How Butter and Real Food Saved My Health

by | Apr 11, 2012

Photo by Robert S. Donovan

Huge thanks to Emilia for sharing her story. I think she brings a very important message about the value of nutrition and the importance of trying different things until you find the diet that works best for you.

While Emilia found that more fat was necessary for her optimal health (as did I), keep in mind that some people thrive best on a diet with less fat. Humans vary substantially in their genetic background, so you can’t assume that what works for someone else will work for you. Experimenting with your healthstyle is the only way to figure it out.

Emilia has a certification in holistic nutrition from Bauman College and has worked in community health education.

How Butter and Real Food Saved My Health

by Emilia

Hello Summer Tomato Readers,

My name is Emilia and I’m hugely honoured to be guest posting on Summer Tomato. I have been a big fan of Summer Tomato since the beginning and I love Darya’s clear explanations and refusal to accept cliche. Most of all though I love her ‘healthstyle’ message and I wish I’d found a resource like Summer Tomato, back when I began dieting.

My unhealthy experience with dieting came after University when I decided I wanted to lose a few vanity pounds. I looked to various women’s magazines for guidance, and soon came up with a diet that was low in calories and very low in fat. It centered around salad without dressing, fruit, fat-free yogurt and muffins, scrambled egg whites and a small amount of seeds and fish. I lost weight quickly and was thrilled.

The problem was that not only did I lose weight, but I also developed other problems. These included extreme anxiety, irrational behavior if food was late and incredibly low immunity. People who knew me joked that I got sick an awful lot for the healthiest eater they knew. The worst symptom however was that my hormones became completely off balance. To put it bluntly, I barely menstruated for four years.

During this time I sought lots of medical advice about the problem. It was assumed to be a temporary result of my weight loss. After that many doctors made the diagnosis of polycystic ovaries, despite the fact that none were evident in scans. Since I wasn’t (quite) technically underweight, lifestyle factors were barely considered. The only advice some doctors gave me was to gain weight, exercise less or eat more protein. I did all of these dutifully, without result.

The transformational moment came after Christmas one year. I spend Christmas with my husband’s family who eat a very traditional British diet: fresh meat from local farms and homegrown vegetables. Everything is cooked in copious amounts of butter, but served in small portions. The only consistent time my cycles would re-start was after Christmas, despite the fact that my weight and exercise habits didn’t change. Since I was eating meat at home regularly by then (albeit grilled chicken breasts), I began to wonder if there was something unique about eating a diet high in both saturated fat and protein that helped me.

I began to study Nourishing Traditions and the Paleo diet, and started to (very loosely) incorporate some of the principles. I chose to first focus on including more saturated fat in my diet: butter, full fat milk and yogurt, whole eggs and fattier cuts of meat. I also refused to see fat as a negotiable, and stopped skimping on butter in my cooking so I could have a cookie later.

Second, I started to ensure I was getting some good protein at every meal. Meat or fish once per day, plenty of nuts, and legumes instead of bread. I also began including more exceptionally nutritious sources of protein like oily fish of all varieties, as well as organ meats like liver and kidney (yes, really!).

Third, I switched my attitude toward food. Instead of trying to eat more food for fewer calories, I started trying to eat moderate amounts of highly nutritious and enjoyable food. Buying smaller portions of vegetables, but getting them from the farmers market. Having the occasional delicious ice cream, instead of a daily frozen yogurt. Pretty much entirely cutting out refined flours, artificial additives and other non-foods. It was, I believe, this third change that was the most important. It was also the hardest since it defies our current societal instruction to seek out the most food or pleasure, for the least calories or money.

After I started eating this way, the improvements to my health were virtually immediate. My anxiety subsided, my moods normalised. Within two months my hormones began to re-stabilize. I am certain the dietary changes were pivotal because any time I reverted to eating less fat and protein, or relying on refined carbohydrates, my problems returned.

It took time to change my eating habits permanently—starting to eat butter can be as hard as stopping—but I am now a devoted and healthy convert. My current healthstyle is enjoyable, sustaining, affordable and supportive of my fertility. It it is also rather like Darya’s weight maintenance recommendations: high in healthy fats served with vegetables, and rich in legumes and good sources of protein; focusing on quality over quantity and resisting redundant ideas about ‘healthy’ packaged foods. Which brings me full circle to my first point.

For me, the impression many doctors gave that my fertility had everything to do with my weight, calorie intake and genetics turned out be far from the truth. I believe that for many people fertility has everything to do with nutrient intake. I am therefore so pleased there are rational websites like Summer Tomato that can help spread the message.

