Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Best way to enjoy sauerkraut

Cultured or fermented foods hold a myriad of beneficial constituents   They've become all the rage these days and for good reasons. Sauerkraut is the most popular and one of the easiest to make in any kitchen. But, sometimes we just want a different taste or "mouth feel" from this cold, briny, effervescent favorite.

I think I hit on a masterpiece when I mixed homemade Caesar Salad dressing with sauerkraut, added a few raisins and tossed it over a bowl of cut up salad greens.  The raisins were the key to balance the sour of the kraut - think of a sweet and sour sauce.  Boy, was it a crowd-pleaser!  Full of good fats and probiotics, this is how we will be enjoying salads for a long time.

The recipe for the dressing comes from The Holistic Squid! (Her original recipe was for Chicken Caesar Salad.  If you want to make that just add the romaine lettuce and cut up, cooked, pastured chicken.)

Caesar Dressing

• 3/4 cup refined coconut oil, melted but not hot
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 egg (room temperature)
• 1 egg yolk (room temperature)
• 1 tsp. whole grain mustard
• 1/4 tsp. sea salt
• 4 cloves crushed garlic
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 16 anchovy fillets

How to Prepare
1. In your food processor with s-blade attached, blend the egg and egg yolk, mustard, salt, garlic, and lemon juice until well combined.
2. Using the drizzle feature or pouring very slowing, add the olive and coconut oils drop by drop.
3. You are making mayonnaise, and it will begin to emulsify into a thick sauce. If it doesn’t, don’t worry. It will still taste great.
4. When desired consistency is reached, add anchovy fillets and blend until smooth.

You can add a tablespoon of whey and leave it on the counter for a day to culture (ferment) which only makes it more nutritious and last longer.  But, in my house we won't have to worry about it spoiling before its' time.

I have used the dressing to make salmon salad - just be sure to let the dressing come to room temperature first as it will get quite solid in the refrigerator thanks to the wonderful coconut oil.

Eat it with abandon...and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

International speaker gives free presentation in Sarastoa

German New Medicine (GNM) is the science behind understanding why and how our emotions have a direct impact on our health.  It is a system of medicine with five biological laws inherent in all living beings that link the psyche, brain and organs/tissues which can accurately predict the causes and outcomes of symptoms otherwise known as "diseases." 

This one hour Powerpoint presentation Andi Locke Mears will present an overview of this entirely different medical model - different from Western medicine and different from alternative medicine as we now know it.  Discovered by a German doctor, GNM offers a completely new understanding of what we commonly call "diseases" based on 5 biological laws. A Must-Attend class if your health & well being are priorities.

Why Learn GNM?  German New Medicine offers a completely new understanding of what we commonly call disease. German New Medicine is the basis for a strategy of real healing and real prevention, truly the foundation of holistic health and health care. The road to good health is in understanding the emotional component of disease and realizing that we are perfect biological entities designed to survive and thrive. When we understand the complete course of a "disease", from the point of emotional conflict to final healing, it becomes possible to deal with it more effectively, more holistically, minimizing its effects on us, and minimizing the impact of any necessary intervention.

This knowledge is the basis of genuine HOPE explaining cancer, heart disease, mental disorders, chronic disease and more … this is essential knowledge for both the consumer and the provider of all health and wellness services and products.

GNM can help us to see illness and disease in a new light. Like the periodic table of elements for science, it brings a deeper order to medicine, helping us to understand situations which, until now, have baffled and/or frustrated us (traditional and complementary practitioners alike).
Learning the GNM principles can take the fear out of words like cancer and can help you to create vibrant wellness by helping you understanding the link between emotional and physical health.
There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013
6710 Professional Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, FL
Contact Cynthia Calisch www.wapfsarasota@gmail.com or 941-914-0299

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nourishing Traditional Diets Online Class

ONLINE CLASS WITH SALLY FALLON MORELL starts Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 pm
I could not let this opportunity pass without doing something BIG about it.  This is the first time Sally Fallon Morell has offered her NOURISHING TRADITIONAL DIETS in an online format.  In the past you had to attend one of her speaking engagements.  
I have purchased the course ($150.00) and it will be shown at 6710 Professional Parkway, Sarasota, 23240 in suite 201 (map below).  It is a 7 week class presented every Tuesday at 7:30 to 9:00.  Look at the course outline below and come to all 7 or pick and choose the ones that really interest you for $5.00 per person per class.
No need to RSVP, I have a very large room reserved.

I can't wait to see this presentation again...I have seen it 3 times in the past and I always come away with something new and useful.  This is the real deal on food ways and I hope you will take advantage this opportunity for yourself and your family.

