WBGW: Shoes are overrated.


Vampire feet…yup, they’re mine!

This is my very unscientific post about Earthing. Bare Feet + Earth = Healthy You.

In this day and age it seems as though we don’t get enough time outdoors. We are a culture of couch occupying, internet surfing, tv watching, cement walking, treadmill running, car driving humans. This is not to say that I never enjoy a good tv show or indulge in a little R&R on my couch. But I have come to realize how very important it is to also be “down to earth.”

I was horrified when I went through my weekly routine and discovered that I had probably not had my feet directly on the dirt, grass, or sand in months. Horrified! In my defense, it rains here…A LOT. And it is very cold. I can’t quite see the appeal in walking barefoot on my cold, wet grass. I have also thought that it’s possible that during my beach bum years I stored up enough feet-groundation to last me a lifetime. I don’t think that’s quite how it works though.

So I’ve started to make an effort to put my bare feeties on the cold ground a little bit. During the summer, I plan to do it much more. My first adventure going barefoot in the Pacific Northwest went like this: walked around for a bit, got the shovel, dug some dirt, distributed my kitchen scraps to the ground, walked around a little more and went back inside where I promptly covered the kitchen floor in twigs and leaves. I guess my feet were so cold I hadn’t realized they were there (the twigs/leaves, not my feet). Oh, Pacific Northwest, how I love you so…

You are probably wondering why the heck am I so concerned about putting my bare feet on the darned ground.

There is emerging evidence that our generation is dirt-deficient since rarely do we partake in the growing process of any food. I wrote about some of the benefits of dirt in my previous post, 5 Reasons to Have an Edible Garden. I mentioned that dirt has excellent beneficial bacteria, many of which work wonders for gut health and some that are even shown to reduce depression. I also mentioned that dirt is great immunological exercise.  There are a few other magical reasons to put your feet on the ground, though. I have been reading of the benefits of earthing, and for the most part I support it. I do not, however, recommend buying an earthing mat or something that will allow you to be grounded while still indoors. It all seems a bit fadish to me, and I have it on good authority it can actually do more harm than good. Besides, why try to replicate indoors what we have in abundance outdoors? I say, get outside!

Being connected to the earth has been shown to be of great aid in the healing of many chronic illnesses. In fact, some believe that illnesses in our modern time are due in large part to our being disconnected from the earth. The book Earthing: the most important health discovery ever? illuminates many of the healing properties of the earth. According to one cited reviewer:

“Earthing introduces the planet’s powerful, amazing, and overlooked natural healing energy and how people anywhere can readily connect to it. This eye-opening book describes how the physical disconnect with the Earth creates abnormal physiology and contributes to inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep. By reconnecting to the Earth, symptoms are rapidly relieved and even eliminated and recovery from surgery, injury, and athletic overexertion is accelerated.”

I was first introduced to earthing by Ann Marie of Cheeseslave, one of my favorite bloggers who wrote this post about earthing: Can walking Barefoot Lower Cortisol and Balance Hormones?

So go outside and get some dirt between your toes!


Is eating healthy too expensive?

Real Food

The issue arrises frequently when chatting with people about making healthy changes. The limiting factor in determining how healthy you can be seems to be money. This saddens me for two reasons. Number one, feeling limited to a lower degree of health merely because you don’t have extra money floating around is quite depressing because…well…it’s not true. Number two, if more people felt empowered to take control of their health because money wasn’t an issue we would have a highly more sustainable, responsible, and accountable culture.

Our current “culture of convenience” has trained us to believe that health comes from a bottle and food comes from a shelf. The foundation of healthy living is not through new products, supplements, and the latest healthy “superfood”. The foundation of healthy living is getting back to the basics, going old school, and cutting the crap. I mean that literally. That is also the foundation of this blog. Baby steps are good…noone has to make drastic changes all in one day…it is a learning process and an experience to say the least. One must be open to a shift in thinking…a shift away from convenience and into accountability. By limiting yourself to the options in your local pharmacy and on the shelf of the grocery store I can see how the thought of health would sound expensive. It does to me too. If it has a barcode, put it back. Shop peripherally, in the outermost areas of the store–the produce, the meat, and the dairy. When you venture to the innermost areas of the supermarket your choices become deadly (financially and physically speaking). It is there, like little flags signalling caution, that neverending rows of barcodes adorn processed products that aren’t worthy of being called food. Do you dare pay the hidden price of convenience these items promise?

