Monday, October 31, 2016

Speedy Chicken Broth

It's finally cooling down and I am starting to crave chicken broth.
Instead of waiting 6+ hours to prepared using a slow, I switched to making it in the Instant Pot on the pressure cooker option. Time saved and so easy.

I start by gathering chicken leftovers over a couple of days (usually takes my family about 3).
I empty all the leftovers into the pot, fill about 3/4 with water.
1 tsp Real Salt (the salt used in Jerky Chews)
1 tbls Apple Cider Vineger
A few stalks of celery cut into 3-4 pieces each
3 carrots cut into large pieces
Onion cut in large pieces
A few cloves of garlic whole and unpeeled
A bit of parsley and dill

I put the Instant Pot on high pressure for 2 hours, then let it stand closed for about 30 min before I let the steam out.

Perfect healthy and delicious bone broth!


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Easy Paleo Tortillas from SEP

I usually don't indulge in Paleofied food but once in a while I spoil my family. Recently I tried a recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo. I made the sweetened version and added the vanilla extract, I also doubled the recipe as my family devours these crepes/tortillas.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sugar changes the brain

Consuming a high sugar diet changes the brain and leads to inflammation. Something that's been known for a while and why I was so dedicated to starting a beef jerky company that didn't included it in the ingredients.
I always recommend trying The 21-Day Sugar Detox to really understand what impact sugar has on the body and how to make a change for the better in your life.
"Perhaps it has nothing to do with will, and a lot to do with biochemistry," she says. Just as scientists in the last century showed there was a link between smoking and lung cancer, Dus thinks she can find a link between an early exposure to a diet high in sugar and obesity."

Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/04/496560373/this-scientist-is-trying-to-unravel-what-sugar-does-to-the-brain 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Big Food Companies Can End Obesity

"But what a lot of foodies really want is to ban the food industry from selling junk food altogether. And that is just a fantasy." 

There is no doubt that big food companies are profit-driven and have done their share of harm by contaminating the food supply with highly addictive processed foods. But given their huge market reach, even the minor improvements in their offerings are making a difference and could possibly end obesity one day. When the public has the education and motivation to spend on healthy foods, big food companies like General Mills and multinational corporations like McDonald's will have no choice but to come around with better food options. They have already re-worked ingredients and menus to be more "healthy," and even if it's purely profit-motivated, their demographic of buyers are benefiting regardless. Demand for healthier food options is proving to be highly effective at bringing about change and there is always room to lobby further. 


"In fact, these roundly demonized companies could do far more for the public’s health in five years than the wholesome-food movement is likely to accomplish in the next 50. But will the wholesome-food advocates let them?"

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/07/how-junk-food-can-end-obesity/309396/?utm_source=atlfb

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Only 1.5% of Americans eat an optimal diet

Isn't that headline absolutely alarming? Subsidies for big agriculture and the food industry are responsible for this. Agribusiness is mass-producing cheap food at the cost of human, animal, and environmental health and all for the sake of profit!
'According to a study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, more than half the calories Americans consumed between 2001 and 2006 came from subsidized crops like corn, wheat, soy, and rice. While these are admittedly staple crops, which by both definition and nutritional makeup are a major component of diets, the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the high rates of consumption of subsidized crops are associated with “adverse cardiometabolic risk” among adults.'

Read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/07/06/crop-subsidies-health?cmpid=tp-ptnr-nourishedkitchen

I first learned about agricultural subsidies from reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma at age 21 during my college days in NYC. It was eye-opening and jump started my desire to buy my produce from local farms. I based my entire college senior thesis on a way to make even the food from the local Union Square Farmers Market more accessible on college campus, where vending machines packed with cheap processed food are on every floor. I was determined to bring awareness to how subsidies for big agriculture and the food industry are making us sick and be part of creating a healthier and environmentally-friendly world.
Just a few years later, that same passion is what inspired me to launch a 'clean label' beef jerky product with emphasis on using 100% grass-fed beef and supporting sustainable practices. It's been quite a rewarding journey, but often overcome with so much doubt.
Small food businesses really need your support to continue offering healthier and more sustainable alternatives packed with nutritional value. If you got a farmers market nearby, make sure to visit! And if you're craving a protein snack made (by hand in small batches in the US) using simple quality ingredients, stop by our online store today!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Study shows memory loss from Alzheimer's disease can be reversed

