Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great source of omega 3 fats and can be beneficial when used properly.  Proper use does not include cooking with it, especially above 200 degrees.  Oils have a smoke point; a smoke point is the heat a oil can tolerate before being destroyed.  When that oil is destroyed it completely wipes out the benefits of the oil because it becomes oxidized and rancid.  A oxidized oil becomes harmful to your health because they produce free radicals in your body which can lead to inflammation.  To note on a previous post; cholesterol is not bad, it is the oxidized cholesterol which is harmful.  Continue reading

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Effects of Meat Consumption

cattle_at_pasture_usda_large[1]In past blogs I have wrote about eating meat.  More specifically I outlined the importance, in regards to your health, as to where you are getting your meat from.  Knowing the source of your meat (organic, grass-fed, pastured, etc.) also happens to benefit more than your personal health.  The over consumption of commercial or CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) meat is also detrimental to the environment. Continue reading

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You need Cholesterol

As I have stated before and will state again, I am not a doctor.  The ideas I write about on this blog are my beliefs based on the reading and research that I have come across.  I am simply putting the information out there for you to begin to make your own thoughtful decisions about your own health.  With that being said, we always hear that cholesterol is bad but is it really all that bad?  And if so do you really know why it is bad?  I have compiled a list of interesting facts in regards to the benefits of cholesterol in which your primary doctor has failed to mention to you prior to prescribing statin drugs.  Continue reading

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