If you don’t know how to cook from scratch using a few simple ingredients, that is where your journey should start. Know what to do with actual food, i.e., a whole chicken, butter, vegetables, herbs, and other unadulterated treasures. If you don’t like (or, more likely, you only think you don’t like) the taste of actual food, that is your second battle. Get rid of addictions, cravings, and the idea that green stuff is yucky.  Overcoming these two challenges will get you two results: health and a smaller grocery bill. Until then, you cannot tell me that being healthy is too costly.

Once you have rescued your tastebuds from the barcode barrage and can taste real food again your new, healthy lifestyle is within your grasp. Some things may seem more costly–particularly meat and dairy products. Personally, I choose quality meat, milk, and cheese over candy, soda, and chips. Compared directly the healthy choice is more expensive. But it’s also more nutrient dense. More nutrient dense=less snacking. In addition, real food lasts much longer than the bag of potato chips that disappears fast enough to make you do a double take. No one can argue that soda is cheaper than water. And energy drinks can easily be replaced with coffee and tea. A commitment to real food also opens the door to all kinds of wonderful home brewed concoctions like homemade juices or kombucha.

Don’t get me wrong, sacrifices must be made. And it’s better to make sacrifices while you are still well enough to put in the effort and brain power. I never said it would be easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.

From my previous posts I hope you have concluded I am not a trend-dieter. It is the scourge of fickle fads that will drain your pocketbook. I am a food tradionalist. I believe in home cooking–grown and raised at home where possible. My meals are stuffed with meat, dairy, vegetables, roots and fruits, and sprouted grains. You will notice I order the importance of my food groups backwards from the USDA. (I believe the USDA Food Pyramid is just another trend-diet foisted upon us by our government.) But that is a topic for another time, I digress. I simply want to show that living healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.

Priorities, Ya’ll!

Here’s where I spend: Good quality grass-fed meat and dairy, organic and local produce, high quality fat (ghee, butter, coconut oil, etc.) and good wine.

Here’s where I save: I literally cannot find anything to buy in Safeway besides toilet paper, paper towels, one brand of butter, and a relatively small amount of organic vegetables. If you can successfully load up a cart full of groceries in Safeway, you are spending too much money on things you don’t need. I can’t find a face cream that works better than coconut oil. (I am using a $10.99 jar that has lasted me so far four months and it’s only halfway used) I can’t find a bar of soap that works better than a 99 cent bulk end of handmade soap from the co-op. I can’t find a better facial scrub than 0.03 cents worth of baking soda. I can’t find a healthier more refreshing drink than home-brewed kombucha. I can’t find a better frozen pizza than the one I can make from scratch at home. I can’t find anything better than butter. (Yes, I can believe it’s not butter. And it should be called DumbBalance.) I don’t eat pre-baked cookies and cakes that you could make yourself for a fraction of the cost. I don’t buy snack food.

I have plans to transition to making my own toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant. And trust me, it’s not hard. You just have to make the time to do it. It will save you gobs of green. Here are some links:

Homemade Clove Deodorant from FamilyNaturally

Shampoo Alternative and Herbal Rinse from FamilyNaturally

Homemade Lotion recipe using 3 simple Ingredients from Mommypotamus

Homemade toothsoap and toothpaste recipes from Mommypotamus

I hope you feel somewhat enlightened and empowered by this post.

Did I forget something? Let me know!

This post is linked to Simple Lives Thursday By Gnowfglins.
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“Fresh”: A Movie Review.

Now THESE are some happy pigs. And they know how to exfoliate.