Having been personally affected by a family member who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, this small study brings me hope. There is some data to show that memory loss in patients can be reversed and improvement maintained. What caught my attention is not a one-size-fits-all prescription was used for everyone - very different to what we are used to seeing with the medical establishment. 
"Publishing their results in the journal Aging, the team hasn't gone into much detail about how MEND works, probably because each treatment involves a complex combination of factors that has been specifically designed to treat just one individual, as each person's version of Alzheimer's appears to be different."

Friday, June 17, 2016

Effortless Weight Loss - Part 1

Summer is here and bare skin is in. It's likely that most folks are feeling anxious about slipping into a bathing suit after months of being covered up. Whether you got weight-loss or other health related issues to resolve, now is as good a time as any.

To help you look and feel your best, we turned to our favorite health experts. The information on weight-loss and lifestyle changes they provide has proven to be very beneficial. As I stated in the past, losing weight is only the first step. The real challenge is maintaining the weight-loss and that seems to be possible only when you make a lifestyle change. Make it enjoyable and maintainable, and you got a recipe for success!

Our first health expert is Chris Kresser, who strongly advocates Paleo nutrition. He believes that calorie-restriction diets are not a good solution in the long run and the Paleo lifestyle works for weight-loss because you get more nutrition from smaller amount of food.



"What makes a Paleo diet special is that it is more satiating per calorie than other diets, which helps you eat less without fighting hunger or counting calories."

Read more at: Chris Kresser - Tips for successful weight loss and https://chriskresser.com/how-to-lose-weight-without-trying-on-a-paleo-diet/


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paleo Myths



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Anyone eating wholesome, real food heard of the Paleo Diet or lifestyle. People often criticize this lifestyle with popular statements. 

Here are the most popular Paleo Myths: 

http://paleogrubs.com/paleo-myths

The one I hear frequently:  “Cavemen Only Lived Until They Were 35.”  

Here's a good scientific reply to such an argument: 
http://paleoleap.com/why-cavemen-didnt-die-young/ 
"Children were especially vulnerable to all kinds of diseases and infections that we can now prevent with vaccines or cure with antibiotics: due to the incredible advances in modern medicine, the child mortality rate in the United States today is 0.639%. Paleolithic child mortality is almost unimaginable to us."
Another popular statement I hear is: It's not good to eliminate a whole food group.

I believe we really need to ask ourselves are grains really an essential food group by itself? Many doctors, including Dr. William Davis, author of "Wheat Belly" www.wheatbelly.com, are starting to believe it isn't. 

Mark Sisson states in his blog post:
“An unfortunately large number of people are forced to subsist on grains as a staple, because they’re cheap and plentiful and calories are scarce, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way to eat. Grains aren’t necessary if you have access to plenty of fresh animals and plants.”
Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/top-8-most-common-reactions-to-your-grain-free-diet-and-how-to-respond/#ixzz4Aekh8qcs 

Have you heard any other statements disputing the Paleo Lifestyle?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Got a picky eater? Data shows parents are partly to blame.

New data findings: "Americans’ junk food habits start in toddler years. At age 1, we eat fries and brownies — but few veggies"

Although my toddler is not a very picky eater, I can see that if he had the choice between veggies and fruit, he'd pick fruit most of the time. People are wired to like sweet foods. But we just need to keep being persistent and offer the nutrient-dense veggies and meats! They'll come around eventually. Don't give up!
"Fulgoni emphasized that his goal is not to "shame parents with this information." One limitation of the study is that it's based on a caregiver's memory of what a child ate, and there could be gaps or information that's fuzzy. But he said he was surprised at how much not-so-good-for-you food they admitted to giving their charges."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Change in Nutrition Labels - a line for "added sugar"

