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I Eat Just Like a Goat

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I have come to the realization over the past few years, since we’ve had goats, that I eat like a goat. Now first you must understand that goats do not eat everything, as is commonly believed.  In fact, goats are very picky about what they eat.  Instead, the reason why you see goats with things in their mouths like tin cans, etc., is because they are very curious. Now granted, they do like eating cardboard, because their natural diet is dry and fibrous.  Goats are also browsers, not grazers.  They love to reach up and eat leaves and branches from trees. They are more like deer (browsers) than cattle (grazers). So when people buy goats to keep their lawn mowed, they will do it, but it’s not their favorite food.

Anyway, back to me and how I eat like a goat. Well, the thing is, when goats eat, they don’t take a small bite and chew and chew and chew on it. That comes much later. When they have brought up their food from their rumen and are chewing it as cud.

People are supposed to take small bites and chew and chew and chew the food, since digestion begins its process in the mouth with saliva.

When I eat pasta, my favorite way to eat it is get a huge amount on a spoon or wound around a fork, put it into my mouth, chew it two or three times, and swallow it whole. I do not know why. But this is how goats eat their hay or grain. They literally swallow everything whole. Until later.

But the problem with me doing that, is I don’t hawk up my food later and rechew it.

I am finding with the foods I am eating now, I am less apt to swallow my food whole. Thereby being less goat-like. This I consider a success. It is coming naturally, also. I do not have to think much about it. I wonder if the bacteria in my intestines preferred the food whole. Could it be that my body knew I would feel better by swallowing my food nearly whole?

That’s my little gem for the day.  I thought you’d want to know.

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2 comments to I Eat Just Like a Goat

  • Victoria

    That was very interesting; I didn’t know that about goats! I wish I could have goats, but my husband would never go for that! :)

    Sometime maybe you can talk about how difficult it is to care for goats… I might be able to talk him into it, if it’s not too hard!

    Love your blog!
    Victoria

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    Starlene Reply:

    Hi Victoria, thank you for leaving a comment. :-) Wow, that’s a deep topic, goats. I have some recommendations, but it would be too long for a comment. Maybe I’ll try to compile something. I do have a website about our ranch if you would be interested in checking it out. It’s at http://www.u-sayranch.com/main. I have actually just updated the site this past weekend. I don’t update it very often, but your question is one I’ve answered many times, I should put together a post with my recommendations! Thanks again!

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