Fermented Foods Vs Pickling

Hello, This is Rhonda from Pure Simple Self! So some common questions that I seem to get asked often, being a Digestive Wellness Specialist are “Is the sauerkraut I buy in the store good for me?” or “Are these pickled beets healthy?” If the question is in relation to your gut health, or overall health than my first response or question would be First- ”Did you read the ingredients on the labels? and 2nd , – Are you looking for a probiotic or cultured food or just a good source to get your veggies?” Today I would like to explain what are Fermented Foods, and how it is different from Pickled Foods. Lets first start by explaining the Pickling process. Pickling is technically a method of “cooking” or breaking down food, as it is a process that can both preserve food and/or make otherwise “raw” food edible and ready for immediate consumption. This breaking down can occur two different ways: (1) pickles can be fermented, or (2) a quick vinegar or lemon juice massage will also yield the sour, pickled taste you crave. But wait- what about fermenting? Isn’t that the same thing? So here’s the story. All fermented foods are pickled, but not all pickled foods are fermented. Fermented food sits out for a substantial period of time, thereby introducing ambient bacteria that will naturally ferment the food that is undergoing the pickling process. So, the way to make a homemade pickled food into fermented food is to let it sit out for at least 10 days or longer with all the food fully submerged in the liquid...

Insomnia – Why Can’t I Sleep??

Hello this is Rhonda with Pure Simple Self As a Certified Health Coach and now a  recently certified as a Digestive Wellness Specialist, I would have to say that about 90% of my clients have this same thing in common.  Sleep issues!  From not being able to fall asleep to waking up and not able to fall back asleep to waking up after sleep not feeling rested. Today I would like to address what could be the cause of your Insomnia. Let me start by stating that we are holistic beings.  There is not ONE thing that causes insomnia and there is not one thing that will fix it.  There are a combination of things that can lead the body to not function properly, which would lead to insomnia.  Here are examples of what I have found in my practice and have successfully worked with helping my clients sleep better. Types of sleep problems:  Do you experience any of the following? 1.  Can’t fall asleep 2.  Can fall asleep but wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep 3.  Wake up in the morning not feeling rested 4.  Pain – general or joint 5.  Urinary frequency challenges 6.  Restless leg syndrome What causes sleep problems?  It can be a combination of a few things for example: 1.  Sympathetic Dominance – Or Your fight or flight response is being over stimulated.  This could cause you to have a difficult time to get relaxed enough to be able to sleep.  Your thoughts keep running in your head of what happened during your day, your to...

Vegan Taco Lasagna

 List of ingredients:  Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce (recipe below) Package of 10 burrito size flour tortillas (you can use corn but double the amount) 2 cans re-fried beans rinsed and drained 1 can black beans 1 cans diced tomatoes 1 medium onion chopped 1 green or red pepper chopped 1 medium zucchini chopped 1 clove garlic minced 1/2 jar of your favorite salsa vegan meat crumbles (my favorite is Gardein brand but Boca is good too) 2-3 table spoons taco seasoning 1 teaspoon ground cumin Toppings:  Chopped green onions and Romaine lettuces and vegan sour cream (follow your heart brand is my choice) In a medium sauce pan put about 1/2 inch water to cover the bottom of the pan (I choose to not use oil when I saute my veggies) over medium heat cook the chopped onion.  Once the onion is cooked add the garlic, pepper and zucchini and let cook until just about tender.  Add the tomatoes, black beans and salsa and 1 cup of the meat crumbles. (you can add more if you like it to be more of a meaty texture)  Add the taco seasoning and cumin and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Mean while lets get to the Nacho Cheese sauce, you will need the following: 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked for a minimum of 20 minutes or as long as overnight 2 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes 2/3 cup diced carrots 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast 4 tablespoons coconut oil (or grape seed oil) 3 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar sriracha or...

Top Five Natural and Effortless ways to loose weight in One Week

1. Drink water with Lemon Whether hot or cold, infused water with lemon, or plain helps to keep your metabolism humming.  Staying hydrated is an important component of a healthy diet because it boosts your metabolism.For those that do not enjoy plain water, adding some lemon is a great way to boost the flavor without adding calories.  It is also a good idea to drink water a half hour before you eat your meal.   Most times when we feel hungry it really may be that we are dehydrated.  So if we drink water before we eat this will help curb your appetite, as well aid in your digestion.  When we drink water with our meal it dilutes our stomach acids and as a result our bodies are not able to digest our meal as effectively.  So drink your water a half hour before or after your meals. 2. Eat a High Protein Breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  Don’t waste it on high carb, high sugar cereals that you burn off quick and leaving you feeling sluggish and only hungry again soon after. Instead eat a meal that is high in protein and simple carbs that your body can use as fuel and give you energy that will burn more slowly and keep you from early crash before your noon meal.  Some ideas if you are in a hurry – Protein powder smoothies, you can add chia seeds for added protein as well as a filling texture.  Almond butter on Ezekiel bread toast, or a nice bowl of quick oats you can add some walnuts...