I've been wanting to do this post for many months, but I needed to do more research & collect a lot of information. It took time. (Finally had to say, "I'm done. I've got enough. Let's just post it.")
Other than the hundreds of chemical constituents & parts that the Almighty naturally combined in perfect proportions to make up 'original' foods (Gosh, He was smart)... Whole foods (Real Foods) contain 1 ingredient. The food itself.
Apple = Apple
Kale = Kale
Peanut = Peanut
Coconut = Coconut
Brown Rice = Brown Rice
Honey = Honey (Oh wait... If it's REAL, it will also contain pollen - That's a good thing, FYI)
Yes, we can take several whole foods & combine them to make other foods like breads, salads, sauces, etc., BUT there are still just those few simple ingredients. Not boat loads of toxic stuff our bodies don't recognize or know what to do with.
Please remember, most often times companies will state one thing on the package that is true (to make it look wholesome), when in fact they are deliberately taking your attention away from the fact that there are other toxic ingredients in the list... hoping you won't notice.
For those who eat (& store) pre-made/packaged/processed food products... I would like to show you just a few examples of how many ingredients you are getting. Most of the ingredients in these food products are artificial, chemicals documented as toxic, & GMO (genetically modified) - which are also toxic.
More than 80% of the "food" products from grocery stores (& even food storage facilities) - are full of junk that will eventually make your body NOT work correctly. This means that your body (if not immediately) - will become sick.
You're 98 years old, have never taken a pill in your life, & have never been to a doctor - but you have eaten factory foods for over 50 years? Good for you!! Guess what. Your offspring have and will inherit the negative effects instead. It's not just about you. It's about generations...
I walked through the grocery store & counted ingredients myself on the labels of popular foods. I looked up restaurant food labels on the internet. I researched books & articles.
Package by package, food by food, I listed brand names, # of ingredients, & some of the package 'advertisements' to get you to believe they are good for you.
I was sickened. I knew it was bad, but until I started actually looking at labels when I started down this "change my life" road a few years ago, I had no clue it was this bad. Take a look at what I found.
First - a few facts about boxed cereal. Then the dreaded ingredient count...
Your children are eating CANDY for breakfast:
(This doesn't include all the gmo's & other junky ingredients that packaged cereal/candy bars share... This is just sugar.)
Kit Kat Bar = 14.5 grams sugar
Snickers = 14.5 grams sugar
Jelly Beans = 19.5 grams sugar
Popular Kids Cereals:
Cocoa Puffs = 12 grams sugar
Chocolate Lucky Charms = 14 grams sugar
Froot Loops = 15 grams sugar
*Post Golden Crisp & Kellogg's Honey Smacks = 50% sugar by weight!!!
Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch = 20 grams sugar!
Kellogg's Almond Crunch With Raisins = 16 grams sugar!
Kashi Go Lean Crunch = 13 grams sugar!
Quaker Instant Oatmeal (Maple & Brown Sugar) = 13 grams sugar!
***These sugars are refined & processed chemical laden white sugar. Not whole sugars found in nature. There is a HUGE difference.
((If you haven't seen my post on how cereal is toxic, you can see it HERE))
Ingredient Counts & Package Advertisements:
Most Restaurant Salads - Average 50 ingredients & up to 1,700 calories
Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich (better than a burger, right?) - OVER 100 ingredients
Subway 9 grain bread (healthy, yes?) - 50 ingredients
*Including AZO-DI-CAR-BON-AMIDE, a chemical BANNED in the UK, Europe, & Australia - Anyone caught using it gets up to 15 years in prison & a $450,000 fine - But the FDA allows it in the U.S.
Yoplait 'light' strawberry yogurt - 14 ingredients
*Endorsed by Weight Watchers! Fat Free! Vit. A & D! 40% fewer calories!
Sun Chips - 30 ingredients
*Made with all natural ingredients - NO MSG (Not True! At least 2 & possibly 6 ing's are hidden MSG) - 18 g. whole grain goodness, no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, 0 trans fat!)
Homestyle seasoned herb croutons - 45 ingredients!
Hidden Valley Fat Free, Cholesterol Free & Gluten Free Ranch Dressing - 30 ingredients (including *TBHQ - a HIGHLY toxic preservative!)
