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Raw Honey for Allergies, Recovery, Weight Loss, & More!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

The cute little honey bear at your local grocery store? Chances are it’s fake. Fake as in a mix of corn syrup and other unsavory things. At the very least, it has been so overly processed, heated and filtered that it’s lost what makes it such a nutritional powerhouse. Worse yet, if it’s from China it has likely been contaminated with everything from chemicals to antibiotics to low cost syrups and sugars. An astounding 76% of “honey” products from grocery stores contained no trace of bee pollen whatsoever.

Raw honey is the way to go: pure, unfiltered, unpasteurized, made by bees, a gift from mother nature herself.

Raw honey has been shown to help with sleep problems, seasonal allergies (best to go with a local source), low energy, and recovery from intense exercise. Other benefits of locally sourced raw honey include:

  • 60% improvement of symptoms of hay fever, allergies, and asthma
  • Promotes healthy weight management when used to replace sugar
  • A high quality source of vitamins, minerals, pollen, and even protein
  • Restores glycogen stores – making it the perfect pre- and post-exercise energy booster
  • Contains antioxidants that help boost the immune system and have even been found to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other diseases
  • 22 amino acids
  • 27 minerals including iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, selenium, potassium, and phosphorus
  • 5,000 enzymes
  • Source of B-Vitamins
  • Low glycemic index, i.e. it doesn’t cause the sugar spike/elevated insulin levels like white sugar

Replacing sugar or high fructose corn syrup with raw honey has been found to help with weight loss efforts. Studies have found that consuming raw honey can actually activate hormones that suppress appetite.

Need another reason to stock your pantry with this superfood? It. Tastes. Delicious!!

 

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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.

Gut Health, Part II: Probiotic-Rich Foods & Repairing Your Gut

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Traditionally fermented, unpasteurized foods are key to optimizing gut health, as is limiting processed, refined, and pesticide/chemical-ridden food. Eating fermented foods like saukerkraut, raw kefir, grass-fed yogurt, and fermented vegetables are a great way to rebalance your gut bacteria and improve your overall health.

Destroys gut flora, avoid:

  • Antibiotics – avoid them unless absolutely necessary. Follow-up your treatment course with a hefty dose of fermented foods and/or high quality probiotic supplements.
  • Chlorinated Water
  • Fluoridated Water
  • Antibacterial Soup
  • Pesticides & Agricultural Chemicals
  • Processed Foods
  • Sugar
  • Factory-farmed, i.e. conventionally raised, meats, eggs, and other animal products – they are fed low-dose antibiotics and fed genetically modified grains.

Improves gut health, consume more:

Kefir is one of the most gut-friendly foods, with balancing and restorative properties. Kefir is a rich source of probiotics, enzymes, macro and micronutrients, and countless vitamins and minerals including vitamins B and K, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and proteins, including tryptophan, an essential amino acid known for its calming and relaxing effects. Kefir has been used to treat allergies, intestinal disorders, respiratory diseases, anemia, mood disorders, ulcers, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, UTIs, some cancers, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Autism, depression, migraines, acne, eczema, psoriasis, candida overgrowth, osteoporosis, rheumatism, and more.

Kombucha tea is an adaptogen and supports healthy digestion, which in turn supports healthy brain functioning, mood, and cognition. Kombucha tea is a rich source 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 boosts immunity and suppresses the release of cortisol, i.e. stress-hormone that has been linked to stubborn belly fat, impaired mental clarity and functioning, depressed mood, and hypertension.

Grass-fed bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, gelatin and chondroitin sulfate. Besides boosting gut health and repairing digestive lining, bone broth boasts a range of other health benefits as well, including fighting inflammation, reducing joint pain, inhibiting infection, and promoting healthy bones, teeth, hair, and nails.

As always, support your local farmer and opt for grass-fed, organic sources. Besides being higher in nutrients overall, they aren’t broken down by over-processing, chemicals, pesticides, etc.

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.

The Grass-fed Movement: A Return to Traditional Farming

Thursday, 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.