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Build a Recycled Chook Pen From Scratch (and meet our new family)

This was an exciting time for us.  We built a chook pen from scratch using recycled timber from the tip shop and also second hand untreated pine.  I love shopping at the tip shop.  The things that you stumble upon is amazing.  I can’t explain how excited Andrew was when he picked up this large container of nuts and bolts for five dollars……It must be a male thing!  

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This will be our second time in the two years living on Bruny Island that we will have chooks.  When we first moved here the house actually came with two chooks.  Penny and Julia.  Yes, named after Julia Gillard and Penny Wong.  Funny! 

We purchased another ten, but unfortunatly they were killed by quolls.  We believe the reason was because the pen is too far away from the house.  What we have done now is built a new pen and placed it near the house and also our vegetable gardens.  Chooks are great diggers and as you know are brilliant for putting into empty garden beds.  Now they are close to the house I can keep an eye on them and ensure they stay safe. Plus I can have easy access to their chicken poo for composting.  Double win!

Our pen cost approx $155 dollars in material and Andrew is excited that he built his first chook pen.  I am glad because he may have a few more to build (he just doesn’t know it)

We wanted a pen that is movable (if we put wheels on it) and extremely safe for the girls.  We also wanted great nesting boxes and a place for them to roost comfortable.  We shower them with love and they shower us with eggs.  A great agreement don’t you think?
This pen will be easy to clean and with that I can do my bit to keep it free from disease; which is important. 

Check it out 

IMG_1218 Starting with the frameIMG_1229Wrapping the chicken wire around three times to stop the quolls digging up through itIMG_1267 Added the recycled weatherboards and tin – it’s starting to look amazingIMG_1286I love their little door into the roosting house
IMG_1283 Front door is on and in goes their laying boxes.  I love how the side lifts up.  Easy access to the eggs.  IMG_1282 We salvaged the nesting boxes from the old pen.  IMG_1281 Lots of hay to keep them comfortable.   IMG_1317 We needed to use the big red tractor to lift it into place.. pen is not going anywhere.  Which makes me feel good as we receive some pretty strong winds 
IMG_1266She really is a beauty!  I haven’t built up the courage to drive it.  However I love sitting on the back being driven around the paddock.  Too much fun.  
 

IMG_1685 It is now in place and looks amazing – great big door for them to come in and out as they pleaseIMG_1687Are you impressed?  I am.  I love it
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And now let me introduce you to our new girls.  We purchased six 

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They are the most adorable animals.  I can’t wait for them to start laying.  

IMG_1697Pedro thinks the house is cool.  Something else for him to climb up on.  He is actually not bothered by the girls……we will soon see….
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And this was their afternoon tea the other day.  They loved the snail.  A few more days in the pen to ensure they know where to roost each night and then I can let them out to roam (and dig) around our property.  

I can’t wait to head out and grab the eggs for breakfast.  One of lifes simplest pleasures is having chickens and eating your own eggs.  

Give one a go.  Anyone can build a chook pen.   It took Andrew three days to build it.  It does not need to cost a lot of money and the kids would LOVE to be involved.  My recommendations is to head to your local tip shop for the materials.

Thanks for reading and I hope I have inspired you to build a recycled chook pen.  

Chat again soon
Jo

 

 

 

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Bruny Island Update – Two Years On

It has been two years since we moved from city life to rural life. Two years!!  Wow, I can’t believe that on Easter Monday 2013 it was our anniversary.  I still remember the day when we made the purchase and signed the dotted line.  When Andrew and I decided to move out of our Hobart two bedroom apartment from to the country, we never thought that we would be living on an island owning ten acres and learning to be 100% self sufficient.  We thought we would buy one, maybe two acres and have a small vegetable patch and grow some of our own food.

We did look at a lot of places before we signed that line.  However there was no place that caught our heart like the one that we are living in now. 

