Something has happened, in that I have discovered Twitter and Facebook pages. I can like a page and link, then on my feed I am presented with an array of articles, recipes, and tips from like-minded health conscious individuals. It’s fabulous, I just click my the Facebook icon on my phone and am usually presented with an array of health (sorry friends but these overwhelm my feed more than what’s going on in your life and anyone that follows me on Twitter gets non-stop tweets of different articles). I am hooked and addicted. Read an article, tweet it to myself so I can go there and find them when I’m ready. The great thing for you is that I know have all these present current issues and articles to inform you about; I have taken the research away for you! So what have I discovered. Well of course I have found evidence supporting the BC lifestyle! Today I’d like to discuss fat, cholesterol, heart disease and more. First I found an article about a family that ate 40 lbs of butter in three months; freaking awesome! She had it down to numbers as well: 160 sticks of butter, 1 3/4 sticks per day and just under a 1/2 stick of butter per family member, for a family of four. OMG, aren’t they worried about cholesterol? Oh boy, clearly we need to review, cue in the next article in which a HEART doctor sounds off on what is really causing heart disease, Dr Dwight Lundell, M.D. The real problem? There recommendation of low-fat diets. Isn’t it odd that 25% of the population is paying out big bucks for statins and we’ve decreased fat intake the last couple of decades, but more people will die of heart disease this year than ever before? Isn’t it also funny that the people of Krista (a village in the famously heart healthy island of Crete in Greece) consumes 50 liters of olive oil per person per year? That’s a lot of fat and they live in one of the healthiest regions of the world? Hmm. . .we may be wrong about this fat thing, ya think? For such a developed country, we are pretty stupid sometimes (or rather we are so money driven and consumed with convience?)! We are creating chronic inflammation with our current lifestyles. We are overwhelming our systems with simple sugars, overly processed crap that are laiden with omega-6 (that create cytokines that increase inflammation). Add to this the fact that our current lifestyles breed stress and we deny ourselves sleep to restore ourselves. Chronic inflammation causes diseases like heart disease and diabetes. If we didn’t have all this unnecessary inflammation, cholestorol would just move through the body at will, causing no harm, repairing as it needed too. Unfortunately most of us have some kind of inflammation, and cholesterol will build up as it tries to repair our non-stop damage. I love this analogy:
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.
Seems pretty straight-forward and easy to understand to me, so eating 40 lbs of butter (or a gallon of coconut oil, like we have at home) is not going to cause heart disease, sitting around stressing about how fat we are while shoving Twinkies down our throat will. It’s simple:
Decrease consumption of processed foods, sugars, and rancid vegetables oils like soybean and canola. Eat good sources of fat like grass-fed butter, EVOO, tallow, lard, coconut oil, or goat’s milk butter!
EAT REAL FOOD!Real food tastes good, take pride in your body, in your cooking and in nourishing yourself and your family. You’ll feel better and be decreasing your risk of heart disease and other problems that come along with chronic inflammation.