Journaling? and WTF is Ghee?
Happy Monday! Feeling fly in my Costco shirt..seriously LOVE when I have random finds there. (my bank account probably doesn't...) but hey it earns you cash back right? I got this wrap there for under $15. It's super soft, long, cozy, fleecey, and GREEN. What isn't to love. You find any good Costco finds lately?
Got this journal for Christmas and I'm starting to use it. You create a list every week according to the topic they provide. The first one was: "what makes you happy RIGHT NOW." - It's a good way to brainstorm and I couldn't help but smile as I was writing stuff down! If you are looking for a good way to get in some mindfulness I would recommend this one or one similar. I'll post a link to it below. Anyone want to join me in doing it this year?
Gym snap. Only been making it to the gym about once or twice a week...and I'm OK with it. I've been doing roughly 4 30 minute workouts a week (if that) and I'm seriously feeling stronger than ever. Focusing on being MORE STRONG. Not on what I look like, but what I feel like. I want a HEALTHY BODY and more so importantly a STRONG MIND. Because that is seriously the basis of it all. I'm over the obsession. Some days it haunts me...but most days i'm ok. Ironic, because the workout I've been dabbling in has the word obsessed in it...
Ghee. Ever heard of it? Ever used it? Sounds weird right? If it's like butter, why not use butter? Is it just another fad? I picked some up at Trader Joe's last time I was there out of curiosity and I'll share my thoughts below AFTER I share some fun facts about it!
1. Ghee has been around literally for YEARS. like we are talking 2000 BC - when people in India clarified butter aka boiled it down to make it last longer so that it wouldn't spoil. It was actually integrated into ceremonial practices in India and was known for healing and PURIFYING the body.
2. Making Ghee is done by SIMMERING the milk of cow or buffalo's milk LONGER than regular butter to remove the water and milk fats - so it makes it safer for those with lactose and casein allergies (those are in regular butter)
3. Ghee has a super high smoke point because of the way it is created. Meaning it can be cooked to very high temperatures before it starts to evaporate.
Here is an awesome picture/chart I found on Dr. Axe's website that shows the nutritional profile combaring butter vs. ghee. You can see it has a higher fat content. FAT IS GOOD!!! And the smoke point is 100 degrees higher in the Ghee vs using Butter.
4. The taste of ghee is more "butteryier" if that is a word? Because the milk fats and water is removed during the process of creating it is left with an intense butter flavor. I can definitely say that this is true!
5. Ghee is high in vitamins A, D, E and K2. People with IBS have difficulty absorbing vitamins (especially vitamin A) so this is a great way to get more in. Vitamin D becomes more deficient in the winter months and E helps repair skin, damaged hormones, help with vision and even help control cholesterol. Vitamin K2 helps our bodies absorb calcium efficiently and helps with bone strength.
6. Ghee improves digestion - it contains the short chain fatty acid called butyrate which acts as a detoxifier and improves colon health - ESPECIALLY for those that suffer with IBS, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
7. Ghee is an anti inflammatory - meaning it FIGHTS AGAINST DISEASE - especially in the digestive tract. Inflammation is at the basis of many diseases that include cancer, Alzheimer's, high cholesterol, asthma and even arthritis.
You can find more information HERE on Dr. Axe's website. SUPER interesting stuff on there so be sure and look around!
(I guess why not try it? I have liked putting it on squash, potatoes and anything you would normally put butter on. Also really good melted in a pan before cooking an egg in it if you like that buttery flavor. I do my best to avoid dairy as it doesn't sit well with me so pure ghee would be a great alternative for people with sensitivities and/or allergies to dairy. For those that are following ANY kind of dairy free lifestyle like Whole 30 or Paleo ghee would follow suit to that lifestyle. I have also used it as the basic for stir frying veggies because of the high smoke point.
I don't ALWAYS use this and I still use butter too! Just a fun way to mix things up, try new flavors and products.
Have you used ghee?
Would you try it?
What are your thoughts?
(link to a well recommended brand also below!)
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