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Where to find animal products from pasture-fed animals

Sunday, November 18, 2012

On popular request I wanted to pass on this very useful resource that includes a nationwide list of where to find pasture-fed animals locally and also lots of info on why pasture-raised animals produce better food.


You may find producers near you. Be prepared to planning ahead a bit if you want a turkey or a larger amount of something. It may even be worth it for many to buy an additional freezer or refrigerator. Many small producers will only raise and grow what they can sell in a local market. Some will ask you to pay for an animal or a share while they are still raising it. But the benefits are worth it. Many will give you and your children the opportunity to visit their farm so you can see how the animals are raised. Most of them deeply care about their land and their animals and also about the people they serve and will be happy to talk to you.
There is nothing better than to know the person who is growing/raising your food. emoticon

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ROBYNLN 11/19/2012 2:23PM

    Eat Wild is a great resource. Another good website is: http://www.localharvest.org/ . These 2 websites are how I got started sourcing local, quality food sources. Another place is to check out our local farmer's market. The meat farmers there are more than happy to discuss their practices and often will have more options for people willing to commit to buy all or part of an animal.

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ERIN1957 11/19/2012 2:20PM

    Thanks so much!!

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JSTETSER 11/19/2012 6:04AM

    Thanks for the post.

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NDTEACHER1 11/18/2012 7:09PM

    I think so many pesticides, growth hormones, and on and on has lead to a very sick nation. Cancer, diabetes, many of these illnesses are not caused by man's choice but what is put in food today. My parents are 83 and 90 and still grow their own garden, don't use any pesticides or any other garbage we find in food today.

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Day 8 of ketosis

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's been a week and therefore time for an update.
I'm still in ketosis but have not lost any more weight. It is still around 131 lbs.
I did exercise some but not as much as I would like to.
I was still not sleeping that well this past week and was still coughing some. There may be some inhalant allergy at work, too.
Today we went ice skating for the first time this season and had a lot of fun. My body remembered most of what I learned last year but it was a busy day at the ice skating rink so I'll wait until I can go in the morning when it's emptier to try the more difficult figures. I also went swimming twice this past week and my freestyle stroke and backstroke is slowing improving. Starting tomorrow I am hoping to get somewhat longer workouts in.
I feel relief that I will not have to fight the urge to overeat during the holidays. We will have time to spend together as a family and have active things planned regardless of what the weather will be like.

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ERIN1957 11/18/2012 6:54AM


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I used to ice skate
It's fun

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Knitting sweaters for chickens?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I wanted to share this article which may seem funny and a little over the top to some, but it also shows a side of factory farming that we might want to ignore: that birds raised commercially for meat and eggs often do not receive very good care.
Suppliers will only produce what people buy. If we only buy meat from pasture-raised, humanely treated and slaughtered animals, even if we have to eat less of it to afford it, we can shut down the cruelty in much of the livestock industry.
At the same time we will get much healthier food.
So if you like to knit and your children, grandchildren and relatives have enough sweaters, gloves and hats maybe here is your next fun project to raise awareness about mistreated livestock. emoticon

By the way, we will not buy a whole turkey this year but instead have a yummy meal with a turkey leg or two and some ground beef, depending on what our coop has on sale.

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JAZZID 11/18/2012 2:12PM

    Great blog. Right now I am not eating pastured chicken, turkey, etc., but I will investigate where I can purchase it. I don't drive and I am on a budget, so I may not be 100% but if I can add in more of it I hope it will help.

Thanks for sharing blog. ~ Dee emoticon

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WOUBBIE 11/17/2012 6:13PM

    We're always on a budget, but I was relieved when my DH didn't "squawk" a while back when I mostly switched to buying eggs from humanely treated animals. You're so right about voting with our dollars!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/17/2012 6:08PM

    This I did not know. It was over 100 years ago that Upton Sinclair shone a light on the meatpacking industry resulting in a public outcry. It's even more important today and we have the tools to do it.

I remember a required case study in MBA programs in the 70s about contact lenses on chickens, so they couldn't peck each other in their close confined quarters. The debate was not about humane treatment, but about whether it was cost effective. So very sad!

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ROBYNLN 11/17/2012 4:02PM

    I will be having a pastured turkey, as I have for the past several years. I completely agree on voting w/my dollars. That is the only way things will change. Plus, we need to support our local farmers, else they will go out of business and then we will have NO options! I was concerned my usual supplier wouldn't have enough turkeys this year and didn't know what I would do. There is no way I could go back to ButterBall. Fortunately, my fresh turkey will be delivered on Tuesday! emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 11/17/2012 2:16PM

  Absolutely emoticon

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USMAWIFE 11/17/2012 2:08PM

    I have seen this several times.. They knit sweaters for penguins, chickens, pigs and one place was doing it for ducks

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1 year of the Wheatbelly team on Spark - Why it matters to me

