Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Big Fat Lies

"Jack Sprat could eat no fat; his wife could eat no lean..." According to conventional dietary wisdom, Jack is doing things right and his wife is in for a WHOLE lot of trouble! But what if the reality of it was nearly opposite of what we've been told all these years?

Here is a little clip from the documentary "Fat Head" which is like the high-fat/low carb counterpart to "Super-Size Me". It takes to task the idea that dietary fat is the root of all evil (a.k.a the "Lipid Hypothesis"); that it causes obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, etc.
It's based upon the book "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes and the ground-breaking work of physicians like Dr's Mike and Mary Dan Eades. Many researchers and doctors are finding out that it's the carbs, not the fats that are the real root of so many woes!

It's eye opening to see the flawed data upon which our fear of dietary fat (especially saturated fat) is based on:

For more info on fat, read this excellent article by Mary Enig, PhD. (one of the preeminent experts on the biochemisrty of fats) and Sally Fallon, of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Deep Thoughts

"Here's a thought... If you try to break the natural law of gravity by leaping off your roof will the outcome be a good one?.......if you continue to take medications that inhibit (or break) the natural laws of your body, while not feeding it what it needs,will the outcome be a good one?....You cannot break natural laws without them breaking you." -Dr. Tom McKay

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lazy Sunday Night

Last night I felt LAZY. I earned my laziness though with an ambitious morning that started at 4:30am (I didn't mean to wake up that early!). By early afternoon it was catching up with me and I decided to take a nap. Four hours later I woke up hungry realizing all I had eaten was a spoonful of pepita butter in the morning. I looked into my near empty fridge, some zucchini bread my brother had brought home smirking at me from on top of the fridge.
Just then I spotted some summer squash a friend had brought over from his garden. I opened the freezer and found the last part of a bag of shrimp. The laziest dinner ever was born! Here's what I did:
2 small summer squash sliced
1 small green onion diced
1 cup frozen cooked shrimp, thawed, tails removed
2 T coconut oil
2 T Jamaican jerk seasoning

Heat oil in pan and sautee squash and onion, add Jamaican jerk spice and toss, throw in shrimp and toss again, heating shrimp just for a minute. Voila! Laziest dinner ever! ~Rose

Pepita Butter

Yesterday was a busy wonderful day. I started a new batch of Kombucha (more posting on that later), some sprouts, and after seeing my jar of almond butter nearly empty, I decided to try my hand at making my own.
I hardly have any almonds in my pantry right now but there is an abundance of raw pepitas, or Mexican pumpkin seeds. For the first time in five years of owning it, I put the blank plate on my champion juicer and had at it! A handful of seeds, then a little olive oil, smoosh! Repeat. When I had put in about 3 cups or so, I added a little salt and stevia, then ran the pepita butter through the juicer once more for a smoother texture. I ate a spoonful of the warm pepita butter to make sure it was good and it certainly was!
Into the fridge it went and this morning I pulled some out to smear on an apple. It is even better now that it had a chance to sit. So much easier than I thought it would be-I am definitely going to start making my own nut and seed butters. You can't beat saving money, a trip to the grocery store and the freshness and quality of making your own.
All you need is a juicer with a blank plate insert (used instead of the usual screen) or food processor, 1-4 cups seeds or nuts of your choice, good quality cold pressed (or virgin) oil (I used evoo) and a container that seals. Alternating between 1/4-1/2 cup seeds or nuts and 1 teaspoon of oil at a time, grinding to your desired consistency. If needed, salt or sweeten to your liking and enjoy!