doesn’t) About Heartburn & GERD. It’s a longish series, but Chris is a nifty writer, as well as I guarantee his cognition bombs volition blow your mind. Contrary to pop belief, heartburn as well as reflux are not unremarkably the lawsuit of likewise much tummy acid, but too little! And popping antacids similar candy is likely the worst thing you lot tin do, because piece they powerfulness mask the immediate symptoms, they truly brand the long-term, underlying work worse.

“…we must canvas sometimes amongst the air current as well as sometimes against it— but canvas nosotros must, 
and non drift, nor prevarication at anchor.(Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)

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