Eating Paleo? Pasture-Raised Matters.

Not all meat is created equal. What gets put into an animal is directly related to the nutrition of the meat consumed. Studies have shown numerous, measurable benefits of pasture raised livestock and livestock with a more natural diet. That’s why all of our animals are grass fed and given continuous opportunities to eat what nature intended. Pigs get to root in the dirt for bugs, acorns and roots, chickens peck, scratch, and eat bugs and worms, cattle eat grass to their liking, and the goats eat any and everything they can chew on! When feed supplement is required, we use top quality, custom mix feeds that are non GMO and all natural. We believe these are far superior to the mass produced, organic feeds available on the market.

What is the paleo diet?

The paleo diet is based on the premise that humans do best eating very specific types of foods, mainly meats, fish, poultry, fruits and most vegetables, and unprocessed oils. It maintains that for you to live up to your optimal health, achieve your ideal weight, and avoid chronic disease, you should eat the way your caveman relatives did.

Foods permitted on the paleo diet include fresh fruit, non-starchy vegetables, plain nuts (but no peanuts), seeds, eggs, plant-based oils, lean/clean meats, seafood, and fish. Foods that are not on the paleo plan include beans and legumes, potatoes, peanuts, grains (whole and refined), and processed foods — especially processed meat, snack foods, and cereals.

What are the benefits?

If you dislike dieting because of the counting and measuring involved, the paleo diet may be just for you. You aren’t assigned a certain number of calories or fat grams per day — you simply eat the foods allowed on the plan until you’re satisfied.

Paleo foods are clean, meaning they don’t have added chemicals, preservatives, or dyes. A diet rich in vegetables, plants, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils is anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is a major contributor to the development of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.

The paleo diet is rich in protein and fat, which contributes to feelings of fullness, so you may also be more satisfied and fight cravings on this diet plan.

Is paleo for you?

The benefits of following a paleo diet plan sound like just what the doctor ordered, and it may be. If you suffer from chronic disease and need to lose weight, the paleo diet is a great way to do so without having to count calories.

Research shows that paleo-style eating improves the symptoms and status of many chronic diseases. The emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods is a major improvement over the traditional Western diet, which is high in carbs, fried foods, sugar, and preservatives.

Everyone can benefit from eating paleo style, but not necessarily being overly devoted to the plan. Some foods that are not on the paleo plan have been proven to offer a lot of benefits — such as dairy in calcium, protein and fiber in beans and peanuts, and iron in potatoes.

Many people benefit from adhering to the spirit of paleo by avoiding processed foods and added sugars but still allowing healthy foods not on the plan, such as plain yogurt, quinoa, and oats. But if following a strict set of rules helps keep you compliant to a healthier way of eating, then a strict paleo plan may be for you.