GRASS FED BEEF + KETOGENIC DIET + PALEO DIET
Eating healthy should be our priority as a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. It is important to realize the benefits of eating healthy food. This technological hike in the 21st century has resulted in various innovations which make it easy for us to access the healthy food straight to our tables.
GRASS FED BEEF
Grass Fed Beef is prepared in such a way that the fat content is reduced in its preparation. It isn't that fat is innately bad, but the quality of fat is what is important.
Generally, Grass Fed Beef has less total fat and more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, more conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that's thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks, more antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E.
While every cattle has different breeding patterns, tastes, and fat makeup. We use Angus-Herford crosses (Baldies) to produce a naturally fast-growing animal with great tasting meat without the use of hormones. Animals raised in CAFOs can grow up faster because of the use of hormones. And just like humans, when animals are stressed, they also produce the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol is produced the cows get fatter and produces tougher, flavorless meat. Since grass-fed cows are grown in safer, more sterile living conditions, the quality of the beef turns out to be far superior compared to grain fed beef. And because grass-fed cows are raised with extra care, free of hormones and antibiotics, the beef produced has a significantly higher amount of nutrients and healthy fats. In short, it has fewer calories but has more nutritional value, supports normal blood sugar levels when following a Ketogenic lifestyle can drastically improve blood glucose levels if you're insulin resistant. Furthermore, Clinical evidence concludes a decreased risk of heart disease with an increased consumption of CLA, a nutrient abundant in grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef helps mitigate heart disease with:
Antioxidants such as vitamin E
High amounts of omega-3 fatty acids
Less unhealthy fats
Lower amounts of bad cholesterol, known as LDL Cholesterol.
Additionally, the risk of food poisoning is greatly reduced with grass-fed beef when compared to grain fed beef.
The Ketogenic diet which contains low carb content and due to a lower amount of carbohydrate the body produces ketones in the liver. In this way, the ketones which are produced by the body can be used as a source of energy. When the amount of carbohydrates is reduced in the body, the body becomes energy deficient. The ketones which are in the form of crystals are produced by the liver. These ketone bodies are used to fulfill the needs of energy demand by the body. The ketose enzyme is used to break down the fat and thus, ketones are produced in the body. This happens when the intake of food is low in the body.
The paleo diet includes grass-fed meats, fish and seafood, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, eggs, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils. A Paleo diet should be high in fat, moderate in animal protein and low to moderate in carbohydrates. Calorie counting is not encouraged, neither is portion control. Eat generous amounts of saturated fats like coconut oil and butter or clarified butter. Beef tallow, lard, and duck fat are also good, but only if they come from healthy and well-treated animals. Beef or lamb tallow is a better choice than lamb or duck fat. Olive, avocado and macadamia oil are also good fats to use in salads and to drizzle over food, but not for cooking.
Eat good amounts of animal protein. This includes red meat, poultry, pork, eggs, organs (liver, kidney, heart…), wild caught fish and shellfish. Don’t be scared to eat the fatty cuts and all meals with proteins should contain fat as well. Learn to cook with bones in the form of stocks and broths. Eat generous amounts of fresh or frozen vegetables either cooked or raw and served with fat. Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and yams are also great as a source of non-toxic carbohydrates. (source)
The ketogenic diet focuses on manipulating the three macronutrients, which are fat, carbs and protein for those keeping score. The Paleo diet is more about the food choices. You eliminate dairy, grains and processed foods, but balance the macronutrients any way you want.
For us, at Lutz Family Farms, it is about living simply and staying connected to your food. We're used to growing up surrounded by the natural order of living things and being conscious of where food comes from. As it pertains to our health, we believe that animals eating what they have for generations is what is best for them and best for us.