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!

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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Beautiful Beneficial Brussels Sprouts

The French brought them to Louisiana in the 18th century and the 1920’s they began to cultivate them in California and by the 1940’s their growth and Americas acceptance of them grew. Today the majority (80%) of their cultivation is for the frozen food market with harvest taking place between December and June.

I recently purchased my first whole stalk of the year at Trader Joe’s last week, and they were amazing. As a child, I could not stand them, and as I have aged, they have become more and more appealing and sit at the top of my faves list along with broccoli and cauliflower.

These I only purchase fresh and that leaves me without them for part of the year and that’s OK but when the stores don’t have them I am disappointed. They can put off an odor while roasting so be prepared to turn on the vent-a-hood.

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Full of vitamin C and K along with B vitamins, essential minerals, and dietary fiber they are an excellent addition to any plate or diet. Part of the brassicas family like broccoli they contain sulforaphane which has anti-cancer properties and is another example of food that loves you back.

A nice Brussels sprout slaw can be made from them raw and delivers the most possible nutrition along with enzymes. Steaming, stir-frying or roasting are the preferred methods of cooking them.

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As you can see by my photos roasted with a bit of oil and seasoning is my favorite. Once hot from the oven one may add a duck sauce or honey to a bowl with a bit of garlic chili paste, balsamic vinegar, or Sriracha to toss them in and served warm ensure there will be no leftovers.

Be sure and slice the larger ones in half or quarters so they cook more evenly. Roasted using only a bit of salt and pepper is fine too it just depends on what you and yours enjoy most.

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Food that loves you back!

Have an amazing weekend before Thanksgiving; try cooking a fresh batch of Brussels sprouts soon, share as you care to and Be Well!

Best Squash Soup Ever!

Sometimes things deserve to be re-blogged, and this very tasty recipe is one of them! With fall upon us and daylight savings coming to a close, pumpkins and squash are everywhere. A heavy fall crop, winter squash offers many variables, and I wanted to make sure you know how amazing it is not only in taste but also for your body.

Squashes history dates back over 10,000 years from an area between Guatemala and Mexico as a food source though originally it was just the seeds that were consumed as the flesh was thin and bitter. Christopher Columbus took them back to Europe where they began to cultivate them.

A couple of the greatest things about consuming winter squash is that it is full of antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory food. Full of vitamins A, C, B6, Manganese, copper, potassium, B2, folate, K, Omega 3 fats, magnesium, and B3.

In addition to being a nutritional friend to our bodies winter squash also helps regulate blood sugar and insulin in addition to being an amazing source of fiber.

This is one of my favorite recipes that can be modified to fit your taste buds by just changing seasonings and it is such a hearty vegan recipe that you have to try it! Have an amazing weekend, share if you like, eat some squash soon and Be Well!

Autumn Hugs Hearty Squash Soup
• One large to medium butternut squash
• One acorn squash
• Two tablespoons coconut oil
• One white onion finely diced
• One teaspoon real salt
• One teaspoon white pepper
• One teaspoon ground nutmeg
• One teaspoon onion powder
• One teaspoon grounds ginger/garlic paste
• Seeds of 8 green and 4 black cardamom-ground
• 4 cups (1 large box) vegetable stock
• 2 cups soaked cashews (4 hours min)
• 2 cups of coconut water or water

Cut squashes in half, clean out seeds, brush flesh with coconut oil and sprinkle salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place face down on a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 60 minutes at 350. In a high-speed blender puree the soaked cashews and coconut water for several minutes, set aside. In a stock pot place remainder of coconut oil and onion, cook 5-7 minutes till translucent, then toss in other spices and ground cardamoms and allow to sizzle for up to a minute and then add vegetable stock.

Add cashew mix and scoop out and add the flesh of both squashes. Once complete use an immersion blender to break things down as smooth as you like it, but not completely. This recipe delivers a thick and hearty soup and unless you’re dead set on a perfectly smooth soup try it with the small chunks left in it. Once heated through ladle into bowls or mugs and top with freshly toasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy. This pot of soup serves several and if given an extra day for flavors to marry, all the better!
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Straying from meaty meals

This once very full-time carnivore has been fading meat out of my diet for years and for various reasons. Wanted to share my experience without the intention of telling anyone what they should do. However, I do hope you find something in it that serves you well, welcome.

For most of my life, I had consumed every manner of cow, pig, chicken, turkey or deer at every meal for over 40 years. I grew up in a culture like many of us where meat was the center of the meal all else were sides. “We are the top of the food chain, and besides we get all our protein from meat.” was the mantra.

