Finally – The Highest Quality Organic Food Straight From the Source to Your Door

I have to say that I am typing this post with great excitement.  With the term “organic” being watered down and misused, it is more and more important to know exactly where your food is coming from and now it will be a reality.

Jordan Rubin, author of The Makers Diet and owner of Garden of Life Supplements has started a new venture, called BeyondOrganic that will bring the highest quality, most nutritious foods directly to the consumer.  The products will be available in October 2011 but they are allowing you to sign up NOW in order to get priority when the products are launched.  Just go to
 to enroll.

Here is more information from BeyondOrganic:

Company Overview
Beyond Organic is a food and beverage company with products of unequaled quality and efficacy. Our mission is to transform the health of this nation and world one life at a time. We are vertically integrated farming 9,000 acres, thousands of cattle and produce millions of gallons of water per day from our pristine springs.
Our official company launch is scheduled for October 2011. Rather than using a traditional retail strategy to distribute the Beyond Organic products, we have chosen a “mission marketing” (network marketing) model to reach as many people as possible with our unique, nutrient rich foods and beverages. As part of our Beyond Organic “Insider” program, you can begin learning more about our mission and products, reserve your spot in the network and begin building your own organization between now and the official launch in October 2011.

How to Purchase our Product
Beyond Organic food & beverages will be available exclusively through our virtual farmers market and will be conveniently delivered to your door! (Coming in October 2011)

Initial Product Offering – to watch a short video on each, click here 

Beyond Organic’s GreenFed™ Standard
Beyond Organic offers GreenFed™ beef and dairy products. A GreenFed™ diet is ideal to create health for ruminant animals such as cows, goats and sheep. Our cows are raised on pastures that are pesticide, herbicide and chemical fertilizer free. They consume grass and other forage such as forbs, legumes, and herbs. When consuming GreenFed™ beef and dairy you can be sure you are getting the proper balance of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. Beyond Organic’s GreenFed™ meat and dairy products are loaded with probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fatty acids and CLA.
Reign – Supreme Mountain Spring Water From our spring producing International Award Winning Water for Best Taste Reign Supreme Mountain Spring Water originates from the pristine mountains of North Georgia surrounded by 130 certified organic acres. This clear blue spring is a renewable resource naturally free of contaminants. The supreme purity of Reign provides maximum hydration and utilization of the body’s most important resource, water.
Reign supreme mountain spring water is up to 20 times more pure than other leading brands, which makes it the ideal vehicle for nutrient transport and detoxification. Reign spring water contains the highest percentage of H2O and the lowest percentage of solids else making it the cornerstone for proper hydration.
Reign Botanical Infusions
Reign Infusions combine the purest mountain spring water with clinically studied botanical extracts to support your good health. Reign Botanical Infusions supercharge the body with all natural extracts such as Winter cherry, Indian gooseberry, and Maitake mushroom.
Infusion Varieties:
Reign Energy Infusion
Reign Diet Infusion
Reign Beauty Infusion
Reign Fitness Infusion
Probiotic Water
For the first time, pure hydration and probiotics are combined! Beyond Organic has combined the purest water with a clinically studied probiotic that can survive high heat and moisture and is safe for all ages to consume. Probiotic water can be consumed every day to hydrate your body and support your digestive and immune systems.

