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Not long ago, in a supermarket not so far away….





My kids love this video. We are Star Wars nuts in my house, and this is a great segue into conversations about organics.

Enjoy.

Lori Rivas, organic homeschooling mama to 4 great kids

photo credit:
Photo by Weslie and Chelsey Totten

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healthy organic animal fats


Here’s the skinny on fats: your body needs fat to survive. Fat is a vital nutrient to good health.

So, when crafting your diet, be sure to include fats. Good fats.

What’s that, you say? No such thing as healthy animal fats.

Well, there is….there is such a thing as healthy animal fats. And those healthy fats are not found in conventional animal products.

Turns out that conventional animal fats — meat and dairy — are toxic storehouses.

Why?

Because organochlorines — the scientific name for pesticides and such — are water insoluble, and attracted to fats.

So, that means that whatever toxins I eat — whatever toxins animals eat — those organochlorines resist digestion, resist excretion, and are stored in fat cells, fat cells bloated with toxins and chemicals and pollutants and pharmaceuticals.

And then those organochlorines set up residence, and are interacting, interfering and, sometimes, even controlling, your endocrine system.

And this little gem: modern factory farming practices, which enable a farmer or rancher to raise more animals, more quickly, rely heavily on synthetic hormones, toxic chemicals and antibiotics…which are then ingested by you and me. Ah…nothing like trading your health so that the meat packing industry can increase its bottom line.

For these reasons, in switching to organics, you might prioritize your animal products . Look for meats that are free-range and raised without antibiotics, bonus points if the animals were raised on organic feed.

Plus, hey, guess what? Just so happens that when cows eat grass, as God intended, the beef is rich in Omega 3’s, conjugated linoleic acid, plus vitamins A and E. That is healthy eating.

Milk products would be next – switching, at the very least, to milk, cheese and butter with no growth hormone rBGH. Better yet, switch to organic milk products from cows which graze on grass. Some would suggest, however, the very best would be to drink and eat raw milk products from a safe and reliable source.

And check out the benefits of free range eggs :

• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

Now THAT makes a breakfast for champions.

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Ground Beef Tacos

– 1 pound ground beef
– 1 medium onion, diced
– 1 or 2 bell peppers, diced
– 5 or 6 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 cup of salsa
Celtic sea salt, to taste
– black pepper, to taste
– 2 tsp. dried oregano or za’atar
– 1 tsp. cumin

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with all veggies and spices, saving out the salsa. When meat is browned, and veggies are soft, add salsa, and bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed and/or evaporated.

Serve immediately with warm corn tortillas, grated cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, and salsa.

Optional: While the beef is browning, add a cup of fresh, chopped tomatoes for extra flavor.

NOTE: It has been my experience that organic ground beef (80/20) does not render liquid fat when browning. That is, I have never had any fat to drain off the pan with this, or other, recipes.

Lori Rivas, organic homeschooling mama to 4 great kids

Photo credits:

Photo by Weslie and Chelsey Totten

cow image from: mothercow.org/oxen/grass-to-milk.html
butter image from: foodchannel.com/stories/1173-help-i-bought-unsalted-butter-by-mistake
chicken image from: ehow.com/how_5137846_raise-organic-range-chickens.html
taco image from: ahintofhoney.blogspot.com/2010/02/ground-beef-tacos-with-homemade-taco.html

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Mission Monday


If you’ve been following us the last couple of weeks you know that the Davis family has gone high raw for the month.  This has not been easy for us.  Read the Daddy Does it RAW! (week one recap) post to see why!  We are learning a lot along the way!  This week, to help us meet our goals of having not only raw, but fresh, local, organic, and seasonal foods Annett visited our local farmers market.  The kids had a blast!!!  Their favorite part was getting to taste all of the fresh fruits from the nice vendors.  We left with lots of old favorites, and some yummy new ones too!

Your mission is to visit your local farmers market.  Take the kids, try new fruit and veggies!  Let the kids pick one or two NEW things to eat, and you pick one or two too!

If you don’t know where your local farmers market is here’s some help.

If you are in  Southern California click here for a directory of local farmers’ markets.

You can also check here for a national directory.

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Daddy Does It RAW!


OK guys, “Daddy Does It RAW” has officially started.  This isn’t Annett (founding member of Fit Moms Fit Kids Club) but her loving husband Byron writing.  Annett knew what she was getting into when she married me.  When I get excited about something I tend to jump in with both feet.  That can sometimes be a bad thing (especially when you don’t know how far the bottom is (ha ha ha)).  But it never makes for a dull moment in the Davis household.

Well, I have been inspired by Annett’s  motivation to keep our family life fun and fit.  Over the past year, as a family, we have been eating a lot less meat and have become a “plant” strong family (instead of meat with a side of veggies, it’s veggies with a side of meat).  While things have been going great, I thought I’d shake it up a bit and see if our family could, not just go without meat, but eat “high” raw for a whole month (High RAW means 95% RAW and living foods… NO MEAT).  I am curious to experience what happens.
Every week (maybe even twice a week), I will write a blog post called “Daddy Does It RAW”  to keep you guys informed and share our menus, how the kids respond, whether or not Annett smuggles in a burger or Chipotle into the house… the whole 9.  Stay tuned!

DAY 1: Today’s menu: Breakfast -Apple/ Peach/ Spinach Smoothie;  Lunch -Waldorf Salad; Dinner -Veggie Lettuce Wrap; raw nuts & raisins for snacks. Water and sun brewed green tea throughout the day.

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