Thanks so much for allowing me to tell my story Darya!

How has eating real food helped your health?


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54 Responses to “How Butter and Real Food Saved My Health”

  1. I so enjoyed reading this post!

    I eat whole eggs, full-fat dairy and plenty of butter. I do not have a weight problem. My friends who eat low-cal and low-fat everything are always sick, moody, and have a hard time managing their weight. They don’t understand how I can eat so much fat and still be healthy. I think our bodies thrive on a dose of fat. I know we need fat to process certain vitamins, so it can’t be all that bad!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Well precisely! I used to be firmly in the camp of your friends ( I thought everyone who said they ate butter must be lying!) … and now I can barely understand how I survived!

    • Ashley says:

      I have too joined the butter movement, if you are a health freak and want to find more HEALTHY recipes using GOOD FATS (butter) please check out my blog!
      [link removed]

  2. Dani says:

    Such a great reminder that finding the key to what works nutritionally for each of us lies inside. Thanks so much for sharing! I love Em & Darya… you are both SO inspirational!!

  3. Em – I’ll follow you anywhere and am thrilled to be referred to this wonderful blog. I will be back. Thanks for sharing your journey. I’ve mentioned this to you before – but you manage to put into words (always eloquently) all the things I’ve been thinking about for many years. My quest has been to stop depriving myself of an occasional dessert while learning to eat whole, natural foods, all in moderation. I’m the queen of maintaining but have started to incorporate more exercise to expedite weight loss. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thank you Tricia! So glad I could put you onto Summer Tomato and totally agree about dessert. It should be something you enjoy occasionally – after nutrient rich food! – instead of eating food doctored versions of in place of real meals. Which I think is what the processed food industry often encourages us to do!

  4. julie says:

    Awesome. I don’t do well on low-fat either, much to the disgust of my family and diety type friends. Truism: if you can’t get through lunch without the (daily) impulse bag of chips, your lunch is not satisfying you, no matter how righteous you may think it is (directed more towards someone at work who eyes my food with horror compared to her low-fat meat substitutes). I’m not going to go as far as paleo, I still enjoy beans and grains (even some over-processed ones) and starchy veggies and fruit fruit fruit, but I no longer worry about fat content. And since I eat so little meat, I too, can afford the good stuff from the farmers market. This way of living is much saner, and I’m not such a moody neurotic b**ch.

    • Hi Julie … I do mean paleo influenced pretty loosely. I still eat lots of properly prepared legumes, as well as plenty of fruit and starchy veg. I do try to really reduce grains (and eliminate flour) if I feel myself in need of a nourishing boost though. The main paleo influence is basing the diet around fat and protein … and I 100% agree with you about the chips! :)

    • Lou Doench says:

      There is nothing impulsive about my chips… I completely plan my chip intake… ;)

  5. Love this post!! I never knew your whole story so THANKS for sharing :)

    I’m currently on a journey to find which way of eating works best for me. It’s the smaller portions that are giving me an issue right now – that and eating when actually hungry v. eating just because I read an article that says I should eat every 2-3 hours.

    I’ve always wondered how following paleo loosely would have an effect and love how you shared your experience!

    • Liz! I’m with you on being cynical about the snacking thing. It works great for some people I guess, but if (like me) you are someone who actually likes decent sized meals, you end up eating FAR too much. Also, its not that great for your teeth! :)

  6. del rashid says:

    Hi Emilia,
    Interesting story, but fertility issues can be caused by various factors, do you think having a Christmas family dinner had a placebo effect in reducing life style stresses, and the anxiety caused by not being able to conceive as one might of expected ?

    Also people should be aware that dairy products butter and milk are good in only when consumed in small amounts. Dairy Products contain mammal hormones that can cause eczema in children and cause weight gain. Remember the cow produces milk to provide nutrition and growth hormones for its calf, and not to make butter or ice cream .

