This morning’s breakfast was my usual two-ingredient pancake, but with chia seeds in the mix. (I know, I’m crazy.) I added a scoop of sunflower butter to my pancake and drank a glass of Dandy Blend with almond milk.
I also drank a mug of bone broth (aka “meat tea”) with breakfast.
I know, it’s totally hippy-dippy, but a lot of what I’ve been reading (and listening to) has suggested it, so I figured what the heck. Honestly, so many people, websites, books, podcasts, etc. touted the benefits of bone broth for gut health, I just finally decided to give it a try. In the podcast I listened to the other day, Chris Kresser explained that bone broth is a great at-home remedy because it’s glycine- and collagen-rich, which are crucial for repairing the gut lining. Besides bone broth for gut health, he also suggested:
- Whole30/GAPS/Paleo diet for 30 days
- Probiotics and fermented foods
- Stress management (mindfulness, yoga, mediation, sleep)
Kressler gives specific recommendations for each of the things mentioned above, so check out the Balanced Bites Podcast #8 for more info. He also said if things don’t improve after 30 days, you should seek professional help from a doctor/medical practitioner.
Ok, back to the bone broth. Obviously, I’m making bone broth for it’s gut-healing properties, but it can also be a healthy addition to your cooking. It’s actually used in a lot of homemade soups. There’s even a delicious-sounding recipe for Butternut Sage Soup in Practical Paleo that I want to make. (You’ll probably see it on CNC soon!) And, making your own bone broth at home, instead of buying a can or carton of beef or chicken stock at the grocery store, allows you to avoid additives. All natural, baby!
I have to admit, at first, the thought of making bone broth seemed a little overwhelming, but it’s as simple as boiling water. For real.
First, I bought 2-ish pounds of marrow bones from the grocery store. They’re super cheap (and dogs love them. Check out those intense pug eyes! A marrow bone will keep Murphy occupied for hours!)
Then, you add the bones to a crockpot full of water. I used two pounds of bones with 4 quarts of water. The recipe from Practical Paleo also calls for apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and garlic.
I let it all cook overnight and then, in the morning, I had delicious “meat tea!” Haha! It sounds so gross!
I know, I know… eww, “meat tea,” but, honestly, it tasted so much better than I thought it would. Of course, it had tons of flavor, but it’s also really rich, even sort of creamy, like a regular hot soup. I’ve been drinking a half mug full with my meals throughout the day. I hope it helps!
Question of the Day
Have you ever tried an at-home remedy for dealing with a health issue? Was it helpful?