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Budgeting Breakfast – Cereal or Bacon and Eggs or Oatmeal?

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Around 2 years ago, we reached a crossroads in our family’s life.  Things were getting a little out of control (okay, more than a little) and we decided it was time to make changes and ask questions about everything we did.

Holy Sugar Bombs, Batman!

Holy Sugar Bombs, Batman!

One of the questions we asked was related to our kids.  It seemed that they were all struggling, to a greater or lesser degree with school and noise levels.  They just seemed wound up, all the time, and it was interfering with their ability to both get along with each other and at school.  I recalled a few years ago watching “Super Size Me” and one particular segment they filmed highlighting a school in Wisconsin which took the revolutionary step of serving only food from scratch in their cafeteria.  The results were astonishing: widespread behavioural problems disappeared.

So, hm.  My kids at the time ate sugary cereals almost every day out of convenience.  It was just easier – they could make it themselves, cleanup was simple, the only annoying part was we would literally go through almost a box a day – family sized.  They’d still be hungry so some kids would have two bowls.  Hm.

I made a decision to set up a new breakfast routine.  It would prove to be costly to my time, and more mess, but I think it has made a difference.   Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Healthier: An Early Christian Perspective on the Primal Diet

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I’ve had an eye on Mark’s Daily Apple for a while – I can’t remember what got me interested in the first place, but I had found that his regular blog posts are quite intriguing in supporting and helping people move into what he calls the “Primal Lifestyle”.

In a nutshell, Mark Sission contends that our bodies are made to support and process the diet that cavemen essentially had – the paleolithic hunter-gatherer is what we were all designed to live life optimally as.  Therefore, our diet will allow our bodies “maximum gene expression” only if we eat the kinds of foods that they would have.  Additionally, patterns of life and exercise should also approximate what those people did, to live life in the way evolution has shaped us to most optimally live.

I have been on the diet for 5 days now, got around to buying the 21 Day Challenge only today though…  and honestly I can really notice the difference in the way my body is responding to food.  There is definitely a sorting out process going on as I try to understand the body signals I am getting.  I haven’t felt “stuffed” after any meal, and even after a big meal, I feel full but not bloated like I would after a buffet feast or turkey dinner before.  I don’t feel exhausted after eating, I feel energized.  I have also lost about 4 pounds so far, while consuming a lot of water and liquids.  I don’t expect this rapid loss will continue though – I think it is just a part of the adaptation that my body is going through, not dealing with large amounts of sugars and starches.

But I wanted to write this piece to wrestle with the odd dichotomy that is presented as a person who holds to a young earth creationist viewpoint, and reading about and implementing a strategy for life that is, as Mark Sisson intended, all about evolutionary principles, survival of the fittest and so on.

The thing is, it is not necessary to hold to the theory of evolution to totally respect the direction and value of what Mark is teaching.  It is just as easily understood in a creationist framework:

  1. God made Man
  2. God designed Man to consume food in a certain way that allows Man to survive and thrive in a paleolithic environment.
  3. God designed Man to live a pattern of life by the natural rhythms of the earth that God placed Man on – rising and laying down with the sun, hunting and gathering food naturally occurring in the environment that Man resides in.
  4. Mankind has developed culture and society in directions that are contrary to the way Man was designed (it’s called sin).  Hence we see declining health in most of mankind.

All these understandings equally explain Mark’s findings and justify Mark’s teaching without requiring a person to hold evolution as the origin story of choice.  There is even more that figures into it, but at its base, I don’t have a problem with the foundation of his scientific findings because they are all equally plausible assuming a creator.

It has been remarkably easy to adhere to too… skipping the baked potato with your steak and adding a salad isn’t the end of the world…

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