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Health & Nutrition: The Importance of Starting Young

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Children listen more than we even realize. They listen, learn, and model their behavior after the adults in their lives. This is doubly true for eating habits. Their childhood provides the building blocks for a lifetime of nutrition. The child who grows up eating grass-fed meats and dairy, organic vegetables, fermented foods, the child who eats real food, is going to grow up vastly different than the child who grows up eating processed food, GMO food, pesticide and antibiotic-ridden food. Besides the obvious nutritional benefits, a child who grows up eating grass-fed and organic will learn the importance of making healthy choices. They will also know where their food is coming from.

Most children nowadays can’t identify a cauliflower. Processed snacks are the norm, low-fat being one of the few standards of “health” that people abide by – which inevitably leads to more health problems and weight gain thanks to the increased sugar and chemicals. Never mind that the body actually needs fat to function properly, and that by choosing fats from healthy sources, i.e. grass-fed meat, pastured eggs, grass-fed butter and ghee, coconut oil, and the like. The last half century had it wrong, and the faulty research is finally being overturned. How do we keep this going? How do we push back against the obesity epidemic, diabetes epidemic, rising cancer rates, mood disorders, autoimmune disorders? By educating our children and arming them for a different kind of future, a return to the ancestral diet, to vibrant health and wellness, to locally owned, produced, harvested and farmed foods and goods.

A client of mine shared with me a story of her son, how he had been having arguments with people over health. He argued with his teacher over the merits of low fat “foods” which he knew were ridden were sugar and chemicals. He argued with another adult citing conventional grains, particularly wheat, as unhealthy. He was reported as having turned down sports drinks because of food coloring. He voiced a preference for pastured eggs. His favorite drink is the drinkable yogurt that he gets at his Mom’s FarmFreshDirect2U.com pick-ups every other week.

Your children are listening. You are impacting their choices and habits – even when they are not with you. They are sharing information – this is especially meaningful, for our children are our future. If we are not teaching them the importance of grass-fed and organic foods, of health and nutrition, of traditional sustainable food sources, of supporting local farmers and business owners, what will that mean for our future? More processed foods and GMOs, more obesity and cancers and diabetes epidemics. Ingrain healthy habits and arm them with knowledge for a better future – their own, and our culture at large.

Food for thought as you enjoy this week’s farm order with your family.

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

Thursday, 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.

Kick Sugar for Good – Tips & Tricks for a Healthy Life

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Our last article explored the dangers of sugar. This week we are sharing some tips and tricks to help you cut sugar out of your diet and get healthy. By minimizing sugar, wheat and processed foods and not depriving yourself of healthy, grass-fed, and whole food sources, you should find that your weight naturally stabilizes. You may even find your overall health improve, including mood, focus/concentration, digestive health, inflammation, and even pain.

Tips to Cut Sugar:

Craving chocolate? Have some magnesium!

Nourish your gut flora with probiotics – grass-fed/pastured and fermented, unpasteurized food sources are best, including grass-fed kefir, pastured cheese, and sauerkraut, though high-quality probiotic supplements can help as well; improved gut health has also been associated with better mood and even increased feelings of willpower. If you can’t absorb and process the nutrients you are eating, than your body and brain can’t function properly. Gut health is strongly linked to neurotransmitter functioning, as well as absorption and processing of vital nutrients.

Increase healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, grass-fed meats, pastured cheese, grass-fed butter  – they are nutrient rich and satiating – and contrary to popular belief, health fats don’t make you fat – but sugar and processed “foods” do!

Increase your grass-fed meats and pastured dairy products – they are much lower in saturated fat and significantly higher in vital nutrients including magnesium, omega 3’s, B vitamins, and conjugated linoleic acid which has been found to reduce cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and body fat.

Go cold turkey – because eating sugar, wheat and processed foods makes you crave more sugar, wheat, and processed foods. It also makes you hungrier.

Have a protein-rich breakfast.

Choose healthy carbohydrates and pair them with healthy fats and proteins. Enjoy a sweet potato with grass-fed butter and a delicious grass-fed steak.

Be prepared – pack healthy snacks, prep meals for work, plan out your menu for the week.

Eat when you’re hungry, and don’t get obsessive about calorie counting – instead, focus on eating foods that are real, whole, and natural. Get back in touch with your body’s natural hunger cues – and listen to them! Eating healthy fats and protein with healthy carbohydrates will naturally be more satiating – the worst thing you can do is starve yourself of nutrients, especially when trying to clean up your diet.