I am so glad we had the pleasure of watching the documentary “Fresh” last weekend. I can’t give a high enough review. I want to watch it again!
While exposing the depressing reality of the current food systems and industries, “Fresh” manages to still keep it light and uplifting. At the end of the movie, I wasn’t hating factory farmers for their dirty deeds. Instead, I wanted to garden and buy 12 cows and chickens. And pigs. And goats.
I read a quote recently that said something to the extent of…”Don’t spread hate for something bad, spread love for something good.” I think I butchered it. But you get the idea.
And let me tell you, this movie spread the love! All the clips of Joel Salatin (my favorite farmer) with his cowboy hat, tan arms, and sexy glasses walking through the pastures of his farm in Virginia made me appreciate life a little more.
When it came to the interviews held with “Mr. and Mrs. Fox”, “traditional” farmers, and their depressed poodle, I really noticed a drastic difference in attitude. These farmers had no passion.
From Freshthemovie.com “Joel calls himself a grass-farmer, for it is the grass that transform the sun into energy that his animals can then feed on. By closely observing nature, Joel created a rotational grazing system that not only allows the land to heal but also allows the animals to behave the way the were meant to — as in expressing their “chicken-ness” or “pig-ness”, as Joel would say.”

“Cheap food is an illusion. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere.”-Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemna

This is probably the best quote to epitomize the movie. It isn’t a win-win situation when we walk into a supermarket and purchase a cart full of meat and dairy to last for days with just fifty dollars. It isn’t a win-lose situation either. It’s a lose-lose situation. Why? We are not only destroying our health by eating cheap, chemical-ridden, artificially raised meat, dairy, and produce. We are also destroying our resources. Soil depletion is a huge concern regarding the vast amount of corn, soy, and wheat production without soil replenishment. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (or, CAFOS) are producing an ungodly amount of toxic waste. If these cows were on pasture, their waste wouldn’t be toxic and could be used for manure to replenish the soil. “Fresh” explains how nature’s different assets are meant to work together. Animals, crops, dirt, and grass. It is a system. Without mother nature’s system we are destroying the earth. And thus, are ability to produce food. “Chemical Agriculture is a drug trip. It takes more and more every year to get the same kick.” -Joel Salatin, Folks, This Just Ain’t Normal

Don’t take my word for it…go see it! Let me know what you think.

Here’s the trailor:

Weird But Good Wednesday: Just Say No to Showers.


It has been my goal for about the last month to take as few showers as possible.
Don’t worry, I do cleanse my bod, just not in the shower. I take hot baths on a regular basis.( I leave the no bathing up to my husband! ;))
It has been quite a journey, this no showering business. I have to think ahead a little more and plan my time accordingly. Why, you ask, do I put so much effort into avoiding the shower?
I avoid showers for a few reasons. I have a de-chlorinating device for my bath water, but not for my shower head. Chlorine is extremely harmful to the body and is absorbed epidermally in large amounts during regular showers and baths. It is also in our tap water. You would think ingesting the stuff would contribute to the bulk of our chlorine over-dosage but that is not the case. The average person has a body chlorine content that is 64 percent due to skin absorption. This means showering, hand washing, and bathing, etc., are harming us more than helping us. Chlorine is an excellent disinfectant. If it were a healthy thing to routinely exterminate ALL of the critters (i.e., bacteria) in our guts, then chlorine would work nicely. But as scientists have known for decades, many of the bugs that grow inside us are not only beneficial, but also necessary for the proper functioning of our digestion. In addition, chlorine chemically bonds with proteins in the hair, skin, and scalp making hair rough and brittle. Skin is also targeted and can dry out with itchy, flaky scalp occurring. And if that weren’t enough it’s also linked to respiratory damage and cancer. In short, chlorine is poison to our bodies.

The second reason is so that I do not strip my skin and hair from natural oils. This goes along with the drying effects of chlorine. By constantly scrubbing and scraping you can induce a dry, flaky, malnourished skin. Since saying no to showers, I have noticed improvement in the texture of my hair. It is usually a massive poodle-like fro if I let nature take it’s course and air dry it but it seems to have been slightly tamed by baths.

Baths are relaxing! It is so nice to climb into a hot tub and de-compress. You can add essential oils for the ever-lovely touch of aromatherapy. I like to add a few drops of tea tree oil…so fresh and so clean. My other favorites for the bath include eucalyptus, juniper, lemon, and lavender.

Had a rough day? Pour in some epsom salts to relieve pain from soreness, inflammation, and bruising. I must warn you though…maybe it’s just me but epsom salt baths have an appetite increasing effect like NO OTHER! I always emerge from such baths feeling like I haven’t eaten in days. (Magnesium has this effect on people I hear)

Create your own oasis…bring your book. Bring your wine or tea. Bring some Enya, Jack Johnson, whatever you fancy …reflect on all that you are grateful for. Be calm 🙂
a quiet night alone\

Confessions of a Former Sugar Slave.

