Last night the lesson with my adult ESL students was on adverbs of frequency: always, usually, sometimes, rarely, and never. I was giving examples of each using food. I said I "rarely" eat turkey because I don't like it, I "sometimes" eat chicken and fish, and I "usually" eat red meat. Immediately several students said, "Teacher, red meat is bad for you." I listened to their concerns and continued on telling them that I "always" eat vegetables with dinner. Hearing that I "always" eat vegetables with dinner calmed their concerns. One student said, "Teacher, that is why you look so healthy." That comment made me feel so good. I am glad that the foods I eat make me look healthy because when I eat paleo (lots of grassfed meat, free range eggs, variety of veggies, good fats, and a little fruit) I feel healthy. I not only feel full with the foods I feed myself, but more importantly, I feel nourished when I eat.
With every group of students we discuss food, especially meat. I find it interesting that students from all over the world eat more of the animal than most Americans. Last night in class, several students encouraged me to give tongue, brains, and even blood a try! Yikes. I eat paleo, but I am not sure I am ready for that. I do have a pound of chicken livers in my freezer that I intend to experiment with in a liver spread soon. This will be a huge step for me in the organ eating department, but Alexander said he is willing to try it with me. Although not an organ meat, last week we both ate sardines for the first time with bones. Yummy! No wonder Izzy always goes crazy when I feed them to her. They taste better than they smell. She also goes crazy when I feed her liver, so maybe there is a chance I will love it too.
What about you? Do you eat organ meats? If so, do you have a favorite recipe? Also, how frequently do you eat them?