To Start A Nourishing Household
When You Don't Have Time
you have enough money
to eat nourishing foods, but don't know where to start and don't have
enough time if you did? These are suggestions of where to start and
what to prioritize, and what to buy.
a fermented vegetable with every
meal. That doesn't mean canned or vinegar-pickled. You need a raw,
lacto-fermented vegetable, like sauerkraut
the canned sauerkraut or pickles you would normally buy. You can
sometimes buy raw sauerkraut or kimchi. If a pickled vegetable is
really real, the
instructions on the jar will say to open the jar carefully over the
sink as contents may explode, or something like that. This is the good
stuff. If you can't find
a raw sauerkraut or pickles anywhere (and you don't have the time make
your own) buy organic pickles or sauerkraut in a glass
jar and "re-raw" them as follows: chop up an onion, slice a cucumber
and/or peel and chop an apple and add it to
the jar, add some sea salt to taste, put the cover back on but do not
tighten it so that air cannot get out, leave it somewhere that it is
for it to foam over, such as in the sink or bathtub or outside, let it
sit at room temperature for 3 days or until the onion becomes soft and
then refrigerate. Eat a
fermented pickle with every meal.
drive there once a week after work. (Locate raw milk by either finding
it online at realmilk.com
or, if they don't list anything near enough
to you, ask at your health food
store. They will usually know what's available in your area,
don't carry it themselves.) Go there and
get raw milk, raw butter and raw cheese. If
it's more than a half hour's drive or more than you care to drive, ask
them if they know anyone
from your area that would like to form a milk run pool. If you can't
get to a health food store, try a local chapter of the WAP
If you positively cannot
get real milk
anywhere, buy pasteurized whole
milk that tells you what kind of cow it's from on the bottle. It
doesn't matter what kind of cow it is, but if they are proud of their
cows, they are less likely to be making low-quality milk with chemical
stimulators. Even if you
drink milk as a beverage, you should cuture it and eat it as a food.
Pour the milk into
glass jars, add a culturing agent such as yogurt, sour cream or other cold
milk culture, cover
loosely and let it set on the counter at room temperature. After it
clabbers (turns thick) put in refrigerator and then use it as a
substitute for mayonnaise, cream cheese or cheese.
Buy a freezer
half a pig and 1/4 cow, organic and pastured, butchered into
serving portions, and put in
freezer. If organic pastured is not available, then from local
Fruit and Veg
you have a CSA (Community Supported
Agriculture) scheme in your area, join it. Otherwise, go to the nearest
health food store.
Ask if they offer veg boxes, raw milk or farm eggs there. Buy them
there if they do and ask where you can get them if they don't. (And while you're there, buy a good salt such as
fine-grain Celtic sea salt,
Himalayan crystal salt, Herbamare or the most expensive salt they have.)
at the health food store where you can get farm eggs, if they don't
carry them. Farm eggs from an actual farm are better than those
labelled "free-range organic". Eat at least 1 farm egg a day, any way
you like it.
kombucha, a few bottles a week, if you
cannot make your own. Drink a
few ounces a day. To make your own you can use bottled
mix with sweet tea. If you cannot get bottled kombucha, you can start a
kombucha with a raw vinegar like Braggs Apple Cider. If that is still
too complex, just buy the raw apple cider vinegar and mix a tablespoon
with a glass of water and drink several glasses a day.
You can buy bone meal and dolomite tablets, but remember it takes a lot
of tablets to get enough minerals. Mix edible with beverages and drink
that to increase mineral intake. Also get some kind of
magnesium, which is usually deficient in most diets or mineral
supplements. Magnesium citrate is the best.. Put a spoonful of kelp
powder into soups or meatloaves for iodine.
Buy it from
supermarket (unless you can find it at a health, organic or local farm
store): tallow, lard or some kind of animal fat that doesn't contain
BHT. Buy salmon and oysters at the fish department.
you can find a source
for bone broth, you probably have to make your own. Save gelatin, fat,
from whole chickens and vegetable scraps like
onion, carrots, celery, and mushrooms. Also any good quality meat or
vegetable leftovers. Put in plastic ziploc bags and put in freezer.
When you have a gallon ziploc bag
full, dump it in a crockpot of water with some salt, pepper and garlic.
Cover and set on low. Sometime the following day or when you have time,
turn it off, let it cool and then strain out the liquid. Freeze the
liquid in small plastic
containers. Drink a cup a day, or use a cup a day (per person eating)
in your cooking.
Foods to Get:
list: organic brown rice, butter (NO margarine or vegetable
fats), sour cream.
Either give up bread entirely, it's not necessary for a nourishing
buy heritage grain bread (made from emmer, einkorn, kamut or spelt
flour) preferably sourdough or sprouted grain bread at the health food
store (no soy
in the ingredients).
a set of
and a couple slow cookers.Throw
out any aluminum cookware you have.Don't use a pressure cooker.