So there is a lot to catch up on and tell you.  If you have been following me on my Facebook page and my Instagram page I am pretty confident that you may be feeling like you are living with me.  I will break this post down into a few parts because in a few days I will be able to introduce you to some very cute friends of mine…

For the last two years Andrew and I have been learning a lot about everything to do with living self-sufficient. From growing our own food, raising animals, the wonderful cycle of the seasons, nature, biolytix composting systems, electric fences and power.
We live off the grid and generate our own power by a wind turbine and solar.  It has been a long learning curve with the power and half way through we started to have a lot of trouble with it.  For some reason we were short-circuiting the fuse box and running out of power.

There were quite a few nights I would be walking out into the cold, down to the shed to run the generator so I could use some lights in the house just to wash up!  I purchased a Vitamix and I can only use that when the sun is beaming onto the panels and the batteries are full to the brim.  The Vitamix is the only appliance that will cut the power completely off.  The good old Breville food processor runs like a dream.  
We finally figured out what the problem was with having no power and it was due to the composting worm farm, our toilet system called the Biolytix.  Our pipes had become blocked and the motor was not switching off when it should have.  So it was actually drawing all our power out of the batteries.  All fixed up, but it was a very frustrating and expensive time for us.  
The upside is I have learnt a lot about off the grid systems and we purchased more solar panels…Bonus!

The second bonus is, I have learnt a lot about power consumption. And being consciously aware of how much power we can save by not using an electric kettle, down sizing our fridge, using only one light at a time or one appliance at a time.  And I have become more aware of how much water I was actually wasting when living in the apartment.   I know re-use and re-cycle our water.  
We have on demand gas and when waiting for the hot water to come through there is quite a bit of cold that would be running down the drain.  I now capture the water in a bucket and out it goes onto the garden.  This is the same in the shower.  
The bonus of living off the grid, saving water, being aware of water consumption and down sizing is – the realization of how power hungry we were in the apartment and how we could of saved quite a bit of money if we took the time to learn more.  

There has been one major upset here on the property and that is when we lost all of our chooks to quolls. We have not had chooks for the last year because of the quolls.  Quolls are atrocious for eating the chooks heads off and leaving the body.  This is not at nighttime either.  We locked our chooks up at night; it was actually during the day.  

Our chook pen is about 600 metres away from the house and there is a lot of bracken fern around the pen so I think the quolls would hide in there until they were ready to pounce.  Now you will have to wait but the exciting thing that’s about to happen in a few days time means I will be cooking my own eggs again.  

To come from the city with zero experience and not knowing how to look after chooks, it was extremely upsetting that I had to bury my girls.  It took a lot of courage to even pick the chooks up.  A lot of tears and stomping back up the hill thinking I don’t want to do it anymore…

Thank god I didn’t listen to those thoughts when I was feeling down!  Because I would not of been able to show you the next bit.  My garden.  

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I am so in love with my garden (and being in my overalls).  Andrew and I have been working really hard on making it productive and with the help and advice from the local community and my neighbours I am proud to say it is a success.  We are eating all of our own food from the three vegetable gardens and drum roll please…Andrew and I are just about to start our very own market garden!  Awesome!

So that will be part three of this Bruny Island update and I can’t wait to share it with you.   In the last two years I have been super busy learning all about living simply and gardening.  Rotating beds, compost, soil health, companion planting, bugs (good and bad), creating a healthy ecology system and organic farming. Add this to travelling to PNG twice and working in the background and planning the future of Primal Living.  It has been a very busy couple of years.  

Has it all been perfect?  Nope. It has been damn hard.  My pictures may show lots of pretty flowers and plants but I also want to tell you that its bloody hard work growing your own food, and for what we are trying to achieve it is a full time job.  There are times that I walk outside and feel totally overwhelmed that I walk back inside, put on my sneakers and go for a walk or I grab a book, read or cook.

