Eat that fat!

June 28, 2011 in Thoughts and Tips     3 comments

There are a lot of obstacles when it comes to changing the way you eat and think about food. Not buying processed food is hard. Cutting grains is hard. Cutting sugar is REALLY hard.

But probably the hardest thing to come to terms with is the idea that we as humans need to eat saturated fat. And that eating saturated fat will NOT make you fat.


There are many experts (not me) on the subject but there is something so calm and reassuring about the way Sally Fallon explains it.

“We are warm blooded animals, and warm blooded animals need saturated fat or they would not have the stability in them that’s required for everything to work. And if you do not eat saturated fat your body has a mechanism for making it out of carbohydrates. So that’s why people crave carbohydrates when they cut saturated fat out of the diet.”


You know what that means? It means if you add the right fats to your diet, your cravings for things like carbs and sweets will disappear.

Interesting right?


(coconut oil is a GREAT saturated fat!)


Today, as I was riding my bike listening to Sean Croxton interview Sally Fallon, there were so many little things she said that I knew I wanted to share with you guys.

I just spent the last hour transcribing all my favorite things she said and of course my internet crapped out on me.

So now you are just going to have to listen for yourself. You can easily play THIS in the background while you browse the internet, or download it on your phone and go for a walk.

She also talks about oils, butter, milk, soy, bone broth, cravings and more!!


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Last year when I started eating Paleo, I was really excited and commited to my new eating style.

I spent (and still do) hours online reading about food and how it affects our bodies. There are so many great blogs and websites that I follow and love. But in my typical “dieting” style, I was always looking for an out, an excuse to eat something not totally Paleo, but still not “bad.”

It was not long before I found Marks Daily Apple where I learned I could eat dairy and wine in moderation! Yeah!

And Heather Eats Almond Butter, she eats chocolate and oats and she lost a ton of weight. YEAH!

And Elana makes amazing desserts using almond flour. YEAH!

And Nourishing Traditions says I can eat grains as long as the are soaked. YEAH!

Do you see where this is going?

Slowly but surely, I found myself eating home baked treats, soaked grains, cheese, wine, and of course lots of dark chocolate!

While all of these are certainly BETTER options, they do contain things that are not great for me.
Like sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol, etc.

The truth is, I am not great at moderation. Give me a little and I will go back for more!

Just before school got out, a few of my friends were doing a juice fast.
At first, I thought it sounded like a great idea. A way to recommit to eating healthy.
I was feeling bloated and my weight loss had plateaued. I needed something to get me back to feeling good.
But for ME juicing was not the answer for a few reasons:
• I don’t work well when I am feeling hungry and I have to work a lot this time of year
• Drinking juice filled with sugar seemed counter-intuitive if I was trying to cut sugar.
• I needed to do something that would leave me with long term change.

I started looking around at detox and cleansing plans. None seemed right for me.

In the end I decided to do a month of super strict Paleo.

The Whole 30.

No processed foods.

No sugar.

No grains.

No dairy.

No legumes.

No alcohol.

I highly recommed at least reading the Whole 30 program and thinking about it. Maybe you are not ready right this minute. But you could be. You could just start right now.


(click image to go to the WHOLE30 FB page)

A few favorite lines from their website:

“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Giving up heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”

“Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a box of donuts, there is no “slip”. You make a choice to eat something of poor quality. It is always a choice.”


Tomorrow my 30 days will be complete, and I will fill you in on how it went.




Shane started planting our sweet potatoes last week, and I am told they will be ready to pick in October or November. I love that we are going to be able to have fresh veggies year round with just a little planning!

So lets see what’s going on here….


Hola healthy food enthuiasts and blog stalkers, Shane here with the details on my “totally experimental” sweet potato growing techniques.

After hours of internet searching and a long phone conversation with my best hunting buddy and fellow Okie Jared, I have discovered there are many “perfect” ways to start and grow sweet potatoes from slips.

The shear volume of growing tips and techniques on the internet suggest that there are millions of experts on the subject…

Or it’s so easy even an idiot can’t screw it up.  Guess we’ll just have to see about that!


I started by purchasing organic sweet potatoes from For the Health of It.

I learned that conventional potatoes are sometimes sprayed with a chemical that prevents the future growth of shoots or “slips”.

Yum… deadly chemicals.

So start with organic!


Insert toothpicks in the center of the SP and place them “pointed side down” (internet tip), in  a clear glass of water.  Place them in the window sill and and change the water regularly so it dosen’t get cloudy and stinky.


Within a couple of weeks I had “slips” with roots popping out of most of my starter potatoes.  Pretty cool huh?!

When they get to be about this big just pinch the “slip” off and it’s ready to plant.

I I have to admit that I am totally guessing on the size.

Jared said the non-organic “slips” that he bought were about 18 inches.

I read somewhere that 6 inches or so was a good size to start.

Pray about it, channel your inner farmer, or just go for it.

I’m sure you will come up with your own perfect starter size.

Time to get dirty!

Potatoes should be planted in mounds.  This everyone seems to agree on.  (mounds of what is a broader subject it seems)

I turned up an entire row in the garden, 33 feet, and added some organic cow manure.  I planted my new “slip” in the top of the mounded up row and will continue to space them about 2 feet apart until the row is full.  I burried them deep.  About half way up the slip (per everyones specs), and plan to water them heavily for the first week to make sure they get off to a good start.

I have already planted 6, and should have another 6 or so ready to go by the weekend.  They appear to be healthy and enjoying their new home.

I have placed organic straw between the rows in my garden.  I am hoping this will help control weeds, hold moisture, and keep things a bit cooler during this hot weather.  Marla will keep you posted on their progress.


I found out tonight that you can eat the leaves of the sweet potatoes also!

They are supposed to be delicious and very nutritious!  Yep, you guessed it… internet.