That's me in my kitchen with homemade bone broth--more on that below but first:
We’ve all heard of “broth”. Broth is made from meat with water and added spices. But there’s a big difference between broth and “bone” broth. Just like it sounds, bone broth is made from the bones of the animal--chicken, turkey, cows and even fish. Bone broth contains a lot more health benefits than plain broth or stock.
Bone Broth Benefits
*Packed with nutrition
*Great source of proteins & other key nutrients like Iron and Vitamin A & Vitamin K
*Good for hair, skin & nails
*Good for gut health-amino acids contained in bone broth help heal the gut & aids in digestion
*Sleep aid-glycine found in bone broth can help us get a good night’s sleep
When I first started losing my hair back in October of 2016 due to a medication I’d been on, I was obsessed with finding ways to get it back. One way to grow hair—consume as much protein as possible. So, since then I’ve been drinking it non-stop, nearly every day.
I don’t like drinking bone broth. The taste is about what you might imagine—warm, salty water with a hint meat flavors. Since I really don’t like meat anyway, it’s clearly not one of my favorite beverages. But something I’ve reminded myself about along the way has helped motivate me to get on sipping it. I’m not drinking it for the taste but for the benefits. So, I suck it up and sip it. I’ve made it a part of my breakfast for more than four years.
These pictures show me with—not store-bought bone broth-- but homemade. My husband, bless his heart, actually made it for me every week for more than two years.
In my next blog, I’ll explain what’s involved in creating the concoction. But eventually, I discovered why homemade may not have be as beneficial as the store bought. I’ll also share the exact brand I’ve opted to stick with after trying dozens!
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College Days, Beer Days
It’s mostly coffee for drinks, for me, these days.
But a long time ago, beer caused me a lot of of distress.
When I was going to THE Ohio State University, I loved my share of suds. I admit, I drank too much, too often.
In my late 20s, I would develop an allergy to it.
This was so weird. It was the first “food” with which I’d ever had an intolerance. The physical symptoms would unfold exactly the same & right on schedule, every single time.
In fact, I could set my watch to it:
1st beer=My ears would get hot—hot to the touch even & turn visibly, bright red
2nd beer=Loud, stomach gurgling & churning
3rd beer=Well, I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say I’d need a bathroom ‘toot’ sweet & the night would be over—for me, anyway!
God said “No more”
I never found exactly what ingredient in beer caused my issues. But eventually, I gave up trying to drink something that made me sick. Duh!! My body was saying “no more!” I’m a believer and know that God was also guiding my steps.
I would switch to wine---drinking it only once or twice a week. Today, I might have a glass of wine or a margarita once in a while.
I remember, I had a doctor who once told me something that made so much sense, it’s the reason I drink less today: “Alcohol is poison”, he said. “Why do you think they set it on fire in restaurants in fancy drinks and desserts?” That has stuck with me all these years later. So, I know I’m better off “eating” my calories rather than “drinking” them.
Good Foods, Bad Reactions
These days, it’s food that has me checking my body and waiting for stomach discombobulation.
Typically, my ears aren’t affected but I do get the old familiar stomach issues and occasionally get hives on my neck, stomach, back and my arms and hands.
Through the process of elimination, I’m working to find the exact culprit.
But here’s something annoying: I eat clean—really, I do! Most of my diet consists of whole foods—honest-to-goodness, God-given & grown veggies & fruits from the earth.
I’ve got a few ideas of what might be causing this round of allergic reactions, dairy, protein powders, chia seeds, bananas and/or something else.
I’m working now to find the exact cause or causes.
In the meantime, I’m seeking the help of a doctor. I’m heading to a gastroenterologist this week to make sure nothing more serious is going on.
I will keep you posted.
Do you have food intolerances? What are your tell-tale signs & symptoms? I’ve never heard of anyone else’s ears turning red. Has that happened to you, too?
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