Happy New Year!
I hope 2017 was a wonderful year for you. I hope you incorporated cultured foods into your life and saw the difference they can make. I’ve been making and eating these foods for over fifteen years and they never cease to amaze and teach me. I was talking with one of my good friends about how much we love kefir, and she has had a similar experience. We both have a love affair with kefir. We can’t go without kefir because of all the amazing benefits it brings to us. I think I know everything there is to know about this food and then something will occur in my life and kefir finds a way to help me through it. Whether it be emotional stress, anxiety, a virus, menopause, blood pressure, moving across the country, skin rashes, or cholesterol issues it is kefir and cultured foods that have been my constant companions and food-like medicine. I believe these foods found me when I needed them the most fifteen years ago. The gratefulness I felt was hard to contain and spilled into the books, classes, website, and podcast I create weekly. You see, this isn’t just food to me, it was the answer to my prayers and took me on a journey I did not expect. But love will do this to you, it can rearrange your life and fill it with new adventures and people. Pain and suffering can turn into joy and I found myself falling in love with invisible microbes that rearranged my body so they could help me. And then I found you. People I may never meet but I love and care for. Watching your lives transform from struggle to hope and then healing is the greatest gift I receive each and every day. You will never know how many times I have been bogged down with the stress of running a business and then I get a letter from you, sharing your life and how these foods have helped you, and I just cry and remember why I do what I do. We all are helping each other with our own stories and it is the greatest privilege of being human, sharing our lives with one another. It is my heartfelt desire that you know just how much I love and appreciate you, and even the struggles that lead you to the answers you’re seeking.
Here are some of this past year’s most popular posts – many are videos. Let’s make 2018 a year to remember. Love your guts, quite literally.
I have had seasonal allergies since I was twelve or thirteen years old. For months in the springtime, I locked myself inside the house and turned to drugs and steroids that harmed my immune system. This seemed to be what everybody did and I did the same because I had nowhere else to look. . .
If you are looking for an easy cultured veggie that your family will love, then you have to try Jicama if You’re Sicka-ma. […]
In 2010, I had just started my blog and Facebook page, and the second person to post on my page was a man named Chris asking me How to Make Kombucha. He was a friend of my older kids and what I didn’t know at the time was Chris had just been diagnosed with […]
I remember that day quite vividly. It was over fifteen years ago. It was February and bitter cold outside. I made myself a breakfast that I thought was healthy – high-fiber cereal and skim milk. Thirty minutes later a terrible feeling came over me […]
Mayonnaise is a common condiment that so many of us use regularly. Mayo was said to be the invention of one of the great chefs of France. Marie-Antoine Carême was the personal chef of the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. […]
Emotions are my best friends. They help me not only understand my present state but also how my body is doing. Researchers are discovering that an imbalance in your gut can cause mental symptoms. They call the gut the second brain, and boy are they right. […]
We went to a nut farm this weekend and found just about every kind of nut you could imagine. Nuts are prebiotic foods and your gut loves them. I love my kefir, but nut milks don’t always make thick and creamy kefir as much as cow’s milk — until now. […]
There are certainly many ways to enjoy garlic, but having a jar of fermented garlic in your fridge is easy and convenient to use. You can use this in so many ways, and it is even great to hand on hand for heated recipes. […]
This is a time-lapse video I did to show you how a SCOBY forms in your kombucha. It’s quite a beautiful thing to behold with all the bacteria and yeasts dancing around in the jar. I hope you enjoy it. […]