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Farm Food Spotlight: Fermented Foods

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Adding fermented foods to your diet is a great way to rebalance your gut microbiome and improve your digestion, mood, focus, brain functioning, endocrine function, immune system, and overall health. Much of our lifestyle lends itself to damaging our gut health, everything from excessive antibiotic intake to pesticides to sugar and processed foods. Even the water we drink can wreak havoc due to the chlorine, fluoride, and other impurities. This makes it even more important to add foods like kefir, yogurt, fermented sauerkraut and vegetables, grass-fed bone broth, kombucha tea, and kimchi to our regular diet.
When shopping, always opt for grass-fed, organic sources. Besides being higher in nutrients overall, they aren’t broken down by over-processing, chemicals, pesticides, etc. – with the added bonus of supporting the little guy, i.e. local farmers and small businesses. FarmFreshDirect2U.com offers a range of living probiotic and prebiotic foods packed with beneficial gut microflora, including:

Grass-fed Raw Dairy

  • Yogurt – Goat
  • Yogurt – Cow
  • Finnish Style Raw Yogurt
  • Creamy Yogurt
  • Milk Kefir Grains

Fermented Foods

  • Salsa Verde
  • Pickled Beets
  • Fermented Curried Cauliflower/Broccoli
  • Fermented Country Vegetable Mix
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Dill
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Spicy
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Garlic/Dill
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Garlic
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Jalapeno
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Dill/Carrot
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Original
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Amish Made
  • Fermented Sauerkraut – Habanero
  • Cortido: Latin American Sauerkraut
  • Honey Mustard Kimchee
  • Organic Sauerkraut Juice

Kefir is a restorative drink, rich in probiotics, enzymes, macro and micronutrients, countless vitamins and minerals.
Kombucha tea is an adaptogenic drink that supports healthy digestion
Grass-fed bone broth is boosts gut health and repairs digestive lining.
Fermented sauerkraut is nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory, and chock full of beneficial probiotics that promote microbial equilibrium.
Consuming these and other naturally probiotic foods has been linked with improvements in a number of issues; countless people have experienced a reduction in symptoms of:

  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • Mood Disorders
  • Ulcers
  • Reflux
  • Obesity/Weight Gain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • IBS
  • Colitis
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Food Allergies/Sensitivies
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Cancer
  • Stress
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • UTI’s
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Metabolic Conditions
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Rheumatism
  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hyptertension
  • Joint Pain
  • Infections
  • And more!

Visit FarmFreshDirect2U to place an order or learn more

Raw Butter: The Healthy Fat Superfood

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Dietary fat has been villainized since the 1950s. The fact of the matter is, not all fats were created equal.  Fat from sources such as raw pastured butter, unrefined coconut oil, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, pastured eggs, and raw milk provide the body with vital macronutrients. From the endocrine system to cognition, healthy fats play a key role in functioning.

Raw butter: unheated, unprocessed, unpasteurized, un-homogenized, i.e. contains all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that nature intended. It is essentially a nutritional powerhouse, chock full of vitamins and nutrients.

Furthermore, many people who are “lactose intolerant” or “casein intolerant” are able to enjoy raw pastured dairy products such as raw milk, butter, cheese, kefir, and yogurt. This is because it is actually pasteurized dairy products that are to blame for these “intolerances.” The way they have been manipulated not only robs them of essential nutrients but also enzymes that aid the body in breaking them down and absorbing said nutrients.

Raw butter and dairy products are not only safe but overall superior food sources than their factory counterparts. In fact, raw butter and dairy from pastured cows, who are allowed to roam pasture and remain free from GMOs, chemicals, pesticides, and antibiotics, are real life superfoods. Raw butter in particular is rich in a multitude of nutrients that aid in the body in a number of ways:

  • Raw butter is chock full of highly absorbable forms of Vitamin A and iodine, which are both vital nutrients for thyroid health and functioning
  • Like unrefined coconut oil, raw butter is rich in lauric, which helps with digestive problems including candida
  • Raw butter is a rich source of antioxidants which have been shown to combat cancer and protect against artery weakening
  • Raw butter is a natural source of Vitamin D, which helps promote strong bones and teeth
  • The healthy fats in raw butter help facilitate hormone disbursement in the body, i.e. promoting endocrine health
  • The healthy fats in raw butter also help improve skin complexion
  • Raw butter is a source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid which is an anti-cancer agent as well as muscle
  • Raw butter is also rich in Vitamins E and K and the mineral selenium

Tips to Stay on Track with Healthy Eating this Holiday Season

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Here are some tips to stay on track – or get back on track – with healthy eating this holiday season:

  • Fill up on protein, healthy fats and veggies before going for the sweet stuff/carbs.
  • Eat a healthy, filling meal before going to holiday parties and events.
  • Keep your gut health in check – this can help with mood, cravings, and digestion.
  • Choose organic & grass-fed meats, dairy, fruits and veggies – especially apples, potatoes and other foods that don’t have a protective skin. Besides protecting you from the dangers of antibiotics and fillers, pesticides, GMOs and chemicals, grass-fed foods have also been shown to have a higher nutrient content, including vital nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), vitamins B, D, E, and K, magnesium, and more.
  • Substitute raw sugar in place of other sweeteners –it is chockfull of anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits along with delicious taste.
  • Use pastured eggs in your baking – not only are they more flavorful and lower in saturated fat, they have more nutrients which many find makes them more filling – they are naturally rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A, E, D, B12, beta carotene, and folic acid.
  • Choose grass-fed butter in your sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, cakes, cookies, pies, and more – it’s another great source of CLA, with a deliciously rich flavor – and the perfect ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Include probiotic-rich fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha tea, and kefir in your diet to promote healthy digestion and balance gut health.
  • Limit wheat, sugar and alcohol – and if you do choose to indulge, eat mindfully and follow up with probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, and healthy meats and veggies to get yourself back on track.
  • Don’t skip meals or starve yourself with crazy diets/detoxes – just resume healthy eating, especially greens, healthy fats and proteins, and fermented foods: grass-fed beef and chicken, pastured eggs, organic coconut oil, pastured butter, avocado, organic spinach, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha tea, and other healthy options.

