Homemade Raw Sauerkraut

Raw fermented foods are your friend, but most fermented foods you find at the store have been pasteurized killing off all naturally occurring probiotics. The great news is that the healthier grocery stores do carry raw versions of sauerkraut and kimchi or even better you can make it yourself for pennies.

Our microbiome the world which lives and dies in our gut plays a major role in our overall health and mental state. The more it is studied, the more it proves to behave as our second brain. Fermented foods also help in healing GAPS and GAPS is worth knowing more about so please investigate!

I was at the community market recently and purchased two heads of napa cabbage for a dollar apiece an amazing bargain and now owning them removed any excuse from me finally making my first batch of raw sauerkraut.

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Very important to the raw fermenting process is avoiding introducing bacteria to it or leaving air to feed it. Therefore use boiling water to clean the jar or jars, bowl and any tools you will use for this. Also, ensure that when filling the jars that no air remains in the jar. Remember this is Not canning, we are not cooking anything this is a raw fermentation.

Pull the outside leaves off of the cabbage and set aside a couple of clean, big ones. You may use almost any type of cabbage or vegetable for fermentation. Slice the cabbage as thin as you like and place into your bowl. Add two teaspoons of Real Salt or sea salt, that prevents the growth of pathogenic bacteria, and begin messaging. Your hands will get a great workout and as the seconds pass you will notice the bowl begin to fill with cabbage juice as it releases its water.

After a matter of only a few minutes, your work in the bowl will be complete. Begin to fill your jar with the cabbage packing it down every inch or two to ensure the removal of all air until close to the top. At this point place a leaf or two over the top of the shreds and ensure that the jar is filled to the top with its juices or add clean salted spring water or fresh celery juice until full.

Now it is only a matter of allowing nature to work its magic. You have created the environment suitable for fermentation; it just needs to be given three to four days without any sunlight in a steady 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit world to thrive.

Open your jar and smell the tang of fermentation, enjoy the fruits of your labor and then refrigerate the rest to slow down the process and enjoy as you will. As long as the brine stays above the cabbage, it will keep for a very long time in there. Should not be a concern because once you start enjoying it it likely won’t last too long.

Enjoyed mine most with fresh tomatoes.

Once you make and enjoy consuming your first batch, you will already be contemplating the next. Good luck with it and let us know how it turns out. Feel free to share as you care to, find us on Facebook and be Well!

Better Protect your Pooch!

For most of us, the very last thing we would ever want to do is cause harm to our fur babies, in this case, canines. I have now lived with a dog for over a year and only want to protect her. As health issues continue to rise in our four-legged companions, we need only look at a few factors to understand why and easily shift things to avoid potential health threats.

Our homes offer the most hazards for exposure to toxins from wood and tile/linoleum cleaners and polishes to carpet deodorizers and emissions from air “fresheners” and candles. Any non-natural cleaners are to be avoided because if they walk upon it, lick it or inhale it; they are exposed to it. The concern carries over to include second-hand smoke and vapor from e-cigs too.

Most of us know about the dangers from a dog ingesting chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, raisins, and human medications, but did you know that if you are feeding them canned dog food the BPA’s found in most can cause serious issues. Some companies offer BPA-free cans, but a fresh diet is best.

Please note that rawhide treats are not safe for a dog of any size due to possible death by choking, intestinal blockage and poisoning. It is not a meat treat but rather a leather industry by-product, the backside of leather hides and are often finished with a myriad of non-food-grade glues. If you feed these to your dog or ever would, you owe it to all concerned to review it or investigate them further. Here is a terribly cute and effective video that explains it all. To view the video click HERE.

Too many vaccines can cause harm as well, and you can investigate online to learn more but just know there is controversy around how much and how often some are given when a simple titer test could be taken to assess if your pooch has been effectively inoculated rather than over medicated.

GMO ingredients in dog food should be avoided with the most coming through corn and soy grown in America. Also, canines require no grains in their diets, and some dog food companies use them as inexpensive fillers. Always buy the best food you are able/willing to, with no byproducts and a focus on meats and vegetables. Ever wonder why allergies in dogs have risen and it is often GMO’s and may be the same for humans.

One of the largest culprits of exposing dogs to toxins is through fertilizers, pesticides, etc. used on grass, in gardens and carried in the water flowing next to curbs. Like humans, the dog can uptake whatever their flesh, including paw pads and nose, is exposed to as well as through licking and inhalation.

In one study at Tufts, it was proven that a canines exposure to grass that has been professionally treated by a lawn care company increased their risk for death-inducing canine malignant lymphoma by as much as 70 percent! If your neighbor is having their lawn treated the drift of it into parts of your yard are very likely. Large parks, schools, apartments, etc. are potential toxic areas since so often they use poisonous products to treat the grass. Please investigate this further.

