Home Brewed ‘Booch

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Basically ‘booch, or more commonly called kombucha, has become a a big hobby of mine. My current struggle is getting the second ferment more effervescent. I’ve been researching and am pretty sure it’s a sign that 1. I’m either letting the first ferment go to long or 2. my cultures aren’t super healthy. What doesn’t help is that our weather has turned bitter cold, and kombucha LOVES warmth. So, I’ve been working on ways to provide the extra heat in an otherwise chilly house: setting it next to the crockpot during the day, placing the second ferment bottles in the bathroom with the door shut to catch the heat, and pulling my second ferment from the top leaving the bottom with all the wispy yeasty strings in order to garner a stronger first ferment.

If you have any tips, I’d love to hear! How did you know when the right time to pull from the first ferment was? Did you find different kinds of fruits produced more CO2 buildup? How did you figure out if your SCOBY was healthy?

Cheers to Fermentation!

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Juicing Recipes

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Juicing recipes

I thought I would take some time to post a list of juicing recipes that I have found so you don’t have to “go it alone” when you begin juicing. Coming up with your own juice concoction can be fun, but its usually trial by error. To start, try using other peoples’ recipes to get an idea of what fruits and vegetables taste like when juiced together. Use other peoples experiences to guide you towards a successful juicing experience.

*Disclaimer* I have not tried all of these juices yet, but based off of the juices I’ve made so far, I know these will be good options when deciding what to juice.

Food Babes Ravishing Red Juice

Food Babes Kickin’ Kale Juice

The Little Pines 5 Green Juices

*Almost the Original Mean Green Juice, which is first on The Little Pines list, is TO.DIE.FOR. Seriously – great combo

Dr. Ben Kim’s Juice List

1/2 pear, 1/4 head of cabbage, 8 stalks kale, 4-5 stalks celery, chunk of ginger, 1-2 slices lemon

2 Kiwis, half orange, half apple, 2 large chunks of purple cabbage, 2 carrots (High in fruit, so drink sparingly)

 

Striking Sugar Out – A Game Plan

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After juicing, I knew I wanted to jump right in to a thought out way of eating. I did Whole30 in August of 2015 and absolutely loved the results. Energy, weight loss, clear skin and a feeling of health and vitality only possible through clean eating.

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Sometimes as much as we “plan ahead” life can get in the way derailing our awesome intentions. A trip to the PNW’s food and coffee mecca where “keeping it weird” is the standard protocol – time with family in Portland, OR was much needed – but got my mind off of the clean eating patterns I had set the previous two weeks. I’m not sorry – nope, not one iota. Portland is my sweet spot and a trip there without visiting both seasoned favorites and untried establishments would cause a great heartache. Gluten free treats are on every corner and local coffee shops are more prevalent than Starbucks (praise the GOOD Lord!).

Now, a week later, it’s time to get this health train back on track. Following is my eating protocol that I will be sticking to for X amount of time. Life style eating ya’ll….not gonna put a number of days or weeks on this plan and make  it into a “diet plan”.

Guidelines for my Whole30 eating lifestyle – cutting all sugar, refined carbs, dairy and wheat products. Eating a variety of veggies at every meal. Drinking water and tea to satisfy cravings and curb appetite. Nuts and seeds for snacks and crunchy additives.

GOAL – Continue training my mind, body, and tastes to enjoy clean eating.

So far I’m one day in and it feels great to have a plan in place! Make a vision and execute it!

Joys of Juicing – Part 4

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Breaking the stereotypes of what most people think happens when you juice, day 5 has been great and the difficulty of saying no to sweets and treats is getting easier! You CAN be a totally functioning person on top of their game WHILE you do a juice fast. I sat in a meeting all day and felt focused, engaged, and at peace more than usual. Just a few days in and most of the difficult detox side effects have vanished other than a slight breakouts on my face. Sweet sigh of relief!

Today I woke up with slightly above average energy. Granted, turning off the alarm at dark thirty in the morning still wasn’t easy, but once I was up I noticed that my mme with morning juiceorning sluggishness was noticeably decreased. I no longer feel the urge for that cup of coffee right off the bat in the morning and am satisfied by my glass of juice and water.

