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Old 03-01-2014, 12:43 PM   #43
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I have just gotten into making kombucha tea at home-- supposedly it is loaded with health benefits. I like it, especially with fruit and spice flavours added. However, the fermentation instructions say not to jostle it while it is brewing. Has anyone made it on the road? We'll be traveling in southeastern Utah for the month of April, so a home-made ready-to-drink stash won't last that long; and the canned health food commerical varieties are expensive.
http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha
Part of the reason Kombucha doesn't travel well is that it needs access to oxygen when it is brewing. You need the top of the vessel open, which is hard to do in a moving vehicle.

At home, we use the continuous brewing method, where you draw your weekly supply from a large brewing vessel. We use a 5 litre glass dispenser for brewing and draw between 1 - 2 litres a week. The benefit of this method is that the bacteria and yeasts have a chance to really establish themselves, keeping the culture healthy. The resulting drink is also deeper flavoured, which some prefer.

Kombucha stops fermenting when chilled, and keeps well, so you could just get a supply going, then take a cooler with you just for the bottles.

I introduced a Kombucha culture at work and after some initial scepticism (especially from the guys) it is now so popular that we will need to upsize the brewing vessel. It's a really, really good thing to do for you overall health.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:47 PM   #44
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Mayo Clinic's website is usually my reference for online health advice:

Kombucha tea: Does it have health benefits? - Mayo Clinic

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Old 03-01-2014, 01:02 PM   #45
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Mayo clinic's website is usually my reference for online health advice:

Kombucha tea: Does it have health benefits? - Mayo Clinic

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Kombucha tea is often brewed in homes under nonsterile conditions, making contamination likely.
This kind of comment from the Mayo Clinic is complete nonsense. Kombucha has been around for 100's of years and has been brewed in environments far, far, far dirtier than what we have today. There is zero need to fear-monger like this (not you, Ag&Au, the Mayo Clinic)

The way Kombucha works is the same way that sauerkraut, kimchi, kosher pickles, sourdough bread, vinegar, yoghurt and even beer are created - bacteria create an environment that suits them, but is hostile to other bacteria. In the case of kombucha (and many other fermented products) this means creating an acidic environment. Most of the bacteria strains responsible for these reaction are good for us - we call them probiotics.

Humans have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to live in a mutually beneficial relationship with these probiotic bacteria, specifically with strains that live in our gut. In a nutshell, we provide food and shelter for them, they protect us from bacteria that's bad for us, help us digest food, make nutrients available to us that otherwise would be flushed out and generally make themselves useful.

There is a fair bit of research out there that links healthy gut flora to everything from heart health to mental health, especially depression and anxiety. Here's a good article: http://www.livescience.com/40255-how...al-health.html

Due to the way that much food is produced these days, the amount of friendly bacteria we're ingesting has decreased dramatically. We're only now beginning to understand the consequences of eating food that's basically so clean it's dead.

I have experienced the difference Kombucha makes to my health first hand. More energy and better digestion are top of the list. If nothing else, a daily glass delivers a shot of probiotics.

For as long as you keep your kitchen clean and apply common sense (throw away a culture that smells bad or looks black) you should be just fine.
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White Bean Dip, Gluten Free

One of our favorite appetizer spreads based on a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis' "Everyday Italian." She calls the recipe "White Bean Dip with Pita Chips" and says it is the Italian version of hummus.

White Bean Dip, Gluten Free

Ingredients
1 15 oz can of white beans, drained and rinsed (Giada says cannellini; we also like chickpeas/garbanzo beans)
2 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves (we use whatever fresh herbs we have on hand)

Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, and parsley in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped. Season with salt (or not) and pepper to taste. Transfer the bean puree to a small bowl and serve with your choice of vegetables, fruits and/or carbs to dip into it or spread it on.

We tend to double the recipe using 1 can cannellini and 1 can chick peas. We like the smoother texture. We also use it as a base and substitute for butter and mayo when making sandwiches and wraps.

Giada's original recipe calls for serving the dip with toasted pita wedges.

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I thought I would list my diet here.

Most will think it extreme. however since I have genetically high cholesterol and serious reactions to any of the common prescription remedies, I find it justified and both physically and psychologically satisfying.

everything is certified organic if available.

Breakfast:
an apple and a banana
orange juice.
Decaf green tea.
Other fruit is sometimes substituted.

Lunch:
A bowl of a cereal I make at home from organic ingredients. It contains corn, rice, oats. millet, flax, pumkin seed, and a 100% natural trail mix of fruit, nuts, and berries. The cereal is eaten with almond milk.

afternoon and or evening snacks:
raw and unsalted nuts, raw vegetables, dates and figs.

Dinner:

Rice and or beans, mixed vegetables
sometimes pasta and homemade sauce.
two or three nights a week meat is included. It will be either fish or white poultry meat.

Desert: unsweetened nonfat greek yogurt.

At sometime during day I will have at least three more cups of decaf green tea and one or two ounces of unsweetened dark baker's chocolate.

Other available snacks are Garden of Eatin' organic blue corn chips with no salt added. A can of no salt added kippered herring.

Any prepackaged foods must be no salt and no sugar added. (that includes all the names under which sugar is sneaked into our food).

