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... and it was supposed to!
I had the privilege to participate in the Big Shift, a networking event for heart centered businesses recently. One thing that Bill Barren spoke about was the idea that the first draft always sucks, and if it doesn't then you took to long!
I was speaking with someone who is currently in chemo (if you can't tell I work with cancer patients fairly regularly, sadly). I mentioned that The Detox Summit was happening at the time for free. I figured, during chemo you're trapped in a chair for hours, plus there are days that you just can't get off the couch or out bed. Considering the amount of toxins being pumped into the body during chemo I thought this person would be all for it! The response was 'I eat well, and the body detoxes on it's own anyway'. A totally valid response.
For the sake of simplicity let's assume a cleanse and a detox are the same beast.
Then I was thinking about how often I see Cleanses and Detoxes being offered. As a coach I get emails for Done For You Cleanses, where all I have to do is insert my own logo! Now, I have to be honest, while those are tempting I have researched, tested, and written the cleanses I offer here myself. This of course takes A LOT of time. But I think you're worth it and I think I'm worth it!
All of this has got my wheels turning...
what my dear reader do you think about detoxing?
How you ask!?!?
In preparing for my upcoming Fermentation Workshop I wanted to find out just how much it costs to buy some basics at the grocery store.
Here's what I found:
$35 a year, tops.
Here's how I figured that. Kraut does vary in costs, but let's assume you're going to eat 18oz a week to keep it the same size as the store bought.
That means you'll eat 7 gallons of kraut in a year. At 5 lbs of cabbage for 1 gallon of kraut (generally) you'll need 35 lbs of cabbage for a year of kraut.
Most places sell by the head for $1.50 a head. A head varies in size but are generally 3-5 lbs. So let's just say $1 a pound, even though it's really more like 50 cents.
35 lbs of cabbage costs $35! The extra padding I gave to the cost of cabbage per pound will absorb the tiny amount of salt you'll need to get it fermenting.
Ok so how about Kombucha?
Let's assume that you are ready to feel AMAZING!
You'll be drinking a kombucha everyday.
That's $6 a day x 7 days a week =$42 a week x 52 weeks a year =$2,184. You could go with a cheaper brand at $4 that's still $1,456. (I sell mine for $6 a bottle or $5 for a refill, this covers my bottling/labeling costs and Certified Kitchen rental the Health Department demand I use, this is why kombucha is so expensive in the store! Plus I do everything myself including labeling the bottles so it takes me around 24-30 hours a week to make and sell at the market)
What could you do with an extra TWO GRAND a year?!
So what would it cost you to make at home?
$111 a year
I looked up how much organic tea and organic sugar on Amazon would cost. Turns out they are both on Amazon Prime as well, so not only can you order a years supply of tea and sugar you can get it shipped to your front door for free!
If you want to make different flavors you can definitely spend more a year, however you can simply change what kind of tea you use to make a totally different kombucha!!!
That's a savings of $2,073 EVERY YEAR!
You can thank me in the comments below ;)
Here are the big guns!
Let's look at probiotics. The average price for a probiotic pill is $1 a pill, often they tell you to take 4 or more at a time. Let's just say two to keep the math easy
$730 a year. That's putting your trust in that pill on top of the costs.
Once you start making your own ferments at home you will be able to eliminate this expense all together!
So if you wanted to drink a kombucha for breakfast, pop a probiotic with lunch, and enjoy some kraut with dinner that will run you...
Buying grand total: $3,330
You'll spend $146 in supplies, after my workshop, for a WHOLE YEAR of fermented goodies!!!
You'll save $3,184 EACH YEAR by making your own vs. buying at the store!!!
This is only 3 out of the 8 different kinds of ferments I'll be teaching in the upcoming Funky Ferment Workshop!
Can you even imagine?!
Ok so if you're not in LA and you can't come to the workshop what do you do?
Register for my FREE Q&A Call!
Fermented Shots! Lavender, Ginger Lime, Hibiscus, Turmeric, Jalapeno, Coffee
Sounds to good to be true doesn't it?
Well I'm not going to say that if you eat fermented foods that you'll lose 100 lbs and still be able to eat at McD's but studies have shown that the bacteria in the gut of obese people vs non is different!
So changing the bacteria in your gut is the first step to shedding those extra pounds!
The bacteria living in your digestive track dictate how your food gets digested, how much, how quickly, what calories get absorbed, what goes where... if you have been battling the weight gain and loss rollercoaster this could be a huge reason why.
When your liver is congested, your intestines are filled with bad bacteria, you get constipated (or the opposite) and it shows. It shows to the outside world, not just your bathroom.
