I'm fermenting at present. I've started making water kefir and am going to gradually add it to my diet each day.
I'm also keen to start making my own yoghurt. I've got some starter, which I am going to add to organic milk. I'm also going to use yoghurt which has no additives to make another batch. Then I'll see which one is more to my liking.
If you would like to try making your own yoghurt, here is a recipe.
1 litre of milk
Approximately 2 tbsp live natural yoghurt OR
1 tsp Naturen yoghurt starter culture powder
How to make it
If you'd like to learn more, we'll have another fermenting workshop in 2016. Meantime, I hope you have fun playing. Here are a few photos of the girls making sauerkraut at the last workshop.
Have you ever wondered whether there is anything you can do to keep your hormones in balance naturally?
There is, and I don't think we, as women, really take into consideration that lifestyle and what we eat can have an impact on whether our hormones are settled or whether they're 'raging', so to speak.
By 'raging' I mean having skin breakouts, being bloated, experiencing pain and mood swings. This can happen during our reproductive years or when we're menopausal. We can get into the 'driver's seat' and help alleviate some of the discomfort we experience.
As The Vital You will be holding a Happy Hormones workshop on Saturday 22 August, I thought I'd ask Emma to give us some tips on how to manage our hormones naturally with a view to minimising the physical, mental and emotional fluctuations.
Emma suggests you can do the following through nutrition:
I also suggest you review your lifestyle and ask:
I am a great advocate of finding ways to ensure you are looking after yourself in all of the above areas. It's so important to start when you are young, so that you're maintaining your body rather than wearing it out.
My regime includes:
To keep you well, balanced and to reduce the severity of hormonal imbalance or depletion, various foods and the way they are combined make the difference. It’s about trialling and finding out what works for you. There’s no simple recipe, so some guidance in helping you to find your balance really helps. Emma will help us do that in the Happy Hormones workshop.
Taking on some of these practices will also help you if you are of reproductive age and will help balance your menstrual cycle.
Jill Keyte is passionate about health, vitality and making a difference to people who want a natural, quality life where they are well, fit, energised and feel vital. My knowledge comes from my wellness training and and life experience.