“Mother Nature's no dingbat. She didn't package the good stuff with the bad stuff so she could watch us struggle for thousands of years until the invention of Egg Beaters.” Liz Wolfe, NTP
Our world was created for us to thrive. Just like you, we care a lot about what goes into our bodies. We've all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” The food we eat directly affects how feel. Both physically and mentally. We enjoy doing our research so we can make sure we are using the best. You should know what is going into the food you eat and we have no secrets here. We are a team and we want you to succeed.
Below you will find a list of the ingredients we use and how beneficial they are. No empty calories in the food we give you. We believe in eating real foods that are a product of nature, not a factory.
Almond flour- The almond flour we use is ultra-fine, non-GMO and certified gluten-free. No chemicals, no additives and no fillers. It's low in carbohydrates, high in fat and protein and even contains fiber. Regular white flour can't compete with the nutrition value of almond flour used in our meals and baked goods.
Arrowroot Powder- Arrowroot is a large herb found in rainforest habitats. It contains fiber, calcium and iron as well as being low on the glycemic index.
Coconut flour- Our coconut flour is non-GMO and certified gluten-free. Coconut flour is a little bit higher in carbohydrates but still has healthy fat, protein and is extremely high in fiber.
Coconut oil- Coconut oil has so many benefits I don't even know where to start! Coconut oil can be classified as a “super food”. The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.
Coconut Sugar-Coconut sugar comes from coconut sap that is dried and crystallized into a natural sugar. It contains potassium, iron, vitamins and can even help stabilize your blood sugar. When we eat regular sugar our blood sugar levels spike and then immediately crash. Coconut sugar keeps our blood sugar level, well, level. This is because it is low on the glycemic index.
Fruits and Vegetables- We use organic fruits and vegetables to make our meals. Buying organic is important for a number of reasons. Whether or not organic foods contain more nutrients is still up for debate but a 2007 study by Newcastle University in the United Kingdom found organic produce has 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (including vitamin C, zinc and iron). In 2003 a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that organically grown berries and corn have 58 percent more polyphenols-antioxidants that help prevent cardiovascular disease-and up to 52 percent higher levels of vitamin C than those conventionally grown.
Organic also means we are getting seeds that are chemical free and grown in natural fertilizer. At the same time, we are avoiding pesticides. Some pesticide can cause serious illness to our health such as congestion of the lungs, kidney damage, affects to our nervous system, or endocrine system.
Organic food is better for the environment. Conventional farming methods destroy soil and pollute our waters. GMO's have been found to kill the milkweed plant which is the main food source of the monarch butterfly. Because of this the Monarch butterfly is close to being put on the endangered species list. Our honeybees are also endangered. Scientists believe that some pesticides play a major role in Colony Collapse Disorder of the bees.
These are just a few reasons we use Organic and we encourage you to do your own research on organic foods.
Oils- We only use avocado, coconut, olive or sesame oil in our foods.
Olive Oil- Like coconut oil, olive oil has a number of health benefits. It is loaded with antioxidant polyphenols. Dr. Oz calls it “An anti-aging wonder food from head to toe.”The polyphenols help to coat cholesterol to keep it from sticking in our arteries which forms plaque. It's packed with vitamin E which can help reduce the aging process and risk of Alzheimer's. Olive oil polyphenols are known to be powerful antioxidants which may help to reverse oxidative damage that occurs in the aging process. Spanish researchers discovered that a diet rich in olive oil or other monounsaturated fats could improve the arterial function of elderly individuals, helping to keep our heart young. A study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care showed that a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil reduced the risk of type II diabetes by almost 50 percent compared to a low fat diet.
100% Pure Maple Syrup- Maple syrup is a great source of manganese. It also contains potassium, calcium and zinc. Even better, it's rich in antioxidents.
Meat/Poultry- Have you ever seen where the cows you are eating are raised? If you've never seen food inc. I recommend watching it to see how these cows live. This is why it is important to understand the difference that Organic grass fed beef can make, or Organic free range chicken.
Conventionally raised cows are put on a grain based diet to help them gain weight quickly as well as receiving hormones and other drugs. Then they receive antibiotics because the conditions they are living in are stressful and unsanitary.
Organic farmers nourish the soil that grows our food. The nutrients in the soil are taken up by the plants that the animals eat. “The most nutrient rich proteins are from properly raised or wild ruminant red meat which is dense in zinc, iron, vitamin A, conjugated linoleic acid and cholesterol.” (Wolfe) We are what our animals eat, what they consume, we also consume. “When animals are raised indoors or on inappropriate feed, their tissues can't concentrate the nutrition that comes from grazing on grass (which ultimately generates vitamin A and K2) in the afternoon sun (which ultimately generates vitamin D.)” (Wolfe)
An example of an extra nutrient we get from properly fed and raised animals is vitamin k2. “One of K2s primary responsibilities is to make sure that calcium is deposited in the right places within the body, which is a big deal. Calcification of arteries is part of the pathology of heart disease.” (Wolfe)The only way we can get K2 is by eating animals that graze on green plants containing vitamin K1. The animal then converts it to K2, we eat the animal and we get K2. Grass fed butter is rich in vitamin K2. This is also where buying and supporting organic fruits and vegetables is important. It helps keep the soil and plants healthy and full of nutrients for us and the animals to consume.
Potato Starch- Potato starch is a resistant starch. This means it can help lower blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity. It contains a short chain fatty acid called butyrate. Butyrate contains a number of roles for increasing metabolism, decreasing inflammation, keeping our gut healthy and improving stress resistance.
Raw Local Honey- We use Al Bees Sierra Nevada Honey. For thousands of years honey has been used in just about every culture. Honey naturally contains 18 amino acids plus vitamins and minerals. Honey is a great energy boost for athletes. On the opposite end, it can also relax you and help you sleep at night. It allows tryptophan, which is responsible for making us sleepy, to enter our brain more easily. By consuming raw local honey before allergy season you can prepare your body for the pollen about to come.
Sugar- Before I eat something I ask myself, “How will this benefit me?” We eat food to fuel our body. Sugar, like white flours, has no nutritional content and a lot of calories. The average American will take in 400 extra calories of added sweeteners a day. Too much sugar can cause overload to your liver. It can also cause insulin resistance which leads to diabetes. But we love it because it releases dopamine into our brain. Unfortunately this also makes us addictive to it. This is why we only use natural sugars in our food such as raw local honey, coconut sugar and 100% maple syrup. All of which are listed on this page.
Tapioca Starch- Tapioca Starch is made from the root of the cassava plant. It is wheat and gluten free. Tapioca is relied on as an essential in certain cultural diets. This is because of the carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and organic compounds. It is rich in dietary fiber, cholesterol, and protein. It contains members of the vitamin B-complex, including pantothenic acid, folate, and B6, as well as iron, manganese, calcium, copper, and selenium. Let's not forget it is also rich in vitamin K and calcium and even provides us with potassium. Because of its high carbohydrates and caloric count it is great to use as a healthy weight gainer. If you are trying to lose weight we wouldn't recommend eating it on a regular basis. But enjoying one of our paleo muffins a couple times a week might be just the energy boost you need for they day.
Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe (before you pick up another book, read this first)