      • Hi Del Rashid! Re; the stress that could be a very small factor, but I actually think it’s unlikely. I went on much more relaxing beach holidays over those few years that did not have the same effect.
        Re; conceiving – I was NOT trying to conceive during this time period. Quite the opposite! The hormonal imbalances weren’t ideal, but I wouldn’t say I was pre-occupied with them day to day. I’ve always been lucky and had low stress from outside sources so I’m 100% SURE my hormonal imbalances were not stress induced. Re; dairy – the great divide. I know some people who think you should never have milk and some people who think good quality milk is practically God’s nectar. I drink organic, non-homogenised whole milk in the UK and thrive on it. Milk does not give all children excema and I thought a number of studies had shown it to helpful in weight management (like this one ). Ultimately I understand a lot of people disagree with milk, but I don’t think anyone can claim the evidence is concrete and I’ve found it really works for me. Having said that, I wouldn’t make anything (dairy, meat or grains) too big a proportion of my diet. Especially compared to vegetables! :)

      • del rashid says:

        Hi Emillia,

        I agree there is a great divide concerning milk, especially those who become lactose intolerant. However i am concerned about the mammal hormones that are found in dairy products and the influence they have on human biological process.

        Even milk from grass fed cows contains hormones , also organic milk farms still have to produce commercially priced product which means that cows have to produce milk at continues and at unnatural high volumes. I have also read an article about milk contamination such as skin cells and puss that can cause allergic reactions in humans.

        My son suffers from eczema, and i have eliminated Vegetable oils fom his diet. I think vegetable oils are bad for your health.

        Anyway thank you for sharing and i wish you all the very best.

      • del rashid says:

        ps, i would just like to say, your writing conveys a very positive “karama” :-)

      • Del Rashid! Thank you so much!

  7. John Simms says:

    How’s your cholesterol? Sure fish and meats in moderation are good for you. And so are whole grains, legumes, nuts, milk products, etc. The problem as I see it is with all of the added sugar that is in our modern processed foods. And a little fat is good for you. But a whole lot can clog your arteries.

    • Good question! And I have to admit I don’t know. I don’t have high cholesterol in my family and testing doesn’t seem to be undertaken with the same rigour in the UK. My doctor previously asked me to confirm I had cause for concern before she would do the tests…
      I will however, when I return to the UK in August, pursue this further. I promise to then report back, whatever the results :)

    • Simone says:

      There’s a lot of misinformation about cholesterol out there. I highly recommend watching these videos for a different perspective on it. Fat is not the problem, as long as the fats are healthy, undamaged ones.

    • Jonathon Sanders says:

      Definitely agree on the comment about the multitude of sugar in foods that is killing us! Especially processed foods that contain HFCS or refined carbs. A study into Glycemic Index is interesting and worthwhile.

      Regarding cholesterol; I encourage you to read up more on the Lipid Hypothesis and how it is basically incorrect and manipulated science. Essentially, cholesterol leads to clogged arteries in the same way that ambulances with their sirens blazing lead to traffic jams. The fault doesn’t lie with the cholesterol (which is trying to help you!) but with other factors that should instead be remedied.

      My wife and I have simple rules and we never count calories as a result: Eat only raw, naturally occurring, or prepared (never processed) foods; only consume dairy from non-treated livestock (cows or otherwise); and cook with butter in place of oil. On that last point, Kerrygold is a butter made from non-treated livestock.

  8. Great post Em :) It’s always interesting to learn the background scoop of why people eat the way they do. I love that you researched and found the right diet for you and one that makes you feel amazing. I think people need to find what works for them as we are all genetically different.

    I was having fertility problems after having Zoe and I went to an acupuncturist who prescribed a diet of bacon, hormone free range and organic meats and the addition of butter and fat in my diet. The diet worked and I did get pregnant a number of times but only to miscarry due to other factors. But it was all meant to be because Eli came into our life through adoption and I couldn’t imagine it being any other way.

    I think we crave what our body needs. For the past year I have been craving raw veggies, salmon, hearty grains, beans etc, so obviously at this point in my life my body needs these. I feel great when I eat this way. On the other hand my 12 year old craves meats, dairy and veggies because she needs more of this in her diet as she is growing by leaps and bounds.

    Xo, Jackie

    • Thank you Jackie! And I’m so so happy your initial struggle turned out to be such a blessing with Eli :). I also always crave vegetables after a holiday full of resturant meals or something… and do try to listen to my body. Unfortunately, I also know some people crave Burger King, so I’m not sure we can ALL listen to our cravings so well.. :). (Although maybe you are totally right and even the Burger King cravers do know what their body needs, it just gets blocked out with mind driven needs and desires..?)

  9. Heather says:

    Eating whole milk and full-fat dairy is linked to higher fertility for women:

    This study showed whole milk is better than skim for women trying to get pregnant. I wonder if its related to balancing hormone levels? That might also explain the improved mood. Real food in its natural state is always better.

