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Fermentation Is The Key To Paradise

Good Morning!

I lay flat on my back with a torn disc. Very minor compared to past experiences.  I really need to leave the heavy lifting around here to someone else.   I have lots of time this morning to leisure in my thoughts.

I think I’ll go to a place that will (prayerfully) be of interest to you.  Eeek.

When my body was ailing from all the toxins from sugars and antibiotics and processed foods, the first thing my doctor taught me was to get a leg up on fermented foods.  What in the world.  Fermented foods were a popular way of preserving foods for cold months way back when in the era I should have lived.

You can ferment foods for all different effects and reasons.  You may be familiar with the process of making wine and beer and other alcohols.  A fermentation process is used to change the sugars in the grains and fruits into alcohol.

Sourdough bread goes through a fermentation process whereby the  wheat mixed with water goes sets off a breakdown of enzymes converting the so-an-so’s into something or other.   Bacteria cultures come about (I have no idea what I am saying here) and it makes the bread taste sour.    This process is done mostly for flavor purposes.  Only has minimal health benefits over regular wheat bread.  But  bottom line it taste AWESOME for all you gluten people out there.  Love, love,  love the  taste of sourdough bread.

These are not the culture processes I want to talk about today.  The fermentation foods that are power packed, probiotic filled,  life saving wonderment.  That is what I want to hit on.  The stuff saved my health.   And what started out a science experiment and dislike for the flavors, turned in to a lifeline to well-being.  My body craves the stuff when I don’t have it.

So what are they?

They are clean, preferably organic (we want cultured food not cultured chemicals)  foods that when left to their own devices produce their own good bacteria (probiotics) which when live in our bodies fight off any incoming bad bacteria to ward off illness.  Our bodies have naturally occurring good bacteria which do that.  But the stress and compromise that we subject our vessels to negate many good things in our bodies.  Also, fermented foods are pre-digested, meaning during the culturing process the food has started to break down itself so the digestion, by the time it hits your stomach, is easier.  Our bodies are asked to digest some really hard things.  Like foods with chemicals and foods with stripped nutritional value.  Our bodies simply do not know what to do with it.

If you:

eat processed foods

eat sugar

take antibiotics( they kill not only bad bacteria but ALL bacteria.  If you must be on them, take over the counter probiotics with them so you are not depleting all of your fightin’ buddies)

drink alcohol

any chemical laden foods

….you most likely have a compromised immune system, which means you are lacking good bacteria.

My dr. gave me lots of necessary steps to take but this cultured food deal was, in my mind and body, the most important.

The three cultured foods I eat religiously are:

YOGURT AND KEFIR.  Both of these are cultured milk products.  They are full of probiotics.  You can make them your self with culture starters or good yogurt.  Or you can buy from the store.  Buy ORGANIC, PLAIN  yogurt or kefir.  You are only wasting your money if you purchase fruity stuff.  The sugar and other stuff that is added makes it useless.   Add your own berries or what have you.

COCONUT KEFIR WATER.  Young coconut water store-bought.  Use a kefir starter which you can by at health food stores or online.  I buy online at http://www.bodyecologydiet.com.  You can get all culture starters there.  Buy her book while you’re at it.  Her book saved my life.  When I drink it, it turns my skin translucent.  Beautiful silky.

Coconut Water

You just add kefir starter and coconut water into glass crock with rubber gasket (they get the best seal) and sit on counter for 2 days.  It will taste effervescent.  A little champagney.  After all, it is fermented.  It is a treat!  Stocked full of yummy bacteria.

Finally and most importantly,

Cultured Veggies in glass crock

CULTURED VEGGIES!!!!!.   This is it, man.  I’m tellin’ you what.   It is like gold.  I am starting to see this stuff at my food store and it is sold for 10.99 a pint.  10.99 A PINT.   I have to buy it when I am out and it is gone in three servings.  ugh.  When I make it, I make 10 litres at a time.  And since it is naturally preserved I can take all the time I need to gobble it up.   This past   year I invested in the old german ceramic crocks that they used in the olden days to preserve their “kraut”  in the old dark cellars of yesteryear.  They come in sizes from a gallon, I think, up to 10 gallon crocks.  They are very cool.  I bought two- 10 litre crocks.  Very heavy duty.

German Ceramic Crock

I will post the Cultured Vegetable recipe on the recipe page.   I can just say that it would be very worth your while to make it.  There are many great recipes out there.  I have settled on one that I have used for 7 years that works for me.

To your health!

God bless,

Karen

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Lighten Up! Why Don’t You…

….ON YOUR FAT FREE’S, YOUR “LIGHT” FOODS AND WHAT E’R.

