Tree Climbing Goats
Goats climb trees. It might be unbelievable to some, but it’s absolutely true. In several locations around the world, goats are climbing trees just as well as other goats can climb mountains. To witness this phenomena, one area that features the tree climbing goats is along the western edge of Morocco near Essaouira.
Tamri goats climb trees in search of food, which is otherwise sparse in the region. This is an amazing feat considering they are hoofed animals. They specifically climb Argan trees to feed on their nuts and leaves. The Argan nuts the goats consume are used to make an oil which is highly prized in Morocoo.
In order to make the oil, the goats’ droppings are collected by the locals as it contains the kernels of the seeds of the nut. The droppings are then pressed and ground into oil. Even more disturbingly is that this oil has a number of uses including culinary and cosmetic. For a quarter-liter bottle of this goat digested kernel oil, you can expect to pay from $15 to $50.
Known as skilled navigators of treacherous mountain conditions, maybe it isn’t such a surprise to find goats making their way up the steep and narrow trunks and branches of only slightly more dangerous trees. Unfortunately, the Argan tree is slowly being over-harvested as so many other resources are on our planet.
Wow this is crazy to actually see the goats do that.
The best part ffffff scones n devonshire cream <3 (Taken with instagram)
Devonshire cream is so delicious!
Understanding a Gluten Detox.
If you are reading this post its probably because you’re in the midst of a detox or seriously considering giving up gluten. Since that’s likely the case I’m going to assume that you already know why it’s so important to give up gluten all the benefits waiting around the corner… if you can just get through this detox period!
When I decided to go gluten-free it was for health problems. In particular I wanted to see if going gluten free would clear up my skin. And much to my utter surprise and delight – it did! For the first time since my youth my skin resolved of ALL acne. I no longer had to run to a dermatologist for expensive medicines every month or so. I didn’t constantly have to take a string antibiotics. My skin was clear and the best thing was there were no more harsh chemicals going onto my skin and into my body. Yeah!
Going gluten free can also really improve the aging process of skin. Without gluten many people find that their skin brightens and tightens. The complexion tends to even out. And the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles diminish.
For me I noticed a significant improvement in my skin within 2 weeks. Within 3 months I had the best complexion of my whole life. Seriously. I had struggled with teenage acne and then adult acne and then adult cystic acne. So what I was dealing with was very intense. I can’t recommend going gluten free enough for the acne sufferer!
But there is something that I wish I had been warned about up front. And that is the process of the gluten detox. You may have read about how the body gets addicted to gluten; that it actually has an opiate effect on the body. Well, it does. Withdrawal will be different for everyone. Mine was pretty intense.
Some people actually fixate on breads and pastas during the detox process. I’ve heard of people dreaming of gluten rich foods. And the cravings may feel next to impossible to deal with.
For me it was the lethargy. The first week I was off gluten I was sleeping 12 hours a night and then during the day I was basically a zombie. I had zero energy and creative though process was basically nil. It really took months for me to right myself.
Also when you go gluten free it can trigger major digestive upsets and difficult bowel movements from the first 72 hours to even weeks later. The symptoms may even feel like you have an intense stomach flu.
The other issue to be aware of is that if you have a difficult detox process you really can’t cheat at all. I know several gluten-free people in my life who cheat occasionally and really don’t suffer that much for it. But if your detox was several months long and it took an extended period of time for you to even an even keel again than any cheating really set you back. Once you live through detox you don’t want to do it again.
I think some people expect an overnight cure when going gluten free. And they expect to feel better right away. So the process of detox can be shocking and it can really derail some good intentions. So be prepared. Kicking gluten may easy for you or it may be a more painful and lengthy process. But there is hope on the other side.
Remember that if your gut has been damaged by gluten consumption over the years it’s going to take that much longer for you to really feel better and start reaping the rewards.
I wish someone had warned me of this. So I’m warning you. I was expecting immediate results but for me it took 3 months before I was feeling better meaning out of detox and another 2 months before I really started reaping the energetic benefits of being gluten free.
In spite of my difficulties going gluten free I do recommend it to anyone looking to heal their gut, clear their skin, ward off premature aging or drop weight. Going gluten free is a great way to shed excess pounds.
If you are starting your gluten free journey just be prepared. The first 2 weeks are likely to be the worst so choose a time when you can sleep, be calm and rest. Don’t try this when you are working crazy schedules or your family needs all your time. Be kind to yourself and plan your journey accordingly.
Here’s a video I made on the benefits to the skin when we go gluten-free. Check it out!
I found this nature video over on YouTube. It’s a part of a much larger playlist. The camera work is actually really wonderful. It’s of a waterfall in the Arizona. I didn’t even know this place existed before now.
I saw this video recommended in the feed of someone I know. It’s a great little wave relaxation video shot on a quiet California beach. It’s actually a part of a much longer relaxation play list. I highly recommend it if you like natural relaxation videos.