Kashi Go Lean Crisp - Over 30 ingredients
*As much protein as an egg! 8 g. fiber! 18 g. whole grains!
(FYI: All of Kashi's foods that aren't labeled organic are *by their own admission* - GMO)
Top Ramen Noodles - Over 30 ingredients (At least 5 sources of MSG)
Marie Calendars Homestyle Creations (Traditional stuffing & turkey) - 70 ingredients
Kroger "Hearty" Vegetable Broth - 14 ingredients
Van Kamps Pork & Beans - Over 15 ingredients
*High in fiber! 98% fat free! Cholesterol Free!
Morning Star Vege Burgers - 35 ingredients
Campbell's Healthy Request Savory Vege Soup - Over 35 ingredients
*Less sodium! Low in Fat & Cholesterol! Good source of fiber!
Lean Cuisine - Average 50 ingredients
Lunchables - Average 50 ingredients
Pringles - Sour Cream & Onion - up to 34 ingredients
Eggo Nutrigrain Whole Grain Low Fat Waffles - Over 25 ingredients
Smart Balance Margarine - 19 ingredients
Birds Eye Voila 3 Cheese Chicken - 50 ingredients
*Made with premium veges! No artificial flavors!
Green Giant Broccoli & Rice Steamers - 30 ingredients
*100% natural - Premium sauce
Quaker Granola Bars - 43 ingredients!
*9 different sugars, caramel color (carcinogen & derivative of ammonia), BHT (carcinogen)
Hot Pockets - Over 50 ingredients
Whole Grain Lean Pockets - Over 100 ingredients!
I'm done now :)
Blegh. I love real food. So much tastier, so much healthier, so non-toxic, so much easier to get creative with, so much better!
See food recipes under DIY tab. Or just click HERE.
I've talked quite a bit about the dangers of GMO's in the past, & recently I promised to post a list of hidden GMO's, which I'll do here at the end. There are A LOT of them. It's scary, it's wrong. It terribly disturbs me that these people think they can play God & mess with what He has already perfected. How can you improve on perfection!?
I've read pro-GMO sites including Monsanto's website & the GMO-compass website. They speak very generally & positively about there being no dangers (but nothing's guaranteed, as they state) associated with GMO's. They portray a picture that they're basically going to save the world, because they have control over Mother Nature which isn't living up to what it should. (I sit here shaking my head & sighing nearly out loud, because there's so much I could say about that, I wouldn't even know where to start. And yet as much as I have to say, it leaves me speechless.)
I've found in my research that there are many more documented studies/scientific evidence on awareness websites/books/documentaries about the dangers of GMO's - than there are studies/scientific evidence on ANY of the 'pro' sites I've seen proving that they are safe! Yet the happy go-lucky "let's defend ourselves" wording they use deceives those who just don't 'get it' or who won't think for themselves... into believing they're the best invention that ever existed. It's so sad.
Did you know that if you read the words "natural flavors" in the ingredients list (which are in nearly all packaged foods at the grocery store) - there is a good possibility you're consuming genetically modified organisms? Natural flavors are in almost everything! Did you know that GMO's are in more than 80% of grocery store foods? Did you know that GMO's are in many personal care products? (ie: bath & body) AND did you know that GMO's are in pharmaceutical drugs & vaccines?
Yeah... I was pretty disappointed when I started finding all this out. They. Are. Everywhere.
The agbiosafety website actually has the following statement...
The potential risks associated with plant-based pharmaceuticals include: pollen transfer to related species, contamination of non-transgenic crops intended for the consumption by humans, allergic reactions to the drugs produced from the genetically engineered plant, and persistence of genetically engineered material to persist in the environment and accumulate in non-target organisms (Daniell et al. 2001).
(Shaking head again. I do that a lot these days.)
As far as personal care products go, did you know that as of Jan. 2013, there is only ONE company to have its entire line of products achieve Non-GMO Project verification??? ONLY ONE!!! I've never used them, so I can't currently vouch for their quality, but if you'd like to check them out, it is Andalou Naturals. There may be others out there, but they have yet to be verified. But then, it's a little like organic certification. It's expensive. Not all 100% organic companies opt to label because of this, which may also be the case with non-gmo companies. So if you're concerned - ask questions. Call the company, email them, check ingredients, etc.
