Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Letter I Received - How Food Can Change Your Life...

I received the following letter from one of my clients.

It made me choke up! Here's the translation: 

"Good evening. Hope all is well with you. I have to share something with you... My father has for many years had high blood pressure, a lot of excess weight and is a diabetic on insulin... He has finally changed his diet.

On the 23rd of August he made up his mind and started eating according to paleo. The results came fast. He lost a lot of weight. Today he was at the doctor's - in 4 months he has decreased his insulin intake from 26 (extremely high) to 6 units. The doctor believes that my father can go off the insulin completely very soon. The doctor has rarely seen such an improvement. My father has been on insulin for many years. Thought I would share this with you. Isn't it fantastic. You were the start of this journey... Thank you for the inspiration. Big hug from A."

Pretty powerful stuff! Imagine what a few changes to your diet can do to change the trajectory of your health...

Lusciously red and earthy #beetrootkvass to cheer me up on a rainy day. "Smakar som en kallsup" 😂 #paulssonpaleo #fermentering #fermentation

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Best work gloves for sub zero conditions - traditional Lovika mittens. #paulssonpaleo

Selgars House

Selgars House

A few weeks ago, we finally made the trip to see our dear friends, Duncan and Linnea, who this summer made the big move and purchased a beautiful small holding in Devon. Ever since we met them in London a few years ago, they had been talking about owning a small piece of land, where they could grow their own vegetables, rear their own animals and live a more sustainable life. Now they have it!

We had a lovely weekend exploring the countryside and their new home. Half of the house was built in the 17th century and the other half in the 19th Century, it oozed history and was a beautiful maze of staircases, interlinking rooms and roaring fireplaces. It was a great place for the children to charge around and play hide-and-seek.

Beautiful Devon countryside.
Lots of apples in the orchard.

Both Duncan and Linnea have been avid followers of our exploits from the very beginning, so we were really interested to hear their plans and see what they intend to do whilst living in the Devon countryside.

Although, they only moved in June this year, they had already grown some of their own vegetables, harvested apples from their orchard and met locals who were willing to help out and pass on advice and life experience. Linnea has been on a bee course and intends to start her own colony next year to help with their planned wild flower meadow and to harvest some honey.

Fishing lake with ducks!
The following week, the diggers were arriving to install a ground source heat pump system, so that they could generate most of their heating from the ground. They also plan to install photovoltaics very soon, with the ambition to be off-grid one day. All very exciting stuff and we can't wait to go back for a bit of glamping next to their lake!

The only problem with swimming in this weather is the pile of clothes that need to be peeled off and wriggled back on. #paulssonpaleo

Monday, 24 October 2016

Temperatures have dropped and winter feels very close, but we are still digging up vegetables from our kitchen garden. #growyourown #vegetables #selfsufficiency #paulssonpaleo #farming #parsnips #organic

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Our friend @genevadnygard has some lovely Linderöd pigs. Read our new blogpost about pig slaughter. #linderödssvin #slaughter #selfsufficient

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Learning More Anatomy

Gorgeous free range Linderöd piglets.
As slaughter season continues, we have now taken our learnings to a different level. Last week we had the opportunity to do more hands-on slaughtering than we had ever done before. One of our self-sufficient friends has some lovely Linderöd pigs and we were able to slaughter one of the 4 month old boar piglets with her expert guidance. Tina's two sows produced a total of 12 boar piglets and she is now culling them before they become sexually mature and do the deed with their mothers and sisters. Read more about Tina and her farm on her website:
"Our" pig having his last meal with mother and siblings - completely stress free.
Without any high-tech equipment, the whole process from shot to pork in suitable cuts takes pretty much all day. It is very time-consuming and quite messy: first shooting and bleeding, followed by scraping off hair, then carefully removing the stomach and guts and finally butchering.
Removing hair (to get crackling).
Very careful opening of the stomach cavity.
"What do we do with this?"
As tricky and scary as it felt, it gave us more confidence that we will be able to do the same thing with our lambs next season, saving them the journey to the butcher and us the cost of having someone else do it. 
Pork cuts ready for cooking - maybe not all in one go.
A big thank you to Tina for all her hand holding throughout!
Tina prepared rooster for dinner, while watching us work.