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Why Eat Local?

It’s been almost a full year since Andy and I decided to start buying our meat from a local farm right here in Connecticut.  Despite the fact that we have a giant freezer chest in our guest bedroom, it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made for our wallets, our health, and (now I’m realizing) our environment.

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Photo from http://www.stuartfamilyfarm.com

After I processed last week’s election results I realized that real change starts with us individuals right here at home.  We can’t sit around and wait for our leaders to enact change.  It is absolutely necessary that all of us as citizens of this country and humans of this earth begin to make changes that will reverse climate change and start to improve our environmental conditions.

By the way have you seen the new documentary ‘Before the Flood?’ Bonus…Leo is in it.

So I went to Facebook and asked my friends, what can I do to get more involved?  I received a list of organizations to look up from helping clean up our shores to learning more about solar energy.  And while I do want to investigate all of these avenues, I realized that my first step should be to share what we are already doing in our household, that 99.9% of people are not doing. 

Purchasing local, grass-fed beef and pasture raised poultry and pork, is one of the best things you can do for the environment. 

When cows are able to graze in open pastures and are rotated frequently, a natural process occurs.   Continue reading

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Truly Eating Local

Hey there! Happy December people! I hope everyone’s holiday season has been a great one so far.  I can’t believe the 2015 year is coming to an end. Too fast, always.

With the holidays here, I always seem to over indulge just a tad during Christmas parties and family get togethers.  This means it’s even more important for me to really be eating clean during the week at least about 80% of the time.

Andy and I recently switched up where we are purchasing our meat.  For the past two years we have spent about $150-$200 a week on food shopping at Whole Foods.  We try to get grass fed, organic, and/or local meat whenever we can.  At Whole Foods this costs a pretty penny for sure.

Last month I came across a post on CTBites about Stuart Family Farm here in Connecticut.  The farm, located in Bridgewater, Connecticut, raises 100% grass-fed Red Angus cattle on 600 acres of land.  They also have pastured pork and poultry.  The farm is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays so Andy and I decided to take the hour long scenic drive north a few weekends ago.  We met the wonderful staff and also the little piggies.  It was a really cool experience to actually see where your food is coming from.

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Rudy’s first encounter with these little piggies

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Four Podcasts I’m Listening To Now

Podcasts are my new favorite commuting soundtrack.  I’ve recently started making an effort to get more out of my driving time other than phone taps and celebrity gossip.  Sure sometimes you want to roll the windows down and blast some good ol’ fashion tunes, but other times why not gain some knowledge while on the road?

I simply just downloaded the podcast app on my i-phone and had thousands at my fingertips.  I guess I should give Andy some credit here.  He got me started when he told me about Mark Sisson’s Primal Blue Print podcast.  From there I realized that so many of my favorite knowledgeable, fun people have podcasts out there where they share their wisdom with the pod-o-sphere.

Here are my favorites:

Primal Blueprint Podcast

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This podcast has so much great information pertaining to living a paleolithic / primal lifestyle.  Mark Sisson has interviewed tons experts in all different areas.  I recently listed to one where Mary Vance, a holistic nutritionist, spoke about getting our hormones in balance through diet.  It was super useful for me to learn about!  Continue reading

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