Home Brewed ‘Booch

Cleanse, Food, Health, kombucha Brewing, SCOBY, second ferment, Tri-Cities, Uncategorized, Whole Eating

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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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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 5

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LAST DAY OF JUICING! What better way to celebrate than go snowshoeing, drink only juice and water, and expend enough calories to cover you for a good couple of days? At first a bit skeptical about hiking on just energy derived from juice, we ventured out anyway and though we had enough energy for the day, we definitely felt more tired than usual when spending a day hiking or out in the snow.  Doable, but not necessarily enjoyable. A good warm meal after being outdoors all day part of the benefit of winter exercise!

Day 6

*Breakfast – Almost the Original Mean Green Juice (Reference Day 4)

*Apple, Spinach, Carrot, Brocolli

*Dinner – Bone Broth + Orange, Kiwi, Brocolli,

At first my original thought had been to see if I could make it to 10 days on just juice. In full disclosure, I ended juicing early mainly because I was having trouble with constipation. I’m going to research this and figure out exactly why…but in the mean time, I am moving right into eating just fruits in vegetables with occasional juice replacement meals. From there my plan is to just move right into Whole30 and continue documenting my paleo journey from there.

In conclusion, would I suggest a juice fast/cleanse to others? YES. My experience isn’t necessarily the norm and I believe it’s attributed to other health factors. My friends who were doing it at the same time experienced opposite results. I lost 5 pounds over the course of the week, had great energy after the first couple of days and realized that I can use self control over my cravings.

Happy Juicing!

 

It’s About Living Life Fully

Health, Hiking, Photography, Travel

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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!

Eating Out Paleo :: Pacific Northwest

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Eating Out PNWAll those who follow the paleo lifestyle will admit to the fact that finding restaurant options that serve paleo inspired dishes is quite hard, if not impossible. Lots of “no ____” or “Can you substitute _____ for _____’s” is the name of the game when choosing options off of a regular menu.

I’m hoping to find eateries in the Pacific Northwest that have options on their menu specifically inspired for those who eat paleo. Below are a list of restaurants I will be researching and sharing about on future blog posts (other than dicks kitchen, which I have already eaten at twice and previously blogged about).

Caveman Convenience in Spokane, WA

Dicks Kitchen in Portland, OR

Eat Outside the Box – Seattle, WA

Lola in Seattle, WA

Great Harvest Bread Company in Kennewick, WA

 

I am so excited to explore these restaurant options, and hopefully in the near future have the privilege to eat at their storefronts. Not only would I like to try these places, but I know there are online start-ups of paleo making foodies that I want to find. Please pass along any names of businesses you think I should explore and I’ll do my best to report back my findings!

 

Paleo Backpacking

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Summer is upon us and for many who live in the Pacific Northwest, that means backpacking season is here! I have always struggled to find amazing food options for the trail that fit into the paleo lifestyle. Unless you want to be eating dehydrated meat all the time, it’s been one of the hardest tasks! Not to mention the cost. So this summer I am taking it upon myself to stick to paleo eating even when hiking and backpacking.

From experience, dehydrating your own meat is really not that hard and the same goes with fruits and vegetables…easy easy easy. I wanted to give some practical ideas that you can run with when thinking about preparing food for backpacking – following is a list of things I will be trying!

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– Beef stew {dehydrated beef, dehyd. broccoli, dehyd. carrots, dehyd. peas, dehyd. yam, beef bullion}

– Nut granola bars

– Muesli (nuts, seeds, ground flax seed, dates, dried apple/fruit}

– Dehyd. Chicken and cheese sauce {{*For those who eat dairy}}

–   Salami slices, jerky, cheese and coconutter squares

 

These are just ideas I’m tossing around. I know there will be a lot more planning when the time comes to actually put it together, but the day hikes I know I want to go on will be good trial runs.

What kind of meals do you take on the trail with you? Any recipes you’d like to share?

 

 

Finding Freedom in Living Healthy

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I was recently asked why I had moved towards eating paleo. I realized many people probably think that the “Paleo Diet” is just another fad diet like the Atkins diet, South Beach Diet or Keto Diet. For me, what sets my eating habits apart from other diets is that I’ve taken on the view that this is a life style change, not just a lose weight get quick results eating plan. Because I’ve noticed just a vast difference in my health and body, I can tell you this way of life definitely works. Now, is it for everyone? Is there room to make it fit you and your family? By all means!

If your like me, coming to the realization that you can’t eat like the rest of society can be a difficult thing to accept. Over the last four years of my life – after I started realizing my health was suffering, I felt sick and tired many days, my skin was red and irritated and that doctors had no real solution to any of my problems, I come to the conclusion that a diet change was the answer.

   Knowing since I was young that dairy effected my stomach, that was obviously the first thing to go.Within the next two years, I decided to go on a six week missions trip to Albania where much of the food I ate had some component of carbohydrates/wheat products. I came home sick as a dog, exhausted, and ready for things to change.
    I quickly started eating a super strict diet, slept hours on end, and drank lots of water over the course of the rest of the summer – because of this, I lost 20 pounds and at some level felt more like a “normal”  – whoever can definite that for me, props to you! – person. Right after that summer, I left for 3.5 months to live and study abroad in Israel where again, though I ate healthier than when Albania, I still didn’t know exactly what bothered me and would eat hummus and pita almost every day. Coming home from Israel, through the encouragement of my mom, I started researching different eating lifestyles (yes, eating is a lifestyle, not just dieting off and on). With the encouragement of a close friend who was herself having some health issues, we both cut completely out of our diet such things as peanut butter, all wheat products, all sugars (even fruit), dairy products, and legumes (beans). Withing a week I was feeling immensely better. had more energy and no longer felt in a fog.
For the next year I bounced back and forth from eating carbs and products with wheat in them only to realize that every time I did, I felt sick and my skin would look like garbage. (You really are what you eat 😛 ). Finally, two summers ago, I decided I was fed up with this yo-yoing in  how I ate and started researching what was called the paleo lifestyle . Broken down, basically what I have selection from is ANY vegetables, meat, seeds and nuts, fruits, and occasionally (like once a day) I’ll sneak in a dairy product (super strict paleo eaters don’t even allow this). I know I had mentioned that dairy bothered me, but I’ve found that in all actuality I’m bothered by other foods more and that if I eat dairy in a very limited moderation, I can handle it just fine. If your wondering if I can still eat baked goods and yummy food, YES, I can! Many nuts and seeds can be made into flour and used as substitutes.
Through my continued exploration of eating paleo, I have felt better than ever before and I hope to share with you through this blog the freedom of getting in touch with your body and enjoying life more fully!

Eating Out Paleo :: Portland

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Planning a trip to Portland? Live locally and need a fresh idea on places to eat? Enjoy grass fed beef, in house fermented veggies, coconut milk milkshakes that are customize able , tart strawberry lemonade, paleo dining options?

Dick’s Kitchen, with two locations to choose from, is all that and more. Hearing good reviews about this diner inspired guilt free eatery that has paleo eats on the menu didn’t need a second encouragement for me to give it a whirl. From friendly customer service that made my boyfriend and I feel like the only people being served to a unique location in an old and hipster artsy neighborhood, Dick’s Kitchen was far from disappointing.

I had one of their grass fed burgers called – “THE ELVIS” PIMENTO CHEESE BURGER – House made Pimento Cheese ( though not paleo) was a splurge over the top worth it. In place of a bun – butter lettuce leaves. Also, a side of yam not-fries (baked) and their tart lemonade with strawberries complimented my meal to perfection.

Go.Eat Well.No Guilt.Repeat

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