Kombucha

 

Sorry for the long absence, for those who have asked. 🙂 Live has been good, but this project has taken the back burner. I intent to post here when I can, but only after I feel my responsibilities to my family have been taken care of. Life is such a balancing act, isn’t it?

 

On the topic at hand, Kombucha! A few people have asked me about Kombucha, but questions from my dear sister and her friend has finally given me the push to write something down about why and how we drink it.

 

Kombucha is a wonderful drink with many health benefits. Here’s a post discussing the history and benefits to your body that Kombucha can have.

 

When I first started trying to make Kombucha, I didn’t know anyone that had a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) to share with me, and didn’t want to plunk down the money to have one shipped to me, when I didn’t even know if any of us would like it! Then, I found this post on How To Grow A Kombucha Scoby. Using this method, I grew a Kombucha Scoby in about 14 days and it has done well ever since.

 

Once you have your Scoby and are ready brew some Kombucha, you’ll find many variations among all the recipes out there. Kombucha is like many other things, experiment until you find what works best for you and forget about what everybody else says. That said, here are two posts on how to brew Kombucha. The first post is a simple recipe using green tea, jasmine tea, and honey or sucanat. The second post gives instruction for a second fermentation with juice to give the Kombucha a different flavor. You may like doing this or you may like just adding juice to a batch of Kombucha that has only been fermented once, as in the first post.

 

You’ll notice that there are times when the authors of these posts contradict each other (mainly in what to use as a sweetener). I chose these two perspectives (and there are others out there) because of their differences, so that you can be well informed and decide what is best for your own family.

 

For some more detailed information on different teas to use, pictures of good and bad scobys, and other intersting information, I found this website at the Happy Herbalist to be very interesting.

 

I hope these link have given you the information you need to get started with Kombucha, but if I’ve left anything out, feel free to ask me about it!

 

I hope I’ll have the inspiration and time for another post before too long, but I know better than to promise anything. However, if there was interest, I might be convinced to put up some pictures of the kids for any grandparents who were interested. Any takers? 🙂

 

 

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Healthy and Unhealthy Oils

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A lot of people are confused about which oils and fats they should be consuming. The media raves about the evils of saturated fats, but then you met me, and I told you, of all things, that it’s good for you! Hopefully these posts will clear up any confusion and give you a clear direction for what to use in your kitchen.

 

I decided to break this subject down into a couple of posts, since it’s so broad. This post will deal with saturated fat, and why it’s good for you. The second post will give you information on which oils are healthy to use.

 

First off, are saturated fats really that bad for you? This post at Kitchen Stewardship explains the so-called evils of saturated fats. It’s a fairly long post, but she gives an excellent argument explaining and refuting the accusations against saturated fats.

 

Going a little deeper into the saturated fat and cholesterol issue, here’s a post from GNOWFLINS debunking the lipid hypothesis and the myth that high fat causes heart disease.

 

And, going deeper than most people have the time or desire for, here’s the Weston A. Price Foundation’s collection of articles about fats. The articles are fascinating, covering everything from conola oil, lowfat diets, and my personal favorite, Why the Current US Dietary Guidelines Are Making Americans Fat.

 

Next up: Part two, explaining which fats and oils you should use, and a post about our new wood stove!

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Where Do I Start With This?!

Once someone starts learning a little about processed foods, whole foods, and why the difference is so important, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I know I did, and in all honesty, I still do! When we first started to change our eating habits, the blog posts I came across that were the most helpful were the ones that suggested “baby steps” to eating well. At the time, it was just enough to challenge us and make us feel like we were accomplishing something, but not so hard or overwhelming that it was discouraging.

Here are the posts that I recommend on the subject:

From Kitchen Stewardship, 3 Easy Changes That Won’t Cost Too Much is a great place to start, especially because they don’t cost any extra money.

Stephanie, at Keeper of the Home, did a series of posts on Real Food Makeovers for several families. The Woody Family looks like most people starting out on a real food diet. Learning a lot about what’s good and what’s bad, but not knowing how to apply it.  Stephanie lists several small things that can be done to get on track with healthy eating, including ways to educate yourself, ways to motivate yourself to eat well, and helpful tips for the kitchen.

Lindsay’s post, Baby Steps to Nutritious Eating, is a bit more involved, with 12 steps. You can easily switch up the order a bit, such as trying to use healthy fats before finding a source for grass-fed beef, especially if that’s what is financially feasible for you.

Once you start applying the principles of whole foods, managing all the things you have to do in the kitchen can get overwhelming! This post lists 5 things you can do to make your life a bit easier in the kitchen. I totally agree with the tips Wardeh gives, without doing these things eating well would be a lot harder!

In case you’re wondering, here are the things I started with to change our diets:

  • Change all white bread and flour out with whole wheat bread and flour
  • Eat real butter and real cheese (no “low-fat” products!)
  • Choose one processed thing you buy, and make it from scratch (I started with bread, and moved on to tortillas, pitas, granola, and mayo)

And when you still get overwhelmed (I promise, there will be times!) remember that in the end, peace with God is the only thing that truly matters. You can eat well and feel great physically, but have an empty, black heart needing God’s grace. Only God can give you that. No matter how many times you go to church, do good works, and act “good”, it means nothing if you haven’t asked him to save you from yourself and give you a new heart, and then seen a powerful change.

Let me know if I can help with anything!

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The Finch Nest

Welcome to The Finch Nest! This site is the result of a lot of time spent learning about wise eating, sustainable homesteading, and a joyful life.

In thinking about starting a blog, I realized that there wasn’t a need for more posts about healthy eating but a compendium of helpful posts. A lot of my posts might be different than the typical food blog post in that, instead of writing a post detailing as much as I can about a subject, I’ll post the resources that have been the most beneficial to me, in the quest to feed my family well.  Obviously, my blog won’t be an exhaustive source of information, but hopefully it will be a helpful resource when starting to research a certain subject.

I haven’t learned everything there is to know about these things, but I do feel I have something to share with others. Whether you’re a friend, family member, or someone just wandering through the internet, I hope you come away from this site desiring to know God more and live life to its fullest.

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