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All Meat Is Not Created Equal

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Have you ever wondered why meat in some grocery stores is really cheap and that same cut of meat in other food stores is considerably more expensive?

After all, meat is meat, right?

Not exactly …

It’s all a matter of where the meat came from, how it was raised, handled and processed.

There are different “categories” of meat on the market. Which “category” the meat falls into will be a factor in, not only its cost, but also how healthy the meat is for you.

I classify them as

  • Conventional/Factory Farmed/CAFO
  • Organic Grain Fed
  • Pastured Grass Fed

The cheap meats on the market, and the majority of meat you find in conventional grocery stores, come from factory farms, also known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). The animals are raised and kept in crowded, unhealthy and unhygienic conditions.

Because these circumstances breed disease, the animals, typically cows or chickens, are routinely fed antibiotics so they do not get sick. So, every time you eat meat from factory farms, you are eating antibiotics.

Organic meat is generally grain fed, unless it specifically says grass fed. This is not much better than factory farmed meat, except that these animals are not fed antibiotics. Grain is not the native diet of cows.

Pastured, grass fed meat should be your top choice. It is the healthiest meat to eat. In fact, pastured grass fed meat that is not organic is a better choice than organic grain fed meat.

Learn more about factory farming and how to choose healthy meat and other animal products …

  • FactoryFarming.com will tell you everything you wanted to know about factory farmed foods … and more. This resource addresses factory farming more comprehensively than any other resource I have found.
  • Food Inc. <== watch the Movie.

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The Truth About Low Salt Diets

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Have you been avoiding salt because it’s heart healthy?

For years, the medical community has been telling you to reduce your salt intake. They claimed that a low salt diet will lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and blood vessel disease.

However, there is a new study published this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, by Jan Staessen, M.D. Ph.D. of the University of Leuven in Belgium. Dr. Staessen is a leading expert in the field of cardiovascular diseases.

In this study, Dr. Staessen and his team found that

  • increased salt intake only causes a slow rise in the systolic blood pressure – the top number – over time
  • this rise does not increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease or blood vessel disease
  • the death rate from heart and blood vessel disease is actually associated with lower salt intake

Now, it is true that you should reduce your intake of regular table salt and  processed foods. Regular table salt is toxic and most processed foods are high in regular table salt.

But your body needs healthy salt for proper digestion of protein foods, normal bone growth, and for the health of your muscles and nerves.

The best salt to use is Celtic Sea Salt. It is unrefined and has a balance of minerals and trace minerals that your body needs. In addition, eat a healthy, whole food diet and you won’t have to worry about how much salt you’re eating.

Source: Health Alert, September 2011,Volume 28, Issue 9

The Truth About Wheat

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Wheat is in most processed and whole grain foods on the market, unless it states “wheat free.”

Whole wheat is supposed to be good for you… Or is it?

The wheat in our food today is not the same wheat that was used in our grandparents day. It has been hybridized, crossbred and modified with the result that the effect it has on our bodies is now more problematic than healthful.

Did you know that eating two slices of whole wheat bread will raise your blood sugar as much or more than drinking a can of soda sweetened with sugar?

Besides causing your blood sugar to rise, wheat

  • stimulates your appetite
  • causes inflammation
  • contributes to
    • obesity
    • celiac disease
    • diabetes
    • heart disease
    • arthritis
    • skin rashes
    • neurological disorders

Source: Wheat: The Unhealthy Whole Grain, by William Davis, M.D.

Read more.

In spite of the fact that we are told that whole grains are healthy for you, you really do not need grains in your diet at all. In fact, a low carbohydrate diet focusing on animal proteins, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, vegetables and a little fruit is a more healthful way to eat. You may also include some raw dairy and cultured dairy products.

The Town of Allopath

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Protect your health. Don’t treat symptoms. Eliminate the cause of your health issues.

Nutritional Supplement Survey Results

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Thanks to all who participated in the Nutritional Supplement Survey.

The results are now posted here.

Even if you didn’t take part, you may still find the results interesting and may be able to identify with some of the respondents or benefit from some of the comments.

View the Nutritional Supplement Survey results.

Healthy Fare For The Holiday Weekend

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I’ve long said that if you’re good 80% of the time, i.e. eating healthy food, you can give yourself a treat every once in a while.

However, once I committed to eating healthfully 100% of the time, I found that the few moments of pleasure from eating the forbidden foods turned into days of misery while their effects were being eliminated from my body. After a couple times, I have never been tempted again. That was enough to keep me focused only on the healthy fare.

Before you think… boooring, I spent some time creating healthy alternatives to the unhealthy options. While my commitment to eating healthfully would be enough for these substitutes to please my palate, my daughter is the one who really puts these healthy alternatives to the test… And they passed.

Here are a few samples to help you have some healthier choices for your holiday weekend get togethers.

Guacamole … I just threw this together one day when I was in a hurry and it has gotten rave reviews ever since.

Ripe avocados – mashed
chopped onion
minced garlic (optional)
raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar – add by the teaspoon till you get the desired flavor
Celtic Sea Salt to taste
Mix it all together and enjoy

The Guacamole goes well with raw veggies – celery, carrots, cucumber, jicama, etc.

If you must have chips, take some organic corn tortillas. Place in a greased pan (coconut oil, butter or olive oil) and spread with a little oil or butter and Celtic Sea Salt. Put in the oven at 300 degrees F, for a few minutes, until crisp. Then break apart into chips. One tortilla per person will give you the pleasure of eating a few chips, but without eating too many carbs.

For hotdogs and hamburgers, choose from organic, grass fed animals. Skip the buns or use a tortilla instead. Better yet, take a leaf of lettuce, put the dog or burger inside with all the fixins, wrap and enjoy. You might even try taking a sheet of Nori and using it instead of the bun. In fact, you can take sheets of Nori and tear them into one or two inch pieces and use them to snack on, plain, with a little guacamole or salsa.

Have some raw nuts and seeds and fresh fruit handy too.

For a sweet treat, try my Carob Coconut Candy.

Now for you pizza lovers, this is the only way I ever eat pizza any more. Put a few organic corn tortillas on a greased (coconut oil, butter or olive oil) baking pan. Spread some melted butter or coconut oil on each tortilla.  Add some of your favorite organic salsa or organic pasta sauce. Top with sliced olives, chopped onions, bell pepper slices, slices of organic, free range, grass fed sausage, shredded raw organic cheese, whatever healthy toppings you like. Put in the oven at 300 degrees F for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

For more healthy recipes, click links for the Archives, on the right side of this page, starting in December. I put a lot of healthy recipes on this blog in the first few months.

Have a happy, healthy Labor Day weekend!

Nutritional Supplement Survey

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Most people take nutritional supplements, whether just a simple multiple vitamin or a long list vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients.

Taking nutritional supplements is an important part of healthy eating. We live in a world with depleted soils, processed, genetically modified and irradiated foods, factory farmed meats and dairy products in addition to chemicals in our environment and all sorts of pollution.

In order to be truly healthy today, we need to supplement our diets even with organic foods because it takes more to be healthy in a toxic world than it did in our grandparents days when the soil was rich, the air was clean and animals raised for food roamed and lived in their natural environments eating food they were intended to eat.

I’m trying to find out how you choose your supplements, how they’re working for you and what you want to know to get better results. Take the Nutritional Supplement Survey and I’ll publish the results here after they’re all in and analyzed.

Click here to take survey