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The Skinny on Fat: Part 1

PART 1

In my last article, I talked briefly about healthy fats, but I didn’t really identify any of the beautiful and tasty sources. Today I want to dig in a little bit deeper, and give you some really juicy information to aid you in choosing what kinds of healthy fats you want to incorporate into your life.

First off, I shall don the hat of the myth buster that I am. Just because the media and “health industry” is trying to pass something off to you as healthy, doesn’t mean it really is. In fact, I don’t even want you to take MY word as fact. I do want to be a trustworthy source of information, but I would hope that you would do your own research, dig around, and find out the truth for yourself.

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Myth #1: If you want to lose weight, you need to be drinking skim milk or at least reduced fat milk.

This is completely false. In fact, I would recommend that you never drink skim milk, or even conventional milk from your grocery store. Let me explain why. You’re not even really drinking what you think you are. Studies have revealed that hidden in your milk are also hormones (these are given to the cows in order to cause them to produce more milk, because let’s face it, for these big companies milk=$), antibiotics (Due to the increase in milk productions, the cows get infections inside their udder. Any mother who has ever had mastitis is shuddering. The cows are given antibiotics as an attempt to keep the infections under control.), blood, and (are you ready for this?) pus… from the infections of course. Doesn’t this sound appealing? No wonder the milk has to be pasteurized! It most certainly would be dangerous to drink milk raw under these circumstances!

It is important to note that not ALL raw milk is safe for consumption. According to this article by Dr. Mercola, “When buying raw milk, it’s important to make sure you’re buying milk that’s been produced with the intention of being consumed raw—and not just unpasteurized milk from conventional dairy operations.”

What this means, is that you want to find a farm that is allowing cows to live and eat as God intended them to. Pastured, grass fed cows produce some amazing and delicious milk!

Raw milk is absolutely great for you. It is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fats, among other benefits (But I will try to stay on topic, since we’re talking about healthy fats here). When your body is nourished properly, for many people it will result in weight loss. Please note that eating butter or drinking raw dairy alone may not result in weight loss, but is just one aspect. I’m not just gonna leave ya hangin though. If you want to learn more, you are going to enjoy all my other articles.

Myth #2: Butter is bad for you.

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Compared to margarine, butter actually LOWERS the risk of heart attack. Butter is rich with vitamins such as A, E, and K2, and nourishment that you and your body and your taste buds will love. Just like with the raw milk, you WILL, however, want to make sure you are getting a quality butter, in order to make sure you are getting the optimal health benefits of said superfood. The key to amazing butter is that it is made from the milk of cows that are able to roam and graze as God intended for them to do, just as I stated before about raw milk.

Raw milk is truly amazing because with it, the sky is the limit! Think yogurt, greek yogurt, cheese, and butter! I know that mainstream “health experts” have tried to convince you that these foods aren’t healthy for you, but the good news is that they are wrong! Healthy fats incorporated into your nourishing diet is a good thing, and can actually aid in weight loss… even better!

You will want to check your state laws on the chart, in order to identify the laws in your state. (see chart, courtesy of www.statehousefile.com ) Since I live in Virginia, my raw milk options are to either drive to Pennsylvania to buy milk, or participate in a milk share. For some families, this is simply not an option. I totally understand. For those families, I have some excellent information in my next post. In my next post, I will go on to list other healthy fat sources. You’re going to be pleasantly surprised, as I debunk common “health food” myths. Eating real food truly is delicious!

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Join me for Part 2 to bust some more myths and to further investigate the beautiful world of healthy fats.

Sources:

Neuman, William (2011) FDA and dairy industry spar over testing of milk. Retrieved, July 22, 2013 from New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/business/26milk.html?_r=3&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha25&

Mercola (2012) The everyday drink that may contain blood, pus, and drugs. Retrieved, July 23, 2013 from Mercola website http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/15/inhumane-treatment-on-dairy-cows.aspx

Gunners, Kris (2013) Seven reasons why butter is good for you. Retrieved July 22, 2013 from Authority Nutrition website http://authoritynutrition.com/7-reasons-why-butter-is-good-for-you/

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My name is Amber Picota. I am a wife, pastor, published author, and mother of 3 amazing children. My husband and I moved to Virginia 3 years ago with a dream placed in our hearts by God to plant a life giving church. That church is Streams of Life Church in Winchester, Virginia. I married a crazy guy. And by crazy I mean ridiculously awesome and handsome. I see that he has stolen my heart taken me far out of my comfort zone, and shook me out of a life of complacency. Seriously, had I not met this wild man, I wonder if I wouldn't still just be living in a tiny little town, in my tiny little world, caring nothing for the big world out there, content to just not have anybody rock my boat. But then Rene came along... rocking my boat and such. I'm so glad he came along and shook things up. He awakened something within me, and now we're a dangerous combination of boat rockers. Together, through our authority in Christ, we are a force to be reckoned with: rocking boats, challenging the status quo, planting this church, and believing God for the miraculous. Together we bring heaven to Earth. My kids are awesome little world changers, and it's my pleasure to teach them and train them up in the Kingdom of God. I believe they are history makers, who were born for greatness, and I plan to train and disciple them accordingly. Who knows where God will take it from there, but I am passionate about training leaders to walk in power and authority. I have a desire to see the Body of Christ bring heaven to Earth. I have a desire to mobilize God's people into their dreams. There is a move of God inside of every believer, but most people have been stifled and silenced by dream killers. I want to stir those dreams back up because I believe those dreams are your move of God in the Earth.