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Weeds, Local Eggs – Sustainable Health

Here’s more nutritional wisdom from Greg Gillette — !

by Greg Gillette, Glenwood Springs, CO

Eat Your Weeds:

There’s more than grass in your yard. In fact, grab a knife and fork and have a salad of chickweed, dandelion greens, cleavers, miner’s lettuce, plantain, etc. Your salad will vary depending on the month and where you live.

All the above herbs are a good source of vitamins and minerals and some have medicinal
properties, externally and internally. For example, chickweed is a great source of Vitamin C and it is a great topical treatment for skin irritations and bug bites. The same applies of plantain. Dandelion greens are slightly bitter so they enhance bile flow and digestive health and they aid in kidney health. They also have diuretic properties. Cleavers are a great lymphatic helper as they stimulate lymph drainage and help move toxins out of the body. Since cleavers act like velcro as they stick to almost any material, it is best taken as a tea.

Instead of looking at your yard in disgust at the weeds, remember, these weeds are a great source of food and medicine. Mother nature knows best!

Eggs – local and healthy:

Once deemed healthy and then not, the egg is back, even with approval from modern medicine, not that modern medicine ever influences me when it comes to nutrition.

Fried in coconut oil, scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, with cheese, with bread, on your head (a great moisturizer and conditioner),
raw in fresh squeezed orange juice, raw in a fruit smoothie, raw in raw milk, raw on top of a cooked bowl of rice, millet or quinoa, raw in a glass (a la Rocky style), on your skin for sun burn, in a cake, in a casserole, deviled, in pancakes, or even green eggs and ham.

Eggs are best raw if you want every ounce of nutrition it offers, but anyway you want them, they are a healthy part of a good diet. Packed with 60% fat and 40% protein, lecithin, iron, calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, selenium and many other nutrients, eggs are a powerhouse.

If eaten raw, they aid in cellular structure and permeability, hormone production and balance, toxin removal, energy production and increased immunity.

Of course, eggs that are from healthy farms that allow the chickens to have access to the great outdoors to eat grass and insects are far superior to the factory-farmed eggs. Don’t forget to go local and support you local egg farmer.

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