I first have to thank Sueson Vess of Special Eats for inviting me to speak at the 2012 Autism One Conference on their culinary day. She is one of the most talented chefs I know. I have yet to meet a talented chef who can do what she does to help families feel normal so they can enjoy foods again. Humble, beautiful, kindred spirit she is, an ovarian cancer survivor and having Celiac disease, nothing stops her. I admire and respect her work. And while I did not talk about nutrition, I spoke how exercise can help aid in digestion, taking a look at the role of the psoas muscle. (yes, for those with digestive issues, there is more to healing that just nutrition, but I’ll discuss that in the near future). I was the one who also benefited from being a part of this amazing day!
I must share my amazing experience on a different way of cooking to truly heal our digestive tracks (or at lease one major way). I have been eager to try doing this in my own kitchen, but was fearful because I thought it would take too long and was afraid of the taste. This day was made for me. Yes, even myself who has been more brave in trying things as I get older, bone broth, water keifer, fermented carrots just didn’t sound that great to me. But I know it is sooo good for us.
So yes, I tried the bone broth, yum! I loved the fermented carrots and salsa (to the left), wow! And since we love kombucha, I have been really, really wanting to learn how to make this in my own home. This stuff is super expensive in the store, but if I can make it, I’ll save quite a bit of cash. The homemade ones I tried was very good! I actually sampled a ton of wonderful items, all the fresh foods I ate, I wasn’t even the bit hungry. That is what happens when you eat raw, fresh foods, it nourishes us!
I learned that it takes six months for the digestive track to begin healing, I thought it was longer. I also learned how bone broths helps to heal the lining of the digestive track. As little as one cup per day for adults, half for kids can help the process of healing. You can use bone broths to make rice, quinoa, stews, soups, or just drink out of a cup, which many do from what I read on other blogs. It adds flavor to the quinoa and homemade soup when you are sick can help really lick that cold/flu. How hard is it? Well, buying free-range organic chickens, turkey or grass fed meats with bones, cutting it down using the bones, adding veggies like carrots, celery, onions, garlic, leaks, a strip of kombu a sea vegetable which is rich in iodine and glutamic acid, an amino acid that helps the small intestine. Sueson said she buys them from a farm in California since she too is also concerned about radiation from the earthquake that took place in Japan. But from doing a little research, it is the healthy replacement for MSG since MSG is derived from glutamic acid. You throw all this in a pot and let it cook all day, or through it in the crockpot over night. Remove the veggies, bones and discard. You can freeze to use for later, or store in the fridge to use all week. Yep, I am going there and doing this. Plus, it is cheaper to use the chicken meat from a whole chicken than to buy it in parts. Thank goodness, my husband is a former butcher, because honestly, I hate cutting meats. Check out this article by Body Ecology because I could have not said it any better. Bone Broth: Heal Your Gut and Lose Cellulite
Yes, I will be fermenting, making water kefir and kombucha and cannot wait! Honestly, how hard can it be to put a few things in some jars and let it sit for a certain amount of days on the counter to ferment? Or throw items to make bone broth and let it cook while I sleep in the crockpot? And I will be blogging about it so you can follow my journey and hope that you will be inspired to make small changes to your health and wellbeing. I am off to order my Culture Starters from Body Ecology because I am determined to heal my son’s gut issues (and my own!).