Wheat, refined sugars and alcohol wreak havoc on your health, throwing off digestion, ph levels, appetite, even mood and cognition. They are largely to blame for the holiday blues as they can leave us feeling moody, irritable, foggy, sluggish, anxious, irritable, depressed – and craving more for several days after indulging. Mood and cognition are dependent on the nutrients and messages from our gut; a healthy gut is key to getting back to our vibrant, energetic, happy selves.

Nutrition for Health: A Client’s Story

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

This week I would like to share the story of one of my patients/clients. She came to me for acupuncture about 6 years ago, struggling with a number of issues. In addition to treating her with acupuncture and neurofeedback, I counseled her on nutrition. She began by engaging in some temporary trial and error with many of my suggestions; as time went on, she began to realize clear and significant differences in her symptoms and how she was feeling. Today she follows the nutritional approach that I introduced her to, sharing with others her incredible journey to the best health of her life.

-Steve

If you’re having digestive issues, mood issues, brain fog, pain, cravings, etc. consider your diet. Increase intake of REAL foods – mostly grass-fed meats and organic vegetables – and *decrease* your intake of processed, artificial, “food” – especially sugar, fake sugars, wheat, food coloring, words you cannot identify, etc. Also consider adding probiotic-rich foods to help repair the damage and promote gut health – which in turn promotes overall digestive health, good mood, focus, satiety (as opposed to cravings), and more.

I personally find that the drinkable kefir helps me a lot. I’ve taken to adding a few ounces to my post-workout protein shake, as well as after dinner as a way to seal the gut and curb evening cravings. I have found that when I am “craving” something it is usually a clear sign that something is off – and 9 times out of 10, drinking kefir or kombucha tea satisfies and re-balances my system, satisfying the sense of urgency to give in to cravings.

For years I struggled with my health, including intense joint pain, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. I went through every medication available; I even underwent in-patient treatment. When I came to Steve for acupuncture, I was distraught, nearly hopeless. He began treating me with acupuncture and neurofeedback, as well as counseling me on nutrition. At the time I was eating egg whites and rice cakes much of the time, then having uncontrollable food binges where I consumed just insane amounts of wheat and sugar. My weight fluctuated drastically week to week, and my mood was… Inconsolable. I was depressed, anxious to the point of feeling trapped inside my own body. There were days that I couldn’t get out of bed, where I couldn’t even speak.

Steve encouraged me to add healthy fats into my diet. I started with a slice of avocado every afternoon. I gradually added egg yolks back in.

He encouraged me to limit sugar, and even consider giving up wheat.

I tried it for 6 weeks. My weight began to stabilize. My mood and focus improved.

The holidays came, and I began eating all of the baked goods and holiday treats that we’ve come to associate with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hannukah.

For the next year I cycled up and down, until my weight climbed from the mid-140s to 178 lbs. Despite all of my efforts, I couldn’t get it back down below 165. I felt sick, sluggish, tired, moody, irritable. I was obsessively counting calories, living in the shame of an eating disorder.

I went back to the advice Steve had given me. I took a break from the dieting, from measuring and counting and obsessing. I began eating healthy, whole foods. Eggs and bacon for breakfast, meat and vegetables for lunch and dinner. The fog began to lift. The weight began to melt off. My overall health and state of being began to improve. And it has just gotten better from there.

Steve armed me with the tools necessary to get my health on track. He completely changed my approach to health, he has changed the questions I am asking. Now when I feel a symptom, I ask myself, what is my body trying to tell me? What am I missing, or consuming in excess? What am I doing differently? Have I taken any new medication that could be impacting my gut health? My health is what it is today because (1) I am asking the right questions and (2) I know the right answers.

If I eat unhealthy, i.e. bad oils, sugar, wheat, processed foods, I feel incredibly strong symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, cravings/urges to binge, and an overall brain fog. I even find that I have difficulty with my coordination, dropping things, being clumsy. I suffer from bone pain as well.

If I eat healthy, i.e. healthy fats like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, full fat raw dairy, grass-fed meats, organic vegetables, and probiotic-rich foods like kefir and kombucha tea, with only a small amount of sugar or processed foods, I feel… Healthy. Energetic. Focused. Vibrant. Strong. Satiated. All of my issues resolve.

I would urge you to consider every symptom of your body – mental or physical – as a sign that something is missing or in excess from a nutritional standpoint, then work to bring things back into balance. This has resolved every symptom that has arisen for me, from intense bone and joint pain to feelings of depression, anxiety, OCD, lack of focus, brain fog, fatigue. The things is, the majority of our health concerns, physical and mental, are tied to nutrition. We can resolve many of our symptoms and complaints by cleaning up our diet. Steve is a major proponent of the traditional/ancestral diet, of eating real food, organic, grass-fed, free from chemicals, GMOs, pesticides. His food service Farm Fresh Direct 2U offers just that – he brings the best of the best from farms around the state right here to Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Saint Cloud, Windermere, Oviedo, all around Central Florida. He brings us the opportunity to improve our health from the ground up.

I have never been healthier than I am now. My entire quality of life has changed. I am forever in gratitude to Steve. With every delicious bite of grass-fed brisket and every creamy sip of drinkable kefir I say thank you.

-Jade Alexandra

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!