If you'd like to read more on GMO's as well as the gmo/pharmaceutical issue, here are a couple of articles to help you understand more...
Since making our whole foods / natural products transition over the past few years, we're reading less & less labels, because we don't buy very many things with labels. But it's still important to check. You CAN get non-gmo versions of some of these ingredients. Look for versions that are specifically labeled non-gmo (more & more companies are doing this!)... Or look for organic versions. Currently, it is against the law for certified organic companies to use GMO products. NOW... A word on that. IF a package says "organic", it's possible for only 70% of the ingredients in the product to be organic. So make sure you turn the package over & read the list. Each ingredient should say 'organic' OR have an *asterisk* beside it leading you down to the note at the bottom that says "organic".
((I know. They make it so complicated)) :o|
HERE'S THE LIST: You might want to sit down first.....
Aspartame (also called AminoSweet®, NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®, BeneVia®, E951)
canola oil (rapeseed oil)
cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
fructose (any form)
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
modified food starch
mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
soy protein isolate
sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
textured vegetable protein
tocopherols (vitamin E)
There are short cuts that help a little. HERE at the Non-GMO Project & HERE at the Non-GMO Shopping Guide - you can find lists of brands/products that do not contain GMO's.
I made my own pickles!!! I'm so excited! Ok... So, yeah. A lot of people make pickles. Why am I so excited?
There's a difference. These are lacto-fermented, they're FULL of nutrients & pro-biotics,& there was ZERO 'canning' needed. No standing over a stove to wait for them to process, no sweating from the heat, & no having to worry about whether you followed the "FDA approved" directions correctly. (I've said before, I trust God & history more than modern industrialization when it comes to food.)
Traditionally preserved & prepared foods ROCK, can I just tell you! This took me about 10 minutes to prepare. Mix it up, screw on the lid, & you're done. Have you ever tried your own lacto-fermenting? You should!
I've been purchasing "Bubbies" brand of pickles, relish, & sauerkraut for a long while now (a good commercial brand of lacto-fermented foods). Another brand that is ready made is "Farmhouse Culture". But they're both expensive. I'm going to be switching over to yet another homemade food, which will save me a whole lot of money & be even healthier. And this isn't the kind of 'get drunk' fermenting you might be thinking of... (Sorry - I don't do alcohol.)
Lactobacilli bacteria convert the sugars and starches into lactic acid, & there are millions/billions of good-for-your-gut pro-biotics produced with this type of fermenting. Foods that are fermented in factories have cheap processed vinegar, refined sugar, refined salt, artificial ingredients, & they're pasteurized which kills off any "healthiness" that was present.
75% of your immune system’s cells are found in your digestive tract. Your digestive tract is so closely connected to your immune system, it's not even funny. Most illness/disease physically begins in the gut. If you have problems with your gut (digestive system), which unfortunately the majority of people in industrialized nations do, then you're going to have other health problems. (Houston, we definitely have a problem.)
When we digest our food, #1 it's broken down. #2, the nutrients are built up & absorbed into our body. If the digestion (breaking down) part doesn't happen correctly, then the nutrients aren't built up & absorbed completely or correctly.
In her book "Nourishing Traditions", Sally Fallon points out the following:
"Scientists are mystified by the proliferation of new viruses – not only the deadly AIDS virus but the whole gamut of human viruses that seem to be associated with everything from chronic fatigue to cancer and arthritis. They are equally mystified by recent increases in the incidence of intestinal parasites and pathogenic yeasts, even among those whose sanitary practices are faultless.
Could it be that in abandoning the ancient practice of lacto-fermentation and in our insistence on a diet in which everything has been pasteurized, we have compromised the health of our intestinal flora and made ourselves vulnerable to legions of pathogenic microorganisms? If so, the cure for these diseases will be found not in vaccinations, drugs, or antibiotics, but in a restored partnership with the many varieties of lactobacilli, our symbionts of the microscopic world."
I know of many people who have reversed so-called "incurable" diseases by simply healing their gut. But that's a whole 'nuther story (and an important one)... Where can you at least start though?
There are lots of recipes, each varying just a little... & lots of techniques/tools (such as fermenting crocks, special lids, & plain ol' canning jars with traditional lids. You might want to read up a little & decide which style is best for you. I went for simple for the time being.