Friday, November 16, 2012

emoticon I want to celebrate this anniversary, because the book "Wheatbelly" by William Davis has made a huge difference in my life and in my health and it is a good opportunity to share this great resource. Here is what I have shared on the anniversary thread on the Wheatbelly team:

"I want to say that a lot of the changes in my lifestyle would not have been possible without learning about "Wheatbelly".
When I gave up wheat the first thing that disappeared right away was brain fog and mood swings that I had attributed to hypothyroidism. Once I gave up grains in general my blood sugar stabilized and the need to eat about every two hours and having to eat before exercising went away. At the time I did reading about carbs in general and found that by changing to a low-carb/primal type diet that I could lower my weight by about another 10 pounds without working out very hard.
For the first time ever I have stayed around 130 pounds even through the fall with little exercise, a time of year when I would usually gain about 10 lbs.
Another benefit is that I became aware of metabolic syndrome, got tested (H A1c test) and found out that after about 7 months on low-carb I was still slightly in the pre-diabetic range. No idea where I was before that but probably a lot higher. I'm going to have it rechecked in 6 weeks and am pretty sure it will be in the normal range by then.
The best part is to be able to look forward to holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas knowing that I am not tempted by candies, cakes, chocolate, pies, pastries or overeating of any kind any more. Sugar, grains and other high-carb foods have lost their hold on me completely and if I eat a little more for one meal it is just a LITTLE more and it will be foods that are good for me and are delicious. If someone asks if I'd like to taste something that is high-sugar or high-carb I'll take a tiny nibble, enjoy the flavor, and am happy.
And, by the way, my belly is flat for the first time since I'm 16 years old. emoticon "

Modern wheat is highly toxic to humans and animals, causing many kinds of diseases, including many auto-immune diseases, brain dysfunction, heart problems, arthritis and many more. It is possible and in fact very easy to live wheat-free or even grain-free after an initial adjustment of a few weeks. The cost of having to do some more home-cooking is worth it, even for someone like me who never had much time for it. emoticon
This year has been the healthiest of my entire life. It is a health I can easily maintain and there is a balance of physical, emotional and spiritual elements. As long as one area was off, my eating, balance of the others was affected.

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KANDOLAKER 11/18/2012 7:42AM

    Great blog and so informative - thanks so much for sharing. And, big congrats on your anniversary of being wheat-free!!

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NDTEACHER1 11/17/2012 10:45PM

    That is amazing! Thanks for the information.

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JAZZID 11/17/2012 10:27PM

    emoticon I have to check that book out, I have heard a lot about it. Thanks for sharing and emoticon

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KALIOPPE 11/17/2012 2:04PM

    Happy one year Wheatbelly Team anniversary! So glad this year has been a great one for you and that you are feeling healthy and happy. Wheatbelly is an amazing book - a real life changer. I read Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint a few years ago and then Rob Wolff's Paleo guide, both excellent reads, but it was Wheatbelly that made me open my eyes to the dangers of wheat. I've bought copies for my family and friends and now they are doing the same for their loved ones. So many wonderful benefits can be derived from eliminating these terrible foods from our diets - from improved moods and blood sugar levels, to the end of insatiable, crazy hunger. Bonus: no more bloated belly! emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 11/17/2012 9:11AM

    My hubby just got me to read the book, and both of us are now wheat free. Believe me, he's just about the last person I'd expect to embrace a food lifestyle change like this--particularly because BEER was on the no-no list--but he was completely transformed by what he read. I was pretty close to wheat free anyhow. Basically all I had to do was switch from Total to Corn Chex for breakfast. But it has helped me get closer my goal.

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GOPINTOS 11/17/2012 8:56AM

    emoticon Team!! Great Blog!!

Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Perfect Health Diet Team
Country Living Team
Dr Oz Show Fans Team
Wheat Belly Team

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WOUBBIE 11/17/2012 7:55AM

    Amen to all that!

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SAFETYSUE 11/17/2012 7:36AM

    I enjoyed your blog and plan to purchase Wheat Belly right away!
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HISTORYRUNNER 11/17/2012 3:14AM

    Happy anniversary Wheatbelly Spark Team! Membership has gone up about six times from what it was when I joined earlier this year - it was in the 30s. And now almost 250! Just think about how many lives have been affected for the better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

And congratulations Houndlover on all the good healthy things that are going on with you! emoticon

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SEATTLE58 11/16/2012 11:34PM

    Very glad that you're so healthy feeling now. That feels so wonderfully awesome I'm sure! More power to you! emoticon emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 11/16/2012 6:40PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary and your weight loss! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 11/16/2012 4:06PM

    emoticon on finding what worked for your body and your health.

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GLC2009 11/16/2012 4:00PM

    emoticon i'm still off the wheat since january. it is a good thing.

