Low carb diet helps many peoplelose weight and have more energy. Many of the top 10 super foods are the ones you wanted to eat but were told are 'bad' for you.
Photo: Raw Jersey Cream, raw homemade butter, and raw Jersey Cheese, all from grass fed cows at a local farm.
Pasture raised beef and lamb are a highly concentrated source of some of the healthiest vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other compounds found in plants!
How is that..?
Because these animals eat copious quantities of incredibly nutrient dense greens!
By a process called 'biological magnification,' these nutrients build up in the animals' tissues, becoming much more concentrated than they are in the plants!
Pasture-fed livestock are great concentrators of the rich array of beneficial compounds in what is essentially wild plant material - tough grasses that are hell to get out of a garden, wildflowers, berry plants, and herbs that are always trying to get a foothold in the grasslands, plus the bark, leaves and twigs they strip off trees.
These plants are FAR more full of beneficial compounds than anything humans have domesticated! And we humans can’t digest that stuff!
We can't even chew much of it! Imagine grabbing a handful of crab grass, some bark off a maple tree and a bunch of red clover plants and stuffing it in your mouth. Even if you COULD chew and swallow it, most of it would exit the other end in about the same shape as it was swallowed.
All those powerful phytonutrients are transformed by pasture raised animals into a form that is VERY easy for us to absorb! Pasture raised meats are actually healthier than commercially raised organic for a variety of reasons.
One of the most important is that commercially raised organic meats that you typically find in health food supermarkets are LOADED with mycotoxins which accumulate in the animals' tissues from the feeding of grains. The feed grains used for commercial livestock (assuming they get food that is even THAT good) is not fit for humans, spoiled and moldy.
Additionally, grass fed beef and lamb are considerably higher in omega-3 essential fatty acids, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, Vitamins A and D, Vitamin E (chlorophyll rich foods contain natural Vitamin E) and other nutrients.
Raw milk, butter and cheeses from grass fed cows, goats, and sheep is one of the healthiest foods for a low carb diet.
Cholesterol, one of the most maligned nutrients has important benefits. Did you know that consumption of cholesterol is important for keeping the membranes surrounding every one of your cells strong and healthy?
Sex hormones are made from cholesterol!
Bile which balances pH in the gut, carries toxins out of the body, prevents constipation by stimulating peristalsis, and more is made from - you guessed it - cholesterol!
Raw milk, cream, butter and cheese from grass fed cows and goats is MUCH safer than pasteurized dairy!
Cows are outdoors on clean grass rather than up to their knees in manure in a dirty barn. They are never fed hormone-laced moldy grains and garbage given to commercially raised animals.
Chlorophyll rich grass increases omega-3 content of the milk. Raw, organic grass fed milk contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), higher vitamin A and D and many other nutrients not naturally abundant in factory produced milk.
Because it contains beneficial lactic-acid bacteria that destroy harmful microorganisms. Experiments in which salmonella and other harmful bacteria were added to raw milk showed that the disease-producing bacteria DISAPPEARED after a day or so.
They were completely destroyed by the lactic-acid bacteria in the raw milk.
Pasteurized milk, on the other hand, is vulnerable to whatever floats into it from the air. Left at room temperature for a day, or even in the refrigerator beyond its expiration date, it rots. Sipping even a bit of it can make you VERY sick!
Chlorella is the premier green super food, with more chlorophyll than any other plant form!
A superb detoxifier of mercury and other toxic metals, chemical poisons and a host of other hazards, it is also a super nutritious food. Packed with vitamins and minerals, it also contains very high concentrations of carotenoids such as lutein, beta carotene and others.
In fact, Chlorella contains more lutein (a deep yellow carotenoid needed especially for the health of eyes and skin) than marigold petals - it is just not visible because the yellow of the lutein is overpowered by the deep green of all the chlorophyll! Chlorella side effects are a concern, since Chlorella is so good at absorbing toxins. If it is grown in a contaminated environment (sadly, most are), it will ADD toxins to your body rather than binding and removing them!
The best and most delicious salads for low carb diet include a generous amount of (organically grown) dark greens.
Arugula (one of my favorites), Romaine lettuce, green and red leaf lettuce, Butterhead lettuce, cilantro, parsley, dandelion greens like the ones on the right (the best ones come from a pesticide-free lawn) and chicory.
Benefits of dark greens...
Chlorophyll: A great detoxifier with many benefits. Porphyrins (new window) in chlorophyll help to bind and carry toxins such as heavy metals out of your body.
Magnesium and potassium: essential for many body functions, these two electrolyte minerals also help reduce the damaging stress/survival mode that destroys health. Magnesium de-activates the sympathetic (survival/stress) part of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. Potassium activates the parasympathetic (rest and digest) part of the autonomic nervous system.
So eating sufficent dark greens can contribute to helping us feel more relaxed.
Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon is replete with EPA,DHA and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids:
Omega-3's make the membranes of all your cells stronger and more FLEXIBLE.
When red and white blood cells become more flexible, they pass easier through the tiniest capillaries, improving micro-circulation. This improves health of brain and nervous system as well as all other organs. Because excellent blood flow is vital for detoxification, omega-3's indirectly help.
Low glycemic index fruits include:
Apples: Buy organic or low-spray. The problem with organic apples is that you need patience and a good paring knife to carve away the little tunnels,brown spots, etc. that typically decorate an organic apple.
Low-spray apples (like the Fujis in the photo), correctly grown are even more gorgeous than their conventional cousins. Expert orchardists know how to use very biodegradable sprays that have minimal impact on the environment (and of course on you).
There is a bit of a trade-off between organic and low-spray apples. Organic apples contain more mycotoxins because the tunnels, blemishes and other damage by insects and microorganisms makes them more susceptible to rot. Molds and fungi are not addressed, so organic apples tend to have more mycotoxins for that reason.
Blueberries: It is easier to grow blueberries organically than apples, since their ripening time is much shorter. This is also true for other berries.
There are two main classes of blueberries...
Low-bush blueberries: These are the ones you find growing very low to the ground in the wilds of coastal Maine and other parts of New England. They are extremely hardy and grow organically all by themselves!
They are my favorite for flavor, much smaller and more concentrated in taste than their high-bush relatives. I have bought them frozen off-season and enjoy them in yogurt and raw cream.
When you buy frozen blueberries, take along a cold-pack and immediately put it over them to keep them from thawing. I have been known to keep the cold pack on the blueberries even on the check-out conveyor belt!
High-bush blueberries: They are larger, less concentrated in flavor and contain less purple pigment than low-bush ones. You can buy them in season in large quantities, spread them out on cookie sheets in the freezer, then pack and keep in freezer. They will last many months!
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