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Take the ‘Real Food for Rookies’ Online eCourse

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Do you want to learn how real food can change your life and your health, but aren’t sure where to start? If so, there’s a great online eCourse I’d like to tell you about from Kelly The Kitchen Kop. Over 12-weeks, you will learn through multi-media tools that will show you the basics – real food for beginners – and how real food can get your diet and health back on track.

Why would you want to change your diet in the first place?

  • You are tired of being run-down and not feeling well, and haven’t felt your best for years.
  • You’ve tried losing weight by following the low-fat mantras of mainstream health experts, but you’ve had no success.
  • You have children and think perhaps some of the health issues they experience are diet-related, but haven’t seen any results by following the advice of the pediatrician.
  • Or, perhaps you have been noticing news stories about tainted meat and food recalls, which have been happening for a long time and are becoming more and more widespread. If so, you may just be starting to realize how important it is to be mindful of where your food comes from.  More and more of our food supply is riddled with pathogenic bacteria and harmful ingredients that are dangerous to consume.

Whatever the reason, now more than everfinding clean, healthy food has never been more important to avoid health problems and disease. And in this online eCourse, Kelly will walk you through how to find healthy and safe food for yourself and your family so you’ll know where to shop and what to look for when purchasing food.

When Kelly began her real food conversion some years ago, she spent a lot of time and effort researching – which involved a lot of trial and error. She’s now ready to share all that experience with you in this online eCourse, designed to make the journey into real food easy for you. And Kelly has a family, so she’s also got a lot of experience feeding a group of people and preparing healthy foods for different tastes and needs.

Watch this introductory video, The Top 10 Reasons to Take the Real Food For Rookies Class:



Classes in the Real Food for Rookies eCourse:

  1. Reading labels to avoid the junk
  2. Choosing which fats & oils to use in your kitchen
  3. Choosing which sweeteners to use & batch baking tips to save time
  4. Choosing the right meats
  5. Choosing the right produce
  6. Choosing the right dairy
  7. Healthy breakfast ideas
  8. Healthy lunches, snacks, and on-the-go foods
  9. Healthy dinners & fast food alternatives
  10. Superfoods, Part I
  11. Superfoods, Part II
  12. Beyond real food

When you sign up for Kelly’s Real Food For Rookies classes, you’ll also receive the following:

Audio interviews from some of the most respected leaders in the real food movement:

  • Sally Fallon Morell (President of the Weston Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions)
  • Dr. Kaayla Daniel (author of The Whole Soy Story)
  • Jane Feingold (Director of the Feingold Association)
  • Tom Naughton (Fat Head filmmaker)

Videos

  • Shopping at the farmer’s market
  • Recipes & Interviews
  • Basic tips like eliminating refined sugar and good alternatives, the benefits of drinking raw milk, and much more.

Written Materials

  • Weekly handouts you can print and reference
  • Kitchen Kop Real Food Ingredient Guide

Exclusive Forum Membership

  • Q & A
  • Exchange information with others

Lifetime Access to class material

  • Watch and listen to classes again at your own convenience!

BONUS #1: Coupons and discounts for products you’ll want to buy, and you can save over half of what you spend on enrollment for this course! You’ll receive discounts on Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil, U.S. Wellness Meats, Biokult probiotics (recommended by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride), stainless steel pans, fermented and culture starters & supplies, and organic, grass-fed ghee.

BONUS#2: Free copy of the Kitchen Kop Real Food Ingredient Guide.

Read some of the testimonials of those who have already taken this course!

More questions? Visit the FAQ page.

Sign up now and get started to change your eating habits and your life!

Until 5/1, use coupon code REALFOOD for $25 (off the full price of $145 – only $12 per class!). On 5/7, the price of the course will increase to $190.

Single classes: Individual classes are now available to be purchased for either $20 or $25, depending on the class.  Please note: coupons are good only for full classes.

Ready to sign up? It’s easy and quick. Just click here and go to find out how you can start learning all about the world of real food and improving yours and your family’s health for life! But hurry, enrollment ends on May 1st, 2011 (that’s this coming Sunday).

So don’t delay!