Amasai™ is a drinkable cultured dairy beverage that provides vitamins, minerals, probiotics, proteins and healthy fats to your body. Amasai™ is similar to a yogurt or kefir and with its unique makeup, contains powerful nutrients and provides amazing health benefits. This traditional beverage contains CLA and Omega 3 fatty acids and can be consumed every day to support your immune system and digestive functions. Great for those who are sensitive to traditional products. Now available in the United States for the first time!
Really Raw Cheese
Really Raw Cheese is an artisanal, hand-crafted, never heated, cheese infused with probiotics. Our cheese is created by our own award winning cheese maker. Made fresh on a family owned farm from raw milk produced by GreenFed™ cows, and infused with a powerful clinically studied probiotic, Really Raw Cheese is amongst the purest and healthiest cheese in the world! Our Really Raw Cheese provides high quality protein, calcium and vitamins and is easy to digest.
Really Raw Cheese Varieties:
Cheddar Blue
Dark Chocolate with Probiotics & Omega 3’s
Certified organic dark chocolate that is hand crafted by a fourth generation Italian chocolatier and is infused with probiotics and the super food flax seed. Our chocolate is a healthy treat containing fiber, antioxidants and Omega 3 fats.
GreenFed™ Beef
GreenFed™ beef is high in nutrients, and loaded with great taste.
This Beef contains powerful nutrients such as CLA, carnitine, carnosine and vitamins B6 & B12. Finally, a GreenFed™ beef using biblically kosher slaughter methods for animal welfare and human health.
GreenFed™ Beef Selections:
Ground Beef
Ground Beef Patties
Hot Dog
Summer Sausage
Probiotic Flax Oil
Our very own probiotic infused flax seed oil that supports the health of your skin, joints, immune system and overall wellness. Our Flax Oil is certified organic, 100% pure unfiltered, unrefined and high in Omega 3 content.

Just go to
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Weekly Meals

As part of our Lighten Up Weight Loss challenge, my husband and I promised to post what we eat daily.   Most of the people in the challenge are going with the Advanced Plan so that is what we are following so everything listed is approved fare.  Hopefully this will help people get additional meal ideas and to see how easy it is to apply to a busy life.    (F=Fred and K=Kim)

Wednesday Day 1 of the Weight Loss Challenge


F- 3 egg whites

K- Onions/spinach w/ fried eggs (I sauté the veggies and crack the eggs right in the pan with them.  I usually break the yolk but you can leave them sunny side up.


F- Chicken over spinach salad with olives

K- Salmon with pesto cauliflower (I put it right in my vitamix and it comes out the consistency of risotto then add pesto sauce and salt)


F&K- Grilled chicken with asparagus


F-AM -Coconut Flakes, PM- Almonds

K-PM- Celery w/ Almond Butter



F & K- Chocolate & Blueberry smoothie made with frozen blueberries, cocoa powder, chocolate NaturePro (available at the office soon or order from, and coconut milk


F & K – bowl of coconut soup and plate of stir fried vegetables w/ tamari


F&K Grass fed steak with sautéed zucchini and green salad w/ olive & vinegar


F- 2 hard boiled eggs

K- handful of almonds & walnuts



F&K- Blueberry chocolate smoothie


F&K – grass fed steak fajitas w/ avocado – grassfed flank steak (purchased from  Marinated in apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, spike seasoning overnight.  Cooked on cast iron grill pan.  Sauteed sliced red bell pepper, onion, and celery in butter in a cast iron pan, added spinach at the last minute.


F&K- Grilled Chicken Salad – organic chicken put between parchment and pounded to about ½” thickness.  Seasoned with organic seasoning mix, salt, and black pepper.  Grilled on cast iron grill pan.  Salad- red leaf lettuce, black olives, ½ tomato (tomatoes in moderation), cucumber, celery, onion, hearts of palm, slivered almonds with oil & vinegar.


F – Almond Power Bar (recipe in boos), Coconut Flakes

K- green tea



F&K – Berry smoothie


F&K – at a wrestling tournament all day- packed leftover grilled chicken salad and almond power bars


You CAN still eat out during your 30 day challenge,  you just have to be very careful what you order- here is what we did…

F- La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant – Monterrey Chicken Salad with no bacon, no cheese, no tortillas, salsa for dressing.  Chicken soup with no rice.  Unsweetened iced tea with stevia

K- Monterrey Chicken Salad, no bacon, no cheese, no tortillas, added extra avocado, salsa for dressing.  Unsweet tea


F- handful almonds & cashews

K- almond power bar



F- 3 scrambled eggs

K- Scrambled eggs with onions and mushrooms


F- spinach/romaine salad w/ cucumbers, zucchini, black olives, oil&vinegar and 2 cups of chicken soup

K- romaine with cucumbers, zucchini, red onion, black olives, broccoli, celery, oil&vinegar and bowl of vegetable soup.


