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Fat Is Fuel

Fat Is Fuel

Sent by JUDY CHO | June 25, 2022


I celebrated my birthday this week with a homecooked tomahawk ribeye and scallops from my husband. We didn’t get to plate the ribeye as we were trying to make it to the Andrea Bocelli concert! It was a memorable birthday and I’m grateful for every year I’m healthy.



In 2014, Time Magazine came out with an article that shares how butter isn’t bad for you. While the article came out eight years ago, it’s still taking a lot of reeducation to learn that butter is actually good for you.


In Costa Rica, I could not find any whole milk at the grocery stores. All the foods proudly advertised low fat on the milks and dairy products.


Here’s an exercept from the Times Article: (empahsis mine)


“For decades, it has been the most vilified nutrient in the American diet. But new science reveals fat isn’t what’s hurting our health.”


In 1977, a Senate committee led by George McGovern published its landmark “Dietary Goals for the United States,” urging Americans to eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy and replace them with more calories from fruits, vegetables and especially carbohydrates.


By 1980 that wisdom was codified. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its first dietary guidelines, and one of the primary directives was to avoid cholesterol and fat of all sorts.


The National Institutes of Health recommended that all Americans over the age of 2 cut fat consumption, and that same year the government announced the results of a $150 million study, which had a clear message: Eat less fat and cholesterol to reduce your risk of a heart attack.


We were embarking on a “vast nutritional experiment,” as the skeptical president of the National Academy of Sciences, Philip Handler, put it in 1980. But with nearly a million Americans a year dropping dead from heart disease by the mid-’80s, we had to try something.


Nearly four decades later, the results are in: the experiment was a failure.


We cut the fat, but by almost every measure, Americans are sicker than ever. The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes increased 166% from 1980 to 2012. Nearly 1 in 10 American adults has the disease, costing the health care system $245 billion a year, and an estimated 86 million people are prediabetic.


Deaths from heart disease have fallen–a fact that many experts attribute to better emergency care, less smoking and widespread use of cholesterol-controlling drugs like statins–but cardiovascular disease remains the country’s №1 killer.


Even the increasing rates of exercise haven’t been able to keep us healthy. More than a third of the country is now obese, making the U.S. one of the fattest countries in an increasingly fat world.


“Americans were told to cut back on fat to lose weight and prevent heart disease,” says Dr. David Ludwig, the director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. “There’s an overwhelmingly strong case to be made for the opposite.”


But making that case is controversial, despite the evidence to support it. The vilification of fat is now deeply embedded in our culture, with its love-hate relationship with food and its obsession over weight.


It has helped reshape vast swaths of agriculture, as acre upon acre of subsidized corn was planted to produce the sweeteners that now fill processed foods. It has changed business, with the market for fat replacers–the artificial ingredients that take the place of fat in packaged food–growing by nearly 6% a year. It’s even changed the way we talk, attaching moral terms to nutrients in debates over “bad” cholesterol vs. “good” cholesterol and “bad” fat vs. “good” fat.”


You can read the full Time’s article, here.


Many on a meat-only or meat-based Carnivore diet are still afraid of larger amounts of fat. Why? It was never the issue.


I feed my children a high fat diet. Their brains need it and their hormones (testosterone) needs it. Animal fats are a highly necessary component of the human diet. We need animal fats to thrive.





Detoxification is the body’s natural process of eliminating toxins. If the detox pathways are blocked, toxins can accumulate and the body becomes overburdened.

🗑When dealing with toxic exposure and an overall high toxic load, the first step is removing toxins and then minimizing other toxins.

🥩Starting the @CarnivoreCure elimination diet, where you focus on meat alone — while you heal (and forever, if you choose), will help to reduce some of the toxin load.

🥀That’s why some people initially feel better on a meat-only diet but then some of their symptoms come back.

💡They haven’t found the root-cause issue.

💡Meat-only isn’t the problem. It actually ALLOWS you to get closer to finding the root cause.

🔎Now you can rule out food, as toxins, as you focus on other culprits (see previous posts on toxins and the overall toxin bucket).

👐And focus on opening up your detox pathways to safely eliminate toxins.

👩🏻‍🏫When my clients ask me how best to detox, the answer really is, “it depends.” (CIRS is not about “detoxing.”)

“What part do YOU need to focus on for detox?”

Supporting the body with a meat-based diet is the best way to support the body for detox.



CATG PODCAST: Ep 65 Personal Fat Threshold

In this week’s Cutting Against the Grain episode, Laura and I chat about the personal fat threshold theory and why it even matters.

  • What is Personal Fat Threshold?
  • A theory for diabetes
  • Creating more fat cells (suitcase example)
  • Fat vs. sick
  • Health is more than a scale
  • Excess weight and other illness
  • Guardrails
  • Signs of the body and illness
  • Beyond the age of 40
  • Meat and fruit


Listen Now!




The Carnivore Bar is a high-fat, meal replacement bar made with only beef, tallow, and salt — no other ingredients.


They also have no salt options.


I love that the carnivore bar is 100% meat with no additives or fillers and is shelf-stable. I also love that it’s higher fat than most on-the-go meals.


It’s a perfect snack or small meal replacement bar when you’re on the go but don’t want to compromise on food quality and sourcing.


Make sure to support the podcast by trying Carnivore Bar at carnivorebar.com.


Enter “NWJ” at checkout to receive 10% off your order.


Try Carnivore Bar!


NUTRITION WITH JUDY PODCAST: Dangers of Processed Food with Dr. Robert Lustig


I’m excited to sit down with Dr. Robert Lustig. We talk about fructose, processed foods, and much more. Make sure to listen to the full interview to learn more about the details.

We discuss the following:

  • All about Dr. Robert Lustig
  • Fructose studies with humans
  • Thoughts on fruits and dried fruits
  • Metabolic changes in children
  • Low carb or low fat
  • How fast can fatty liver develop
  • Food as medicine
  • Definition of processed food
  • Orange juice vs. soda
  • Metabolic syndrome and obesity
  • Metabolical book
  • Big Food and Big Pharma


You can listen here or watch here.


Watch Now!


NwJ NEW ARTICLE: DIY Signs of Illness


Bloodwork is not the only way to measure health. If you want to learn other clues from your body, make sure to read this article.


Read Now!



I was on the Plant Free MD Podcast with Anthony Chaffee, MD. We talked about some controversial topics, especially around children. We discussed the importance of fat for a growing child’s body.


Make sure to check it out and let me know what you think!


Both Anthony and I will be on KetoCon’s Carnivore Panel so we will see you there!



As I’m writing this, I learned some exciting news for the Carnivore community. I’ll share as soon as I can but I hope we can get the meat-only carnivore word out to the wider world.


Thank you for being part of this community. ♥️


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with ♥️ and hope for healing,

While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.