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The Low-Fat Myth

You’ve probably noticed that many foods in the grocery store now seem to have a “low-fat” option. Supposedly, less fat is healthier.

This emphasis on “low-fat” everything is actually a myth. In fact, “fat” is a healthy thing, when we understand it properly.

If we look at it logically, foods like dairy products, meat, etc. are naturally full of fat. But today, people take those foods and artificially extract most of the fat from it. Then they call it “healthier” than the original state of the food. Does that sound logical?

For thousands of years people ate food in its naturally occurring form, and they didn’t have the strange health conditions that are common today.

The truth is that our bodies need fat. They just need healthy, naturally occurring fats. They don’t need man-made fats, such as margarine, hydrogenated oils, etc.

If God created something for us to eat, I think He knew how it was supposed to be in order to be healthy for our bodies.

Healthy fats, such as grass-fed butter, coconut oil, grass-fed beef, etc. are foods that people have consumed for generations. And they have many health benefits.

Basically, when deciding what is a healthy fat or non-healthy fat, we can stick with what God has created, versus what man has manufactured somehow.

The body needs healthy fat for many functions, including the ability to repair itself as well as maintaining a healthy weight.

In my case, after years of health problems my herbalogist actually told me to eat a spoonful of natural ice cream every day. At that point my body had difficulty consuming fat, even though I needed it desperately. So I started with that one spoonful of ice cream, and gradually I was able to start consuming coconut oil, butter, etc. Even now, some days I can feel that I haven’t been getting enough healthy fat. Then I’ll eat some organic greek yogurt or even a spoonful of coconut oil to get some quick healthy fat. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I’m consuming adequate amounts of healthy fat.

If you’d like to read more about this topic, here’s an article by Dr. Mercola about healthy fats.
http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/beginner_fats.htm

If you have questions, please leave a comment for me. I hope you’ll look into this and discover what a great tool healthy fats can be for your health and wellness!

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Healing Truth

Today wanted to repost something that I hope will encourage you!

Wisdom and Health

I’ve been reading through the book of Proverbs again. There’s so much wisdom in these ancient sayings. I wanted to share some of them with you today. 
I know some people read a chapter of Proverbs every day, but I’ve found that to be too much for me to think about at one time. I like to read just one proverb (or a few verses) at a time and then think about it all day long. I encourage you to do that with the following proverbs. Over the next week, choose one to contemplate each day, and let its wisdom plant deep in your soul. 
Blessings,
-Joanna
1) My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. -Prov. 4:20-23
2) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. -Prov. 3:7-8
3) Reckless words piece like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. -Prov. 12:18
4) A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. -Prov. 14:30
5) The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. -Prov. 15:4
6) A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. -Prov. 15:30
7) Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. -Prob. 16:24
And here’s a bonus one:
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers. -Prov. 19:8