Picking your battles: Butter and the family tree

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The Grass Fed Cow In The Room:

If there are any other health enthusiasts out there striving for greatness, maximizing nutrient dense foods into their diet, and getting the maximum bang for your buck with movement in the gym,  then we have something in common.  You and I have an inherent sense of well-being. You know how amazing good food, exercise, and the healthy choices in life can make us feel. It’s something like the joy of a French bulldog, a baby, and raw dark chocolate rolled into one. The illusive French-baby-dark (can someone sketch up what this would look like?)…I know, I know, you feel good. You have wheatgrass, organic free-range protein, and kale-celery juice pulsing through your veins. So, what’s the matter?  Your family.

Undoubtedly, we all want the best for the ones we love and that includes the best foods.  I know personally it’s very hard for me to sometimes visit family over the holidays and see what passes on the festive table spread as food.  Wheat, processed sugars, soda pop, GMO’s and more carbs than I see in a month are many times common place in the home. And to no fault of anyone in particular, it’s simply what was done and no one questions the fact that a company would produce something that would make you sick or intentionally harm you.

*I must insert for the record, many members of my family eat very, very well, and have made some incredible changes over the last few years, but I digress.

This system under which we live, the markets which support our economy, are based on such things and food items.  Food additives are scientifically designed to make a better taste and also cancel out the signal in your brain that says you are full. It doesn’t seem fair does it? Well, people are paid millions of dollars to do this.  Do you know they engineer the crunch of a potato chip to signal the pleasure center in your brain? #TRUTH.

Trust me, I have been someone who has lived through an incredible amount of obstacles in life with my health, all of which have been battled by eating an elite diet, and cutting out the harmful things (sugar, processed foods, wheat, GMO’s, and other specific items tailored to my body).  When I slip up, I feel it. I can see the direct correlation to my body and so I believe the science and have firsthand trial-based evidence.  I’m like canary in the coal mine. Let me be the bird who alerts you of danger.  That being said, my struggles are not my family’s, and their journeys are not mine.  The best way for me to show them the way is to lead by example. Yelling from the top of your soap box gets old…very fast (so I’m told)… and quickly your energy becomes loud and  obnoxious and will be drowned out by time.  Remember Buddha was not born enlightened, it was a pathway….as is with our family and friends.  Don’t judge someone for the path they are on, but act with compassion as to where they are.  And after a few paragraphs we come to the point….I promise!

Remember Buda was not born enlightened, it was a pathway….as is with our family and friends

Pick your battles…. Make them small and make them count. You have a much better chance of making small, educated sways of opinion than changing 50 years of ingrained pattern eating.  It’s also an incredibly bold choice to meet someone where they are in a present moment than judge them where they have fallen short.  Spiritually this grows you and your heart.  See, deadlifts make our asses big; compassion and understanding makes our brains and heart bigger. So let’s start with a simple fix:  Butter.

It has been a major staple in the American household for a hundred years. However, my generation was on the cusp of the introduction of vegetable oil substitutes.  ”I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” became a household name.  We were told fat was bad, and that it caused heart disease.  Again this common mistruth is a lie, it’s still muttered by doctors (know that it’s ingrained and they study nutrition less than an average personal trainer), so there is that.  But seriously, the American food pyramid and recommendations of a low-fat diet have been debunked many times. (1)

Plan of attack:

When trying to make a change in the household, come armed to the teeth with plenty of good knowledge.  Be direct and be honest. Do not be ashamed for speaking your truth, especially concerning the golden rich goodness of butter!
“Mom? Dad? I want you to take the processed and chemical filled, non-fat spread, ladled with hormones and antibiotics and bullshit and I want you to throw it away. And I, your son/daughter, will buy you new butter. I want to buy you grass-fed butter. I love you.” Their new butter will have these following attributes. Please print out graphs for visual aids!!!!

Bullet points of good butter:

Grass-fed butter is dramatically higher in Omega three oils, and looses such optimal levels quickly after a month or two of grain-feeding* P.S. “Grains do the same thing to you.”

