One of my favorite things is to read emails from YOU!
I love hearing about your lives and the changes you’re making. Whether you’re just getting started with real food or buying your first goat, it’s a joy to hear from you all. I truly consider each one of you a personal friend and some of you have had me rolling on the floor laughing about your crazy experiences. I have decided that it might help others if I answer some of the questions here on my blog. I plan on making this a series and posting every Sunday just for you guys.
I need to throw out a disclaimer here that I am not a nutritionist, nor a doctor, nor a scientist, nor a specialist in any way. While I do have a background in nursing, my medical opinions are strictly my own and if you are concerned about your health, you should consult a medical professional.
Okay, let’s get started!
I just used your instructions for sprouting wheat berries and it worked wonderfully! However, I’m having trouble grinding the flour. I’m using my Ninja 1100 but it just isn’t doing a very good job grinding the berries fine enough. Any suggestions?? Thanks for your help!
When you sprout flour, it dries pretty hard and while a vitamix or blendtec blender might do the job, a grain mill like this one would be best. I don’t think a Ninja could handle it. You could always purchase sprouted flour. I have found I don’t go through it very fast because I only use it for last minute baking. You can purchase sprouted flour here.
Hi, I’ve read your post on liver and all its health benefits. I am won over and want to start including it in my diet. One key seems to be that the liver should be grass fed. I live in a country where there is no such thing as grass fed meat, only grain fed. If I can’t get grass fed liver, is it still worth eating a conventional one? Thanks!
Yes, a key part to eating a nutrient-dense liver is purchasing one that is free of toxins. Liver does NOT naturally store toxins, but rather, creates & stores vital nutrients needed to neutralize toxins. In a healthy, pasture-raised, grass-fed animal, the liver is clean and wonderfully nutrient rich. A sick, caged-raised animal would understandably have a sick liver as well. But healthy animals have stellar livers. If you can’t find a good source of liver locally, you can purchase liver online from this website. Liver is so nutrient-dense that one 2 lb. liver can really last you awhile.
Hi Danelle, I absolutely LOVE your blog. It has helped me so much, esp the recipes. I’ve read about eating vegetables in season, but I feel lately I am just not getting enough veggies into my diet. Do you try to get a certain amount daily? Weekly? I used to juice and do green smoothies but got burned out…however, now I’m feeling I need some more alkalinity in my diet. I would love to know what you do. Thank you.
I believe it’s really important to eat intuitively. Animals eat this way and will eat certain foods that have nutrients their bodies need. I really believe that as humans we are the same. I give myself permission to eat more of one food group than another if I am craving it. So, instead of looking at my plate and wondering if it’s balanced enough or if I ate healthy enough, I just eat what sounds good to me, but stick within the bounds of real food. Here’s a good example; Normally I eat eggs with cheese, raw milk, and fruit for breakfast because it’s just what sounds good. Lately, I’ve been really craving kale. So, I’ve been adding kale (that’s been sauteed in butter and a bit of coconut milk) to my breakfast and I love it! It’s like my favorite part of breakfast! Knowing that vegetables need to be paired with fat for our bodies to correctly convert the Vitamin K1 found in leafy greens to the Vitamin K2 our bodies can use, this makes perfect sense why the sauteed kale tastes so good to me. My body needs it, and I’m loving it.
I do eat veggies or fruit with every meal, but I don’t focus on a number or an amount to hit. Hope that helps!
I’ve always been a bit wary of margarine but your article on lard was a real eye opener. I was just wondering if you knew anywhere in the uk to get good quality lard? I’m assuming the factory farmed junk in the supermarkets won’t cut it, but I can’t find anything online about where else to look?
Yes, sadly, the lard in most supermarkets today not only comes from CAFO-raised animals, but also the lard has typically been hydrogenated to extend its shelf-life. Here’s a good online source to purchase lard.
I’m loving and learning from your web site. To get myself going i was thinking of buying sprouted flour(s) to have on hand until i get myself going with sprouting my own.I’m still reading and researching. I was looking at the To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company. I do like White flour!! Ah well, what flour would you recommend having on hand?
Yes, I LOVE having sprouted flour on hand! It’s so nice to make baked goods last minute. I made cookies this week and our pizza night was full of pizza made from sprouted flour. I actually prefer the taste of sprouted flour over anything. It has a nice depth of flavor and it’s slightly nutty. You can purchase sprouted flour online here.
This is totally random but I found you on FB and you headline really inspired me. I was curious how this all started as far as websites/blogging goes. And… are you making a living doing this?
This would be something I’m greatly interested in.
Thank you for your time and energy.
I started my blog about 5 years ago. My intentions were to simply show other people how we farmed and ate real food. I had such success reversing my son’s asthma and losing weight, that I wanted to share with my family and friends all I had learned! About a year ago, it really started to take off. I began to get a lot more emails and requests to write more articles about various topics. Now I’ve been able to turn my blog into a full time business and yes, it’s definitely surprised me at how much you can make once you get enough page views:) Most of the income is based on ads on my sidebar. It’s a LOT of work to maintain, though. I spend a crazy amount of hours answering emails, writing posts, making recipes, taking pictures and editing, keeping up with social media, etc. I ended up having to hire an part-time assistant to keep up with it all. So, yes, it is possible to make a living, but you definitely have to work hard at it to make it pay off. If you start a blog, let me know and I’ll follow you!
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