Grass Fed Beef Vs. Grain Fed Beef

First of all, cows don't naturally eat grains.. They eat grass. So if you’re feeding a cow an unnatural diet it only makes sense that the meat is going to be unnatural and tainted. The classic idiom, “you are what you eat” is actually very true, not just to humans but to all animals as well. although you can get by eating those grain fed beefs, you are truly missing out on the micro nutrient density that you would be getting out of a cleaner grass fed beef. Going beyond the difference in nutrional value, we can look at the ethical side of things when debating grass fed vs. grain fed. grass fed is better for the environment, better for the overall health and life of cows, and above all a much more natural approach to attaining meat. Raising, killing, and cultivation these animals should be done in an ethical and humane way and shouldn’t be done with a profitable approach in mind.. feeding these animals hormone infested grains to fatten them up at a more rapid rate to get more beef out of each cow in a more timely fashion is somthing that should disturb everyone, this is our health people! No amount of dollar signs should be able to get in the way of that. I’m no expert, but from my own experience there is a noticable difference in the way you feel when you switch to these healthier beefs. Although slightly pricer its very worth it.. a much bigger BANG for your buck with these choices of grass fed beefs from a nutritional stand point. The more we spread this logical thought, the quicker we can take these giant unethical beef manufacturing corporations out of the picture. Theres a reason why 69% of the U.S. population is obese and it goes beyond just “over eating”, its quite clear it lies in the food quality. This mad money sport society we have created has allowed us to become so disconnected that we willing sacrifice our own health to make that extra buck, after all convenience trumps all.. A mad world indeed. My goal by spreading this information is to make people more aware and consious of the things they use to fuel their bodies.. subconcious eating is a recipe for more chronic illness than one can handle. One day at a time people, I know how tasty those juicy thick cut hormone packed grain feed beefs are.. but unfortunately short term mouth pleasure doesn't give you long term sustainable and focused energy. July2114 097 Fitness Specialist Kevin Louwers CoreFit Fitness, Novi MI

10 Things NOT to Do After You’ve Gained Weight

5c photo 002 You've put on some pounds. It happens. And it's okay. So often we're bombarded with things we must start to do to lose weight stat. But what about all the things you're already doing that may be adding to the problem? As much as I hate to come from a place of "don'ts", here's a list of things it's a good idea not to do when you've gained weight.

Don't Start Skipping Meals Skipping meals won't help you lose weight in the long run. Studies show that eating every few hours helps stabilize your blood sugar and keeps you from making bad choices at the next meal (since you'd be famished otherwise). Plan ahead, and make sure to eat every few hours. Pre-planned portioned snacks and meals will do the body good and stop you from gorging later on.

Don't Mentally Punish Yourself Punishing yourself by staring in the mirror with fury or calling yourself "fatty" or showing your friend your muffin top isn't going to magically melt the fat around your waist—and it's going to work against you. Research shows that people who practice self-compassion are more effective at changing their behaviors. Being unkind to yourself will make you more upset and likely lead to emotional eating. Accept your weight gain (for the moment), and focus on all of the amazing positive choices you are making.

Don't Spend a Ton on New Clothes Weight loss takes time, so it may be a while until you fit into your skinny jeans. In the meantime, get busy doing some bargain shopping. No need to splurge since your weight gain is only temporary, but stocking up on a few pieces will help you feel better about your appearance is a good idea. (There's nothing more emotionally draining than not being able to breathe in your jeans.) Remember, feeling better will help you make better food choices.

Don't Obsessively Weigh Yourself The key to healthy weight loss is to stay consistent and be patient with your diet and exercise, getting adequate sleep and controlling your stress levels. Typically, a person should not lose more than one to two pounds per week, but it could be more or less depending on you and your body. And, remember your weight will fluctuate depending on how much water you are retaining, what time of day it is, and what your hormone levels are. Try weighing yourself once a week in the morning. This way you can focus on the process and not the number.

Don't Over-Exercise Start slow and steady, and be consistent. If you are overly ambitious, the whole plan may go by the wayside. Instead, be realistic. Also, over-exercising can lead to overeating—which can actually cause you to gain more weight.

...But Don't Stop Exercising, Either Think your weight gain may be due to too much muscle bulk? Before you throw your free weights out, you may want to reconsider. Some women are afraid that lifting weights may make them bulk up, but this is very unlikely to happen. Muscle is more metabolically active than other tissue and will ultimately help you lose weight. You'll also look leaner and improve bone health.

Don't Try a Fad Diet The problem with "diets" is that they're not meant to be followed for a long period of time. You're not just looking for the easiest and fastest way out of your new jean size. You want to lose weight and sustain that for a healthier you for the long-haul. Diets usually promote some type of miracle recipe for weight loss, such as cutting out a particular food group. Problem is, once you deviate from the diet, you gain the weight back...and many times this comes on faster and more furiously. The key to sustained weight loss is to eat real (not processed) foods that incorporate a balance of healthy fats, nutrient-dense carbs, and lean protein.

Don't Ignore Your Hunger Cues By learning to pay attention to your hunger cues and listening to your body, you will stop yourself from overeating and teach yourself to properly satisfy your hunger without stuffing yourself silly. This doesn't happen overnight, but you can learn to do it. You should eat when you are slightly hungry and stop eating when you are slightly satisfied. If you listen to your body, you will never over-consume too dramatically, even if the food you are eating in is decadent.

Don't Focus On What You Can't Eat Why waste your energy on what you can't eat when you can focus your attention on all of the amazing and super-powerful foods you can eat? You'll be so much happier if you make an effort to shift your thinking in this way.

Don't Call It Quits and Accept Your Weight Gain Stay empowered by setting small, attainable goals. Once you see you are able to achieve these goals, you’ll feel even more motivated to practice healthy habits. Stay focused. Stay positive.

[Source: Women's Health]

Healthy lifestyle may cut stroke risk in half for women

According to Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology; Women with a healthy diet and lifestyle may be less likely to have a stroke by more than half, according to a study. The study looked at five factors that make up a healthy lifestyle: healthy diet; moderate alcohol consumption; never smoking; physically active; and healthy body mass index (BMI). Compared with women with none of the five healthy factors, women with all five factors had a 54-percent lower risk of stroke. "Because the consequences of stroke are usually devastating and irreversible, prevention is of great importance," said study author Susanna C. Larsson, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. "These results are exciting because they indicate that a healthy diet and lifestyle can substantially reduce the risk of stroke, and these are lifestyle choices that people can make or improve." For the study, 31,696 Swedish women with an average age of about 60 completed a 350-item questionnaire about their diet and lifestyle. They were then followed for an average of 10 years. A healthy diet was defined as within the top 50 percent of a recommended food score measuring how often the participants ate healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Moderate alcohol consumption was defined as three to nine drinks per week. Physically active was defined as walking or biking at least 40 minutes a day along with more vigorous exercise at least one hour per week. Healthy BMI was considered below 25.

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