I am always interested in learning about any touted healthy eating options. Most have probably heard of the “Paleo Diet” (Paleo).  Recently a co-worker filled me in on his personal research and experience with this diet. There appears to be different versions of the Paleo depending on the website/book and author.

ground beef

How do you like your ground beef?
Paleo says “where’s the protein?”
WAPF says “where’s the fat?

Two main points my friend makes about the Paleo:

  1. Lean meat for protein (sourced from pasture raised animals)
  2. Cod Liver Oil provides many health benefits.

Of course I agree with the health benefits of consuming protein from healthy animals raised on a grass & forage only diet. In past posts I have discussed the Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) that also promotes meat from pasture raised animals.  Where WAPF prizes the “fat” from grassed based animals, Paleo appears to prize the “lean meat”.

Where WAPF and Paleo come together is with the use of cod liver oil.  WAPF considers cod liver oil a superfood.  A recognized source of high quality cod liver oil is right here in Nebraska.  Greenpasture.org actually blends butter from their pastured cows with fermented cod liver oil to create what they call a “nutrient rich sacred food”.

If you follow either the WAPF or Paleo crowd, we here at DS Family Farm are on your side, raising animals that will give the meat (protein or fat) that you are looking for.

If I have misrepresented the Paleo Diet, please comment below.

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The Holiday Season has made the clothing a little tight entering the New Year. It’s those holiday treats (empty carbohydrates) that get me! Today my weight swings (up and down) are not what they use to be when my diet was largely based on processed foods.

New Year = holiday treat pay back time.  Photo by: http://www.morguefile.com/creative/rosevita

New Year = holiday treat pay back time.

Trying to “diet” while still consuming highly processed foods (empty carbs) and avoiding animal fat was a weight loss & gain rollercoaster. A change in eating habits to less processed foods and no fear of animal fats resulted in lower overall carbohydrate intake. Simply replacing carbohydrate calories with fat and protein from pasture raised animals has stabilized my weight.  A full breakfast with eggs, bacon/sausage will keep the body satisfied, without those empty carb cravings, right up to lunch time.

I tend to agree with the diet information from the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF):

  1. The information is well researched and cited.
  2. Research continues.
  3. Based on real world experience and tradition.
  4. It makes sense.
  5. Applying a few principals from the recommendations has worked for myself and others I know.

If you are considering a New Year “diet”, do your research and consider pasture raised (grass-fed) animal products.  Look for locally raised eggs, milk, cheese and meats.  WAPF recommendations also include plant based fats such as coconut oil and the use of fermentation and sprouting of other vegetable products.  The key is to enjoy all kinds of foods that taste good and are good for you.  Join some of us that have departed from the low fat high carbohydrate diet to a diet that is more balanced.  Please share your thoughts.

As a side note, yes I am a member of WAPF. You may also want to consider the Price-Pottenger Foundation which also promotes and further researches the teachings of Dr. Price.  Photo by: http://www.morguefile.com/creative/rosevita.

Earlier this year we had a number of posts about health topics and the importance of animal fats as part of a healthy diet.  Feel free to browse back to our JanuaryFebruary March April & May blog posts.  Fat Is Back in the news (good animal fats as part of your diet) in many places.  We came across a blog post from the Farm Progress – Beef Producer site from December 4, 2014, that sums up much of what we see in the news and  what we wrote about earlier this year.  Here is the link to a great blog post by R. P. Cooke on the Farm Progress – Beef Producer site titled “Lean May Be Queen But Fat Is Where It’s At“:

Here at D S Family Farm we specialize in growing the type of beef animal Cooke describes towards the end of his blog post:

“The answer to the dilemma is fairly simple if you are interested in being sharp, having energy, being healthy and losing your spare-tire waist line. On a daily basis eat at least six to 10 ounces of fatty beef from an animal that spent months and months on well mineralized fresh grass that was mostly tall and green. This animal needs to have received only a trace of seeds (grain).

The highest quality will normally come from a somewhat early maturing, easy fattening 24- to 40-month-old steer or heifer that has never failed to gain weight daily and had only a little wrinkle of hide over its brisket when it is harvested in the late summer or early fall.

Use this beef fat in most everything you cook.”

In this July 2014 blog post we announced the one year count down to having our first animals ready, to ship our first beef.  Maybe we were a little on the anxious side, 24 months might be a little early.  None the less we should be close to having some grass fed fat beef late summer 2015!

Feel free to share your thoughts about “DOC”s post or contact us to stop by and see how the steers are progressing.

Have you ever heard the term “essential fatty acids”?  These are fats that we must consume in our diet to survive, we cannot manufacture these essential fats ourselves.  Let’s take a brief look at two fatty acids that you have probably heard about in the news, omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids.

Essential fatty acids, omega 3 (animal fat) and omega 6 vegetable fat).

Essential fatty acids we consume in our diet. Omega 6 are inflammatory and Omega 3 are anti-inflammatory, we need both in the correct ratio.

Omega 6 fatty acids are inflammatory where omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory.  We need both components in our bodies to be healthy.  The important thing to research is the ratio of these two types of fatty acids in our diet.  Currently the average american diet is around 20 to 1 (20:1), that is 20 omega 6 fatty acids consumed to every 1 omega 3.  It appears for best health the ratio should be somewhere around 1:1 to 5:1, if you pick the middle of this range, the optimum would be say 3:1 or three omega 6 fatty acids consumed for every one omega 3 consumed.  WOW, we need to cut down on those inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids.

The 2004 Times Magazine article, “The Fires Within”, brought awareness to the problem with the American diet over consumption of omega 6 fatty acids (inflammatory).  A benefit of consuming pasture raised animals is not in the omega 3 levels found in the meat, but note that pasture grazed beef will test around 2:1 versus grain-fed beef at 14:1 (omega 6 to omega 3 ratio).  Why is this?  Omega 6 fatty acids are from vegetable fat (oils).  Conventional beef are eating grain, where much of the vegetable fat is stored by the plant.  Consuming pasture grazed animals will help balance your diet’s omega 6 to 3 ratio, but the greatest gains in helping our diet on this issue would come from reducing consumption of omega 6 foods (vegetable oils), lard anyone?

Speaking of omega, the end of the greek alphabet, I think this post will end our discussion about FAT.  Hopefully you will continue your own research into the facts about consuming animal fats, especially the benefits of consuming great tasting pasture grazed meat, dairy and eggs.