Sweet Tooth
Just in case you’re curious. You probably aren’t. But just in case.

I’m feeling extremely guilty right now seeing as I just chowed down on a block of mozzarella and drank half a bottle of wine. All by myself. I am trying to justify this by drinking a kombucha but let’s be honest–my situation needs a lot more help than that.

I hate to say it, but this is an improvement for me. This is where I transition into telling you how I fixed myself. But I won’t lie to you. I still have a lot of issues. And I still love food a little too much. The improvement lies in the fact that just a few years ago I would have been chowing down on some ultra sugary, toxin-ridden, processed piece o’ crap. Not that I didn’t know any better, but because I was a slave to food. Sugar, to be more specific.

Even after I stopped eating processed food my sugar cravings still lingered. My sugary treat of choice: a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie from The Blue Scorcher. Buttery, sweet, and oh-so-dangerous. I’m not big on the whole gluten-free revolution, but these are actually better than the real wheat cookies. I used to eat one everyday. Or maybe every other day. And one day I’d rather forget, I happened upon a free bunch of these delicious morsels (I work at a co-op where we give away expired food–lucky me!), and ate not one, but FIVE of them. Oy vey…

If you are a slave to sugar, then you know how awful it feels.  I don’t know how it happened, but I tamed my inner sugar slave.  My theories about this may be all wrong, but I’m going to tell you anyway, because my experiences just might help.

1. I tried to follow a candida diet. If you have candida overgrowth your main goal is to limit the amount of sugar in your diet. Basically, you are trying to “starve” the candida albicans, a potentially harmful bacteria, that is festering out of control in your gut.  The candida bacteria thrives and grows in an environment of sugar and yeast. Not just added sugar, but foods that naturally contain sugar, or starch, in their molecular structure. The imbalance of this bacteria to other species causes a yeast overgrowth and therefore causes sugar cravings(not to mention a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms). This diet is almost impossible. Especially since, if you really need it, you are a sugar slave. This was my first step to recovery. I tried my darndest to starve out that dang candida.

2. I drank and ate anti-fungals right and left. You name it…I devoured raw cloves of garlic (much to the displeasure of my beloved Jeremiah), Pau D’arco tea, coconut oil, oregano oil capsules, nettle in just about every form, pumpkin seeds, peppermint in tincture and teas, ginger, and shots of raw apple cider vinegar, and the list goes on. I suppose this helped my situation some. And you know what?  It better have helped my situation because it was not easy! Walking around smelling like garlic all the time is not sexy.

3. Probiotics. Cultures. Good Bacteria. I made it my mission to populate my gut with as much good bacteria as I could. I drank kombucha, took probiotics, ate fermented foods, gulped kefir, and indulged in raw cultured cheese. It’s a good thing I love sauerkraut because I ate a LOT of it. And I still do. Note: don’t eat store-bought ‘kraut unless it is Bubbie’s brand or specifically says it has been fermented because most likely it is not fermented, just submerged in vinegar.

4. Mental Health. This still remains the toughest challenge for me. I get a bee in my bonnet about everything. It comes with the territory of being opinionated–and Sicilian. A stressful, anxious, and overly serious demeanor is not good for your sugar cravings. When stressed, one tends to revert back to bad habits for comfort. No bueno! Just take a chill pill and remember to thank our God above even for the struggles you endure. Everything happens for a reason. That’s all I have for you on this topic. Can you tell I am not one to give advice on the art of being Zen? I don’t know much about it…

5. I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation. I busted out a book that my Aunt Mary gave me for my birthday and it changed my life. It is called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I looked at it at the right place and the right time. Everything I read made so much sense. It was the puzzle piece I was endlessly searching for. I realized I was probably very malnourished. I was depriving my body of proper nutrition by eating a low-fat, vegetarian-ish diet. From the Weston A Price Foundation Website (www.westonaprice.org),

“The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats….

“It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.”
Nourishing Traditions

So, I began eating a lot of fat. I discovered how scrumptious bacon is. I embraced raw egg yolks. I started cooking everything in butter.

Voila! No more sweet tooth. I feel like a new woman. Instead, I have a savory tooth. A tooth that craves zesty, flavorful, nutrient dense foods. I don’t feel the need to snack constantly. I don’t feel fatigued and depleted. I just want a little (or a LOT of) cheese and wine now and then and I’m good to go.


