Sauerkraut

For most of us, we probably aren’t aware that out guts need a bit of healing in order to absorb all the nutrients from the food we eat. 
Poor gut health can be caused by stress, inflammatory substances like sugar, pasteurised  milk and refined or processed foods, bad eating habits (eating just before bed, eating too much, snacking constantly or eating mindlessly) and a lack of seasonal, fresh produce. 

The connection between gut and mental and emotional health has long been apparent to many indigenous cultures and is a pillar of Ayurvedic science – and more recently recognised by western science. The gut-brain connection is well worth exploring for those who want to learn how we truly are what we eat:

https://chriskresser.com/heal-your-gut-heal-your-brain/

Fermented foods are a great way to  get started healing and repairing your gut. Sauerkraut is an excellent place to start and so easy to incorporate into your meals. Sauerkraut is a fantastic digestive and the fermentation process produces beneficial probiotics that are linked to improvements in immune, cognitive, digestive and endocrine function.

And it’s so easy to make yourself! Give it a try and pay attention to how your body and mind feel after eating it! 

Makes 2kg

What you need

  • 2 kgs white or red cabbage (cored, outer layer removed and saved)
  • 2 tablespoon Himalayan pink 
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seed (optional)

What you do: 
Prepare a large glass jar or fermentation crock by sterilising with boiling water. Finely slice your cabbage and sprinkle with salt allowing to sit 10 minutes.
Crush with your hands, squeezing and reducing down the cabbage to about 2/3 original volume.

(Brain food!!)
Add your cumin seeds and pack tightly into crick or jar, sealing with your reserved cabbage leaf and weighing down with either an onion or Beetroot. You need to keep the air out, so either seal with an airtight jar lid or pour a layer of oil onto surface. Make sure every couple of days the kraut is fully submerged in brine.


Keep on shelf for 4 weeks then refrigerate.

Enjoy !! 

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Failure and shame need not be the same.
Sometimes we fail even though we did our best, we reached for a goal lofty enough that there was a chance we wouldn’t reach it but we had a go and did our best anyway.
For these failures we should be proud.

Strength of character and right effort are things we can control and what we should judge ourselves on – results and success will come as we sharpen our axe and choose our path.
                 —————-

As Within, So Without

If we humans, function as microcosms of the macrocosm that is the Earth in which we reside, the same laws of nature that govern our universe, so too apply to us.

We are NOT separate by design, to the world we’re a part of and are susceptible to the same elemental forces that control our environment. 

It is such, therefore, that a change in the microcosm, affects the macrocosm. Our inner world (thoughts, words, actions) permeates to affect our outer world (relationships, environment, planet).

Instead of perceiving all of humankind’s injustices, hatred and wars as a removed spectator, powerless to change and immobilised by fear, what if we perceived this as a physical manifestation of our own unaddressed, underdeveloped and unaware selves? – The parts of us that we often hide from others, fears we need to overcome, hindered growth and thoughts we need to upgrade.. 

Individually and collectively what if changing the world was as simple as changing ourselves?

By taking personal responsibility and honest action, we can then wholeheartedly enjoy with a clear conscience, the magic that is our life on Earth. We can claim the immeasurable beauty of our world as our own and know it, intimately, to be an extension of all that is balanced and good within ourselves. 

Heal self = Heal world

Straightening By Fire

“If a man gives way to all his desires, or pandas to them, there will be no struggle, in him there will be no inner struggle in him, no “friction”, no fire.

But if for the sake of definite aim, he struggles with the desires that hinder him – he will then create a fire which will gradually transform his inner world into a single whole.”

Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous via Ram Dass, Be Here Now

Fear

To fear that which can’t or need not be escaped

To not recognise or address legitimate concerns 

Is to be trapped by fear and apathy.

To recognise irrational fears and walk your path inspite of them

To address that which needs to be addressed (choosing action over anxiety) 

Is a step toward freedom, fulfilment and self mastery

                     ————–

Investigate the nature of your mind through meditation

Recognise where irrational, unnecessary fear comes from (choose you influences wisely)

Face, confront or ignore fears that are holding you back or not serving you

Salted Caramel Flaxseed Muffins

For such a tiny seed, flaxseed (or linseed) are a nutritional powerhouse, with omega 3 essential fatty acids perfect for those looking to increase their polyunsaturated fats. For those interested, they have a remarkable fat profile:

70 Health Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed

They are also a potent anti inflammatory and antioxidant and contain heaps of fiber, which helps your body be able to digest all that good stuff.

But because of their hard outer layer, you need to either grind them or soak them for 8 hours to ensure bio-availability of the nutrients, otherwise our bodies will just churn them through undigested and, well, that would just be downright pointless. 

Here is a recipe for a very healthy snack you can take with you anywhere and know you’re getting a good omega 3 and protein boost wherever you are.

The Prana Protein powder adds a delightful salted caramel flavour, but these muffins would lend themselves well to any flavoured protein.

What you need:

  • 1 cup whole flaxseed (soaked 8 hours in 1 3/4 cup water)
  • 1 cup Prana Salted Caramel Protein 
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 5 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Coconut flakes to sprinkle on top


What you do:


Oven to 180 degrees. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with baking paper. Place eggs and almond meal in food processor and blend 2 mins or until light and creamy. Add remaining ingredients except coconut. Make sure you include all of the flaxseed fluid as this will have become gelatinous and is helpful in binding ingredients.  Blend a further 30 seconds or until just combined and spoon into tray.

They only take around 12-15 mins so keep an eye on them! They are best a little on the under-done side!