Let’s get real for a sec, 80-90% of our immune system lives inside of your gut, that’s over 500 different species of bacteria alive inside YOU! So whenever we’re eating foods full of good bacteria i.e the fermented stuff, we’re putting these good guys in so they can go to work for us. Fight the common colds, make our digestion hum and start to heal the bigger things, like leaky gut, eczema, brain fog and in my case, chronic IBS.
For a good 5-years, I struggled with the daily bloat. I’d need to loosen my pants everyday and I was constantly tired after I ate. I would either nap or eat an extreme amount of sugar to try and pull through. I was always tired after I ate and the brain fog I experienced was chronic. It was a horrible cycle. Things for my husband weren’t much better. He’d suffered debilitating eczema since he was a baby and no matter what we tried there was no answer. Fast forward a few years and we welcomed our babes. Our first was often constipated and our second was covered in eczema from 9-months old with one of his first words being ‘itchy’. Oh that hurt my heart. Things had to change. I had to find a way to help us.
Under instruction from my naturopath, I started investigating the effects of gut health on our body. The symptoms of poor gut health was us, all of us! Plus the 4-5 colds we’d all catch in winter or pickup whenever anyone else was unwell. Every article and practitioner I saw said the same thing, we needed to start including some fermented foods in our whole families diet, it would help heal our gut. So I started small, I added a spoonful of sauerkraut (fermented cabbage, sounds tricky, it isn’t) to each of our meals. Then I switched the bread from the yeast stuff to naturally fermented sourdoughs. We each had a shot glass of kombucha in the morning and I started making fermented veggies for the babes’ lunchboxes using a humble old probiotic pill.
The changes were huge. Our eczema improved, my body healed quicker than the restrictive FODMAP diet I was trying (and was stressed desperately trying to stick to) and the million other dietary tweaks I’d tried. We all became regular, bloating was gone, my brain worked again and never have the kids had cough medicines, cold tablets or antibiotics. We were now just eating real food, just with a yummy ferment or two on the side. Their immune system is tough, real tough and I now crave these fermented foods. Ferments foods have cut my sugar cravings and give me so much energy when I eat them. My kids delight when they drink fermented orange juice (2-ingredients, takes 20-seconds to make) and enjoy straining the milk kefir.
Here’s Why Fermenting Rocks…
By fermenting your foods, you’re making them easier to digest. The fermentation in yogurts, ghee and kefir help some lactose-intolerant people digest dairy foods (that’s me!). Same goes with sourdoughs for some that have gluten sensitivities etc..
Fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria, so when you munch on them, you’re adding beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and enzymes to your gut. These guys help you absorb all the goodness both in the fermented veggies, and also the foods you eat them with. Win-win!
Studies have shown fermented foods to be really high in B vitamins, which impacts our energy levels, brain function and prevent infections.
Because fermented foods are bacteria-based, they support the beneficial bacteria (probiotics i.e. the good guys) in our digestive tract. More of these guys helps to strengthen the immune system. Goodbye common colds and sick days.
You’ll get months (if not years) out of many of your ferments by doing this. Think of the savings!
Mine did! By re-populating the gut with good guys, there’s no room for the bad guys that feed on sugar and tell your body to eat-eat-eat more of it. The tartness of the ferments can help change the families taste buds too.
A healthy amount of good bacteria in mummas own system often transfers to her baby both when they’re inside and also through birth and breastfeeding.
Some fermented foods such as sauerkraut are high in choline, which can help lower blood pressure and can help you to metabolise fats more quickly. Plus you’re eating VEGGIES when you make this stuff. That is always going to help your waistline.
You could change the kids’ regular juice over to a fermented one (that tasted exactly the same) and it helped the kids not get sick as often and the regular doctor visits in winter was a thing of the past.
You could eat regular food and no longer feel bloated after your meals. Your digestion felt GREAT and your skin problems cleared up.
Fermenting was super-easy to do. You’d cut some carrots for dinner and easily add a few extra to a jar with a probiotic tablet to make fermented ones. Simple.
I’ve created a self-guided fermenting course that’s going to show you EXACTLY how to make 20+ ferments along with unlimited support from me, so you can become a pro. These recipes aren’t tricky, I have purposely left the cold tonics with 30-ingredients and ferments that take weeks to make off. These recipes are EASY, QUICK & MINIMAL FUSS.
Q. How long does each recipe take to make?
Varying, some 1-minute others 20. Not long though, these are simple, family friendly-ferments.
Q. Is the self-guided or do I release each recipe one at a time?
All are released on the same day, Saturday 24th. You choose which you’d like to start with, or you can follow Stace’s formula.
Q. Will you include where to buy the bits we need to ferment with?
Sure will. I have a stockist list (and video) talking you through that.
Q. You cover a lot of ferments, which should I start with?
I have that all set out in the course, but of course, you can choose.
Q. I’ve got intolerances, do you cater for that?
Q. I’m worried the kids won’t eat this type of food.
You’ll start small and work up to large quantities. I’ll be there supporting you.
Q. I’m on the fence, should I?
$147 would be lucky to get you one space at a fermenting workshop, and the problem is you’ll only learn about one ferment and not have access to my 15+ recipes plus me on hand to answer all your questions when you’re actually giving it a go in your own home.
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