Archive for May, 2010

Door To Door Organics & In Season Local Market

May 10th, 2010

My family and I celebrated Mother’s Day on our family farm yesterday.

This is the house where I grew up.  My great grandparents, grandparents, parents, sister and I have all lived here. This house is over 80 years old and it’s where my parents still live today.

This is our barn, the FN stands for Fritz Niemeyer.  Fritz was my great great grandfather, he homesteaded our family farm in 1888.

My sister and I are the fifth generation to be born and raised on these 260 acres in Northeastern Colorado.

After 120 years our farm is still operating.  This is a picture of my dad chopping forage last summer.

And here’s yours truly in the pig pen on Easter morning.  No, these pigs are not cooped up and factory farmed, in case you saw Food Inc.  They are let out daily and roam freely around the barn yard in the bright sunlight and fresh air.

Yesterday, on Mother’s Day, I made a pork tenderloin for dinner.  It’s one of our family favorites.

I don’t like most grocery store pork tenderloin because they add sodium, MSG and goodness knows what else. Even though my family has raised sheep, cattle, chickens, and dairy cows over the years, along with planting a garden each summer; I don’t have the opportunity to eat farm fresh food every day.  And no, the pork tenderloin we ate yesterday did not come from the above picture!

A couple weeks ago I heard about a new market in the Highlands District of Denver.

It’s called, In Season Local Market.

In Season Local Market

Their mantra:  “if it’s not from here, it’s not in here.” They are dedicated to providing local food (within a 250 mile radius) that is naturally and ethically grown, raised, harvested and processed. In Season Local Market is about re-evaluating the way we eat and shop for groceries. By buying and eating locally, we can eat fresher, better food and support our own community.

Since this is the way I was raised and how my grandfathers and father always farmed, I was very excited to find “clean” pork tenderloins at In Season Local Market in Denver.  They also have things like; cheese, beef, bison, chicken, eggs, vegetables, fruits and honey  Click here to view the full grocery selection.

I was telling my sister about my latest Healthy Discovery and she told me about something she recently signed up for.

It’s called Door To Door Organics

They deliver a variety of fruit and veggie boxes straight to your door. The contents change every week based on the freshest arrivals from Colorado organic farms.

Now I’m following my sister’s lead and signing up for this.  I can’t wait to get my first box of fresh Colorado fruits and veggies!  Both my sister and I travel a lot for our jobs so Door To Door Organics allows you to put a week(s) on hold if you’re out of town.

If you don’t live in Colorado and can’t take advantage of these Healthy Discoveries look around your own area for locally grown farm fresh food.

A great place to start is Farmer’s Markets.

In the age of movies like Food Inc, and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution people are remembering the benefits of the back-to-the-basics-farm-fresh-food.

Fritz, my great great grandfather (who spent cold winters in the late 1890’s building our farm house). Archie, my great grandfather (who plowed the fields 14-hours a day with mules) and James, my grandfather (who milked cows by hand twice a day) would all be proud, yet probably chuckle a bit at this “modern day trend”!

The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Podcast

May 4th, 2010

First of all I want to welcome and thank those of you who recently joined my Healthy Discoveries Fan Page on Facebook. I occasionally post pictures, videos and updates, but my published blog posts are what I link most frequently to this facebook page.

I usually write 2-4 blog posts a month.

My intention with my blog is to connect you to healthy people, products, ideas, books, events and places. I have been blogging for 2.5 years.  Some posts I have written during that time period include;  transfats, dealing with weight loss plateaus and people like my friend Jo, who overcame a traumatic brain injury.

I also share my favorite “Healthy Discoveries” such as Float Tanks, Coconut WaterThe Nia Technique, and Wet Sock Therapy to name a few.

Sometimes I write about my own life, for example;  my struggle with hypothyroidism, a great business trip turned weekend get-away to Seattle, my thoughts on running my own business and some insights I gained while climbing my first 14’er.

In other words, under the umbrella of the Healthy Discoveries Blog, you get a little bit of everything- meaning whatever is on my mind at the time.

So thank you again for joining my page, it means a lot and I appreciate knowing that you’re out there reading once I hit the publish key!  I also welcome your comments on my blog or facebook so please don’t be shy.

And now onto today’s Healthy Discovery:

The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show

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People often ask me which websites and on-line resources I recommend for reliable health information?

To be honest, those sites are few and far between.

But The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Podcast is one of those rare gems on the Internet that provides top-notch health information.  Jimmy Moore interviews the best of the best in the health industry. You can download any and all of his podcasts to your computer or iPod for FREE!

Jimmy believes (as do I) in a low sugar, low grain diet, hence the name – The Low-Carb Show.  But don’t be turned off by that name if you don’t subscribe to that diet philosophy (although you may want to listen to some of his interviews with doctors about the negative effects of wheat gluten).

Nonetheless, scroll through Jimmy’s podcast archives (he’s been recording his interviews with top experts, doctors and authors since 2006) you’ll find a treasure chest of cutting edge health and nutrition information.

These are some of my favorite interviews:

Dr. Uffe Ravnskov – The Cholesterol Myth

Dr. Nancy Appleton – Lick The Sugar Habit

Lierre Keith – The Vegetarian Myth

Julia Ross – The Mood Cure

Dr. Richard Bernstein – The Diabetes Solution

Gary Taubes - Good Calories, Bad Calories

Dr. Bruce Fife – The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Dr. Jonny Bowden – Finding The Diet That’s Right For You

Mark Sisson - The Primal Blueprint

Sally Fallon - President of the Weston A. Price Foundation

James LaValle – Cracking The Metabolic Code

I admit these are many of my nutritional hero’s.  I have read their books and heard most of them speak at medical conferences over the years; that’s why I’m so excited that Jimmy interviews them for the public to download.

Information is power and I think these podcasts are excellent resources to help individuals create optimal health.  I encourage you to listen and learn.  You’ll gain practical tips that will improve your energy, mood, weight and overall health!

The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Podcast is an amazing Healthy Discovery.  Click on over and start listening today!

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