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Fat Tuesday & Anti-Cancer Mayonnaise

March 8, 2011
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Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday.  So today is Shrove Tuesday.  “Shrove” is an old word for ‘confess.’  It’s also called Mardi Gras, literally, ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French, the day to remove all fat from the house before the austerity of Lenten penitence.

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This seems a great time to discuss fats – good fats – a very necessary part of a healthy eating plan. (I don’t like the term “diet.”) I am a contrarian, meaning I disagree with the prevailing thought of so-called experts regarding health in general & nutrition specifically. I believe that excellent food from excellent sources prepared in excellent ways are going to be excellent for keeping the body strong & free of disease. Moderation in all things (even chocolate & wine) & the less processed the better.

Fats provide essential fatty acids, available nowhere else to nourish the body. Is it possible the reason for the joint problems so many are suffering is due to the low-fat diet craze of the past decade along with the push to exercise? Pounding the joints with aerobics, walking & running yet not providing the fat to cushion the synovial spaces has led to any number of joint replacements in folks too young to be experiencing these problems.

The Weston A. Price Foundation has been on the forefront of the good fat debate, encouraging the return to nutrient-dense foods, away from over-processed & fake foods. The incidence of cancers, heart disease, hypertension, joint deterioration/injuries, depression & hyperactivity disorders, autoimmune disorders like arthritis & skin ailments can all be reduced with the proper ingestion of good fats. Immunity can be boosted & Alzheimer’s disease kept at bay as well.

So, what constitutes a “good” fat? Both saturated fats: fat in/on pasture-raised meats, coconut oil, palm oil, butter & unsaturated fats: avocados, olive oil, nut oils, grape seed oil & flaxseed oil, not forgetting the fish oils.
Saturated fats are good to eat & to use for savory cooking. Unsaturated fats are best for salad dressings & making mayonnaise.
Lard, fat rendered from pork, is one of the most stable of all fats & is fabulous for making pastry. Tallow, rendered beef fat, can be melted for candles. Coconut oil is my favorite for using every day in every way. I keep a large jar of cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil on my kitchen counter to use for any & all cooking, as well as for personal care – removing make-up, moisturizing dry skin, & inclusion in homemade deodorant. Flaxseed oil should be stored in the refrigerator & never heated – add it to olive oil for salad dressing, or throw in the blender with cottage cheese to make mayonnaise.

Then, there is the fish oil, which includes my favorite – cod liver oil, which I take every day, the only source of fatty acids EPA & DHA & an excellent vitamin D source in the dark winter months.

Avoid corn, sunflower, soy, safflower, canola, or products which contain these oils. This means no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, no margarine, no shortening, no vegetable oil. These oils are full of omega-6 fats, not the omega-3’s your body needs.

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Feed your body with what it needs & what it craves – no, not chocolate, though the cocoa butter is nourishing in small amounts, especially on the skin – & keep your body strong & healthy in the process.
You can also lose weight by increasing the fat in your eating plan as you drop out the carbohydrates. Nutrient-dense fats satisfy quickly & because they are digested more slowly, keep one from feeling hungry.

Anti-Cancer Mayonnaise

Try this to replace the stuff in the jar from the grocery store. It whips up quickly & nourishes the body well whether you have cancer or want to prevent it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Organic low fat Cottage Cheese
  • 5 Tablespoons Flaxseed Oil
  • enough Water to make it soft
  • 1 – 3 Tablespoons of freshly ground Flaxseed (optional)
  • dash Cayenne (optional)
  • 1 clove Garlic (optional)
  • dash crushed Red Pepper (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in blender; whip until emulsified & smooth.
  2. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
  3. Eat some every day!
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