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Added Benefit From Farmers Market

Today was the first time in 2 weeks that my local farmers market (Symons Valley Ranch) was back from the Christmas holidays.

I have been so eager to go back and I realized how dependent I have become on the fresh, local,  organic meats and vegetables. I usually make this short trip every weekend, to get my family the best products from some of the best local farmers and ranchers around.

I felt a fair bit of urgency because I usually have a stock of good meats and veggies to last a week or so, but with the holidays, I had to restock!

After making my purchases and visiting with Irm, Greg, Patty, Sharon and all the other vendors that I see on a regular basis, I made my discovery of the added benefit…

Making relationships/friends with the people that provide the majority of our fresh food is really a big deal! I now know how and where our meats all come from. I get to order special cuts from one of these producers. I have created relationships with friends of friends to get grass fed beef and wonderful healthy pork products from a lady and her connection to a farm in northern Alberta. Wow!

This is so much more than just grocery shopping at the faceless, nameless conglomerates that we flock to for super deals. This feels like it is the way that getting “food” is supposed to be!

We(meaning me)have lost our connection to our food.

When you experience the difference and you want to know all the steps that it takes for your food to get to the plates of you loved ones, it really matters.

I realized that the local producers and friends that I have created really care and when you are face to face, they can’t help but feel satisfaction from making the world a bit better.

I am so grateful to the organizers, local producers, friends of friends and of course the earth and all that you give us!

Support your local producers and experience a much enriched life.

 

Don’t Wait Until You Get Sick

I want to make sure this is clear.

This is just my thoughts and opinion.

I have seen, first hand, how food can heal and change lives. I have also strung together stories from strangers and family members and realized through our dietary needs, that if you eat crap, your body will treat you like crap.

I am just a dad, husband and a fed up consumer that realizes that we have been led astray by large corporations that want to sell their products. Enough of that!

Sickness and decay is not normal. Health and vitality is our default setting. Just because we are aging, we don’t have to fall apart.

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I am begging you to not wait until you or someone you love gets ill, sick, cancer or dies before making diet and lifestyle changes. We all know that we should eat better.

I have found many great examples of people healing themselves and turning their life around with the power of good, healthy food choices.

We all know the saying “you are what you eat”, but when you are addicted to processed, easy food, it is hard to make that commitment.

I wish that I would have understood this much earlier. My parents did their job and taught me the common sense things like, eating meals as a family and teaching your children to cook. I put the blame on our weak, paid-for government and the large corporations that truly run our country. Apparently health doesn’t bring in enough revenue.

Please make your family’s health priority and choose to pay more now for good healthy foods.

How did our priorities get so screwed up?

Why is it, we are so eager to spend so much money on fancy cars, posh homes and then cheap out by trying to save money on our food?

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Should that not be our priority or at least high on the list of importance??

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I realize, first hand, how hard these changes are to make. Believe me, when I say that there has been very few days where I am not wondering, “what am I going to make for the next 3 meals?”. It does get better, but I have made that commitment, that we are never going back to a life of easy or cheap food. I have heard someone say that “you pay the farmer/grocer now or pay the doctors later”.

I urge you to start where you can today! Make better choices and balance your life.

  • Support local farmer’s markets and start a garden.
  • Cook!
  • Teach your children to cook.
  • Don’t give up or give in.

Be healthy and love life.

Review of Meat Bagels

When my daughter asked me to find a recipe for bagels, I really didn’t think this would be one that I might try. After stumbling across this recipe and seeing the pictures, I envisioned how tasty it might be with a big slice of those Shirley’s Greenhouse tomatoes! Yum!

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I thought this sounded so good and my mouth was watering while I read through the recipe.
This worked out really well. I think that cutting the bagel works better when it has been cooled, so it might be weird to eat it cold, but so worth it.
We loved it and I hope my kids love it too.

Sausage Leek Frittata Crockpot Recipe

We had a good friend coming for breakfast and I have been wanting to try this recipe for a little while. I had made pancakes the night before(that rock!)so I also wanted this to have as well. Next time I will plan better, as recipe says to cook for 6 hours. Well if your planning to eat fresh, how do you arrange that for breakfast???
I rushed it and cooked it on high for 2.5 hours. Fantastic!!
This was delish. I did add a bit of coconut milk and used my favorite organic chicken sausage, but that is what you have to do! Make it your own!

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Damn healthy smoothie recipe

After seeing Joe Cross in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,  I have decided that I need to add alot more vegetables to my diet. Since I have a very sedentary job(12 hours in one spot), I figured it would help there as well.  I will have smoothie for 2 meals per day and a good paleo meal for the other one. I have been doing this for over a month so far and I feel great. smoothie

Anyway, I wanted to share the basis of my smoothie that I make everyday for the whole family.

I also find that my children love this and I try to give them 2 serving of the smoothie everyday, but in addition to their meals not as a replacement.

The first thing that has made this process, so much better, is that I got a Vitamix a few months ago and it makes smoothies actually smooth, compared to the blender that I used to use. There is no comparison.  Whatever you use, just use the best one that you can afford.

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Remember that the ingredients are always changing and I experiment, but stick to some basics. I change it up so that we don’t get sick of having them so often.

Ingredients of today’s smoothie:

2 ripe bananas

2-3 stalks of swiss chard

1 good handful of fresh spinach

1 cup of carrot juice

1 cup of orange juice

a splash of pineapple juice

a few micro greens(right now I have lentil sprouts)

6 mini organic carrots

1/4 cup cantaloupe

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1/4 cup of frozen mango

1/4 cup of frozen peaches

1/4 cup of frozen strawberries

Blend until super smooth and then enjoy for as long as it lasts!

As I mentioned, I switch things up all the time to keep it fresh.

Things that you can consider:

Kale, apples, coconut milk, broccoli, oranges, celery, ginger…

Explore, experiment and enjoy!

 

 

No More: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

After watching this documentary the other day, I determined that I want to add more fruits and vegetables into our diets. I don’t have any illnesses, but I am choosing to lead a healthy, long life and to enjoy the whole journey.

I plan on having 2-3 healthy, veg packed smoothies during the day and eat a paleo meal for dinner(with my family). I am on day 5 now. Today, my smoothie consists of tomato, beet greens, kale, carrots, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, mango, honeydew, carrot juice and parsley. Yum, yum! I am really excited to share this with my kids and other family.

Imagine a world where good food is all that we need for health??

No really, what do you have to lose?

If you get a chance, check out this movie. It is very inspiring.

http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/