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:
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.”
- 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
Application, Use, Personal experience
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.
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.