My grandmother had a saying that she often repeated, “good better best, never let it rest, your good is better and your better is best.”
Now you maybe wondering, how does that apply to our wellness?
Well, I feel it is important to always strive for the best. And that applies, absolutely, to our quest for wellness.
Let me give you an example: butter is good, far better than margarine or any of the processed vegetable oil spreads – which are basically, those counterfeit, non-food items in the grocery store.
Grass-fed butter from the grocery store is definitely better than your average butter. That is due to the healthy life of a cow on pasture – pastured animals produce food products that are significantly higher in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a super fatty acid that is much higher in grass-fed vs. grain fed meat and butter from a ruminant animal. CLA has been linked to preventing cancer, encouraging the development of lean muscle, the burning of fat as energy, and reducing your risk for diabetes, amongst other things). Grass-fed butter is also richer in Vitamin A – beta-carotene, as well as fatty acids, so, definitely, grass-fed butter from the store is better.
Now, best would be 100% locally produced, raw milk, and butter from grass-fed cows. Why? Local means fresh – much fresher – therefore, more of the fragile nutrients, vitamin C for example, and Vitamin E, again, fatty acids, are in a much more stable and bio-available form. Raw means more enzymes, and more fatty acids. All the benefits listed above from the CLAS’s are present in super amounts in raw butter.
To sum it up, butter from the store is much better than margarine. Grass-fed butter is much better than that, and best would be your local, 100% raw milk, grass-fed butter – again, applying the principle: good, better, best.
This scenario plays out with just about everything we base our wellness on. Sleeping, for example, six hours is good, and seven is better. In my opinion, eight, maybe nine hours of sleep would be best.
Think about our vegetables – organic ones at the store, definitely good – a big jump up from the non-organic vegetables there. Your organic local grower, where you can inspect and trust his farm, is of course, much, much better, and buying from him also puts the local dollar back into the local economy!
Now your best option would be harvesting vegetables from a garden that you tend and keep in your backyard. You compost and re-mineralize on your own, and therefore, you can care for it far more specifically than even your local grower. You also get the benefit of tending the garden: by being in it during the sunny times of the day, you’re getting your vitamin D. By breathing in the fresh air, you’re getting more oxygen to your tissues. By the activity of work and twisting movements, you’re moving the lymphatic’s of the abdominal organs – opening up the inner ciao, or the middle acupuncture meridians, as the Chinese medicine would call it. So, tending your own garden would be best.
To sum this illustration up:
Organic vegetables from the store = GOOD
Locally grown organic vegetables = BETTER
Your own homegrown organic vegetables = BEST + added benefits from gardening
Speaking of gardens, my grandfather and my father shared with me the importance of victory gardens in the United States during the era of WWII.
The victory garden was encouraged because they wanted everyone to produce as much food as they could from their own yard so that it freed up more of the commodity food to be shipped overseas to our boys fighting the war.
I think we need to revitalize, rejuvenate, and recreate the victory garden, because it’s best.
In that case, perhaps we should rename the grass-fed ranches and farms “victory farms” and “victory ranches” because they’re best. These victory producers are doing what’s best for us and for the soil.
So start today, if you can only afford the good, regular butter and some organic vegetables (try shopping according to the “dirty dozen” list and the “clean fifteen” – which you can look up online).
Then, get protein back in your diet, and include the good fats of butter, olive oil and coconut oil. Then work towards the best and continually work to turn that good choice into the better, and then into the best.
When we continually strive to do that, we improve our health, we improve the health of our landscape and our world communities – the soil that our crops and our animals are raised in. But it doesn’t stop there. Monocultures and revitalized soil can actually change weather patterns for the better. So when we’ve worked together to do that, we have helped the entire planet.
And along the way, don’t forget what my Grandma D always said, “good better best, never let it rest, your good is better and your better is best.”