naturopaths and bone broth.

November 28, 2012, Michaela Evanow, 5 Comments

I recently returned from my visit to the naturopath with Florence. She said to give Flo homemade chicken broth everyday because the gelatin and marrow and all that goodness was essential to healthy growth and would be beneficial to her muscles. I cooked my first chicken in the crockpot and have recently purchased another.

I’m excited.

Last year I was a vegetarian, this year I’m sucking the marrow from the bones (not really, but I hear it’s good).

I was reading an article about gelatin as a protein source, and how beneficial it is to our bodies.

You have to understand, this is coming from an organic tofu ingesting, vegetarian who wouldn’t touch a chicken with a ten foot pole.

It’s amazing what a little perspective and one’s gut will tell you. Not that vegetarianism is bad, by any means. But, I think the Nourishing Traditions philosophy is a bit radical for our lean, green society. It’s radical to me (I mean brain omelette? NO WAY). But I’ve been researching the fermented foods movements for months now, and have always known the goodness of meat, meat broths and good fats, like coconut oil, olive oil, and yes, even butter and ghee from my wise and wonderful mama.

Dr. Samantha Gray, my naturopath has already given me a wealth of information and wisdom. She highly recommends Nourishing Traditions, specifically for children and the childbearing years.

It’s really, really beneficial to have another perspective for Florence, a natural, non invasive holistic approach.

My first round of bone broth turned out wonderfully, after it simmered in the slow cooker for 15 hours. Florence loves it. She also loves veggie water (from steaming broccoli or spinach) and cumin spiced carrots and black currant pear puree spiked with cinnamon and egg yolk.

I’m reading: The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani. It’s set in Iran in the 1600’s, and so far a fascinating, lyrical read. And I’ve been devouring The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears. Although it’s from a pro vaccine standpoint, he is also a fan of alternative scheduling, spacing vaccines out and postponing. He gives great recommendation on what brands are best and how to prepare for possible side effects (ie: cod liver oil…Florence also just started taking this as Dr. Gray recommended it).

I’m watching: The Forsyte Saga. I finished the saga, and it was SO good! It’s from 2002, or so, but the acting is just impeccable and the story really is a saga spanning across generations from a well to do English family in the late 1880’s to the 1920’s. I found it on Netflix.

I’m listening to: Dave Fitzgerald: We are an ark. I love, love this song. It’s one of my meditation songs. You make your home in me.

Pin of the week: It’s whey! I am looking into making cheese and yogurt, and have noticed that whey is really beneficial to one’s body. You can find it floating on top of good quality yogurt. The Prairie Homestead recommends 16 ways to use whey (not protein powder whey), including baking it into breads and making whey lemonade. Click the picture for the goods!

 

5 Comments

  • Reply Erica January 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I just posted on your hammock post. We too feed bone broths to our son through his gtube. We started with chicken, moved to lamb and now he’s at beef. Chicken wasn’t fatty enough to put weight on him. It’s been a struggle. Hugs to you mama!

    • Reply Michaela. January 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Hi Erica,
      Thanks for sharing your story. Blessings to you. I’ll look into beef broth instead of chicken. I’ve had a feeling chicken isn’t fatty enough for her because I’ve been feeding her a lot of it and yet her weight hasn’t gone up. So potatoes, corn and peas here we come. Lots of coconut oil too.

  • Reply Kali December 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Totally one the same page Michaela- after years of vegan/vegetarian/raw foods pursuit of optimal health, I am loving the whole foods/ REAL fats and minerals approach to eating. Nourishing Traditions is an eye-opening book for sure and I’m exploring the world of fermented food too. Yes-sweet Flo is going to thrive with such nourishment of body, soul & spirit! You are a beautiful, wise mama.

    • Reply Michaela. December 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Coming from a mama I respect, this is good news! 🙂

  • Reply Melissa Naiad November 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I love this! A lot of what you mention I’ve been looking into the past couple of years, and completely agree with. I was a vegetarian for years until I listened to Dr. Joel Wallack (a natropath who emphesizes supplimentation, and a Nourishing Traditions/Real Food style diet) speak. It’s amazing how beneficial a high-fat diet can be–something that a lot of people seemingly fear these days, and fermented foods, and meat.

    Flo is so lucky to have you as her Mom 🙂 I’m sure all this good stuff will help so much.

  • Leave a Reply