Russian Custard

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You know how I'm following GAPS diet, right? If you're not familiar with this type of eating then you'll probably be shocked to know that most of my calories come from fat. For real. Mmmmm fat... Sorry, I started thinking about egg yolks and fried chicken skin and bacon and avocados and ghee and... oh man, I did it again. Focus, Taryn.

And maybe that's why I don't feel hungry or deprived. Actually, not maybe. I know for certain it's why I'm not starving and hangry all the time. I know my body needs fat, and so does yours. You know what it also needs? Cholesterol. (Again, for real.)

(PS - If you want a super entertaining but educational read on the importance of a real food diet, I highly recommend you read Liz Wolfe's book called Eat the Yolks.)

But I'm not going into nutrition lecture mode here. I'm asking you to trust me that you can eat fat and cholesterol in real food forms (read: NOT McDonald's) and not get fat. And more importantly, I'm asking you to believe me when I tell you that being afraid to eat certain foods or food groups is not healthy.

Even following the GAPS diet where I purposefully avoid foods (and even food groups) that are irritating to my digestive system, I have taught myself not to demonize those foods. I can still have them from time to time without anxiety or guilt. I'm not going to ruin my good health by enjoying a treat that makes me happy.

For the last couple weeks we've been talking about body image and food and how the two are so closely related. But today I have a recipe for you, and a bit of a challenge...

Challenge:

STOP BEING AFRAID OF FOOD! That's it. It's simple, but not easy.

Recipe (from the GAPS book):

Russian Custard

Ingredients:

  • 2 raw egg yolks (preferably free-range from a farm you trust!)
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp of honey

Directions:

  1. Put egg yolks and honey in a bowl and whisk (hand mixer recommended) until it thickens and becomes pale yellow. Then eat.

You can easily scale this up to serve more people. It's sweet, creamy, and full of nutrition. It's great with fruit or as a topping for pancakes and waffles. I haven't done this yet, but apparently it also works as a substitute for heavy cream in a recipe!

It may seem weird and you may think I'm crazy, but I'm challenging you to try it. Give your body more of what it needs and stop being so afraid of food!