That’s right fermented food, I know, it sounds kind of like moldy, over-ripe weirdness. But did you know that fermented food could be the health panacea you’ve been looking for?! 

What is fermented food?
Fermented food is food that has been cultured. It has been aged and bacteria has been added to it to produce a medicinal food full of good bugs (think probiotics). Culturing (or fermenting) foods was a way for our ancestors to naturally preserve food so they would have nourishment in times where food was not so plentiful.  What they didn’t realize is that this natural, lactic acid food preservation method made the nutrients in food much more bio-available and that this act was largely responsible for creating and maintaining a hardy immune system for good health and longevity. 

Most cultures ingest medicinal foods knowing they are full of health building nutrients, and that they replenish and encourage the colonization and growth of beneficial, life-giving organisms (probiotics) throughout the digestive tract, which houses nearly 80% of the human immune system.These foods are prized for maintaining a strong digestive system, promoting detoxification, enhancing fertility and immunity, promoting regular elimination, as well as many other health-building physiological processes. As you can see that is a huge list of health promoting properties, unfortunately our current way of eating does not focus on the addition of fermented foods. A lot of people eat a lot of yogurt hoping to get gastro-intestinal benefits, however there are much better and much more powerful ways to get those effects and more. Include some of the following foods in small amounts with all meals and you will see your health change.

A list of Cultured foods

  • Kombucha
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut (make sure you buy a brand that is properly cultured. You can find these brands at health food store such as Whole Foods as well as farmer’s markets. You can buy a starter culture and make your own as well)
  • Kefir
  • Aged Cheese
  • Pickled fruits and vegetables
  • Beet Kvass
  • Sourdough bread (don’t rely on sourdough bread for your cultured food needs, but just notate that this type of prepared bread is a lot easier to digest)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV is amazingly powerful stuff and I will write another post just focusing on it.)
Eat those bugs!!


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One Day Cleanse

I really like the idea of cleansing one day a week. I think that Mondays seem like the perfect day to do this because you have just come off of the weekend, you probably had too much wine, extra food and entirely too much cheese (who, me?!).  Anyway, this is a great way to start the week off great, slim down your “Monday Mega thighs” and get rid of the guilt.

Your Monday Cleanse

Breakfast
-Start the day with 16oz warm water with juice of 1/2 lemon. Lemons are very detoxifying and alkalizing.
-Have a green smoothie such as one of these:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, stem removed
  • 1 big handful of parsley
  • ½ avocado
  • handful of raw cashews, ideally soaked and dehydrated
  • juice of 1 lime
  • water and meat of one young green coconut (or, if you’re not able to find the coconut, 1-2 cups of coconut water will do)
  • 1-2 tsp raw honey
OR

  •  1 1/2 cups of very cold filtered water
  •  6 cups of chopped spinach
  •  5 cups of romaine lettuce chopped
  •  2 stalks of organic celery
  •  1 organic apple, cored
  •  1 organic pear
  •  1/2 oragnic banana
  •  2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  •  add ice if you like it extra cold.
  • Blend, serves 2

 Snack
 Make or buy a good detox tea. You can make your own with lemon, ginger and cayenne 
 Almonds
 Lunch
 Salad with carrot ginger dressing. (I stole this dressing from Gwynie P., my bestie 😉
 See recipe here







 Snack
 Pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
 Blueberries

 Dinner
 Zucchini steamed and topped with sea salt and coconut oil
 Roasted Cauliflower w/ pine nuts and coconut oil
 Roasted yam with sea salt and coconut oil











*Remember to drink at least 64 oz of water throughout the day.

Phew! Now that that’s over, hand me a glass of chardonnay! 😉

Happy Cleansing!

S





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Farm Bill

THIS WAS A WWI POSTER FROM 1917


Last night I was lucky enough to be able to attend a lecture at Berkeley regarding the Farm Bill. The lecture was part of a series developed by Michael Pollan. He is the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and is one of my favorite people because of his work in the arena of sustainable farming and healthy eating. 

For those of you who don’t know what the Farm Bill is, here is a simple synopsis: the Farm Bill aims to answer the question, What is government’s role in food and farming? What do farmers need to be successful? This bill is made up of funds that support various farm and food related items including:

  • SNAP: food stamps- 46 million people are receiving SNAP assistance at this time and 80% of the funds in the Farm Bill currently go towards this program.
  • Farm Subsidies: These have now morphed into a program called CRP; crop insurance. It is simply subsidies disguised as something else with all of us tax payers footing the bill yet again for massive corn and soybean farms- the 2013 bill for the current corn drought is likely to cost us tax payers $30-40 billion!!!! 
  • conservation efforts
  • energy bills

The problem with the bill is that the funds are used in a way that supports unsustainable farming. This type of farming is what is making our country fat, diseased and polluted. A huge subset of the government is not responsive, they aim to keep wasting money and wasting tax payer’s money on these faulty programs. Kids across the nation are suffering because the government will not appropriate more of these funds towards getting fruits and vegetables in children’s school lunches for instance or teaching farmers to farm sustainably. Some kids in the schools that do have the fruits and vegetables a couple days a week have never even seen a real piece of fruit. It’s painfully sad. 

How can you help? One small and easy way to help is to buy local produce and meats. Seek out local resources, support local farms and buy organic and sustainable. Let the government respond to public demand. 

To learn more about the Farm bill and find more ways to get involved, visit: 
Www.foodfight2012.com

MICHAEL POLLAN AND ME



Thanks for listening!

S

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