While I am not eating organs, brains and such (although I have some US Wellness Meats Braunschweiger in my freezer and will be cracking it open this week to give it a try), my family does pretty darn well in the food area.
On a closely related note, the food from the Alaska cruise we just returned from (see New Amazements After Ten Days Off), tore us up and we need to get back on track. While we supposedly stayed gluten-free by ordering from the gluten-free menu and eating lots of salmon, Ryan felt the effects of gluten and went from headache-free to daily headaches, and Colson had several too. It could have been gluten sneak attacks or the nasty, cheap ice cream. I did pretty well, not experiencing remarkable problems until my digestive distress the last day and some bleeding gums (a new experience for me!). We haven't been so off track with our food since Colson was born.
By day two of our trip we ate more than usual, and while the food was at times quite tasty, by the end of the cruise it was nauseating. I think we ate more because the food wasn't as nutrient dense, not because we craved or enjoyed it (other than the excellent flourless chocolate cake and the amazing salmon). Fortunately, we didn't seem to put on any weight although we were bloated by the end of the cruise.
After our super late-night return home we had grass-fed burgers and veggies for late breakfast and roast chicken, veggies and mashed potatoes with loads of butter for dinner. Cherries were our snack in between. The guys were finally headache-free yesterday, and today and our bloating seems to be gone. I included the potatoes in our dinner because we tolerate them fine (and Colson needs some extra carbs given his demanding week with four hours of daily fencing camp and swim team). Eventually we will make our way to The Whole 30 in the next week or two and do a complete reset.
If you know someone who is not buying into the paleo schtick, perhaps they will buy into the Victorian Era angle. Once a person's food and body are really cleaned up the body's feedback is astonishing.
It is truly a shame to watch so many people suffer needlessly. I will never understand why people cling to bread, for instance. I know that it is tasty and comforting, but I walked away pretty easily. I suppose it is the whole opiate receptor deal that makes it especially hard for some, but it is just bread for gosh sakes, and it is not the staff of life. I think it is the number one food enemy of life, although GMOs scare the heck out of me too. See Wheat - Cut That Shit Out! if you need more convincing - I link to a great podcast with a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Walk away from bread/gluten and see what happens. Then walk away from processed foods and learn some more. Then keep on walking toward nutrient dense, healing food and learn. Your body will guide you if you give it the chance.
The choice is clear. Pay a little more for good food and vibrant health now (you should experience signicant benefits from eating the food that you make even if you don't purchase organic, free-range or whatever other high-end type of food product) or pay astronomically more for medical bills later (not to mention lost time, adventures and fun). With every bite you eat you choose how you will live.