Jersey (little red cow) and German Holstein at the dairy farm.
Granddaughter Joy changed jobs this summer, leaving the “green” farm that raises meat cattle and joining a dairy farm. I don’t know if the idea of raising a calf to become a meat animal finally got to her, or the attraction of working with dairy cattle drew her to the latter, but I asked her once if it was hard to care for and raise an animal knowing it would be slaughtered for food. I told her I didn’t think I could do it.
Joy intends to major in Dairy Science at Tech, but following graduation, she is thinking about attending veterinary school and becoming large animal vet. She joined the “cattle club” at her school and in midwinter she says they will travel to the Czech Republic to visit dairy farms. Apparently, the Czechs have many heirloom cattle. (Kathy chimes in…so does Ireland!)
My family had chickens and I remember Daddy killing them when they no longer laid eggs. I ate a lot of chicken as a child. I eat much chicken and fish today, and very seldom eat beef.
Mostly I eschew beef because its bad for my digestive system. I’m not virtuous, I just have a malfunctioning pyloric canal valve in my stomach which causes bile reflux issues (different from acid reflux associated with the pyloric antrum which also plagues me). When we eat beef, I have less than 3 ounces and make sure it’s grass-fed and free range.
I never eat baby anything….no lamb, no veal, etc. I’ve caught, killed and cooked fish. I’m careful about the kind of fish I eat, however, I avoid those that are very bony, overfished or farm-raised (if possible). Mostly we eat salmon or tilapia.
In the 70s, I read Diet for a Small Planet and began feeding my kids and I various whole protein meals that included nuts, grains and seeds, plus lots of yogurt. They can probably remember some of the dishes I made with barley and yogurt. Did you know that a potato with milk gives you your 8 basic amino acids? Ditto a PBJ sandwich with milk. European peasants survived on potatoes and milk for years.
I feel better when I stick to a healthy grain-based diet. I got fat eating in too many fancy restaurants over the years when I traveled extensively.
When she remeasured my “knee bend” yesterday, and found a 115 degree angle, (smaller than it was last week), Nicole the PT told me my hamstring tendons and the ligaments around my knee were too tight. She then massaged them until I almost screamed…very painful. Then she manipulated my patella (knee cap) and found it nice and loose. You heal quickly she said. The lesson for me in this is to use the exercises VJ showed me which had loosened my knee nicely.
I was miserable all day yesterday, probably from consuming too much sugar the day before. I have a terrible sweet tooth I fear. When I bake I mostly use Splenda, honey, Stevia, Muscovado, molasses, agave syrup, or some other plant-based sweetener and never feel the dreadful after effects of pure refined cane sugar. But as you may recall, I visited a patisserie on Wednesday.
Lately, I haven’t done much in the kitchen. This morning, I took a box of gluten-free graham cracker crumbs from the pantry and set it on the kitchen counter. This is to remind me a make a great low-fat cheesecake. The box is the first step.