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When did soap stop being soap?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Your skin is literally your largest organ, and anything you put on it is absorbed into your bloodstream where it travels to your inner organs. This makes it all the more frightening that the majority of soaps, lotions, creams, shampoos, body washes, sunscreen, deodorant, and other skincare items are loaded with cancer-causing chemicals. As with food, you should be weary of the ingredients that you can’t pronounce, let alone identify. These chemicals can cause skin issues and hormone disruptions that lead to cancer, weight gain, and a host of other problems.  Skincare products, even some that are labeled natural or organic, are loaded with chemicals.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Know your product, do your homework, and support local, like the handmade organic honey clove bar available farm fresh with your favorite grass-fed beef and raw dairy products at the local Central Florida service FarmFreshDirect2U.com. A rich blend of organic palm, coconut, olive and palm kernel oils along with essential oils, organic cornmeal pure Vermont honey, and organic rosemary extract, the honey clove bar pampers your skin and delights your senses. Ideal for even the most sensitive skin, this organic soap bar cleanses and moisturizes, providing a safe alternative to the harsh and dangerous chemicals in factory produced soaps and products. Also available is raw honey, which can be used to make your own shampoo and skincare products.
http://empoweredsustenance.com/diy-honey-shampoo/
http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/cancer-causing-chemical-found-in-nearly-100-common-soaps-and-shampoos.html
http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/killing-you-softly-confessions-of-your-skin-care.html
http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/health-basics-the-top-10-causes-of-breast-cancer.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035721_raw_honey_hair_first_aid.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/040505_triclosan_antibacterial_agents_household_products.html#ixzz2ujx3nqw2

The Incredible, Edible Egg

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Farm Fresh Pastured Egg (brown) vs Factory Egg (white)

Pasture Eggs vs Factory Eggs

Trouble sleeping? Feeling foggy? Bad Mood?
Eat an egg. Or two. Eggs are a superfood, providing building blocks for healthy neurotransmitter functioning including boosting serotonin, dopamine,   nor- epinephrine, epinephrine and acetylcholine levels in the brain while providing a host of essential nutrients.
Rich in protein, eggs are high in tryptophan which is involved in the production of serotonin, the “feel-good hormone.” Low levels of tryptophan (and thus, serotonin) are associated with depression, insomnia, weight gain, and other health issues. Increasing your intake of eggs boosts tryptophan which in turn increases serotonin. This boost brings with it a natural uplifting of mood and improvements in sleep, mood regulation, and overall feelings of well-being.
Eggs are also high in tyrosine which is involved in the production of dopamine, nor- epinephrine and epinephrine. Why is this important? These neurotransmitters are responsible for mental alertness and activity, energy, cognition, concentration, motivation and memory creation and storage. Tyrosine is also crucial to the production of thyroid hormones.
Egg yolks are an abundant source of choline, which is vital to the metabolism of fat. Choline is the building block for acetylcholine which is vital for concentration, memory storage and recall, focus, muscle coordination, thought and cognition.
Furthermore, research has confirmed that eggs do not in fact raise cholesterol and are part of a heart-healthy diet. The yolks are a healthy fat, providing countless vital nutrients to the brain and heart, including lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants associated with improving vision and eye health.
There’s just one catch: if you want the full benefit of nutrients and health, opt for pastured or free-range eggs. Also opt for raw as much as possible, as cooking (especially microwaving) destroys many of the nutrients. Besides providing a superior source of nutrients, pastured/free-range eggs have a significantly lower risk of contamination by disease-causing bacteria than their caged counterparts.
Other benefits to pastured eggs are that the hens live a more humane life, free to roam instead of being confined and jam-packed into cages. More time in the sun leads to increased vitamin d, and being free to eat a more natural, varied diet, i.e. more protein and nutrients as opposed to grain, soy, corn, additives, hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics, leads to nutritionally superior eggs.
In fact, studies have shown far higher nutrient content in grass-fed, pastured eggs than factory eggs, including:

-two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids
-10% less fat; 25% less satured fat
-40-70% more vitamin A
-34% less cholesterol
-3 times more vitamin E
-7 times more beta carotene
-three to six times more vitamin D
-70% more vitamin B12
-50% more folic acid

Pastured eggs are richer in color, plumper, thicker, and tastier than their factory counterparts. This is truly a case of you get what you pay for; pastured eggs are nutrient dense, tastier, and far more humane than factory eggs which are provide far less nutritional value and taste, and are raised in deplorable conditions. “You’d have to eat 5 supermarket eggs to get the same amount of vitamin D from one pastured egg.”

The bottom line: shop farm fresh, support local, and know that you’re getting the healthiest, nutritionally superior foods procured under humane and healthy conditions. That’s good for the body, the mind and the soul.

This is precisely what Dr. Steve Moreau has done for you as part of his service making farm fresh grass-fed, pastured, nutritionally (and ethically) superior food available in Central Florida. He offers pastured eggs with no growth hormones, antibiotics or chemicals, which he assures as such after his own personal inspection of local farms. His service supports local farmers while providing a variety of healthy and humanely produced eggs, meats, dairy, greens, and other farm fresh, grass-fed, pastured, and nutrient dense foods for convenient purchase from one of several Central Florida locations.

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

Raw Honey vs. Fake Honey

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Scary but true, most of the honey available for consumer purchase is counterfeit, fake, and potentially dangerous. The majority of honey sold at chain stores is pollen free, meaning it is devoid of the health benefits associated with honey. Instead, it is some ultra-filtered combination of illegal, artificial, and unsafe sweeteners, antibiotics, and heavy metals.
Raw honey is incomparable to other sweeteners – fake or real. So rich and sweet, it only takes a touch to add deliciously satisfying flavor to any dish. You can add it to your morning oats for a natural and tasty boost of energy, or slow cook some crock pot honey chicken for dinner. Besides the energy boost – instant and sustained – raw honey replenishes glycogen storages so your body doesn’t produce more stress hormones in response to intense exercise.
Raw honey is chock full of healing, providing natural anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits to the body. It has been used to treat acne, sinuses, sore throat, ulcers, allergies, infections, and more. Rich in antioxidants, b vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, raw honey can improve health at the cellular level, fighting free radicals and boosting the immune system.
If you want to enjoy the myriad of health benefits along with the richly satisfying and delicious flavor, you’re better off skipping chain store bought “honey” bear and going for the real thing, pollen-rich raw honey. Buy local, support the “little guy,” and rest assured that you’re getting the real deal, i.e. actual food, not unsafe substances masquerading as honey.
Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/smuggled-honey-ultra-filtered_n_1079948.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/040520_honey_supermarkets_counterfeit_food.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035493_raw_honey_health_benefits_antibacterial.html#ixzz2pFsOqVxE
http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/6170
http://sprouthealthlifestyle.com/2012/05/01/why-you-should-eat-raw-honey-and-bee-pollen/

Farm Fresh Food on Oprah

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Local Food on Oprah.
Oprah did a wonderful show on local food this past week.  She was inspired by the documentary film Food, Inc. Oprah’s guest was local food activist and author Michael Pollan. Our local food  movement  just got a shot in the arm and such exposure goes along way to building credibility. At Farmfreshdirect2u.com we have always valued, grass-fed beef, organic eggs, and grass-fed raw milk. Especially raw milk produced locally for us in the Orlano area.  For those who missed it check out the links below.