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1 in 4 Meat Packages Tainted with Pathogenic Bacteria

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Tainted meat is available everywhere…grocery stores, restaurants, schools, hospitals, prisons…you name it. And it’s all over the news this week and last week – NY Times, NPR, Food Safety News, Sauk Valley News, The News Tribune, Daily FinanceBellingham Herald, and many others. And you know when mainstream news outlets start reporting news items like this, the problem is an epidemic.

This is not a new problem. In 2008, the largest meat recall in history (to that date) was issued, as reported by many different outlets – again, so it’s not like people weren’t made aware of this issue.

Other nationwide meat recalls were issued in 2010 such as the one from Rudolph Foods Company, Inc. in California (205 pounds in January),  Huntington Meat Packing Inc. in California (4.9 million pounds in February),  Zemco Industries in New York (380,000 pounds in August), and there were many, many more.

What’s wrong with the meat?

In short, animals and birds are raised and processed in the most abhorrent conditions possible. They are cramped into close quarters, many of them indoors for most of their lives, and are not given access to sunshine and the ability to roam and graze, and behave naturally. They are fed unnatural substances that are treated with dangerous chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, and come from genetically-modified organisms like soy, corn, grain, and other toxic silage and substances (in some cases, tainted meat by-particles and products).  Animals are given hormones to make them grow faster and antibiotics, and birds get antibiotics “to keep them healthy”.

Cattle are not supposed to consume anything but grass because they are ruminants, which means their digestive systems are designed to process grass. Healthy cattle on pasture produce superior, healthy meat.

Animals become sick from living in these conditions and the result is pathogenic bacteria that our bodies simply cannot fight off. As a result, bacteria  like Staphylococcus aureus prevail. According to news sources, “proper cooking” kills these bacteria, but do you really want to eat something you have to cook the life out of in order to consume? And if you don’t cook it enough…well, you just never know what might happen. If you get sick, you won’t be able to successfully treat it with antibiotics because these pathogens are RESISTANT to commonly-used drugs like amoxicillin and penicillin. We’ve abused their use for so long…using them for prevention and for everything under the sun, instead of letting our bodies fight illness naturally.  Commercial farming uses antibiotics liberally on animals and birds to as a preventative measure, and animals receive daily doses of antibiotics in feed their entire lives, from birth until death. It’s no wonder these bacteria are as powerful as they are now.

When we eat this food, we get sick.  We’re eating bacteria, genetically-modified organisms, pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics…all of it negatively impacts our health. It may not happen today, but it could be next week, next year, or longer. But the more these practices occur and the more we eat this food, the more you’ll be hearing about people getting sick and dying from degenerative or sudden illness that is caused by consuming it.

So why aren’t people waking up yet?

There are many reasons…

  • People believe they are too busy and harried in their everyday lives to go somewhere else besides the grocery store
  • They genuinely can’t afford it or just don’t want to spend the extra money or make time to find better sources of meat
  • There is a widespread belief that we can’t possibly feed everyone sustainably and the factory farm model is “essential” to feeding the world
  • There are folks who simply don’t think it’s an issue (or as I’ve heard some say, “it’s just a scare tactic of the news media”)

It’s frustrating to hear people say they can’t afford to eat healthy because they:

  • believe that if they can’t go all organic, they might as well not even try at all
  • believe organic foods are too expensive, and in some cases they are referring to packaged, processed organic foods (which are not much healthier and are certainly very expensive!)
  • believe that good food is entirely out of their reach, but perhaps have money for vacations, hobbies, or other things that aren’t absolutely necessary

But it’s not impossible!

Please understand: my comments here are not a judgment toward people who don’t eat organic food.  Every family’s situation is unique. And don’t get me wrong, I do realize it costs more to buy healthy food, and with our sinking economy and fewer and fewer jobs, it’s certainly difficult.  The purpose of this post is to make aware this issue, and more importantly, to acknowledge that many of us are in the same boat - short on money and living paycheck to paycheck (sometimes FAR between). And yet, many people on budgets are figuring out ways to spend less and eat healthy. Remember that doing something is far better than nothing…and if you don’t have your health, you really don’t have much of anything at all.

Living on a budget and eating good quality meat and other foods CAN be done. And from what I know about meat and how the body digests and processes it – meat and meat products are some of the most critical foods NOT to skimp on because our bodies store these substances in our cells and they are harder for the body to detoxify.