I thought I would note that I have been taking a couple different supplements during this juice cleanse. On top of my normal supplement routine, I have been making sure to add in magnesium and fiber. Magnesium is a good supplement in general along with fiber, but I had previously run out. I have found that because I am not getting the fiber in my juice (the fibrous substance is extracted in the juicing process), my digestive system still needs it to function properly.

One thing that has made this cleanse much much much easier is the support of my roommate and fellow friends who are all juicing together. “Hang in there” texts, “Sorry for the gross juice today” momorning jicements and the general companionship that comes when your pushing your mind and cravings past what you previously thought impossible with close friends adds to the experience in a positive way. Friendship building at its finest!

Day 5

*Breakfast – Kickin Kale Juice (Only recommend this juice if you like tartness. Instead of a whole lemon, I suggest adding only a quarter of the lemon instead.)

*Snack – Kombucha

*Lunch – Cabbage, Carrot, Orange, Celery, Brocolli + Grass Fed Beef Broth

*Dinner – Tomato, Celery, Carrot

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH CHRIST! Set your focus on Him while pursuing health and remind yourself that God has made you a steward of your body.

Happy Juicing!

 

 

 

Joys of Juicing – Part 3

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Energy Energy Energy! Today has been the best day so far. No detox symptoms, no fatigue, and energy for the whole day! I definitely felt more hunger pangs today, partially due to the fact I had a longer day away from home than usual and I pushed my lunch juice farther into the afternoon. Between breakfast and lunch I sipped on a strawberry kombucha.

Day 4

*Breakfast – cucumbers, celery rib, apples, large kale leaves, lemon, ginger (Recipe Here – Almost the Original Mean Green Juice) DELICIOUS recipe by the way!

*Snack – Kombucha

*Lunch – Same as breakfast except I used carrots and green beans and orange.

*Dinner – grass fed bone broth + kiwi, orange, bell pepper, cabbage, apple, sweet potatoe

I can definitely say, that as I sit here typing this at the end of day 4, I feel less tired and more energized than I normally do at 9:30 in the evening. It’s wonderful!

Happy Juicing!

Morning Greens

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Morning greens

Want to know something most people probably wouldn’t guess about me? I love Summer mornings – waking AFTER the sun has already risen + walking outside when the coolness of the night still lingers in the air + the song of birds still rings in the trees waking up the world to a new day + the coolness of grass that hasn’t been heated by the sun on bare feet + gardens who’s produce still wet from the nights watering reminds of new life growth + the days first cup of steaming coffee + the quietness –

Sharing some of my morning favorites, I thought it appropriate timing to reveal my favorite way of getting my morning greens into my diet.  I know eating vegetables for breakfast might not sound appealing, but it’s a great kick starter to your day.

{Juicing} – kale + spinach + apples + carrots + celery + peppers + plums + strawberries + lettuce + ginger + broccoli + cabbage – easy, delicious and made to order! All these and more can be juiced and enjoyed to your hearts content. Juicing has so many benefits – helps with getting more condensed nutrients into your body, energizing, helps move digestion, healthy meal replacement option. If you can lean heavier to the greens and veggies rather than the fruits, even better! 

Can you guess what I had for breakfast this morning?!?

Eat Well!

It’s About Living Life Fully

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Hiking, biking, swimming, walking

Activities best done when you mix sunshine, warmth and all things Summer together

Your body will love you

Your mind will be refreshed

Boots that were once craving attention will be shaped sweetly to your feet

When combined with healthy clean eating, your stamina will astound you

Take time to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the world you’ve been placed in to live

Live wild and free!

Healthy Choices Today::Happier Tomorrow

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The choices we make with our health today will assuredly effect your life tomorrow. Now maybe not literally the hours following the day your living now, but future tomorrows. I’m here to encourage you to start your journey OR continue your path towards finding health. It’s not always easy, but nothing worth its weight in gold comes easily! Here’s some ideas to get you back in the game of being a more healthy you!


– When you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water instead of grabbing a snack

– Craving something sugary/sweet? Choose berries, apples, pomegranates, or other delicious fruit instead of a processed treat

Kale chips are a GREAT substitute for potato chips

– Try eating an avocado for breakfast or lunch. Adding more healthy fats and eating less sugar will help curb your cravings and make you feel full longer

– Cook with coconut oil rather than olive oil which breaks down into an unhealthy fat when heated at high temps

– Add coconut oil into your breakfast smoothie before you blend it

– Try a new vegetable this summer

Fighting PCOS Proactively by Eating Paleo

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PCOS

What is PCOS?

