From: user 8.
Sent on: Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:06 AM

J.J.  is mostly correct.

But, history shows that people will be pouring into the larger cities and it's suburbs.

During the potato famine in Ireland everyone went to the big cities in Europe or the U.S. and Canada.


Remember it is not about steak and lobster every night.

Lessons from the olden days.


"Chewing the fat."

This phrase was derived from the fat hanging by the fire place.

The fat was used only on special occasions.

Usually when the men gathered to talk of government and politics. 

They would each slice of a piece of fat and chew on it as they discussed the events of the time.

No, potlucks during those times.

Today's Moral:  Don't throw anything away that can be eaten.


"Pease Poridge Hot, Pease Porridge Cold,

Pease Poridge in the Pot Nine Days Old"

A family would have a pot in the fire that they would cook slowly.

In this pot would be water and anything they could get their hands on to put in the pot.

They would not eat all of it.   It would be the stock for the next days meals.

More would be added.  Hopefully, on occasion it would be meat.

Each night they would cool the pot down and restart it in the fire the next day.

Today's Moral:  Recycle, even your food.


If you are to stalk up on a single vitamin I would recommended Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

Scurvy is the thing to avoid.   Pregnant women need this if they are breast feeding.

Citric foods such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits all have vitamin C.

Vegetables that have vitamin C are tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, green peppers and tomatoes.

Today's Moral:  Avoid diseases that our ancestors have learned from. Eat a variety of foods as much as possible.


Iron is also extremely important for good health.

Vitamins are a huge money maker for many corporations and individuals.

They are not regulated through the FDA.

Items that are fortified with Iron have no nutritional iron value.

Generally speaking, this iron goes in one in and out the other.

(If you would like to do a little experiment to test your cereal to find the truth follow these directions.

Crush up some fortified iron cereal.  Put it in a clear glass jar.  Fill the jar with milk or water.

Place a super magnet, normal magnet will not do, up against the side.

Hold the magnet to the side in one place while stirring the cereal in side the jar.

The iron will be attracted to the super magnet in about a minute.

The cereal maybe fortified but it was never absorbed into the food product.

Thus it will not be absorbed in your body. Might as well chop up a nail and eat it.)

So, how to get iron the way our ancestors did might be the question.

Eating food that already has iron in it.  Meats and vegetables grown in iron reach soil are the best choice.

OR...... use a cast iron pan.  Saute, bake, boil, etc... in cast iron pans. 

The food does absorb the iron naturally, and then your body can absorb the iron from there.


"Throwing the baby out with the wash."

Honestly, I don't know if I could do this one.

Bath time was once a week.  Usually the men went first.

Then the women would use the same bath water, followed by the children.

The baby was the last to use the water.

By then the water was so dirty that a baby could get lost in the water.

Thus, the phrase from above.

I know a family that was raised on a dirt farm in Colorado.

They did have a bath every Sunday.

Father went first, then mother, then the boys and then the girls one week.

The next week, mother went first, then father, then the girls and finally the boys.

I think I would stick to a sponge bath.


We garden year round in Aurora.  We do not have a very big yard, or a very big garden.

We feed our family and do not can any of our food.  We usually share with neighbors.

At the end of February we plant cold weather plants.  Starting with cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc...

By mid-May we are planting the rest of the "normal" gardens that most in Colorado plant.

At the end of August we plant the cold weather plants again.

We also plant onions, garlic, shallots, radishes etc... year round. 

The winter leaves these plants small, the summer they are large.

All are edible. 

Our root plants are celery and horseradish.  We dig these up anytime of the year.

Always leave enough to continue the harvest.

(We have never been successful with potatoes.  One of our neighbors does great.)

 We consider mushrooms a winter plant.  Although, you may want to grow it year round.

Mushrooms are filled with vitamin D.  The same vitamin D we get from the sun in the summer.

Indoors in a small area may be just good enough.  Honestly, I don't know much about mushrooms. We buy the package.

(Note:  Just because it says organically grown does not mean it reaches your door step chemically free.

Mushrooms are a prime example of this.  Mushrooms have a few to millions of spores.

These spores can be released at anytime.  Manufacturing plants and grocery stores do not want mushrooms growing everywhere.

They may treat the mushrooms or the equipment that is being used to package and/or store the mushrooms.

This does occur with other fruits and vegetables as well.  Ever notice how the garden fresh does not last as long as the organic store bought?)


Hope this might help some of put our thinking caps on and be better prepared for the future.







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