Kobe Bryant Defies Father Time Using Traditional Diet (While Ashton Kutcher Ends Up in the Hospital Ignoring It)

by Sarah Celebrity HealthComments: 87

Two very different celebrity diets are in the news this week.

On the one hand is the story of Ashton Kutcher who ended up in the hospital with pancreas issues and severe pain following a fruitarian diet which was part of his efforts to “get into character” for his role as Steve Jobs in the soon to be released movie Jobs.  Steve Jobs, the visionary founder of Apple and a known fruitarian, died in October 2011 from complications of pancreatic cancer.

On the other hand is the amazing story of LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant who is turning back the clock following a Traditional Diet all the while looking, feeling and playing better than ever at an age that most would consider to be way past his prime.

Just last month, Kobe became the first player in NBA history to score 30 or more points in six consecutive contests, this after turning 34 years of age which is rather ancient in NBA years.

Of his age defying performance, Kobe said:

“My wind feels even better. I feel like I can run all day long. A lot of that has to do with diet and being committed to it, and watching what I eat.”

Contrast this statement with what Ashton Kutcher said at the Sundance Film Festival last week about his pancreatic attack which caused him to be rushed to the hospital:

 “The fruitarian diet can lead to, like, severe issues.  I went to the hospital, like, two days before we started shooting the movie.  I was, like, doubled over in pain.  My pancreas levels were completely out of whack.  It was really terrifying, considering everything.”

The fruitarian diet is a subset of veganism.  It includes fruits, nuts and seeds, without animal products, vegetables and grains.   While this diet might make another species of primate extremely happy (one with lots of fur), it is in no way a Traditional Diet for a human and is a pertinent example of dietary modernism gone off the deep end.

According to Dr. Kaayla Daniel, evidence suggests that excess fructose consumption as would happen with anyone following fruitarianism puts stress on the pancreas and could lead to islet cell carcinoma, the type of pancreatic cancer suffered by Jobs.

While Ashton Kutcher was discovering the dangers of an extreme modern diet, Kobe Bryant is enjoying the fruits of a Traditional one.

LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti says that the staples of Kobe’s diet include pasture based foods like grassfed beef and eggs from free-range chickens.  Kobe makes every effort to avoid anything with corn syrup and his carbohydrate consumption has been scaled down to a very moderate level.

Focusing on getting traditional fats into his diet and the wrong fats out is of prime importance to Kobe.   Vitti described the dangers of following a lowfat diet and why Kobe is not following the USDA Food Pyramid – in fact, he’s following the inverse:

“When they strip the fat, they strip all the nutrients with it. We don’t necessarily want to stay away from fats, but it has to be the right kind of fat.

The current science reverses the pyramid.  The base of the pyramid is on the top. We’re not telling them to just eat fat – it has to be the right kind of fat. Pasture-grazed beef and products from that; you can eat butter, but it has to be pasture-fed. Not pasteurized, pasture-fed. There’s a big difference. Milk from a pasture-fed cow, cheese from a pasture-fed cow.”

No margarine or vegetable oil tub spreads for this NBA star.  Kobe Bryant who is playing better than he did in his twenties and shattering NBA records in his mid-thirties eats butter!

But not just any butter, unpasteurized (raw) butter from pastured cows just like the healthy, robust traditional Swiss culture that revered it’s deep yellow/orange butter from cows grazing on the first spring grass.

Fruitarianism v. Traditional Diet:  No Contest

The extreme physical results of two healthy young men about the same age consuming two very different diets is astonishing:  elite athletic performance versus a doubled over in pain trip to the hospital ER.

A modern diet like fruitarianism in no way competes with the physical vitality imparted by Traditional Diet.

Pass the raw pastured butter please!


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sources:  Kobe Bryant’s Diet Helps Maintain an Elite Level of Play

Ashton Kutcher Experiences Pancreatic Pain Playing the Role of Steve Jobs

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Comments (87)

  • Rick

    Did you read Kobe’s blog post where he described his diet? Quote: “It was time to adjust, so the struggle began. Lots of veggies, fruits, fish and lean meats.” Before he was eating a lot of junk food and pizza, so pretty much any diet would have been better. Obviously he’s not anti-veggies or fruits, which have been linked with a reduced risk of cancer. Instead of starting a war between paleo and vegans, we should all just agree that avoiding processed foods results in better health.

