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Jana’s gut health benefits from eating local

Submitted by on April 29, 2015 – 12:18 pm One Comment

I want happy bacteria, it must be the tv add with the joyful bouncing ones. It seems to be all about digestive health, at the moment in my world.  From

  • Dr Libby Weavers book “The Calorie Fallacy, Stop Dieting and Start Nourishing”.  A life changing read, and well worth the 3 month library wait list.
  • A lecture by Jason Shon Bennett I went to last week.  Jason tells you the things you know all supported by cold hard facts.  In a nutshell we are simply killing ourselves with our current way of eating and being.
  • To the HFG headline I saw today, while standing in the supermarket queue.  Which by the way is “How your gut health affects mood anxiety and appetite”.Jana final 1You maybe wondering how this relates to TheHappyzine Eat Local Challenge.  Well it turns out eating local for me has also been about eating for gut health.

    I have predominantly had to eat a whole food diet cooking from scratch.  As it is too hard to work out where the ingredients in most processed food come from. That’s if you even know what some of the ingredients actually are.

    Mostly vegetables as these are locally grown and easily sourced.

    No Sugar and wheat, as there is none grown round my way.  All things beneficial to a healthy digestive system.Jana final 2

    I have had huge difficulty with not eating bread or bread like things – scones, crackers, rotis and have sadly failed to resist at times.  This has been becoming easier as the month goes on and I have been helped immensely by two awesome foods, Tummy Love Kefir from The Collective and Sauerkraut from Be Nourished. They just seem to knock back the need for bread. As well as being full of all those live happy little bacteria.Jana final 4Kefir fizzes in your mouth like champagne but is way better for you. I have been drinking it at craving times and adding it to green smoothies.  The ever so kind peeps at The Collective sent me out some vouchers for some when I  asked where their cows lived which is within 200 km.Jana 5Sauerkraut is delicious and there are many benefits of eating live cultured foods. This weekend I decided to have another go at making my own sauerkraut. There was that cabbage from Ooooby/Hira Bhana in Pukekohe, squatting, neglected in the fridge, taking up most of one shelf.Jana 6Jo, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Eco show last week on her Be Nourished stall said to to persevere. This time I grated the cabbage instead of slicing so I will see how it goes. I think there maybe some trial and error involved to get it quite as delicious as hers.Jana 7

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  • natacha says:

    Two book I highly recommend for gut health and fermenting at home: “Wild Fermentation” by Elis Sandor Katz and “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon. Happy fermenting!

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