We Need To Get Kids Fat

Now that I have your attention, let me start with this:

Good, quality, natural fats are absolutely essential to the growth, development, and preservation of the human body and the human brain. And we, as a community, need to embrace local, natural diets that support getting essential and natural fats into the bodies and brains of the generation upcoming (as well as ourselves).

And, one should not consume only fat (personal responsibility always embraces moderation) – it is pertinent to have a diet with high-quality proteins and carbohydrates as well. But I do think that many people, especially kids, are devoid of foods that are dense in nutrients, proteins, and high-quality fats – and that is a cause for disease, and for the problems we see with behavioral issues and depression.

There are: Saturated Fats, Monounsaturated Fats, and Polyunsaturated Fats. All of these are natural, and produced (found) in nature. Saturated fats have long been demonized as the culprit of disease, but this is not the case (quality butter is actually good for you, margarine is not; quality eggs are also very good for you in moderation).

Trans-fats are one of the worst culprits in today’s society, and although many labels claim to have “Zero grams trans fats”, they are actually lying – if there is .5 grams or less, then the label can say zero. The problem is that “.5” is not zero. And these man-made fats are detrimental to the human body – they increase the bad cholesterol in our bodies while also lowering the good cholesterol. Trans-fats are the type fats that should be chastised – many other fats are very, very good for you (for digestion, your organs, your skin, your nervous system, and more).

Thanks to the federal government, we have the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has come up with a guideline of what we should eat. Now, this guideline could be influenced by political lobbying and studies conducted and made possible by the special interest groups that benefit from such – so we should think for ourselves a bit too, and do research and reading on our own about our health. We can take control of what we eat – and we can work on knowing the people who produce our food (whether they are local or not).

Many parents are having issues feeding their kids the high-quality foods that they would like to, and many lunch-lines in public schools are serving products that are devoid of nutrients. The little experience I have with trying to get local foods to market, shows the even eliminating bureaucracy in the school systems (including having to follow federal guidelines for kids’ lunches) would help get kids better food (e.g. if local farmers are willing to sell products to their local schools, then why can’t we make this happen faster?). It will take time, but we need to work on getting our kids higher-quality food – including high-quality fats that are going to help their bodies and brains develop in a healthy way.

I am working my way through a book called “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon – and it has a great outline of the components of our food, including high-quality fats, proteins, and carbohydrates (produce, legumes and grains). There are studies, antidotes, and recipes, and a great way to start learning about the “politically incorrect” diet. There are more books too that I will continue to reference – look online, go to a bookstore, and start to take back your power as a consumer by changing what you eat.

 

 

Arsenic in Our Food – Blaming & Changing

Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance, and in the environment, and even naturally occurring in some foods (for instance, in apricot kernels – which are also very high in Vitamin B). But there is evidence of an increasing amount of arsenic in rice, and the occurrence is not natural. As a matter of fact, it may be contributing to various sicknesses – including cancer.

The federal government and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have (in the past) been charged with protecting the American people and their health (along with other agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)). Unbelievably, “they” monitor (attempt to monitor) the levels of arsenic in water – but not in food. This is a minor oversight, but serves as an example, that no large, bureaucratic agency is capable of adapting to the needs of over 307 million Americans.

State and local governments are more apt and able to be in tune to the needs of the people – including keeping an eye on levels of arsenic in the water and the land that we grow our food in. In addition to this – to mimic what Dr. Oz said this morning – consumers can “nudge” companies to change their practices and make sure that we hold companies accountable to us – the consumer. After all, we are buying their product and contributing to their bottom line. That creates instant solutions – by people voting with their dollar and holding companies accountable for the toxins they put into the environment and the food that they produce. That is quick, smart, and a natural way to change this bad situation. It is, in essence, letting the free market work. We, as consumers, hold immense amounts of power. Because, we at any time, can stop buying their products.

This news about arsenic levels is not surprising – the United States’ centralized food supply is dangerous to our economy, our health, and the environment. News like this can encourage us to know our farmers, know our producers, and hold companies accountable for what they are doing. It can also show us that the centralized bureaucracy at the federal level of government does nothing to protect us – our State and local governments are better able to serve our needs when it comes to our health and wellness.

