I sincerely do not want to scare off and overwhelm people just starting out on their own health and healing journey. I share this as a personal reflection. Hopefully it may reassure others that it’s okay to take your time learning, questioning, experimenting, and embedding changes before you move to the next one.
Making my own sauerkraut has been on my wish list for a while. Yet before today it was ‘just another thing to make’, ‘just another thing to get my head around to learn’, just another thing to take up bench space’. Today though I was ready and I reveled in the making process. I have chosen to add in grated carrot, ginger and garlic and i can't wait to try it.
Six months into our Paleo journey I mindfully started to be aware of the importance of incorporating probiotic and fermented foods and drinks into our diet. So I started sourcing and purchasing quality ones. Now 18 months in, I’m ready to try making my own :)
Read more about the history and importance of fermented food here
Fermented foods and probiotics are a great way to promote healthy gut flora. Read more about gut flora here.
At the beginning of our Paleo transition my weekends would be consumed by lots of baking and bulk cooking tasks. My head was full of meal planning, checking ingredient lists, finding which shops stocked which ingredients etc. It always needed to be a very conscience effort to always have enough Paleo friendly food in the house that the whole family would eat. But it all slowly becomes much easier and easier. Effort becomes second nature. The family now eats a lot less baked foods and our appetite and taste bud changes mean it is easier to throw together a late last minute nutritious meal with whatever real food is in the fridge.
Yesterday I found the perfect size jars in an op shop and I found an organic cabbage to buy. I also purchased my first ever young coconuts (Yes, shock horror – a Paleo girl only just buying fresh coconuts for the first time lol), and found the kefir probiotic sachets in the health food shop. So after a hilarious go at hacking into my first coconut, then my husband enjoying the role of tropical ‘caveman’ and opening the second one far quicker and with less mess I have also made a jar of coconut kefir. I was so impressed that my jar was full of coconut water using just two coconuts (also impressed that coconuts are only AU$1.98 each!). I have added in the coconut flesh as well, and plan to use both the fermented water and flesh blended up in smoothies or as a refreshing summer coconut/pineapple mocktail.