Wednesday, March 3, 2010


On Day 1 of what we're now calling Ry's little miracle, a stack of books came in the mail. Big Daddy is always ordering from Chapters and Amazon. Happily, one of the books was a present for me - The Unhealthy Truth: How our food is making us sick and what we can do about it - by Robyn O'Brien. To this day, Big Daddy has no idea why he ordered it....he just did. Just another part of this mystery/miracle.

I read through the first 3 chapters....then started again! This was definitely not going to be a run-of-the-mill book. This was a "destroy with a pink highlighter" kind of book! LOL This book was good...really good...and it will make you mad. Mad at the mega companies who make the sick rules and back room deals surrounding our food supply. It was an eye-opener!! We immediately switched to organic milk. It was a small step...but a step in the right direction. It also got me to thinking about foods that Rylee was consuming....did she have an allergy to something or maybe just a sensitivity? Could it have been part of her "little miracle"? The only change in food that occurred during that week was orange juice. She drank tons of orange juice but that week, for some reason, she didn't have a drop. She was all about water and milk. Could that have been part of this mystery?

The second book that I highly recommend is Kenneth Bock, MD. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies. I'm afraid I destroyed this one too with my trusty pink highlighter! LOL We searched for organic beef and started Rylee on a better vitamin program after this book.

The 3rd book that absolutely everyone should read is - The Omnivore's Dilemma. This book is excellent! It will make you mad. It will make you sick! It will make you want to buy everything organic. Then it will make you want to be a farmer so you can raise and grow your own unadulterated food. Then it will make your husband wonder why on earth he ever bought the book for you in the first place. LOL

We have a quarter beef on order. It's been grass-fed. It has NOT been injected with hormones or antibiotics. Not much need to do that sort of thing because he's been healthy - in the fresh air, eating food he was meant to eat. And the best part....we saw where he was born and raised. We met the farmers who kept him. Very important!

Now if the 3 book recommendations haven't swayed you to change things, perhaps this little story will. This past weekend I cooked up the last beef roast I had in the freezer. I had it in the crock pot all day, and it was smelling mighty fine by supper time. Half way through Big Daddy's slicing, he came across this small egg sized pit of blood. You could actually see where something (I'm guessing a needle) had probed the beef and left this disgusting spot!

Yeah, we ordered pizza...

I don't want you to leave here all sick and disgusted, so I'll leave you with a funny. I was knee deep in the Omnivore's Dilemma when Jayme (3) asked me what I was reading. When I told her it was about cows, she says "ohhhhh cows, my favourite." "I'm going to reach under him and turn on his taps so I can get a drink for me and Rylee." LOL


  1. It's funny to think of all that we ate without question. Now as parents, every label is read, we by organic when ever possible, and support our local farmers. Deep down, we knew some of it couldn't be good for us but did we really know it was all that bad? Education is key. I think "Toddbot" has the Omnivor's Dilemma. I'll ask to borrow it.

  2. Penny, you know the worst part? Organic isn't all that it's cracked up to be either. Wait until you read the Omnivore's Dilemma. I'd like to hear what you think of it!!

  3. I've read all these books and agree-it's so scary what we have been "forced" to eat. We are only now fully starting to realize what these mega corporations are doing to our food. Profit before people, that's for sure. Glad you've found a good source of beef. We are lucky to have a large Amish population here-it's ALL grass fed, no hormones/antibiotics. The taste is divine, and we certainly feel better about eating it. Our garden grows each year, and we are producing a larger percentage of what we need. Now , if I could only give up the Ben and Jerry's ice cream............

  4. Hey Sue! Yeah, forced is a good description!! Gotta get to an Amish!! LOL

  5. hey, somebody still needs some things from the grocery story...I need a job to feed my kids these bad things :)

    I am a firm believer that food allergies and sensitivities affect moods...I started back on dairy and wheats which I know I shouldnt be eating...started back sugar cravings, depression came back... back to square one again....

  6. Hey Janice! Just a it all dairy and wheat or is it what's IN the dairy and wheat? Would it change if you ate organic dairy? Just asking? It would be a neat experiment. But then I'm weird like that...

  7. its funny because it is actually the processes of how the dairy and the wheat is broken down...

    I am not supposed to have casein and whey, but goat and sheeps milk--no problems..I still have problems with organics...and soy is not a good thing for me either...

    I cant break down the whole wheats...but I can eat grains...
    I am the only person I know that they recommend the white stuff too...

    believe me I have tried them all...I am not a big milk fan, but cheez..ya, I am a mouse... :)

    I have been really bad the past month getting back into eating the garbage..too much going on lately, and as I sit here hunched over in pain..I realize that I have to dig out the cookbooks again, and actually use them :)

  8. Noooooooooooooooo, not the cookbooks!!!!! LOL