28 Day Probiotic Food Challenge: Signup

January 8, 2012 · 104 comments

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Today is the day to make a fresh start

It’s time to take control or your health. Adding probiotic foods into your diet can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health. I know for me it is very important. I made a new year’s resolution to add more probiotic foods to my diet and to learn how to make them at home. I hope you join me in taking this giant step forward. Let’s share information, support and recipes!

Today, in our culture of cleanliness, we are suffering a great loss — the loss of our “old friends”

The beneficial bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and even worms (I will be writing more about this) that inhabit our intestines are our friends. They are supposed to live there, having evolved inside of us over hundreds of thousands of years. They do much for us and in return we give them home and hearth. These microscopic critters are our friends and as such must be treated with respect and  generosity.

Over the course of the past hundred years, with urbanization, better sanitation, refrigeration and better living conditions, we have become more sterilized. Conventional attitudes have a firm belief in the germ theory and medicine quickly responds to the slightest sniffle with an antibiotic. We have done a good job in killing off potential pathogens, but also our beneficial bacteria as well.

Additionally, with the advent of refrigeration it was no longer necessary to ferment foods in order to preserve them. However, the symbiotic nature of our relationship with our microflora was not taken into account and most of us are depleted and out of balance, because we do not have the volume of beneficial bacteria we need.

For vibrant health we need to get back our microbiome (bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses).

Join the 28 Day Probiotic Food Challenge

Learn how to make these functional, living foods a part of your life. You may start at any time and be at any level of competence. Beginners are welcome as well as the seasoned fermenting pro!

My goal with this challenge is to engage as many people as possible to the health benefits of fermented foods — to teach them the simple skills that will develop their confidence to move forward in their health goals.

Here are the Rules:

 

Make a goal

Learn a new probiotic food or drink each week of the challenge and try to incorporate it into your meals. As with any probiotic food, start with just a little and work up the amount slowly in order to let your body become accustomed to the new food. This is a living food and some people will react to it, especially anyone with a known health problem. So don’t go and guzzle a full glass of kefir on the first day unless you ordinarily do this!

Sign up for my Newsletter
In order to participate in the Challenge you must sign up for the Challenge Newsletter which I will send to you several times over the course of the Challenge with new information, links and coupon codes.

Please leave a comment on this page that you did so

There will also be information on some of my blog posts over the 28 days so you may want to subscribe to that as well in the upper right hand side bar (that is not required, however it is appreciated and I will be publishing my recipes there!).

Sign-up for the 28-Day Probiotic Food Challenge

 

 

Join in the Probiotic Food Linky

Starting Wednesday January 11, 2012 (opening Tuesday night) I will open a Probiotic Food Carnival for all to share their great recipes for fermented foods. It will be open for sharing all 28 days of the Challenge. If you don’t have a blog you can share your recipes in the comments section of the linky.

Have some fun!

Know that you are providing super healthful foods to yourself and your family by adding more cultured foods into your diet!

The Challenge is now over. Thanks to all who participated!

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1 Kerry Sayles January 9, 2012 at 6:02 am

Cant wait to learn more! So excited about cleaning up my body and potentially helping others do the same :)

2 Sage January 9, 2012 at 6:23 am

…looking forward to learning lots of new stuff–thanks!

3 Michele January 9, 2012 at 6:47 am

This is the motivation I need to make more probiotic foods for my family! Signed up and looking forward to the challenge.

4 rebecca January 9, 2012 at 7:22 am

I’m signed up. My family has got to get more fermented thingies into our bodies.

5 Lourdes January 9, 2012 at 7:40 am

I am looking forward to better health.

6 Charlotte January 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

I just signed up, really feeling the need to get in more fermented goodies.

7 Beth January 9, 2012 at 8:17 am

I’m in! My goal is for me and dc to eat a real fermented food daily and also to remember to take my probiotic daily (Primal Defense or Biokult unless someone else has another suggestion) (I have health issues and took antibiotics for 5 years *straight* for Lyme Disease… lots of rebuilding to do!).

I just got lemons to make fermented lemonade and have been trying to move forward on this so your challenge will really help me stay focused. Thanks.

8 cindy January 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

Just signed up…

9 Tiffany January 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

signed up and looking forward to this challenge!!

10 Monica January 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

I signed up.

11 karen January 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

I have signed up and am looking forward to learning some new fermented foods and drinks.

12 Sharon January 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

I signed up too. Looking forward to it!