Your skin is a mirror of your gut. I was going to skip this but... think of your body as a doughnut. Your skin is the outside of the doughnut. The lining from your mouth to your anus is the inside of the doughnut. This is one long tube, I know it's gross but the inside of the doughnut, your gut, is how everything gets absorbed into your bloodstream, while keeping the bad stuff out of you! If you are healthy and your gut is strong the good stuff goes through your gut lining into you, the bad stuff stays out. If there is bad stuff happening in your gut, it's reflecting in your skin.
It shows up in your hair, even your eyes look dull. It can be zits, eczema, oily or dry skin, brittle hair, the whites of your eyes are no longer a bright shiny white...
We were made to eat ferments
We evolved eating fermented food. Our bodies host all those bacteria, you are their mighty ruler. If you fail to feed your people they will revolt and the bad guys will take over. We need fermented foods in order to keep the good guys alive, killing off the bad guys.
Traditionally every culture eats fermented foods daily. Most eat them several times a day. With meals, as meals, as snacks, as drinks...
There is evidence of our ancestors eating fermented foods from 7,000 BC, when the Babylonians were fermenting beer. Of course there's educated guesses that beer was being made in 12,000 BC but we haven't found evidence yet. Wine comes next, which just goes to show how much we like our altered states! Then we know the Egyptians fermented foods like milk and cheese in 3,000 BC, the Romans added meat in 1,000 BC... you can only imagine how early those in the East started! Ok, you get my point!
Of course not all ferments are created equal, but anything is better than nothing! I say this only because low fat pasteurized yogurt exists. That's not real food, and another article. So just avoid the low fat label and get your ferment on!
I'll be holding a live Health and Fermentation Q&A on Jan 15th, if you'd like to listen you can register here: http://eepurl.com/-R1hf
Please submit questions for me anytime here at the bottom of the page: www.stashahealthcatalyst.com/video.html
I'll answer them on the call and if you can't make it you can listen later!
However if you're live on the call I'll be giving away one of my Cleanses to a caller! So do try to make it live!!!
1. You immune system is your gut.
I'm starting with this because nothing would happen if it weren't for this. Our gut is where all the action happens. 70%-80% of your immune system is your gut. So if it's not healthy there is no way you are healthy. Your gut is supposed to be full of good guys, aka probiotics, aka helpful bacteria. If you don't put good bacteria into your gut then the bad, illness causing bacteria take over.
Do you get a cold every year? How about the flu? Allergies? Gluten intolerance? lactose intolerance? Asthma? Inflammation? Digestive disorders like IBS, or colon issues? Hormonal disruption? -All of these can be improved or even reversed with daily incorporation of Fermented Foods.
Which brings me to...
2. Fermentation increases the vitamin and enzyme content of your food.
B vitamins get a good boost thru fermentation. Also fermentation releases the anti-nutrients in things like nuts, seeds, legumes which means we can digest them and actually get the nutrients from them. Finally increased enzyme activities is mother nature's anti-aging creme! As we age we need to increase our enzyme rich foods and fermented foods is one of the best ways to do it!
3. It's a way cheaper anti-aging creme...
It's also much cheaper than getting sick every year, or multiple times a year! It saves you money as well since you can buy produce in bulk while they are in season, ferment them and have them year round! Especially at farmers markets or in your own garden when everything is abundant and price reduced!
4. No fancy equipment
When I became a Health Coach I invested in a blender that cost almost as much as my car. (Seriously, the blender was only $350 less than my car) Whenever I discover something that is as delicious, cost effective, superfood worthy, AND doesn't need special equipment?! -Well that's a winner!
5. It's endless
Almost anything can be fermented ( I really can't think of anything that can't) and you can ferment things in endless combinations!
Sauerkraut alone can be made 1000's of different ways. Kombucha? OMG endless. Bread -yes bread- was traditionally fermented, and as many breads as there are in the grocery store, there are 100x more out in the rest of the world. Coffee, Miso, Kimche, Soy Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Corn, Mead, Wine, Beer, Eggs, Meat, Cheese, Yogurt, Milk, Chutney, Salsa, Sauces, you name it, it can be fermented!
So you see there is no reason NOT to ferment! Get out there and try something. If you want to learn more I'll be hosting a live Q&A call on January 15th. You can send in questions prior to the call or ask on air! I'll also be giving away one (or more if it's a larger group) of my Cleanse Programs! I will have a replay of the call if you can't make the live one so please, Register Now! Find out more about my live workshop!
I live in la la LAnd. It's great for hiking and beach time, it's terrible for traffic. I love my clients, cooking Clean Dinners, skateboarding around, and watching the Steelers in action! Keep an eye out. You never know where I'll be next!
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