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The Real Reason Men Need Cultured Foods


My husband was the last one in my family to try cultured foods. I experimented on my children first. My kids were sick and I wanted them to be well, so we all ate cultured food; and much to my surprise, everybody got better. Then as the cultured foods began to take over my kitchen counters, my husband started calling them science projects and wondered why all our food was getting fermented. He thought this was just one of my new hobbies and waited for it to die out. But instead of dwindling, it began to grow and take on a life of its own. People were coming to my house to get cultures and to learn how to use them. They were calling me for help and then begging me to teach classes, and write a book, and they just kept on me until I just couldn’t tell them no anymore. This was how my hobby became a passion. People were getting well and I became a woman on a mission to help everyone I could.

Resistance is futile

It took me a little while to convince my husband (Mr Picky Eater) to try these cultured foods, but try them he did. And he succumbed to the fact that cultured foods weren’t going away. I have told him many times, “Resistance is futile” and now he has cultured foods every day. If he doesn’t, he notices the difference and will tell me that he doesn’t feel as good without them.

I have noticed that more and more men are coming to my Trilogy classes and joining my membership site, and they make some of the best-cultured foods! Often men are dragged to my classes by their wives, but on more than one occasion I have had a wife tell me that their husbands will start nudging them during my presentation and say things like, “Why aren’t you making me these foods?”

Men Need Cultured Foods Too!

My video guy became a convert when he found it helped his young son who was lactose intolerant and had food allergies, and he sent me pictures of his ferments. They had so much trouble finding him foods to eat that wouldn’t cause severe reactions. Cultured foods have helped him find balance and allowed him to eat foods he couldn’t eat before. He was allergic to cheese so they substituted kefir cheese, and his favorite is tacos topped with kefir cheese!

My website manager had stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he first contacted me asking how to make kombucha. Now he’s 8 years cancer free and he and his family all consume cultured foods! He makes kefir for his family to help out his wife and four children, and his kids help too. Check out this article on Cancer and Cultured Foods.

Probiotic Foods and Cancer

Men make fantastic ferments!

Louis Schneidman, a reader, friend, and a master fermenter works with Cirque du Soleil. He works at the Criss Angel “Believe” Show (a Cirque du Soleil Production) as a rigger. This is Louis and all his ferments! Louis says, “As you may or may not know, Criss is a master magician. And so am I since I make Cultured Produce that is ‘Magical’ and makes unfriendly bacteria ‘disappear’!! I am weeks away from starting my Cultured Produce business. My samples passed at the labs with flying colors. And yes . . . I am a real man who eats cultured and real food!!”

Cirque du Soleil


Men teaching men

One terrific post on my Facebook page thrilled me and I want to share it with you.

Donna, I wanted to share a pic of 3 real men. My husband (middle) did a small class at his job on ferments and taught his co-workers how to make fermented veggies. They picked it right up and are on their way to better living. I am proud of them. They are on a field job where eating out all the time is the norm. Now they are getting their probiotics in. Feeling better, more energy, and better digestion. This is their second or third batch. I’ll be honest. I was stereotyping them because they’re manly men and I couldn’t imagine them going out, gathering everything up, having a teaching session, putting it all together, then to top it off . . . doing it again when they ran out of their ferments. My bad! Manly men can make Ferments too. Leigh Carter

Way to go, guys!

Can Probiotic Foods Make You More Manly?

If you men need further convincing that you need to eat cultured foods, then this might just convince you . . .


Can Eating Beneficial Bacteria Make You Sexier?

In the Journal of Scientific American, researchers studied mice that were fed a probiotic-rich yogurt and they noticed the mice had a certain “swagger.”  The yogurt caused the males to project their testicles outward because they were five percent heavier than mice fed a typical diet, and 15 percent heavier than the mice that ate a junk food diet. They also inseminated their partners faster and had more babies. Their fur was shinier and silkier than the other mice as well.

The researchers noted: “The probiotic microbes in the yogurt help to make the animals leaner and healthier, which indirectly improves sexual machismo.”

Harvard scientists are doing their own research on the impact of yogurt consumption on semen quality in men, and their results are consistent with those of the mice. I can’t make this stuff up – you can check it out for yourself!

My husband says that eating cultured foods gives him his stealthiness back.  So I make him his favorites because I wouldn’t want to mess with a man’s stealthiness, whatever that is!  My web manager and video guy came to shoot a video on my boat a few years ago and spent the weekend with me and my family and ate a lot of cultured foods. About nine months later both of them had new babies so I’m just saying . . . cultured foods make men more manly. Enough said!

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These are some of my husband’s favorite cultured recipes:

Cultured Asparagus
Cultured Chile Salsa
Cultured Gringo Dip
Fermented Garlic Dipping Sauce
Grape Kefir Soda
Kefir Cow Pies
Kefir Kraut Dip
Probiotic Potato Salad
Raw SCOBY Cookie Dough
Ron's Kefir Onion Dip
Shelley’s Cultured Veggies - The Original Recipe
Sprouted Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Skillet
Tomato Bruschetta
Tuscan Zucchini Dip
4 Responses to "The Real Reason Men Need Cultured Foods"
  1. Donna I make the continuous brew kombucha and just noticed a film or sediment on the bottom. Hard to see but looks a little bumpy. The kombucha did get a little too much towards the vinegar stage. I don’t see any mold or black areas on the scobey. Is this ok or do I have a problem? Thanks Donna!

  2. I can’t say that I project my testicles outwardly (not knowingly anyhow) and I am no mouse, but I have been making/buying fermented foods for a couple of years. There has been a huge improvement in all aspects of my health, these benefits and others enable a sense of pride given to an eating culture that was embarked on several years ago that was unhealthy and had no place in achieving wellness.

  3. Two years ago I stumbled a Mercola video with Sandor Ellix Katz discussing fermentation. I got Sandor’s book, The Art Of Fermentation: Wild Fermentation. Then this past summer I ran across Donna Schwenk and Cultured Foods For Life. I love her passion and the way she simplifies the process. I have been using her cultures now ever since. I have come up with some of my own prebiotic – probiotic mixes and have nearly cured everything that ailed me prior to the fermented foods. I now share them with my church community and others in town. Like Donna, once I received the benefits of cultured foods I went on my own mission to spread it as far as I can. Last spring I started making kombucha tea, shared it with friends, and now it has actually grown into a business. My new adventure is called “The Booch Pharm”. I never would have dreamed this would actually turn into a business. I started off with one gallon, and now I am brewing 60 gallons, and working on more. I hope to be producing 100 gallons a week by this summer. I am only selling it locally within 50 miles of my brewery, I want to provide the freshest product to my customers as possible. So yeah, real men do eat cultured foods, I am a former Army Ranger Sniper. I can’t live without it now!!!

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