    • Thanks Heather! I actually remember seeing that study too when I was researching things. The thing that really bugged me was there was then some statement from various health authorities saying we shouldn’t interpret this as freedom to drink full fat milk, instead of low fat, only that women looking to get pregnant should have the occasional ice cream as well. Which seemed to totally miss the point about fat rich diets vs sugar rich diets etc.

  10. Alyssa says:

    Timely post. I just read Nina Planck’s “Real Food: What to Eat and Why” this week. It basically boils down to the same idea – eat lots of veggies and fruits but don’t skimp on the quality animal fat/protein sources either. I’ve been vegetarian off and on and toyed around with being vegan… but my love of cheese and all has kept me from it. I consider myself a selective omnivore. I don’t restrict anything but I do make a point of being more choosey/spending more on non-industrially raised animal products. I’m lucky enough to live near a family farm where I can get raw milk and butter as well as numerous small farms that sell natural meats. Most of my meals are still vegetarian but I make sure to eat good animal fats for my health and happiness!

    • Alyssa – You are so lucky to have that type of access. I’m very jealous.

      I also totally agree about animal protein in moderation. When I say Paleo influenced I mean it. I eat meat/ fish once per day – sometimes twice and sometimes not at all. I never eat bison burgers for breakfast or anything, and I’m not entirely sure I believe doing so is healthy. It certainly has sustainability issues.

    • Amanda says:

      Craziness! I am reading Planck’s book, Real Food, right now. So much of this post resonates her ideas. Her research has been very interesting to read, especially in the area of milk and saturated fats’ value. She even supports a claim that traditional sources of saturated fat (grass-fed beef, omnivorous chicken, eggs and pork) do NOT raise LDL cholesterol. Her argument with the milk is that the natural cream that is skimmed off for skim milk is necessary to absorb many nutrients. It’s a fascinating, well-researched book, if you haven’t read it.

  11. Becca says:

    Great post! I think that one of the biggest things is that so many of the vitamins and minerals we need are fat soluble, and if there’s no (or too little) fat, there is no method of delivering them to us!

    You do paint a flattering picture of the British diet, though. I definitely think that it’s easier for us to find less-processed food here than in the US, although fresh produce is so much cheaper for Americans, but the majority of families here seem to exist on Findus Crispy Pancakes and takeaways!

    • Oh woops – I meant traditional in the very ‘traditional’ sense – not the commonplace British diet today, which does usually include quite a few processed foods. I lived in the UK when I lived off Subway Veggie Delites!

      However, having lived extensively in both places, I do feel the UK has less aggressive processed food marketing … possibly because snacking is a bit less of a trend…

  12. Allie says:

    Thank you for sharing….I’m pretty much the same way, I am much happier with lots of meat, animal fats, and vegetables. Sometimes it does get difficult since my husband is the opposite and would eat nothing but tofu, beans, grains, and vegetables if he had his way (at least we agree on vegetables!).
    We try to compromise most of the time but if I accidentally go for too long with his diet it really amazes me how much my anxiety and depression flares up. And then how quickly it goes away if I have a piece of steak, or even better, some liver and eggs, fried in butter.

    • Allie – thanks for the comment! I’d be interested to know what you ate growing up as well. I have a mini theory that people who over relied on carbs (esp refined ones) growing up need more animal products to feel well. And that people who ate more burgers and bacon in their youth, often feel better balancing out with more alkalising whole grains and tofu etc. Of course there is always an element of bio individuality as well! But yes, scrambled eggs with an extra egg yolk are my mood comforting food too!

  13. Tora says:

    My weight hasn’t changed for 15+ years, but my diet and overall health has changed dramatically. I used to be a fat-free fiend, because that was all the rage. Nowadays I eat delicious organic butter and full fat everything. My moods are stable, my health is better, I don’t get sugar crashes like I used to. I rarely have a food craving. Good article, thanks.

    • It’s true. It seems you can obsessive over fat, eat a BIT more sugar, feel shaky and unsure and the one weight. Or you can eat more fat and protein, feel more stable and strong and be the same weight. Tough choice ;).