    March 24th, 2013 12:30 pm Reply
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  • D.

    I don’t think RLp understands what is meant by the word “traditional”. Traditional means ancestral, RLp, not what everyone else has been doing for the past twenty years, wrong as it is. Did you actually read the article?

    Please site a source for your information concerning Ashton Kutcher. By all accounts, he was taken to an ER.

    March 4th, 2013 10:30 am Reply
  • RLp

    Kobes diet is far from traditional not even close actually,he is on a paleo type diet. His trainer stated he eats grass-fed beef and pasture fed butter and cheese. And also a lot of fruits and vegetables. And Ashton Kutcher was not rushed to the ER room that is false. Both diets are far superior to the SAD typical american diet. raw vegan or paleo is good no need to try to down either one.

    March 4th, 2013 10:13 am Reply
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    February 11th, 2013 6:24 am Reply
  • art

    I usually love your blog but on this occasion I am a little perturbed by the blanket demonisationof fruits as a major player in one’s diet.

    Broadly speaking, extremes of anything are ofcourse ill advised. But to state that a diet high in mineral and vitmain rich fruit is of negative health consequences is not always the truth.

    We are each a mutation and evolved in different ways to each other, many people do well with high fruit intake, and many are highly effective athletes. I also eoupd like to highlight the point that high fructose corn syrup, fruit juices and other sweeteners cannot by lumped in with whple fruit intake, as the fibre content of whole fruit limits the absorption of fructose into the bloodstream, petering off any sugar spike and crash that will pccur with juicong etc.

    February 10th, 2013 7:22 pm Reply
    • art

      Excuse typos. Phone ranting lol

      February 10th, 2013 7:23 pm Reply
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  • Thia (aka “pixx”)

    Overall, I don’t dissagree with the article, but wanted to point out that the fruitarian diet does indeed include what most folks consider to be “vegetables.” There are many fruits (botanically speaking) that folks think of as “vegetables”, such as cucumbers, squash, pumpkin, tomato, etc. (basically anything that has seeds, and is picked from a plant.)

    I don’t know whether Ashton, or Steve, included these or not. But, they are part of a fruitarian diet.

    February 4th, 2013 7:34 pm Reply
    • D.

      And vice versa. The avocado is from the pear family. Yet, it has one of the best fats available to humans, and is a perfect first baby food. Go figure foods!

      February 11th, 2013 10:16 am Reply
  • Paleo Suz

    I love reading about athletes who eat a natural, unprocessed diet like this. I hope it inspires more people to really think about what they eat.

    February 3rd, 2013 10:46 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    one question: Had all the nuts and seeds been properly SPROUTED before consumed??? E ating raw unsprouted nuts/seeds/legumes puts enormous stress on the pancreas! Just wondering if both men (Steve(RIP) and Ashton) were aware of that need. Many in the health community miss this important step, as advised by Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions.

    February 2nd, 2013 5:11 pm Reply
  • romero

    Totally inspired :)

    February 1st, 2013 8:49 pm Reply
  • Paulo

    post-mortem report of Steve shows that diet has nothing to do with your pancreas cancer. He already had cancer before becoming a fruitarian.


    In 2 days have pain in the pancreas. Pffff.. Bullshit. Ashton dont follow the fruitarian diet.

    February 1st, 2013 11:40 am Reply
    • Jen

      I read the article you linked to. What I read is a vegan advocate making a lot of assumptions. He writes “Assume that the tumor mass…”, or something similar, more than once. He admits that he doesn’t have access to a single medical record to back his claims. Nothing in the article references a “post-mortem report” of Steve Jobs. It’s a bunch of conjecture… otherwise known as BS. Pffff…