 If I am not in the garden digging, planting and planning, I am preserving the excess produce and cooking up lots of yummy and nourishing meals for us and continuing reading and writing for Primal.  Moving here and challenging ourselves has certainly made me stronger and has made me realise that if I need to get something done, I need to learn how to do it  (with the help of my neighbours) and get in there and do it.  

Farm life can really be hard, but would I have it any other way…. NO WAY.  This life that we are creating for ourselves, the life of living self sufficient, living the primal way, the way before industrialisation is the life that we both want and will achieve.  

I look back and see what we have already done in the two years we have been here and it deserves a big pat on the back.  I think the only things that I have bought that I haven’t grown is sweet potato, avocadoes, fresh lemons and limes, garlic, ginger and eggs.  Our meat that we serve up is our own pork and the lamb is from one of the farmers here on the island.  All the other fruit and vegetables are either ours or it has come from our neighbours or one of the farms close by on the island 

Bruny Island is a magical place; I am surrounded by a beautiful community who will do anything for you and I would do anything for them.  Growing all our own food and nourishing our bodies with beautiful fresh and seasonal produce is so special that I want to do it for the rest of my life. I am also looking forward to inviting you here soon to be a part of this special place (another post) 

When I put on my overalls to start my day out in the garden a sense of happiness comes over me.  I feel so comfortable in my overalls and that’s where I know I am in the right place and I can achieve anything I want.

The other day I harvested all the tomatoes, red and green. I sat the green ones on my kitchen window seal and also hung them up in our shed to ripen.  When I looked back at the beautiful fruit I wanted to cry. Yep, cry.  Not because I had green tomatoes, but because my home was filled with fresh produce that I have grown with my own hands. My food that we are eating is not only recognisable but it is so nourishing for us.

All I think about now is the seasons, nature, being outside, growing food, cooking food, learning old ways and sharing it with you.  Health could not be any more simple.  I am avoiding the modern food system and returning to the culinary traditions of our ancestors and cooking and preserving food the way it is meant to be.  

Life on Bruny the last two years has had its ups and downs but the good times have out weighed the bad times and the bad times I have learnt so much from.  So really, they are not bad at all.  

I have learnt a lot about myself to be able to grow, be strong and keep on learning.  Never give up on your dream.  My passions are to grow food, live off the land, inspire others to live and be well and fall in love with natural living.  I can see my dreams and passions unfold in front of me.  And that is exciting!!!!! 

Thank you for reading and being apart of my journey.  I hope I have inspired you to start a vegetable patch, ditch some of the foods that we can’t recognize and enjoy some natural living.  

I will leave you with some beautiful photos of growing food.  Remember I had zero experience with growing food.  So I know that you can do it too.  

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Below is the beautiful clothes line of tomatoes.  I started with a lot of green ones and it has been two weeks since we first hung them.  I now have a lot of ripe tomatoes.  WIN!IMG_1191IMG_0399I planted over 40 pumpkins and received a great crop.  Only one was damaged.  

IMG_0663 IMG_0410IMG_0923My first ever potatoes I have grown and they taste amazing.  Especially cooked in lard.  
IMG_0650 IMG_0651I would not know what to do without my awesome neighbours.  They’re a wealth of knowldege.  
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IMG_0928I am amazed at how many potatoes you receive back when you only plant a few in the ground.  Arhhh, mother nature.  You’re amazing
IMG_0952We have had the best raspberry season.  It is only now (late April) that they have stopped.  There were lots of raspberry and cream bowls happening.  
IMG_0499 IMG_9844Most of the time I ate the raspberries straight off the cane.  If I felt peckish, out I go and pick.  Perfect morning tea!

IMG_0409I grew the most amazing sunflower plants.  Every time I looked at them they made me smile.  Now I will have heaps of sunflower seeds.  Actually, writing that has just reminded me to go and put bags over the heads to catch the seeds.  No need to buy sunflower seeds for awhile.  Another WIN!!  

