Saturday, May 7, 2011

Weekend Reading ~ Real Food Resources for the Rookie & Veteran

Happy Mother's Day weekend, friends!

Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and if you're anything like me, one of the biggest gifts I desire is a couple hours of quiet to digest some of the pile of reading material stacked on my night stand and filling my Google Reader.  If you are interested in learning more about real food, GAPS diet, or how to feed your family on a budget, treat yourself to your favorite beverage, cuddle up in that special cozy corner, and enjoy browsing through these extremely helpful offerings:

Get Cultured! Cooking Class ~ How to Ferment Anything
Want to make the foods you already eat even better? Want to enhance immunity and increase digestion? Fermentation, the same practice that gives yogurt its tartness and bread its rise, is the answer.  The process of lactic-acid fermentation actually increases vitamins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria naturally present in all foods – improving flavor, enhancing digestion and boosting immunity.  It’s a simple and easy solution that greatly improves the nutritive value of the foods we all consume.

Simple Dinners, Healthy Meal Plans
Want to feed your family whole foods, but don’t know where to start? Sign up for Simple Dinners by Nourished Kitchen, and you won’t have to worry about what’s for dinner again. Each week you’ll receive a healthy meal plan featuring three simple dinner menus, a soup of the week, a ferment of the week and a healthy dessert. Plus the seasonal produce guide helps you to ensure you feature nourishing snacks for your family.Whether you’re just beginning your transition to real foods, or dealing with the restrictions of a special diet, or just want the best-tasting wholesome recipes for your family, these healthy meal plans by Nourished Kitchen can help.

Real Food for Rookies
It’s time to take control of your health

Doctors want us to be well, but they don’t always know what’s best for us. The USDA and pharmaceutical companies certainly don’t know what our bodies need. Our food supply has completely changed in the last few decades and we’ve never been more unhealthy. It’s time we rediscover the power of Real Food to nourish our bodies so we can live full, active, pain-free lives.

Grain-Free Meal Plans

A word from Cara at Health Happy Home:

Have you wanted to try a grain free diet, but were overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start?

A grain free diet has been amazing for our family.
When my daughter was three and had significant delays, I read about how a grain free diet (GAPS) could help with learning and developmental disabilities like autism.
I was overwhelmed, but I knew we had to try it. She’s my baby, and I wanted to give her the best chance possible in life. Since she has been on a grain and sugar free diet we have seen amazing improvements in eye contact, balance, ability to learn, speech, and emotional regulation. When specialists seemed to be at a loss for what would help my child, I was able to quickly see progress by using dietary intervention, which also allowed her to better use other therapies such as occupational and speech therapy. I can safely say that of all the therapies we’ve tried, dietary intervention has been the most helpful. No, we haven’t ‘cured’ autism- but I continue to see such progress with her, that I am excited to continue keeping her on this grain free diet.
It hasn’t been easy, but the results encourage us every day to stay on this diet.
I have always wished that someone could just tell me what to cook every day. I wanted to find a way to make it easier for other families to try a grain free diet.
More and more people are seeing the benefits of being grain free and want to try a grain free diet but aren’t sure how to start. That’s why I started the Grain Free Meal Plan.
From how-to videos to helpful recipes, to getting the actual cultures needed to start making your own milk kefir, water kefir, yogurt, kombucha, sourdough, cheese, etc., Cultures for Health is the place for you.  Even if you are just wanting to learn a little, this website is a wealth of helpful knowledge, and it empowers us to have the courage to take the plunge and start making our own, artisan foods.  It's easier than you think!
Enjoy the weekend, friends.

I'm sharing this at Monday Mania & Real Food Wednesday.

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