I understand how much our canine companions mean to us and wanted to ensure that you knew what I did in how to keep your love healthier and safer. Happy Cinco-De-Mayo amigo and enjoy your weekend! Feel free to follow Nutritional Truths here or on Facebook and share as you care to-Be well!

Time Tested Turmeric

The intention in writing Nutritional Truths was to place all the things I have learned over the past few years into a single source for folks to learn the truths about natural wellness. As time goes by I, learn more about various natural solutions and feel the need to share them with you and the powers of Turmeric is something you deserve to know. Turmeric is not just for great curries anymore; it is a powerhouse herb that loves you back.

Used before history began turmeric has been an effective solution for reducing arthritis and inflammation and can reduce pain and fever much like Tylenol or Ibuprofen and without possible negative side effects. It improves digestion and intestinal flora, cleanses and strengthens the gallbladder and liver, battles cancer and may lessen Alzheimer’s symptoms.

It is also used to combat swimmers ear or ear infections, sprains, burns, cuts, and insect bites as well as reducing coughs and asthma. Turmeric outperformed Prozac at treating depression in study after study without any of the potential negative side effects. Take a look online to find the studies and to learn more.

It is also great for our fur babies and all other animals and is primarily utilized in the equestrian arena. For more information on using it for supporting healing in critters investigate DVM Doug English (BVSc) as he is the unofficial leader in the effective use of turmeric in animals.

I learned about the amazing powers of turmeric through Golden Paste which is simply a mix of Turmeric, Coconut Oil, Black peppercorns, and water. The peppercorn contains piperine which makes the curcumin in turmeric more bio-available as it slows the liver from removing the curcumin so quickly from the blood.

To make the golden paste all, you need a half of cup of organic turmeric as regular unregulated turmeric can have high lead levels, a third of a cup of unrefined coconut oil, a cup of clean water and two to three teaspoons of freshly ground peppercorns. Bring the turmeric and water to a boil then down to a simmer 9 minutes until it is a thick paste. Once it cools down a bit add the oil and ground peppercorns stirring well. Some folks freeze it in flexible silicone pill sheets for easy doses or add it to most any meal during the day. It will keep in the fridge up to two weeks or in the freezer for longer periods of time.

Hope this sheds light on something you have perhaps overlooked and hope you investigate it further. May your weekend be a great one, share as you care to and be Well!

Tremendous Tranquil Trees

Decided today to speak about something near and dear to me, trees. Where I currently live is nicknamed the Tree Farm as my home is surrounded by acres of trees in all directions. For me, tall trees are comforting and remind me how short human life is and how without them we would likely not stand a chance of survival. Plus they can produce fruit or nuts, be used for fuel and construction, be fun to climb, look at, lay under and hey, maple syrup!

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Tree facts
*There are upwards of twenty thousand tree species on Earth.
*Trees receive about ninety percent of their nutrition from the air and only ten percent from the soil.
*Trees can induce rainfall by cooling the earth and through their leaves transpire moisture into the sky through their leaves, with an acre of maple trees transpiring up to twenty thousand gallons into the air daily.

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*Over the course of its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.
*The oldest trees on Earth include the California Bristlecone Pine and Giant Sequoias that live four to five thousand years.
*The habit of knocking on wood for good luck comes from primitive tree worship when knocking on trees was believed to summon protective spirits in the trees.

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Hope you learned something new and feel free to share as you care to and enjoy yourself-it’s later than you think. Be Well!

The Beyond Burger is Bodacious!

It has been just over a year since I ceased eating meat and I could not be happier. Today in America we slaughter on average 75 cows per minute, 24 hours a day and four times as many pigs. My shift came as a result of a growing awareness of the value of life and health reasons. The only thing I have missed eating is a really good burger.

I have now tried dozens of various kinds of patties from quinoa to black beans, garbanzos, soy, oats, seitan and most all other veggie compositions. I finally realized that impersonating a beef burger was not ever going to happen, until now!

The Beyond Burger hit the market months ago at a select restaurant in NY and California then they arrived into Whole Foods in Boulder with the promise of them being in the Texas market sometime this Spring, and they arrived at the WF about an hour away last week. I made my first one last night and you’re going to love them!

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I chose to cook them on cast iron, and unlike any other vegan burger, I have ever cooked no oil is required as they contain plenty and the look, texture, and taste is spot on. Compassion never tasted so good! This burger rewrites all the rules for people since unlike animal flesh it does not promote heart disease or cancer.