      February 2nd, 2013 1:29 am Reply
  • Claudia

    Dear Sarah,
    I stumbled across you videos and website. I am from Germany. Sorry for any mistakes, I am not a native speaker.
    My experience with Americans was that they do not really care about healthy food. But I am very glad that you have shown me otherwise.
    10-20 years ago nobody really care about healthy food in Germany. It was the time of these little bags from Maggie or Knorr. I don’t know if you are familiar with these. There is such a bag for nearly every dish. If you wanted to make a sauce you just need water and one of these bag.
    But over time things change for my family. I started to convince my mother that there is a way to make a good sauce without any of these bags. Today nobody of us buys these little helpers anymore. They only consist spices and a lot of flavor enhancer.
    Today there a many TV shows about star cooks who try to save restaurants. The problems are always the same: dirty kitchens and convenience food. That really make me angry because cooking with fresh vegetables is not a secret. It never was. You just need a good cooking book and the ability to read.
    The only thing I do not support is eating meat. Studies have proven hat avoiding meat reduces the number of heart diseases:
    We live in a rich society and we are not dependent on meat. Even if there might be parts of an animal (like liver) that might be healthy for humans it does not justify the death of a living being. There might be exceptions like in the arctic where seal meat is the only food for Inuits. But where we live we have access to any vegetable and fruit. We can also find ways to consume iron and other minerals and vitamins.
    I am on the side of Peter Singer – a philosopher from Stanford University – that animals are equal to humans. To say that cows and pigs are born to be eaten by humans is the same argument the southern states had about slaw. But I am sure that all of us agree that race and gender doe not make a difference when it come to human life. But we can expand that argument to species. A cow has the same interest in living and not to suffer as any human being on earth. Many people might say that animals are not as intelligent as humans. But that is an argument on the same level as race and gender. Nobody would kill a person only because he is mentally disabled. So why would we kill a pig who has a very high intelligence? Probably because it has always been that way or because we do not really care. Most animals are not communicating their suffering like humans would do. But if we look at a little child who cannot say that she is hurt but she somehow shows us that she is in pain by showing us the wound part of the body. That is a similar behavior mammals do. They lick the wound spots, they rest, the avoid using a leg if it hurts.
    That brings me to the conclusion that suffering is the only ethical reason to differentiate, not race, gender, or species. There is no reason to believe that a pig’s suffering is less valuable as a human’s suffering. Everything else is a specicistic approach and not any better as believing that black people are slaves.
    I understand that people love the taste of meat but love should have limits. The desire to consume meat is short-term desire but the desire to live long and not be killed is long-term desire.

    February 1st, 2013 8:52 am Reply
  • IC

    I guess if Kobe started a company, a grassfed Tbone with a bite taken out of it would be a ubiquitous symbol . . .

    February 1st, 2013 12:56 am Reply
  • Desiree

    Phenomenal article, Sarah! I absolutely love the comparison you made here with two very famous people who are in the limelight… Totally inspired! You rock, girl!!

    January 31st, 2013 11:29 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Hi Sarah I love your blog. Does raw butter get very hard when refrigerated. I like to be able to spread my butter on bread without having to wait for it too soften. Is safe to store raw butter in a butter crock or butter boat on the kitchen counter. I’ve a butter crock with supermarket butter with no problem. I’m thinking that since buttercrocks have been use to store butter pasteurization it should be fine.

    January 31st, 2013 8:53 pm Reply
  • Brock in HK

    Interestingly, Kobe is also a leader in the low top basketball shoe movement, trying to get his shoes relatively minimal, just sufficient to absorb the beating of a basketball game, but still plenty of ground feel and no ankle support in his shoes. Also quite primal.

    January 31st, 2013 7:50 pm Reply
  • Dr. Kim

    Is there a reason why you don’t post my comments?

    January 31st, 2013 6:12 pm Reply
  • Gault Falcon

    There are 4 fruits you can eat that will not cause a massive insulin spike:

    1. Granny Smith Apples (no other apples)
    2. Blackberries
    3. Blueberries
    4. Rasberries

    Still not a great idea to OD on them but their glycemic effect is negligible compared with fruits like mangos, bananas, pineapple, etc.

    January 31st, 2013 5:53 pm Reply
  • Baris

    This is great to hear. He will be a big influencer in the athletic community and will further spread to pop culture. We need more big names eating tradition diets, verse celebrities spreading fad diets.