This recipe is adapted from the recipe in Nourishing Traditions.
Here's what I did (Photos of the process at top of post):
Cucumbers to fill a quart jar (it specifies pickling or gherkins, but I used regular baby ones. I really don't think it matters)
1 Tb. Mustard seeds
2 Tb. Fresh dill, snipped (I used dried, & it worked fine. Fresh is just easier to keep from getting all over the pickles. If you use dried, you can half the amount. I didn't though. I like lots of dill)
1 Tb. Himalayan salt (or other un-refined salt)
4 Tb. Whey (or 1 additional Tb. salt, if you don't have whey)
1-2 c. Filtered water
Wash cucumbers & place into a quart sized wide-mouth mason jar. (You can leave them whole, slice them vertically, cut them horizontally, or chop them 'relish' style)
Pour 1 c. water into jar.
Place cucumbers in jar of water.
Combine mustard seeds, dill, salt, & whey (if using).
Pour mixture over top of cucumbers.
Add more water to cover top of cucumbers.
*** Note: Top of liquid should be at least 1" below the top of the jar. If it's higher than this, pressure could build up & explode the jar (Kind of the same as when you fill something too high & put it in the freezer. You don't want that)
Cover tightly, & keep at room temp for about 3 days before eating, transferring to cold storage, or putting in refrigerator.
Is that easy, or what!? :)
How do you know if they're good? How do you know that they're not going to kill you? Use your eyes & nose. The lid does not need to be vacuum sealed. It can pop. What you want is darker cloudy water with a few little tiny fizzy bubbles on top. You also want it to smell "pickly" when you open it. If it smells sour, rotten, or like alcohol... throw it out. If it smells nice and... um... well, 'lacto-fermented'... then it's good!
You can lacto-ferment practically EVERYTHING! Veges, fruits, condiments, meats, cheese, dairy, beans, non-alcoholic beverages, yeast (sour dough or natural sweet yeast), & probably more.
Besides Nourishing Traditions (pictured below), there are a couple of other really good books on lacto-fermenting. My favorites are these:
It's not just storing food... It's food insurance! We have medical, auto, homeowners, disability, & life insurance - for 'just in case' - So why do so many people look down on food storage/insurance? They think we're hoarders, & THAT, I just don't understand. If there were a disaster/emergency or unexpected unemployment, what would be more important to your family than a good supply of food & water? It's imperative to survival, right?
I'm a huge believer in storing your own home preserved food. And the fresher - the better. However, I know that's not always easy to do, & sometimes convenience can be a blessing. In fact, I do have some of each. I've preserved my own through dehydrating & canning, &but I've also bought a few #10 cans of good quality dehydrated & freeze dried foods like berries, mushrooms, etc.
If purchasing is an option that is better for you, then the article below might help you out.
Daily Bread is one of the better companies out there, from what I can tell. This company is NON-GMO (Yay for them!!!), & they are not fans of junky preservatives & additives (Yay again!). So I'm working with them to provide great articles, info-graphics, etc... to assist people in making purchasing decisions.
Here is a great link that explains the benefits of freeze dried foods for storage, & HERE is an infographic on the difference in freeze-dried meats (if you store meat).
Below is the article I wanted to share:
Freeze-Dried Vs. Dehydrated: Quality Matters
Most people don’t know the difference between freeze-dried food and dehydrated food. They naively shop for food for their food storage and simply hope for the best. However, simply having food storage doesn’t protect your family from disaster. There are complications to the specific types of food that you store that can help you immensely to be prepared. The truth is, if you want the best for your family in case of an emergency you’ve got to learn the facts. It is definitely possible to make your food storage food last longer, taste better, and be more nutritionally sound if you do your research. Luckily, we are here to help you with that. Believe it or not, the answer to all your problems is freeze dried food.
Freeze-dried food started out as food for military and NASA personnel, and now the technology has been made available for us. The process is simple; the fresh or cooked food is flash frozen and then put into a vacuum chamber. It is then packaged tightly to ensure that it will stay fresh until it is opened. Freeze-dried is foolproof. It keeps the optimum amount of nutrition, lengthens shelf life, and keeps the taste and texture of the food in its original form. Last but not least- it cuts ready time and ingredients down to almost nothing. All you need to make a freeze-dried meal is water, and it is extremely quick and easy to make.