F & K- taco salad- grass fed ground beef (from Publix) + taco seasoning recipe from the book with shredded raw cheddar cheese (from Nature’s Corner Market), whole avocado, black olives, cucumbers, salsa for  dressing.


F&K- chocolate bark (recipe in the book), almonds

Top 10 Reasons to Avoid Sugar and Refined Grains

Top 10 Reasons to Avoid Sugar & Refined Grains
from Maximized Living Nutrition Plans by Dr. BJ Hardick, Kimberly Roberto and Dr. Ben Lerner
1.  Sugar is the primary dietary cause of the obesity epidemic.
Fat doesn’t make you fat — but sugar that turns into fat will.

2.  Sugar causes hormonal and metabolic imbalance.
Swinging Insulin and Cortisol levels in the body (to decrease, then increase blood sugar) not only cause your system to “crash,” but set up a cascade of abnormal hormone functions which lead to premature aging and illness.

3.  Sugar is your fast track to diabetes.
On the Standard North American Diet, it is only a matter of time before Insulin receptors burn out, unable to handle the onslaught of sugar.

4.  Sugar increases the acidity of the body.
All disease thrives in acidic environments.
5.  Sugar causes inflammation.
 Inflammatory enzymes are elevated on higher-sugar diets.  Inflammation is at the heart of 98% of disease.
6.  Sugar is the primary reason for high cholesterol.
Your body’s innate healing system, which uses cholesterol, goes into high gear when the body is traumatized at the cellular level by high sugar, insulin, and inflammation.  The solution to high cholesterol is not to forcefully lower it, but remove the interference in the body causing it to rise in the first place.
7.  Sugar leads to heart disease.
 Elevated inflammation in the arteries increases the risk of high blood pressure, hemorrage, stroke, and heart attacks.

8.  Sugar is an anti-nutrient.
Your body’s expenditure to manage sugar is greater than the energy it gains from it.  In fact, in order to process high sugar foods, your body must pull valuable vitamins and minerals from it’s stores.  If you think you are better off eating a chocolate bar (or piece of white bread) than going hungry, think again.

9.  Sugar is a known toxin.
Like all toxins, your body is constantly trying to eliminate it from the bloodstream.  You can assist your body by not giving it more sugar to deal with.
10.  Sugar promotes cancer.
Feeding cancer cells their primary fuel is like pouring gas on a fire.



The Skinny on Fats

Fats – The Myths and the Truths

Not all fats are created equally.  This may be news to some based on the bad rap that fats have received over the years.  However, it is imperative to make the distinction between good fats and bad fats or as author Udo Erasmus likes to say “Fats that Heal and Fats that Kill” which he titled his book.  Even if you look at the USDA food pyramid which is designed to help us know what to eat and in what proportions lump all fats together in one big category.  What a mistake.  

Let’s look at a few things that should get our brains thinking in a new way about fats. (By the way, the human brain is made up of 60% fat)

1-      The low-fat craze has been in full force since the late 70’s yet the rates of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are higher than ever before.  Logical conclusion: low-fat diets are not the answer

2-      55% of the nutrients in breast milk are fats.  If fats are necessary for a developing baby and result in them growing and thriving, how can they be bad for the rest of us?  Logical conclusion:  fats are necessary for a healthy body at any age.  

3-      Cultures that eat a great deal more fat than we do- even saturated fat don’t suffer from the same ailments we do.  For instance, some African tribes eat up to 1 full pound of saturated fat per day.  Polynesian and Sri Lankan cultures eat tremendous amounts of coconut oil (very high in fat).  Yet amazingly, both of these cultures have little if any heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, etc.  Logical conclusion:  fat is not the problem.

Take a minute to really think about these things.  If common sense kicks in it should be apparent that some of the notions we have about fats could actually be incorrect.  Let’s break through these myths about fat.