    Great article as always, Sarah!

    January 31st, 2013 5:25 pm Reply
  • Dr. Kim

    Again, Sarah, I respect the heck out of you, but I cannot refrain from commenting. Eating fruit is essential as fruits are one of the most healthful, nutiritious foods on the planet. You are comparing two people from polar opposite lifestyle: An athlete with an actor who may know nothing about health. What are all the variables that affect their health? What does each of these men consume on a daily basis? What other areas of health are neglected or given attention, such as stress levels, daily pure air, sunshine, water? ANY dietary change can cause symptoms. How bad was Ashton’s diet before embarking on this? As a doctor and researcher, I have to give this a thumbs down. Also, consider Dr. Douglas Graham, a frugavore of over two decades. I had the pleasure of studying him, his dietary philosophies, and his diet plans for my doctorate. Don’t discredit foods or a diet based on one person without looking at the whole picture. Variables matter! What you have here is not science. Check out Dr. Graham online or look at his books (The 80/10/10 Diet) before jumping to conclusions. I do not necessarily agree with much of his philosophies, but he sure is doing fine on fruit. Look at the whole picture, not one example that is not even valid.

    January 31st, 2013 4:05 pm Reply
    • Jen

      You’re seriously defending a fruitarian diet? Wow. You do realize that Sarah is not denouncing fruit, right? You should read the post again. Based on your comment, it doesn’t seem your comprehension was accurate.

      February 2nd, 2013 1:01 am Reply
    • Elainie

      Doug Graham is doing far from fine on fruit- all one needs to do is look at him (and yup, I;ve met him). He’s so aged looking, looks older than my 84 year old mother. Been on 811 RV myself- what a health disaster- took me 18 months to recover.

      February 25th, 2013 8:43 pm Reply
    • Paleo Huntress

      Fruit, as it turns out, is NOT very nutritious at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HwbY12qZcF4

      I’m not against eating it, it does contain some nutrition, just not very much.

      April 22nd, 2013 11:49 am Reply
  • Deborah

    I cannot believe you’re using Kobe Bryant as an example for good. Do you pay any attention at all to the news? I have been thinking of you and your blog as my premier source for good nutritional info and activities until now. You are posting something in support of KOBE BRYANT????

    I want to cancel my subscription to your blog and block everything you post from now on. I am so horrified.

    January 31st, 2013 4:54 pm Reply
    • mike

      Typical Celtics fan lol

      January 31st, 2013 6:50 pm Reply
    • Desiree

      Whaaaat is this all about? You want to stop learning about traditional diet and a nourishing, simple, and holistic lifestyle because Sarah supports an athlete who eats a healthy diet?

      January 31st, 2013 11:32 pm Reply
  • Diana

    That is great news to hear that Kobe Bryant is endorsing this kind of food! Imagine what that is going to do to the eating habits of teenage boys who are fans. Now we just need a female actress/singer/personality to endorse it so that young girls will jump on the band wagon.

    I am curious, why would a diet high in fruit cause these problems? Surely people who consume high fructose corn syrup consume more fructose than someone eating loads of fruit? Or is it just lack of protein/fat AND lots of fructose (people are usually eating a big greasy burger with all that soda)?

    January 31st, 2013 4:48 pm Reply
    • Desiree

      People who stuff themselves with high fructose corn syrup suffer from all sorts of detrimental long term health problems from heart disease and kidney failure to pancreatic problems and clogged arteries.. everything and anything. The reason a diet made primarily of fructose would mess up the pancreas is just a matter of quantity… overdosing. I feel like high fructose corn syrup would do the same… but I’m no expert.

      January 31st, 2013 11:35 pm Reply
  • Ginny

    I suspect he is not eating raw butter but that instead Vitti was clarifying that “pasture-fed” although it sounds like “pasteurized” is NOT pasteurized. I clued into this because when I bought pasture-fed eggs from Whole Foods and the clerk said “Pasteurized eggs” as she rang them up. I’m not sure about this but just wanted to mention it. I can’t wait to forward this article on to my friends and family! Thank you!

