New Podcast: With Kiefer on Body IO FM

I was very happy to appear with John Kiefer on his Body IO FM podcast. Kiefer studied physics at the University of Florida but is best known for his Carb Nite and Carb Backloading ideas. We had a lot to talk about. Check it out here!

Christmas Gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year:

Shou-Ching and I are working hard on our cookbook and on raising Luke, so blog posts have been scarce. But we will resume blogging in a few weeks and rest assured, we think constantly of our readers.

In the meantime, I’d like to post a few ideas for Christmas gifts and Christmas charity.

Support the Blog

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At no cost to yourself, you can help support our blog and our research by starting your Amazon shopping from this site. A big thank you to everyone who shops Amazon from our site. To search all of Amazon, start from this portal:

Perfect Health Retreat

I’ll be blogging about the retreat in January but let me just say – it’s an awesome experience and a great bargain. If you’d like to give the gift of health to a loved one, a Retreat reservation is a great way to do it.

Perfect Health Retreat

Now for a few that aren’t about us.

Rachel Albert

Rachel Albert, who blogs at The Healthy Cooking Coach, has been a long-time member of the ancestral health community. Rachel gave a warm welcome to Shou-Ching and I when we began blogging, and we are proud owners of a copy of her excellent Garden of Eating cookbook. Rachel has metastatic breast cancer and no health insurance. She has started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover some of her health care expenses. If you are looking for destinations for Christmas charity, this is a good one.

A Few Deserving Businesses

A few family-owned small businesses have sent us samples that we can enthusiastically endorse.

Sproutfield Farms sent us some delicious pork. Quality of ingredients is the biggest factor in cooking, and their pork is outstanding. We especially liked the pork butt.

We occasionally hear from readers who can’t find good quality meat products locally. There are many quality farms, such as Sproutfield, who take orders over the Internet and ship with dry ice. US Wellness Meats, for example, has been a long-time sponsor of ancestral health community events.

But be sure to check out your local farmers. Hilltop Angus Farms, the meat supplier for the Perfect Health Retreats, sells locally in North Carolina. Friend of the blog Allan Balliett is a farmer in Shepherdstown, West Virginia who sells in the DC area through Fresh and Local CSA.

Tessemae’s All-Natural sent us a collection of their sauces. All are made with PHD-approved ingredients. All were delicious. We LOVED the hot sauces, both mild and extra hot. You can learn about the company from their video.

Erik Organic Furniture sent us a lovely hardwood cutting board. Their Amish craftsman make hand-made fine furniture using the finest hardwoods. If you want the finest possible furniture, and to support hard-working craftsmen, check out their site.

Healthy Nation Coalition Letter Regarding USDA Dietary Guidelines

The Healthy Nation Coalition has written an excellent letter to the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee suggesting improvements to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, which are currently being drafted. They are asking for signatures in support of their letter. There are currently 600 signatories to the letter. It deserves more.

To view the letter, go here. To sign in support of the letter, go here.

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Letter to the FDA

The Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance is a group devoted to helping small farms and ranches maintain their ability to produce food in natural, healthful ways in the face of burdensome government regulations which often, intentionally or not, favor large agribusinesses.

The Alliance is currently seeking signatures on a letter to the FDA protesting its failure to respect legislated exemptions for small farms.

To view the letter, go here; to sign in support of the letter, go here.

Merry Christmas!

Blessings to all of our readers!

New Podcast: Too Busy to Eat

I recorded an interview recently with Greg Zuffelato of the Too Busy to Eat podcast. If you’re trying to figure out how to fit ancestral living into a busy schedule, check it out!


If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. – Meister Eckhart

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all our American readers, and thank you to our readers everywhere!

Thanksgiving Day is a day of gratitude, and yet historically the holiday grew out of death and suffering. The first official Thanksgiving Day was declared by the Continental Congress in 1777 during the Revolutionary War, and Thanksgiving became established as an annual holiday in 1863 during the Civil War. The original American Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Mayflower Pilgrims who had arrived late in the New World, as winter was beginning; nearly half died that winter. Yet the 53 survivors befriended the local Indians and, with their help, soon flourished. After their first year, Edward Winslow described their success:

[O]ur harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the company almost a week, at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain, and others.  And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. We have found the Indians very faithful in their covenant of peace with us; very loving and ready to pleasure us: we often go to them, and they come to us; some of us have been fifty miles by land in the country with them; the occasions and relations whereof you shall understand by our general and more full declaration of such things as are worth the noting, yea, it hath pleased God so to possess the Indians with a fear of us, and love unto us, that not only the greatest king amongst them called Massasoit, but also all the princes and peoples round about us, have either made suit unto us, or been glad of any occasion to make peace with us, … so that there is now great peace amongst the Indians themselves, which was not formerly, neither would have been but for us; and we for our parts walk as peaceably and safely in the wood, as in the highways in England, we entertain them familiarly in our houses, and they as friendly bestowing their venison on us.

It is often assumed that since Thanksgiving was a harvest festival, the Pilgrims must have been giving thanks primarily for prosperity. But in truth, their greatest blessing was friendship and peace with their neighbors. It is love and fellowship which most deserve our gratitude.

I posted my tribute to Mathias this week because these connections between death, love, and gratitude were in my mind. His life was brief, but rich in love; see the comments from Mathias’s grandmother Cheryl and mom Kindy. A dinner party is a good thing, though it comes to an end; a life is a blessing, be it however short. Mathias remains a blessing, and a reason for gratitude.

Shou-Ching, Luke, and I have much to be grateful for. I had originally intended to review today some of the health results sent in by readers, but I will save that for later. Suffice it to be said that we have many lovely online friends and are grateful for all of you. We wish you the best of health always.

Into every life, adversity will come. Yet no adversity, not even death, can extinguish our causes for gratitude. Therefore,

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. . . . Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness endures to all generations. (Psalm 100: 2,4-5)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!