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Eating grass-fed like our ancestors.

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

What did our ancestors really eat? Whether we live in modern Orlando or ancient Florida, we still need the nutrients only grass fed beef, raw milk and other farm fresh foods can provide.

We know that ancient man did not cook spaghetti and meatballs, order pizza delivery or pick up large fries through a drive-through, but exactly what made up the caveman’s cuisine?

What we do know about our Paleolithic forbearers diet comes from the study of animal bones, and early hunting and eating utensils. Although there are varying opinions on what these ancient people consumed, many researchers believe that early man lived on a diet that contained large amounts of fat, particularly saturated fats from animals.

A collection of essays, “Ice Age Hunters of the Rocky Mountains,” reports that hunter-gatherers of the North American continent ate fatty meats from animals such as mammoth, camel, sloth, bison, mountain sheep, beaver, elk, and llama. They may also have consumed milk from some of these animals.

While Paleolithic sites have reveled plant food remains of seeds, berries, roots, nuts, leaves and bulbs, the amount of plant food in the caveman diet varied according to the climate and locality. For example, there were few plant foods in the diets of those in arctic climates, but in tropical regions, palm nuts and coconuts provided large quantities of saturated fats. Seafood in coastal regions would also have provided fat for primitive man, particularly omega-3 fatty acids.

Primitive people didn’t neglect their sweet tooth either. Many tribes ate a lot of honey. East coast American Indians consumed generous amounts of maple syrup. The Eskimo’s made fermented foods they described as tasting “as sweet as candy.”

Though we don’t know exactly what ancient people’s diet consisted of, we do know that fat played an important role in keeping them strong, healthy and alert. While we don’t have access to many of the foods of our ancient ancestors, we can still maintain more “natural” diets by including raw milk and cheese, grass-fed beef, pastured eggs and chicken, organic produce among the foods we eat.  We can have the best of the modern world but our bodies are still on Paleolithic time.

E.coli Beef Recall! ( 8th this year)

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Looks like the nation has just identified the 8th beef recall of 2009. The recall involved E. coli O157:H7 and is just the latest in a string of incidents. E. coli O157:H7 was first recognized as a cause of illness in 1982 and today accounts for the majority of food borne illnesses.

Studies have shown that grass-fed cattle are less prone to developing this deadly strain of E. coli. here is the link for more info: http://www.eatwild.com/foodsafety.html.  All the  more reason to buy direct from local farmers who grow grass fed beef,  raw milk and free range eggs.  It should come as no surprise that cattle on the typical grain feedlot are the major source of this problem.  A predominant grain diet has negative effects on the cattle’s  digestive tract and makes them prone to developing this strain of E.coli.

Instead of the draconian National Animal Identification System(http://farmtoconsumer.org/nais.html) how about animal feed reform and changing the feedlot  system.  Better yet find a local farmer who does  grass-fed beef and ask to visit the farm and ask about their feeding program, and do they use hormone implants?  Remember grass is the natural diet for cattle.

Allergies and Your Diet

Sunday, June 7th, 2009
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Raw milk may help Allergies

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Our bodies are complex systems that easily can be thrown out of balance by toxins in our environment and the foods we eat. If your body isn’t able to compensate and recover from exposure to these toxic substances, chemicals and processed foods, then you could develop sensitivity, or what is known as an allergy.

Allergists estimate that 80 percent of people have allergies in one form or another and that number is growing partially due to what many believe is our “modern” diet. Allergies may appear as sneezing with a runny nose when they have an allergic reaction to pollen. Or you may develop asthma. Children can develop ADHD symptoms as a result of an allergic reaction to food, chemicals or pollens. Even conservative sources estimate that five percent of children with ADHD have their symptoms because of some type of allergic reaction.

The good news: A change in diet can do wonders to curb most allergies.

Studies show that most people’s sensitivities dramatically improve when they avoid sugar, most grains, and pasteurized dairy products. Replacing commercial milk with raw milk from grass-fed cows is usually well tolerated by most people and is highly health promoting. It is also helpful to eat products such as eggs, poultry, and beef from animals fed a natural diet, which does not include grains, and by consuming fresh organic produce — all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes, or additives

Making certain that enough long-chain animal based omega-3 fats (DHA and EPA) are included in your diet is also important. Grass-fed raw dairy contains the crucial omega-3 fatty acids needed for brain function, good bacteria for a healthy digestive system, and plentiful vitamins A and D for proper growth and development. It is also rich in the raw, saturated fatty acids that nourish the brain and intestinal lining.

Eliminating allergies may not be as easy as drinking a glass of raw milk, but it is a good way to start.

The Healthful Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Green Pasture's Cod Liver Oil

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Cod liver oil has been used as a health supplement for hundreds of years. It has proven to be one of the most reliable and concentrated food sources. It contains four nutrients that are essential to good health:

Omega 3’s
DHA Fatty Acid. Essential to the health of the nervous system and eyes.

EPA Fatty Acid. Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and decreases inflammation.

Vitamins
Vitamin A. Necessary for proper vision, healthy skin, a strong immune function and healthy mucosal linings.

Vitamin D. Enhances the strength and efficiency of the immune system. It also helps the body absorb calcium and magnesium, which helps regulate blood pressure and build strong teeth and bones.

Studies have shown that regularly consuming cod liver oil:

Promotes a strong, healthy cardiovascular system
Supports healthy energy levels and mental concentration
Helps regulate normal blood sugar levels
Reduces wrinkles, fights free radical damage and promotes clear skin
Eases arthritis pain and inflammation
Lowers blood pressure induced by stress and high levels of cortisol

When choosing a cod liver oil, it is important to find a brand that is free of PCBs, mercury and other chemical contaminants.

Along with cod liver oil consumption, choose foods that are also high in vital nutrients and enzymes, including grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, farm fresh organic eggs and produce, raw milk and cheese —all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes, or additives

Autism: A Nutritional Approach

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Good nutrition is essential to the prevention, treatment and cure of many illnesses, diseases and conditions. And that includes autism.

Defeat Autism Now, an organization founded by a group of doctors whose children suffer from the condition, found that diet plays a crucial role in treating children with many disorders including autism, Asperger’s sydrome, ADD, ADHD and ODD.

Various studies have reveled that children with autism do not have the right amount of beneficial bacterial in their digestive system. Since 85% of the body’s immune system is in the gut, without these bacteria it is hard for their bodies to absorb nutrients to build a strong, healthy immune and digestive system. Their diets also lack the necessary nutritional fats that are fundamental to developing brain cells.

According to the Body Ecology diet (bodyecology.com) and the book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome,” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, children with any type of brain disorder can benefit from eating grass-fed raw dairy, including milk, cream, butter, cultured yogurt and fermented kefir.

Grass-fed raw dairy contains the crucial omega-3 fatty acids needed for brain function, good bacteria for a healthy digestive system, and plentiful vitamins A and D for proper growth and development. It is also rich in the raw, saturated fatty acids (similar to those found in mother’s milk) that nourish the brain and intestinal lining.

Other foods to consider as nutritional powerhouses are grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, organic eggs, fruits and vegetables – all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes, or additives.