In my previous post we looked at the similarities found in the Weston A. Price Foundation and The 4-Hour Body for recommendations for dietary supplements. In this post we will focus on food, particularly, the most nutritious way to enjoy protein.
Eat Your Meat
In one of the first posts I ever wrote I mentioned this very topic in a book review of Nourishing Traditions, written by Sally Fallon, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. As a former vegetarian, I am fascinated by the concept of meat as health food, and healthy for the planet.
All Meat is Not Created Equal
The Weston A. Price Foundation and Timothy Ferriss, author of The Four-Hour Body, agree that grass-fed beef is the only way to enjoy beef. A cow’s body is built to digest grass, not grain. Cows become very ill consuming the large amounts of grain (corn) that are fed to them in indutrial feedlots. You can read all about this in an interesting book entitled The Omnivores’ Dilemma.
Sustainable and Humane Farming
The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends purchasing all your meat, dairy, and eggs from small local farms. The foundation has member chapters throughout the world where you can contact your local chapter and find out where to find local farms. For the most part, small local farms do not use feedlots, rather, the animals (cows, chickens, pigs) are allowed to range freely, outside, on pasture.
Perfect Supplements Supports Local Farmers
Our family at Perfect Supplements is happy to support our local farmers. We purchase our beef and pork from Campbell’s Family Farm and our poultry from Ekonk Turkey Farm in Connecticut. Our dairy and eggs are also purchased locally. In addition, we financially support local non-profit organizations that promote local farms.
If you don’t always have the chance to visit your local farmer, there are some reasonably good alternatives at certain markets, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Niman Ranch is a national brand that practices humane and sustainable farming on farms throughout the country, many of whom are 3rd and 4th generation farmers. Stonyfield and Oganic Valley are great national brands for dairy.