Health Nut Corner

November 24, 2008

Ok, so I don't really consider myself to be a "health nut" but my husband insists that I am (probably because he considers beef jerky, pork rinds & beer to be a well rounded meal) and I have been known to be a bit of a "radical" when it comes to health care and lifestyle. For starters my dad (and brother, uncle and 2 cousins) is a chiropractor so my siblings and I grew up in a very holistic home (no vaccines, antibiotics, etc.) and when our health conditions stretch beyond my dad's knowledge we see a naturopathic doctor. But please don't get me wrong, I believe there is a time and place for medical intervention, one example being my type 1 diabetic brother who's life depends on synthetic insulin, and I am astonished along with everyone else at the amazing medical advances that save thousands of lives every year. I just don't believe it is appropriate to constantly bog your system down with whatever new drug your doctor prescribes because your eye is twitching. (Exaggeration?, yes, but you get my point.) :) And my health views are also very much linked with my faith. I believe that our bodies truly are works of art and that God thought of everything. Seriously, take a few minutes to feel your heart beating in your chest, or look at a newborn baby's tiny fingernails, or try to keep your eyes open when you sneeze! Ok, so I don't really know much about involuntary reactions during sneezes, but our bodies truly are amazing! And that's what I want to talk about in my Health Nut Corner, that and ways to improve its function without messing up what its already doing.

Today I want to talk about P-O-R-K. My husband has challenged me to find information that "proves" it is not healthy for you only because he has been BEGGING me to buy "real" bacon, which to him means pork. I am perfectly happy with our turkey bacon alternative. :) (Little does he know I'm about to put him on a strictly bean and tofu diet! :) Do you think he'll notice??) First of all, as some of you may know, the Old Testament lists items that God has deemed okay and not okay to eat. Pork (or swine) is considered to be "unclean" and thus, unfit for consumption. This rating is based on what it is pigs eat (cows & chickens are vegetarians in a sense and eat grains, grasses, etc.) which is anything from trash to baby pigs or sick/dying pigs. Gross, I know. Quite honestly, they are disgusting animals. And the phrase, "you are what you eat" truly applies to animals because what they eat eventually becomes their muscle and tissue, which is what WE eat. And pigs were (and are) known as the scavengers of the earth. They also have only 1 stomach, compared to the cow who has 3 and whose body processes its food for a lot longer, purifying it and, within 24 hours, turning it into beef (or muscle tissue). A pig can eat something (usually something nasty) and within 4 hours it will become muscle tissue. There have also been many poisons and toxins found in pork because of the way their bodies store and lock it in their flesh...and then we eat their flesh! Yum! :) Then add the majority of farming companies that distribute antibiotics (which are also toxins) and hormones to their pigs (which also get stored in their flesh) and you've got yourself a deliscioso feast! Pork is also extremely high in cholesterol and saturated fat and most dietitians will strongly recommend not eating it. But please, don't take my word for it. Do your own research. I highly recommend "The Maker's Diet" by Jordan S. Rubin. There are plenty of articles and books out there and you will always find both sides of the story. This is just the one I choose to believe. :)
Once again, don't get me wrong. I can go for the mouth-watering honey glazed ham almost any day of the week and was appalled when my parents told me we'd be giving up pork and would no longer have it on Christmas morning...then we discovered the even MORE delicious honey glazed turkey (whose taste and texture is exactly like the ham!). Check out your local honey-baked something or other store and ask for the turkey! :)


Judy @ In His Grip said...

I just had someone suggest I read this book to help Lindsey with her Crohn's disease. Afterall, that is all about what she eats. I am with you pigs are just plain gross.

Jeanna said...

i read that one too and swore off pork forever...except on pizza. ; )

Anonymous said...

i agree with the whole pork thing. it is pretty gross when you think about it. do you have that book?? i would love to borrow it if you do! i have had several people tell me i should read and you'd be surprised, but one of them was one of the doctors in the hospital!

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