Living a balanced green lifestyle

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Fats Can Be Good for You

The right fats are a good thing. In fact, about 60 percent of our brain is made of fat. It’s the artificial fat that we must avoid. The ones that are plastic-like, you know? Our bodies cannot process these because they are not real food. At best, your body will excrete them. At worst, they will collect in your body since your body can’t digest them, and the accumulation of these fats will cause problems.

My authority on fats? The Bible.

We read in many places that people gave animal fat to God as a sacrifice and had fatted livestock for their party food (for example, Numbers 18:17 and Luke 15:23). If fat was a sweet savor to God, it must be good enough for us. Ah, there’s nothing like the aroma of a little fat on the edge of my steak under the broiler.

Butter is also awesome. It is made from the fat, or cream, that rises to the top in cow’s milk. And about milk, I do not buy homogenized milk because the fat has been corrupted in the sense that its structure has been changed through the homogenization process. The fat particles are made so small that they can enter into your bloodstream where they don’t belong. I do not buy low-fat or nonfat milk because the fat, which is the most nutritious part of the milk, has been removed.(Here’s a lot more information about real, raw milk.)

The truth is, drinking whole milk will not make you fat any more than diet drinks will keep you slim.


The milk fat is yellower than the water portion of the milk and rises to the top.
Now that I don’t get raw milk much anymore, I buy Twin Brook Creamery’s non-homogenized but pasteurized milk in glass bottles. (At least it’s not ultra-pasteurized!)

In the old days, after farmers removed the fat to make butter or just to have cream, they threw away the watery stuff that was left or fed it to the pigs. They knew there wasn’t much nutritional value in it. The watery stuff today is marketed heavily as the nonfat or low-fat milk that everyone should drink because, you know, you don’t want to get fat. Wow, what a clever marketing strategy so the dairy industry doesn’t have to throw the water portion of the milk away anymore and can now make money on it.

We need our fats — the right fats. It’s especially true for our growing kids. To give them low-fat or nonfat milk and other low-fat and nonfat foods, to me, is robbing them of an essential food. I raised my kids on whole milk (non-homogenized, and for many years, raw, or unpasteurized) and did they ever have a weight problem? Never.

Just remember to avoid the artificial fats. Real fats are good, but, of course, balance and moderation are necessary.


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5 Signs That You’re Going Green

  1. The conventional products in your pantry are being replaced by bulk grains, dried fruit, and seeds; and brands like Annie’s, Back to Nature, and Let’s Do Organic.
  2. Glass jars of weird things are showing up on your counter, such fermenting kombucha and kefir, and a jar of raw milk that you’re trying to turn into whey and milk solids. (You need the whey to soak your grains in.)
  3. Plastic food containers are disappearing from your kitchen.
  4. You run out and buy a full-size freezer for the side of grassfed beef you don’t have yet.
  5. You trade in your SUV for a Subaru or Prius.


I know. I’ve done all of those — except the last one. And I did it all in the first year of turning into a 21st century Greenie.


There are many more signs, of course, such as Lysol and Windex disappearing from your house, and the weeds now coexist with your grass and you don’t care anymore because your lawn needs the biodiversity.


I’ve done lots of other things that I haven’t listed. Such as, I bought a $20 cowshare and would drive nearly 100 miles round trip weekly for “my” cow’s unpasteurized, nonhomogenized milk; got a job selling grassfed beef; and other fun things like that.


Today, I’m still doing some of those things and not doing some of those things. Why? Because life balances out after a while, and wisdom comes with age and experience — hopefully.