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A story about Ribeyes.

ribeyepictureSo the other day I’m driving down the road and I see a truck with this big sign declaring “20 Ribeyes for $20.” After I got done gagging, I realize how insane this really is. This is long, but worth it, promise.

Where you get your meat from is SO important. Our family is a fan of grassfed beef… we know that the quality of the meat we eat makes a big difference in how it affects our health.

There was a time when we bought our meat from Walmart or wherever it was cheaper. I was a stickler for a sale and if I saw something about to expire I was pumped… grab it and celebrate: DINNER! Woohoo!! I mean, being thrifty is SMART, right?

But as our family has gotten crunchier and crunchier, we’ve realized that’s reeeeeeeeally not a great way to feed my family if I want to fill their bodies with healthy nutrients. This Ribeye sign is truly indicative of this. Let’s unpack what we see here and why this is inherently a problem.

Cows are animals whose bodies are susceptible to their environment, just as ours are. How they’re raised determines the quality of their product. For the purpose of this post, I’m just talking about the meat, though the same would certainly be true for dairy.

What kinds of things can interfere with the process of growing a cow? Let’s think through a few…

  • Are they grassfed or fed a diet of grains unnatural for their bodies?
  • Kept in a fenced yard?
  • Held in a small pen?
  • What food is fed to them – or are they allowed to graze?
  • Are they injected with chemicals, sprayed with anything to keep bugs from being a problem?
  • Walking around on the grass or on dirt/feces?
  • Is their water supply pure, filtered, or contaminated?

Then you get to the processing… which… I won’t get into a lot of details here, but let’s just say there is very little humane about it all but even in that there are INSANE discrepancies from super nasty to some slightly more friendly ways of killing them before the meat is harvested.

Then you have the butchering process, the packing plant, the distribution center, the trucks the meat is carried on, the temperature for storage, whether it has been previously frozen… At some point did they inject the meat to make it weight more, taste better, or to add color? All of this happens before they get to the store where some little sticker label is going to assure you the freshness of your meat.

And we haven’t even talked about the inspection process or the label given to the meat… USDA certified, Angus, prime, choice, select, Organic, NonGmo, antibiotic-free, cruelty-free… etc. We also think we know what some of these mean but don’t truly understand them. We’ve let the media tell us things about this or have made assumptions based on what we would like to believe. But do you know?

Picking up a package of Ribeyes at the store does not allow you to know all of these things. And buying your Ribeyes on the side of the road (which brings up approximately one hundred additional ways they can be contaminated by poor refrigeration or just being old… gag)… well goodness. This just opens up a big ole can of worms, right??? (speaking of worms… no wait… let’s not go there…)

Bottom line… unless you know where your meat comes from, you don’t know what’s really in it. Unless you know every step of that process… from cow to farmer to growing to processing to storage… you just can’t know for SURE what you’re getting as an end result. All of those things MATTER.

Being able to visit the farm to see where the cows are raised… MATTERS.
Being able to ask questions about the process or even witness it… MATTERS.
Knowing that the meat was cared for through every stage from cow to store… MATTERS.
The source… MATTERS.
The process… MATTERS.
WHO you purchase from… MATTERS.

And all of THAT is why I would never buy essential oils from Walmart.
Or Amazon.
Or Ebay.
Not even from an online retailer who promises me purity.
THAT is why I adore local farmers for meat and produce, but prefer to get my oils from Young Living.

I will also never purchase a YL oil from another source – knowing what I know about adulterated oils, faked bottle labels, and the ease of purchasing the white bottle caps… NO. Straight from the source, only.

I have walked the farms all over the world, put my hands in the soil, been a part of distillation, and seen all the testing, bottling, and manufacturing steps in person (multiple times!).
THIS is why I’m grateful for the Seed to Seal promise from Young Living, which assures me of their quality from every step… soil to bottle.
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Ready to be SURE you know where your oils come from? Let’s get started. I’ll be here for the WHOLE journey!
xoxo – Erin

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