5 Reasons to Have an Edible Garden

You can grow your own organic produce in your own kitchen.

Something I dream often about is being completely self-sustained. By this, I mean growing my own food, milking my own cows, having a team of chickens for entertainment and eggs, making my own cleaning products and body care products, and woodworking, etc. In the 21st Century, it is likely you do only a couple or none of these things. I do none. I do buy organic and local produce as often as possible and have been, for the last month or so, buying raw milk directly from a local farm.
The next step for me, is to grow my own food. Gardening and working with dirt is wonderfully healthy for mind, body, and spirit. My mom and I grew an abundant garden one year when I was about 11 and it was not only fun, but rewarding as well. It’s a shame that now edible gardening is a lost art, especially in urban areas. Back in the day, it used to be the norm…back when it wasn’t normal to have red peppers in the dead of winter if you lived in the Pacific Northwest. Did you know that as recently as 1946, nearly 50 percent of all produce grown in America came out of backyard gardens? If you walk through a produce department at Safeway you can’t even tell whether it is summer or winter. If we want red peppers in winter, we get them. Even if they’re from Chile. Most of us have no idea the environmental and societal implications of being disconnected from food. I believe such a disconnect makes for an ignorant, arrogant, and lazy society (heh…pretty harsh.)
According to Joel Salatin in Folks, This Just Ain’t Normal,
“Cultivating this habitat awareness and responding to it’s nuances allow the gardener to enter a world of mystery and grandeur. Ultimately all gardeners realize that their landscape depends on something much bigger than themselves. Seasonal cycles, frost dates, degree-days, day length, and even waxing and waning moon cycles all play a part in this majestic garden dance. It’s a place of wonder and awe, ultimately impressing on the gardener a palpable humility toward this divine ecological umbilical.”
In other words, we don’t want the next generation’s children asking, “Where is the salsa tree?” According to Salatin, this was a real question from a real kid. Actually, it would be cute if it was a small child but this was a middle schooler.
Back to the whole self-sustained idea. It really got me thinking when I read that most communities would run out of food in three days following a natural disaster like a flood, hurricane, earthquake or political unrest. What if Safeway freight delivery drivers went on strike? What if there was a fuel crisis and food wasn’t delivered by truck for a week? Fifty years ago, people would be prepared for this with cans of vegetables and freezers of meat in their basement. Mostly they were preparing for winter, but it’s a good idea to be self-sustained. We are such an instantly gratified culture that we don’t think ahead or prepare when it comes to the stuff that keeps us alive.
In addition, I have 5 more reasons for you to grow an edible garden:

1. What Salatin refers to as, Immunological Exercise. In other words, exercising your body’s immune system. According to researchers published in Foodborne Pathogens and Illness regarding the hygiene hypothesis, “This hypothesis states that a lack of exposure of children (as well as adults) to dirt, commensal bacteria, and ‘minor’ pathogenic insults results in an immune system that does not function normally. This lack of antibodies to true pathogens in the immune system has resulted in the dramatic increase in allergies and asthma in developed countries over the past twenty years.”

2. Research found one of the many millions of bacteria in dirt acts as an Antidepressant! A strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to trigger the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Mary O’Brien, an oncologist at Royal Marsden Hospital in London, first stumbled upon these findings while inoculating lung cancer patients with a strain of M. vaccae to see if their symptoms improved. She noticed that in addition to fewer cancer symptoms, patients also demonstrated an improvement in emotional health, vitality, and even cognitive function. (from healinglandscapes.org)

3. Stick it to the man! We all have that rebel inside of us. Well now you can be a rebel with a cause. Who needs conventional topsoil destroyers and ecologically irresponsible corporations to put food on their table? We can feed ourselves thank you very much! I do not support “traditional” farmers who polute 25% of the United States with chemical-ridden soil. Vote with your dollar. I vote against Monsanto, the government bureaucrats supported by Monsanto, and GMOs everyday.

4. It is Budget Friendly. Your own garden can allow you to eat the freshest food possible for the smallest price. Buying a pack of seeds for a few bucks can get you pounds of veggies!

