Fermented Foods

So ever since I’ve been on my weight loss track I’ve been trying to replace negative foods with positive foods. That is, I’m eliminating crap foods which offer me no nutrition (and take nutrition from my body) and replacing them with good, healthy foods.

One recommendation I got was to start eating fermented foods. Fermented foods add good flora into your gut thus allowing you to digest easier. Since I’ve had chronic diarrhea for so long, this advice rang some bells deep in my brain. I slowly realized my gut was lacking good bacteria because the runs had depleted my body.

I found a recipe for kombucha and have been brewing some jars for the last month. I was buying it bottles but that’s wicked effing expensive and making it is so cheap. And since I’m a DIY kinda person, I figured I should get off the bottled stuff and learn to make it myself.

The first batch I made I used green tea. I got the mother from Cultures for health. The batch I made didn’t come out very well for two reasons. 1. I think the mother needed a little more help than I could give it. Yes, I followed the directions but it came out very vinegary. So vinegary I couldn’t drink it without it upsetting my stomach so Wolf is drinking the quart. 2. It never got very warm here. We had a few days of warmth then the temps dropped so it could rain for over a week. Not complaining about the rain at all but I could tell the cool temps weren’t helping the kombucha much.

The second batch I made I used puer tea and this time it tastes much better. Yes, the temps are still cool but the mothers on the two 1/2 gallons of puer are much thicker and “meater” so to speak. The green tea mother is still quite thin and kinda sad looking.

I’m now making more. These will come out much better because the temps are starting to increase, even at night, and because I’m using puer instead of green tea.

On a related note, Wolf made yogurt for the first time. He made it with coconut milk. He also got the starter from Cultures of Health and he bought a yogurt maker. I’m not to pleased the yogurt maker is all plastic but Wolf chose what was available.

Yogurt and I have a complicated relationship. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it, but I recognize it’s an important source of good bacteria. Since we’re relatively dairy free, Wolf chose to use coconut milk. Coconut is not something I like very much but I think I have an almond allergy so almond milk wasn’t an option and he couldn’t find cashew milk.

The end product wasn’t bad. Yes, it’ll take some getting used to but overall, it wasn’t bad at all. Wolf enjoys it more than I do so he’s been eating it with his granola each morning.

I’ve always hated to eat but that attitude is changing just as the food I eat is changing. The joy of eating is starting to come back to me with all these new, healthy foods.

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