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I loved eating my greens beans.  I ate them raw and used in stir-fry’s and soups.  They were delicious.  I still have more to pick.  Awesome crop.  

IMG_0858I grew some small, but yummy capsicums.  They were so sweet.  The spots on the leaves I am not sure what they’re and I need to do further investigation.  By all means please comment below if you can help.  Sharing the love is great for learning.
IMG_0845I didn’t receive a lot of broccoli.  It went to seed very quickly.  What I did grow was super yummy.  

IMG_0060These tasted amazing.  I only got a few but they were awesome and I can’t wait to grow them again. 

IMG_0492My soil is clay.  Next season I will combine clay with sand to help grow carrots straight.  However these tastes so sweet.  I loved eating them raw and made a couple of batches of carrot, ginger and turmeric soup.  
IMG_1008Just look at these.  They are so cute.  The eggplants have not been picked yet.  They’re very plump and I will be picking them in a few days time to make eggplant dip.  Yum!  

One thing I can do really well here is grow greens.  Below is kale, silverbeet, rainbow chard and also celery hiding in the corner.  I still have enough of all these greens to keep me going into autumn and winter.  Having only planted more in the last week.  

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So there you have it.  A few photos of what I grew last season.  This was my spring, summer crop of 2014.  I am super proud of what I have done.  
You know, you can grow food too.  You don’t need ten acres.  If you have a front lawn, a balcony that receives sun, a backyard or even pots – you can grow your own food.  Yay!

I would like to dedicate this blog post to every single gardener and farmer out there.  I can now appreciate the hard work that you all do to bring real food to the table.  You are all amazing and all deserve a thank you.
So from me to you, thank you.  And to all of my community, please never stop supporting our local farmers and gardeners.  Without them, our health and our planet would be in real trouble.  

See you soon for part 2

Jo

 

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Raw Rich and Dark Nut and Seed Chocolate Bark

I woke up this morning, opened up the curtains and what a day.  Windy and cold here on the island. Fantastic, I can stay in side today and potter.   Now that I am working and living from my property here on Bruny Island and working hard every day to create a market garden and an educational space for people to visit; my day is actually dictated on what the weather is doing.  A sunny and calm day is my calling to go outside.  A day like today where the wind turbine is cranking and the breeze is a harse cold snap,  my day is sorted.   Stay inside where it is warm to either read, cook, write up blog posts or just potter. 

So today was the cold and windy day.  Although the sun did come out in the afternoon, kimchi and pedro (my fur babies) even decided it was still too cold to venture outside.   Smart cats!

Here’s two picture of them.  Taken a few weeks back.  Pedro is the first photo and next is Kimchi.  Yep I named Kimchi after fermented food! #healthnerd

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Lets talk about chocolate.  I love dark chocolate.  Lucky for me I have never been much of a sweet tooth. Give me cheese and crackers though and you will need to hold my arms behind my back.  You are either a sweet or savoury person and I am defiantly savoury. Aged, matured cheddar cheese and home  made crackers…..Yum!  

What are you sweet or savoury?  

If you’re sweet, today is your lucky day.  I decided to make some dark chocolate bark.  It is so good. Now I love dark 85% chocolate and above and this one is actually made out of 100% raw cacao.  I purchased it from an artisan chocolatier who has a gorgeous shop just before you get onto the ferry to come over to the island.  John (the chocolatier) laughs at me when I go in because I am one of three people who he has ever served that comes in to purchase the pure raw cacao chocolate buds.  

The other day he tried to give me some 75% chocolate and I thought I was eating a teaspoon of sugar.  You see thats the thing when you eat a diet that is 95% savoury.  My diet is based on fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables and I very rarely crave sweets.  I guarantee that if you work on eating lots of  fruit and vegetables when they are in their prime time, you will be craving that instead of sugar.  

Below is the delicious rich chocolate already melted and ready to be licked by me.  