    January 31st, 2013 3:57 pm Reply
  • Kurt

    So Ashton, did this diet cause you severe isssues or “like severe issues?” Was it two days, or “like two days?” Were you doubled over, or “like doubled over”? Clear and distinct differences indeed. I am certain I will not get a response from you or your representatives, however, you are certainly on your way to getting what you deserve. I recomend you follow the government food pyramid-plate, get a good conventional Dr. and drink plenty of fluoridated water for your health. Cuz it’s “like” good for you!

    January 31st, 2013 2:57 pm Reply
    • Paleo Huntress

      He didn’t eat the diet for two days… he became ill two days before filming began. He’d been following the diet for months.

      April 22nd, 2013 11:46 am Reply
  • Jenny


    I very much support a traditional diet.

    But, I was just curious what your sources are about Kobe Bryant’s diet. When I went to research Kobe Bryant all I found was articles that he focuses on balance and that’s it. I couldn’t find any documentation that he eats traditionally or uses raw butter.

    I’m not trying to be rude, I love your blog and videos. I just want to know that if I tell other people this that it is backed up by facts and not made up.

    January 31st, 2013 2:22 pm Reply
    • Jen

      Jenny – At the very bottom of the post, under Sarah’s name, the links to the sources are listed. The one you’re looking for is “Kobe Bryant’s Diet Helps Maintain an Elite Level of Play”. Click on that link, then scroll down the page to find the article. All the quotes from Sarah’s post are there.

      January 31st, 2013 3:09 pm Reply
      • Jenny

        Jen – thank you! I don’t know how I missed that!

        January 31st, 2013 3:15 pm Reply
    • Angelica

      Sounds like Kobe is following a Paleo/Primal ‘diet’. You take out all grains, legumes, sugars, processed food, and most dairy from your diet. You only eat meats (preferred grass-fed/free-range), seafood, fruits, veggies, and nuts. A good resource for this type of lifestyle would be Whole9 or Marks Daily Apple. I’ve been eating this way for over a year now and the benefits are awesome.

      January 31st, 2013 4:50 pm Reply
      • Paleo Huntress

        Agreed. He’s eating a Primal/Paleo diet. It’s a little funny seeing it being promoted here by someone who doesn’t believe grain-free diets are healthy.

        April 22nd, 2013 11:45 am Reply
  • Dana

    What books or articles on your site, etc would you recommend for someone to start a traditional diet?

    January 31st, 2013 1:31 pm Reply
    • Jen

      I would search the site for posts about “healthy fats”, “traditional fats”, and “bone broth” to start. These are the most critical (and simple) changes, in my opinion. Sarah has some great videos about making bone broth. Try the “video classes” tab at the top of the site. She also did a good series of videos for the Weston A. Price Foundation about getting started on a traditional diet.

      Nourishing Traditions is THE book to read when switching to a traditional diet. Good luck!

      January 31st, 2013 1:45 pm Reply
    • Sue

      Hey Dana – “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon is a good book to start with. Sarah writes a bit about it on this post: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/top-ten-health-books-that-changed-my-life/

      January 31st, 2013 1:46 pm Reply
  • Susan

    Always thought Kutcher was kind of an idiot and when I heard about that ‘diet’, well. No wonder Jobs also looked emaciated before he got sick.

    And the sentence structure, language and grammar of the quote. Sheesh.

    January 31st, 2013 1:29 pm Reply
    • Susan

      I’m with you there! He sounds like a teenage girl putting “like” in front of every sentence!

      January 31st, 2013 1:42 pm Reply
  • Gavin

    I follow a WAPD but I still eat a decent amount of fruit- perhaps 1-3 servings a day? All the fruit I eat is either organic or considered a low pesticide fruit (such as mangoes, bananas, or pineapple) I don’t really crave other sweets much anymore, though. I always take care to eat carbs with protein and healthy fats to avoid sugar spikes. Should I work to reduce fruit intake? Or would these levels be considered ok?

    January 31st, 2013 1:01 pm Reply
    • Aimee

      Some people just need more carbs than others. If you feel fine, I’d say stick with it!

