Fermented Ginger Carrots

Fermented goodies are the ‘bee’s knees’ of cultivating good gut health through your food. Did you know that 70% of your immune system lives in your gut and an unhealthy gut is the leading cause of colds, flues, bloating, gas, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea… ok now I am singing that song from the gasX commercial… but for real you guys… GUT HEALTH IS EVERYTHING! Our gut isn’t called our second brain for nothing. Most all dis-ease in the body starts in the gut so taking care of it is vital to our health.

Enter Fermented Ginger Carrots…

They are a great first, when it comes to adding fermented food into your life and belly because they are sweet, yummy and easy on the pallet. Fermented foods can be pretty sour and take some getting use to but I really encourage you to try them out. Start simple and go from there…

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This recipe makes 1 quart

4 cups grated carrots, tightly packed

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

2 tablespoon sea salt

In a bowl, mix all ingredients and pound with a wooden pounder to release juices. Place in a quart-sized mason jar and press down firmly with the pounder until juices cover the carrots. The top of the carrots should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jar. Cover tightly and leave at room temperature for about 3 days before transferring to the fridge.

*this recipe came from one of my favorite books Nourishing Traditions by: Sally Fallon

So why fermented foods?

Fermented foods cary live bacteria which feeds the healthy microbes that live in our gut. These healthy microbes help us break down our food so we can absorb the most possible nutrients. They also help us fight off the bad bacteria that make us sick. We have hundreds of thousands of this little microbes living in our gut and we need to treat them kindly and give them what they need to thrive.

Yummy Broiled Radishes

Seasonal eating is something I have always aspired to do but never quite concord. With limitless options in the grocery store it makes it hard to say no to favorites even when you know they had to travel around the globe to get there. However, eating seasonally offers a world of benefits for our bodies and minds.

Now being permanent vendors at the local farmers market every weekend with so many local, organic, and seasonal produce option right in front of us. We have decided to kick the grocery store and start eating only what is most easily accessible and local.

Last weekend I picked up some radishes and while, I love radishes, I don’t typically buy them and I have only ever enjoyed them raw in salads or pickled. As I was standing at the produce stand I thought there had to be other ways to enjoy these colorful little roots, so I took out my handy iphone and jumped on the google. Sure enough I was bombarded with brilliant ideas and overwhelmed with excitement to bring these bad boys home and cook them up!

The first option I decided to go with was broiling them in the over like red skinned potatoes. Now lets be real, they aren’t potatoes and they aren’t going to “really” replace that glories comforting feeling that comes from eating potatoes. However, they did come out crispy on the outside, juicing on the inside, and absolutely delicious. Then after another google search regarding all the amazing nutritious benefits these guys offer us, I decided I will most certainly be adding them into our regular repertoire of veggies options.

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Red Radishes are extremely high in Vitamin C and also contain B-vitamins, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They provide the body with minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and have nutrients which include potassium, calcium, and sodium. Because they are so rich in fiber they aid the body in digestion (which I always need a little help with) and the greens have been known the firm up loose stool and get rid of diarrhea. They are also known to promote the production of bile, which is one of the most important parts of good digestion.

So there you have it. Radishes for the win! The greens will wilt up on you pretty quickly so earlier this week I cut them off, rinsed them thoroughly and sautéed them up. To me they tasted a lot like spinach. The husband thought they were a little too bitter, which I then had to inform him was the point. “Bitter is good honey, it will help your digestive enzymes get to work, which means you wont be gassy later.” Boys are silly.

Broiling the radishes was incredibly easy. I rinsed them off, diced them up, and placed them in a glass baking dish.

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I then added about 3ish tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt, and an Italian herb blend with black pepper to taste.

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And placed them in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The last 5 minutes I turned up the heat to around 500 degrees to get those crispy edges.

I added them to a wonderful dinner of lemon Mahi Mahi, garlic jump scallops, and asparagus. We were pretty happy with this meal and I can promise you it will be one we enjoy again soon.

