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Holiday Eating: Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues & Weight Gain

September 19th, 2016

As summer gives way to fall, the holiday season begins gleaming from just around the corner. Shelves are filled with holiday lights and trees, gifts and goodies. The holidays mean so much in so many different ways, family, togetherness, tradition, gratitude and giving – and let’s be honest – over-indulgence. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, days are filled with holiday gift baskets and gift exchanges while nights ring with the toasting of cheers, coupled with decadent holiday treats.

Many people find that they end up suffering from post-holiday blues (and weight gain!), a sort of emotional drop after the celebratory craze of Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and the like. What most people don’t consider is why they end up feeling this way. In fact, the post-holiday letdown seems to be offhandedly attributed to perceived social or cultural elements. What most fail to consider is that it is in fact the huge spike in indulgent eating and drinking from the end of November to the beginning of January.

High sugar, wheat, and alcohol, food coloring from red and green everything, and even more sugar – this is the true culprit for the post-holiday blues – and of course, weight gain.

Here are some tips to help you avoid, minimize, or at least bounce back from the holidays:

  • DO make moderation your friend. DON’T make November to January a free for all.
  • DO choose a few key days or events to allow yourself to indulge, i.e. actual holidays and holiday parties. Keep your in between eating extra healthy and SATIATING with grass-fed butter, meats, and eggs, organic greens, and fermented foods.
  • DO keep your gut health in check. Sugar, wheat, alcohol and processed foods wreak havoc on the gut, which in turn wreaks havoc on neurotransmitter functioning, which leads to cravings, brain fog, moodiness, irritability, and digestive complaints. Increase your intake of probiotic-rich foods like kombucha tea, grass-fed kefir, fermented sauerkraut and kimchi. Grass-fed bone broth is also highly beneficial to gut health and the digestive tract.
  • DO skip low-fat, high sugar, processed foods as much as possible – and opt for high quality fats such as grass-fed butter, pastured eggs, grass-fed meats and coconut oil. Not only will they keep you satiated but they will help manage potential blood sugar spikes from all the sugar and alcohol. Enjoy a bullet coffee or some grass-fed butter on butternut squash before heading out to your next holiday event. By going in with a high quality fat in your stomach you won’t be as tempted to high tail it to the dessert table – especially if your gut health is in check.
  • DO consume extra probiotics and omega 3 fatty acids after indulging. They will help repair some of the damage done and can help get you back on track so that one bad meal doesn’t turn into weeks of over-indulgence.
  • DO ask people to bring non-dessert items and/or non-traditional foods to holiday gatherings. Pinterest has so many cute, festive ideas using healthy foods. Enjoy a nice warm seasonal butternut squash soup or sweet potatoes with grass-fed butter. Make a holiday scene out of organic fruits and vegetables. Make a pumpkin yogurt dip using raw honey and grass-fed yogurt.

What tips or tricks do you use to get through the holidays without excess weight gain or post-holiday blues? Send us your suggestions!

Crock Pot Recipes: Grass-fed Pot Roast with Shallots, Baby Carrots, and Potatoes

August 15th, 2016
Ingredients
  • 2-3 lb Grass-fed Chuck Roast
  • 16 Organic Baby Carrots, peeled (or 5-6 large carrots cut into thirds)
  • 6 Shallots, peeled
  • 4 Organic Potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Garlic powder
  • ½ cup Grass-fed Beef Broth
  • ¼ cup Red Wine (optional, for richer flavor)
  • Pastured Butter, Ghee or Organic Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. Season grass-fed chuck roast with garlic powder, sea salt, pepper,  and herbs de Provence
  2. Heat a pan on med/high heat, then coat the bottom of the pan with pastured butter, ghee or coconut oil
  3. Place grass-fed chuck roast in pan and brown the first side, then turn over and brown the second side (roughly 4-5 minutes per side)
  4. Put the meat in a crock pot/slow cooker and add grass-fed beef broth and wine
  5. Add shallots, carrots and potatoes to crock pot, then sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and herbs de Provence
  6. Place lid on crock pot and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low
  7. Enjoy a delicious grass-fed meal with loved ones

Grass-fed Meat, Eggs, Dairy: An Abundant Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

July 28th, 2016

We’ve come to associate omega-3 fatty acids with seafood, flaxseeds, and supplements, but back in the day they were also found in our meat, eggs, and dairy. Unfortunately, as animals have been taken off of the omega-3 rich grass, instead jammed into feedlots and fed a diet of grains and other nutritionally-lacking fillers, their supply of omega-3 fatty acids has diminished. This includes not only meat but eggs and dairy products as well.

