Happy Monday!

I said that to someone this morning and she looked at me and said ‘what’s so happy about it? It’s pouring outside.”

OK then! I was glad she wasn’t someone I see that often. Nothing like a Debbie Downer…or anyone who sucks the life out of you…on a Monday morning! All I kept thinking was that she was going to be miserable the whole week since it’s supposed to rain EVERY DAY!

And it got me thinking, how many people look at the glass as half empty instead of half full?

You have a choice right?
About EVERYTHING! Yet, when it comes to our health, we don’t think we have choices. People go on diets thinking they have to do things a certain way because that’s the ONLY way.

How many times have you tried a diet and only got more frustrated because it didn’t work EVEN THOUGH YOU DID EVERYTHING RIGHT (and how many times have you read a post saying what I just said!! haha).

It’s depressing to think that if I cut everything out forever, I’d never enjoy food or life again! I might as well live in a cave and eat shoots and leaves!

OMG! I’d be so bored if I didn’t have fun. Never have ice cream again? French fries (I’m not talking about pigging out on them until you feel sick to your stomach)? Never have vodka again? Wine? Oh no! Not this babe.

BUT…there are times that your body does talk to you (daily, in fact) and you have to sit up and pay attention. I talked about this in my last blog and the 3 steps you can take to learn how your gut talks to you.

Sometimes the answers are simple and other times they do require detective work (incidentally, gut bacteria don’t discriminate – I’m starting to work with young professionals in their 20’s who are shocked at what we find!)

In general though, I do believe that most people would benefit from adding fermented foods or probiotics to their daily ‘diet’.

Why?

Your gut is made up of TRILLIONS of bacteria. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Since over 70% of our immune system lies in our gut, it makes sense to take care of it.

But the more the bad take over, the more permeable our guts become (stress and environmental toxins add to this as well as medications, especially antibiotics).

And when that happens, our guts become leaky and allow things good and bad to enter our bloodstream and our immune system weakens. And when that happens, it leads to metabolic chaos and possible disease.

So let’s start TODAY with building a healthy immune system.

I thought I’d share a simple recipe for you to make your own fermented foods and save money at your grocery store. You can use any vegetables you like.

FERMENTED VEGETABLE RECIPE

1 large mason jar (quart size or larger)
Chopped vegetables (I love green beans, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, radishes but you can choose any vegetable you want)
Herbs – Any or all of the following (you can also choose any herbs that you love):
Dill
Peppercorns
Whole, peeled garlic cloves
Rosemary
Water
Sea Salt

• Place herbs first and then vegetables in jar.
• In a separate mixing glass, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of sea salt to one cup of water and mix well.
• Pour on top of vegetables leaving about an inch of space on top.
• Next, take a smaller jar and fill it with pennies or beans or something to weigh it down and place on top of the vegetables (see picture). The reason for this is that you need to keep the vegetables submerged in water or it will develop mold.
• Cover with a cloth and place in a dark part of your pantry for 4-9 days.
• Check daily to make sure vegetables are submerged. Start tasting after 4 days. The longer they sit, the more tangy they become.
• Once they reach the sour level to your liking, remove smaller jar and cover with lid and place in fridge.
• Each some each day for a powerhouse of probiotics that your stomach will thank you for!

Enjoy!