5. Cultivate a richer respect for God’s green earth. Being familiar with the timeless methods of growing food is therapeutic. The time spent outside in nature, the skills developed, and the reward of your bounty. We are all personally dependent upon the ground to provide us with nourishment. Without it we wouldn’t be here. Let’s get down to earth 🙂

Don’t be overwhelmed by the thought of a garden. You can start out simple with a potted tomato plant. If you don’t have a backyard you can use flower pots or wooden boxes. Put them on your front porch, patio, or front lawn.


Weird but Good Wednesday!

Coconut oil

What’s something you can use for face cream, body moisturizer, leave-in conditioner, sauteeing, baking, smoothies, and tea?
This is the first of many posts I will be doing every Wednesday outlining the weird but good things I do in the name of health. Don’t worry, I won’t run out of things to post…my life is a weird but good post in itself. If you look up weird but good in the dictionary you would see a picture of moi.
Anyway, I am dedicating this very first Weird but Good Wednesday to Coconut Oil.
Coconut Oil is a miracle food in my eyes. Actually coconuts in general are miracles to me because they are so versatile (flour, water, juice, cream, oil) but that’s a different post for a different day. Let’s just focus on the oil for now.

I have a jar in my bathroom and a jar in my kitchen.

I have stopped using any commercial of conventional face creams and body lotions. All I use is a half teaspoon or less of coconut oil on my face everyday and viola! the best face lotion EVER. It smells tropical, can help control dandruff, has strong natural anti-bacterial properties to help with acne, is fully of essential fatty acids for tissue building (ahem! anti-aging!), and it’s small molecular structure makes it readily absorbed for prolonged moisturizing.

According to Bruce Fife, author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle”,

“Pure coconut oil is the best natural skin lotion available. It prevents free-radical formation and the damage it causes. It can help prevent the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and overexposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strongand supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle. In some cases it can even restore damaged or diseased skin. I’ve seen precancerous lesions completely disappear with the daily use of coconut oil.”

Bruce also says that coconut oil is regarding highly by beauticians for being the best conditioner even surpassing expensive salon quality products. Distribute evenly a spoonful of melted coconut oil through your hair before you go to bed and wash it out in the morning. Your hair will be soft and have a delightful shimmer.

In a toxic world, the simpler the products we absorb epidermally, the better! Not only is coconut oil pure, simple, and natural, but it is quite affordable seeing as such a small amount goes a long way.

Then once you’ve done your morning routine, you can mosey into the kitchen for some scrambled eggs in coconut oil. The benefits of this? The Thermogenic Effect.  From the book “Eat Fat, Lose Fat”,

“Coconut oil has a “thermogenic effect,” which means that is raises your body temperature, thus boosting your energy and metabolic rate. A study in Japan, reported in Journal of Nutritional Science Vitaminology, 2002, found that consuming medium chain fatty acids caused greater thermogenesis than did eating long chain fatty acids, regardless of what kind of MCFA-containing food was eaten.” (Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid)

Plus, coconut oil is a slow burning energy so it keeps you feeling satiated longer. Melt some in your morning tea for an extra energy and nutrition boost.

Why I Want High Cholesterol

Bacon and Eggs

An ideal breakfast. Plenty of nutritious fat and cholesterol.

It’s hard to imagine a world today without cholesterol lowering statin drugs. Everyone knows someone who has fallen victim to this “help”. 100 years ago, they did not even exist. But guess what did? Bacon, liver, egg yolks, cream, milk, and all those ingredients that make our meals delicious.

In today’s world, these essential and completely natural foods have gained a bad rap through bashing by doctor’s, the governement, the USDA food-pyramid, nutritionists and the soybean and vegetable oil industry. Most people have acquiesced to such politically correct demands in the name of health and longer life. But what if I told you that you have been completely duped?

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but religiously commiting to lowering cholesterol and fat in your diet is a high risk unhealthy business. You have been duped.

