How to Make Ghee

I make ghee regularly to have on hand at home. It’s got a great flavor and a high heat point so is perfect for cooking eggs or sautéing brussel sprouts for LCHF and keto. Since it removes the milk protein, ghee is Whole30 approved.

Here’s my latest batch.

Another advantage is that it is stable at room temperature for several weeks or longer, especially in these small mason jars which seal as they cool. This makes it great for camp cooking in the RV.

I’ve also started making flavored ghee. Here are my recent creations of garlic-basil and turmeric-curry. They have a great through and through flavor. Notice that the ghee solidifies and becomes opaque when it is stored in the refrigerator.

Ghee is very easy to make. Below is an article to walk you through the steps.

I’ve started using a thick bottomed tea kettle to boil the ghee. It keeps the bottom for scorching as easily and, if you’re careful, allows for you to pour off the ghee directly into the containers without straining it.

Finally, I have two bits of advice. First, don’t turn up the heat too high or the solids at the bottom can create a strong scorched nutty flavor. Second, leave it alone until it froths up a second time. It won’t be ready until then.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Learn how to make ghee (aka liquid gold), how long homemade ghee lasts, and what its health benefits are.
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How to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, According to a Top Brain Doctor.

Good advice from Dr Perlmutter. If you want to learn how to implement this in your life, we teach it every day.

There’s no pill to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, but there’s plenty you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s, according to Dr. David Perlmutter.
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Hard work beats Big Pharma. Every time.

Wow! Just wow!
My patient’s Hgb A1c went from 13.5% to under 7% with a little free metformin and lots of low carb, healthy fat (LCHF) hard work in just 7 months.
Beat that Big Pharma! 
I’m so proud of them.  It is just a joy to walk with my patients as they get healthier and healthier.
-Dr. McColl

Latest Low-Carb Study: All Politics, No Science | Psychology Today

Here is a very nice critique of the recent ‘low carb will kill you’ study. It’s helpful to pull away the hype and expose the truth behind how this study failed to accurately gather dietary data over time and didn’t actually study low carb nutrition. I consistently see in my practice how LCHF reverses health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Are low-carbohydrate diets, which are delivering so many people from chronic disease, really also potentially deadly?
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Eat real food.

Anyone that’s looked at my Wellness Prescription handout knows that the first step of good nutrition is to eat real food. After that, we need to engineer a low enough carbohydrate diet to achieve our health goals. Typically, I recommend newbies start at 100gms per day, but I always individualize that level with each patient at their office visit and adjust it as they grow in experience and success.

With all the reaction to the new ‘low carb is killing you’ study, I liked what cardiologist Aseem Malhotra, MD had to say about it during a recent interview. Essentially, eating fake food is always not good for you even if you are generally low carb. However, real food that is low carb is the best of all. If you don’t know what that is or how to implement it in your life, come see us at Trinity DPC. We talk about this stuff all the time.

We have two upcoming ‘Food as Medicine’ discussions that are free for members and $20 a person for non-members.  Carly Slagle, RD and Dr. Hone are hosting a meeting in Maryville on August 23rd from 12 to 1pm.  In Hardin Valley, Carly and I will be hosting a discussion on September 4th from 1 to 2pm.  Call our office you have any questions.

How the keto diet and intermittent fasting boost sports peformance – Business Insider

For athletic performance, eating a keto or high-fat diet to become a better fat-burner might help people recover more quickly and perform at a higher level.
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Low carb, high fat nutrition (LCHF) helps with so many areas of our life and health from reversing diabetes to improving athletic performance. Find out more in our DPC program where physicians work hand in hand with nutrition educators including a registered dietitian and personal trainers at our 24/7 gym called VitalSigns to benefit our patients. Call our offices to find out more.

Advice on Feeding Panthers and Wolves

No, I haven’t taken up veterinary medicine (yet), but I have been researching the best nutrition for my companion dogs and master of a cat for several years.  We’ve made some minor changes along the way but I’ve never taken it too far. It always seemed like a big step from grocery store kibble to home cooked (or raw) meals. I’m not sure my wife and I have the energy to meal prep for a couple more hungry dependents in our house. 

However, I recently met Dr. Einertson via twitter.  He has recommended several excellent sources of information to understand LCHF for dogs and cats. In particular, I’m finishing up ‘Dogs, Dogfood, and Dogma‘ by Daniel Schulof which I would highly recommend for any dog owner. Think of it as ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’ by Gary Taubes for canines.  I imagine the cat food industry has similar parallels. 

Dr. Einertson’s personal nutrition story was recently highlighted in The Post Bulletin. It’s a powerful story on the effect our individual choices make upon our lives. 

I Have A Way To Beat This Thing

As to his advice for my pets, thankfully, we were already feeding Chester, our feline overlord, a highly recommended cat food that doesn’t break the bank. However, in our first attempt to improve our dog’s dry kibble Eli declined to eat and Kye vomited several different places in the house. So we’re going to have to go even slower in our transition in their diet. 

Sugar in disguise 

David Unwin, MD, a fellow LCHF advocate published these handy little graphics to help people understand the various amounts of equivalent sugar in common foods. I think it is a pretty powerful visual aid. 

If you’re not sure what glycemic index and glycemic load mean, then ask us the next time you’re in the office. We’ll help you sort it out.