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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.

Food Inc.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

This movie will open your eyes to how food is produced and marketed in the US. Our industrial production model views animals as units of to be sold instead of gifts of nature who sacrifice their lives for our sustenance.

Farm fresh foods are becoming increasingly available. Local food from small farmers provide grass-fed beef, free range eggs, raw milk, and pastured chickens. Farmers markets are teeming with local organic produce of all kinds. Seek and ye will find!

The film is now in Orlando at the Regal Winter Park Village 20.
See the link below: http://www.fandango.com/food,inc._122554/movieoverview?date=

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.

States warming up to unheated milk.

Saturday, June 6th, 2009
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Raw Milk

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

There seems to be an unexpected bright side to our bleak economic times.   For many years state legislatures have restricted raw milk citing safety.  However, current economic troubles have many states warming up to unheated milk.

Could the bad-mouthing and fear mongering of raw milk producers have been to protect the economic interest of Big Dairy and not the well being of  the American consumer?   Could it be that raw milk is NOT inherently dangerous and can be produced safely and to the highest standard of cleanliness?.  You be the judge.

Raw Milk Legislative Update

Due to the decline in pay prices for conventional dairies and the cutback in organic milk production by many organic farms because of decreased sales, state legislatures are becoming more receptive to the sale and distribution of raw milk.

Here are the latest developments:

Tennessee:

On May 21, Governor Phil Bredesen signed into law a bill (HB 721) stating that nothing in the law “shall be construed as prohibiting the independent or partial owner of any hoofed mammal from using the milk from such animal for the owner’s personal consumption or other use.”

Learn more at www.tennesseansforrawmilk.com.

Vermont:

A bill (H.125) that would increase the amount of raw milk dairy farmers can sell from the current 12.5 gallons a day to 40 gallons, has passed both the House and the Senate and is awaiting the governor’s signature. While sales are currently only allowed at the farm, any farm that complies with the additional standards can also sell milk through delivery.

Learn more at www.ftcldf.org/state_bills-VT.htm.

New Jersey:

On May 11, after a hearing on bill A621, Committee Chairman Nelson Albano (D-Cape May) said, “Our intent as a committee is to make sure that we do everything possible to help dairy farmers in the state of New Jersey. We cannot let this be a dying breed … we also have to make sure that consumers in New Jersey have the right to purchase something they can get in any other state.”

Learn more at www.ftcldf.org/state_bills-NJ.htm.

Connecticut:

A bill (HB 6313) that would have limited sales of raw milk to the farm only, died in the Joint Committee on the Environment. Raw milk can currently be sold in retail stores.

A bill (HB 6312) that previously stalled is now attached to an unrelated bill. If this bill passes into law, cow share programs would become illegal in the state unless the farmer has a retail raw milk license.

Learn more at www.ftcldf.org/state_bills-CT.htm.

Federal:

An online petition is posted at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund website (www.ftcldf.org/petitions/index.php) in support of HR 778, a bill introduced by Congressman Ron Paul that would overturn the interstate ban on raw milk for human consumption.

Learn more at www.ftcldf.org/federal_bills-HR778.htm.

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