      February 1st, 2013 3:34 pm Reply
    • Beth

      That’s not a high amount of fruit at all. Just eat what makes you feel good. :)

      February 3rd, 2013 10:36 pm Reply
  • Thomas A

    Excellent article, I’ve just plugged into a local “Real Food” group, here in San Antonio, and I’m still trying to figure out what we can afford. I grew up on a Hamburger Helper diet as a kid, but as for my lil’ ones, we’re shunning anything premade and I’ve noticed that my kids are more even keeled and responsive. There’s a Weston A. Price group here in SA but I haven’t been to a meeting yet; I just recently purchased “Nourishing Traditions” and am boning up on my food knowledge. Our next food adventure will be making fermented veggies but I think I’ll try it the Sandoor Katz way, w/o adding whey–just sea salt, and see how that goes. We greatly enjoy your videos and articles!

    January 31st, 2013 12:46 pm Reply
    • D.

      I’m with you on the fermenting methods, Thomas A. I prefer to use salt and no whey. Whenever I use whey, everything I make tastes like soured milk. I don’t mind, but it doesn’t do the foods any justice if it’s all gonna taste the same anyhow, right? I tried to make the fermented ketchup using the recipe from Jenny at Nourished Kitchen or whatever her blog is, but it was horrid and I had to start all over with a different recipe I found online, without the whey.

      As for butter, I would love to have real raw butter, but that is out of the question where I live. No one makes it, and even though I’m able (finally) to get raw milk again, they use holstein cows and there is little cream to skim. I’d have to buy 10 gallons at a time in order to get 1 cup of cream and that just isn’t gonna happen. So I’ve been buying from our local co-op and getting either kerrygold or “organic valley pastured butter” which says it’s only available from May to September, but here we are in February and I can get it. (?) I suppose it was frozen for later sale. Still, it’s the best I can do where I live. It’s gotten almost impossible to find pastured chickens or their eggs. I used to buy broiler/fryers and stewing hens from the Hutterite Colony, but they have started to use corn/soy commercial feed instead of the flax based seed they were using, because of cost I imagine. My DH cannot have soy (he breaks out in red dots all over, just like he does with seafoods/iodine) and he only has to take one bite of something before we know.

      Buying local is a great phrase to use if you actually have access to local foods.

      February 6th, 2013 2:05 pm Reply
  • Matthias

    Really sad to read indoctrination instead of honest and true research on this, Sarah. There is a German proverb: “Among the blind, the one-eyed guy will be the king”. Not because he can see particular well, but because the others are blind.

    I wonder how you ignore or explain away all the top (high-carbohydrate)-vegan athletes, that perform much better than their “traditional diet”-competitors?

    When I want to see such kind of propaganda and indoctrination that you did in this article, I could also watch television. If your diet is the best diet out there, then do you really need to make these kinds of comparisons?

    January 31st, 2013 12:35 pm Reply
    • Jen

      There is plenty of scientific, peer reviewed research backing traditional diets. It’s not that hard to do the research. Most people reading here have already done it.

      It sounds to me like you’re on the wrong website. Did you think you were on a vegan site?

      January 31st, 2013 1:52 pm Reply
    • David Eagen


      Do you watch a little too much Glenn Beck? You attack with name calling and source improper quotes.

      “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” is credited to Desiderius Erasmus’s Adagia (1500). Erasmus is an extremely famous “Dutch” philosopher, teacher, writer, etc . Being from the Netherlands is much different than Germany. This quote is used among people in business and especially in the investment community. Wall street is full of people who quote this all the time.

      In your second paragraph you make a statement without any names, facts or comparisons. This fails to do any justice to your argument.

      Again in your third paragraph you call names and diatribe that is typical of Glenn Beck and his arguing with idiots philosophy. You know how I can tell you follow this philisophy, because everyone who does sounds like an idiot. Example “If your diet is the best diet out there, then do you really need to make these kinds of comparisons?”

      I hope you keep reading this blog, maybe some day you can learn something. Sarah keep up the good work and great articles.