My initial decline started twenty years ago when I dropped frog legs and Cornish hens forever from my plate since they still looked too much like what they were. With meat mostly coming in the form of clean packages I was able to avoid giving thought to its origins.

Fast forward to a few years ago and I had graduated to Meatless Mondays that started out as a single meatless meal once a week, and eventually, it became an all day thing. Add to this reading the China Study and watching Forks over knives and other like-minded documentaries and my thought process around meat and all food began to shift.

Two years ago after I reviewed Earthlings by Mr. Phoenix, I realized the conditions the critters live and die in were often very unpleasant, and it rattled my growing sensitivities. But I continued to consume chicken, turkey, pig, and cow only now every time I consumed them, I thought of them. I could not shake the growing awareness of these animals lives.

A year ago we got our first puppy, and my heart just expanded with feelings of love and appreciation for a dog. I begin to notice after a couple of months that Paisley’s rear legs are angled just like pigs, and I never notice that before on dogs

Seven months ago a trip to the zoo brought me to the point where I realized I could no longer eat cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, deer or goats. I have felt great about it, and those earlier conflicts are now gone.

Learning to compartmentalize animals seems a cultural thing. These animals over here on the right we love and care for, and we have laws to protect them from abuse or any harm whatsoever, but these on the other side, we shall eat them.

I have friends who have been vegetarian for decades, and I used to make fun of them, sorry about that. I no longer limit my beliefs around animals and food etc. and trusting the process seems to be where I now reside.

Again, eat as you wish and there is much more to cover over the coming weeks around plant-based, Pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan diets. Glad you dropped in, enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

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Talk about a large organ!

In addition to acting as an envelope keeping us all together, our skin acts as a regulator of our bodies temperature by dissipating heat through sweating and keeping us warm in the cold. Our skin proves to us every time we have a cut or scrape that it was made to heal.

With Summer now upon us, it is imperative that you are clear that whatever you are putting on your body is likely going into your body. From lotions, makeup, soaps, perfumes, and sunscreen. We will focus on sunscreen since too often folks are only focused on the SPF number and not how they are dosing their or their children’s bodies with chemicals you would never serve on a sandwich.

There are two different ways sunscreens are created, and one is with toxic chemicals and the other with minerals that too often include the toxic chemicals. Both act as a barrier but with chemicals like Oxybenzone that is linked to a myriad of health concerns it is amazing that people just trust manufacturers and slather anything sold on themselves and those they love.

The EWG tested over 1400 different sunscreens, and only 5% met their safety standards with over 40% potentially contributing to skin cancer. A search online for natural homemade sunscreens will produce many options. Ingesting organic carotenoid-rich foods like carrots, peaches, tomatoes, watermelon, leafy greens and red peppers will support the bodies efforts too.

One of the best ways to stay safer outside is to limit one’s sun exposure and to cover up with shade, wide-brimmed hats, and long-sleeved tops. With skin cancer rates always rising consider thinking twice before you reach for that mass-produced sunscreen and consider if it would go well on your sandwich.

Have an amazing Summer and may this weekend be a great one! Share as you may and Be Well!
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Roundup or Real Maple Syrup?

Every fall in the north maple trees are tapped for their sap and then it is cooked to reduce the water content and increase the sweetness. Too bad almost all “maple” syrups on the market today are made from GMO corn. Just in case, you needed a little more Roundup in your diet, they are almost entirely corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. Their focus is on margins and not wellness, fair enough.

Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Hungry Jack, and almost all store brands, are full of corn and mostly artificial colors and flavors. There is nothing close to maple syrup in them though that is how it started out over 120 years ago. I will point out that Log Cabin has now ousted the High Fructose Corn Syrup for likely GMO sugar. Note that Pinnacle Foods owns Log Cabin as well as Aunt Jemima and Hungry Man.

Lots of folks avoid real maple syrup due to increased costs, and many of the smaller bottles of it are many times more than the stuff mentioned above. The great news is that places like Costco carry offerings such as Kirkland’s organic grade A maple syrup in a one liter jug that is considerably less than at any other store.

Also, in addition to its amazing flavor, organic maple syrup delivers a high amount of manganese per serving as well as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, and Copper. A natural and very sustainable sweetener, organic maple syrups flavor is amazing and whether atop breakfast items or in your favorite recipe the flavor and richness are sure to please.

Learn more about maple syrup and other sweeteners that support wellness in the book Nutritional Truths. Feel free to share this, enjoy your weekend and Be Well!
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