If you can afford it, use butter (or other fats) to help greens taste great and fill you up.
I had a patient who brought his “uncontrollable” diabetes under control to the point where he could get off his insulin simply by switching to a low carb diet for a few weeks and eating real food, including more vegetables slathered in organic, pastured butter. But he came back unhappy in spite of success. Why? He couldn’t afford to keep eating real food.
Medicare pays for insulin, glucometers, lancets, strips, but not for broccoli.
In 2007, medicare and other insurance companies spent $12.5 billion to buy patients their diabetes medications. This month, the CDC published a study showing only 23 percent of Americans eat three servings of greens on a daily basis. I don’t know how much money they spent doing this study, yet another in the stream of studies showing the same exact thing, but I bet it’s more than they’ll spend helping farmers who grow actual real organic veggies. If GMO corn, soy, wheat, and potatoes are the only subsidized crops, then the 40 million American people who live in poverty in 2010 (which is about 12 percent of us all) will eat those four crops and little else. It’s not rocket science.
So what about the rest of us?
A big reason the 150,000 other Americans who can presumably afford to eat a little better don’t probably has something to do with the fact that there’s not enough healthy fats in the store to accompany the greens and make them taste as delicious as they should. Organic butter from pastured cows costs 5-10 times as much as margarines and spreads, olive oil is way more expensive than canola oil or the other garbage vegetable oils, and coconut oil, lard, and other REAL FOOD fats are not even available in your ordinary grocery store.
What can you do? Get Social! And take back the foodchain.
You can gripe, sell your brother’s Mad Magazine collection, feed your kids GMOs and keep eating junk. But I don’t advise that. Instead, you could join a local group of food enthusiast’s, one of many healthy mom’s groups popping up all over Facebook, call your senate Ag Committee and ask them to STOP subsidizing the industrial junk food crops so farmers can start meeting the unmet demand for real food.
A couple of my favorites: