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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

800 M run
30 1 arm DB swings (30#/20#), 15 each
25 knees to elbows
100 sit ups
25 knees to elbows
30 1 arm DB swings
800 M run

for time

All eggs are not eggactly alike

Think all eggs are alike, think again.  Most eggs that you buy in the grocery store are of a very poor quality and the chickens are mistreated and undernourished.  They are most likely injected with growth hormones, anitbiotics, crowded by the thousands into huge factory like warehouses where they can barely move.  Each chicken is given less than a half square foot of space.  Genetically altered and pushed beyond their biological limits what can the quality of the eggs they lay possibly be?  The “free range, all vegetarian feed” eggs are slightly better.  The only problem with those is that chickens are omnivores, just like humans and need protein.  The “vegetarian feed” also often contains soy which is another health hazard in itself.

I had the good fortune to find an incredible source of fresh, local eggs through Sarah Pope.  She is a wealth of knowledge and the President of the Tampa Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.  It is a non-profit charity dedicated to restoring nutrient dense foods to the American diet.  The egg pictured above is from a local farmer and   look at the size of that yolk!!  The taste was incredible, the yolk was also thicker and creamier.  I had been buying Organic Valley free range eggs and thought that was the best.  Wow, was I in for a treat.  I asked Sarah what would give those eggs the superior taste and quality.  She replied , “The superior taste/quality comes from hens that get as little feed as possible.   In other words, they peck for bugs and this is the majority of their diet.    Feed should only be used in a supplemental way, ideally speaking.   Of course, depending on weather conditions you use more or less feed.    Most store bought eggs, even organic ones, the chickens primarily depend on feed for their food supply.   Pecking for insects is limited.   You can see the obvious difference when feed is minimal.    Better yet, our farmer does not use soy based feed, which is what most farms that sell to stores use (again, even organic eggs). ”

Moral of the story:  when you eat what nature intended, health and performance are at their optimal levels.  This is true for humans as well as animals.

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