Any additional liquid will be water or fruit juice.

Minumun exercise: weather permitting 100+ miles a week off road on my bicycle.
Bad weather: 45 mins at day on elliptical machine.


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This is not a diet in the sense of something temporary, I have been doing this for about three years.
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Whatever one's objectives are in the quest for "healthy eating," the best ingredient is planning.

There is a reality show called "My 600 Pound Life." It chronicles the pre and post-operative gastric-bypass patients who are under the care of a surgeon who practices in Houston, TX.

Many of these patients come from areas outside of Houston and TX to consult with this surgeon. They cannot fit into an airplane seat, so have to resort to car or van travel. What drive me nuts is this: all the gastric-bypass candidates (and/or the family member who is driving the vehicle) stop at fast-food restaurants along the way because "it's a long drive and we still have to eat."

A cooler filled with healthier options is an easy thing to do. This failure to plan at home or on the road is the reason a minor weight problem ballooned into the nightmare of being morbidly obese.

When it comes to Airstreaming, I plan (and prepare) my nutrition as carefully as my route. I cannot function, let alone drive, on crap.
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I thought I would list my diet here.


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This is not a diet in the sense of something temporary, I have been doing this for about three years.
On other important antioxidant source that I left out:

1 or 2 glasses every evening of non alcoholic cabernet or merlot from here.

The World’s Best Non-Alcoholic Wines | ARIEL Vineyards

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Whatever one's objectives are in the quest for "healthy eating," the best ingredient is planning.

There is a reality show called "My 600 Pound Life." It chronicles the pre and post-operative gastric-bypass patients who are under the care of a surgeon who practices in Houston, TX.

Many of these patients come from areas outside of Houston and TX to consult with this surgeon. They cannot fit into an airplane seat, so have to resort to car or van travel. What drive me nuts is this: all the gastric-bypass candidates (and/or the family member who is driving the vehicle) stop at fast-food restaurants along the way because "it's a long drive and we still have to eat."

A cooler filled with healthier options is an easy thing to do. This failure to plan at home or on the road is the reason a minor weight problem ballooned into the nightmare of being morbidly obese.

When it comes to Airstreaming, I plan (and prepare) my nutrition as carefully as my route. I cannot function, let alone drive, on crap.
FAN,

You are not supposed to watch shows like that. The next thing you know, you'll be telling us about what's happenin' on "Here comes Honey Boo-Boo".

I think you will enjoy this if you haven't seen it before. Be careful this is the adult language not bleeped version.

Raising the Bar (Season 16, Episode 9) - Full Episode Player - South Park Studios

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Old 03-01-2014, 04:30 PM   #51
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Hey Ag your breakfast is pretty carb heavy. You should cut the orange juice it has more sugar as fructose than we need.Just an opinion-- A great thing I learned,, and no I am not diabetic.///is to take your blood sugar an hour or so after a meal. You would be surprised at what foods raise it to unhealthy levels. You don't want it to go much over 100-130. I ate at a seafood place a few yrs ago, having their garlic rolls. When I tested later my BG was over 200. Very bad for your heat and arteries. Just sayin'
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and Mac that white bean sounds great ,,there is a lot of good news about resistant starches, beans being one. These are very hard to digest and feed the bacteria in our gut. They are great for gut health which is very important for overall health and well being.
Sweet potato, and cooled rice are good as well. These are some of the carbs that are acceptable on a low carb diet for most.

Len n Jeanne - that kombucha is great stuff. I have heard terrific news about fermented foods, a lot of my fellow low carbers eat sauerkraut for example. There was a whole podcast about it on the FatBurningman.com show
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a side comment on salt. It has been discussed that the lack of iodine in salt is at the root of the rampant Thyroid problems that are seen today. Many of us has dysfucntional thyroid and don't know it. Symptoms are low rising body temperature in the morning, cold extremities and more. I had a rising temp of 95. This contributes to arterial plaque as well. I really don't want a stent or worse.
I now take a dessicated thyroid med. as well as Kelp supplement.
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That didn't last long, did it?

There's only been a few recipes shared, and a whole lot of arguing/discussion about what's healthy and what is not!!!
One thing about the forums..you can't say much without someone contradicting you. It has always been so. I have been on here literally snce day one. Now watch someone say it ain't so.
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a side comment on salt. It has been discussed that the lack of iodine in salt is at the root of the rampant Thyroid problems that are seen today.
Yes. No argument here.
Problem is, the healthiest salt is unprocessed sea salt, which is naturally low in iodine.

Eating sea weed helps solve this problem. Even the dried snack sheets are good for this.
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ALANSD,

Your point on carbs and blood sugar are right on. About thyroids, I agree with an article I read not to long ago. It's premise was there is not a whole lot more thyroid disease now than before. The increase is due to more people with hypothyroidism, being diagnosed and treated because it, its effects and treatment are becoming better understood.

I am not a doctor. I'm just parroting what I read or hear. An endocrinologist told me, when I asked about iodine supplements, like kelp, that they were more likely to further suppress thyroid function than they were to help and that I shouldn't take them. I did not solicit any other opinions, so that is just one doctor's advice. However it may be different for someone who has not yet developed thyroid problems.

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