Bone Broth: 101

Over the past year I have learned a lot about broth and why it is important. Bone broth has always been a staple in traditional food diets, and it is becoming a staple in my kitchen. This simple super food is really easy to make and is full of nutrients!

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Benefits: While there are many health benefits, which I will get to, there are a lot of practical reason to make more broth. For starters, making bone broth is really economical. I often roast a whole chicken (or any bone in meat) and use the meat for a meal, and then use the bones to make broth. I know I will always get two meals, meat and broth. That keeps the price right, while also making sure what I serve is nutritious.

Another benefit of bone broth is little waste. In my broth I add all my kitchen scraps. For example, when I chop up some onions, peel a carrot, or cut the ends of celery, I keep those and add them to my broth. Also, I use the whole animal. This means that the bones, organs, and meat are all being put to use in my kitchen. The easiest way to save and store your “scraps” is to get a freezer bag/freezer safe container, fill it overtime, and store in freezer. In my bag I add both bones and veg. We are only a two person household, so it might take us a week or two to fill it enough to make broth.

Wellness: As I have mentioned, bone broth is exceptionally nutrient dense. Many people have been relieved of their leaky gut through broth due to the gelatin. Some people experience better hair, skin, and nails from the collagen. Broth is loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. People have even linked broth to helping diseases like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and gut diseases. As you can start to tell, broth can be a whole body treatment from the inside out.

Besides all of the wonderful health benefits, a really obvious benefit is that broth makes people feel good! There is a reason when you’re sick all you want is chicken soup. Broth is soothing, warms you up, and is a real comfort food. (Are you wanting some bone broth yet?!)

Adding broth to you diet is absolutely easy and is something you can enjoy. Since adding it to my diet, I can honestly say it is something I crave when I don’t have it. It starts my day, and often closes it as well. If you have been wondering about bone broth, here is your message to try it! You will not regret it!

Looking for more: I haven’t learned everything about broth from my own experience. Over the past year I have learned a lot about broth form many other people. Here is some links to website, articles, and videos that have taught me what I know about broth!

Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon MA and Kaayla T Daniel, PhD, CCN 

Can Broth Help Us Maintain a Healthy Weight? A Study on Glutamine and the Microbiome Suggests It 

Bone Broth and Health: A Look at the Science — Kaayla Daniel, Ph.D., CCN (AHS14)

Bone Broth for Health Building: Nourishing the Liver and Kidneys
By Cindy Micleu, MTCM, LAc.

Monday Mission: How to Make your own Homemade Chicken Stock/Broth

Wellness Mama

The Healthiest and Best Bone Broth (plus video!)

 

*Although I believe broth has brought me wellness; this post, myself, nor broth, is intended to diagnose or treat individuals . Always check things out with your physician to be sure it is right for you!

 

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3 Lessons From 2015 for A Better 2016

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As 2015 closes and we start the new year, as always, I am doing some reflecting on what 2015 brought to me and what I taking from it. 2015 has some really awesome memories, but also had struggle and was unstable at times. With all that said, I am taking three big lessons to bank and they are going to make for a better 2016!

Lesson #1: Put yourself out there!

This is a lesson I have been learning all year. I didn’t really let go of this until recently. I have always worried about what would happen if I put myself out there. I wasted lots of time worrying about my creativity, ideas, opinions, passions, and experience. I worried that is wasn’t enough, and that because it wasn’t others wouldn’t notice. Or worse, they would notice, and not in a good way. This year I took  risks and did put myself out there, and I wish I would have done it sooner! Putting myself out there has opened doors, built confidence, and has given me opportunities I didn’t think I would ever get. If you too are struggling to put yourself out there in whatever it maybe, I encourage you to do it!

Lesson #2: Love comes in ALL shapes!

In June of 2015 I married my best friend. We have overcome a lot in our first 7 months of marriage. Life this year threw us a lot of lemons! During this time it was easy to forget about each others needs. We had a lot of other things going on, but I fortunately read a wonderful book by Gary Chapman: The 5 Love Languages. If you haven’t read this book let me just say its understanding of love will CHAGNE your relationships for good. I learned so much about how to love my husband in ways that fill him up. I also learned a lot about how I give and receive love. In 2016 I want to not only continue using this in my marriage, but I want to use this to build more relationships and grow the friendships I already have.

Lesson #3: Skinny doesn’t mean healthy!

I have spent most of my life thinking that skinny meant you where healthy, but this year I ran across information about what healthy really looks like. I started following a mostly clean diet.I also learned a lot about fermented foods, whole fats, and natural lifestyles. I have healed myself of illness with whole foods, and I see great length in my hair and nails. (Something you would have never saw before!) Being healthy has nothing to do with being skinny, healthy has all to do with what put into and do with your body. Gaining knowledge about wellness this year has set me up for an even healthier and happier lifetime.

I am taking many this from 2015, but these 3 lessons are some big ones! They are things that I know will make my 2016 even better. I would love to hear what YOU are taking from 2015 that will make 2016 better! Leave it in the comments below!