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I challenge you eat more seasonally this year and also to broil up some radishes cause let me tell you, they are yummy!!!

Meditations from the Polls :: Women's Right to Vote

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This morning I woke up, gathered my paperwork and headed off the the polls to cast my vote on 12 Amendments (one in particular having a very special meaning to me) and 13 places of office for the state of Florida. This is something I have done every 2 years since I was 18 years old. This is something I just do because I can and because I know it means something. But it wasn’t until recently that I really stopped to think about what exactly it means, and just how far we have come in this county.

My right to vote as a women is not even a century old!!! I can hardly wrap my mind around what life had to be like in the early 1900s. The women’s suffrage movement was a decade-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy. This fight started before the Civil War and continued on for many many years to follow. During this time we were seen as property to ether our fathers or our husbands. They had the legal ability to do with us what they pleased.

We owe it to women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, and Ida B. Wells. These women spent the better part of their lives fighting for our right as women to be heard, or right to let our opinions known, our right to stand up for what we believe in. These women are my heroes and today I honor them by going to the polls and casting my vote!

I challenge you to do the same. Go vote for something you believe in. Go vote for the change you want to see in your community and in your country. Honor the women all over the world who have fought for the rights we have today. No matter where you are in this world, there are people who have come before you, people that have fought for the rights you have today! Honor these people by not taking your rights for granted. GO VOTE!!!

With all my love!

xoxo,

G

Meditations from the Mat :: Attitude of Gratitude

I have this friend who, no matter what he is going through, has the amazing ability of remaining in an attitude of gratitude. It blows my mind because he has been through some really difficult stuff, yet he stays grateful for all of his daily blessings; from a roof over his head, to the health of his family. I on the other hand, have the amazing ability to get all caught up in my shit and throw, hands down, the best pity party in town!

So why is this? I know how blessed I am. I write my gratitude list and spent time mediating on my daily blessings. I watch the news and know how easy I have it as a middle class American. Yet, when shit goes south, I tend to curl up into a ball and act as if the whole world is coming to an end. This is something I struggle with because I want to live in this space of gratitude. So… just like self love… how do I make this happen? What steps do I need to take to pull myself up by the boot straps, put on my big girl panties, and not just remember how truly blessed I am, but to live that truth?

Here is what I have come up with so far.

Don’t just write a list, read the list.

Writing a gratitude list is important but going back to it every day and reading over it is so important. It keeps our blessings in the forefront of our minds. Read your list out loud so you also hear all the amazing blessings you have been given. Do this as many times as you need to throughout your day.

Get moving!

When you find yourself in this down and out mindset, stop what you are doing and get your body moving. Go for a walk, play with your kids or puppies, practice yoga, hit the gym, or just dance it out in your living room. Do what you need to do to get out of your head and back into your body because that is were your true and grateful soul resides.

Head out into nature.

I don’t know about you but when I surround myself with nature whether it’s heading into the woods, or putting my feet into the ocean, I am reminded of just how small I really am! There is this insanely large word out there and past that there is a universe larger than our minds can even comprehend. Getting back into this mindset helps me see things much clearer and remember that while my situation may be big in my world, it is very small when compared to the BIG picture.

This too shall pass.

Now don’t get me wrong, this is definitely much easier said than done but when you really have the ability to remind yourself that this is just a season and it will pass just like the last one did, it can really help pull you back into that attitude of gratitude. Even if you are just grateful for the fact that this season will eventually pass. Haha. Hey man, whatever works!

So why is it so important to remain in this attitude of gratitude? To me, it’s important because as long as I can remember where I came from, what I have been given, and how unbelievably blessed I truly am… I can show up and do the work I was put on this earth to do. I can help others and be a light in such a dark world. We are all called to serve with a unique purpose and it’s only when we can step outside the bullshit and see clearly that we can really make a difference and live our lives to the fullest!

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

xoxo,

G