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GRACEMCDOG 11/16/2012 2:06PM

    Congrats on your year of success with knowledge and nutrition. Much of what you wrote is identical to my own experiences during the past 9 months with the exception that I'm only halfway to my goal weight and seriously doubt if I'll ever have a flat stomach since I didn't even when I weighed 117 lbs in my 20's. BUT, I have lost over 50 lbs and, like you, feel that I'm enjoying the best year of health in my entire 62 years so I really couldn't be more pleased with the results of eating low carb, medium protein, high fat for the past several months. It surely is working for me. We just got back from an all-inclusive week at Hotel Barcelo in Huatulco, Mexico where it seems like all there is to do is eat, eat, eat. We both indulged, for the first time since we started this wheat free journey, in a little bit of wheat and sugar. Interesting to note the joint pain and inflammation along with abdominal bloating came back immediately. It feels so good to be home and back to eating (!!!!) normally. My husband gained 3 lbs but I stayed the same during our holiday. I'll write a blog and post some pictures. I didn't realize this team had been around as long as a year. I only discovered it during late spring or summer. Thank you, again, Birgit for your time and insight. You are an inspiration to us all.

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You kicked the statins to the curb - What to do instead

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I decided I wanted to write this blog right away after posting about the dangers of statin drugs because, after all, it is not a good idea to take something away that may have some effect on high LDL cholesterol levels (although probably not on heart health) without finding something that WILL work.
So I did a lot of reading and have found these supplements that are recommended among others by cardiologist William Davis, the founder of the Track your Plaque program.
This is a program that helps people to keep their heart healthy but there is a fee (I believe under $100.00 a year) but the track your plaque blog seems to be free.
Here is the link:

What I have learned so far after contacting Dr. Davis is that several supplements make a big difference when it comes to heart health (this may not be a complete list and his program has much more to offer than supplement advice):
Omaga 3 fatty acids in a higher doses than for healthy people, 2000-3000 mg/daily of a combination of DHA and EPA
Vitamin D3, dose depends on blood level of Vitamin D but for many people 5000 I.U., sometimes more
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) at a dose between 500-2000 mg/day
Coenzyme Q10, confirm dose
magnesium, dose varies depending on person, people who tend to have muscle cramps may need higher dose

I wanted to get this info out as quickly as possible so this may be incomplete and dose may vary. Please confirm with a physician or other knowledgeable person.
I will read as much as I can on the Track your Plaque blog and try to share what I'm learning.

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KALIOPPE 11/18/2012 2:42AM

    Thank you for this. Waiting or my next blood test but meanwhile will look into supplements. You are a star! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 11/17/2012 9:13AM

    Thanks for sharing!


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FUTUREHOPE49 11/15/2012 6:24PM

    Thank you so much for taking so much trouble for us all! You did a splendid blog!
Very interesting article.
I take multivitamin/mineral with CoQ10, VitC/E, B complex, fish oil and Pantothenic acid. My Folic acid is always high so do not take that. I eat oily fish and nuts and seeds Wholemeal bread, rice, grains and oats as well as lots of fruit and veg. I use Extra virgin olive oil and rice bran oil.
When I am not on statins I have grapefruit which I love and not allowed to eat when on statins.
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JANETELIZABETH1 11/15/2012 2:36PM

    Birgit here is what Joseph takes daily for heart health:

30drops tincture hawthorn
Omega 3 1000mg - 1 a day
Vit E - 400iu - 1 a day
Gold Multivit & minerals - complete A-Z spectrum - 1 a day
Selenium with Vit A,C,& E 200mcg - 1 a day
Vit B12 - 1000mcg - 1 a day
L-Arginine 750mg - 1 a day
CQ10 200mg - 1 a day
Magnesium with Vit B6 - 400mg + 25mg - 1 a day
Potassium 99mg - 1 a day
Brewers Yeast 500mg - 1 a day
Inositol 750mg - 1 a day
Serrapeptase 10mg - 1 a day

Think that's the lot!!! Seems a lot but I can see the difference since he began about 2yrs ago and best of all, no trips to ER and doctors!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/15/2012 10:38AM

    Brigit, both my husband & I decided to stop taking statins a very long time ago. We take a variety of supplements. My husband has/had heart issues as well as high cholesterol, I just had very high cholesterol.
Joseph follows Dr Whitaker and his recommendations for heart health.

We both have good levels of all cholesterol, indeed my last check showed my HDL was a little high!
I could post a list of our supplements if anyone's interested.

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/15/2012 12:15AM

    You remind me that I am out of Omega 3...

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NORASPAT 11/14/2012 9:42PM

    Thanks I just had my first NON-Fasting LIPID Profile my Dr said it had changed I told her I want my Lipids done fasting since all of my history on this journey has been done 12 to 14 hour fasting. There was an article about fasting versus non fasting here on Monday it comes up if you Web search it "Fasting versus non fasting "was what I put in to find it again.
I did poorly on statins. I already take Krill oil, we eat salmon often and Tuna, walnuts. I take D3 and CoQ10, magnesiun Potassium and Zinc and today I bought and took one niacin. for the first time . I will subscribe to your blog and see where you go with the plaque, I use BPLOG.com and that often pops up on there but i did not want any more computer stuff. Even Spark is hard for me. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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