The theory that doctors and politically correct diet-pushers base their agenda on is called the lipid hypothesis. Specifically, the 1953 study by Ancel Keys on the relationship between the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet and the incidence of coronary heart disease. However, the data and research was flawed, as pointed out by numerous researchers thereafter. Unfortunately, the vegetable oil industry and food processing industry took Keys’ theory and ran with it. Fast forward to 2012 and we still have these same industries peddling false claims and data in the name of profit without conscious. Doesn’t it ever seem odd to you that the most pure and simple form of fat (butter, lard, etc.)is demonized but a highly processed vegetable or canola oil i.e. margarine, that has only been consumed for the past 70 years is glorified via aggressive advertising? And if these industries are so correct in their claims why is the pharmaceutical industry making such a huge profit off cholesterol lowering drugs? Does that mean the vegetable oils aren’t working? Avoiding egg yolks and full fat milk isn’t doing us any good? Do we need to revert back to our old ways of butter and bacon drippings?

It seems like you can’t have a conversation about health today without someone warning, “Oh, stay away from the yolks, they are too high in cholesterol!.” or “You better be careful with that coconut oil, it’s the highest in saturated fat!” And without being too preachy you just have to nod your head and smile politely. Well, frankly I am tired of doing that. So this blog post is my solution. Now I’m shouting it to the world. “Your western mainstream medicine doctors only know what their textbooks told them…be responsible for your own health!”

I am consistently disappointed with the supermarkets (and healthfood stores) when all I want is to buy a jar of mayo or a salad dressing but there IS NOT ONE without the first few ingredients being either canola oil, soybean oil, or vegetable oil. Gross! I do not want that toxic waste in my body while some big company profits off of my ill-being. So, I have had to start making my own mayo. It’s a good thing to know how to do and it is quite rewarding. Plus, I was able to lacto-ferment it for extra enzymes and probiotics. It tasted slightly different but it is yummy!

The Framingham Heart Study is often cited in support of the lipid hypothesis. The study commenced in 1948 with 6,000 individuals from the town of Framingham, Mass. two groups were compared at five year intervals. The first group who had consumed only a little cholesterol and saturated fat and the second group who had consumed a lot. What is often told as the moral of the story is not what was actually proven. After 40 years the director of the study was quoted saying, “In Framingham, Mass., the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s serum cholesterol…we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.” What it ended up proving is the participants who weighed more at the end (not the ones who ate more cholesterol as your health authorities would lead you to believe) had abnormally high blood cholesterol levels and were slightly more at risk for future heart disease, but weight gain and cholesterol levels had an inverse correlation with fat and cholesterol intake in the diet. (Source: Nourishing Traditions by Sallon Fallon and Mary Enig and Cholesterol and Your Health by Christopher Mudd) This would explain why farmers will intentionally feed pigs low fat diets to quickly fatten them up. Cholesterol and saturated fat is inversely related to weight gain and blood cholesterol levels.

A lack of cholesterol in the body can cause hormone imbalance, muscle pain, learning disabilities, depression, irritability, early aging in mind and appearance, vitamin D deficiency, and weak cellular communication (malfunctioning cells=cancer).

Don’t these sounds like the bulk of our societies health problems?

It only makes sense seeing as hormones are composed of cholesterol, cholesterol is needed for Vitamin D production, cell membranes are composed of cholesterol, and cholesterol is the substance that allows brain cells to makes connections with one another called synapses. (From cholesterol-and-health.com)

What can you do to add more cholesterol into your diet?

1. Eat eggs. Preferably from chickens raised on pasture eating bugs and foraging. Not from chickens fed any soy feed.

2. Buy butter not margarine. Grass-fed.

3. Make your own mayo using an olive oil recipe.

4. Buy whole milk. Preferably raw and not ultra-pasteurized.

5. Cook with coconut oil, eat it raw, melt it in tea, rub it on your skin.

5. Use heavy cream in recipes whenever possible. Make smoothies with it.

5. Do not buy conventional salad dressings. Make your own.

6. Do not be afraid of lard. Pie crust taste better made with lard anyway.

7. Get off of your statin drugs ASAP.

I have struggled with being able to lose belly fat for a long time. When I took 1 tablespoon of coconut oil 3 times per day I dropped a couple of inches off my waist and fit into my “skinny” jeans after just a week! After giving up my low-fat vegetarian-leaning diet and incorporating full fat milk, lots of grass-fed butter, and a ton of eggs (one of my favorite foods!) into my diet I experienced a plethora of improved health benefits such as not needing as much sleep, less brain-fog, less anxiety, less painful periods (although this is still an issue I am working on), less acne, more energy, and better proportioned weight placement.

But don’t just take my word for it…do it for yourself!

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