      January 31st, 2013 2:30 pm Reply
  • Dave

    what about the millions of people that did not make it that eat meat and a traditional diet come on is this the best you can do to make a comparison.please

    January 31st, 2013 11:24 am Reply
    • Kathy

      They’re not talking about the ‘traditional’ (SAD) Standard American Diet. They are talking about a traditional diet from properly raised animals. The source of the meat makes a big difference.

      January 31st, 2013 11:55 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Good Morning Sarah! Our 16 month WILL NOT eat store organic eggs but gobbles down the farm eggs. The little ones sure do have a distinguishing palate! They seem to know what is better for us than some adults!

    January 31st, 2013 12:17 pm Reply
    • Kurt

      Sadly the word ‘organic’ regarding our food supply is not of use as it was intended. Of course the corporations in control have seen to this. Personally, I would rather consume a small amount of known toxins, from a trusted source, rather than rely on a government label for saftey. Remember, these are the people that bring us fuoride, chem trails, bombs and guns, and give their stamp of approval on a host of illness causing medications.

      January 31st, 2013 3:09 pm Reply
    • Goats and Greens

      Awesome, great for your 16 month old!

      February 1st, 2013 12:04 am Reply
  • kristen

    I always thought KerryGold Butter was a good source of pastured/grass fed butter but the ingredients list does say pasteurized cream. ?

    January 31st, 2013 12:05 pm Reply
    • Magda

      KerryGold is made from cream that comes from pasture-fed cows, but it’s not raw. You would have to source raw butter locally…. So yes, it’s a good source but local raw butter would be ‘best’, if you can get it.

      January 31st, 2013 5:36 pm Reply
  • Lovelyn

    Following a traditional diet really makes a huge difference in how I feel. Since I cut out vegetable and started using traditional fats my health has improved tremendously.

    January 31st, 2013 11:05 am Reply
  • april

    When I switched to a more traditional diet I began to suffer from gallbladder/pancreas pain as my body was removing the garbage stuck for so long inside from the s.a.d. diet .at some points in the begining it came out in chunks..Now I only suffer if I eat something “standard”.. healing sickness?

    January 31st, 2013 12:01 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Yes, if one has been eating lowfat for awhile, the gall bladder can become very inactive and when fats are eaten again, it can take an adjustment period. Go slow and use herbal bitters if necessary to stimulate bile production.

      January 31st, 2013 12:05 pm Reply
  • Yissell

    Sarah – On a note about butter I would like to share something. I normally buy KerryGold Butter every week, but about two weeks ago I noticed it is more “spreadable” and soft than previous packets. The consistency has changed, and even the paper is wrapped in a different way. Does anyone has noticed the same thing? I buy mine at Trader Joe’s (if that makes any sense). Thanks.

    January 31st, 2013 11:47 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Who knows what might be happening there … food manufacturers play so many games and the deal is always changing so it’s hard to keep up with sometimes! A more spreadable brick butter from Kerry Gold is not a good sign though as that usually means there’s some sort of vegetable oil that is added to soften it. Best to stick with a local farm where you know exactly what you are getting. Butter is so easy to make (see my video on this) so if you can’t actually get local butter, then get cream and make it yourself.

      January 31st, 2013 12:04 pm Reply
    • Nate, Grass Fed Cattle Farm Ranch Hand

      its most likely a natural, seasonal change in grazing that creates higher butterfat content. kerrygold is pure 100% grass-fed butter either pasteurized and salted or cultured. nothing but sunlight and grass and no oils or additives. you can disregard “Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist” ‘s post, she dont know jack!

      February 1st, 2013 1:53 am Reply
      • Nate, Grass Fed Cattle Farm Ranch Hand

        I’m just kidding Sarah, love your site! But dont talk smack about that Kerrygold!

        February 1st, 2013 1:55 am Reply
  • Kenedi – Real Food Whole Life

    So glad we never started the fruit juice habit with our kids. People are always amazed at the amount of raw milk I buy each week, but I quickly remind them, that this IS what we drink. There are no other beverages in our refrigerator.

    January 31st, 2013 11:34 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Fruit juice from the store is liquid junk food.

