“When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.” –Chinese Proverb
What I’m about to share about fat and all that I feel is good and healthy about it is simply what I’ve learned and grew up in. It’s what I’ve researched and feel to be true. I am not a medical professional, a dietician, or nutritionist. I am a mother of 2 small children and a first generation American whose families were raised on whole animal fats including butter, lard, and beef tallow. My family has grown to be old, healthy, and full of life! My encouragement to you is to research pure animal fat from pastured animals and make up your decision on what has nourished our people for thousands of years versus what has been instilled upon us over the last hundred.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing the health benefits and pure joy of eating by using butter, pork lard, and beef tallow (beef fat). I’ll share recipes and really dive into the animal including cuts of meat, how to properly prepare them including tenderizing our grass fed beef, (Hello Pork Belly!!) Really, it’s in these fats that we have used for thousands of years that we can begin to enjoy food.
The book in the image above called fat, by Jennifer McLagan, is one that I would recommend to any American who has been raised on the Standard American Diet, (SAD). She begins her book by diving into the science of fat, how we lost the appreciation for it, and why fat is good for our health. She speaks passionately about the subject and writes in a way that one can understand and begin to see how we have a fear of eating and a fear of fat itself in this country. A very unhealthy way of thinking of food leading to many eating disorders.
In the United States, (I can only speak for the United States as it’s where I’ve been raised) we have an unhealthy view on fat especially when it’s on us. I don’t know about anyone out there, but in my life, I have not yet met one person, or I should say woman, who has been completely happy with their weight. Even my skinny friends are constantly weighing themselves and running off those extra few pounds. I’ve found that when we are unhappy with our weight that we begin to fear food and run to diets including low fat diets. The reality, and one that I constantly remind myself of, is we are not built to be the personified model or actress that we value so much in the United States. We are all genetically different and truthfully a few extra pounds is much healthier than being under weight.
So before I start writing about fat, this is me and I’m happy with me!
Sure, I’m currently hitting the gym trying to increase my activity level especially during these cold months. However, I’m not expecting to drop down to my high school years. That is an unhealthy way to look at weight loss.
So now, it’s your turn. Look at yourself and be happy with you. Knowing you are not like anyone else in this world and that is what makes you special and unique! You do not need to turn to diets made by man, filled with artificial preservatives, trans-fats, and hydrogenated oils, instead, let’s start eating REAL FOOD! That combined with a healthy amount of exercise can get us down to a healthy weight.
Now let’s start eating real fat again!!
People with serious health conditions can benefit from reducing the amount of fat they eat. However, for the rest of us, fat is a necessary and important part of our diet. Please note, I am not saying to go all out and load yourselves up on fat, instead, to be knowledgeable of the types of fat there are and how to use them appropriately.
If you haven’t signed up, Jenny at the Nourished Kitchen has started a 28 day Real Food Challenge! Go on over and check it out!
Tomorrow or Thursday, I will go into the history of fat, the science, and why it’s so important for our health!
If you’re an organic gardener please join me on Wednesday as we continue our gardening series. Zones and Planting Calendars!!
Until then, have a freshly baked piece of toast with some real butter!