Saturday, December 13, 2008

Local Food Inspiration!

I just finished up In Defense of Food. Good read...I'm eager to chat with everyone in January!

My mom recently ran into the family friend who owns our CSA. He shared with her that his 140 or so shares for next season are all filled up and he has something like 120-130 additional families on the waiting list! I'm amazed and encouraged by the growing interest. Rock on. :)

I must admit, though, I still feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of great resources and great reads and great websites available to us... It seems like I stumble across new ones every other day, and my list gets longer and longer...

Here is the website I mentioned at last month's meeting, highlighting the Locavore Nation project. There are 15 individuals from around the country participating in the effort to acquire 80% of their foods "from local, organic, seasonal sources and then incorporate it into tasty, healthy meals."

And here are two more books that I've added to my eventual list: Plenty and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Happy reading, everyone! It's great to share these explorations with such a fun group of people...


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

January Mtg.

Before the holidays suck us all into a spiral of parties and get togethers I thought it would be a good idea to figure out the date of our next Food Group Meeting. Last meeting we decided wednesdays would probably work best so I was thinking Wednesday January 14th, 21st or 28th. Anyone have a preference?

I wish I had some sort of tidbit to share right now, but I don't :) Has anyone found a CSA they are interested in for next year? I'd be interested to hear any new discoveries going on in your lives. That's all for now :)


Monday, December 1, 2008

Make your own toothpaste!

Today I tried a recipe for making my own toothpaste! I had all the ingredients already so it was fun to give it a try. Here's the recipe if any of you want to try:

Mix together:

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda

10 drops Peppermint Essential oil

a pinch of Stevia powder (an herbal supplement that tastes sweet)

I tried this and it tastes really salty while you brush because of the baking soda, but it left my mouth feeling clean and shiny. This won't foam. Just dip a dry toothbrush in the mixture. Also, coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so your toothbrush should actually stay a little more sanitary!

Do research on Fluoride!!! I have only begun looking at the possible adverse affects of fluoride, but it is very fascinating.

Just a reminder to keep on reading "In Defense of Food." For those of you who do not want to read the entire thing but would like a good idea about what the book has to say, read the last parts about "Eat food, mostly plants, not too much" the first part of the book is good, but more of a foundation and a history to where the author gets his end points.

Anyways hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving!


Why Soak Grains?

Hi all,

I thought I would share a little bit about why I soak my grains for 7 - 24 hours in water with a little bit of whey or lemon juice. The reason for soaking is to allow the grain to in a way "pre-digest" so that we may utilize the nutrients more efficiently. This process naturally occurs in some animals that have several stomachs for digesting. Here is an excerpt from the Weston A Price foundation about soaking grains:

” Grains require careful preparation because they contain a number of antinutrients that can cause serious health problems. Phytic acid, for example, is an organic acid in which phosphorus is bound. It is mostly found in the bran or outer hull of seeds. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in improperly prepared whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects.

Other antinutrients in whole grains include enzyme inhibitors which can inhibit digestion and put stress on the pancreas; irritating tannins; complex sugars which the body cannot break down; and gluten and related hard-to-digest proteins which may cause allergies, digestive disorders and even mental illness.”

The reason for these antinutrients is to preserve the life of the grain. So the main reason for soaking is to make the valuable nutrients more accessible to your body. Among grains you can soak are oats, wheat berries, rye berries, pearl barley, and others. A bonus of soaking is that when you actually are ready to cook your grains, they cook in much less time. For instance oatmeal that may take 35mins to cook regularly will take 5min after soaking. You can also soak your flour the night before making pancakes.

Let me know if you have any questions I can answer. This might be a fun topic for future meetings :)



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