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I often talk about how I straddle the line between Weston A. Price and “Paleo/Primal” values. Without those ideas (and Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Chris Masterjohn, and the Weston A. Price Foundation), I would have next to nothing to assault your eye-bones with. I certainly wouldn’t have a blog with 2.5 readers (overwhelming Google Analytics, one post at a time).
When I first started on this “Ancestral Health” kick, I basically combined the early (not current) conventionally-accepted Paleo plan with CrossFit ideas: “Eat [lean] meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.” Canola oil was good to go, salt and saturated fat were not.
In other words, I basically narrowed my food choices – eliminating crappy, healthless foods (even those I once considered “healthy”) and keeping the foods I was already accustomed to (lean meat, veggies, and nuts). See below:
So this was definitely better – even though I probably overdosed on nuts, under-dosed on butter, and overdid the chicken-and-broccoli dinners.
But what I never realized is that for all my talk of “nutrient density” and how a “Paleo diet” provides greater “nutrient density” than the conventional USDA model (duh, obvi) I never really sought new nutrient-dense foods – foods that were out of my paradigm completely.
But the Weston A. Price Foundation changed that. While I’m sure plenty of “Paleo” folk knew and used the following items “back then,” I had not yet heard of the benefits of natural, highly saturated fats (like coconut, ghee, palm oil, butter from pastured cows, and lard, among others); fermented foods like sauerkraut, atchara, and kombucha (I’m currently home-brewing with supplies from Kombucha Kamp); fish roe; or animal-based “traditional foods” like tongue, Cod Liver Oil, liver (here and here), raw dairy, or bone broths.
Now, years after I began my “Paleo/Primal/WAP/Real Food/Ancestral Health/Whatevayouwannacallit” journey, I’ve fallen in love with something that, years ago, I never would’ve thought twice about.
The one “superfood” I recommend to absolutely everyone, whether via the podcast, my practice, or my Skintervention Guide, is the Blue Ice Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil blend from Green Pasture. The addition of this superfood helped me overcome frustrating skin problems. It’s a health powerhouse, whether you want to build muscle, overcome fertility problems, or just be healthier overall. I use the blend daily – and I even put a balm inspired by that blend on my skin. (It’s amazing!)
Thanks to the fantastic research conducted by Weston A. Price and the Weston A. Price Foundation, we know that the synergy between vitamins A and D from Cod Liver Oil is basically Real Food Magic. Add butter oil (a rich source of Vitamin K2) and it’s pretty much Health Wizardry.
This is literally my number one favorite super-food.
HUGELY important note: the Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend is a whole food that provides concentrated nutrition, not isolated nutrients as with a vitamin or a supplement. Many people confuse this item with fish oil, but they’re totally different things.
Here’s what I mean by concentrated: the FCLO Blend is dense in all the nutrients naturally present in cod livers: vitamins A and D, anti-oxidants, quinones, and a biologically appropriate amount of EPA and DHA; along with vitamin K2 and other constituents from butter oil. Fish oil is an isolated, highly processed source of only EPA/DHA in ratios set and standardized by fish oil manufacturers.
Fish oils, which are processed out of fish meal to make “fish oil,” are fragile and vulnerable. To the degree we need them in our diets, they should be obtained from whole foods sources like Fermented Cod Liver Oil and sardines.
Green Pasture is the only company I know that produces their Cod Liver Oil in a manner that preserves the natural vitamins that are needed for it to produce its intended effect. It’s the ONLY BRAND I RECOMMEND! Sorry, Carlson’s, Barlean’s, and any other brand just won’t cut it. (I make no money off this recommendation.)
I continue to evaluate other potential alternatives, but haven’t found any publicly available sources yet.