Rest and destress – try yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, acupuncture, massage, etc. to stave off stress-induced binges. Make sure you are getting adequate rest, as not sleeping enough can throw off leptin and ghrehlin levels which are responsible for appetite/satiation.

Don’t punish, guilt or shame yourself for making mistakes, just take a step towards getting back on track, and another step, and another. Before you know it you will be making progress towards a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

If you feel a craving and want to give in, wait it out. Sit with the feeling for 5 minutes, no judgment, just feel it. Just because a feeling arises doesn’t mean that you have to act on it, this too shall pass.

Nutritional Value of Grass-fed & Pastured Foods

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words. See for yourself – pastured and grass-fed foods including pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, chicken, cheese, raw milk, pastured butter, grass-fed chicken, etc. are significantly higher in essential nutrients like CLA, Vitamin E, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

We’ve spotlighted the benefits of CLA in earlier blog articles, detailing its role in weight loss and lean muscle building and retention, cancer prevention, and countless other benefits.

Now we are going to spotlight another super-nutrient: Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Research has found that Omega 3 fatty acids are extremely beneficial to the following:

Heart Health

Cholesterol Triglyceride Levels

Children’s Learning & Behavior

Short Bowel Syndrome in Children

Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke

Retinal and Brain Development in Infants

General Brain Function, Including Memory and Parkinson’s Disease

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder – ADHD

Autoimmune Disorders, e.g. Lupus, Nephropathy

Osteoporosis

Crohn’s Disease

Certain Types of Cancer Including Breast, Colon and Prostrate

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Depression

Asthma

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

As with most nutrients, whole foods are the optimal source. Fish and nuts aren’t the only food source of omega 3 fatty acids. Grass-fed animals have 2-4xs the omega 3 fatty acid content as their grain-fed counterparts, with the added benefit of being lower in fat and calories.

Sources: Facts & Photos

www.americangrassfedbeef.com

eatwild.com

foodgraphs.net

providencefarmallnatural.com

Mercola.com

Lose Weight, Boost Mood and Memory, Improve Health with Grass-Fed

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Reasons why hormone-free, chemical-free, GMO-free, pastured and grass-fed farm raised foods are better for your health, and how to boost mood, memory and weight loss efforts:

Eating choline-rish pastured eggs boosts acetylcholine which impacts mood, focus, and memory. Pastured eggs are also a natural source of vital omega 3 fatty acids.

Consuming grass-fed milk, yogurt and cheese aids the body in producing norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for motivation, concentration, and alertness as well as memory formation and storage. Furthermore, sugar and wheat cause cravings, whereas increasing your consumption of nutrient-rich healthy fats and protein from grass-fed sources will have a more satiating effect while benefiting overall mood and cognition.

Grass-fed cheese, pastured butter, raw milk and cottage cheese have been found to be excellent sources of conjugated linoleic acid (cla). CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to promote long term weight loss, fat burning, and lean muscle building and retention, as well as increased metabolic rate. CLA has also been found to help against inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, food-induced allergic reactions, and even improves the immune system as well as insulin resistance.

Eating a cup of cooked, organic spinach will aid your body in making use of essential amino acids. Spinach is rich in folic acid, which has been found to help your body better synthesize both serotonin and norepinephrine. Studies have linked folic acid deficiency with depression.

Boost serotonin with trytophain-rish grass-fed meats and pastured cottage cheese, free from antibiotics, chemicals, and GMOs. Serotonin is a vital neurotransmitter for learning, good mood, healthy sleep, and memory. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, aggressive behavior, and insomnia.

Consuming probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods helps with digestive health as well as mood and brain functioning. By restoring proper gut balance, your body can better digest and utilize the key nutrients responsible for optimal neurotransmitter functioning.

By choosing grass-fed, pastured sources for your meat, chicken, eggs, milk cheese, yogurt, and kefir, you are providing your body with a higher source of nutrients without the dangers of GMOs, pesticides, and chemicals. Besides being more filling and satiating, grass-fed foods typically have 2-5 times the content of essential nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, vitamins A, E, D, B12, folic acid, beta carotene,  and more.

Health & Taste Challenge: Try 2 farm fresh, pastured eggs and compare them to 2 factory eggs from the store. The pastured eggs are plumper, tastier, and infinitely more filling and nutritious – it would take 2-4 factory eggs to get the nutrient content and satiation of only 1 pastured egg!