Food, Health

Apple Cider Vinegar: My Experience

I started taking 2 tablespoons (TBSP) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) diluted into 1 cup (8 oz) of filtered water on the morning of July 6th, 2017. The reason I wanted to start taking ACV was because of all the great things people have been telling me it has on the body and how it makes them feel (more energy, less appetite). It is also a cheaper way to keep the body detoxified, full of energy, and have less food cravings.

I recommend eating 10-30 minutes before starting, and maybe a healthy slice of bread, or tiny snack, if you get the shakes or hungry to curve this away. Since ACV is very acidic, do not take on an empty stomach. If you feel shaky, dizzy, light headed, do not operate any type of machinery.

*forgot to mention that the first 3 days, I had to use the potty (#2) within 20 minutes!

Day 1: Got shaky and hungry. Felt like I had “butter” fingers since I dropped a few things throughout the day. A little shaky, my body, not actually shaking, but shake feeling. But not as hungry after an hour of taking it for the rest of the day (I ate less, got full sooner when I ate lunch and dinner). I had more energy.

Day 2: took about same time, after breakfast. Needed a slice of bread about 15 minutes later. Felt a little shaky but not as much as day 1. Less appetite throughout the day. I had more energy and felt ready for the day.

Day 3: took around same time, did not need the bread this time. Very little shaky feeling. Had more energy and was ready for the day.

Day 4: took around same time (15 minutes after breakfast). No need for the snack and ate less throughout the day, I had energy and felt good.

Day 5: took at usual time. Same as day 4.

Day 6: I got busy this morning and took it in the late afternoon, just 1 TBSP. No shaky feeling, no need for a snack, and got full quick at dinner.

Day 7: took 2 TBSP in the morning. I did have a parfait mid morning. Doing good, a little groggy, but full of energy and awake.

Day 8: took same amount at usual time. still feeling good with more energy and less appetite.

Day 9 to Day 11: Got busy and forgot to take

Day 12: took 2 tbsp at usual time. felt great. More energy. ate less.

Day 13: Took 1 tbsp ACV and 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice. Feel good. Less appetite, full quicker, more energy

As of 7/26/17 I am still doing ACV daily, 1-2 TBSP diluted in 4-8 oz class of filtered water, in the morning, and I plan on continuing taking ACV daily as it has helped improve my mood & energy, decreased my appetite, and my bowl movements have also improved.

I would recommend drinking it slow, and diluted, so any side effects are not too overwhelming. Stick with it. Like most “diet” changes, detoxifing, the first couple days will have the most “side effets”, but then your body gets used/adjusts to it, and usually for the better.

Other great benefits of ACV

As of December 2017, I  continue to take ACV, miss a few days here and there, and have noticed a weight loss and better health.

Links

Organic?

Links to help ensure your product is really Organic

USDA an organic integrity database

how to avoid organic fraud

be sure to always check ingredients as “natural” and organic standards are changing

Be sure if you find a healthy or organic food store, that you can find out about the product you wish to get (produce, meats, dairy, hygiene, cleaning…) an honest producer, company, has nothing to hide and willing to share, if it is not already. If  you get a loop around or unable to get answers, make your best judgement

Food, Health

Goat Milk

Sadly goat milk has been be-littled in the U.S.A. Only in the United States is cow milk mostly consumed. Americans have been directed towards things they should eat, drink, own…just about anything in a “normal life” that is putting money into corporations, etc, and destroying our bodies and our planet. But more on that in another post, straight to information about goats milk. Goat milk does not have to have that “goaty” taste. If you keep the male goat separate from the milking goats during the milk season, that “goaty” taste will not be present. In fact, since I myself do not like the taste of cows milk, I like, and want, goats milk. It tastes similar to cows milk, but has less of a “lacty” taste. So for those who do not like milk but want all the benefits milk offers, look for raw goats milk near you (as you should not eat, or drink,  things more than an hour away unless you know the source and can manage the proper transportation and storage).

We love animals and believe in treating them like family, neighborly. So when you read the articles how goats milk does not have the “goaty” taste, the separating of the male, just put them in a separate field, maybe with the “kids” (baby goat) or another animal that they get along with, and they can be back with the “tribe” after milking season.

 

Food, Health

Some Healthy Choices

We have recently changed our diet and where we get our hygiene and cleaning products. We try to get as much as we can from local farms, farmers markets and be organic as possible. We look at all the ingredients, organic or not, to see which harmful ingredients we could be exposing ourselves to. As a good practice you should look up the ingredient(s) for items that you put into your cart. As an example Carrageenan and Tocopheryl Acetate are a few ingredients that can be found in organic, & non organic, products that are considered not safe. We are always doing research on ingredients in food, soaps, cleansers… Be sure you are well educated on what you put into, and on, your body, and especially your children’s.

Be sure to ask questions when you go to a farmers market, local farm, even the different departments in grocery stores (what pesticides do you use, how organic is your product, is it local, can we visit your farm, what is the life expectancy of said item…). Just cuz it comes from a plant, does not mean that our bodies can use it. It is definitely easier said than done.

Some brands we get, if we can’t get from Farmers Markets or local farms, are Great River Organic Milling Company, Cascadian Farm Organic, Love Grown, Siggi, Fage, and Dr Bronner’s.

If you know more, please feel free to comment and add, Thank you.