      • *That should have read: ‘It’s true. It seems you can obsess over fat, eat a BIT more sugar, feel shaky and unsure and be one weight. Or you can eat more fat and protein, feel more stable and strong and be pretty much the same weight. Tough choice’

  14. Andrade says:

    Em, I have a quick question. I am trying to refine my eating habits. I don’t have a weight problem but I have to admit to wanting to lose a few vanity pounds. I’m not purely relying on eating for this – I run 3-4 times a week and play other competitive sports. Do you have a website or any sort of a reference guide on what foods to focus on. From what I’ve read on your posts and other readers posts it sounds like: veggies, fruit, legumes, seeds, full fat dairy, fish (oily types?), meats (good fat?). I know I’m asking some ver rudimentary questions regarding meats and fish. I try to stay away from meat and some animal products (like too many yolks) because cholestrol does run in my family. Any advice or reference guide would be really helpful. To what extent do you think following the Paleo diet is beneficial, because you said you followed it “loosely”. Thanks for your help and for this post! I’ve never been a low-fat or non-fat eater. I’ve recently just tried to quite carbs and diary for a few weeks to see how my body responds. But is eating things like organic whole wheat or steel cut oats not good for me, or even an occasional corn tortilla? I plan to stay off refined carbs (breads, pasta, tortillas).

    • Candice says:

      First rule – whatever you have learned from the mainstream media is wrong. Egg yolks and red meat do NOT affect your cholesterol! Second rule – get off wheat/gluten immediately – they are not good for anyone. Give yourself 14-30 days and then refine and figure out what works for you. Some people will be OK with dairy and legumes. Some people will not. Some people need more starchy carbs like sweet potatoes, yams etc and others do well on a more low-carbish paleo approach.

      A really good starting point is to read the posts at

      Finally – listen to your intuition if you can. Your body knows what it needs.

    • Hi A – Some of the most sensical commentary I’ve read attributes cholesterol far more to stress than diet. I also believe that eating anti-inflammatory foods can help prevent the oxidisation of cholesterol (which is what is dangerous). My husband has high cholesterol and I encourage him to focus on reducing stress, eating plenty of oily fish (kippers and a poached egg are his reliable favourites) and getting lots of leafy greens. Only some people have cholesterol impacted by sat fat, and cholesterol readings don’t tell you that much anyhow.

      With regards to weight loss I do find rough calorie counting to be helpful (retro I know). Focus firstly on eating a real foods only diet. (Literally eliminating refined foods from 90 – 95% of your diet. Refined foods inc flour and sugar). Then you can work out and tweak the exact calories and proportions of calories, protein, fat and carbs that helps you lose weight at 3lb or under per week. Nutrition Data has a really cool site. If you start to get cranky and tired you are undernourished (don’t ignore it!) and will either want to eat more fat and protein or possibly just more calories altogether. I personally find diets that are high in protein with lots of vegetables to be the best for weight loss. My husband recently lost a fair few vanity pounds eating museli in the morning, beans or maybe quiona for lunch, coffee in the afternoon and meat or fish for dinner. Loads of veg with both lunch and dinner (inc some potatoes with dinner). We’d both eat more relaxed at the weekend; stay focussed but do NOT let weight loss become more important than living life.

      ‘Loose Paleo’ to me is more like the Nourishing Traditions diet but with more emphasis on protein and fat. I usually eat a diet a bit like my husbands above in smaller amounts, but with bananas and nut butters for breakfast or sometimes yogurt and dried fruit. Plus lots of apples! I only eat grains a few times per week, but I do eat lots of starchy veg and fruit, and I definitely eat both corn tortillas (friday night quesadillas!) AND oats sometimes. I consider oats, organic corn tortillas, legumes, starchy veg and fruit to all be good sources of carbs – eat whichever you feel most energetic and nourished on. I’m going to do a Weds blog post with details of my daily diet and my husbands so you can also see that. My favourite nutrition resources are also on my blogroll … although I remember to take a lot of the paleo stuff with a pinch of salt. Most important: LOTS of veggies. A Veggie Venture is a great resource for exciting new kinds and recipes. Malcom McKendrick has a great book on cholesterol.

    • Darya Pino says:

      Hi Andrade,

      I feel like I should chime in with a couple points. Though dietary cholesterol does not raise serum cholesterol for most people, there is a significant part of the population (~10%) that is sensitive and should be careful with how much they eat. If you have familial heart disease risk, this could certainly apply to you, so I would definitely be careful and monitor yourself very carefully whenever you change your diet.

      That said, I totally agree with Em that eating real, nutrient dense foods (including fats and proteins) is the best way to lose weight. This will help you control portions, be more satisfied and naturally eat less. Eating slowly and chewing thoroughly (also walking at least 10,000 steps a day, even if you go to the gym or go for runs) are very effective, underrated ways to lose weight. For myself, focusing on vegetables and beans, along with nuts and olive oil, is how I lose weight most easily.


