Fresh and Fermented

Most recently, on Monday mornings, I’ve been doing the aqua fitness class at the Bond Wellness Center, with a very social, chatty, happy group!  What a great way to start a week!  By the way, if you haven’t tried aqua fitness, its a great way to add some variety to your strength and cardio workout.  When I can, I go to Patti’s class at 7 am,  and Bruce’s class at 5/5:30 pm (schedule). Continue reading “Fresh and Fermented”

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Bone Broth

My latest health craze is Bone Broth.  A few weeks ago, I blogged about having itchy skin.  Other women in the locker room have had the same problem, and the common denominator is that we all spend time in the pool.

I tried a lot of new things to combat this skin delimna.  Maybe it was the combination of several changes, or maybe it was one magical thing, but whatever I did, it worked! So I don’t dare to stop any of them.

Every day now I do the following:

  • Brush my skin (see blog entry from Feb 25th)
  • Moisturize with Cetaphil lotion
  • Wash with Cetaphil bar soap or African Black Soap (don’t really know much about that, but it states that it’s good for dry skin)
  • Take 2 Tbsp. of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Drink 1 -2 cups of real, home made Bone Broth
  • Drink more water

The apple cider vinegar was suggested to me, thinking that perhaps the ph of my body was causing the itching. That led me to finding articles about bone broth.  In addition to being a natural probiotic (which helps with body ph), it is one of those miracle health foods, providing collagen, protein, calcium, and lots more. This is not chicken stock, it’s bone broth.

This morning we got in a discussion about probiotics and home made Kimchee.  Stay tuned for that recipe!

Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
(from Dr. Axe website – https://draxe.com/recipe/chicken-bone-broth-2/ )
Total Time: 48 hours Serves: Varies
Ingredients:
4 pounds chicken necks/feet/wings (you can get organic chicken parts from Nature’s Green Grocer in Peterboro).
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 medium onions, peel on, sliced in half lengthwise and quartered
4 garlic cloves, peel on and smashed
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
3 tablespoon ACV
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme
5-6 sprigs parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
18-20 cups cold water

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a 10 quart capacity crock-pot.
Add in water.
Simmer for 24-48 hours, skimming fat occasionally.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Discard solids and strain remainder in a bowl through a colander. Let stock cool to room temperature, cover and chill.
Use within a week or freeze up to 3 months.

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Organic Food – for pick up? I’m IN!

                   

A few days ago I was lamenting in the locker room about how the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) I was a member at was no longer going to be open this year…..where was I going to get organic locally grown veggies….whine whine whine!  Sue and I were still chatting when another lady told us about Newfield Farms in Temple.  Tim the farmer already had a strong online market were you could order organic food from his site and it gets delivered to a pick up site in Peterboro!  Woo-Hoo!  And new this year is the ability to purchase a CSA share and basically reserve your food spot each week!  YUM!  And the best thing about the CSA – you only get what you order! NO more getting veggies you aren’t going to eat!  Can’t wait to get my first order this spring!  Visit his online market here

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Skin Brushing

This morning, I met a new person in the locker room who was using this brush on her arms.  She told me how effective it is for healthy skin.  I thought it was ironic that she just happened to talk to me about this because unbeknownst to her,  I have been very irritated this winter with dry, itchy skin on my back, my legs, and arms.  I’ve tried moisturizing with Shea butter, vitamin E,  including fatty acids in my diet, and with the recent spring like weather, soaking up some vitamin D.  One, or all are helping a little, but not enough.  Looking forward to trying this.

Stay tuned for results!

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Boston Ferns

My Boston Fern looks pitiful.  I know that the time of year is a factor, with the lack of light, and the dry air from the heat, but my fern is barely alive.  Just look at the poor miserable thing!   I’ve been misting it with water, and placing it in different areas of the house.  It just gets worse. Continue reading “Boston Ferns”

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