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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!

CLA and weight loss, muscles, cancer, heart health, and more

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Looking to get lean, build or maintain muscle? One promising answer is conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which can be found in grass-fed meat and raw dairy products from grass-fed animals such as beef, milk, butter and cottage cheese. CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to support long-term health and fitness goals including weight loss, fat burning, lean muscle building and muscle retention, even during weight loss.
Other benefits of CLA on the body include increased metabolic rate, enhanced muscle growth, decreased food-induced allergic reactions, and lower cholesterol and insulin resistance. CLA is also beneficial in improving osteoporosis, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, high blood pleasure, and diabetes.
Furthermore, CLA enhances the immune system and fights cancer. Research has linked its cancer fighting capabilities to colorectal, lung, skin, stomach, and breast cancer, with even a small addition of CLA resulting in over 50% tumor reduction.
Unfortunately, there is a deficiency of CLA in the average American diet, a trend that has risen with the obesity and cancer epidemics in recent decades – as the availability of CLA in our diets has decreased. The meat and dairy industry has shifted away from grass-fed, free-range, and natural and gone the way of feedlot systems and the addition of hormones, additives, chemicals, antibiotics, toxins, and more. Animals under these conditions are more susceptible to disease, and produce nutritionally inferior meat and dairy products, not to mention the sheer cruelty of their living conditions in many cases.
This shift has brought with it a decline in the CLA content of meat and dairy products, which research has highlighted as a serious potential factor for the rise in obesity, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems. Fortunately, there is a solution: grass-fed beef and raw dairy from grass-fed sources. Grass-fed meat and dairy have been found to contain three to five times more CLA than grain-fed.
So whether you’re a bodybuilder, athlete, looking to drop a few pounds, prevent or fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, are against animal cruelty, or just want to improve your health, one vital component is the addition of grass-fed beef and dairy to your diet – it’s a healthier, tastier, and humane way to optimum health. Shop farm fresh, support local, and fuel, heal and nourish your body with superior nutrition.

Resources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/23/conjugated-linoleic-acid-from-grass-fed-beef.aspx#!
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mike8.htm

Farm fresh Orlando: Eat more cheese

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Farm fresh Orlando: Eat more cheese
For years we have seen a shift towards low fat diets, yet we are more obese as a nation than ever before. We are deficient in calcium, vitamin d, omega-3 fatty acids, and other vital nutrients. Cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and countless other illnesses are the norm, not the exception. We have stopped eating real food, depriving ourselves of valuable nutrients and optimum health for the sake of quick and easy, low-fat, fad diets, quick “fixes,” bad “science,” and the like.
Our culture yo-yo diets, alternating between eating entire boxes of low calorie diet treats and restricting ourselves to egg whites and fake, low fat products with a paragraph or more worth of chemicals in the ingredients list – most of which we cannot pronounce let alone identify. This clearly isn’t working for us. Recent and emerging research backs this up.
Real food – as opposed to boxes full of chemical laden “stuff” – is naturally satiating because it is full of nutrients and fats that are communicating. Real food provides essential nutrients like tryptophan, phenylalanine, choline, folic acid, b vitamins, and more that work with the brain to trigger neurotransmitters to release serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and acetylcholine.
Problems with memory? Learning? Appetite? Motivation? Alertness? Concentration? Body Temperature? Blood Pressure? Osteoporosis? Heart problems? Want to lose weight? Eat more real food, eat more dairy.
The bottom line is this: healthy fats are good for you. Dairy is good for you. Dairy is an abundant source of protein, calcium, vitamins A, D, and B12, potassium, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin, and healthy fat, leaving you feeling more satisfied after eating it. Eating more dairy, including cheese, milk, and yogurt, has been linked with reduced belly fat, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and weight loss. Unfortunately, not all dairy is created equal.
Commercial dairy products are laden with hormones, antibiotics, and omega-6s (bad fat), and lower in vitamins and nutrients than farm fresh grass-fed dairy products. Thankfully there is an alternative: raw, grass-fed dairy. There is an increasingly popular movement in this direction across the nation, Orlando and surrounding Central Florida areas have seen a rise in supply and demand as consumers become more aware of the health benefits of going farm fresh as opposed to commercially produced.
Grass-fed raw dairy is richer in vitamins, nutrients, “good” fats, antioxidants, vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, and conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA has been linked with decreased risk of breast cancer; ““switching from grain-fed to grassfed meat and dairy products places women in this lowest risk category.” Furthermore, because of the CLA content, consuming full-fat dairy products – provided they are from grass-fed (farm fresh) not grain-fed (commercially produced) sources – is associated with decreased risk of heart attack and cancer. Grass-fed cheese is has four times as much CLA than grain-fed cows. The verdict: skip mass produced and go farm fresh. Skip the low fat, diet, fake, boxed chemicals and go for real, raw, farm fresh, natural, honest to goodness FOOD. Now that’s a New Year’s Resolution worth making.