Myth #1:  Fat makes us fat

Myth Buster:  as seen above, society has done a great job of pushing a low-fat diet as the answer to avoiding heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.  However, this plan has actually caused the things it was touted as being able to prevent.  Fat does not make you fat.  It is the inability to burn fat that makes you fat.  There are many factors involved in being unable to burn fat but many of them are dietary in nature.  You may be asking “if fat doesn’t make us fat, what does?”   The answer is Sugar!  It is the overabundance of sugar that is making us fat, not the fat.  In the next newsletter we will tackle subject of sugar. 

Myth #2 – Dietary Fat causes heart disease

Myth Buster – While it is true that bad fats do contribute to clogged arteries, scarring, and heart disease, good fats actually prevent heart disease!  That’s right- the right kind of fats are preventative in nature.  The good fats actually protect your organs (including your heart), keep your hormones functioning properly, boost your metabolism and fat burning ability, improve cognitive function, allow for proper cellular detoxification, etc.  The list goes on and on.  Remember the breast milk?

So let’s break down the list of good and bad fats.  You will notice that the good fats are found in nature, unadulterated by man, and much less processed than the bad fat counterparts.  It is also important to consider heat, light, and air as both can cause the fats to become damaged. 

Good Fats/Oils:  Raw Nuts & Seeds, Grass Fed Beef, Fish, Eggs, Butter, Organic Dairy Products, Olives, Avocados, Coconut Products.  Do Not Heat:  Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil (supplement) Hemp Seed Oil, Walnut Oil, Avocado Oil; Moderate Heat:  Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil; High Heat:  Coconut Oil 

Bad Fats/Oils:  Roasted Nuts & Seeds and Nut Butters, Non-organic Dairy Products, Trans Fats (margarine, synthetic butters & shortenings), Corn Oil, Vegetable Oil, Canola Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Soybean Oil, Safflower Oil, and Sunflower Oil), Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils.

Today’s Nutrition Tip:  Coconut Products 

Coconut products have acquired a very bad rap because of the high saturated fat content.  However, not all saturated is fat is bad.  In fact, here are some benefits that make coconut and coconut oil one of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet.

  • Contains MCFA’s (medium chain fatty acids)- these types of fats are readily usable by the human body.  It is converted into quick energy and is less likely to be stored as fat & obesity.
  • Shown to support the thyroid, heart, and immune system.
  • Has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral properties!

3 Basic Changes for Nutrition

For this post, I want to focus on some common sense nutrition principles.  When you look at the current state of American health, it should elicit some degree of wonder.  We are the most powerful country in the world with more technology, more resources, and more enterprise than anywhere in the world.  Yet we seem to be completely missing the mark on health.  In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranks the US  37th in terms of healthcare.  That is pretty pitiful.  

The Standard North American Diet

The typical North American diet just is not working.  This is evidenced by the skyrocketing statistics of heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and obesity (the five chronic diseases that North Americans are most likely to die from).  If you look back, even as close as 100 years ago, these problems didn’t even exist.  So what has gone so wrong?  It is a complex question that has many different answers but when it comes to nutrition, there are some definite stand outs.  Our food supply is so far removed from the way it originated that I am sometimes hard pressed to even call some of it “food”.  Unfortunately, if you don’t know what you are doing, you are exposed to extreme health hazards just by eating the Standard American diet.    It is crucially important to avoid the 3 Dangers that are compromising our health:    

Sugar, Bad Fats, and Toxins

These three things are the landmines out there that must be avoided.  The sugar and the toxins are pretty well understood but there are so many misconceptions with regards to fats that there will be a lot of focus on that throughout my newsletters.  Most processed foods contain all three.  Your body is an amazing thing but it cannot handle the constant onslaught of sugar, bad fats, and toxins.  Eventually, it breaks down and you get sick.      