13 Marilee January 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

Just signed up, I can’t wait to learn more!

14 Rachel January 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

I’m signed up! Thanks for this opportunity!

15 Emily S. January 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

I signed up for the newsletter.

16 Molly T. January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

I’m signed up and waiting to see what other folks come up with!!
Great idea. Thanks!!

17 Raquel January 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

I just signed up!!!

18 Pam January 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

Just signed up…..looking forward to introducing new and fresh ‘good bugs’ to my belly ( and the whole me ). I have celiac sprue . . and some of the subsequent health issues that go along with it, as I’m sure you are aware, there are many.

I am delighted to have been led to your site. I absolutely enjoy everything you write, your videos…everything!

I made the coconut bread the other day….and it is so very good!

Can’t wait to get started……..peace ;~)

19 Molly T. January 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

So interested. Can’t wait.

20 Stephanie January 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I signed up. Looking forward to learning more.

21 colleen January 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Just signed up.

22 joan January 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I look forward to the challenge

23 Diane January 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I’m in! I already do a lot of fermenting but more is good.

24 Michelle January 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I’m signed up. I can’t wait to begin!

25 Kristin January 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I signed up for the newsletter… can’t wait to learn more!

26 Rachel J. January 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I’m signed up! I know how to make several ferments but would love to learn more and have the encouragement to make and eat those with which I’m already familiar.

27 nancy January 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

i’m in… i already eat some but am hoping to learn about more.

28 charity dasenbrock January 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

signed up. Had my beet kvass today. I am always looking for some new ideas.

29 Erica January 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I’m signed up!

30 Karin January 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Look forward to some new ferment recipes to add to my repertoire.

Karin

31 kristen January 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I’m signed up!

32 kristen January 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I’m signed up!y

33 Nan January 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Signed up! Can’t wait!

34 Tiffany A. January 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I’m so in! Just put beet kvass in the fridge, going to try it tomorrow for the first time! Looking forward to some new ferments :)

35 Rose January 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

just signed up; hope there’s new stuff to learn–I’m already making pickles of all kinds of root vegetables as well as cucumbers, and of course sauerkraut.

36 Jessica January 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Excited about the challenge. I signed up for the newsletter.

37 Jessica January 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

All signed up! I’m in a probiotic rut (kefir, yogurt, kombucha and sauerkraut) and look forward to the motivation and new ideas!!

38 Meg January 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I’m signed up. Just starting making kombucha. Need to start making more of my own ferments. Probiotic foods make a huge difference in my digestion. Looking forward to this challenge!

39 Linnae January 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Signed up! I cant wait to see what every is doing! this is gonna be sooo fun! <3 ferments! Yay! I am so in need of some new recipes!

40 Allyson January 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I’m signed up for the challenge.
I love your blog… you have been a fantastic GAPS resource!

41 Kathryn Arnold January 10, 2012 at 1:28 am

I’m praying you’ll introduce me to developing a taste for fermented foods… I grew up on bland and canned fare and anything the least tangy rates all wrong… But I do so want to improve my digestion!

42 Beck January 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

I’m excited to find new recipes to try out! I have the book “Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning” — traditional techniques! I suggest this book for anyone who wants a book too. :)

43 Margaret January 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

Signed up for the challenge. New to fermented foods, so far my “experiments” have failed. Mold on my Kombucha etc., etc. Can’t wait for some help with these issues.

44 Mary Korte January 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

I’m in! Yay!

45 Cindy January 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

I just signed up! Looking forward to learning some new things here!

46 Susan January 10, 2012 at 10:32 am

I just signed up. I’m looking forward to it.

47 Kimberly January 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

Yeah!

48 Raj @ Flip Cookbook January 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Awesome! Looking forward to all the great ideas!

49 Erin January 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Signed up and really looking forward to all the new ideas!

50 Kris January 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Signed up! I’m new to ‘real food’ and look forward to the challenge!

51 Kristen Howie January 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I just signed up.

52 Many Aliases January 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I’m signed up…gonna try this thing.

53 Tiffany January 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Whoo Whoooo!

I just found you through Cheeseslave. Where have you been all my life??

I signed up and am super excited to join in. And follow RFF from now on.

Tiff

54 Alice January 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

i signed up for the challenge

55 AmandaLP @ NourishedYear.com January 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Yay! I’ve been looking for this since you started talking about it.

My goal is to have a fermented food or drink every day.

