So far to date, I have lost 10.5 pounds. I have done this by eating healthier, meaning plenty of veggies and organic meat and intermittent fasting. I did a book review on Intermittent fasting by Gabriel Jackson you can read it HERE
I am learning to stop restricting myself so much and just enjoy life more. Now let me be clear about the restrictions, I am still eating low sugar low carb, but it doesn’t mean no sugar or carbs at all.
The other day I baked some bread and we had it with dinner. My husband was happy and we had a wonderful meal. He didn’t freak out and say, “Oh my God…carbs!” No, instead, we enjoyed our dinner and each other and that was it.
Take a look at a few of the things I’ve been making for our health journey.
This is how I make bone broth. I buy the bones from the meat department. They are called marrow bones. I slow cook them for about 18 hours with all the leftover veggies in the fridge like carrots, celery, onion, bok choy, and even garlic cloves (garlic is an anti-inflammatory) 1/4 cup of white vinegar (that helps to leach the nutrients and collagen out of the bones) and then pour filtered water (not tap) to cover the bones by about 2 inches. Then add whatever else you find that you like to eat and start it out on high and let it all cook down. Some say it should cook on low, but I cook it on high for a few hours before I turn it down.
Afterward, I strain it by placing a tea towel over a sifter to double strain it to get everything out, the debris I call it. (Tea towels wash up very easily by the way) Below are the results. Two beautiful gelatinous jars of love. This can be added to anything and everything. I never add water to any of my dishes, I always add some kind of broth, like chicken broth or beef broth because it gives the dish more flavor. Now I have bone broth so that is what I’ll add. You can even heat it up and drink it by the cup. I add a pinch of salt and pepper mmmmmmm, like drinking a hot cup of soup.
Bone broth can help cure leaky gut, it restores immune system function, helps you overcome food allergies and so much more. The collagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine that you get from bone broth help seal the openings in the gut lining that cause leaky gut and the collagen/gelatin also support gut integrity. (bone broth made at home, not the imitation stuff purchased in a carton on the store shelf.) Also, when it is cold, it turns to collagen/gelatin, when it is warmed up, it is liquid and you can add noodles to make a nice soup or drink it alone.
Below is a regular dinner we have been eating as you can see from the meal planners. These are the best southern collard greens ever, seasoned with onion, garlic, and smoked turkey leg. (Look for the tutorial in upcoming weeks before Christmas) Next to the collards is corn that I cut from the cob that we got at a farmers market in New Jersey a few days ago, along with a basket of honey crisp apples. I always pack an apple cut into wedges in my husband’s lunch box with leftovers.
I added bone broth to the collard greens and the corn.