Why is this different than other types of food storage? Dehydrated food is often sucked of most it’s nutrients because of the way it is processed. When you are in a life or death situation your body is going to need nutrient-dense food to survive off of. Nutrition is something that becomes important with kids in growth spurts or young ages so that they can develop to their full potential. Dehydration also tends to change the flavor and texture of food items. If you slowly eat through food storage and replenish it as you go, it will be tough to negotiate with kids who hate the taste of what you’re giving them. Both canned and dehydrated often need other ingredients to make them bearable to eat, and both have a shorter shelf life than freeze-dried.
Now days there are a lot of freeze-dried food brands out there, and with all the options, you can find pretty much any food item you could imagine. Some examples include: orange chicken, lasagna, and barbeque. Try out all the different kinds with your family! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to prepare, and how good it is for you. Once you know your favorites, you can take them with you on camping trips and vacations to cut your cooking time, baggage weight, and money in half.
Freeze-dried food solves the problems that every food storage guru experiences. So for convenient storage, easy preparation, optimum nutrition, and longer shelf life, make the smart decision and go for freeze-dried. It’s a great option for food storage or a quick dinner fix, so keep this in mind when stocking up for your family. Click this link for more information on Daily Bread Food and how it can help your family. Or, you can click this link and go their facebook page.
Author Bio- Dirk Puckett is an emergency preparedness expert, and loves educating others on the how-to’s of food storage.
Have you ever sprouted? If you haven't... You should. Seriously, I'm not even kidding.
I've sprouted anything from alfalfa to clover (my personal favorite), to beans, to wheat, to quinoa. YUM.
I learned something at the Holistic Living Conference I went to a couple weeks ago. Green Smoothie Girl (one of my favorite websites!) taught a class on plant based meals, & we were taught this:
If you eat sprouts & they taste sweet, then your body is alkaline (a good thing).
If you eat sprouts & they taste bitter, then your body is acidic (NOT A GOOD THING).
*If your body is acidic, then it's a breeding ground for disease & illness. Cancer THRIVES in acidic environments & cannot in fact live in alkaline environments. So if you don't have access to pH strips to test yourself, try eating a handful of sprouts & see how they taste.
If you're acidic, make sure to drink lots & lots of good clean filtered water & eat a bunch of alkaline foods to bring your pH levels down. (I'll do a post with a list of acidic/alkaline foods soon, but there are also lists online).
So anyway... I was taught that when you sprout seeds, it boosts the nutrition content by up to 600%! They're perfect for 'food storage' & your preparedness efforts, because if you're not able to get fresh produce in hard times or emergency, these little wonders will take care of that for you. Just a few seeds & some water is all you need... (Make sure you have water stored. That's more important than anything else, actually)
Like I said, clover sprouts are my current favorite. I think they have a sweeter taste & last longer in the fridge. My local grocery store use to sell a little sparse pint of clover sprouts for nearly $2. I finally decided to buy seeds & do it myself. Look what less than 2 Tbs. of clover seeds produced in 3 days. They're sooo yummy on sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc.
This amount of sprouts would have cost me around $4.00 at the store. But my big bag of seeds cost less than $7, & 5 large batches only takes me about 1/3 of the way through the bag. Much cheaper!
Bean sprouts are super fun too. They can be used in salads, oriental dishes, soups, or just eaten by the handful. My kids loved to watch beans sprout when they were younger. They thought it was so fascinating. Well... actually, I think it's fascinating :)
Now about wheat grass, which is wheat sprouts grown out a little longer than sprouts.
My favorite way to use wheat grass is in juicing or in smoothies. (It's also the easiest). You can also dehydrate it on low (below 115) & grind it into powder - then store it in the fridge/freezer to add to dishes, spice mixes, sauces, etc. (Or fill empty gel-caps & give yourself a daily boost of nutrition).
My understanding through researching is that the grass does not contain gluten, so if you have issues with gluten, you *should* be ok. However, you will want to do your own research & decide for yourself. I have seen conflicting reports & opinions (as usual)... So please don't take my word for it.
One pound of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to 23 pounds of choice garden vegetables.
This nutrient-rich grass contains 17 amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins.
