Sent by JUDY CHO | September 11, 2021
My kids started school this week and we now have a new normal. When my son is in class, 3 days a week, I get to work alongside these beautiful books. (I try not to get distracted!)
Our son’s class facilitates the Socratic method and we absolutely love it. I hope it helps him to think and make thoughtful decisions on his own.
The 7th Annual Quit Sugar Summit is going on now. I hope you caught my talk on Monday. There is still a week left of the free summit. It gives you access to over 60 talks that discuss how dietary changes can give you better health.
The summit is virtual and free.
We have to be honest with ourselves.
I am all for nutrient density and sourcing foods of the highest quality.
In my earliest days of teaching nutrition, I even focused on it (from my training).
But this quickly changed once I started working with one-on-one clients.
Not everyone can afford the highest quality.
Should nutrition and wellness be limited to the rich?
This is one of the beauties of a meat-only diet: We remove so much of the other toxins from processed foods (vegetable oils, added sugars, and additives) that we don’t have to only source from the purest quality animals.
Is it IDEAL to source the highest quality?
But is it REAL life?
If you fear eating out because of toxins in the grain-fed restaurant meats, the plastic cups used to hold your non-filtered, PFA water, and worried that the meat was cooked in seed oils — that just doesn’t sound fun.
But staying home, isolating, and controlling all your food doesn’t sound fun either.
I have clients that can’t eat out because of a highly sensitive immune response. While you’re healing, you may not be able to tolerate most restaurant foods.
But once you are mostly healed, you want to partake in real life.
I’d hope that every single one of my clients can take a bucket-list trip and not fear what they’re going to eat.
Stick to mostly meat but if you can try an éclair in France, without mental/physical shackles, that’d be ideal.
I don’t know if I’m even ready to try that but I do know that I don’t fear eating at restaurants — seed oils, unfiltered water and all other worrisome toxins, included.
The truth is that we are all going to die one day.
We are surrounded by toxins and the bigger concern is the overflow of the toxic load, and not one specific thing.
When we choose to eat meat-only or mostly meat, we are reducing A LOT of toxins.
Eat mostly meat.
Focus on community.
Lift heavy things.
Focus on the positive.
Do hard things.
Protect your mind (and heart).
♥️ Do what you love.
And the toxins will sort themselves out. (if you have an illness, this is a different story)
Fear Everything And Run
Face Everything And Rise.
In this week’s Cutting Against the Grain podcast, Laura and Judy talk about the red pill.
This is a solo episode where I share the benefits of eating fatty fish.
I find it sad that I need to actually make an episode on eating fish like salmon, sardines with bones intact, and salmon roe. There is so much fear-mongering out there about polluted waters, heavy metals, PUFAs in fish, or that landlocked tribes never ate fish.
But many countries don’t have much access to meats. In Korea, beef was very expensive a few decades ago but they ate a lot of fish. If you don’t want to eat fish that’s fine, but don’t fear-monger a very nutrient-dense food.
The positives outweigh the potential negatives.
I’d frankly argue that salmon is much more nutritionally balanced than any beef liver you can get your hands on. Just take a look at the fat-soluble vitamin balance and the mineral content. Both of these things are hard to come by (in abundance) in beef.
I’ve just had way too many clients deficient in fatty acids and having them incorporate some fatty fish has made a lot of the difference.
If you fear eating fish, you can get your red blood cell fatty acid profile checked (yes, even the now dreaded linoleic acid PUFAs). It’s a simple, DIY blood drop test.
There is a sale until September 12th.
And if you are worried about heavy metals, you can get your heavy metals tested, here.
I’ve had a few people message about some fad diets recommending weight gain for optimal health. There are many women that undereat or eat nutrient-poor foods that cause malnutrition.
But for the majority of the world, this is a sad recommendation. Nearly half of Americans are obese.
And this pandemic did not help. I get frequent emails about people in our community that have “fallen off the wagon” during the pandemic and can’t seem to get back on. They have gained most of their weight back.
And when you have diet advocates that basically give people a free pass at gaining weight and eating sugar, it makes me sad.
In an upcoming CATG episode with Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit), I shared how I’m learning to stop being (a voluntary) mama bear to our community. I should use that energy to produce more content and to focus on my future group program to better serve our community.
One thing that Leanne said offline was that she chooses only a few (battle) hills to die on. It makes a lot of sense for the trajectory of NwJ. What do I want to stand for? What do I want to fight for?
My biggest hill is getting people to eat meat-based, even if just temporarily to get to a better baseline of health. And most importantly, sharing everything with integrity. (My faith is a big driving force.)
it’s not easy to stay quiet against these diets but that’s not my battle to fight. I’ll keep sharing the message that a meat-only diet is an absolutely viable option for better health.
I’ve been sharing a lot more lunchbox stories. It helps me to be honest with what I offer my kids. When it comes to food, I’m a pretty simple person. I tried the little artsy foods long ago but it’s just not me.
So while I can’t say the lunchboxes will be pretty (or colorful), I can assure you they will be nutrient-dense for my two growing boys.
I also wrote this lunchbox post a while ago and this nutrient-dense guide and sample lunch plan for kids. These links go straight to the free resources so feel free to share with whoever may need them.
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.