 

 

Food Freedom – We Can Decide What Is Best for Us

A good fight, or a good challenge, is what keeps us achieving our best. As individuals, as a team, as a family, a community, even a country. So our Food Fight is one to be recognized and embraced by people who respect that each of us should have the opportunity and ability to decide for ourselves what we want to eat, what we want to use as medicine, and what we put both in and on our bodies. Consumer choice is the basis for free-market capitalism.  If you let people decide what they want to buy, then this leads to innovation, lower prices, and ultimately competition – which again, is a very good thing.

 

I have been drinking raw milk on and off for several years now – it is so good for me – I notice immediate benefits in how I feel, my complexion, and the health of my teeth (see disclaimer on cover page). I am actually lactose-intolerant, but can drink milk that has not been pasteurized (from a source that I trust) because of the enzymes (enzymes are destroyed when milk (or anything for that matter) is pasteurized). I do not want any governmental entity telling me that I cannot decide for myself if I can drink raw milk. I want to be able to make that choice and vet my farmer – I do not need a health department or any federal agency doing that for me – guidelines are fine, but at the end of the day, I do deserve to make the ultimate decision.

 

I also believe that genetically-modified organisms are a rather recent and untested phenomena in the span of human existence, and that people should have a choice whether or not they consume products that contain such entities. Consumers can hold farmers and ranchers accountable for what they are doing with their land and crops – consumers do this through voting with their dollar – and supporting farmers and ranchers that are engaging in practices that they like and trust.

 

Alternative and naturopathic medicines are another category where the food fight is alive and well – people should always have the opportunity to choose for themselves what medicines they use to treat sickness and disease – no government entity should stop people from choosing what goes in or on their body. We are individuals, and we all have a responsibility to protect and feed our body and mind. Oftentimes, in an effort to “help others” or “protect others”, people use the law (force) to try to make people make decisions that are better for them. These laws can eventually be interpreted to stop people from engaging in freedom of choice. I see that with raw milk, with organic and natural foods, and with alternative medicines (e.g. herbal supplements).

 

Our food freedom is everything – it allows us to embrace agriculture (the basis for all human development), our roots, our being – and choose how we want to take care of the body and mind that we enjoy life with. It is a very good fight, and one… that’s natural!

 

Tisha Casida is running for Congress as a former Independent in Colorado’s District 3. She is an advocate of food freedom, knowing your farmer, and supporting our local economy here in Colorado. 

Health Is Everything

“It is impossible to fight a battle or a war if you are sick.  That is why we must keep our bodies and brains healthy – and be proactive about what we are feeding ourselves, our families, and our communities.” – Tisha Casida

On the long road to restoring liberty, I find it imperative that we focus some time and attention on our health.  And what we need to focus on is simple – our immune systems.

Let me qualify this by saying I am not a licensed anything and certainly not a doctor.  I am a young woman with no insurance who has decided I would rather put my money into preventing disease versus paying to alleviate the symptom (not the problem).

In a movie called Dr. Burzynski (a must watch for anyone who questions the FDA’s authority and actual purpose), a doctor says something to the effect of, ‘ask the head of the American Medical Association what prevents disease and they will tell you ‘the immune system’ – if this is the case, why don’t doctors write prescriptions for boosting one’s immune system?’.  I hope this point hits home.

So, in an effort to streamline our health, I have developed a core list of products (subject to change, review, and be added to with input from others), that I would like to share.

1. Protein: It is imperative that we eat quality proteins because these are the building blocks of our bodies.  By high-quality, I mean it is best that you know the source of your protein (where did the animal come from?, where was it slaughtered?, and what did it eat? are good questions to start with).  What we are trying to avoid are un-natural added growth hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals that become a part of processed meat (nitrates, nitrites, artificial colorings, saline solution, etc.).  Raw milk is also a great source of protein (it has all 8 essential amino acids, depending on the farmer/area).  We must start to know our farmers and producers (especially when it comes to consuming raw milk) – find out where your meat or milk comes from and make a stand on eating high-quality products where you know the food-chain.    You will find that high-quality protein products taste better and allow you to support the local economy.  Beyond that, you create a positive action for your health and the environment.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar: Although vinegar is acidic, it has been shown that it actually causes people’s pH levels to become more alkaline.  The more alkaline your body is, the less chance there is for disease to subsist or proliferate.  That includes discouraging bacterial, fungal, and yeast growth – each which has corresponding negative effects on the human body.  You can take just a small bit every day, either by itself or in water/juice.