Wheat grass retains 92 of the 102 minerals found in the soil. These minerals include calcium, phosphorus, iron magnesium and potassium. It is a rich natural source of vitamins A and C. Wheat grass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots. It is exceptionally rich in vitamins E, K, and B-complex.
* Wheatgrass juice is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and gives immediate energy.
* Wheatgrass energizes and reduces fatigue.
* Wheatgrass is a appetite suppressant.
* Wheatgrass juice improves metabolism.
* Wheatgrass improves digestion.
* Wheatgrass juice enriches the blood, removes blood disorders, & lowers blood pressure
* Wheatgrass juice is antibacterial
* Wheatgrass juice helps cleanse the liver
* Wheatgrass juice helps prevent tooth decay
* Wheatgrass juice is good for skin problems. It improves complexion, helps acne, and can remove acne scars.
* Wheatgrass juice keeps hair from graying & removes dandruff
* Wheatgrass boosts the immune system
* Wheatgrass is calming to the nervous system
* Wheatgrass promotes regularity & helps fight constipation
* The chlorophyll present in wheatgrass will wash drug deposits from the body, neutralize toxins in the body, help purify the liver, and prevent ageing. The chlorophyll also stabilizes blood sugar levels.
I use a sprouter as shown above, but to make your own wheat grass with a canning jar, just do the following:
Pour 1/4 cup of fresh whole wheat into a jar.
Cover with water (about 2" above top of wheat) & let soak overnight.
The next day, rinse wheat (with cool water), then drain well. Do this AT LEAST 3 times a day.
Cover jar opening with cheesecloth or paper towel, etc... & secure with rubberband.
Keep in warm area, & expose to light (a window or small lamp work great)
In a day or 2 you'll notice little tails on your wheat. Within 4-5 days, beautiful green grass will fill your jar! Gently pull out the wheat sprouts & grass with tongs or your fingers... (The first photo below is wheat grass grown in a jar. It works great, but it is thicker when you use a sprouter)
If you're using wheat grass in a dish that you're baking/cooking, make sure you finely chop sprigs of the grass before using them, as they're not really digestible when they're whole. If you're making a smoothie, it's fine to throw the whole bunch of grass blades in.
Word of warning. Don't sprout tomato seeds or potato seeds. They're poisonous. If you want a good sprouting variety, my favorite is Pro-Vita Mix - by Life Sprouts. Yum, yum, yum! You can always buy your own seeds & make your own mix cheaper, I'm sure. But if you don't have time, this is a great convenience alternative. Once you start sprouting, you won't want to stop!
So, I'm all for making my own deodorant, which I do. It takes 5 minutes, it's non-toxic, it's cheap, & it works! I have a whole post about it with photos on my blog, but to make it easier, here's my basic recipe below. Now, IF you're not into making your own, then I have an AWESOME product for you to try! Read the scoop below the recipe:
1/4 c. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
1/8 c. Arrowroot powder
1/8 c. Redmond or bentonite clay (I prefer white/light gray over the green)
4 Tb. Organic un-refined coconut oil (antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal)
20 Drops essential oils (your choice)
Add all ingredients (except essential oil), mix on low heat until melted, & remove from heat. Let cool for about 3-5 mins. Add essential oil, stir well, & pour into a shallow container or empty deodorant stick. To speed up solidification, put it in the fridge/freezer for a few minutes.
My favorite essential oils for deodorant are Tea Tree, Thieves (I make my own), Germ Fighter, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Orange, Frankincense, Lavender, Chamomile, Patchouli, etc...
I have not had a problem with this staining my clothes. Green clay will be more prone to slightly discoloring your undergarments, so I do recommend the white/light gray clay) And this stuff works great!
Primal Pit Paste is awesome. Hands down. They're getting 5 star reviews like crazy. If I don't have time to make deodorant for whatever reason, or I'm out of town & forget to take mine, THIS is my 'go to' product.
First of all, the only compensation I got from doing this review was 5 little teeny tiny sample jars to try. That's it. I will not try to sell you on a product I don't believe in, & I'm not receiving a dime for telling you about it. I'm just excited that there are more good healthy deodorants that works & aren't slowly killing you! So I'm letting you know about it. ((Note: I do also love Bubble & Bee's deodorant. I used it for almost a year & never had a problem with it. They have a stick, spray, & cream available. So that's an option too. Lots of yummy fun scents... HOWEVER, I really honestly think my personal preference is Primal Pit Paste or my homemade recipe above.))