At it’s core, PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) is an imbalance of hormones in a women’s body. The male sex hormone, though produced at small levels in women, starts over producing thus causing a harmful cycle in a women’s body that eventually causes her to experience symptoms associated with PCOS. In most cases not all of the symptoms will appear which might make the person getting diagnosed question whether it was an accurate assessment. Usually a blood test ordered by a physician will give conclusive evidence as to whether or not a women’s hormones are out of balance. In some cases, cysts form on the ovaries which can be triggers to hormone imbalance. One of the big caveats to PCOS is insulin resistance, which is where the paleo diet comes into play. Long term, insulin resistance can lead to diabetes which brings a whole slew of other health related issues.

Symptoms of PCOS

  • Acne
  • Irregular/Loss of menstrual cycle
  • Weight gain/trouble losing weight
  • Abnormal hair growth (face, chest, stomach)
  • Depression
  • Infertility

Causes

From what I know, there is no conclusive evidence on what triggers PCOS in a women’s body. Some say genetics. Personally, while I think genetics might be at play, I also strongly feel that diet plays a much bigger role in the prevalence of PCOS, particularly in America where packaged, processed and genetically modified foods are staple foods.  Weight also plays a crucial role (for most women, not all) in those diagnosed with PCOS. Usually, obese/overweight women are at a higher risk though in some cases, ladies of smaller stature and weight may find they too are victims of hormonal imbalance. For some, losing just 10% of their body weight can reduce or diminish their symptoms.

Help from Essential Oils

I am definitely no expert, but from personal experience I know the feeling of hopelessness and confusion when first diagnosed with PCOS. Frustration at the thought of infertility. Feeling overwhelmed with losing weight when just looking at a french fry seems to add 5 pounds to your waist line. Embarrassed by being a 20 something year old who still has facial acne. It’s a real struggle, so I know where your at!
One the natural ways I encouraged my bodies hormones to level out was with the use of an essential oil from Young Living called Progessence Plus which was designed to lower estrogen levels which would cause an increase in progesterone. I would rub it right above my fore arm (in the elbow pit area…is that even a location?!) and neck twice daily. Within two days I noticed a HUGE difference. My menstrual cycle started and my emotions began to balance out. A helpful web page with good information has been put out by Experience Essential Oils, I highly recommend checking it out!

Natural Supplements

After doing some research, my mom and I stumbled across Insulite Laboratories who’s main focus is helping women deal with PCOS by using nutraceuticals. Sticking to their routine of taking their natural supplements, eating healthy and exercising I noticed a change in my health once again. My period became regular and normalized to being once a month, weight loss became easier, and my emotions had less ups and downs. Working with them was easy and their informative supportive staff were able to give a support system I had yet to find. 

Paleo and PCOS

One of the biggest lifestyle changes that will benefit a women with PCOS is diet and exerciser. The paleo diet, high in protein, vegetables and low sugar fruits, helps reduce inflammation and naturally encourages weight loss by throwing out processed sugars (which encourage weight gain) and starchy carbohydrate rich foods such as pasta and bread. A focus on eating healthy fats such as avocados, animal fats, coconut oil, flax meal (just to name a few) encourage your body to get full and stay full longer thus curbing hunger causing you to eat less. Studies have shown that processed sugars can be triggers to many health related issues other than just PCOS and as American’s sugar is in almost every food we eat. Go read some labels in your fridge to see! In her post on fats we should eat, the Paleo Mom gives helpful tips for cooking with fat as well as foods to include in your diet.

Another helpful aspect of the paleo diet when talking about PCOS is that by limiting sugars, your own blood sugar levels will begin to balance out. Decreasing blood sugar spikes decreases the risk of acquiring diabetes which is one of the major concerns when dealing with PCOS. Two of the sweeteners allowed on a limited bases in the paleo diet are honey and maple sugar. Compared to their processed counterparts, these sweeteners have trace minerals that are valuable to your health. In an interesting article about sugar, The Paleo Mom notes that sugar is sugar at its core that that in general, we should limit our intake of all sugars, not just the processed ones.

Conclusion

I am by no means a doctor, dietician or naturopath, as with everything don’t just take my word for these supplements, oils and diet suggestions but be a lover of learning your body…you will never regret it!