The Staudinger family is passionate about regenerative farming and healthy, natural meat. Visit The Ranch Gate Market in Sylvan Lake for a great selection of local meat, cheese and pantry items.

The Staudinger family is passionate about regenerative farming and healthy, natural meat. Visit The Ranch Gate Market in Sylvan Lake for a great selection of local meat, cheese and pantry items.

Good meat is the core of this ranch family’s healthy diet

It started as a remedy for chronic pain, now it’s a lifestyle that benefits the whole family

‘Our dietary guidelines used to be simple: if you have to catch it, you can eat it. When we followed that guide, we had no chronic disease.’

So says Dr Zoe Harcomb PhD, a nutrition specialist Stewart Staudinger discovered when researching human physiology, ancestral diet and health. Staudinger is an applied scientist and Central Alberta rancher who’s been researching human and planet health for two decades, and his interest in ‘diseases of civilisation’ got personal when his wife fell ill in 2013.

“She’d suffered from gastrointestinal problems, intermittent depression, fatigue and several other symptoms, and in 2013 my wife hit a metaphorical health brick wall after our second daughter was born.”

Doctors guessed at diagnoses for years but could never find conclusive results. Medication helped moderate the symptoms, but nothing solved the problem.

“By the end of 2014 she was in so much pain each morning that, after giving the kids breakfast, she’d be curled up on the kitchen floor in agony. That fall I was in New Brunswick with the Canadian Forces, and powerless to help when things got really bad at home,” Staudinger says. “When I got back, we found a new doctor who, in a move of true medical humility, said he wasn’t sure how to explain any of it and decided to order every test he could think of. Long story short, a CT scan found inflammation in her small intestine, confirmed by biopsy and DNA analysis. Autoimmune disease in the form of Celiac Sprue.”

Ancestral health and modern agriculture

The diagnosis rekindled Staudinger’s interest in Paleolithic diets, which he’d studied years before. Now, armed with greater purpose and 15 years of additional scientific research he was able to confirm some suspicions.

“Modern dietary guidelines and practices exist in stark contrast to the actual scientific evidence,” he says. “In the 1800s we knew that carbohydrates were at the root of serious health problems and that meat was a health food. In 1900, we knew that ‘vegetable oils’ were industrial lubricants and toxic. Unfortunately, by 1980, we decided meat and fat were bad, polyunsaturated fats were good and whole grains were the cure to everything. Why? Because those who sold them fed us these ‘facts’ and lobbied public institutions to repeat the sales pitch.”

Metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune diseases — already rising through the 20th century — became much more common. Staudinger says the human body simply cannot withstand chronic consumption of a calorie-rich, nutrient-poor diet. It also cannot withstand chronic exposure to the natural and synthetic toxins found in industrialised processed foods.

“My wife and others like her are just canaries in the coal mine,” Staudinger says. “Our whole family has benefitted from reducing grains, dairy and processed foods from our diets, and eating more quality meat.”

Healthy humans = healthy ecosystems

After two years gluten-free, Staudinger’s wife was able to live medication-free for the first time in a decade. Not all her symptoms disappeared however, so eventually a European specialist prescribed a stricter Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet (PKD) centred on healthy animal-based nutrition.

“Finally, we saw real progress. She had improved cognition, reduced inflammation and pain, and she lost weight. Healthy meat is healing her from the autoimmune disease that biologically inappropriate plant-based foods caused,” Staudinger says.

Staudinger is co-owner of The Ranch Gate Market in Sylvan Lake, which stocks meat, cheese and pantry items from a variety of healthy local producers. The Staudinger family ranch, MFL Bison Ranch, embraces regenerative farming practices which heal ecosystems damaged by industrialised food production.

Find the store at 380-49 Hinshaw Dr., and learn more about nutrition and regenerative farming at mflbisonranch.com.

FURTHER READING: Regenerative agriculture: good for you, and good for the planet!

FarmingFoodHealth and wellnessNutrition

Just Posted

As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)
Alberta reports 2,271 new COVID-19 cases, Red Deer cases rise slightly

Across Alberta, there are 666 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 146 in the ICU

Alberta Health Services locked the Whistle Stop Cafe at Mirror on Wednesday morning after owner Christopher Scott refused to comply with health orders.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff
AHS shuts down Whistle Stop Cafe for defying health orders

Health inspectors and RCMP locked doors early Wednesday

Premier Jason Kenney (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Chedda’ Heads Grilled Cheese Truck owner Dawson Strome and truck manager Allison Dolan look out from the service window on the truck. (File Photo)
Sylvan Lake’s Food Truck Thursdays expected to return with some changes

The Town is amending the Mobile Vending and Busking Bylaw which has a few changes for the event

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. An Alberta woman in her 50s has died from a rare blood clot disorder after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Alberta confirms blood clot disorder death linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

Both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been linked to VITT in a very small number of cases

FILE - In this March 3, 2021, file photo, a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine can be given to adults 30+ who can’t wait for mRNA: NACI

Panel says single shot vaccine can be especially useful for populations unable to return for second shot

A wild rabbit grazes in Nanaimo, B.C. in this Feb.2, 2018 photo. Rabbit owners in Alberta are being warned about a deadly virus that was identified in a southern Alberta household last month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner
‘Like a flash fire:’ Rabbit owners warned about outbreak of deadly disease in Alberta

The disease is confined to rabbits and cannot spread to humans

A lady wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Level of immunity among the population changes with the variants, especially the more transmissible strains

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

A dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination is prepared at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for kids 12 to 15 years old in Canada

The vaccine was previously authorized for anyone at least 16 years of age or older

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to speakers appearing by video during a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday May 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada will align policy on ‘vaccine passports’ with international allies: Trudeau

Trudeau says Canadians could begin travelling outside the country again by summer

Ranging from 11 to 20 in age and representing seven provinces and one territory, the plaintiffs are appealing a Supreme Court judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit last fall. (David Suzuki Foundation)
15 youths not backing down in their fight to sue Ottawa over climate change inaction

The group has filed an appeal after their lawsuit was struck down by a Federal Court judge last fall

A 2021 census questionnaire. (Black Press Media file photo)
2021 census responses due May 11

By law, every household must complete a census questionnaire

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi attends a senior’s home in Calgary on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Nenshi says he’s frustrated to hear that tickets given to people for breaching COVID-19 public health orders are being thrown out in the courts.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘Incredibly frustrating:’ Calgary mayor wants courts to uphold COVID-19 measures

Large groups without masks have been gathering in Calgary public spaces in protest of health measures

Most Read