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Pastured Eggs Vs. Free-Range Eggs Vs. Factory Farmed Eggs

April 28th, 2016

Eggs – one of the most economical, nutrient-rich foods to nourish your family – provided they are pastured. Pastured eggs are rich in vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, and both cholesterol and saturated fat – which are GOOD for you, despite 50-60 year old “science” was decades of research have been refuting. (That’s right, the cholesterol and saturated fat in pastured eggs are GOOD for you – so skip the egg white and enjoy!!)

Now, here’s the thing. When you go to the grocery store, you are faced with countless options. Regular, factory farmed eggs, vegetarian eggs, flaxseed/omega eggs, free range eggs. Therein lies the problems:

  • Not one of these is PASTURE RAISED.
  • Chickens are NOT vegetarians.
  • Most of these are fed GMO soy, corn, grain, etc.
  • Free range is NOT the same as Pasture Raised.
  • Chickens need to be outside to get vitamin D from the sun.

Factory chickens are crowded in cages, with little to no room to move or even turn around. They are fed GMO feed, pumped with antibiotics to contain the frequent outbreaks of salmonella, and live a miserable existence, providing sub-par eggs with only a fraction of the nutrients their pasture raised counterparts have.

Free range eggs means the chickens are giving access to the outdoors – this time tends to be minimal, if at all. They too are overcrowded into large, windowless sheds, handled by factory workers in clean room suits because of their high susceptibility to disease – because of their living conditions, and since they are not given antibiotics. That is what free range, big organic chicken farms really look like.

Truly pastured eggs are from local farmers who keep their chickens outdoors, allowing them to eat their natural diet of bugs and worms (that’s how they get their PROTEIN), while roaming around in the sunshine soaking up vitamins and nutrients. Compared to factory farmed eggs, truly pastured eggs have been found to be significantly richer in vitamins and nutrients, including:

  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 to 13 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • · 3 times more vitamin E
  • 5 times more vitamin D
  • · 7 times more beta carotene
  • · 50% more folic acid
  • · 70% more vitamin B12
  • · 10% less fat
  • · 34% less cholesterol

Concerned about costs? Consider this: you would have to eat 5 factory farmed eggs to get the same amount of vitamin D from 1 pastured egg. 1 pastured egg provides you with infinitely more nutrients. What’s more, besides being more flavorful and delicious, many people have found that pastured eggs are more filling, meaning it only takes 1-2 pastured eggs to fill them up as opposed to 2-4+ factory eggs – likely because of the nutrient content. In the long run you may actually save money!!

Each farm we source our food from was handpicked from Steve Moreau, the creator of FarmFreshDirect2U.com. What’s more, he regularly visits the farms himself – ensuring peace of mind for each of us that our food is being properly, safely, and humanely sourced. He hosts a yearly gathering where you the customer can go visit the farm, and see the chickens, pigs, and other animals roaming freely about the rich, green landscape – free from the antibiotics, pesticides, GMOs, overcrowding, GMO grain and corn feed, and other issues rampant in the factory farming industry.

Farmfreshdirect2u.com is about  a return to tradition – sustainable and traditional farming, ancestral and traditional nutrition, and the relationships of olden days where our grandparents knew exactly where their food was coming from – and the local farmers providing it.

Kombucha Tea

April 14th, 2016

Lifestyles have changed dramatically in recent decades. We are constantly on the go, over-stimulated, and way over-stressed. Though our stress response is one of our most valuable defense mechanisms during real times of crisis, over-activation of this response wreak havoc on our system.

Incorporating relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and mindfulness are helpful. Proper, restful sleep, exercise, enjoying nature, time with good friends, unplugging from our gadgets and electronics, also helpful.

But here’s one handy helper that you didn’t know about: Kombucha Tea.

Besides being an adaptogen, Kombucha tea supports healthy digestion, which in turn supports healthy brain functioning, cognition, and mood. Kombucha tea is also chock full of B vitamins and Vitamin C. B vitamins have been found to help stabilize mood, regulate anxiety, improve concentration, and even help fight depression. Vitamin C suppresses the release of cortisol – that pesky stress-hormone that has been linked to stubborn belly fat, impaired mental clarity and functioning, hypertension, and depressed mood. What’s more, these vitamins are highly bioavailable, unlike make supplements.

Swap your morning coffee for Kombucha and start enjoying these and other benefits.

FarmFreshDirect2U.com currently carries the following delicious, homemade Kombucha tea flavors: Blueberry, Cherry, Grape, Lemon Ginger, and Plain

With multiple pick-up locations all around Central Florida, we offer Kombucha tea, pasture raised eggs, grass-fed meat, and countless other farm fresh foods available for order and pick-up just minutes from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Kissimmee, Windermere, Winter Garden, Casselberry, and Oviedo.

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Butter is a Health Food – Good for the Heart & Healthy Weight

March 24th, 2016

We’ve been eating butter for thousands of years, long before the heart disease epidemic that began in the 1920s and 1930s – and has risen to be today’s leading cause of death.

