Homemade Ice Cream!

Chocolate Ice CreamTwo little boys from the neighborhood were playing in our backyard with my sons yesterday, when Blaze asked me to make homemade ice cream.  We took a vote between strawberry and chocolate – with chocolate being the winner.

To my kids, homemade ice cream is just normal, but the neighbor kids were very curious.  They took careful note of the ingredients: eggs, honey, cacao powder and cream – all of which were raw/unheated/uncooked.

They asked if those ingredients were used to make the ice cream they eat at home.  I told them probably not, but I assured them that my ice cream would taste the same or better than what they are used to.

Everyone loved the end result, and the ice cream was incredibly tasty if I do say so myself!  I shared the health benefits of eating my version of raw ice cream, and they shared about a time they had “healthy” pizza by using broccoli as a topping – and how much they disliked it.

I agreed that broccoli is not something that goes well with pizza, and I also shared that using it as a topping imparts little or no health benefits.  They were also relieved to know that being healthy and staying fit does not involve eating anything we don’t enjoy.

Raw Butter for Weight Loss and Excellent Health

Butter CurlsButter has gotten a bad rap in the media for being high in cholesterol, but we have not been educated on the fact that natural cholesterol is essential for maintaining intestinal health, for development and detoxification of the brain and nervous system, and for overall bodily function.

Now that we have largely omitted butter from our diets in favor of low fat and fake fat foods, we are lacking the vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in butter which have been protecting us against heart disease, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, thyroid health, digestion and weight gain.  It’s no wonder that we are so profoundly plagued with these illnesses.

In addition to the omission of this naturally healthy food, many of us are substituting it with margarine or other manufactured spreads.  These products contain toxic cancer-inducing solvents, dangerous trans fat, free radicals, bleach, artificial colors and flavors and/or synthetic vitamins.

When we are healthy, maintaining healthy weight is easy and joyful.  By substituting wholesome butter for unhealthy food in an attempt to lose weight, we hinder our own progress.  Specifically, the toxic substances in margarine or other low calorie or reduced fat spreads actually cause us to gain weight because our bodies are being inundated with substances that are difficult to eliminate.

Moreover, when we eat real butter, we feel satisfied and we are not left with a feeling of deprivation.  The feeling of wanting more causes our bodies to hold on to unwanted weight or makes it hard work to lose weight and keep it off.

While butter in any form is much healthier than any margarine or other manufactured spread, butter is best when it is unpasteurized and from animals that graze on green grass.

Pasteurized (cooked) butter contains irritants in the form of dead bacteria and digestive enzymes which are no longer active – both of which benefit the body when not killed. Raw butter also contains fatty acids which support a healthy immune system, boost metabolism and are anti-microbial, while heated fats often become trapped in the body and store as cellulite.

Butter from grass-fed cows also contains both Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and the perfect balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio, which are protective against disease and assist the body to build muscle and burn unnecessary body fat.

Supermarket butter is pasteurized and from factory farms where the cows are fed grain and/or corn.  If it does not say 100% grass-fed on the label, it’s most likely grain or corn fed.  Also, toxic chemicals to which animals are exposed are more concentrated in the fat.  For that reason it is important to avoid products from animals treated with antibiotics or hormones.

Here is how the purchase the best butter available to you from most healthful to least healthful:

  • Raw (unpasteurized) butter from grass-fed animals – raised without antibiotics or hormones
  • Raw (unpasteurized) butter from grain/corn fed animals – raised without antibiotics or hormones
  • Raw (unpasteurized) butter from grass-fed animals – raised with antibiotics and/or hormones
  • Raw (unpasteurized) butter from grain/corn fed animals raised with antibiotics and/or hormones
  • Pasteurized butter from grass-fed animals raised without antibiotics and/or hormones
  • Pasteurized butted from grain/corn fed animals raised without antibiotics and/or hormones
  • Pasteurized butter from grass-fed animals raised with antibiotics and/or hormones
  • Pasteurized butter from grain/corn fed animals raised with antibiotics and/or hormones

It’s never recommended under any circumstance to use margarine or artificial spread for the reasons stated above.

I Love Bacteria!

There are roHeart Shaped Meatughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells in the human body.  I like to think of bacteria as the body’s garbage men.  Bacteria feed on dead and damaged tissue and eliminate them from the body.  The action of bacteria in the gut is necessary for proper digestion and elimination – when the concentration is low, we experience digestive problems including irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, indigestion and constipation.

Even the brain requires bacteria to detoxify, and it does not function properly without adequate amounts of bacteria.   People with decreased bacterial count tend to experience mental symptoms such as depression, frustration and rage.

Some bacteria is pathogenic, in fact we have some pathogenic bacteria on and in our bodies at all times.  Pathogenic bacteria are harmless in small amounts, and can cause severe detoxification/elimination, disease or even death in large amounts – especially when not balanced with the different types of bacteria.

By eating fresh raw grass-fed meat, free-range chicken and fresh or fermented dairy products, we introduce the proper balance of bacteria for maintaining excellent health.  While it’s true that raw meat and chicken can cause food poisoning, it’s not likely because if there are too much pathogenic bacteria for an individual, the meat will smell rotten to them.

Specifically, when meat is cooked, bacteria breed more rapidly, and humans are not alerted to the presence of a harmful amount of bacteria because our instinct through the sense of smell is hampered by the cooking.  That’s why people get food poisoning from cooked meat, not raw meat.

Raw grass-fed dairy will sour, supporting the growth of more beneficial bacteria, which naturally keeps pathogenic bacteria in check.  Soured milk is a very good source of friendly bacteria and it’s a superior source for replenishing the bacterial count in those who eat a lot of cooked food or take medical drugs of any kind.  On the other hand, cooked (pasteurized) dairy will rot, making it even more dangerous than the fresh variety.

For a good source of raw grass-fed meat and dairy, Click Here.   If one is squeamish about raw meat or dairy, it is absolutely essential to take a probiotic supplement for friendly bacteria, like one or both of these products:  Click Here.

Bacteria love you, and if you love them too, they can help you to live a long, healthy, disease-free life.

Omega 3 for Ideal Weight and Mood

Only meat and dairy from beef and game animals that are 100% grass-fed and grass finished contain proper amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids for optimal brain balance, thermogenic (heat raising) effect, lean muscle growth and repair, and reduction of inflammation throughout the body.

In fact, the concentration of Omega 3’s in ruminant (grass-fed) animals rivals that of wild salmon.  While it is best to eat meat raw for maximum health benefits, lightly cooked meat is still a very healthy food provided the animal has been fed properly and raised without antibiotics or hormones.

The majority of meat in grocery stores is factory farmed which means it comes from animals that have been grain-fed or grain finished, raised in unsanitary conditions and given pharmaceutical drugs.  In addition to other issues, these products contain an unbalanced Omega 3 to  Omega 6 ratio, resulting in an unhealthful product.

Even beef and other red meat labeled “grass-fed” are generally grain-finished meaning the animal was fed grain or corn during the last few months in order to fatten it up.

To ensure that your meat and dairy products are 100% grass-fed, organic and raised with loving care I recommend getting to know the farmers and understand their practices before buying any of these products for your home.  For superior meat and dairy products which I use in my own home, please check out U.S. Wellness Meats.