I am currently reading Chris Kessler’s “Your Personal Paleo Code” and I am finding it truly inspiring. The number of stories that are told of people suffering with all levels of disease and ailments that have made the shift to paleo and found themselves cured is nothing short of miraculous! It is certainly worth a read, here is the link on Amazon if you are so inclined!
I am also inspired by the report released last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine that concluded saturated fats are not linked to cardiovascular disease. This isn’t just a little study. It compiled vast amounts of data from over 70 population studies (called a meta-analysis) to come to this conclusion. This is so exciting! Mark Bittman wrote a column in the New York Times entitled, Butter is Back! encouraging the us to go back to eating real whole foods, not the frankenfoods we buy with lower fat that are created by the food industry (think Snackwells). I couldn’t agree more. Says Bittman, “The real villains in our diet — sugar and ultra-processed foods — are becoming increasingly apparent. You can go back to eating butter, if you haven’t already.”
Don’t be afraid of fat. It is fuel for the body. We don’t want to over do it, but we can’t let fat be the bogeyman we’ve been told it is. We need to shake that fear of fat and dive into an avocado or a full fat yogurt, if you can find it at your grocery store (yes, challenging, isn’t it?!). Go for it!
Real whole foods are healing and what give us fuel for our lives and help rid us of ailments. Below is a recipe sure to have us all rejoicing about the latest news.
Avocado & Cilantro Pesto
Take out the Cuisinart or powerful blender and throw in:2-3 cloves of garlic (let them bounce around first to get real tiny, then add the rest of the ingredients)
2 healthy bunches of cilantro (about 2+ cups), stems and all!
2 T lemon juice, or more to taste
Blend it all up–it will be bright, bright green. Toss it on your pasta, zucchini noodles, or other noodley creation! Enjoy!