Grass-fed Beef…why you should eat it.

My father raised black angus beef. As a child growing up, there was never a day that we, our family, every went without beef. We always had steaks on the grill, that was the year that squeeze butter came out!!! He dumped it on those steaks. They were delicious. We also ate lots of hamburgers and roast beef. As I got older, I realized that i could not digest the beef as well as when I was younger. So I stopped eating beef, and replaced it with chicken and fish. My body responded to this with some weight loss.

I don’t really miss eating beef, but last year I had my regular doctors visit, and found out that I was low in Iron. So my PCP asked me if I ate Grass fed Beef. I replied, ‘no”. She said that I should think about eating a portion of it every other week. Here are the reasons why:

1- One reason is that it is a good source of Heme Iron. This is a source of Iron that is more easily absorbed into the body.

2- Taking vitamin C with and or eating food with Iron help Iron to be absorbed.

3- It enhances oxygen and distributes it properly throughout the system.

4- It also keeps our immune system healthy.

5- And it gives us energy!

You should by and season a Cast Iron skillet. The flavor profile of grass fed beef is delicious. Believe it or not, this is a great way to incorporate iron into the food that your are cooking, but don’t use it all of the time, be careful, it could result in Iron toxicity.

Other sources of Iron are: Spinach, Turmeric, (delicious spice), Swiss Chard, Basil, Kale, Shrimp, Broccoli, Shiitake Mushrooms. and Cinnamon.

When buying Grass fed Beef, always check the sell by date. Also check the source of where the meat was processed. This important because Grass fed Beef only lasts for one about 2-3 days, steaks last a little longer before cooking. Don’t select Grass fed Beef that is brown. It should be bright red, brown or yellow looking beef has been exposed to oxygen and is spoiled or has yellow colored fat added. Select Organic Grass fed Beef whenever possible. I now eat a small portion once a month! My Iron levels are normal now, and I supplement through the other sources, (mentioned above) for a good balance of my iron intake.

….remember to make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are…..Rebecca

Wellness, what does it really mean…

Wellness, is a noun, and means: The state of being in good health. There are 7 dimensions of Wellness.

Physical-be active. Walking is one of the best exercises that you can do. Its a good cardio exercise. Also weight bearing exercises helps us to build good bones and muscle. Grab your dog or husband or your best friend and get outside.

Emotional-meditation is very helpful when dealing with emotions. I wrote a blog last week about “just sleep on it”! Try not to react to your emotions to quickly. Adrenaline is a hormone that kicks in when we become emotional. It makes us feel like we want to flee or fight. Stay calm and breathe. Or even sleep on it. You will make a better decision on the outcome.

Intellectual-our mental capacity. Try learning new things keeps our brain young and working. Challenge your brain by taking up a new sport, crossword puzzles, or reading a book.

Social-keep yourself surrounded by good people and family. Having a best friend to do and share things with is very important. Everyone needs to feel needed and loved. Laugh and love!

Spiritual-believe in something. whatever religion that you practice, or even if you don’t practice a faith, just believe in something bigger than yourself. But also believe in yourself.

Environmental-water pollution, air pollutants, and natural resource depletion. These are some of the major environmental issues that we are faced with every day. Have a good filtration system for your water in your home, protect your eyes and lungs with a mask and glasses.

Occupational-this can be very challenging. Handling workplace stress, and co worker relationships are tough. Exercise, meditating, and breathing, helps calm nerves and feelings of hopelessness.

Wellness is most important as we age. Balance, endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility start to become challenging. So go do something different than your regular workouts. Yoga is great for all of these challenges. Stretching, also try to put your pants on standing on one foot!

Get out there and do something challenging and new!!!!!

“,.,..,make a memory everyday, and don’t apologize for who you are!”