On Scars and Cognitive Diversity

This post is a personal reflection. joker-overconfident-depressed-comic Something happened that I haven’t been able to quite settle out. I have always compared myself to men and sought to understand where the differences lay. It has never been black and white, estrogen and testosterone. I’ve had a long-standing interest in hobbies and work environments that are predominately male, or traditionally male-dominated. I can go into this in more detail later, but this tendency led me to a gym-rat lifestyle and gave appeal to physical labor jobs.

When I took a landscaping job I was much more hesitant in driving truck and trailer than my male counter-parts, almost universally. And looking back, if I had received an insult or a slight from an impatient co-worker as I choked up some courage to try, I’d probably break. This is despite understanding the need for criticism and that these jabs were intended to toughen weak spots, not kill the entire ego. Continue reading

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Grass-Fed Butter in Alberta

Those following ancestral health inspired diets in Alberta may be excited to hear grass-fed butter and yogurt is coming to Calgary and will probably become more available across the country.

I originally started looking for grass-fed dairy about two years ago and found those determined to get it were ordering Kerrygold online from outside of Canada. Last summer I got my hands on some Organic Meadow pastured butter and realized this little addition to the label made a big difference to consumers.

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However, not all dairies are indicating their butter is seasonally grass-fed. For example, Gay Hahn, CEO of Avalon Dairy in British Columbia, told me in an email their butter is seasonally grass-fed, but this currently not being indicated on the label.

I picked up Rolling Meadow grass-fed butter from Community Natural Foods a couple of weeks ago. I suspect this brand will become more available as time goes by and that dairies will indicate pastured or grass-fed indicator seasonally due to increased interest.

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I am an advocate of both ancestral health diets and restorative agricultural. Labeling grass-fed or pastured dairy and meat products gives consumers the opportunity to choose to support natural ecosystems, as our grasslands thrive with grazers, or healthier-eats, as dairy and meat produced this way tends to have more CLA, omega-3s and vitamins.

I am not much of a recipe blogger, but I often do a bulletproof style coffee or tea. Lately I’ve been having matcha green tea with a couple tablespoons of grass-fed butter, a table spoon of MCT oil (can be replaced with coconut oil), stevia and teaspoon or two of matcha. Delish.

Here is a more in-depth recipe I haven’t tried…but it looks good:

Make the Perfect Cup of Matcha

EDIT: PS, freezing butter works well; it doesn’t change the taste or texture. So when you see seasonal grass-fed butter on the shelves, buy in bulk. 😉