Welcome to the second issue of Voices! You’ve got something to say about food, and we want to help you share it.
So, one Sunday per month, we give you the floor to share … whatever is on your mind. Truly. (You can submit your thoughts here.)
We will do our best to publish everything shared through Voices — even if we don’t agree! Voices is for YOU.
Have a reaction to what’s shared below? Feel free to leave a comment, but be kind and respectful. Voices is not a place to debate; it’s for sharing of opinions, experiences, and perspectives on food. If you don’t agree with something and you choose to leave a comment, be kind and respectful. If you disagree, we also encourage you to share your own perspective in a future issue of Voices.
Now, let me give a big thanks to to all who contributed to this issue! Below, you’ll see entries by Marcy, Rhonda, Christin, and Cris. If you submitted an entry but don’t see it here, don’t worry. We will do our best to post everything we receive, and in the order received.
No Need to Fear GAPS Intro
by Marcy Jackson of Hilltop Acres
Last fall my family and I took the plunge into the GAPS diet including a 30 day cycle on the Intro phase. Although I am a traditional foods enthusiast, I felt a little nervous going into the GAPS Intro. After all, you read about how ‘difficult’ Intro is, and to make sure you ‘prepare’ before you start. So with a bit of fear and trembling we dove in.
As the weeks progressed, I started thinking to myself, I’m not sure what all the fuss is about! I mean, I was literally throwing some veg or squash and meat in a pot with broth and cooking the stuffing out of it. By the end of week two, my thoughts were, sheesh, this is a heck of a lot less work then I usually put into a meal. In fact meal prep is quite simple: take broth, add meat, throw in veg, simmer beyond recognition…enjoy!
No, I think the real difficulty of GAPS Intro is that you just get plain ol’ tired of ‘slop in a pot’ style meals. So take heart, if you and your family have been on the fence about doing the GAPS Intro because it just seems like too much work, let me encourage you to look at it from a different perspective. GAPS Intro is not difficult or too much work, it’s just not easy on the palate.
Marcy lives with her family in Alliston, Ontario, Canada where they run an organic food co-op from their homestead.
Year-Round Beet Kvass
by Rhonda Brougher
I would like to share how I have been enjoying Beet Kvass year round. I used to make kvass only when I could find beets in the grocery store, which wasn’t very often in the winter! We live in rural Iowa, so our stores don’t have a whole lot of selection in the colder months. Even when I did find them, they weren’t even close to being local or of good quality. So I thought of an idea to try.
This past summer when organic beets were plentiful at the Farmers Market, I made several half gallon jars for the fridge to see how long they would last. Well, I am happy to report that 6 half gallon jars lasted me all year — when each half gallon jar was nearly finished, I made one more 1/2 gallon batch from those same beets and the remaining 10% kvass, simply following Wardee’s recipe in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods. It was successful! This amounted to having 2 quart of kvass for us to consume each month, which was just the right amount.
Last night, I put up another year’s worth of kvass while listening to the Know Your Food Podcast. Wardee was introducing the Voices Series, so I thought I would share how we enjoy Beet Kvass year round from local, organic beets!
A Great Blessing God has Given Me
by Christin Carson of Simply Well Fed
When I think about Paul and his references to the “thorn in his side,” I’m strongly reminded of mine — my weight. I have battled my weight for years, I ate the diet toted by the media. I woke up at 5:30 to do aerobics, I counted calories, etc. But none of it ever worked.It wasn’t until I read Jordan Rubin’s book The Makers Diet that I understood how God designed us to eat, and that has been a life changing experience for me!
I’ve researched, cooked, read, and studied every avenue for a whole food lifestyle since then and I’m the wiser for it. With this knowledge I’ve been able to help my husband with his health issues. He comes from a family with cancer, diabetes and heart disease. At 27, his doctor wanted to put him on statins for his high cholesterol. So, with my newly found wisdom and a whole foods diet I was able to improve my husband’s health, and now my husband is a very strong and robust 30 year old who will be spending a long, disease-free life with me. Without the thorn in my side, now known as a great blessing, I would have never taken the time to study God’s Word for his health and healing principles, nor would I have had the knowledge to help my husband heal his body!
Trust God that He created the best food for us and obey Him by eating wholesome, natural foods.
Camping with DIY Electrolyte Drinks
by Cris Franco of Bee Oasis on Facebook
As my 7 year old and I are on our way to New Mexico and will be camping out on a farm in the desert for over two weeks, I decided now was a great time to finally try out the DIY electrolyte drinks I have pinned from around the internet.
I modified every recipe I tried. I needed them to be as easy and simple as possible for my limited camp setup. In a 1 quart mason jar, I dumped 1/2 cup of chopped fruit and squished with a spoon. Then added 1/2 tablespoon raw honey and stirred and squished some more. Then 1/2 cup citrus juice (I bring whole citrus and juice with this). Repeated the mastication. Finally filled with water and stirred up. The best was the cherry limeade (inspired by this Facebook share on Gnowfglins)!
I recommend not refrigerating or adding ice if you’re working outdoors. Extras such as sea salt, magnesium powder, etc. can be added as well. I also learned a couple lessons. If you add liquid before squishing the fruit, then most float to the top and are now impossible to squish in the jar. Second, the amount of citrus in the original recipes tended to be too strong for my stomach, so start with less.
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