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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Poop Matters... (I know this is uncomfortable, but it shouldn't be. ;-))

We all poop. How we poop and what we poop really deserves more respect than we give it. We are embarrassed to poop, scared to poop, and simply just can’t poop? Or, we poop too much? Why? There are so many reasons emotional and physical, that are tied up in the bacterial chaos of our colon that we just need to get out.

                                             “Better Out Than In”

This is something I have been saying to my kids for a long time…

Do you check your poop? I am here to tell you, you should. Sorry about that, but the truth is, it is one of the easiest ways to check in on your health, AND also a way for you to check in on your kids’ digestive health. I’m not kidding! Growing up, my three kids would here me from the door asking how does it look? what color is it? Sometimes they would answer, and other times no. At first it...

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It's That Time of Year Again... Fire Cider

Many years ago I got introduced to the work of Rosemary Gladstar, a pioneering herbalist who concocted a Fire Cider recipe that got really popular as a immune booster during winter months. I have made it quite a few times and am always grateful when I have it in the kitchen.  Gladstar's mission was to blend medicinal herbs for wellness and spread the word about how plants heal.  The original formula contained garlic, onions, horseradish root, ginger root, hot peppers, sometimes turmeric, and often echinacea; all powerful immune boosters that help fight off infections, colds, and flus.  The following recipe is Rosemary's recipe. (On a side note, there are now companies selling Fire Cider, which I cannot support because they have trademarked the name so small herbalists can not make their own. My solution is to get in the kitchen and make it yourself.)

 

Fire Cider

• ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
• ½ cup or more fresh chopped...

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Hello Again...

Hi,

It has been a while since I have blogged, and for some this  might be your first time hearing from me. I actually switched platforms in order to offer some online programs, and in doing so decided to start fresh...

Hello Again.

Welcome to Purple Beet!  I am excited to start a new chapter here, and share what I have learned along the way. I will primarily be blogging about food and nutrition, raising kids, non toxic living, good books, and I will do my best to keep it interesting.

Right now, I am luxuriating in the fact that I have time to dedicate to my practice and to my passion. For the past 15 years, I have been a stay at home mom, as well as a homeschooling mom for the past 10 years. Yesterday I dropped off my 8 year old daughter for her first day of "regular" school.  It was awesome, for me and for her. We will see what today brings, but new beginnings are good for the soul.  I have a lot of feelings about this transition, and it will take me a few days...

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