Read this post from last year about the subject of cheap food, and how those up-front, somewhat lower costs you pay at the grocery store for a box of cereal, package of lunch meat, crackers, or container of sugary yogurt don’t account for the hidden costs of eating industrial food. If you figure out how much per pound you are spending on these foods, it makes a $3.99 per pound whole, pasture-raised chicken look pretty darn cheap!

And, don’t forget all the sickness, doctor visits, missed work and school days, and long-term health issues you incur from eating processed foods with chemicals, fillers, antibiotics, hormones, and other toxic ingredients. Eating healthier food supports health, plain and simple. Makes eating healthy look quite a bit cheaper, doesn’t it?

My own family doesn’t eat everything organic, but we do the best we can. We’ve struggled for years to make ends meet…and now we are about to lose our house. We started a brand new business two years ago when the economy was just starting to slump, and let me tell you, sometimes we go for MONTHS without any paycheck at all. But some things are just way too important, and I put healthy food at the absolute top of that list. We do without many things (and I’m not complaining) so we can continue to eat healthy food. To save money, we buy any foods we can in bulk, we work for our food, or trade when we can. Buying meat by the side is cheaper than buying it piecemeal. And, using all the parts you can from the meat you get – bones, stew meat, organ meats, etc. stretches out the meat you get and is more nutritious.

If you want ideas for eating healthy on a budget, here are some of our past posts on this subject:

3 tips for eating organic on a budget

Food budgets – using creativity and prioritizing for healthy eating

Waste not want not – tips for saving in the kitchen

Proof that real food doesn’t have to cost a bundle, is nourishing, and satisfies!

Many bloggers have written posts about how they manage to feed their families on a limited budget, barter or trade, and use their creativity and prioritizing skills to buy at least some of their food sustainable or organic:

Eat well, spend less: how to spend less money across the U.S. and Canada Kitchen Stewardship

Super-charge the grocery budget – Modern Alternative Mama

Real food on a real budget – Keeper of the Home

Saving money while eating “real food” – Naturally Knocked Up

Real food, frugal food: compromises can save money – Milehimama

Whatever the reasons that are given…it’s pretty apparent to me that eating a hamburger or steak from a restaurant or a grocery store isn’t worth MY life or one of my family member’s lives, or risking that one of us might get sick enough that we won’t come out on the other side in the same condition.

What can YOU do?

It’s way past time to give up our modern ideals about food is produced because it’s convenient and cheap. If, as culture, we decide this issue is not important enough to make a change in their lifestyle and buying habits, then the problem will only continue to get worse as time goes on.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are many opportunities in virtually any local area to make satisfying relationships with local farmers who care about sustainable and safe farming practices, and bringing food to their customers. And supporting local farmers who do good for us can change the future for everyone. By buying from local farmers, you are making it possible for them to continue to provide you with healthy foods.

There are also opportunities lurking everywhere to save money, trade, improve your way of life and the future for our environment and earth, and have better health.

There is also the opportunity to grow or raise your own food:

  • Maybe you have some space for a garden or for chickens
  • Maybe you know someone with land who is willing to allow you to raise a steer or have a milk cow
  • Maybe you have been fortunate enough to have a chance to acquire your own land.

Whatever the case, take the opportunities that come your way and use them!

I’m imploring everyoneplease, please, please, reconsider your buying habits if you are still purchasing from the grocery store or other mainstream outlet.

Go into your local community or farmer’s market and find out how your meat is being produced. Make sure your farmer uses mindful practices such as allowing cattle and poultry on pasture, avoiding antibiotics and hormones, and not using harmful chemical toxins like fertilizers and pesticides.

If we don’t change our buying habits and lifestyles soon, this problem will continue to create viruses that will sooner or later, wipe out big portions of our population. In the meantime, it can make us very sick, or cause people we know or care about to become sick or die.

Ask yourself this very important question: is it time to change?

Food recalls why they could mean the end of food as we know it

Huge FDA recall of 10,000 products – another wakeup call to avoid processed foods

The egg recall and why local isn’t necessarily better

Whole and healthy meat…does it really exist?