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What is Organic for us?

Yesterday we took the car and headed out on our 2 hour trip to wonderful farms in Pennsylvania. We do this once every few months and we go to two different farms for meat and dairy products and we stock up!

So why don’t we just go to the nearest health food store such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

First, prices. Second, there’s no guarantee of the actual quality.

We have done so much research that all began from a famous documentary called Food Inc. Then we further continued to research through watching more documentaries on food, agriculture in America, and reading books and articles. So instead of me over-talking, I’ll just post the images below and you can enjoy all of the same info we’ve collected over the past year and a half.

     

We highly recommend any of the above films and books, and if you want instant information we suggest going to mercola.com, which is some of the most up to date info by Dr. Mercola, a real-living God.

So with all of this knowledge and wanting to feel healthy and look amazing, we put the knowledge to good use. This past summer we went away to a popular area called the Poconos where we enjoy life away from the city and breathe the fresh air of the woods. While we were there we stopped by the local farmer’s market, which really consisted of only five different vendors, but right there in one grand corner, was a miracle. Grass-fed Beef. Beef. Beef. Beef. Drool. Beef!

The prices you ask? Cheaper than the supermarket.

We decided that we’d need more than just a few steaks and headed over directly to the farm. We passed the beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania and soon we saw herds of cows and chickens roaming the grass. We knew we arrived.

As we rolled into the driveway, a German shepherd stood at its’ guard watching us and rows of berries were right near us, and then there were the owners. The first experience probably lasted two hours as we were caught up talking to the owners. Wonderful people who are totally new to farming, but with their knowledge of what’s happening to American health and agriculture, they were moved to have a farm.

Inside the shed is where they have the potluck of gold at the end of the rainbow. A few refrigerators filled with seemingly, never-ending varieties of meat, free-range eggs, and as an extra raw honey. But, nothing is labeled organic.

Why?

Organic has become a multi-billion dollar industry and because of that, not everything is as organic as it might seem at your local Whole Foods. For example, an “organic, free-range” Chicken from Whole Foods, may be packaged and labeled nicely, but Michael Pollen, an agricultural activist has proven it to be the other way around. Pollen, bought a so-called organic, free-range chicken at Whole Foods that even had a name – Rosie. Pollen literally tracked the company down and decided to visit the farm in hopes of seeing free-roaming chickens. This took him to California, where he discovered a different picture. Imagine a dark shed with a bunch of chickens stuffed in there. What happened to the free-range? Well, they were nice enough to include a tiny little door for…Rosie, I guess, to go out and roam on some grass, though none of the birds seemed smart enough to figure this out. So there goes the free-range.

What about the organic aspect of Rosie?

Well, unfortunately, you get no guarantee. Since chickens eat grain and there are many different kinds of grain, but the most common being genetically modified corn, this causes a problem. Under the organic label it doesn’t specify what the animals should eat. When a chicken or a cow eats genetically modified corn, which is often the case, they get sick. No living organism was designed to eat genetically modified crop. If it effects the chicken, it will unfortunately affect humans too.

So going back to our farm discovery in Pennsylvania, they like to say that they are ‘beyond organic’ and they have every right to do so. We found ourselves leaving the farm with grass-fed beef, free range eggs of all different colors (green, white, blue, brown), free range chicken, raw local honey, and even chorizo beef sausages!

The next farm we go to is Keepsake Dairy Farm and by the way, I will post the information at the bottom of this post for those interested in going to these farms. The dairy farm is so much fun as well! The animals over there seem to be very social. As soon as you drive in, you see a family of chickens walking around and they’re awfully frightened by people and have a funny reaction and then you see the cows. The last time, I decided to walk up to the cows and maybe pet them, but soon I found three cows starring me directly in the eye and mooing! I thought, I better not ruin their appetite!

So why do we go here? We get RAW milk. A little known fact about America is that Raw milk is illegal. Everything is pasteurized. So the only time we enjoy dairy products is when we go to this real dairy farm. Raw dairy has been proven to actually cure ADD/ADHD. It’s really fascinating and super beneficial for us, when we know what source it’s coming from!

Here are some photos from our most recent trip to the farms:

For Meat, go to:

SPRING MOUNTAIN FARMS
4595 INTERCHANGE RD.
LEHIGHTON, PA 18235

(610) 871-2310 —Call them beforehand to check if they have eggs and chicken.

 

For Dairy, go to:

Keepsake Dairy Farm

3286 Pheasant Drive
Northampton, PA 18067
610.262.2508

Peace & Love,
Molly and Natalia

 

 

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Mushrooms can save the world and your health!

According to health experts and scientists, mushrooms are a real life-saver!

There is another exciting emerging supplement that can be a very helpful adjunct to supporting your immune system, and that’s mushrooms.

Over 300 different species of mushrooms are now believed to have human health-promoting potential. Evidence continues to emerge, confirming how mushrooms’ proteins, trace minerals, polysaccharides, amino acids and fiber support overall health by:

  • Promoting normal cellular growth
  • Protecting against environmental stressors
  • Supporting your body’s normal detoxification process
  • Supporting healthy gut flora
  • Promoting optimal digestion

While most people think only of eating the fleshy fruiting body of the mushroom, meaning the part you see growing above ground, most of the magic in the mushroom is actually located in their complex root structure that grows underground, called the mycelium, which can be up to 95 percent of a mushroom’s total biomass.”

-From the Dr. Mercola website!

Something you should know about us! My family is full of health-freaks you could say, but that’s probably because of the experience we went through with my brother and our personal health. Ever since my brother was diagnosed with Leukemia 3 years ago (he’s almost done with treatment!!!), we have had a growing interest in a healthier lifestyle. It isn’t that we were unhealthy, it’s just that there were certain things we did and ate without realizing that they were bad. For example, we never used to think that a hot dog for dinner is unhealthy! Then it was also our personal problems. With stress my mom gained weight and after I finished high school, I began to have torturous problems with acne and digestion.

Within that time, not including my brother’s condition, we have gone through many typical MD doctors, procedures, unnecessary tests, and even the emergency room here in America. Unfortunately, the system has been built to discover major problems like cancer instead of prevention. So, you could say that through experience and also wanting to feel like normal humans again, we’ve done so much research and never stop doing that research in order to feel great – always! Some of our favorite health practitioners (or amazing people with information) that we are grateful for discovering everyday are; Dr. Mercola, Kevin Trudeau, The Gerson Institute, David Wolfe, and many more! 

But, I will get back to the point! Recently, Dr. Mercola posted the ways to prevent the cold and flu and also what to do if you happen to get sick. A new recommendation that he posted was to eat mushrooms! This was new and shocking for me! He suggests eating Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake mushrooms!

On top of mushrooms being a MUST in our diet, mushrooms or rather mycelium,  can save the world – literally! You must watch this TED video on 6 ways that mushrooms can save us! It is absolutely fascinating!

Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

Ok, honestly, how amazing was that video? All of the trash, the excess oil that leaks out into the world can be totally cleaned up. COMPLETELY CLEANED. All because of this magical organism that is a part of us, our Earth, and our Universe.

And did you hear Paul Stamets basically saying that the Earth created the internet and that the Earth wants us to help save it. This proof and research done on the magical mycelium further proves that we, humans and everything around us is all connected and we are all run by the same force and that is ENERGY!

Check out these microscopic images of mycelium:

 

And now look at these microscopic images of human stem cells:

Are we not one? 🙂

Although this last post didn’t have anything to do with fashion, topics like this are a daily inspiration for us and our designs. We’re living in an incredible age and science is making incredible discoveries! We hope you will enjoy this as well!

Peace & Love,

Molly and Natalia