I hope your new year is off to a great start!
Here at the Kummer household, 2021 has launched at warp speed. I can’t believe it’s already been a month since the last newsletter, and a lot has changed for us over the course of the past 30 days!
We’re Becoming Farmers (Kinda)
For starters, we ordered 14 baby chicks, which are scheduled to arrive during the first week of March. So far, we’ve built a brooder box for them, and ordered a chicken coop along with tons of supplies — including organic feed without soy or corn.
We eat a lot of eggs, and our goal is to be self-sufficient as far as eggs are concerned.
Of course, we’re planning on letting our chickens roam freely on our 1.25 acre property, and having the kids collect fresh eggs each morning.
Overall, we expect eggxcellent results…
We also got two new beehives (bringing our total to four), and I ordered a big-ass honey extractor that I can’t wait to use after the nectar flow in spring.
Considering that we’ll soon have two breeds of livestock (bees are considered livestock, believe it or not), I guess we can call ourselves hobby farmers. And we’re super excited about that.
So stay tuned for pictures and videos on my Instagram of cute baby chicks and our first attempts at extracting honey.
How We Vote With Our Dollars
We’ve also dramatically changed where we shop for groceries. Last year, we spent over $14,000 at Whole Foods alone.
Sourcing locally is our way of voting for who we want to produce our food. While buying seasonal products from local farms isn’t always cheaper (sometimes, the opposite is the case), we value knowing who produced our food and the process by which it ended up on our table.
It’s also our way of supporting farms that practice regenerative agriculture, which is better for humans, animals and the environment.
More Meat, Fewer Plants
Besides being conscious about where the food we eat comes from, we’ve also made some adjustments to the types of foods we put on our plates.
For example, we’ve increased our intake of pasture-raised and wild-caught animal products, and removed plants that have natural toxins (which are supposed to discourage animals and humans from eating them). Some of these plants include spinach, kale, broccoli, almonds, chia seeds and others that most people would consider healthy.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be writing about this shift towards a more carnivorous diet. But one of the positive effects I’ve experienced from cutting out certain plants has been a reduction in the eczema on my triceps, which I’ve struggled with for decades.
What’s New On the Blog and YouTube
Since the December newsletter, I’ve published the following articles and YouTube videos:
- Best Blue Light Blocking Glasses (see YouTube video here)
- Biosense Breath Ketone Meter Review
- Should You Supplement with Bovine Colostrum?
What I’m Currently Working On
I’m currently working on the following articles:
- In-depth review of the chiliPAD (a temperature-controlled mattress pad)
- Review of the Kyvol Air Fryer that we’ve been using for the past few months
- Why BPA-free plastic is really bad for you (guest post from Dr. Anthony Jay)
- How to improve muscle recovery with the right ratio of macros (guest post by Dr. Bikman)
I’ve teamed up with a couple of the brands that I recently covered on my blog to give away products to a few lucky winners.
You can enter each giveaway using the links below.
- Two pouches of HLTH Code, a complete meal replacement powder with a 1:1 fat to protein ratio
- A 500ml can of Kasandrinos extra-virgin olive oil
- A Lumen metabolic breath analyzer
- A supplement combo from Bubs Naturals, consisting of one pouch of collagen protein and MCT oil powder.
Note that I won’t share your information with any of the brands, except for the name and email address of the winners in cases where the brand ships out the product directly.
Books I’m Into Right Now
Below is a list of books that I either just finished or am currently reading.
- Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet*. This book contains a ton of excellent information about common plant toxins and the evolution of human nutrition.
- The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain*. This book is somewhat on the opposite side of the spectrum, as the author promotes a plant-based diet. The reason why I like it is because it outlines some of the same issues as Carnivore Code, but goes into more detail about the problems associated with lectins (which are plant-based proteins that make you really sick).
Products I’m Testing
One of the great things about being a blogger is that I get to test new products all the time! Here are a few of the products I’m currently trying out.
- MUD\WTR* is a coffee alternative that tastes good, has only 1/7th the caffeine of regular coffee, and doesn’t induce many of coffee’s common side effects (like jitters, headache, and coffee breath).
- Bearaby* Cotton Napper 20lb weighted blanket. I already own a weighted blanket, but it’s made from polyester (a source of estrogenic chemicals) and only weighs 12 pounds. So I’m excited to test a much heavier blanket that’s made from organic cotton.
- Aletha Hip Hook* is a fitness gadget that can help relieve tension in the iliopsoas, a hard to reach muscle that is involved in hip flexion (and which is often the root cause for hip, knee and back pain).
- Lune Co’s Ashwagandha capsules. Ashwagandha is a plant that has been shown to decrease cortisol, stress and anxiety while increasing muscle strength and size. The supplement I’m using right now was created by Jeff and Mandy Rufatto, who had their CrossFit gym closed during the last lockdown.
That’s it for January!
Stay healthy and fearless,
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