Bone Broth... Food is Medicine

I started making bone broth as part of my healing regimen using the GAPS diet almost nine years ago.  I think of it as a total healing food, and it is what I recommend to all clients, even my vegetarian ones.   I remember those difficult mornings in the beginning when I was in so much pain, I could not even think about eating, let alone bone broth.  However, I knew that I needed building blocks to rebuild my gut.   I would ladle some into a mug and drink its golden goodness, often adding sauerkraut to give it a probiotic boost.  It gave me strength that was noticeable, and whenever my health falters, I go right back to a pure broth regimen.

These days I am not using just broth to survive like I did it the beginning, but practically use it everyday with most meals, such as for the base for sauces, soups, and I cook our beans and rice in broth as well.  Why is it so important to me?  Well, bone broth is an easy way to get essential vitamins and...

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Beet Kvass- My Healing Tonic

I love me my beet kvass… If you were lucky enough to read my first blog post, it detailed how I came to name my nutrition business, Purple Beet Nutrition.  So I won’t go into all the details here, but know that there were a few reasons, and beet kvass was one of them.

I came to beet kvass because I was in a healing crisis, and had read of the medicinal qualities of this ancestral fermented drink.  Beet kvass is actually my favorite fermented drink.  It is a healing tonic that strengthens the blood, detoxifies liver, aids digestion, alkalizes blood, and is truly a healing food… It has been used for centuries because of its medicinal value, and it is relatively simple to make. It is important to note that because it is fermented you might get a healing reaction from drinking it. For example, drink half a cup to start with, and then go from there. If you start to feel a bit funky, then don’t drink more, slowly work your way up from there.

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Beet Love = Purple Beet Nutrition

It was wrapped up in a funky hippie skirt, the kind with the little prayer bells on it, that he had picked up at a garage sale. As I unwrapped the skirt I was taken aback and a little confused about what I saw inside. It was a very large, deep reddish, round and scruffy looking beet, yes a beet! Ahhh, I get it, the beet held significance because it was that summer ( the summer we worked in Alaska as raft guides) that we both read, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. We both fell in love with each other on a different level and believed it was the book that fueled our passion. Hence the beet…

The lesson of the beet, then, is this: hold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic… 
(Robbins, pg.341)

 

I have to admit I never ate that beet; I just let it sit on the kitchen table as a centerpiece and reminder of my love. I have never been fond of beets, and when they would appear in my CSA box, I would always look at them and smile as I gave them away to beet...

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Raw Milk and Me

I love raw milk. I believe in its healing qualities, and think of it as medicine for myself and my family. My family and I have been drinking raw milk for the last three years.

I was not always a fan of raw milk. I actually thought it kinda "weird" because I grew up on SAD (standard American diet), and thought anything that was not what everybody else was drinking (or doing) was wrong or weird...
Yes, I am a product of first generation parents who eagerly grasped onto mainstream culture, because they knew no other way. And unfortunately, they are now facing autoimmune dis- eases because of their diet, I believe. A diet that was (and is) heavy in vegetable oils and cooked foods, things that lasted a long time in our oversized pantry...

But since the birth of my son almost ten years ago, I realized that there are different ways in doing things, and often against what I always thought was right. I started doing different things with noticible results. I started doing my own research,...

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Healing Food

                            What is Healing Food?


Are you not feeling great? Do you wish you had more energy? Have you recently been sick?


                           You need healing food!


Healing Food is food that feeds and nourishes you. It builds and energizes you at a cellular level, to make you feel fantastic! This food is packed with vitamins and minerals, and known historically, to sustain cultures. Nutrients build the cells; cells build the organs; organs build the systems; and systems build YOU!

Healing food is real, nutrient dense food. It is the food that you find on the outer aisles of the grocery store, at the farmers market, or better yet, your own backyard. The time has come to reclaim the local economies with the food we eat, and gain empowerment in the kitchen. In doing so we are saying no to corporate food, and no to chemicals...

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The Top Ten Things I Do To Support My Family's Health

 

Its that time of year… My kids have already been sick one time so far, partly due to exhausting schedules and the fires that we had up in Northern California. We are experiencing some warm weather this week, and I’m sure fall will tighten up soon, and help chill us out. So much has been going on in our world these past couple of months, and I have not been immune to feeling the stress. So in times like these I really rely on my go-to’s to keep myself and my family healthy. I wanted to share my top ten ideas to supporting and maintaining health.

1. Eat probiotic rich foods. A lot has been published lately questioning the benefits of probiotics, and in some way I agree. I am not a fan of supplements, and always try to do it with food first. So one of my non negotiable items is a spoonful of sauerkraut each day. It’s a hard sell in the first couple of days, but the palette gets used to it, and so will you and your kids. You can also do yogurt or coconut...

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