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10 Foods to Stop Eating Immediately!

Published on 11/08/14

10 Banned Foods to Avoid

Are you eating food that’s already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

<img src="http://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/banned-foods-infographic.jpg" alt="10 Banned Foods to Avoid" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Are you eating <a href="http://www.mercola.com/infographics/10-banned-foods.htm"><strong>"food that's already banned"</strong></a> in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.</p>

Easy Real Food Idea

Published on 02/19/14

Have you ever eaten a meal so good you wished you could do dinner all over again? I just had one of those moments, where I said “Mmmmmmm” all the way through it. And the best part? It was ready in 30 minutes. Real Food can sometimes take a lot of time and kitchen dedication, so it is really exciting when you can put together a great meal AND get in and out of the kitchen! Bonus? It didn’t cost a fortune.

Tonight I made Coconut Crusted Cod with spinach and rice. Coconut crusted cod When I got home from work, I popped 1 cup of Texas Best Organic White Jasmine Rice I purchased at Publix into my rice cooker while I let my dogs out. I fed my dogs, put my things away and put 1/4 cup of water I filtered with my Berkey into a pot with a bag of Publix brand organic chopped spinach. I took a moment and emptied by dishboard, turned on my dishwasher, and then I started heating my frying pan with about 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. While that was heating, I coated wild atlantic caught cod fish with a one pastured egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of filtered water. Next, in a bowl, I combined raw shredded coconut with a generous helping of Paula Dean’s house seasoning and coated the fish. Once coated, they went into the coconut oil until crispy brown, done at the same time my rice cooker beeped.

And that was it. Served up generous portion of spinach (spinach is my favorite veggie!), a teaspoon of butter, 1/2 cup rice and the yummiest cod ever! Real food, real easy. I hope you try it!

Walnuts

Published on 06/07/13

We are a family that loves nuts. All kinds. Especially walnuts. Today, I am getting the last batch of 25 lbs of walnuts dehydrated after soaking.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but organic walnuts can be pretty pricey. We ordered our 25 lb box of organic halves and pieces from Bremner Farms Roadside Stands for $5.20 per pound. In case you don’t know how many walnuts that is, 25 lbs is one mighty big box. The walnuts were in one big bag in the box, which took up a big hunk of my deep freeze space!

It’s important that you maintain the fresh taste of walnuts by keeping them cold. Walnuts go rancid when exposed to warm temperatures for long periods of time. Heat causes the fat in walnuts to change structure, which creates off odors and flavors. Fresh walnuts smell mildly nutty and taste sweet. If your walnuts smell like paint thinner, you know they’re rancid. And if they’re rancid, you should throw them away!

When you bring walnuts home from the store, the best place to store them is in your refrigerator or freezer, depending on when you’re going to use them. If you’re going to use the walnuts right away, place them in your refrigerator. If you’ll be storing them for a month or longer, store them in your freezer.

So, I had this big giant bag in the deep freeze that was acquiring tiny tears each time I heaved it out of the way to get something below it. I broke down and finally just spent the whole week, soaking, dehydrating and freezing my walnuts.

Why soak and dehydrate them just to refreeze them? Nuts have phytic acid. Phytic acid is also found in grains and legumes. Just as with grains and legumes, soaking nuts is essential for proper digestion. When eating nuts that haven’t been soaked, the phytic acid binds to minerals in the gastrointestinal tract and can not be absorbed in the intestine. Too many bound minerals can lead to mineral deficiencies. By soaking, you are breaking down the phytic acid so it can be absorbed properly.

Nuts also have high amounts of enzymes inhibitors. This is another reason why unsoaked nuts are hard to digest. Soaking nuts neutralizes the enzymes allowing for proper digestion.

Try this recipe for Crispy Nuts, one of the foundational recipes of the Nourishing Traditions cookbook (page 513), by Sally Fallon .

Crispy Walnuts

Ingredients:

4 cups walnut halves and pieces 2 teaspoons salt filtered water

Preparation:

Mix nuts with salt and water and leave in a warm place for at least 7 hours or overnight. Drain in a colander and rinse with cool water. Spread on a stainless steel baking pan and place in a warm oven (no more than 150 degrees) for 12 to 24 hours, turning occasionally, until completely dry and crisp*. Store in the refrigerator, as the fats in walnuts can go rancid quickly.

  • I dehydrate mine in my Excaliber Dehydrator.

The end of another year (2012)

Published on 12/31/12

My sister lives in Marietta, Georgia. She shared with me a New Year’s eve email she got from her local family farm – My Dad & Me Family Farms because she was so excited about the news it contained. I thought I would share it with you all. Partly, because I am happy for them and want to help spread the word. Partly to encourage our local farmers … you CAN do it!! I am so jealous that my sister has access to this farm, just down the street, in an Atlanta suburb. I hope you enjoy the newsletter and checking out their website! What a way to ring in a new year!