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This recipe has 2 tbs of rice malt syrup in it so it does contain some sweetness.  Why you are melting the chocolate and have added the rice malt just try it.  If its too bitter add a little bit more.  However work on changing your taste buds.  Work on slowly increasing your cacao levels in your chocolate addiction.  That way you will be eaing quality and eating less of it.  

Raw Rich and Dark Nut and Seed Chocolate Bark
Serves 1
A delicious dark chocolate bark to enjoy when you need some nourishment.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of 100% raw cacao buttons (you could use organic raw cacao powder)
  2. 1/2 cup raw cacao butter
  3. 2 handfuls of coconut chip (sulphate and preservative free)
  4. 2 handfuls of pumpkin seeds
  5. 2 handfuls of sunflower seeds
  6. 2 handfuls of raw insecticide free almonds
  7. 2 tbs rice malt syrup
Instructions
  1. Put a pot of water on the stove to heat
  2. Add the cacao buttons (or powder) and the cacao butter to a pot and sit it over the water
  3. Melt both slowly and when completly melted add the rice malt syrup
  4. Mix well
  5. Take off heat and add the rest of the ingredients
  6. Mix well
  7. In a medium size tray add some parchement paper
  8. Pour in your chocolate mix and spread out evenly
  9. Add to freezer until set
  10. Take out of freezer and break it up into pieces
  11. Put back into freezer until you need some nourishment.
Notes
  1. You will need to keep this in the freezer because if left out it will melt due to the cacao butter.
  2. You could add goji berries or raw buckwheat groats or any other nuts and seeds that your body can handle.
  3. If you find the chocolate too rich, add in a tiny bit more of rice malt syrup when you are melting the chocolate.
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As you can see when the bark is ready you can snap it into the sizes you want.  Some pieces may have more nuts and seeds on them but hey, its raw and handmade with love.  It does not need to be even, just healthy.  

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I hope you enjoy this delicious bark.  I sure do.  It is the perfect thing we need when we want to eat something that is totally good for us and we can leave the guilt at the door.  

Enjoy and I look forward to seeing your bark.  

 

 

 

 

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Friday Night 16 Minute Bodyweight Workout

Hi there

It’s Friday night and many of us are ready to relax for the weekend after a hard week,  good on you.  I hope that you have some awesome things planned.  Maybe some Autumn gardening, a walk, hanging with the kids or getting into the kitchen to cook up some yummy and nourishing meals.  Don’t forget a visit to your farmers market is a excellent way to save money on fruit and vegetables and a brilliant way to eat fresh and local food.  What ever you have decided to do this weekend, I hope it involves lots of laughter and fun.  We all need and deserve it.

My Friday night is about eating local line caught fish with the local community here on Bruny Island.  Its all about living and eating local.  Every Friday night I head up to the Jetty Cafe, here on Bruny Island to enjoy a glass of red wine with the locals and Ray’s famous fish and chips.  Yep I am eating fish and chips and I love it.  Ray knows that I am gluten intolerant and he looks after me by baking my fish naked and adding delicious butter and fresh lemon to it.  He serves it up with his awesome local potatoes and fresh salad greens that are supplied from my garden.  Everyone ios eating some of my vegetables….Yay!  

It is a really fun and relaxed night and it is really nice to chat to the locals and hear what they have been up to.  There are some really interesting stories told and its amazing what you learn, especially about gardening and preserving food.  

I have been busy all day today and already it was 5 pm and I hadn’t had a chance to do my workout.  My first thought was “oh I will have today as a rest day”…..then I thought no way Jo lets do a quick HIIT session and work my butt off to feel awesome and start my weekend off.  
So here is my 16 minute workout that kicked my arse. I hope you enjoy it and challenge yourself.  It is fun and you really feel like you have just completed a 30 minute workout.  No equipment needed.  I actually did it in my lounge room and I didn’t even get changed into my gym clothes.  So no excuses….

