Butter Wars

In my continuing quest to get fit I’ve been doing a lot of research. Mainly I’ve been doing research about nutrition or “what should I eat”. The book Wheat Belly by William Davis sort of started a chain reaction for me. As I started to research alternatives to eating wheat I first came across the blog Wellness Mama (love) and I read things in her blog that  inspired me to keep researching which lead me back to the Paleo Diet.  So what does this have to do with butter? Well,  I love, love peanut butter and have been making my own all summer. I love it, my kids love it. but as I’m doing this research I’ve been reminded that peanuts are not nuts but legumes and legumes can be toxic (so sad I love black beans). So I made up my last bunch of organic dry roasted peanuts, enjoyed some on my grain free banana muffins  and did more research on what I can use to replace peanut butter.

First I read about sunflower seed butter and then random nut butters. I did have a partial bag of raw sunflower seeds so I thought I’d give that a try. Remember I said raw, mistake! I did read I should roast them first but was so excited to try it that I forgot to roast them. That batch was not good. So I added coco powder and honey, that made it palatable. Next I took the small bag of almond slivers I had and all of the left over nuts from last Christmas, mainly almonds, a few  hazelnuts and 2 walnuts. Well since the sunflower seed didn’t taste good without roasting I though I should roast these nuts. I roasted them too long and again needed to add coco powder and honey but then it was really good, you could still taste the burnt taste but that just added to the flavor.

Who won? Well sadly peanut butter is still my favorite so it looks like more experimentation (darn ;)) needs to be done to fine a nut butter that I make well and that I like.

Another Book Review

This last weekend I had the chance to review the book Wheat Belly  by William Davis MD. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about food but was shocked to hear about how we have altered wheat to the point where someone from 100 years ago would find it almost unrecognizable. No wonder there are more and more of my family and friends discovering that they feel better without wheat. Most of the book said things I’m already familiar with, wheat consumption causes all sorts of negative things to the body. Inflammation, insulin spiking, diabetes, mood swings and more.

What I didn’t like about the book, and I had the opportunity to look at the accompanying cook book, was that I felt Dr. Davis contradicted himself. At one point he mentioned quinao as a grain not to eat yet it was listed in a few recipes. The big one for me was his including of sweeteners like stevia . The research used in the book Skinny Bitch stated that even though stevia is a plant the process they use to create the sweetener  uses chemicals that are not natural.  Why would I give up wheat and then put a chemically treated sweetener in my body?

Except for a few contradictions I enjoyed the book. It pushed me to do more research and as my journey continues to get fit I decided to take it one step further and go completely grain free for one month. In the last 70 hours I’ve only had 2 things that  contain a grain. And I will add them to my wall of excuses.