12 Months To A Better You Fermented Foods and Workshop

March 22, 2018 | By More

Have you ever caught yourself saying: “I need to start eating better”? For the most part, we know what to do but it’s difficult to get motivated to do it, and to be consistent. Building new healthy habits is challenging.

Goals are important and give us something to aim for, and if we can focus on our habits, these will help us to reach our goals. If your goal is to eat healthy, or to be more ‘nutritionally fit’ as I like to put it, I am here to help. Over the next 12 months, I will offer nutritional and fitness guidance, one new habit at a time, to help you to attain your overarching goal.

Your new healthy habit for March is to “Ground your guts”, by adding one fermented food into your mornings.  More specifically, try a Kefir Smoothie for breakfast!

Kefir can be bought at the grocery store or you can make your own at home (more on that a little later).  Smoothies are an easy way to load your body up with nutrients and using Kefir milk as your liquid base makes will supercharge your smoothie.  Kefir is like milk on steroids, containing high levels of probiotics as well as vitamin b12, magnesium, calcium, folate, biotin and enzymes. It’s great way to start the day!

I started with the store bought kind, but in trying to cut my sugar down, I found it hard to find brands with low sugar content. So, after learning about Kefir Grains and how simple it is to make your own Kefir, I thought I would give it a go! I got my first Kefir grain from my fermenting mentor with whom I have teamed up to run hands-on fermenting workshops in Ottawa to help bring back this healthy tradition.

Adding fermented foods to your diet is one of the first healthy eating habits I suggest to many of my clients. Personally, I have suffered from IBS for years, and I went back to school to study nutrition in order to help heal my gut because nothing the medical system was able to offer me was helping.

Eating fermented foods everyday changed the health of my digestive system and in turn, my overall health and well being. Everything ran smoother. No stomach pains, no bloating and a lot of my food sensitivities dissipated. I just felt better.

Whether or not your have IBS, food sensitivities, a low-functioning immune system, or other digestive issues going on, introducing fermented foods to your daily diet can help you heal.

Our ancestors have been fermenting foods for centuries. Besides being a healthy way to preserve foods, fermenting also boosts the nutritional value of food. Fermented foods and drinks are loaded with beneficial bacteria and vitamins that are important for our health and well being. Our body is made up of many of bacterial cells, the majority of which live in your digestive system. What that means is that the health of your gut bacteria directly impacts the health of the rest of your body.

Our next workshop is coming up Sunday April 29 2018, where you’ll get your own Kefir grains and learn some more recipes you can add to your breakfast. You can find more information here: www.personalizedfitness.ca/fermentedfoods.

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