Things have been 'percolating' in my kitchen for a while now. It's pretty much a miracle that my kefir grains are still alive. I don't think I've ever had a batch last more than a year! On top of that I have 6 kombucha scobys still going strong!
As we crawl out from under this oppressive work load due to the bugs, I am making it a priority to get on top of the things that I believe will help to turn our health around. This reminds me of the time I was a vegetarian. Yes, I was a vegetarian once upon a time! However, I was an unhealthy one. At the time I was eating the standard American diet (SAD), and just took meat out of the equation. That still left the boxed cereals, the boxed/microwavable food, and all of the processed white flour 'stuff' on my plate! We are much further down the path of eating healthy these days, but there are those food items that really *need* to be in the diet to make a big difference. For us that means fermented foods.
It is an on again-off again deal at the moment. Some days we are over our heads in work to do, others not as much. As such there are days in a row we eat all the ferments we need to and then days in a row that we don't. But even at this inconsistent rate we are seeing some results. For example Flannery has had this rash on her face for *months* now. We have treated it with all sorts of natural stuff (tea tree oil and thieves oil for example), only for it to keep on growing. It was getting quite large and very red. After just one week of fermented foods, it has decreased in size by a bit, and is now only a light pink! I know if we stay at this that it will just be a matter of a couple of weeks before she is rid of it for good.
Also, since starting the ferments all of the kids, except for a small area on Saoirse, have been itch free. We still have a long ways to go to actually BE healthy, but the fermented foods are a very, very big step. I decided to take a picture of some of the things 'brewing' in my kitchen at the moment. Please note, that things change within days around here. For example you will see a picture of my kombucha doing a second ferment, but it has been days and I *still* have not gotten around to making up new tea for my scobys to make another batch of kombucha. Today is the day for that. So don't think that I have my act all together! There are days I am able to switch my kefir around, with new milk....like it's supposed to, and then there are days like the past couple that it remains sitting on my counter (probably hungry). But I just try to keep doing the next thing!
I forgot to take pictures of my kefir. It looks like a glass of milk :-) That's all I have at the moment.