If you're not already aware, most commercial anti-perspirants / deodorants on the market today contain harmful parabens & aluminum. These are linked to Alzheimer's and cancer, & parabens are endocrine disruptors, which wreak havoc on your hormones... Not a good thing.
All of Primal's products are handcrafted from organic & totally natural ingredients. You can EAT it, & it won't hurt you! Their Pit Paste ingredients are organic coconut oil, organic raw shea butter, baking soda, organic arrowroot powder, & organic essential oils. ((Note: If you're sensitive to baking soda - *ie, skin irritant* - they do have a sensitive skin variety available)).
There are jars & sticks available, & they have a good selection of yummy smells - as well as unscented. They also have a "strong" version for extra odor kill, & a kid's version in 'Lemonade' scent! So far, I've seen it available in several natural food stores & in their online store.
There is so much confusion! The last few years experts and 'normal' people have argued tooth and nail about whether grain (particularly wheat) is good or bad. Many people are going wheat free. Others are going gluten free. And yet others are giving up grains completely! WHY? Haven't wheat & other grains been eaten throughout history without any issues?
Wheat (grain) is referred to in the bible as the Staff of Life. What is a staff? It bears you up and supports you. Historically, wheat and other grains have been a main staple in the human dietary. It's mentioned over and over throughout scripture in various settings. Here are just a couple of many examples:
* Exodus 12:34, it says, “And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders."
* To prepare for the 7 year famine that swept across Egypt, Joseph collected grain for 7 years.
There are a number of reasons people are having issues with grains - particularly gluten grains, mainly wheat.
One of those reasons is that modern wheat has been severely hybridized, & our bellies are not handling it in a friendly fashion. Einkorn wheat is the most ancient form of wheat in existence today. It's man's first form of cultivated wheat. It's a lot smaller than modern wheat & looks a bit different... almost like a cross between wheat & flat brown rice. It's classified as a *diploid*, because it only has two sets of chromosomes. Modern wheat is classified as *hexaploid*, because it has six sets of chromosomes due to all the hybridization. Sigh..... Kinda frustrating, isn't it.
In ancient times grains naturally sprouted themselves as they were left in the fields under the warm sun until it could be gathered up - (They didn't have machinery to gather it quickly like we do now). This process automatically broke down the anti-nutrients (natural preservatives) in grains. These natural preservatives have allowed wheat to stay good for thousands of years. Wheat has been found in ancient tombs that were able to still be sprouted.
Modern wheat (hard white, etc...) will at least be more nutritious & more easily tolerated, if you can just soak and/or sprout it first. But if you can afford it, Einkorn and other more ancient forms of wheat (such as Kamut & Spelt) are definitely the better choice.
Natural yeast (also called Pioneer Yeast or Natural Leavening) is where I'm heading now... It can be used for making regular homemade breads as well as sweet bread, waffles pancakes, cinnamon rolls, muffins, donuts, & more. It is not always sour dough. This natural yeast is the yeast that has been historically used since the beginning of bread making. It is liquidy & bubbly... Not dry & grainy, like 'store yeast'.
Commercial yeast used today IS NOT NATURAL. "Modern" yeast was created in a laboratory in 1984 (possibly sooner, according to what Caleb Warnock, co-author of "The Art of Baking With Natural Yeast has since found out). Our digestive systems don't recognize it, & some people are now allergic to the yeast itself! This is one of the several reasons for the rapid growth of Celiac disease, gluten intolerance/allergies, acid reflux, diabetes, skin issues, & more. Another problem is that commercial yeast is an isolated form of yeast & rises bread quickly but does not break down the gluten, phytic acid & other anti-nutrients.
Natural yeast begins the digestion process before the grain ever even hits your mouth. It breaks down the harmful anti-nutrients (natural preservatives) such as phytic acid ahead of time & turns it into a cancer-fighting antioxidant! It eats the gluten! It will not spike blood sugar levels, it's a pre-biotic AND pro-biotic. It helps your body to absorb vitamins, minerals, & fiber. It fights weight gain (It doesn't cause it!) & is good for your digestive system & often times very healing. Some people with wheat/gluten allergies as well as diagnosed celiac disease have been able to actually eat bread & gluten foods when using natural yeast! But the best part about natural yeast is that it can prevent these issues from happening in the first place. You can read more about this on Caleb's blog.