The manufacturer Beyond Meat has spent years perfecting this amazing burger with the not so secret ingredient plant heme, which gives it the taste and look of beef and is certain to rival beef burgers easily and its main ingredient is pea protein. Non-GMO, soy and gluten free, this burger cooks up in less than eight minutes and my first bite last night was pure pleasure.

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For vegans and vegetarians this is a layup and for meat eaters here is an option that tastes amazing, and it didn’t require a poor cow to live in a God forsaken feedlot only to be slaughtered and placed into clean little packages. The Beyond Burgers contain as much protein as beef and zero cholesterol.

This kind of effective meat replacement will change the game, and the cows could not be happier. Enjoy your weekend, pick up a package or two to enjoy, share this as you care to and be well!

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Doubling back Jack

Two weeks ago I spoke of purchasing and utilizing my very first jackfruit and shared my ceviche recipe, and now I would like to share my “pulled pork” recipe. In the end, the particular BBQ sauce will make all the difference and found the one pictured to be a too vinegary, but there are others to choose from.
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The jackfruit tree begins to produce fruit after four years and will produce it for up to 100 years. An average tree grows up to forty feet tall and will produce four to eight thousand pounds of fruit per year. The fruit will vary in weight from twenty to eighty pounds each and sometimes exceed two hundred pounds.
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Low in calories and high in fiber Jackfruit is rich in vitamins C, Riboflavin, A, B6, and others. Its mineral content is robust as well high in Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium with smaller amounts of Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Selenium.

The seeds are very nutritious and edible too. I boiled mine in salted water for twenty minutes and then allowed them to cool to peel them. If you pan or oven roast them, it will harden the shell and make them easier to peel than just boiling them. They were very much like potatoes, and I highly recommend them!
Wow these cooked seeds are amazingly tasty!

I made the slaw using avocado rather than mayo for a myriad of reasons and also added salt and pepper, not in the picture. Any slaw recipe will work and helps to balance the richness and bold BBQ flavor of the jackfruit.

Slaw recipe
Once deseeded I sliced the pods into strips and sautéed with seasoning and broth to slowly cook and soften the flesh of the fruit. After over an hour I added the BBQ sauce and simmered it for thirty more minutes and then placed with the slaw on toasted buns and it was tasty!
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Jackfruit love
Another recipe where no animal need be exploited to make great food. I did freeze some of the pods and will likely smoke them and try them with a different BBQ sauce or better yet make my own.
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If you Love Dogs read this.

Found myself at the movie theater yesterday to watch an award winning movie that when complete I wondered if I had been punked. The very best thing about the movie was a Trailer that ran before it, and I thought so much of it I decided to share it with you in today’s blog.

If you love or even just like dogs, then this is a movie I would bet anything you will enjoy. A movie that will bring one laughter, smiles, joy and for those that know the grief of a pets death, comfort beyond measure. I returned home from the movie and watched the trailer several times, eliciting a powerful response each time.

The premise of the movie speaks volumes to me since I have become enamored with our Paisley. A cat man first but a dog is a whole other level, and everyone deserves to see this movie.

Based on the bestselling novel, A Dogs Purpose brings this story of one devoted dog to life. It is directed by the guy who made The Cider House Rules and more recently The 100-Foot Journey. Also the movie’s producer did Zombieland and television’s The Golden Girls.

Opens January 27th!

Opens January 27th!

Remember that your dog’s feet do take in through their pads toxins you might not have concerned yourself with before but you should if you care about their wellness. From floor cleaners, polishes and kitchen and bath cleaning agents to carpet deodorizers and chemicals on the grass of wherever they walk including parks and sidewalks.

Back to the movie, watch the preview and see it when it comes out in a couple of weeks. Here is the link to the preview on YouTube https://youtu.be/1jLOOCADTGs

Paisley chewing along

Paisley chewing along

I am confident it will deliver well when I see it opening day. Enjoy your weekend, share this with anybody, Be Well!
Brett

Do You Know Jack?

What began as a curiosity after trying bbq jackfruit at a place on the square in Denton has turned into a realization that this IS the next big thing in food. I spoke on it briefly in my last blog as it makes an amazing meat replacement.

The jackfruit tree begins to produce fruit after four years and will produce it for up to 100 years. An average tree grows up to forty feet tall and will produce four to eight thousand pounds of fruit per year. The fruit will vary in weight from twenty to eighty pounds each and sometimes exceed two hundred pounds.
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Low in calories and high in fiber Jackfruit is rich in vitamins C, Riboflavin, A, B6, and others. Its mineral content is robust as well high in Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium with smaller amounts of Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Selenium.

I have previously only purchased it in a can from the Asian market. Yesterday I went hunting for a fresh one and was rewarded with one just under twenty pounds. The coloring was as I learned correct for a ripe one. However, it was firmer than expected and inside it was much dryer also, so possibly not quite as ripe as I thought.

