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!).
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!