Dear Farm Friends,

We are excited to announce that My Dad & Me Family Farm is now a 100% Grass-fed Dairy! For several years, we have been pushing the genetic limits trying to move our herd to their natural diet of forages: green grass, dry hay, and fermented grass balage. Studies show that milk from grass-fed cows actually lowers cancer risks. Therefore, this has been a goal of ours for some time and as of January 1, 2013 we will have reached this goal! Our cows have been 100% grass-fed for over 6 weeks already while we waited to make sure it was sustainable.

100% Grass-Fed Jersey Milk
In conjunction with reaching our goal of 100% grass-fed, My Dad & Me has also met another landmark goal for the farm. Our dairy herd is now comprised of 100% Registered Jersey Cows. When My Dad & Me first started six years ago, we purchased Jerseys from whatever source we could find since good Jersey cows were hard to acquire. Today, we are milking many of our own heifers born right here on our farm. We have gradually weeded out all unregistered animals.

100% Registered Jersey Herd
But that is not all! Like many of you, the growing contamination of our food and feed supply, with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is and has been of great concern to us. The overwhelming problem has been that organic feeds were not available in the south without extremely high shipping costs to truck down feed from the north. Recently, we have discovered a mill in VA that is offering certified organic feed at a reasonable cost to allow more farms to be able to afford organic feed. Even though the shipping is still high, the mark-ups from the mill are being kept to a minimum. We believe it is now doable for our farm. We have been feeding the new organic feed to our laying hens and rabbits for several weeks now; and in the spring, we’ll also be feeding it to our broiler chickens. As of January 1, 2013 we are “officially” feeding 100% Certified Organic, GMO-free Feed.

100% Certified Organic, GMO-Free Feed for Laying Hens, Broiler Chickens, & Rabbit Fryers
The commercial food supply is loaded with non-whole foods and these products are wreaking havoc on our bodies. Soy is one of these products that we, as Americans, are being overdosed with. Beginning January 1, 2013, all of My Dad & Me Family Farm’s animal feeds will be 100% Soy Free!

100% Soy-Free Feed for Laying Hens, Broiler Chickens, & Rabbit Fryers
Last but not least, Anna’s famous Chocolate Bars and her Granola Cereal are now going to be made with 100% Certified Organic Ingredients! Even though her new bars and granola will be available starting January 1, 2013, she will still be refining the recipes so please give us your feedback.

Keep in mind that we all fight an uphill battle in a world of grossly compromised food. These new improved policies mean that our hard costs are going up considerably. Grass-fed cows simply make fewer gallons of milk and fewer gallons means less income for the farm. However, we are going to hold the line on the cost of our milk. Milk will remain at $10 per gallon and $6 for half a gallon. This means you will be receiving a superior quality milk for the same money.

A few products will see a price increase to help offset the cost of organic ingredients and organic feeds which are more than double the cost of conventional products. We are very excited to be making sustainable improvements and are dedicated to keeping these increases to a minimum. Even though our profit margins will narrow, we are committed to these healthy changes. Check out the links below detailing our most recent changes:

Click here to learn more about the quality of our milk
Click here to learn more about the quality of our eggs

Click here to learn more about the quality of our chicken

To show our appreciation to all of our wonderful farm friends, anyone that reads this email in its entirety, prints it out, and brings it to the farm may use it as a Coupon to receive $5 off their next purchase. This coupon can be used for any item we offer including new farm memberships or renewals. The coupon is good thru January 31st, 2013; just clip a printed copy of this e-mail to your sales slip. One coupon per farm membership please. No strings attached, no additional purchases needed. Enjoy!

Please visit our My Dad & Me Family Farms website and check out our new charts, pictures, & videos. We’d love to hear your feedback especially on the videos!

All of us here at My Dad & Me Family Farm would like to say a genuine “Thank You” to all of our farm friends that have stayed with us and sustained us these six years. We are very grateful to be your farmers.

God Bless you all! Daniel, Susan, & Anna ~ David, Tina, & Willie

It’s fill your freezer time!

Published on 09/29/12

Summer has come and gone and the days are starting to cool down. Leaves are falling and the days have shortened. And what is right around the corner that is so exciting?...

In two short weeks it will be time to pick up the half hog we ordered from Good Pond Farm! They are in Hartsell, Alabama and we’ll be picking up our hog in Birmingham, Alabama. Quite a distance from the Gulf Coast, but we were so impressed with them and their farm philosophy! If you get a chance, check them out! I think they still have some available!

Goose Pond Farm on Facebook

Raised on Pasture – their website