You will need to use a stop watch or download the Tabata Pro App

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Have a great weekend everyone.  You will find me in the vegetable patch all weekend and planting over 30 native trees.  

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Yes It Is Sustainable

The media have been writing many articles in the last few months voicing their opinion on the paleo diet and how it is not sustainable.  I have also read that those who follow a paleo diet, eat a lot of meat. Interesting.  I am going to tell you in this blog post what I have done for the last nine and a half years and tell you how I feel.  You will be surprised I do not eat a lot of meat.  

For the last nine and a half years I have been eating this way. It has helped me in so many ways.

My weight has stabilised, no more yo-yo dieting
No stomach pains 
No gas – when I ate refined carbohydrates I would have gas
Constant energy
No blood sugar problems – before I would have to eat every two hours
I eat when I am hungry instead of six meals a day
I have awesome skin – before I would break out in acne
My menstrual cycle is on track and regular – before I didn’t have one

WHAT DO I EAT

I eat a variety of foods such as:  

PROTEINS
Fish 
Beef
Pork
Lamb
Chicken
Kangaroo
Eggs

All free range and grass-fed finished off.   All locally supplied.  Since moving to ten acres I have been lucky enough to raise and kill my own pork. I also eat local lamb and wallaby.  I don’t eat a lot of chicken now, as I don’t have access to true free range.  Before moving to ten acres I would buy from the farmers market OR my local butcher.  I also use cheap cuts of meat to make bone broth for stock and to drink each day and to use in slow cooked stews.  

A HUGE VARIETY OF VEGETABLES
All seasonal and all organic. I do grow my own food now, which is a huge advantage. However when I didn’t, I would always go to the farmers market each week and stock up. You can purchase a lot of vegetables for excellent prices when you buy direct from the farmer and buy seasonal.   If you don’t have access to a farmers market, just shop around the outside of your local supermarket.  Supermarkets do stock a large variety of vegetables.  Take a list with you so you know what is in season and buy Australian.  I eat vegetables at every meal and I would normally have three-four maybe five different types on my plate.  Yes I would say I eat more vegetables than a vegetarian.  

A VARIETY OF FRUIT
I eat fruit in season, never out of season.  In season now are apples and I am enjoying having one every day. Berries have just finished so no more berries until next year. And I will be excited to enjoy them again.  That is the joy of eating fruit and vegetables in season.  You can enjoy them at their best.  If you can buy your fruit at the farmers market or your local corner store you can be sure the fruit has not been stored for months in a cool room.  Always buy organic fruit to keep away from any sprays that may have been used. Since eating apples off my own tree and my neighbours I can now say I have finally eaten a real apple.  

A VAST RANGE OF DIFFERENT FATS
I enjoy a huge range of different fats.  Good fats, real fats.  The natural kind such as:
Butter
Cold press olive oil
Tallow
Lard
Coconut oil
Avocado’s and oil
Macadamia oil
Raw nuts and seeds

HERBS AND SPICES
Are a staple in my pantry.  You will find fresh and dried.  Use a large variety.  They are the best way to flavour your food.

DAIRY
I eat diary.  Not a lot but I eat it when I feel like a bit of fetta cheese, mature cheddar cheese and even Brie.
I don’t drink milk and the yoghurt I consume is either made from sheep or goat.  I do find that yoghurt made from cows upsets my stomach.  I do enjoy a small amount of cream on my berries and on occasions in my coffee.

SWEETENERS
In my pantry you will find raw local honey and also rice malt syrup.  I don’t use a lot of these, as I don’t do a lot of baking.  I find I don’t need sweeteners in my diet because when I enjoy a large variety of fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season and at their best, I am provided with the hit of sweetness that my body needs.  If I do make sweets I would normally use honey, as I am OK having fructose in that small amount.  

