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Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Grass-fed Beef with Apples & Veggies

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Grass-fed Beef with Vegetables

2 lbs grass-fed beef

3 tbsp pastured butter

2 cups beef broth

1-2 organic apples

2 tbsp raw honey

Ground pepper to taste

Salt to taste (on vegetables)

1 cup water

*Vegetables – carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onion, etc.

Combine ingredients in crockpot

Set to low and let sit for 4-5 hours

Easy Ways to Gradually Clean Up Your Diet – and Improve Your Health!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Improving your diet can seem like a daunting task. There are so many different opinions, seemingly conflicting research, false quick-fix claims, it can be overwhelming. However, with the ever increasing link between health and diet, cleaning up your diet should be priority 1, particularly if you are suffering from any health problems. Obesity, diabetes, pain, inflammation, arthritis, mood, memory, cognition, heart disease, cancer, and countless other diseases and health issues are directly linked to your diet and lifestyle choices.

The good news is, you can begin improving your health right now. Here is a list of adjustments you can make – pick one and start there. Once you have eased in to that change, gradually add in – or remove – other items bit by bit. Over time, you will be amazed at how much better you feel. Weight loss, decreased need for pharmaceuticals, reductions in disease symptoms, increased mood, energy, focus, and overall health are just some of the benefits people report from cleaning up their diets.

Add Healthy Fats (& Proteins)

  • Avocado
  • Pastured Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Grass-fed Meat
  • Pastured Eggs

The best thing I ever did was add healthy fats to my diet. I noticed that I was fuller and more satiated, my appetite and cravings went down – and my weight along with it. I don’t need to eat as often, and I feel more satisfied.

Note: Healthy fats are crucial to cognition and brain function.

Eating more fat will make it easier to remove other things from your diet, as healthy fats help stabilize your blood sugar. Feeling satisfied and satiated is a much easier way to start off than feeling hungry and having cravings. Your body’s natural hunger cues will start to stabilize over time, and you won’t feel the need to eat as often and you will feel more satisfied.

Add Probiotics

  • Pastured Kefir, Yogurt
  • Kombucha Tea
  • Fermented Vegetables, Sauerkraut
  • High Quality Supplements

Your overall health is largely impacted by your gut health, from pain and inflammation to allergies, skin, and digestion. What’s more, without balanced gut bacteria your body doesn’t properly digest and process nutrients, and your brain does not get the necessary fuel and information for proper functioning. Your gut plays a role in neurotransmitter functioning, including serotonin levels and functioning, which are responsible for good mood.

Do you ever feel like sometime you have excellent “willpower” to abstain from eating unhealthy foods, but that at other times you feel almost out of control with cravings? Your gut health plays a role in this “willpower” feeling. A healthy gut sets you up for success.

Add probiotic rich food and quality probiotic supplements into your diet.

Decrease Sugar & Wheat

Cancer. Heart Disease. Stroke. High Blood Pressure. Pain. Diabetes. Arthritis. Memory Problems. Mood Swings. Irritability. Fatigue. Lack of Concentration and Focus. Mental Fog.

Sugar literally feeds disease.

Did you know that eating a whole wheat sandwich is just as bad as a candy bar? Whole wheat, whole grain wheat, white wheat, it’s all the same. Just because advertisers slap a label on it claiming that it’s healthy and chock full of 9 whole grains doesn’t change the facts: wheat turns to sugar in the body, causing inflammation and feeding disease just like sugar.

High levels of insulin as a result of excess sugar consumption are fuel for cancer cells. Sugar is the likely cause of the rise in cancers such as breast and colon.

Sugar is addictive – this is why it is especially important to add healthy fats and probiotics into your diet to help you combat the initial cravings. Once you make it 3-4 days without sugar or wheat you will find it easy to resist. As more time passes, you won’t even desire it anymore.

After a couple of weeks you will be amazed at how you feel. With minimal sugar intake, and a base diet of healthy fats, proteins, and greens, you should feel better than ever. Reported benefits include:

  • Improvement & Stabilization of Mood
  • Increased Energy
  • Increased Focus & Cognitive Functioning
  • Effortless Weight Loss & Stabilization

Remember, this isn’t about deprivation. Your healthy fats will provide satiation and satisfaction in a different way – a way that sustains and nourishes you instead of leaving you addicted, tired, and sick.

Eat More Greens & Color

Get your vegetables and antioxidants. Opt for organic and locally farmed whenever possible. Enjoy variety and nourish your body with a range of vital nutrients.

Remove Chemicals & Choose Whole Foods

If it has a bunch of ingredients you can’t pronounce let alone identify, skip it. If you don’t recognize it, your body won’t either.

Enjoy the Health Benefits

You literally are what you eat. By nourishing your body with the proper nutrients and minimizing chemicals, sugars, and other toxic ingredients from your diet, your health and well-being can be dramatically improved.

You can either be feeding disease or nourishing your health – you are worth this commitment to your health and well-being.

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