"The Food and Drug Administration came out Friday with its new template for nutrition labels. One big change was the addition of a line for “added sugar,” to be placed below a line for total sugar. The change is designed to distinguish between sugars that are naturally occurring in a food — like the milk sugar in a plain yogurt — and the sugars that food manufacturers include later to boost flavors — like the “evaporated cane juice” in a Chobani Kids strawberry yogurt."
Source: "You’d Be Surprised at How Many Foods Contain Added Sugar"  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/upshot/it-isnt-easy-to-figure-out-which-foods-contain-sugar.html?_r=0

While sugar is added to boost flavor, a lot of the time it also serves the purpose of a preservative - similarly to salt! Products made sans sugar are difficult to control and why I stick to making small batches with my jerky.

Large food companies are large for a reason, they make a lot of product that they can't risk losing due to a small mistake during production. And therefore prefer to use the necessary additives to keep batches consistent.

I'm definitely curious how consumers will respond to the new labels and if it will turn them on to sourcing more from smaller companies jumping hurdles to make a 'cleaner' product available.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Will eating red meat kill you?


Many vegetarians are convinced that meat is bad for us. Even people that do eat red meat are convinced it is bad for them but eat it anyway because they enjoy it. But just how true is the statement that red meat is bad for us? Why have we been so heavily brainwashed against red meat? 

Chris Kresser has a series of articles on this topic: 

http://chriskresser.com/red-meat-cancer-again-will-it-ever-stop/ 

Among many reasons he lists to not buy into this, the main two that always stick out to me:


1. Studies are often flawed, they are either done on mice who are vegetarian and cannot eat meat or other variables are involved, not just meat. For instance, when there was a study stating that processed meat is bad for us, it didn't consider other possible nutritional intake in people's diet, which could very much be comprised of a lot of junk food.  

 "Trouble is – as is so often the case – the study is deeply flawed. In fact, anyone with training in research methodology might find themselves wondering “where’s the beef?” after they read it. In the end it’s just another piece of worthless propaganda parading as medical research. It tells us a lot more about the biases and motives of the researchers, and the incompetence of the media reporting on it, than it does about the effect of red meat consumption on human health.Here are my “top 10” reasons to ignore this study and continue to eat your grass-fed, organic red meat:" 
Source: http://chriskresser.com/wheres-the-beef/  

 2. Media reports are flawed citing wrong conclusions, ignoring research findings or just copying selective parts from study to make headlines.  


I personally think that there's noting wrong with red or other meat from sustainably raised sources; I strongly believe that evolution supports this. I am not buying into the hype and prefer to be cautious about research findings reported in the media. What are your thoughts? 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Which diet is best?

In his recent book, "Always Hungry" Dr. Ludwig reports on a study he conducted with 21 young adults with high BMIs and brought their weight down by 10-15% for a start. 
"Energy expenditure (metabolism/calorie burning) plummeted on the low fat diet. On the low carb (high fat) diet, energy expenditure - metabolic rate - didn't drop at all. Despite the weight loss, a low carb diet had completely abolished the negative effects of weight loss. Meta-training diet was in the middle."

I believe that a low carb diet, especially one where people just eat real food, is most effective because it's most natural for our body. There are no drastic fluctuations in blood sugar, and with sufficient balance of protein, fat and nutrients from fruits and veggies people don't experience spikes typical to sugar burners (from carbs).

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Enough with the sweetness!

Sugar and all other sweeteners (check out Dr. Robert Lustig's book "Sugar has 56 Names") has become a staple ingredient in our food chain. We don't even know where it's hiding. The worse offenders are dairy products. Everyone thinks that milk is good for us (we've been brainwashed by the dairy industry for decades) but if you look at the ingredients on all flavored dairy products you will see massive amount of sweeteners (especially in the low/non fat products) and food coloring. 

People say it's okay to let your kids eat something sweet just this once, but they don't realize that "just this once" happens every day in our society, and can account for a week's worth of sugar if not more. These people don't realize that they are not doing kids a favor but rather hurting them. 

I hope that Dr. Lustig succeeds in his mission and manages to get his message through to the general public, because our children's future and wellbeing depends on it.

