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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

Vitamin D and Grass-fed Foods

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

American Kids Need

More Vitamin D?

Two recent studies found that millions of U.S. children have extremely low levels of vitamin D. Lack of this important nutrient weakens the immune system, putting kids at increased risk for infections like colds and flu, as well as osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and other health problems as they get older.

Vitamin D also helps the body absorb calcium, which is necessary for the normal development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones.

While some experts recommend using vitamin D supplements, others believe the natural approach works best. Vitamin-fortified foods, such as cereals and breads, and pill supplements can contain artificial ingredients, which aren’t always recognized or absorbed easily by the body. Over-supplementation is also an unhealthy possibility.

So if you really want to protect your kids from the swine flu and other infectious illnesses, feed them vitamin D-rich foods and make sure they spend enough time outdoors in the sunshine to let their young bodies make vitamin D (experts say about 20 minutes several times a week without sunscreen).

Good vitamin D food sources include some types of fish such as salmon, raw whole milk products (as pasteurization reduces vitamin D), farm fresh pastured eggs and grass-fed beef. If you must supplement, use high-quality cod liver oil.

You may even want to have your children’s vitamin D levels tested so you’ll have an idea of where they stand.

How the Pottenger Cat Study Relates to Human Health.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

In 1932, Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., a physician and researcher who had successfully treated patients with TB, asthma, allergies and emphysema by putting them on a diet of raw butter, cream and eggs, decided to experiment with a raw food diet involving cats.

In one study group, the felines ate only raw milk and raw meat, while in the other groups they ate some raw meat mixed with pasteurized milk and cooked meat. During the 10-year study, Pottenger discovered that only the all-raw group maintained good health generation after generation. They had excellent bone structure, few parasites, easy pregnancies and gentle dispositions.

The groups whose diet was partially cooked developed “facial deformities,” including narrowed faces, crowded jaws, frail bones and weakened ligaments. They harbored parasites, developed diseases and had difficult pregnancies. The female cats became much more aggressive compared to those on the raw diet. The males on the other hand were unnaturally timid and exhibited lower sexual interest.  After just three generations, young animals died before reaching adulthood and stopped reproducing.

While Pottenger’s cat experiments do not mean humans should eat only raw foods, it is a testament as to the potential consequences of a diet without the nutrients provided by real grass-fed foods.  Chiefly the fat-soluble Vitamins A,D,and E. Pottenger believed that when the human diet produces facial deformities like crowded teeth, degenerative diseases will soon emerge if the diet is followed for several generations.

With western civilization’s love of refined, highly sweetened convenience foods and low-fat items, could it be that Americans are now experiencing an epidemic of degenerative diseases as a result of generations who were raised on these foods?

Preventing disease now and for generations to come is one reason we need to get back to a more natural diet consisting of grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, organic eggs and produce, raw milk and cheese – all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes.

Weston A. Price and the benefits of grass-fed foods

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
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Dr. Weston A. Price and Activator X

Forget the fluoride and even the dental floss. If you really want healthy teeth and better all-around good health, your best bet is to add more vitamin K2-rich foods, such as grass-fed beef and raw dairy, to your diet.

Back in the 1940s, a Cleveland dentist named Dr. Weston A. Price went in search of the causes of tooth decay and the crowded, crooked teeth he saw in his patients. Instead of doing research in a lab, he decided to study the “primitive” people of the world. These people were isolated from modern society and still ate traditional diets rich in essential nutrients, yet without modern dental care they maintained straight, white and healthy teeth.

Dr. Price’s findings led him to believe that unhealthy teeth were caused by poor nutrition.

When Dr. Price analyzed the foods eaten by the primitives he found they provided at least four times the calcium and other minerals, and at least ten times the fat-soluble vitamins from grass-fed and naturally raised animal foods, such as raw dairy products and meats, as the “civilized” diet.

Aside from healthier teeth, the primitives seemed to be overall – physically and mentally – healthier than those eating a modern diet consisting of sugar, white flour, pasteurized milk and food additives.

Dr. Price also recognized “a new vitamin-like activator” in the primitives’ foods that helped the body absorb minerals. He called this compound Activator X, and determined it was present in the butterfat, organs and fat of animals that consumed green grass.

Activator X seemed to be a major factor in protecting against tooth decay, supporting growth and development, guarding against hardening of the arteries, and helping with brain function.

Today, Activator X is known as vitamin K2, a vital nutrient that is produced by animal tissues when animals consume vitamin K1, which is found in green plants.

Thanks to Dr. Price’s findings more than 60 years ago, we know it is necessary to eat vitamin K2-rich foods such as grass-fed beef and raw dairy products to protect our teeth, bones, heart and brain. And thanks to small farmers who care, finding these natural foods is becoming a whole lot easier.

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