For more information:
http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm
http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/proteins.html
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cheese-unhealthy/#axzz2puWVudB7
http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6413146/Eating-more-cheese-can-help-fat-people-lose-weight-study-claims.html

Heart Disease on the Rise: Could Grass-fed foods help?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Heart Disease on the Rise:  Is the Prudent Diet of any Help?

There are reasons heart disease in the U.S. has increased dramatically in the last 50 years, and you may be surprised to find that they are not related to the consumption of saturated fat or your blood cholesterol levels.

In the early 1900s, heart disease was practically unheard of. By 1950, coronary heart disease, especially fatal clots that caused myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attacks, was the leading cause of death in the U.S., causing more than 30 percent of all deaths. By 1960, there were at least 500,000 heart disease deaths a year in the U.S. As of 2005 roughly one in five deaths was due to heart disease.

Why the increase?
Americans are living longer giving them more time to develop the disease, have more sedentary lifestyles, and are feeling the effects of years of cigarette smoking, but diet is the main contributing factor.

Back in the 1950s, we gave up our “natural” diets and started eating the way that food conglomerates, the American Heart Association and the government told us we should. Instead of using butter, lard and coconut oil for cooking, we ate the recommended vegetable oils, which contain heart-harming trans fats.

Americans were advised to follow the “Prudent Diet,” in which corn oil, margarine, chicken and cold cereal replaced butter, lard, beef and eggs. (The diet was based on the lipid hypothesis, which states: “saturated fat and cholesterol from animal sources raise cholesterol levels in the blood, leading to deposition of cholesterol and fatty material as pathogenic plaques in the arteries.”)

When asked to support the diet, Dr. Dudley White refused, saying: “Back in the MI-free days before 1920, the fats were butter and lard and I think that we would all benefit from the kind of diet that we had at a time when no one had ever heard the word corn oil.”

To decrease your risk of heart disease, include grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, organic eggs and produce, and raw dairy in your diet.

Sources:
http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/oiling.html

CLA- The good fat

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

As we move in to the spring and summer months I thought a few words were needed about CLA.  What? You’ve not heard of this amazing fat?  CLA, or Conjugated linoleic acid, is a type of fat created by the bacteria in the digestive track of ruminant animals.  Research shows that it has significant anti-cancer properties and helps the body to lose weight and put on muscle. Yes you read that correctly!   Our obsession with the low-fat diet has caused us to overlook this particular nutrient and challenges conventional medicine notions of fat as dangerous.
Now here comes the good part.  Dr. Dhiman, a CLA researcher, has found cows who have grain as the predominant part of their diet (the kind whose beef and dairy you find in your grocery store) produce four times less CLA in their milk than cows eating their natural diet, rapidly growing green grass.  This also translated to the meat as well.
Perhaps we can start turning the corner on associating red meat with cancer and other ills and see it as a nutrient dense power house.  This is especially the case with Florida grass-fed beef, milk and butter.  Living in Orlando we can take advantage of the year round sunlight for our health needs.