My Chicks Have Flown


My chicks have flown. They came to nest in a bunch and then flew off in a flock. I guess I should have known it would happen that way. It’s just that for so many days and weeks and years, it seemed that they would never be able to fly on their own! Now looking back at the mind-boggling short time they were actually in our nest, I wish I could have loved every minute of the time I spent doing those seemingly mundane tasks that make up so much of a mother’s day. But loving the tasks is not the point. Here at the the end of one personal era and at the beginning of another, I see that I did LOVE every minute, that is, I did love THEM every minute, and that love motivated me to stretch further than I thought I was able, dig deeper into my soul than I thought I could, and hold tightly enough to the belief that making a family was the most amazing thing we could or would ever do, that I would make it successfully through…

I look back and feel gratitude.

What About Fat?


A quote from Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions in response to the question in cooking class last week, “What about oils?”  And the implied question that comes up so many times, “Will eating fat make you fat?”

“..Our choice of fats and oils is one of extreme importance.  Most people, especially infants and growing children, benefit from more fat in the diet rather than less.  But the fats we eat must be chosen with care.  Avoid all processed foods containing newfangled hydrogenated fats and polyunsaturated oils.  Instead, use traditional vegetable oils like extra virgin olive oil and small amounts of unrefined flax seed oil.  Acquaint yourself with the merits of coconut oil for baking and with animal fats for occasional frying.  Eat egg yolks and other animal fats with the proteins to which they are attached. And, finally, use as much good quality butter as you like, with the happy assurance that it is a wholesome–indeed, an essential—food for you and your whole family.
Organic butter, extra virgin olive oil, and expeller-expressed flax oil in opaque containers are available in health food stores and gourmet markets…”  

Another book idea for this topic, Eat Fat Lose Fat by Mary G. Enig, PhD and Sally Fallon.

I would add that you can get great service and prices on oils and many other items at vitacost.com!  

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Happy cooking my friends!