      • Alex says:

        Hi Darya! You mention that dietary cholesterol may raise serum cholesterol in some individuals (10%?). Would be great if you could point out the evidence on that? Thank you!! PS Love your blog and everything you do.

  15. Candice says:

    I like what you said about starting to eat butter being hard. Those phobias … like fat phobia … or in my case carb phobia are really hard to let go of. It is a process … and some times a long one … to just learn to trust your body and know that if you give it the right raw materials everything else will fall into place. My hormones, thyroid and neurotransmitters are still recovering but I know that all can be fixed.

  16. Carin says:

    Great post and thank you! A friend sent the link to me as they thought it would interest me, and they were right.
    In the last 10 months or so I gave up all alcohol (sorry wine, but I can’t moderate) and started eating this way in earnest (even sometimes making our own butter and creme fraiche) I’ve never strayed far from good meats but now that I have upped my seasonal vegies, nuts, full fat milk and yogurt, cheeses and have greatly reduced grains and eat smaller portions it’s made a huge difference. I have lost about 12 lbs (I was not really overweight and was not trying to lose) but moreover I just feel better, no anxiety, no speeding heart, my skin and hair are healthier, it’s pretty great. I am past child bearing age but feel better than I did at 30 (running and low fat high carb diet) I walk /hike and practice yoga and you bet I enjoy some good dark chocolate. My blood pressure and cholesterol are all good too. I know everyone is different but eating “real” food in season and not in over abundance just makes sense.

    • That’s so interesting – and such a similar story to mine. It’s also such an interesting cultural shift how – just as we reach the point where food is literally being engineered to the point of ‘complete food’ powders and chocolate bars come with protein and supermarkets sell ‘gourmet meal’ ready meals and ‘fat free fat’ – people are realising the older way of eating may well be the healthiest.
      I do have some friends who eat a virtually vegan diet and seem to do well on it (although admittedly many have not been vegan for THAT long). However, they too also eat quite a traditional style diet (albeit Asian influenced), filled with vegetables and brown rice etc.
      Personally, I definitely do best on the more European style traditional diet filled with seasonal vegetables, eggs, some meat, full fat dairy etc. :)

  17. Em, you know I agree wholeheartedly with your philosophy and always appreciate your honesty. This was how I ate for years: “Instead of trying to eat more food for fewer calories.” Ugh, that was so me, and although old habits die hard, my mind and body are much happier when I eat real food with real butter! Do you know I think of your Christmas eating often? I remember you emailing shortly after the holidays one year telling me about your time with your husband’s family and how eating whole milk with your muesli and using real cream and butter always made you feel so much better. You inspired me then and you still do! Keep it up my friend. :)

  18. Dee says:

    This year January I started regular exercise, cooking at home, limiting calories, eating more vegs, drinking lots of water… In an effort to lose weight…. Well I did loose weight…. But the side effect is healthier me -my period became regular like clockwork …. And now I’m pregnant… :( there goes all that hard work

      • adeel mumtaz says:

        Tried every exercise and diet I could find couldent loose more then 4 kg and gained it back … the end butter snd almonds saved me …..lost 13 kg in less then 8 weeks been eating 150 gms of pure organic butter and 50 gms of almonds daily with fruits snd vegitables for lunch and aniseed and cardimum tea all day if any needs help let me know

  19. Dee says:

    Talking about butter…. I haven’t had anything with butter since January, until today… I ate french toast this morning, made with Walnut-Raisin Whole Wheat bread, half & half, whole eggs and fried it in real butter… To offset the unhealthy (so i believe) I had this with sliced radish, tomato and cucumber which did not take away the ‘comfort’ feel of the french toast at all… so delicious, so satisfying…

  20. Carrie says:

    Check out “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by William Wolcott. I bought it years ago and only just brought it out again after falling off of my very low grain way of eating and getting back on track after health issues arose again. Prior to going off most grains, I was probably on the way to a fibromyalgia diagnosis or the like- meaning my health was a mess.

    The book makes so much more sense after my personal journey and I am most definitely a “protein type”. It coroborrates what I see on this site- different ways of eating fit different people.

    Eat real food that works for your body.

  21. Eunice says:

    Thank you so much for featuring this guest post! You have no idea how much strength and solace I found in identifying with Em’s journey as I, too, lost my period a few months ago by exercising too much and eating too little. I know that I need to increase my intake and ease my workouts for my health and future but it’s more daunting than I expected. However, thanks to Em’s story, I have hope for a brighter, healthier future!

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