Grass-fed meat, dairy and eggs remain a rich source of the highly beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, while also being highly nutritionally abundant all around. Besides increased omega-3s – as much as 10 times  more than factory/feedlot ainimals – grass-fed food is lower in fat and calories than grain-fed, and richer in vitamins and nutrients including:

  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
  • Vitamins A, D, E and K
  • B-Vitamins Thiamin and Riboflavin
  • Antioxidants
  • Minerals Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium
  • Beta-Carotene

Furthermore, research shows that lean grass-fed beef actually lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol levels

Other benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in grass-fed foods are that they may reduce the risk of cancer, even slowing the growth of many types of cancers. Diets rich in omega-3s have also been linked with decreased incidence of depression, Alzheimer’s, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, high blood pressure, cancer, irregular heartbeat and more.

Eat Fat for Heart Health?! (Hint: Must be Grass-fed)

June 15th, 2016

The faulty 1950s “science” touting full-fat butter, eggs, meat, and dairy products as increasing risk of heart attack is finally being turned on its head. Since switching to a low fat, high grain diet Americans have become fatter than ever, unhealthier than ever. Science has finally caught up, and the verdict is in: eating full-fat grass-fed dairy products is better for your health. One of the main reasons for this is that grass-fed dairy products have up to 5 times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a highly protective that when consumed from grass-fed sources will be absorbed and store in the body’s tissues.

Furthermore, CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to support long-term health and fitness goals including weight loss, fat burning, lean muscle building and muscle retention, even during weight loss. Other benefits of CLA on the body include increased metabolic rate, enhanced muscle growth, decreased food-induced allergic reactions, and lower cholesterol and insulin resistance. CLA is also beneficial in improving osteoporosis, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, high blood pleasure, and diabetes, enhancing the immune system, and fighting cancer. Research has linked its cancer fighting capabilities to colorectal, lung, skin, stomach, and breast cancer, with even a small addition of CLA resulting in over 50% tumor reduction.

A recent study of over 3,500 people linked CLA tissue levels with decreased risk of heart attack – by an astounding 50%.

What’s more, grass-fed beef, butter and dairy have been found to have countless nutritional differences compared to feedlot sourced foods, including:

  • Lower in artery clogging saturated fat, and higher in healthy unsaturated fat
  • Lower in total fat
  • Lower in cholesterol
  • 5 times higher CLA content – cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid
  • Higher omega-3 content plus a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
  • Higher in beta-carotene
  • Higher in vitamins A, D, E, and K
  • Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  • Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  • Higher in antioxidants

Go ahead and enjoy some delicious grass-fed butter, eggs, yogurt, beef – good for the taste buds, and good for the heart!

The Grass-fed Movement: A Return to Traditional Farming

June 2nd, 2016

The past few decades have seen a growing number of local farmers returning to the old ways. Ranchers and local farmers are opting to keep their animals home on the range, allowing them to forage on pasture instead of being sent to feedlots where they are fattened up on GMO grain and soy, fed antibiotics (which is adding to our own antibiotic resistance), and forced to live under the worst of conditions. Besides being cruel and inhumane, factory farming leads to incredible environmental degradation, and yields food that is subpar in nutrient quality.

By allowing animals to roam on pasture consuming their native diet, we are not only freeing them from the cruelty of factory farming, but we are supporting local famers and businesses as well.

Furthermore, grass-fed meat, eggs, and dairy products are much healthier. Compared with feedlot meat, grass-fed meat has less cholesterol, saturated fat, and total fat, and more vitamins and nutrients. Grass-fed foods have been found to be higher in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B, C, D, E and K, beta-carotene, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and more.

When you choose grass-fed you are choosing health, animal welfare, and local business. You are supporting the small-scale farmer, the environment, and your family’s health and nutrition. Visit farmfreshdirect2u.com for a selection of grass-fed meat, eggs, and dairy as well as organic produce, kombucha tea, healthy snacks, and other locally sourced foods.