Are you tired ALL the time?😴
Can't seem to keep your thoughts together??
Or have you been driving to the store & can't remember what you needed there??🤔
I've been there!😏
Have you just passed it off as "Mom Brain"??
Or... "Maybe it's because I am getting older??"
We all say things to ourselves to make it 'right' in our heads... at least I do!
In the past year, I've been researching 'Healthy' fats.
And I've come to the conclusion the food we eat can drastically improve our 'brain health' ...
and thus improve my overall health!!
I've heard & read lots about probiotics & gut health but brain health??
Hmmm... this sounds interesting!!
Did you know healthy fats contribute to healthy brain cells??!
It is now a proven fact that depriving our brain of healthy fats will cause tiredness, brain fog, & memory loss!!
Here is an excerpt from the Weston Price Foundation's website, the article titled 'Why Butter is Better' BY SALLY FALLON AND MARY G. ENIG, PHD
Yes, its a lengthy read and I had planned on writing it in my words but it's just soo good the way it's written, I decided to leave it this way!
Please take the time to read it all!
I promise it will be worth your time!!☺
Butter is better for your brain!
Yes, butter provides the brain with the nutrients it needs:
Cholesterol: The highest concentration of cholesterol occurs in the brain, where it plays an especially important role in memory formation. Seniors with the highest cholesterol levels have the best memory function. Cholesterol also plays a major role in regulating serotonin levels in the brain – low cholesterol levels are associated with depression, anti-social behavior and even suicide.
Saturated Fats: The brain contains high levels of saturated fats, both in the cell membranes and in the mitochondria. Saturated fats are stable and don’t create damage in the brain like poly-unsaturated fats do.
Arachidonic Acid: Eleven percent of your brain is composed of arachidonic acid (AA), a type of omega-6 fatty acids found exclusively in animal fats like butter. A supply of AA is critical to neurological development in the infant.
Vitamin A plays a key role in vision and all sensory perception. Butter is an excellent source of vitamin A.
Vitamin D is critical to neurological function and protection against depression. Butter provides vitamin D.
Vitamin K supports neurological function and learning. Butter provides vitamin K.
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acids especially concentrated in the brain. Seafood is a good source, but butter provides it also.
Choline is critical for the formation of glial cells. Butter is an excellent source.
Butter substitutes like margarine and spreads do not supply these critical nutrients (although many brands have vitamins A and D added); in addition, these industrial products contain rancid oils that can really damage your brain and interfere with learning ability in growing children.
Many factors in butter ensure optimal growth of children. Chief among them is vitamin A. Individuals who have been deprived of sufficient vitamin A during gestation tend to have narrow faces and skeletal structure, small palates and crowded teeth.16 Extreme vitamin A deprivation results in blindness, skeletal problems and other birth defects.17 Individuals receiving optimal vitamin A from the time of conception have broad handsome faces, strong straight teeth, and excellent bone structure. Vitamin A also plays an important role in the development of the sex characteristics. Calves fed butter substitutes sicken and die before reaching maturity.18
The X factor, discovered by Dr. Weston Price (and now believed to be vitamin K2), is also essential for optimum growth. It is only present in butterfat from cows on green pasture.19 Cholesterol found in butterfat plays an important role in the development of the brain and nervous system.20Mother’s milk is high in cholesterol and contains over 50 percent of its calories as butterfat. Low fat diets have been linked to failure to thrive in children21–yet low-fat diets are often recommended for youngsters! Children need the many factors in butter and other animal fats for optimal development.
Wow!! Isn't raw butter Amazing!!
This really tugged at my mama's heart!!
I'm always searching for more & better ways to feed my children!👧👦
Read on for ideas in how I get raw butter in our diet!!
When I first read about healthy fats, I was desperate to get my children to ingest some!!😋
Almost too desperate!
I mean I put it in & on everything!! (Just ask my eldest!)
and then I noticed some of my children stopped eating certain foods...
Yes..., they didn't like this 'new' flavor I had started adding to EVERYTHING!
"But CHILDREN! You have GOT TO EAT IT! It's sooo good for you!"😯
My dear husband kindly said," Everything in moderation."
So if you are feeling like I did😉 let me give you a few words of wisdom!
First of all, start in slowly!
A little bit here and a little bit there!
My children had to acquire a taste for it!
Here are a few ideas:
Probably the easiest for us was to add a couple tablespoons to our favorite smoothies. We drink lots of smoothies so I started with a small amount & gradually added more. Be sure to blend it really well!!
Adding a teaspoon to cooked veggies just before serving.
Lathering a roast with butter before cooking it on low in the crockpot will help keep it moist & add flavor. Or put a few tablespoons on your hot meat & let the butter melt & then drizzle with honey before serving.
Another favorite way is to make scrambled egg sandwiches for breakfast...
fry your pastured eggs ( read here for more on pastured eggs) in pork lard... (yummmy & another great fat),🍳
lather your whole wheat bread with butter,
put a thick piece of raw milk cheese🧀 on top (another healthy fat),
& top with your scrambled egg.
Place the sandwich in your skillet & toast the bottom side till cheese has started to melt!
Top with fresh tomatoes and serve with a glass of whole raw milk. Remember cream is another healthy fat so be sure to drink your milk whole!!
This is an amazing breakfast AND it gets lots of fats to your brain in the morning!
These fats & proteins WILL give you the energy to keep up with your children + all your other mother/wife/housekeeper duties!!
And adding these fats to your children's diet will not only help them develop well but will also feed their brain to make schoolwork easier!!
Keep implementing healthy fats in your diet & watch your brain fog disappear!!
I can testify since we make sure to get fats in our diet each day, I have noticed a difference in my energy levels!!
And before you know it, your children will love the taste of raw butter!!
One of my dear friends, Lynette, sent me a picture of her young son eating raw butter straight out of the container!! He said, "Mom, this is soo good!"😋😍
Cheers to healthy fats!