Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Enjoy Kefir: My favorite breakfast shake

As evidence by my blog posting dates, learning about health has fallen off my radar.  However, eating and living healthy have not!!!  One of my favorite health secrets right now is kefir.  It's a yummy way to get fermented food and probiotics into your diet. Here's what you do:

1) Get kefir "grains" from a friend (they look like the tops of cauliflower).  Anyone who makes kefir has multiplying grains, so there's always plenty to share.  There are also places to buy them online. I've always just asked on a local e-mail loop.

2) Get good quality milk (raw, from a farm) and put at a least a couple teaspoons of grain in a quart of milk (or how ever much kefir you want to make.)  Let it sit out about half a day on the counter.  You are looking for it to thicken up around the grains at the top. OR do an internet a recipe for refrigerator kefir and make it slowly in refrigerator.

3) Use a strainer to separate the grains from the kefir.  Store grains in a little milk in the refrigerator till you are ready to make another batch.

4) Store kefir in fridge.  In my rather picky opinion, the kefir isn't good to eat plain.

5) Make a kefir shake.  Here's my recipe that I often enjoy for breakfast.

 Put in to blender:

  •  1 cup kefir (I use the marks on the blender itself.)
  • about 1/2 a frozen banana (stored cut into small chunks)
  • berries or other fruit (such as 3-4 strawberries)
  • one scoop of stevia (using the scoop that comes in my stevia...it is very small..the sweetness counters the sour kefir taste.)
  • a squirt of honey (stevia sweetens, but this just adds a bit of flavor) 
  • Cinnamon (helps blood sugar) and Nutmeg (good for adrenals)...I like the taste, but added these originally for health benefits...I have also use the above too with clove when I was worried about a possible ulcer.
  • Sometimes I add a green powder or a few fresh green leaves.  I like to keep it small so  I don't affect the taste.
I love the taste and I feel great when I have this for breakfast. When you try it, let me know what you think!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Another reason to use natural cleaners

Convenience could be called the god of our age.  And we sacrifice a lot on the alter of convenience. One of those things is health.

I am a big believer in getting the chemicals out of your house.  Sadly, I read a news story today about how kids things that Tide Pods are candy.  Click here to see the story at ABC.

Tide is working on better child-proof packaging, but really, if it is poison,do you really want it on your clothes everyday, even in small amounts?  In addition to danger for children who might swallow it, chemicals can get into your air. They remain behind after use.  And all-day everyday exposure for our whole life just doesn't seem safe.  With a large dose, the body works to get it out.  But what about a tiny, but steady does?

At our house I use Soap Nuts for washing.  I also use white vinegar occasionally for rinse.  And I have found that I need a spotter (I used diluted amounts of Meyer's laundry detergent--which was what I used before Soap Nuts) and OxyClean (OK, probably not the best) for my whites.  I recently found a recipe homemade version for OxyClean, so when I get around to trying it, if find that it works, I'll be sure and share.  I didn't throw out all my chemicals in a day.  I adopted the philosophy of chemicals aren't good and slowly work at it. 

Little by little is way to win the race.  And good health is definitely a marathon!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Avoid candy? Cows may not--and here I thought they ate grass!

You are what you eat, they say.   Do you think the same is true for cows?  Or at least a cow with a healthy diet is healthy?  And a human eating the beef from a healthy cow is healthy?  Well, today I read a couple reports about farmers mixing candy unfit for humans into their cows' feed (links below). Since the shelf-life of most candy and other mostly-sugar products is years, it makes you wonder what's wrong with them.  Even worse, some of the candy still has wrappers (I think I see some at 31 secs on the video I linked). 

This is just unbelievable!  Apparently,several farmers are doing this and have in the past.  A university professor of animal nutrition says the feed has all the right nutrients in it and one of the farmer says they are "healthy" and gaining weight (implying, therefore it's good!) Just think what kinds of things they might feed them that they don't admit on TV!  Glad I know the farmer that raises most our beef lets them eat grass.  Think I'll look for ways to cut out the occasional store beef despite climbing food costs.  May the Lord have mercy on us!

Article with video at the bottom:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48765348/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/sweet-cows-get-candy-instead-corn-during-drought/#.UGkhRK4lqSp

Article with pictures of candy: http://www.kltv.com/story/19283677/kentucky-cows-eat-candy-instead-of-corn

And here's an article about a second farmer: http://www.inquisitr.com/343289/dairy-cows-put-on-a-strict-candy-diet-its-cheaper-than-corn/

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Are you aware that some cleaners in you home contain dangerous chemicals?  Do you want to know which ones are the worst? Environmental Working Group has come out with a hall of shame for the worst cleaners:

http://static.ewg.org/reports/2012/cleaners_hallofshame/cleaners_hallofshame.pdf

Did you see the Green Cleaner in the list?!? Guess you can't trust marketing!  Did you know there is really no need for Comet (which is found in the hall of shame) if you have baking soda?  If you are wondering how to clean without chemicals, you can learn more under natural cleaners.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

This is a fascinating study comparing vaccinated children versus unvaccinated ones.  The results, well let's just say it lines up with my health "worldview":  Did God design for us to have things go directly in our veins to improve immunity?  Read the survey for yourself and see what you think.

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/survey-results-are-unvaccinated-children-healthier/