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All the money in the world can’t buy you back good health. Reba McEntire
This is the last week of official summer. To walk in the morning I already need a jacket. This morning the alarm rang and I turned over for another hour. No walk, no sunrise, no reading inspirational books. This is what happens when we give up our time. When we sleep in it is our-time we give up. It is our time for centering ourselves, our time for setting the tone of the day, our time for exercise, our time to make a better breakfast.
Today is a fast day so I’ll gain time that would have been spent making breakfast. Twenty-four-hour fasts are fitting into my life. It isn’t that hard going from dinner to dinner. It could be that too many experiments are going on at once in my life. Intermittent fasting has been a part of my life for quite a while, now I’m adding twenty-four-hour fasts and kombucha.
Our bodies live in perpetual summer getting ready for a winter that never comes according to Dr. Gundry. This is where insulin resistance comes in. We are prepared for lean, hard, hungry times; we put on weight because we will need it to get through the famine of winter. Except, year after year we don’t have that lean, hungry time. Almost all religions have fasting as part of their traditions.
When I look at pictures of my Dad’s family in their early years, they probably weren’t slim just because of youth, feeding a family of twelve in the thirties and forties would have been a challenge. Our abundance of food is both good for us and bad for us.
Maintaining good health should be the primary focus of everyone. Sangram Singh
According to Dr. Gundry, the key to longevity is to eat less sugar and less protein. Fasting is a way to do this and sometimes it is easier to stay away from something completely than to only eat a little bit. I won’t eat breakfast or lunch today but I will eat a nice dinner. Bone broth was on the menu during a few of my fasts but surprisingly my weight went up. Bone broth is said to be very healthy, and I do intend to bring it into my diet but not during my twenty-four-hour fasts.
My husband joined me on a twenty-four-hour bone broth fast and he noticed the same result. My son said to me, “Mom, there is no such thing as a bone-broth fast. You are either fasting or you are not.” Perhaps he’s right, and who wants to think they are fasting but not getting the benefit of it? There is no benefit to fooling ourselves, and they say we are the easiest person to fool.
Health is the first wealth. Dr. Gundry says the secret to longevity is a healthy gut. He tells us if we are careful of what we eat we can die young at a ripe old age. What I have gotten out of reading his books is we should follow his plan and then experiment with what works for us. Eat the things in moderation that agree with us and eliminate foods that don’t agree with us. Over time as our gut health improves we may find we can eat some foods that formerly bothered us.
This is not a one-size-fits-all. We are individuals with individual bodies; we need to learn to be our own control board. Some long-lived people have smoked. It isn’t recommended but what else did they do that made that okay?
Dr. Gundry believes kombucha is good for us, but we have to watch the sugar content. Homemade kombucha from the first ferment will not have much sugar, it is the second ferment where the sugar and flavoring are added.
My recipe of 1 cup sugar to 14 cups water and 8 tea bags (black or green) gives you a starting 17.9 grams of sugar per cup. According to research after 7 days of fermentation 34% of the sugar is left which equals 6 grams of sugar per cup. After 21 days it drops to 19% sugar which is 3.4 grams of sugar per cup. If we do a second ferment and add more sugar and fruit this is where the high sugar content comes from. Bottled kombucha available on store shelves has a wide sugar content, and some of it is pasteurized which will kill the good bacteria. Then all we are drinking is an expensive high sugar beverage.
Yesterday I picked up a book The Healthy Probiotic Diet by R.J. Ruppenthal, I was looking for a book on kombucha but The Big Book of Kombucha was $37.00 (I need to think about that.) The Healthy Probiotic Diet book is not about a diet it is about getting more healthy probiotics into our diet and kombucha is one he recommends. He gives recipes for turning kombucha into sparkling soda – this is done in the second fermentation stage.
If we don’t have health do we have anything? Our health is largely up to the genes we were born with and how we feed ourselves. Our choices shape our life, isn’t one of the most important choices we make what we put into our bodies?
You can’t take good health for granted. Jack Osbourne
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