Our poor food industry people have done such a number on us and it leaves me buggy eyed and confused (because it is SO hard to get my mind turned around facing the opposite direction).  I call them “poor”  because I feel sorry for them.  It is a sad state of affairs that the people we have come to entrust our health to have failed us.   I pray we can look beyond the greed and power and that some day they  will fall to their knees asking for help to see clearly .  Truly.  I pray that.  In the meantime, we must take the authority back.   Why is our health care in such a state of chaos?  Because our health has failed.  Why?  Because we consume massive amounts of chemicals, dyes, fake hormones, antibiotics, steroids, plastics, and on and on.  Even the vitamins that they put in our food after they squish the natural ones out through processing are fake.  Synthetic.  Lab made.

We make fun of the Twinkie.   I was not a chocolate fan growing up.  I LOVED Twinkies when I was little.  Probably still do!  It has a shelf life of a zillion years.  Based on the ingredients of many other yummy treats I have looked at today must also have a shelf life of the same number of years.  Why do they get such a bad rap?  They are so cute a fluffy.  And bouncy.  Yummo.

It has to be about more than “yummo” I am afraid.

So I spent too long ranting about things I like to rant about.  I have gotten side tracked.  Forgive me.

Did you know that when they advertise “light”  or  “1/2 the fat”  or “fat free”  they always have to add things to make up for the stuff they are removing?  Cant be as easy as taking out and still tasting good, right?  Dang the bad luck.

I list a few things here.  Dont feel you need to read the ingredients carefully.  I just want to give you an idea of what happens.

God knew exactly what he was doing when he provided these food items for us. He is awesome.

This is the greatest.  Enjoy this display of  I- don’t -even -know -what -you- would -call- it.

BUTTER –   Ingredients:  Sweet cream. (and salt if you choose)

BUTTER LIGHT  –  Ingredients:  Water, Butter, Canola, Buttermilk, Food  Starch,- Modified, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Salt, Distilled Monoglycerides, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (preservatives), Natural Flavor, Xanthum Gum, PGPR, Beta Carotene (color)

Does than seem light to you?  Heavy to me.   Why doesn’t real butter have preservatives?  Are we actually preserving the junk we are adding to the butter?  Do those ingredients read “health” to you?

On to the next…….

EGG – Ingredients: an egg.

EGGBEATERS – Great way to lower cholesterol and what e’r cause egg is not good for you.  REALLY?  What IS all that stuff listed down here?  Dont let all that vitamin lookin’ stuff fool you, please.)

Ingredients:        Egg Whites, Less than 1%: Natural Flavor, Color (Includes Beta Carotene), Spices, Salt, Onion Powder, Vegetable Gums (Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum), Maltodextrin. Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Sulfate, Iron (Ferric Phosphate), Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol Acetate), Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Mononitrate), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D3

That is one honkin’ egg full of goodness and, well, …egg.

okay on to the next……

VANILLA YOGURT (popular brand) – Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Sugar, Tara Gum, Natural Flavor.

VANIILLA YOGURT 1/2 THE FAT–  Ingredients:  Skim Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Cream, Whey, Mono and Diglycerides, Carob bean gum, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Carrageenan, Bitamin A Palmitate, Tara Gum.

VANILLA YOGURT  NO SUGAR ADDED  – Ingredients:  Skim milk, Cream, Polydestrose, Sorbitol, Maltodextrin (corn), Whey, Glycerin, Cellulose GEl, Mono and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Tara Gum Xanthan Gum, Cullulose Gum, Carob Bean Gum, Natural Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose (Splenda) Vitamin A Palmitate, Annatto (for color)

You have all this in your pantry, right?

To make yogurt you just soak milk in a culture over night and you got it.  My body does not want all this stuff, I’m thinkin’.  It takes as fast to make yogurt as it takes to raise the carton up off the shelf.

HOMEMADE YOGURT

1/2 C.  of Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt.

1 Quart  Whole Organic Milk     “Pasteurized” .  If you cant find that use “Ultra Pasteurized”.

Gently heat milk up to 185 degrees and then cool to 110 degrees.  Stir in the yogurt.  Cover and place in warm oven 150 degrees or dehydrator,  or crockpot over night.  In morning put in fridge.  During the course of the day if any whey swims on top, just spoon it off and your yogurt will be thicker.

For the next batch use a 1/2 c. of the end of this batch for the starter for the next.  You only have to buy the yogurt one time.

Add fruit, granola, nuts, vanilla or any other delectable to your yogurt if you prefer.

God bless,

Karen

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