56 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry January 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I signed up! Trying to get my Mom on board too :)

57 Cindy A January 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I’m in, and up for the challenge!

58 Amy January 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I don’t have a blog, but I can’t wait to swap probiotic recipes. My first will be a ‘root beer’ made with WKG.

59 Sunny January 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

This is great timing for me. This is something I’ve been actively working on the past few weeks, and found this while looking for new ideas.

60 Nikki January 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I’m signed up and ready to go!!

61 jen January 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm

just signed up and excited to learn!!

62 Delpha January 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

What the heck, I’ll give it a go.

63 Amanda January 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

Can’t wait to add more ferments to our selections of Kombucha, water kefir and sourdough!

64 Lisa January 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

Excited to learn!

65 Abigail Cottrell January 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

perfect timing….. thank you
I’m now signed up

66 Liberty January 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I’m in!just made fermented turnip slaw a few days ago and good old fashioned purple cabbage Kraut last night.
Blessings
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67 Katie January 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’m signed up! :)

68 That_lady January 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Signed up. We already do several ferments, but I’m always looking for new ideas. Thanks!

69 Candie January 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Looking forward to this!

70 Rene' January 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hello, I just signed up, found your site, and hoping to learn new recipes and info.
I have tried making fermented vegetables and Kefir with no luck, vegetables were beyong bitter to eat and kefir always separated on me quickly! I really want to be able to eat more probiotics, for myself, family and my dogs. Hopefully I will find a great saurkraut recipe here to try. Looking forward to all the new information!! Thank you for accepting me.

71 Pak January 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I’m in!

72 jackie January 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I just signed up. I just recieved my kiefer granuales for water kiefer. I am brand new to fermenting and looking forward to learning from ya all.

73 Rachael @ gratefullynourished January 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I am very excited about this challenge! I have the basics covered; sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, but I really want to try fermented drinks! What a great opportunity.

74 Brooke January 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

Sounds fun! I signed up

75 karen January 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

Hey! What a great challenge! (I signed up!)

76 janis January 15, 2012 at 11:27 am

Just signed up.

77 kandi January 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

signed up late.

78 Alea Milham January 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

What a great challenge! Thanks for sharing your post with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

79 Anne @ Domesblissity January 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all your posts since you started linking up with me. Everything’s been so informative. Just wanted to thank you for linking up on my Thriving on Thursdays linky party last week. It’s on again tomorrow (Thursday Australian time) and we’d love to see what you’ve been up to.

Anne @ Domesblissity xx

80 April @ The 21st Century Housewife January 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Thank you for sharing this very interesting post with the Hearth and Soul hop. Good luck with the challenge!

81 erin January 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

just signed up

82 Kari Newsom January 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I subscribed to the newsletter.

83 Shannon January 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

Sounds like a fun challenge!

Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on Momtrends.com!

84 Kristy January 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I’m going to give this a try.

Kristy

85 Grace January 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

Adding more probiotic food has been on my list for a while. Thanks for the incentive to get it started. Signed up and ready to rock.

86 GiGi Eats Celebrities January 21, 2012 at 12:19 am

Probiotics have totally helped me A LOT… they are not a CURE ALL by any means but they have helped me so much, I take them daily, sometimes more than once… but the brand I take is pretty expensive so I cannot take too many.

87 mary beth January 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

i am taking the challenge!

88 Stacey Morgan January 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Looking forward to the challenge and improving gut health! :)

89 Tanya January 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

ok… I signed up for the challenge, let’s see how this goes! Thanks in advance!

90 Tami January 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I Just took a class on Sunday and we made kimchi, fruit kimchi and sauerkraut. However I’m worried after reading some of the recipes because in our class she said to cover with a plastic bag after weighted down and secure with a rubber band. I’m wondering why she didn’t just tell us to put the lid on. She did say it would begin to bubble.
Well this should be fun!

91 Joy January 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I just signed up and am excited!

92 Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network January 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

What a great challenge, you’re right probiotics are vital to a healthy immune system! I host a linky and would love it if you popped over and linked this post! It would be great to introduce your blog to my readership! Seasonal Celebration Linky http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/seasonal-celebration-sunday/seasonal-celebration/ Thank you :-)

93 Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network February 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

Jill thank you very much for placing this post at Natural Mothers Network’s linky: Seasonal Celebration! You helped make Seasonal Celebration a wealth of intelligent, creative and resourceful information and it’s been such a pleasure for me and many others to read through each post I am really looking forward to seeing you again Sunday evening or Monday! Good luck with the challenge! Rebecca x

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