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Butter is very high in saturated fats, almost 63% (2)
Saturated Fats improve the blood lipid profile in the human body
  •  They raise HDL which is the good cholesterol associated with lower heart disease
  •  They alter the bad LDL from small and dense to large LDL which is not harmful
Grass-fed butter is loaded with vitamin K2, which helps keep calcium out of the arteries and in your bones where it belongs. Studies consistently show that Vitamin K2 dramatically reduces the risk of both osteoporosis and heart disease (3)
 
Grass-fed butter is loaded with the anti-inflammatory agent called butyrate…and since inflammation is one of the leading causes of heart disease, we want this in our family’s kitchen. Several double-blind studies have shown it’s benefits in the human body. (4) (5)

Application, Use, Personal experience 

In the end, you and your family are going to enjoy a better life with Grass-fed goodness.  My favorite brand is called “Ancient Organics Grass-Fed Ghee Butter”.  I know I know…”FREDERICK!!!!!!…..WHAT’S GHEE?!” It’s simply grass-fed butter which has been boiled to remove the milk solids, so for folks sensitive to dairy, it’s a must and a win.
It’s time to make the switch back to food from the land and butter is a great place to start.  I don’t think you are going to have any trouble pushing this one into your family’s food palate. And if there is any resistance…..just don’t say anything and sneak it in. (Everyone lies and I think this would be a good one to rationalize deceit).
I use it to cook all my veggies, sauté fish, I add it to soups and even in my morning Bulletproof Coffee. (This is another story all together ……and yes it’s amazing).

As far as different brands go,  I am a super-fan of this brand and I know you will be too:  100% Organic Ghee from Grass-fed Cows . My best friend Jacob certifies organic farms in Cali through CCOF. He’s checked them out and loves their operation. To get biblical on your ass…”They only milk the cows on the full and waxing moon,” giving the butter a heavenly taste I have not experienced anywhere. Ever. This is an animal that is loved, not over worked and does not live in fear of death. Happy Cows, make the sweetest butter.

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Don’t break the bank option: Second choice is Kerry Gold grass Fed Butter at trader Joe’s and most major food chains. This butter is also a great option, and very affordable. Though it contains lower omega-3 fatty acids, as it’s fed a small portion of corn.*

 

Personally I feel better when I eat butter. My joints feel great, my skin has a new glow and my body has responded very well to adding it into my diet after 7 years without butter ( movie title??) I also have a more constant level of focus and my body cannot seem to get enough. I started slow with a teaspoon a day and now probably consume on an average 2 to 3 tablespoons a day.  And yes, contrary to what doctors tell you, this has not affected my cholesterol levels. Fat=good/Sugar=bad.

That’s it for now, Friends. Until next time, eat well, be well, and live well.
As I have said before, while I have played a doctor on stage, I am not one in real life and this information is just that, free information. It is in no way intended to treat or cure any disease or illness.  Readers interested in working with me as a health coach should visit the GO! page on Freddie, Set, Go and inquire about monthly rates.

 REFERENCES

(1) http://authoritynutrition.com/8-ridiculous-nutrition-myths-debunked/

(2) http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/0/2

(3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16801507

(4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11024006,

(5) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2036.2007.03562.x/full

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Picking your battles: Butter and the family tree

  1. Sarah Yannello says:

    I look forward to your first documentary: 7 Years Without Butter! In all seriousness though, thank you for the detailed research. It will help in my quest to show my parents how to eat again! Much love and appreciation!

  2. holly scott says:

    Love it Freddie & I couldn’t agree more. I eat fat, good fats, butter, olive oil, salmon, avacado etc… and ofcourse workout & my doctor is incredibly impressed with my LDL & overall cholesterol levels. She says keep doing what I’m doing cause its working and a good diet & exercise routine is key… also everything in moderation cause living life is key. I drink wine…also studies show that is good for the heart ;-) I also go to the local baseball games with my daughter & have a hotdog. I chaperone a school dance & eat some pizza, but balance it with a nice miso soup the next day or kale salad. That being said, bring on the butter… everything in moderation :-)

  3. Jaqui Lacroix says:

    This was an amazing read!!! And although I am an organic butter eater, I will now find myself searching for Ghee!!! I will also educate my family. I loved this article!

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