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Are the Foods that We Eat Supplying Necessary Nutrients? 
Mar. 28, 2013 12:02 am 
Updated: Mar. 29, 2013 8:46 pm
My initial intent for this blog was not so much to pass on recipes or show results of recipes I tried. I had hoped to help other people by passing on information that I have learned about diet, supplements, etc. in an effort improve the general health of everyone. Do I know everything -  geez no. I am learning new things every day. All of the information available can be overwhelming, and it really has to be scrutinized. Even if you find out about something that is supposed to beneficial, do you really need it?

I have always been of the opinion that supplements were necessary only to compensate for deficiencies in the diet. But how can you know what those deficiencies might be unless you encounter a specific problem? Too much of some nutrients can be toxic if they are not water soluble and passed in the urine. There are tests for some dietary deficiencies but not for others. How can you know what you need or what is too much?

To further complicate the issue, our bodies function differently as we age than it did when we were young. The enzymes necessary to break down foods so that the nutrients can be utilized are reduced as we age. So even if we are eating a balanced and nutritious diet, our bodies may be passing most of the nutrients without using them.

At least for me, all of this is mind-boggling. Is it safe to assume that my mother at 92, and my husband and I at mid 60s, need supplements to compensate for nutrients we may not be absorbing? If you also take into account foods that should be supplying certain nutrients that don't, this also adds to the complication. Normally, most meats should supply the Omega-3  that we need, but if meat animals are fed primarily grain diets, the Omega-6 and Omega-9 of the grains literally eliminates the Omega-3 in the meat. This also holds true for pond raised fish vs. wild-caught fish. Even range fed beef, chickens, etc. can vary in health value depending on when they are processed. In colder climates, there is no grass for them to eat. So they have to be fed grains. At this point in time, all of the grains used for animal feed are primarily GMO. Theory has it that processing of meats after a few months of natural grass feeding negates the effects of winter grain feeding, but no one seems to know if the effects of GMO grain feeding dissipates over time or not.

In addition to using my research to help my mother, I have been using it to improve the diet of my parrots. As a parrot breeder of over 30 years, I became aware of a decline of fertility, not only in my parrots, but those of every breeder nationwide. This started in the early 2000's and at the time was blamed on El Nino and then El Nina. There was not only  an increase of infertility, but dead-in-shell chicks increased. It wasn't until the last few years that I realized GMO soy and corn was being used in parrot foods. In fact, corn and soy are the first two ingredients used in most parrot pellets. I have since learned that the same problem has occurred in other animals, and is also occurring in humans. Since learning about this, I have tried to avoid GMO foods in what I feed my parrots. At this point in time, I don't know if the damage is permanent or if it can eventually be corrected.

My hopes with this blog is that we can all share information that will benefit everyone. Although I have learned a lot about diet and supplements, I don't by any means claim that I know all there is to know. I will share what  I find, and I am very open, and welcome, to questions and challenges. Will I share cool recipes along the way - yeah probably. I would really like for this blog to be informative, cool, and fun.
Mar. 28, 2013 5:29 am
Good blog! To me it makes sense that your parrots would be adversely affected by the GMO's. When the corporate farm across the road sprays to "ready" their fields for planting I find dead birds along the front of our property. A farmer told me he now has to use more chemical to get his fields ready. Too me that is just nutts. I've been experimenting with supplements as well since I've gotten older mostly for hair loss. I added Biotin at the suggestion of others and after some research. After 2 weeks I am noticing a difference.
Mar. 29, 2013 8:46 pm
The Roundup Ready GMO crops were created to be immune to the weed killer Roundup. With these crops the farmers were supposed to be able to use Roundup on the crops to kill weeds without killing the crops. After a few years, nature mutated some weeds, now called "Super Weeds", that are resistant to Roundup. So the farmers are now using more Roundup and other, stronger weed killers to kill the Roundup resistant weeds. Many of the weed killers contain glyphosate which is now destroying the micro-bacterial balance of the soil so that nutrients in the soil are not release for use by the plants. It is estimated that within a decade, much of the farmland in the U.S. will be rendered sterile.
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I breed large parrots, like to write, raise most of our veggies, completed my AS degree at 65, enjoy cooking specialty dishes and baking bread. I have done extensive study of cooking and eating healthy. A few years ago, I started researching healthy eating for my parrots, and it has since changed focus to the diet of my family. At this point, I make all of our bread using fresh milled flour that I make. We eat primarily pastures fed meats and eggs, and I make many of our condiments. We also avoid GMO foods and ingredients as much as possible. Since my 93 year old mother has moved in with us, we have eliminated the 10 medications she was on, and her physical and mental condition has improved considerably. I totally believe that we are what we eat. What is really best for us is a constant learning experience.
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I get bored with cooking daily meals, but enjoy making specialty and new dishes. I also enjoy baking breads from scratch using freshly ground flour made from various grains that I buy in bulk.
My cooking triumphs
One of my cooking triumphs was baking whole grain breads that are light, tasty, and healthy.
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My latest cooking tragedy was recovered with some effort. I made the Navy Bean and Ham soup that I posted and after the cooking time, much of the liquid had evaporated. I was tired when it finished and put it into containers and froze it as it was. The next day we had it for dinner and it was way too thick. As much as I didn't feel like it, I thawed 8 containers of the soup, added more broth, and repackaged it for freezing. It was really a pain, but I'm glad I did it. The finished soup was so much better.
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