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8/8/13 6:44 P

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Yes, I do buy grass-fed beef and it is delicious. Made sloppy joes tonight they were yummy -Holly

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8/5/13 10:06 P

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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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8/5/13 9:18 P

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I started the Paleo diet/lifestyle 2 weeks ago and so far I have lost 6.5 pounds. I found a farm that sells all grass fed organic meats, eggs, butter & sour cream. I buy all my vegetables at a local famers market and most of their fruits and vegetables are local and close to organic. I am amazed at the difference in how I feel and the taste of the meats and eggs is worth the few extra dollars. I have never found a diet I liked... I am hooked on Paleo :) Now when I walk into a grocery store ... now maybe once a week... I pass all that "stuff" and think to myself... I don't eat any of this :) emoticon

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7/22/13 1:25 P

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You've got happy, healthy chickens, Laura. I raise my ducks the same way. Happy quackers.
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/22/13 12:57 P

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My chickens eat bugs, worms and grass. I also give them table scraps and lots of water. They have tons of room to run around in.
In winter I give them high protein pellets because there is a ton of snow here.

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7/22/13 12:38 P

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Just a little bit of info concerning "vegetarian" fed chickens:

A well-raised chicken won't be vegetarian.

Chickens are naturally omnivores which is very important for the health of the meat and the eggs. The "vegetarian fed" label on some egg carton labels is just to let people know that those eggs come from chickens that haven't been fed the putrid scrapings left over from meat processing plants which most commercially raised chickens are fed. That horrible feed is full of all kinds of nasty things (biological and chemical) so yes, buying veggie-fed chicken eggs is a step up from the common commercially sold eggs. But it is still FAR from being the best. Chickens need bugs; crawly ones and flying ones along with grasses, weeds, kitchen scraps and supplemented with high-quality, organic poultry feed when necessary to produce the best meat and eggs. A veggie-fed only egg will NOT be free ranging.

If you can't afford or find truly free ranging, organic supplemented eggs then if nothing else buy organic. Those will probably still be from abused chickens but at least they aren't eating toxic stuff...probably, lol

Hope this clears things up for some of you.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/22/13 4:48 A

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I eat eggs and meat from free range, vegetarian, organically fed chickens. Every once in a while I will eat turkey, again organic vegetarian fed. I hate fish and have given up beef, I do not tolerate it well.

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7/2/13 2:38 P

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That's right, Laura. I forgot to mention that I too buy half or a quarter of a cow at a time. It is cheaper that way. I get anywhere from $2.50/lb to $4/lb in my area (depending on what's available and who's selling and what time of year) and that is for the whole lot. All cuts will be priced the same. I get mine already cut, wrapped and labeled. That is done by local, small meat processors.My used freezer is one of my best investments. I love this.

I also forgot to mention that I also get venison and elk from my son who hunts. Got a venison stew on the stove right now--so good!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/2/13 11:59 A

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We have friends down the road that own beef cows. The taste difference is unbelievable!!! Hard to find grass fed beef at the grocery store, but there is also a lot of hormones etc. that aren't allowed in our Canadian beef that the USA still put into their cows and milk.
It's actually cheaper for me to buy 1/2 cow than it is to buy meat from the grocery store. And the health benefits of eating cows that eat grass (vs grain) I believe are well worth any extra effort to get it.

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7/1/13 7:06 P

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Here's where it "fits" my budget.

I pay a little more now and pay a LOT less both now AND later for medical services. I don't take prescription drugs, I rarely (oh so rarely) even go to a doctor--don't need to. At nearly 67 years old I'm feeling great. My "health care" money is spent directly on me and my family; not to the medical industry that seems clueless in curing any diseases. All the "popular" diseases of today are environmentally caused not genetically caused. As Jamie Oliver said at the beginning of his Ted Talk, "I will be talking for 18 minutes. In those 18 minutes 4 people will die from the things they ate".

...sums it up for me. Think about the hell those 4 people went through before they died in the hands of the medical industry...Oh My Dog!

Love yourself and your family; eat the healthiest foods. The doctors can't help you get well; they can only deal with symptoms and in doing that they add to your woes.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/1/13 5:14 P

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Not to even mention the taste and texture is SO much better!
I just think of all the money i'm saving not buying potato chips, candy bars and other junk food. I don't think I'm spending that much more, if any.

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7/1/13 4:24 P

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My son has a lot of food issues when it comes to his stomach and when I switched our meat to grass-fed he no longer has those issues. It definitely makes a difference!
I work in the food service industry and yes it is more expensive but if you look around, you can get some really good prices. I currently get mine from a local Whole Foods Co op and as a person who has to really watch her food budget, it is do-able.

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7/1/13 2:50 P

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It absolutely makes a difference. Not only to your body but also to the health of this planet.

I am VERY lucky in that I get all my meats from friends who live on local farms. I also get raw milk from them. I raise my own ducks and enjoy the meat and eggs. A lot of people in our area, even the ones who live in the city are now keeping a few chickens in their back yards.

If this sort of thing is impossible for you, you might think about joining a food co-op and/or ordering from the few good on-line resources for healthy meats and/or finding people in your area who raise fresh meats and eggs. Prices are better if you buy in bulk. Split orders with others and get a freezer for storage.

When people see what is actually in conventional store-bought meats, eggs and dairy they are appalled and grossed out. Not only what is in the stuff but how those poor animals are treated and how it effects the environment is shameful.

I don't know where you live but one of my sources is a food co-op called Azure Standard. They deliver to a lot of places and are growing all the time. They are a reputable source even if they are a little old-fashioned in their ability to run a top-notch website. But they are trustworthy to order from.

Good luck

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7/1/13 10:48 A

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In trying to "clean up" my diet, I really would like to try to buy grass fed meat and dairy, but it is unbelievably expensive to buy. Do you think it is really worth it? Can those of you who have switched over noticed a difference in the way you feel as a result of making the change?

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