A Better Way

There are specific things you can do nutritionally that can absolutely change your current state and completely transform your future.  The principles that work to accomplish this are not new.  There are other cultures out there that are free of America’s chronic conditions.  In fact, less than 100 years ago, America was one of them.  It has been within the last 100 years that things have fallen apart.  Look at what and how your grandparents or great grandparents ate.  Much of it was fresh, unprocessed, and homemade.  Families sat down at the dinner table together and took their time eating.  Nothing like what we see families doing today. 

The things it takes to eat a healthy diet and keep a healthy body are not new but they are VERY DIFFERENT than what has become the norm!  It does take some getting used to and that is why my focus and passion has always been on the practical tools, resources, tips, and guides to walk people through the changes.  This is precisly why I compiled everything into the book I just co-wrote.  It is years worth of research and practical application.  Maximized Living Nutrition Plans Book   

In addition to avoiding the 3 dangers, there are 3 Basic Changes that everyone should make, regardless of age, gender, genetic background, or medical history. 

3 Basic Changes

Fat – eat more healthy fats, eliminate all bad fats. (next week, we will focus on good and bad fats)

Protein– change the quality of your proteins.  When it comes to animal products, go with naturally raised vs. commercially/unnaturally raised  (more on this to come)

Carbohydrates – Eat more vegetables and eliminate refined grains and sugars

Although these changes can be a challenge for many because of being so entrenched in the Standard American Diet, it can be done.  It takes commitment and a willingness to change.  I can tell you from experience that taking even baby steps in these directions can have dramatic results. 

Today’s Nutrition Tips: 

  • Get rid of the soda, sweet tea, and juice
  • Change from white bread and rice to whole wheat and brown rice
  • Invest in good quality meats- hormone/antibiotic free, naturally raised
  • Eliminate ALL trans-fats (don’t rely on the marketing claims!  Check labels- look for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated anything– that means trans fat!
  • Cut WAY back on sugar and high fructose corn syrup.  Check labels- anything ending in –ose is also sugar.
  • Start cooking at home more!

Why I Do What I Do

Recently, I have co-authored a book entitled Maximized Living Nutrition Plans.  Being abl to do so was a culmination of years of research and practice in the area of nutrition.  I started by learning for myself, then applying what I have learned to my own family, and lastly sharing what works with others.  I have been blessed with the amazing reward of seeing people truly change their lives through nutrition and the other essentials necessary for health (more on that to come). 

The biggest thing I have found in teaching people about nutrition over the years is that information is useless without the tools, resources, inspiration, and confidence needed to change.  That is my true goal- to not only give people information but to also empower them with the tools they need to make lasting changes.  I am happy to open the lines of communication with anyone reading this.  Feel free to email me any time.

In any of my posts and communication, I will do my best to break through the myths of nutrition, expose the truth about our current food supply, lay out exactly what you can and should be doing to prevent and even reverse disease, give you practical tips and recipes that can fit into your busy lives, and give you the inspiration to change.  Your common sense meter should always be on and engaged in matters of health and nutrition.  For instance, natural is always better than man-made, unaltered foods are always better than altered, fresh is always better than preserved, etc.

Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is mostly man-made, adulterated, preserved, nutrient deficient, and full of sugar, bad fats, and toxins.  (These are the “Big 3” dangers we you will hear about often.)  It is buyer beware out there!   People need to know what they are eating and what the consequences are. 

I don’t think anyone can deny that the current health of our nation and especially of our kids is in a crisis state.  Right now, for the first time ever, it is projected that this will be the first generation where parents will outlive their children!  That is a frightening thought yet it is the reality.  Also frightening are the skyrocketing statistics on heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, etc.  Unfortunately, there are no magic bullets, no easy fixes, and there is certainly no one who will constantly “have your back”.  It is up to each one of us to take back control of our family’s health and to make the necessary changes.  As you will see, what works are:  timeless principles modified for today’s realities, simple to understand changes that anyone can make, and the application of practical tools that many people have used to drastically change their lives and their futures.

Whatever Americans have been doing up to this point is not working!