3. Green Drink: There are many mixes and concoctions that you can purchase – but the purpose of these is to get more “greens” in your diet.  Most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.  We know this.  And, you can take a “green powder pill”, but I am not confidant your body absorbs it the same.  Getting a green drink mixture and mixing it in organic fruit juice (organic, no-sugar-added cranberry juice is the best choice) at least helps supplement the body with “greens” so that you get much-needed vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, micro-nutrients, and antioxidants.  All good for your immune system and body at-large.

4. Omega 3,6, and 9 Fatty Acids:  DO NOT BE AFRAID OF FAT.  High-quality fats are incredibly good for your body, including your brain and skin.  The attack on fats and cholesterol have been very dangerous to the health of Americans, and we must counter this by consuming fats that are good for us.  This includes olive oil (as well as many other oils, just avoid canola and “vegetable” oil that most likely have traces of GMOs), organic butter, organic dairy products (like raw milk) and my favorite: cod liver oil.  You can find a cod liver oil supplement at your local health food store, and this can be taken in either in a pill or with a spoon (again, I prefer not taking pills whenever possible because of the levels of absorption in your body).

5. Clean Water: If you live in the city, it is hard to imagine what this really means.  Unfortunately, public water systems are often tainted with chemicals that the government claims are “good” for you and “protect your health”.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  It is essential that we drink pure water because it is the filtration system for our body.  You can find filters that help get rid of some of these particles, you can also purchase spring water and high-quality filtered water.  My favorite water supplement for water is a product called “Cellfood”, which you can add to your pure water – this is an oxygen/nutrient supplement.

6. Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements:  For further review and research, the following are additional means of adding nutrients to your diet that will boost your immune system, and build your body and brain:  All B-Vitamins, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin A, Probiotics, Colostrum, and Elderberry.

It is impossible to fight a battle or a war if you are sick.  That is why we must keep our bodies and brains healthy – and be proactive about what we are feeding ourselves, our families, and our communities.  It is up to us to take responsibility for our health.  Being proactive and protecting our body from disease is the right thing to do for our own well-being as well as for the fight to restore sound economic principles and constitutionality to our country.

– Tisha Casida

Tyranny = Raw Milk Producers Being Arrested

Tyranny is all around us – including our food supply and our choice to use natural foods and medicines in our bodies.

Rawsome Foods – a private members-only (co-op) market in Venice, California, is home to place where local community members can purchase raw milk, cheese, yogurt, and kefir.  Apparently the federal government does not have enough to be worried about with the upcoming collapse of the economic system, they have to “protect” consumers from purchasing raw food products that humans have consumed for thousands of years.

The owner, James Stewart, along with two others (Sharon Palmer (of Healthy Family Farms), and Victoria Bloch (local L.A. co-chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation)), were taken away in handcuffs.

The raid was carried out by gun carrying officers of the LA County Sheriff’s Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control“.

The charge?  Conspiracy to sell unpasteurized milk products.  

THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND.

First of all, it cannot be a conspiracy if it is a private group of knowing citizens deciding for themselves to purchase and consume these products.  Secondly, I cannot believe that our tax-payer money goes towards arresting innocent people who are actually doing good things for their local communities and economies.

I have consumed raw milk (both cow and goat) for over 4 years, and know for a fact that it is actually healthier and more beneficial to our bodies than pasteurized milk.  It really doesn’t matter what I think though, because each of us should have the right to CHOOSE FOR OURSELVES – that is what liberty is – and that is why the government should get its nose out of our choice to consume raw milk.

RESOURCES:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/omkara/2011/aug/6/rawsome-foods-raided-sad-day-america/

http://www.foodrenegade.com/rawsome-foods-raided-again-by-swat/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/rawsome-raid-_n_917540.html

Keeping Our Next Generation Healthy

That’s Natural! features various articles on sustainability, one of the more popular columns is “Sustainability from the Start”, which offers helpful tips for moms and dads wanting to take care of their babies and young children in a somewhat toxic world.

In this post, the idea of “sustainability” revolves around SIMPLICITY, saving money, being more economical, however at the same time engaging in actions that are nor harmful to your home or baby.

Read the excerpt here:  http://blog.thatsnatural.info/sustainability-start-simplicity-sustainability/

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