I got my elk this season on Sept. 2. I packed that $*(#ing out for 13 1/2 hours straight on into the 3rd, kept it in the cooler with ice and frozen jugs of water until morning of the 4th and began the butchering. I've made a few meals with it now and had a great talk with my daughter as she was helping me wrap the meat. My enthusiasm of being a hunter and a *ahem* successful one at that ;) came out during the conversation and I might have mentioned all the processed crap that gets added to grocery store beef. I told her about the hormones, the steroids the anti-biotics...how Mad Cow disease began (being fed ill animal remains) and that it didn't stop with beef...OH NO! (I now know I should have just quickly placed both my feet into my mouth and STFU) I continued with the poultry and fish...and that we should watch Food Inc on Netflix together!!!
I might have mentioned that all these hormones and additives were speculated to be the culprit behind early puberty in girls... (I really should have stopped but kept going)
I now have an 11 year old daughter that doesn't want to eat anything but the elk I shot...and the deer if I get one before season ends, the fish that I always catch & release.....because she's afraid she'll go through early puberty...in 6th grade.... (I really should have asked my son to help me process that dang elk!)
So, I am three days into a fever, have a cough and a sore throat that is literally making me not want to swallow anything...and I am supposed to go deer hunting tomorrow-weekend. I am now expected to bring home a deer so she can help me package the final cuts..oh, and if I get some time to swing by the S. Platte and catch some fresh trout she'd be happy with that too.
Me and my big mouth! *cough*
Asks us if her snacks have protein in them.
Kids these days. :)
I once had to hunt with a lingering cold / cough. You know the kind that sneaks up and tickles your thought like feathers and sand . No stopping the cough. So I would bury my head under the coat and try to muffle , best I could. Figuring it is loud enough I may as well work with it , so each time I coughed , I would finish with a call . Some snort-wheezing and some grunts.
Brought in two bucks and a doe . Get that venison friend . Cold or no cold.
Just to add a bit, my wife has been struggling with her health for the last 5 years. Joint swelling, Muscle pain, Thyroid, IBS, etc... We've been to every doctor we can get an appointment with but, No luck, just more pills for whatever they determined her issues. Well, 4 weeks ago we got in with a specialized D.O. out of NY state. He took some blood samples, a hair sample, and urine samples. After the results, he made her a diet free from processed food, gluten, any meat, fish, or poultry containing MSG's, cut out several veggies she loved but did so based on the test results, and all soy based products. Took her off all the pills except a stomach pill. We've been on it for 3 weeks and WOW. He based his recommendations on her test results but, was very quick to say the problem we Americans face as a whole is the stuff in our food.
My wife is almost 50, wears a size 4, has her six pack abs back, and is really enjoying life again. I literally can't make anyone understand how quickly this has transformed her back to her old self. All because of what she chooses to eat. So, it sounds like your daughter is heading for a long healthy life based on your talk. Didn't mean to derail the thread but, sounds to me like you did a great job. Look at the bright side, its an excuse to apply for more tags. :^) God Bless
"It would be much better if you told your daughter the truth about meat - that it's really not full of antibiotics, steroids and hormones. Do your homework. We have enough of those fabrications being told by the PETAs and Chipotles of the world. No sense perpetuating the myths and driving more and more kids to veganism. I'm all for eating venison and other wild game but our farm raised meat here in the US is healthy and wholesome as well."
This is a very true statement, any trace of antibiotics, pesticides ( most legal in this country just break down to CO2 and water) are taken care of in the curing ( vinegars, spices and sauces) and cooking processes. US has probably the safest food industry in the world due to the lack of various microbial and fungal contamination.
Be aware of the "its all natural" claims of those organic folks. All natural means no protection for salmonella, campflobacter, listeria, and all the other stuff. As far as the super foods, look to see what the FDA says about them. Texas superfoods still haven't replied to FDAs 2015 warnings about their health claims. Linda McCarthey had run ins with them too with her "all natural" animal friendly nutrition line. Wouldn't expect any less for a huge HSUS , PeTA supporter like her and her husband Paul. Been tellin gmy kids the true since they were 4 or 5 , love the deer sticks, steaks and we all fought over the trout fillets for breakfast this morning..fried in real butter.
They are both healthy foods. My point is, saying beef is unhealthy is not supported by facts. Again, I'm all for eating wild game. I had elk for dinner tonight and it was off the charts good and good for me. I'm against spreading falsehoods about farm raised meat, especially to youngsters that are impressionable.
Lark.....my daughter is 10.......we should hook the girls up sometime....catch come brookies... ;)
I apologize for poisoning my child with bad information but we also read up on the ways things once were and the amount of crap that was in meat was scary.
I want to sincerely thank you for making me do more research, I enjoyed the research and my daughter and I came out of it smarter people.
I still say that there was a period where all the additives were not doing the industry any favors and that there were many reports of adolescent puberty happening with ties back to the meat, dairy, etc.
Food, Inc is a very disturbing (and may be unfair..it's been years since I watched it) video that stuck with me. Perhaps I should revisit it with a more open mind?