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Real Health in a Real World


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It’s not just cows that have been confined to CAFOs, most chickens lead an atrocious life before being sucked up a truck that looks like a street-sweeper.  Pigs suffer the same fate in tight confined cages until they are crammed into a processing plant.  Fish are confined to small fenced in sections and fed corn and soy nuggets until fat enough to be frozen and delivered.  When is the last time you saw a flock of fish descend upon a cornfield to get their dinner?  Don’t fish eat fish?  Isn’t that how they stay thin?  

and in the fat beneficial Omega-3 Fatty Acids are found.  In fact, meat from Grass-Fed cows has almost twice as many Omega-3s than meat from Grain-Fed (Corn, Soy) cows.  Along with the Omega-3s, you will find higher levels of Vitamin E and CLAs (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which is a nutrient associate with lower risks of cancer.  

It's Raining Cows and Chickens...and Pigs...and Fish!

Foods you should definitely be eating to those you should avoid at all costs.  Get to know about Protein, good and bad Fats, and how to manage the very tricky Carbohydrate intake.

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In many ways the animals that we eat are just like us, if they are fed the wrong type of food, they become sick and diseased, and their body suffers.  Even with the correct diet, if they are not subject to the proper living conditions, they can suffer and pass on illnesses to whoever consumes them.  Let’s take a brief look at the wonderful cow.

Cows are herbivores.  In their natural environment they would be roaming the country side snacking on grass and weeds growing straight from the earth.  The cow is designed to do this; they actually have 4 compartments in their stomach to process all of this grass.  They would spend roughly 6 hours a day chomping on grass, regurgitating some of it, eating it again, making milk, and sleeping.  Sounds awesome right?   This process allows them to consume all parts of the plant, things that we cannot do ourselves.  When a cow is eating its proper diet of grass, it converts the grass into flesh and fat, 

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Just like the cow, purchasing cuts of meat from animals raised in their natural environment is better for the planet, for our bodies, and for our conscious.  This should be the next step.  Yes, it will be more expensive.  But you will be getting more for your money.  The fat found in a Grass-Fed Ribeye will actually be good for you, and you are encouraged to eat it.  You will be buying whole, pastured, range-free chickens and you will be using the whole chicken, not just buying chicken breasts or wings.  Eggs from these chickens will taste better, will have more nutritional value, and you will be supporting happy hens.  Supporting your local farmers will not only benefit your body, but your local community, the animals themselves, and you will get to know where your food comes from and who is providing it to you.  

My Vegan friends can skip this part, but to those who aren't averse to eating animals, please read on.

For most of you, this won’t be as drastic of a change as some of the others you will want to undertake.  But it is an important one.  Yes you might have been eating a good amount of meat already, but was it the right kind?  Is there really a difference?  It probably wasn’t, and yes, there is.  

The information on this website is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only.  It is an opinion blog based on personal research and experimentation.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult with a licensed professional healthcare provider before undertaking any diet or lifestyle change.

On the other hand, you have the more readily available and “conventional” source of meat from CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) cows that are fed a diet full of corn and soy.  These are products that we can digest with our one compartment stomach.  When a cow eats them, it increases the acidity of their stomach creating a breeding ground for pathogens such as E-Coli which can be passed on to the consumer.  This makes the cow sick, creating a dependency on antibiotics, which also get passed on to the consumer.  A sick cow is not a profitable cow, so to make them larger/fatter; they are given growth hormones, which again, are passed on to the consumer.  These CAFO cows rarely see sunlight, touch grass, or breathe fresh air.  They are standing in their own feces, barely able to turn around, breathing in their own methane loaded gas.  Sounds like a great life huh?