Some natural yeasts are very sour, some are a little sour, & some aren't sour at all. The best strains have been passed down for generations. Caleb offers a free sample of a 200 year old strain of natural yeast flakes on his website - as well as instructions on how to activate and use it . When you grow your own natural yeast, you will NEVER have to buy yeast again. It is one of the most valuable preparedness foods you can store. You can even dehydrate or freeze it, and it will not die! I also highly recommend his beautiful book on baking with natural yeast as pictured at the end of this post. It is AMAZING.
Many 'real food' bloggers & websites teach about soaking and sprouting grains, seeds, & nuts. I've also talked about it & often do it. This process also breaks down phytic acid & other anti-nutrients. My choice though, when it comes to recipes that use yeast... are to not necessarily worry about soaking/sprouting if I don't have time - but to use natural 'pioneer' yeast. For more information, please visit the 2 best websites out there:
Caleb Warnock's website, www.calebwarnock.blogspot.com & Natural Leavening's website, www.naturalleavening.com are the only comprehensive sites on this subject to date that I've seen. Amy McClean R.D. and Matthew McClean, D.C. (authors of Natural Leavening) have dedicated themselves to educating people about grains (modern, ancient, gluten, & gluten free) & natural yeast. They also have yeasts available on their website that are made from various grains - including gluten free yeast! They are also finishing up a book that will be published soon.
Update: You can also see natural yeast recipe how to videos on "Original Fast Foods" website HERE.
There is hope, people! Grains (and wheat) do not need to be - and SHOULD NOT BE - banished from the human diet. This is yet another modern fad - as well as a very sad health condition that never should have become an issue in the first place. Grains are a beautiful natural God given food that are extremely healthful. What is detrimental to us are modern versions of overly hybridized wheat, genetically modified wheat, & modern commercial yeast, improper grain preparation, refining & processing - as well as the various reasons our guts are suffering from disorders - (Mostly from faulty nutrition, anti-biotics, & other pharmaceuticals).
If you have celiac disease (which is an auto-immune disorder), or if you are allergic to wheat, or if you have gluten intolerance, there are often ways to reverse these conditions. The gut needs to be healed. Gut healing can reverse many auto-immune disorders. GAPS diet is one successful method. Real food diets are extremely important, & energy therapies are also very helpful! Proving to be very successful - soaking, sprouting, & natural yeast just might be the solution to your problems :) Don't give up!
As I learn more about this, I will continue to share. I've been studying natural yeast & grain issues for a while now. I'm SO excited that on June 21st, I'll be taking a couple of classes from Caleb Warnock himself on this very thing! So I'm confident that this post isn't the end of posts on this subject. Stay tuned for more!
Just a fun random fact that no one else will really care about, but I feel like sharing it anyway... Caleb lives in Utah. I grew up in Southern California. I learned not long ago that Caleb is now neighbors in Utah with my awesome California babysitter from 30 years ago! Pretty cool, eh? I can't wait to meet him :)
NEXT DAY UPDATE: I forgot to mention a couple of things, duh... (Must be that end of the school year brain fog.)
Einkorn wheat is more expensive than modern hybrid wheat such as hard white, hard red, etc. Some people simply can't afford to purchase it. If this is the case, there is hopeful news. You can still soak & sprout modern wheat, & you can still use natural yeast with modern wheat - which helps tremendously. If you've been contemplating going wheat/grain free, don't give up hope thinking you can't eat it anymore, just because you can't afford the good original ancient non-hybridized stuff. Try the natural yeast (or soaking/sprouting) first & see how you do.
To make & use sprouted flour, simply sprout your berries until they form little tiny tails. Then spread them out on a dehydrator & dry them at 105 degrees or below, so the nutrients are not killed by high heat. Once they're completely dry, you can simply grind them as usual in your grinder!
I have many buckets of white & red wheat. However, I'm planning to slowly add more & more Einkorn to my supply as I can. Baby steps.....
If you would like to purchase Einkorn, it's becoming increasingly available & the prices are coming down. You can find it at these & other locations:
Real Foods Market