I was recently watching Julie and Julia, the wonderful film on the life of Julia Childs and her adorable stalker blogger namesake. Their mutual love of butter is a truly amusing comedic aspect of the movie. So, I got to thinking about real butter. Butter has gotten a bad rap over the years as being saturated and unhealthy. Not true. Yes, I know I have some controversial views (I’ll blog more about how fat doesn’t make you fat one of these days) on nutrition but it is absolutely true.
Real butter not only tastes great but is chock full of antioxidents, and is a great source of vitamins A, E, and K, host of minerals and even has anti-fungal/anti-carcinogen properties. Contrary to the misinformation of the past, saturated fat is not to blame for increased cholesterol or obesity. Shocking? Well, in fact butter actually aids in the metabolism of cholesterol. Another wonderful health product is coconut oil which has also been blamed for numerous health problems whereas margarine (chemical fake butter which is pure trans fats) was touted as a health product for years. Interesting how that works. And of course it’s important to mention that the tissue of the brain is about 60% fat. No wonder it cries out with carb and sugar cravings… it’s starving. Ah well, I’ll blog more on that another time.
So, the key with the HCG Diet is …. GET REAL! Real food and real butter as close to its natural state as possible. Remember that on the HCG Diet P3 and Maintenance, fat is not the bad guy. Fat is actually your friend. It’s the carbs and sugars that can really trip you up on phase 3 of the diet and maintaining. Put away the “fat free” milk and put real cream or half and half in your coffee. Watch your starches and enjoy your butter guilt free. Cook with it, spread it on hot vegetables, and play like Julia Childs with a giddy smile on your face as you realize BUTTER is actually good for you!