Course Description:An intensive seven part live lecture series broadcast weekly.
Animal fats, properly prepared whole grains, enzyme-enriched foods and nourishing bone broths kept our ancestors healthy. Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, explains why you need these foods too. Beginning with a presentation of Dr. Weston Price’s unforgettable photographs of healthy traditional peoples, Sally explains the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets that conferred beauty, strength and complete freedom from disease on so-called primitive populations. Then she presents a step-by-step plan to put nourishing traditional foods--foods that your family will actually eat--back into your diet including easy breakfast cereals, soups, snack foods, high enzyme condiments and soft drinks that are actually good for you!
Learn about:
  • Butter, the number one health food
  • Vital role of high cholesterol foods
  • Dangers of modern soy foods and soy infant formula
  • The conspiracy to promote vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats
  • Foods that help babies grow up smart and strong
  • Old fashioned foods that give limitless energy and vibrant health
  • The unfortunate consequences of modern farming methods
An articulate communicator, Sally Fallon Morell blends culinary expertise with a finely honed capacity to cut through to the truth about our eating habits and their consequences. Her full-spectrum nutritional cookbook, Nourishing Traditions (visit www.newtrendspublishing.com), shows through research and recipes how the wise food choices and preparation methods of isolated traditional cultures promoted vigorous good health, longevity and freedom from dental problems and mental disorders. She serves as the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation (www.westonaprice.org) and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk (www.realmilk.com).

Course outline:

July 17: The Oiling of America: How the false cholesterol theory caused Americans to abandon traditional whole foods and created an epidemic of chronic disease. This initial lecture provides an important introduction to the subject of traditional diets, which were rich in the very foods we have been told are bad for us. Learn about:
  • The history of animal fat demonization
  • Fraud and misrepresentation in scientific research
  • Dangers of cholesterol-lowering medications
July 24: Introduction to the Work of Dr. Weston A. Price: The travels and discoveries of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS, in order to answer the question, “What is a Healthy Diet?” Learn about:
  • The beautiful teeth and bone structure of so-called primitive peoples
  • Surprising dietary practices of traditional cultures
  • The importance of eating for the next generation
July 31: The Princples of Healthy Traditional Diets: This class presents the some of the main principles of healthy traditional diets. Learn about:
  • The importance of animal foods in human diets
  • Dr. Price’s key finding: the fat-soluble activators
  • Food sources of key nutrients, vitamins A, D and K
  • Why humans cook their food
  • The role of raw animal foods in human diets
  • The importance of enzyme-rich foods
  • The proper preparation of grains
  • Danger of soy foods
August 7: Know Your Fats: Fats and Oils explained. Clarification of terms such as polyunsatured, monounsaturated, saturated, omega-3 and omega-6. Learn about:
  • The dangers of industrial fats and oils
  • How margarine and shortening are made
  • The many important biochemical roles of saturated fat
  • The role of prostaglandins
  • Importance of omega-6 and omega-3 balance
  • Why butter is better!
August 14: A Campaign for Real Milk: Why raw whole milk from pastured cows is Nature’s perfect food. Learn about:
  • The safety of raw milk
  • The health benefits of raw milk
  • Raw milk for children
  • The economics of raw milk
August 21: How to Change Your Diet for the Better: Simple steps for introducing healthy eating habits in modern kitchens. Learn about
  • Easy ways to prepare healthy whole grains
  • How to lick the sugar habit
  • How to make enzyme-rich condiments and beverages
August 28: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Suggestions for healthy, economical meals. Learn about
  • Tips for organizing your kitchen
  • Meal planning
  • How to use leftovers
The online course will be in the form of a webinar showing Sally's powerpoint presentations.
Tuesday evenings July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21, 28
7:30 – 9:00 pm EST 
6710 Professional Parkway, Suite 201 (see map below - purple marks the spot)
Directions from University Parkway - turn south on Lake Osprey Drive which is just east of I-75.  Follow Lake Osprey Drive until it dead ends and take a left on Professional Parkway...Turn into the first building on the left - look for Keller Williams Realty signs)
Cost: $5.00 per person per class

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Why we are seeing so much about good bacteria

The news and TV ads are loaded these days with talk about "good bacteria".  Take Activa for a week and feel better is a popular claim.  I am thrilled to see good bacteria, or gut flora sneaking into the mainstream.  Modern medicines, antibiotics, toxins all play a role in compromising the delicate balance of good and bad bacteria in our guts (when I say GUT I mean the part of our bodies starting with our mouth and ending with our anus).  But, as is often the case, mainstream media has oversimplified the significance, the role and the importance of a properly balanced gut.

But, it is still a step in the right direction.  For those of you who want to know more about the gut's influence on our health, here is a super article with Just the facts, Ma'am.

Read on and tell me what you think.  What are you doing to increase the health of your gut, and in turn, your overall health?  http://loveyourbelly.com/resources/gut.html

Monday, June 11, 2012

30 Most Popular Herbs for Natural Medicine

This was a post on the Weston A Price Chapter Leaders message board.  I found it so sucinct and easy to use that I wanted to share it with you.  Where do you get your herbs?  Please share by posting a comment below.