OTHER FOODS
I enjoy eating dark chocolate.  85% and above and I also enjoy a glass of red wine and coffee.  How much coffee, dark chocolate or red wine?  It really does depend.  Chocolate I could have two pieces every day or I can go months without it. Coffee I am normally one a day, after breakfast.  Long black. There a days and weeks where I will not have any.  Depends on how I am feeling.  
Red wine is normally two-three glasses a week.  Some weeks I will not have any.  It really depends on how I am feeling.  

I also consume fermented foods at each meal.  Sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha are my staples.  I am pickling a lot of my own food now that I grow my own.  So currently in the fridge I have pickled zucchini and cucumber and pickled beetroot and a mix vegetable pickle.

My diet is not restricted.  My diet is not extreme and I am not a meat eater!  My meat portion is a side dish compared to the amount of vegetables I consume at every meal.  

This ‘diet’ has sustained me for over nine years and I feel so much better eating this way compared to the previous way.  I don’t eat gluten or wheat and I avoid all foods that are processed.  I cook 95% of my meals and unfortunately for some people that may be a pain.  However I find by cooking my own meals and having left overs is a big reason why this way of eating is sustainable.  You are not tempted to go and buy a quick takeaway meal in your lunch break. And by having delicious nutrient dense meals every day you actually start to crave it over the highly processed foods.  

It is rare, but I would enjoy good sour dough bread or have a cake that has been made with refined sugar and I am OK with that.  Although my body feels it straight away.  I don’t restrict myself.  If I do feel like something sweet I will make it myself using gluten free flour such as buckwheat, hazelnut meal, almond meal or coconut flours.  I try and make sweets from the fruit that is in season.  

The way I eat, there is no deprivation, and there is no lack of nutrients.  

This way of eating is not expensive.  You just need to be smart in the way you buy your food

Buy fruit and vegetables in season and if possible at your local farmers market
Buy meat in bulk and freeze it.  Grab a few friends and divide the cost of buying a whole animal.  Share it. Go straight to the farmer and ask to buy a whole animal.  
Buy your fats in bulk when it is on special at the supermarket OR buy direct from the producer
If at all possible grow your own food.  Growing my own food is the best thing that I have ever done.  If you think you need a lot of space to grow your own food, think again.  Go ahead and Google vegetable gardens in small spaces.   It will be the inspiration you need to get growing.  

So yes my way of eating is very sustainable.  It is not expensive and it is not a meat eating diet.  I eat a huge variety of different vitamins and minerals and I actually save a lot of money by growing my own food and not eating processed foods.  If I ate processed foods that come with a bunch of ingredients that are hard to identify, or if I ate gluten, wheat, refined carbohydrates and refined sugars I would be spending my money at the doctors because I would be in a world of pain.  So eating real food saves me a lot of money.  

This lifestyle, one that I like to call “Eating Real Foods” I believe is the best thing anyone can do for themselves.  There are a huge variety of real foods to enjoy.   It is food that comes from nature that you dig up from the ground or off a tree.  Eating real food is sustainable not only for you but the planet we live on.

Give it a go, take the time to find out where your local farmers markets are and get to them.  If you have lawn, then you can grow food.  Start digging; adding some compost and some animal manure and you’re good to go.  Where I am in Tasmania, a cold climate, it is best to plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, silverbeet, lettuce, mizuna, mibuna and kale seedlings.  Now look at that list.  Come wintertime, you will be eating your own food! 

I am sorry but I have stopped listening to the beat up the media plays on why eating real food is not sustainable and not good for our health.  What is not good for our health is the bunch of preservatives and chemicals that sit in boxes of “food like substances” that line the supermarket shelves

This awesome lifestyle works for me and I hope at 100 years of age I will be checking back in to tell the next generations how bloody good eating real food is.  

Update:  I do not follow a paleo diet anymore.   Or you could say I don’t prescribe myself to the paleo label.  Now I just eat a variety of nourishing food from nature 

 

 

 

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