Inside the fruit is fiber and seed filled pods

Inside the fruit is fiber and seed filled pods

If you ever feel the need to strengthen your hands buy one like I did. It took a bit longer than anticipated just to make it halfway through the fruit; I will get the other half later. The object is to separate the pods from the fibrous parts and then cull the seed from each pod.
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The seeds are very nutritious and edible too. I will be boiling mine tomorrow for twenty minutes and then eaten as a cross between a potato and chestnut. Once out of the water and slightly cooled peel the skin that remains, if any, that protected it while in its pod. Season and nom.

Oh and before you start this adventure know that this fruit secretes a natural latex so oil your knife and hands to ease on cleanup. My large knife suffered a coating of it, and I ran hot water over it to soften the latex and used dry paper towels to remove it.

www-nutritionaltruths-com-35 In addition to what you see in the pic, I added diced artichokes and salt and pepper. Also only used one jalapeno, one-third of the onion, half the cilantro and four tablespoons of the rice vinegar. Again there are more recipes online for jackfruit ceviche and most anything else with jackfruit than you can imagine.

I Made a ceviche for dinner tonight and will top it with avocado before serving. Tomorrow night it is pulled jackfruit BBQ style and the rest I may freeze for later. There are hundreds of recipes online, and if you’re looking for a no processed meat substitute that is full of fiber and nutrition this would be a great one!

Hope you will give jackfruit a chance one day as it can be bought in cans or premade BBQ, carnitas, etc. in the refrigerated section of your healthful grocery store.

Jackfruit Ceviche!

Jackfruit Ceviche!

Have an amazing weekend, kindly share this as you will and be Well!

Grown Meats

Looking at a recent poll showed that while Baby Boomers who lived the vegan lifestyle was at 2 % Generation X was at 5% and millennials were at 12%, proving that fewer and fewer Americans are consuming animal flesh, animal products, and by-products.

In addition to not eating animals vegans do not use leather for their shoes, jackets, purses, etc. nor do they use any soap, makeup, cleaning product, or item derived from or tested on animals or bugs including honey, wool, down, and silk, etc. It is most often from a compassionate standpoint, while for others it is for the health benefits or both.

As for what vegans eat, I would like to focus today’s blog on two straightforward unprocessed meat alternatives. Go to a place like Trader Joe’s and investigate all the faux meat options they have, it may surprise you. I want to cover two alternatives that you can prepare at home from its natural state and enjoy without too much effort.

Jackfruit is an amazing alternative, grown throughout India and Thailand and the trees grow large with a canopy full of fruit. The fruit itself can range in weight from 35 to 80 pounds. They can be purchased smaller and whole at an Asian market or in the can at those same markets, and they are beginning to carry it at regular grocery stores as well in the can. Ideally get it packed in water or brine. Drain water and slice up the fruit to behave much like a pulled meat and add to any sauce or recipe. Investigate the thousands of recipes online and enjoy!

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Jackfruit tree, Opened fruit, fleshy pod with internal nut and BBQ stye

Mushrooms are also a great alternative, and they can be portabellas, button mushrooms, and my new favorite is oyster mushrooms. They can be smoked and added to a BBQ sauce or sautéed and treated like meat in your favorite dish. From Indian food, BBQ, and Mexican food they’re my favorite meat replacement. Online find hundreds of recipes for a mushroom-based meal.

Oyster, portobello and button mushrooms

Oyster, portobello and button mushrooms


At the healthy grocery store, you will find dozens of options for alternatives made from processed soybeans like tofu and less processed soybeans making Tempe and from wheat gluten many types of Seitan are available and tasty. Do a Google search, and you will find a myriad of meat-free alternatives.

When I first wrote Nutritional Truths almost two years ago, I was still eating meat but knew the day would come when I would not. It has been over six months ago now since I gave up eating animals and I have not missed it a bit nor do I miss all the internal conflict that had been growing over the past couple years.
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Puppy Praise!

If you’re a puppy parent and go for drives just so your pooch may hang their head out the window joyfully then you should know this. No matter your style of parenting canines the following is certainly worth knowing.

It turns out that when we praise our pooches, it is the tone and not so much the words that impact them the most. A recent study proved how their brains respond to the tone and texture of our voice more so than the actual words spoken.

Quite simply, if you want your pooch to work their tail and feel the praise, then raise the tone of your voice while praising them and wear a smile. Dogs never say the wrong thing and are some of the best listeners I have ever met!

I have written several other blogs about how to best care for your pooch please take a look around. Christmas is fast approaching, and I hope you are looking forward to it and all it entails for you. Enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

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