Another bump for butter: good butter (organic, pastured butter or ghee) is good for healthy teeth. Especially alongside fermented cod liver oil.Two books that I read this past summer really made me reassess the food/way I eat. I had always been a bit of an "everything in moderation" type eater, and assumed that I was eating fairly healthfully - yet my weight kept going in the wrong direction, and I was tired a lot.
The first was Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food from Sustainable to Suicidal by Mark Bittman (This one "scared me straight", so to speak, and I think of it as my grocery store Rosetta Stone.)
The other was Toxic Legacy: How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment by Stephanie Seneff, PhD (I had always tried to buy organic as much as possible, but this shed new light on the importance of not just organic produce, but also grains, legumes and nuts. Glyphosate is used as a desiccant on so many crops - not just GMOs - prior to harvest. The book is pretty technical in parts, but she also has some wonderful suggestions at the end on how to avoid glyphosate in your diet and improve your health.)
It was not easy, and I was really hungry at first and craving sugar. Had to push through that. I'm not sure if those books inspired me, or scared me, or just made me mad. It seems to have worked, though. As I feel healthier, it's gotten easier to eat healthier. I do have to cook more, though, which is difficult time-wise. I spend way less at the regular grocery store, and way more at the local health food store. I'm hoping it kind of evens out money-wise...
My own two cents would be - don't sweat the butter, just try to get a local or organic brand that you trust - check the ingredients on the crackers and try to buy a brand that uses whole, organic grains and no added sugars or ultra-processed ingredients - chocolate, mmmm... if you can, give it up for a week and see how you feel. Is it the chocolate you enjoy, or the sugar? If you can find some with 4 grams or less of sugar, that might be enough to hit the sweet spot.
A good company that is VERY careful about glyphosate (does strenuous and continuous testing and will not sell anything with glyphosate) is healthytraditions.com. I've been purchasing skin products, cooking oils, dark chocolates, and lots of other foods from them for over a decade now.
Thanks for the book recommendations!