Despite them being staples in our diet for centuries, the cause was attributed to foods like meat, butter, and eggs. Over the past 50-60 years, we have been told to limit these foods. Grocery store shelves have increasingly been filled with low-fat, fat-free, and light “foods” – which have been filled with sugars, chemicals and additives to improve the taste after removing the fat. Aisle and after aisle is filled with chemical-laden, processed, sugar-filled (real and fake) substances. There is added sugar in most peanut butter, there is wheat in soy sauce, there is food coloring in snacks aimed at children.

We removed/limited meat, eggs, and butter, and increased sugar, wheat, grains, chemicals, processing, factory farming, and low-fat/fat-free “foods.”
The result?

Heart disease has risen, as have diabetes, childhood and adult obesity, and countless other health problems.
It has taken decades of rising disease epidemics, but science and medicine are finally starting to realize that blaming new health problems on the centuries-old traditional diet simply does not make sense.

Natural foods like grass-fed meats, butter, and eggs are not the problem – they are not the cause of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc. – sugar, wheat, chemicals, and factory farming are.

Sugar and wheat are addictive; they wreak havoc on the body, including digestive health, mood and cognition, and blood sugar.
Factory farming is not only cruel and inhumane, but the diets and living conditions yield a significantly inferior product, i.e. lower in nutrients, as well as ridden with antibiotics.

Food coloring has been linked with issues ranging from mood and attention to impulsivity and aggression.
Many food additives and chemicals are designed to trick your body’s hunger, addiction, and satiation cues so that you overeat. Nevermind the difficulty your body has in processing them.

Natural foods, on the other hand, provide nourishment. Grass-fed meat, butter, and eggs have 3-5xs the nutrients of factory-farmed foods. Furthermore, the saturated fat-cholesterol-heart disease link has been refuted, debunked, turned on its head. In fact, the saturated fats in foods like these have actually been shown to IMPROVE blood lipid levels – both raising HDL (“good” cholesterol) and changing LDL (“bad” cholesterol”) into Large HDL. What does this translate into? Lower risks of heart disease.

What’s more, grass-fed butter is chock full of Vitamin K2, a vital nutrient that de-calcifies your arteries. Most people have never heard of Vitamin K, but as local farms and the grass-fed movement rises, we are rediscovering the benefits of this vital nutrient.

The best foods sources of Vitamin K2 are high-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows. Besides dramatically reducing the risk of heart disease, consuming this nutrient also reduces the risk of osteoporosis, as it partly prevents the process of calcium leaching out of the bones and into the arteries.

Furthermore, eating high healthy fats such as grass-fed meat, butter, and pastured eggs has been linked with a reduced risk of obesity.
The verdict? Eat more grass-fed butter, eggs, meat, and dairy. Limit processed, low-fat, fat-free, diet, sugar, wheat, fake sugar, chemicals, additives, food coloring, etc. See how much your health improves.

For grass-fed beef, butter, pastured eggs, and more right here in Orlando visit FarmFreshDirect2U.com and order now
We have have multiple pick-up locations around Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, and Windermere

Grass-fed Beef: Good for the Heart

February 29th, 2016

Whether you’re worried about heart health, embracing the Paleo lifestyle, or just looking to improve overall health, grass-fed beef is an ideal addition to your diet. Why grass-fed?

The dietary and environmental differences in how cattle are raised impacts the nutrients you get from eating them. A conventional, factory raised cow subsists off of grains and corn, antibiotics, and living conditions that are both unhealthy and inhumane (hence the need for antibiotics). A grass-fed cow eats grass and naturally foraged foods, and gets to live a natural life, i.e. pasture raised.

Besides the obvious benevolence in pastured raised versus factory farmed, food sources from a grass-fed cow is going to provide infinitely more nutrients due to both sun exposure and the animals consuming their natural, healthy diets.

What’s more, grass-fed beef may have heart-health benefits that factory farmed/grain-fed beef sources lack. Benefits include:

  • Lower in total fat, including saturated fats which have been linked with heart disease
  • Higher in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
  • Higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fat that has been linked with reduced heart disease and cancer risk, as well as increased lean muscle and fat loss
  • Higher antioxidant vitamin content, including vitamin E
  • Higher in minerals including minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
    • Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
    • Higher in beta-carotene

Note: Grass-fed beef cooks a bit faster than grain-fed beef. Keep an eye on the temperature with a cooking thermometer. Remember that the meat will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat, so remove it from heat once it reaches a temp that is 10 degrees lower than your desired temperature.

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Grass-fed Chicken Soup with Bone Broth & Sweet Potatoes

February 15th, 2016

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp pastured butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 4 organic sweet potatoes, skinned & chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 stalk organic celery
  • 1 organic onion
  • 3 large organic carrots
  • 3 cups chopped organic spinach, red or white
  • 1 ½ lbs raw grass-fed chicken thighs, chopped
  • 4 cups grass-fed bone broth
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Saute onion, celery, carrots, and garlic in a pain with melted butter for 5 minutes on medium heat
  2. Add raw chicken pieces & spices, keep stirring until chicken is browned and onions are soft
  3. Pour into large pot
  4. Add chicken broth, sweet potatoes, & cabbage  and simmer for 30 minutes on medium; stir occasionally
  5. Serves 3-5