      January 31st, 2013 12:06 pm Reply
    • MamaCassi

      we also have a fridge always stocked w/ raw milk, but never fruit juice. my kids get milk or water, and i push milk. they think juice is the stuff that comes out of my juicer. for their health, i know this is a phenomenal trade-off!!!

      January 31st, 2013 4:08 pm Reply
    • Jennifer

      Kombucha or Water Kefir are THE BEST “juice/tea/pop” beverages to have around the house in addition to raw milk. Our bodies need all sorts of probiotics on a daily basis to stay healthy, why not use flavored drinks to get it into our systems? Kids love it and it really helps to be able to take something “special” to social gatherings while everyone else is sucking down HFCS.

      February 20th, 2013 11:44 pm Reply
  • Janelle

    Why is everyone blaming fruit for Ashton’s pancreatic issue? How long was he even eating a fruit-based diet? What was he eating for the decades prior to this diet? I am sure whatever his diet was like before would have to be to blame and not the fruit. We are making HUGE assumptions.
    Take a look at some of these very intelligent man’s articles on sugar:
    “High fat diets tend to raise blood NEFA levels, moderately, but the resultant insulin resistance is not readily reversible due to the accumulation of lipid metabolites inside cells, which, in one way or another, degrade the insulin receptor, producing glucose intolerance and apparent diabetes.”

    January 31st, 2013 11:16 am Reply
    • Beth

      Yes! Thank you for posting the link Janelle.

      I love milk and butter (we can’t always get it raw or grassfed), but I also love fruit. There are some days when we eat fruit with our meals and no veggies. But we do eat grains, meat and fat with it, as well…everything in moderation. It’s easy to eat, it’s sweet and has awesome nutrients in it. I DO love butter on toast though. :)

      February 3rd, 2013 10:32 pm Reply
  • Sharon

    WOW! This just made my Thursday! We’re in our thirties and feel WAY healthier than we did in our twenties, post-traditional diet days. My husband has gotten much better definition from his workouts while drinking raw milk. To see this on such a public level is just awesome.

    January 31st, 2013 9:41 am Reply
    • Sharon

      *pre*-traditional diet days!

      January 31st, 2013 9:42 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Makes me re-think how much fruit my kids eat…and wish it wasn’t illegal to buy/sell raw dairy products in our state :( Guess I will need to start raising goats myself!

    January 31st, 2013 8:30 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Fruit and fruit juice is seriously overrated as a “healthy” part of the diet. Traditional Northern European cultures ate little if any fruit.

      January 31st, 2013 9:06 am Reply
    • Kyla

      You can get typically get around the legality issue if you use a co-op or CSA. Depends what state you live in. In the Midwest it’s pretty easy to get.

      January 31st, 2013 3:45 pm Reply
      • Michelle

        Thanks Kyla! We live in MD…our CSA won’t touch the topic with a 10 ft pole. It’s crazy how strict they are. I hear stories of people using secret passwords to pick up their raw milk from the back of flower shops…you would think they were trying to by drugs :( I have asked around locally with no luck, but I am determined to keep trying.

        January 31st, 2013 4:34 pm Reply
        • Kyla

          Hi Michelle,
          Are you part of your local Weston A. Price Chapter? I’m sure someone from that group could lead you in the right direction. It is a sweet sweet drug!!

          January 31st, 2013 4:46 pm Reply
        • Greg

          Here in NC it is very hard to get it as well. Some of the local farmers will sell it “for animal consumption only” as is a law here, but it is still very difficlut unless you know someone that knows someone that has a cow…

          January 31st, 2013 5:18 pm Reply
    • Fiona

      Where I live it is illegal to purchase raw dairy for human consumption, but sellers have managed to get around it by selling it as “bath milk”. I’ve recently found a great farm that’s starting buying groups soon, and on their website they said they’ve got “raw bath milk” so I’m extremely excited by this (up until now I could find NO source of raw, healthy milk in my state). My thought was to get a goat too (once I’ve moved somewhere with a bigger yard), but it may be that I don’t have to 😉 (although I probably will… raw milk can be super expensive, and if I could get my own raw goat’s milk that could save some money).

      February 1st, 2013 4:55 am Reply

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