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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.

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

Monday, 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!

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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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