30 Most Popular Herbs for Natural Medicine

Aloe Vera – Antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, wound and burn healer, natural laxative, soothes stomach, helps skin disorders.
Basil – Powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-infectious, antibacterial, soothes stomach.
Black Cohosh – Relieves menopausal hot flashes, relieves menstrual cramps, helps circulatory and cardiovascular disorders, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, useful for nervousness and stress. Note: Do not use during pregnancy.
Black Walnut – Good for eliminating parasites, good for fungal infections, good for warts and poison ivy, aids digestion.
Cinnamon – It has been proven that 99.9% of viruses and bacteria can not live in the presence of cinnamon. So it makes a great antibacterial and antiviral weapon.
Cayenne- Catalyst for other herbs, useful for arthritis and rheumatism (topically and internally), good for colds, flu viruses, sinus infection and sore throat, useful for headache and fever, aids organs (kidneys, heart, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach, increase thermogenesis for weight loss.
Clove Bud – Improves the immune system, they are also an antioxidant and doubles as an antibacterial and antimicrobial fighter.
Cypress – The therapeutic properties of cypress oil are astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, haemostatic, hepatic, styptic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and sedative.
Dandelion – Helpful for PMS, good for menopause, increases ovarian hormones.
Echinacea (coneflower) – Boosts white blood cell production, immune system support, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, good for colds, flu and infection. Note: Use no more than two weeks at a time. Do not use if you are allergic to sunflowers or related species.
Eucalyptus – Anti-infectious, antibacterial and antiviral.
Garlic – Helps fight infection, detoxifies the body, enhances immunity, lowers blood fats, assists yeast infections, helps asthma, cancer, sinusitis, circulatory problems and heart conditions.
German Chamomile – Helps stress, anxiety and insomnia, good for indigestion, useful for colitis and most digestive problems, effective blood cleanser and helps increase liver function and supports the pancreas. Improves bile flow from the liver, it is good for healing of the skin that might come from a blistering chemical agent.
Geranium – Dilates bile ducts for liver detoxification, antispasmodic, stops bleeding, anti-infectious, antibacterial.
Ginger – Helps nausea, motion sickness and vomiting, useful for circulatory problems, good for indigestion, and is also an effective antioxidant.
Lavender – Assists with burns, antiseptic, used as a stress reliever, good for depression, aids skin health and beauty.
Lemon – Is known for its antiseptic properties, Essential Science Publishing says that: According to Jean Valnet, M.D. the vaporized essence of lemon can kill meningococcal bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Lemon also improves micro-circulation, promotes white blood cell formation, and improves immune function.
Marjoram – Anti-infectious, antibacterial, dilates blood vessels, regulates blood pressure, soothes muscles.
Marshmallow – Aids bladder infections, diuretic (helps fluid retention), helps kidney problems, soothes coughs, sore throats, indigestion, and as a topical agent it is said to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and wound-healing.
Melissa – Assists in issues with the nervous system, blisters, and has antimicrobial properties.
Mullein – Can be used as a laxative, good for asthma and bronchitis, useful for difficulty breathing, helps hay fever.
Myrrh – Anti-infectious, antiviral, soothes skin conditions and supports immune system. Also an antispasmodic that helps to reduce spasming due to spasms caused by nerve agents.
Oregano – is a powerful antibiotic and has been proven to be more effective in neutralizing germs than some chemical antibiotics. It has been effective against germs like Staphylococcus aureas, Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Pine – Antidiabetic, cortisone-like, severe infections, hypertensive
Rosemary – Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Cleansing and detoxes the body. Supports the liver and combats cirrhosis.
Rosewood – Anti-infectious, antibacterial, and antiviral.
Sage – Used in anxiety, nervous disorders, as astringent, in abdominal disorders, anti inflammatory.
Spearmint – To calm the Nervous System, aide with Nerve Agents.
Tea Tree – Disinfectant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, burns, good for all skin conditions.
Thyme – Effective against Anthrax and Tuberculosi

Sandrine Hahn, Executive and Creative Director
Nourishing Our Children

(415) 820 1474

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Easy Peasy drinkable yogurt

This is so easy that it is a crime NOT to always have a little yogurt in the house.
Mix 1 tablespoon in 1 cup of milk (or 4 tablespoons to a quart), let sit for 12-24 hours and enjoy!

If it is too sour, culture it for less time.  Not cultured enough?  Give it more time or more warmth.  Play around with what works for your tastes and in your home.  But, remember, it will be pour-able, not thick like store bought (which you can make, but it is more involved).

I've been on a raw milk yogurt tonic binge lately.  We mix 2 pastured egg yolks with 2 teaspoons of Grade B maple syrup stirring well and then fill the glass with drinkable yogurt and stir again.  Now that is a great, healthy breakfast that will last for hours!  Try it.  It is so yummy!