Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil

A few weeks ago we woke up early and drove to a park 20 minutes from our house, where we met up with the scheduled white passenger van bearing our order of butter oil (and maple syrup). There’s a bulk foods company set up in the area that schedules specific pickups for specific foods like these. It’s kind of funny, but we’re sort of used to funny by now. They order huge truckloads for cheaper prices, and then they sell stuff to people like us. So we got a better price on the butter oil we’d been wanting, and that made the whole trip worth it to us. Here’s why we did it.

Benefits of Butter Oil and Fermented Cod Liver Oil

We weren’t the only ones grabbing butter oil that morning, and it’s not that unusual to hear about other people taking it (or fermented cod liver oil) to improve something about their health. This is because butter oil and fermented cod liver oil offer several benefits such as being high in vitamins A, D, and K, as well as naturally occurring omega fatty acids DHA and EPA (and other omega fatty acids).

A bit from Tim: One of the main reasons we like having this blend on hand is its ability to aid the body as a transition food. Due to our current environment, food system, and years of poor diet growing up, our bodies which normally might be able to be in such balance that they do not demand as many nutrients, now require higher levels to bring the body into balance (homeostasis). For example, people who eat all raw or fruitarian may experience such a drastic transition that their body is not able to make it smoothly and in the process teeth and bones may be weakened and decay. By adding in higher amounts of fat soluble vitamins the transition can be made smoother. The same holds true for those eating a typical diet, fighting autism, or fighting disease–the balance of vitamins A, D, and K (especially combined with plant minerals) can greatly help the healing process.

Because we are all worse off than we think we are, we might be missing the fact that we have fluoride in the water supply, flame retardants in our bed and furniture, freon in our air conditioning, PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in non-stick pans, and lead or titanium dioxide being sprayed on us from the skies. Having higher levels of the powerful vitamins in fermented cod liver oil and butter oil can be a great way to support the body when missing many of the factors that might be straining our body.





Dandelions – Pungent, Bitter – Vitality, Vivaciousness

I like extraordinary foods. Dandelions are pretty extraordinary. Yet, they are common. Try that on for size.

Thankfully, I grew up eating dandelions every now and then. My grandpa would pick them (from areas that had not been sprayed with pesticides or who knows what), and we would have them in salads or soups or sauteed. They definitely take some getting to know. You may not be the biggest fan right from the start. You may have to acquire a taste for them. You may have to work at including them in dishes and disguising their pungent bitterness. BUT, all your hard work will be rewarded. First, your work at liking dandelions will be rewarded with you becoming a fan of dandelions. Second, your body will be rewarded with numerous health benefits.

dandelions

Dandelions contain:
Vitamins – A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, Choline. Of those it has, most notably, loads of Vitamin K and tons of Vitamin A. Is a load more than a ton? Well, for this article it is.
Minerals – calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, managanese. Of those, most notably, calcium and iron.

Aside from the nutritional goodness, what I find fascinating about dandelions is their long history of use in the body to promote healing and healthy functioning. It has commonly been used to heal and effectively treat liver disorders (jaundice, hepatitis) and promote liver health and detoxification. It is a diuretic and disinfectant, that is, it cleans you out and helps prevent harmful microbial growth in the urinary system.

Also, interestingly enough, the scientific name for dandelion is: Taraxacum officinale, which basically means The Official Remedy for Disorders or Pharmacy Remedy for Disorders. Because it can cause changes in the liver and flow of bile, it is good to start introducing dandelions slowly into your diet, especially if A) you are not used to eating them, and B) you have liver, stomach, bowel problems. So try some in a mixed salad or added to a soup. I wonder what they would be like in a smoothie? Hmmm. Bitter smoothie? Hmmm. I may have to try that.

I would highly recommend checking them out and doing some reading about them if you are interested in restoring vitality to your body. Yes, I said vitality. Good word, good word.

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Mushrooms are fascinating fungus

Mushrooms are fascinating fungus. Typically, when we hear the word fungus, we have a negative reaction, and rightfully so, as fungus can be extremely harmful. However, just as fungus can be extremely harmful, so it can be extremely beneficial, and such is the case with mushrooms.

I have always been somewhat indifferent towards mushrooms. Everything about them just seemed vague, and some of their characteristics still do. I have never had a particular liking or disliking of mushrooms, and so, perhaps for that very reason, it has been easier for me to cultivate a liking of them.

Oddly enough, one of the experiences that got me on the path to liking mushrooms, was pizza. When I think of bad tasting mushrooms, I think of mushrooms on pizza. They always have a weird taste and texture. I don’t know, it is just a bad picture in my mind. However, I just happen to eat a wild mushroom pizza at Dewey’s Pizza, and I was like “yeah, these are good mushrooms”.

So, I recently bought some organic shiitake mushrooms at Whole Foods, and thus the reason for this post:
Shiitakes

Since that time I have read, and heard, some pretty amazing things about mushrooms. Things like: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world, or all of the nutritional information and health benefits. I have also had, and made, some excellent grilled portobella mushrooms (they make an excellent sandwich with roasted red peppers, lettuce, cheese, and, well, whatever you want to add to the sandwich: ).

While there are numerous benefits to eating mushrooms, I want to highlight a couple. Crimini mushrooms (portabella’s are large crimini’s) not only contain B vitamins but are excellent natural sources of selenium. Selenium is a necessary cofactor for the body to produce its own antioxidant glutathione. In the Baltimore Study on Aging, it showed men with lowest blood levels of selenium to have a 4-5 fold increased risk of prostate cancer. In addition, properties of mushrooms like beta-glucans and the antioxidant L-ergothioneine provide excellent immune support and have shown anti-cancer effects. Shiitakes contain lentinan, a substance that can heal chromosome damage caused by anti-cancer treatments. In general, mushrooms are low in carbohydrates and calories and high in B vitamins, fiber, iron, niacin, potassium, protein, riboflavin, selenium and zinc.

Even though they are not vegetables, I think the best way to prepare mushrooms is like vegetables: grilled, saut√©ed, or broiled with a good fat (coconut oil, butter, olive oil, avocado oil) and sea salt. And, it is nice to know that the antioxidant L-ergothioneine is not destroyed when mushrooms are cooked. Having said that, hopefully, that stirs your desire to experiment a bit more with mushrooms, and then, you can post your experimentations, accompanied by mouth watering photos and let me know. Then I can come to your blog and drool. Except I don’t drool.