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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=

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.

Got the Flu then…farm fresh foods to the rescue!

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

The Best Way to Prevent the Flu – or Any Illness – is Through a Healthy Diet

With all the news circulating in the media about the “swine flu,” flu prevention is a hot topic in Central Florida and across the nation.

While washing your hands, getting plenty of rest, exercising and avoiding stress are great ways to prevent any type of influenza, virus or cold, these steps are not the total answer. The best and easiest way to strengthen your immune system, so that the body will resist any type of illness or disease, is to adopt a natural, organic diet.

Eating foods rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fats and probiotics – like raw milk, grass-fed beef and free-range chickens and eggs – is necessary for building a strong immune system.

Raw organic grass-fed milk, which is produced without pesticides or antibiotics from cows that graze on grass and hay, is loaded with immune-building enzymes, vitamins C, B12 and B6, and beneficial bacteria (probiotics).

Grass-fed organic beef from cows that are raised in the sunshine and fed a natural diet of grass and hay contains essential saturated fat, which aids in brain function and supports the immune system.

Free-range eggs from chickens allowed to roam free and eat a natural diet have more omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 in their meat and egg yolks than chickens fed grain.

Organic raw milk, fresh farm eggs and poultry, and grass-fed beef can help build a healthy immune system and keep the flu bug at bay.

Grass-fed Foods and Vitamin B-12

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

The Best Sources of Vitamin B12

Do you get enough vitamin B12? Studies show that as many as one in four adults, or almost 80 percent of people in the United States, may be deficient in this important nutrient.

Known as the “energy vitamin,” B12 is essential for many critical functions in the body. Not only does it help produce energy, but it also supports the immune system and the nervous system, and regulates the formation of red blood cells.

Lack of B12 can result in anemia, nervousness, depression, lack of energy and all around poor health.

There are several reasons for B12 deficiency, but the main one is the modern diet. Since the vitamin is only present in animal sources of food, those who don’t eat animal products are more likely to suffer from low B12. But consuming poor quality animal products from animals that are fed unhealthy grains, or eating pasteurized dairy products, in which the B12 is destroyed, is also a large part of the problem.

So what’s a body to do?

Since our bodies do not easily or efficiently absorb B12 supplements (including those added to foods), and painful, expensive injections are not usually helpful, the best and easiest way to get enough B12 is to eat nutrient-dense animal products naturally rich in the nutrient. Grass-fed beef, fresh pastured eggs, and grass-fed dairy are some of the best natural sources of this important vitamin. And the best way for our bodies to absorb vital nutrients is through natural sources.

Local Central Florida farms offer farm fresh foods loaded with vitamin B12 and other nutrients.

Farm Fresh Eggs

Friday, March 27th, 2009
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Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Eggs are a nutrient powerhouse!  Better yet eggs from hens allowed to roam far and wide.  These types of eggs of course are becoming more available to us in the Orlando metro area.  As the demand increases so will the supply.  There is of course confusion with the terms so I below I wanted to give you some definitions:

Cage-Free: The idea here is that hens are allowed to move about unrestricted. However  this usually means that hundreds if not thousands of birds inside a building with artificial lights.  They can be feed the same genetically modified feed.  The same goes for organics cage free  except they get organic feed.   Hens should be out on grass, in natural sunlight, fighting for the bugs and other insects. Such an operation can happen here in Orlando with our sunshine year round.

Free-Range: This term is similar to the one above and the one most of us see in the local grocery store.  Like cage free, the USDA has no rules on what can be considered free-range or not.  It is presumed that free-range hens are allowed to roam outside, but that simply is a small fenced in area.  Again for truly free- range eggs seek out local farmers.

Pastured:  The is a very recent term and means the hens are allowed outside and forage on green grass, bugs  and supplemented with some feed.  The biggest dangers here are predators and farmers are always on the look out for them.  In the Florida sunshine these make some of the most nutrient dense foods available.

Farm eggs nutrients:

These are the nutrients  found in truly pastured eggs: Vitamin’s A,D and especially rich in the B vitamin choline.  The phyto-nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to be essential to prevent macular degeneration.  Finally, pastured eggs are excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids.

So remember in Orlando your local farmer is the bet source for local farm fresh eggs.