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What are your food standards?

Vegans and Vegetarians:

We need B12, which is only available from meat sources. Vegans and Vegetarians should add this in supplemental form.

Vegans should also supplement with micro algae, in order to get the healthy fats EPA and DPA.

Copper, Iron, and Zinc are all minerals that will be difficult to get in as a vegetarian. Eating mollusks would be a great compromise. Oysters and clams would do the trick if the vegetarian is flexible. Walnuts and flax help with this, as well.

For those interested in healthy, clean eating in general, we simply want to be aware of where our food comes from.

Veggies are a great way to get nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, but our bodies are unable to process and absorb a lot from vegetables. Ruminant animals are great at getting more nutritional value from plants, due to longer, consistent chewing and longer, more effective digestion. A cow has four (4) stomachs to break it down with, for example.

Eat pasture raised, organic fats. Grass-fed butter and ghee provide amazing K2 and CLA benefits. Check out 7 Reasons to Switch to Grass-Fed Butter.

This is why grass-fed beef is so beneficial for humans. We get the most out of vegetables through the animal meat we consume. Conventional farms make it challenging to get as clean a meat as we need for optimal health. Find your local, organic farms and connect with a healthy farm and animal, to get the best options for you and your family.

A local option for meat is Stony Pond Farm, as well as local farmers markets. Hudaks is a great source for fresh, local vegetables.

Organ meats and shellfish are the two most nutrient dense foods. Liver processes and filters out toxins from our bodies, but the fats store it to protect the liver “organ meat” from the toxins, so they don’t get into our other systems.

On your approach to health, taking a moment to reflect on where you are at, as well as the level of health you are looking to achieve is important.

What we put in our bodies makes a difference in our physical, mental, and overall health and joy. We need to connect the steps that we want to take and get them online with what we value.

There are many ways to improve our health and it’s important to not judge it, but aim for progress. The health of ourselves, as well as our world is dependent upon it.

Remember Your Health Matters. We are here to support you in your health goals.

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Nate Yandow is a certified trainer, nutritionist, and the owner of Duke's Fitness Center.