This is exactly why I made the conscious decision to produce my grass-fed beef jerky sans sugar. Your taste buds are able to taste flavorful quality protein instead of something tainted with sugar. It's nice to be able to enjoy a satiating snack guilt-free.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Weight loss and maintenance

It seems like everyone is preoccupied with weight loss nowadays.
The overwhelming abundance of food and what seems like food, paired with modern sedentary lifestyle puts us in a constant struggle. As opposed to the survival struggle to get food, we are now in a struggle to avoid or resist food.

When you are on a diet or just trying to observe a healthy lifestyle you are constantly bombarded by temptations. It is really hard to ALWAYS avoid these temptations.

It seems like every single person has been on a diet or just lost weight without an official diet, or program. But unfortunately our outlook on keeping this weight off are stacked against us. 

Are we doomed you ask? The answer is "No!"

Every reliable book, expert and successful maintainer will tell you that the secret for succeeding in maintenance is figuring out your own eating lifestyle. For some it might include a certain amount of carbs, for others it might be more protein/fat. There is no one particular formula that applies to everyone. Some people can experience adverse reactions triggered by certain foods, even innocent foods like an apple for example. So it really depends on how much the individual is willing to commit their effort to figuring out what works best for them. 

In a recent article titled, "I'm an obesity doctor. I've seen long-term weight loss work. Here's how" the main take away is that to maintain weight loss successfully you really need to embrace the lifestyle that enables you to lose weight:
"The key to your success is actually liking the life and diet you're living with while you're losing weight." 
While we have seen first hand how effective it is to lose and keep weight off long term by following the Paleo template (which emphasizes the consumption of real, unprocessed food), it is really up to you to find what works for you that is enjoyable and maintainable.

Read more: http://www.vox.com/2016/5/10/11649210/biggest-loser-weight-loss

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight

Are you working out several hours a week and not seeing results? 

THe secret is in — you guessed it — DIET! It's diet all day errday! 

And more hours at the gym doesn't always mean better. Workout smart and prevent your adrenals from taking too much abuse. 

Below is a good supporting article, except I'd replace high-fat with high-carb foods made from highly processed ingredients, sugars and industrial seed oils that you'd need to eliminate! 

"The researchers behind the study found that people who have had success losing weight share a few things in common: They weigh themselves at least once a week. Theyrestrict their calorie intake, stay away from high-fat foods, and watch their portion sizes. They also exercise regularly.
But note: These folks use physical activity in addition to calorie counting and other behavioral changes. Every reliable expert I've ever spoken to on weight loss says the most important thing a person can do is to limit calories in a way they like and can sustain, and focus on eating more healthfully."
Source: http://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/11518804/weight-loss-exercise-myth-burn-calories

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hard food and proper jaw development

"Chewing on hard, tough food is important because it activates bone cells in the tooth socket and promotes the growth of big and strong jaws in which there is adequate room for the third molars."
Jerky Chews are perfect for proper jaw development, my 15-month-old son has been massaging his gums with the purest jerky since the day he started teething. I make sure he gets plenty of tough foods in general. Malocclusion is reversible when caught at an early age.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - Part 5 - having a support system

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No man is an island. It is nearly impossible to achieve anything without any help. When you decide to drop weight or start a business, nobody can do it for you but you can build a support system that will help you succeed. There are many types of help, encouragement, advice, educational material, technical, information, experience etc.

Life coaches are a great support system, but on any journey you embark, you will have to find the support system that works for you... whether it is a coach, consultant, family, friends, online forum or meet up groups. 

Going back to my friend from my first post in this series, she discovered an online support system for her weight loss. Once she became active on the weight loss forum, she discovered that many other people were facing the same challenges she was facing. She also discovered how others were dealing with these challenges. She learned new recipes. Just by venting and realizing she wasn't alone gave her tremendous support that helped her move forward. From this forum, she learned about the Paleo Diet and she made a whole lifestyle change from that point onward. 

So don't expect to do everything on your own. Build you support system and keep working on it throughout your journey. Every person or resource you encounter can provide invaluable support that will help you succeed.