My Top 10 Foods for Healing Your Metabolism

My Top 10 Foods for Healing Your Metabolism

#1 Raw Honey

Based on both research and personal experience  with low carb diets, I believe that humans actually need good carbs for proper thyroid function.  Raw honey contains a mix of free fructose and free glucose.   It’s a simple sugar that is necessary for increasing metabolism and fat burning. Sugar is actually the body’s preferred energy source. Your liver needs glucose as fuel to convert T4 to T3.  If you have low thyroid function, adding healthy carbs will help lower stress in your body.  Plus, there are few more biblical foods than honey. 

#2 Spelt or Einkorn Sourdough

Sourdough is as ancient as the world.  It has nourished humans effectively since the beginning of recorded time.  It is a low GI carb source, that’s easy to digest and contains beneficial bacteria for your immune system. Because of the longer fermentation time of sourdough, the protein enzymes are broken down into amino acids, making it easier to digest.  Avoid sourdoughs with added oils as these are typically PUFA’s. 

#3 Gelatin and/or Bone Broth

Bone broth is high in glycine, which opposes estrogen. It contains the amino acids that nourish the thyroid.  Because it contains high levels of calcium and potassium, it aids with sleep and stress.   Bone broth reduces inflammation, helps your digestion and is very supportive of the immune system.

#4 Sea Salt

Not getting enough sea salt will slow your metabolism, lower your body temperature, and create inflammation and stress.  A pinch of sea salt per day is often prescribed for adrenal insufficiency. Salt is actually thermogenic and suppresses cortisol.

#5 Coconut Oil

It is fairly commonly know that coconut oil actually increases metabolic rate and heat production.  It contains the famous MCT (medium chain triglycerides), which means it does not need to be digested by bile salts, but rather goes straight to the liver where it is available as an immediate energy source.

Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial and contains no PUFA’s, which contribute to all disease. 

#6 Butter and Ghee

Butter is a great source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K2 – vitamins.  These vitamins work synergistically together and cannot be obtained easily from other sources.  Ghee is clarified butter, and works amazing for frying or sautéing foods. Butter keeps the blood sugar stable by slowing the absorption of starches.

#7 Free Range Eggs

Eggs from chickens allowed to free range are a good source of protein and fats. The Vitamin A contained in eggs is necessary for the synthesis of progesterone.  Progesterone is frequently too low in women but when in balance will help reduce excess estrogen.  Excess estrogen is responsible for cellulite and fat storage on hips, butts and thighs and the dreaded symptoms of PMS.   To help reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, be sure to salt your eggs liberally.

#8 Raw Goat Milk

Goat milk is the most complete food known to mankind.  It has also been used since the beginning of time.  Goat milk is far more healthy for humans than cow milk and much easier to digest.  Goat’s milk is less allergenic, does not suppress the immune system and alkalinizes the digestive system.  It is also a rich source of the trace mineral selenium.  Honestly, we could talk about goat milk for days! 

#9 Hard Cheese 

European hard cheeses are typically 100% lactose free. This is because within 6-8 hours after the cheese is made, lactose is transformed into the easily digestible lactic acid through the actions of the enzymes of the cheese.  Hard cheese are usually well tolerated, even by people sensitive to milk. 

#10 Raw Grated Carrot Salad

Did you know that raw grated carrot helps reduce excess estrogen?  It’s true!  Carrot fiber attaches to any unused endotoxins and helps flush them from the body.  That makes is a great detoxifier and promotes bowel regularity.   For these reason, women are finding that a daily raw carrot salad is a game changer for reducing PMS symptoms such as headaches, cravings and bloating.

Kayla Howard

Kayla Howard

LSHC, CAC, CRHS

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How to make Einkorn Sourdough without Having an Epic Failure

How to make Einkorn Sourdough without Having an Epic Failure

Everything you need to know about Einkorn Sourdough!

— How to make your starter from scratch.
— Where to get Einkorn flour.
— Making your first sourdough loaf.
— Maintaining your starter.
— Why Einkorn is good for your gut.
— Delicious variations for your sourdough loaves.
— And more!!!!

To prep for the class, order your basic white einkorn flour here: https://jovialfoods.com/organic-einkorn-all-purpose-flour-10lb/

Anti-Inflammation Venison Stew

Anti-Inflammation Venison Stew

If you’re going to go to the trouble of hunting, cleaning, processing and storing wild game, then you’d better be prepared to keep it healthy and nourishing when you cook it for your family.  I don’t get it when people are given the gift of pure, natural, meat at it’s finest, then they pump it full of horrible chemicals.  Why?  You can make sausages, jerky and dishes of all kinds without any chemicals. We eat wild meat almost exclusively at our house, so we’re always creating new recipes for delicious suppers.  This stew is no exception.  My 13 year old daughter and I created it one night out of a chunk of venison tenderloin.  With the addition of fresh turmeric and garlic, it’s a great supportive dish for inflammatory conditions!!!

Anti-Inflammatory Venison Stew

  • 1 Pound Venison Stew Meat or Bite Size Steak
  • 3/4 Cup Spelt Flour (or white flour of your choice)
  • Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Red Palm or preferred sauté oil
  • 1 Quart (4 cups) Organic Broth (either chicken, beef or vegetable)
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Organic Carrots sliced
  • 2 Sticks Organic Celery sliced
  • 3-4 Cloves Organic Garlic
  • 1 inch Fresh Organic Turmeric Root, grated (I was practically dancing in the store isle when I found they carried it!)
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Dried or Fresh Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Organic Dried or Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Bunch Green Onions
  • Sea Salt to taste
Chop your meat into bite sized chunks, then toss it in a plastic bag, add the flour and shake it!  Meanwhile, heat your sauté oil in a deep stock pot.  Add the meat/flour mixture to the pot and cook until the meat is brown, about 5 minutes.  Add carrots, celery, garlic, and Turmeric and cook another 1-2 minutes.  Add all remaining ingredients, EXCEPT the green onions.  You’ll add the onions right before serving to maintain their fresh flavor. Simmer over a low heat until veggies are soft.  Depending on the cut of meat you used, you may pre-simmer just the meat for 30-60 minutes BEFORE adding the vegetables to tenderize the meat.  Since we used tenderloin, it didn’t need more time then the carrots. =) Add green onions and serve!  We enjoyed ours with fresh hot spelt biscuits and used them like crackers to make a personal “pot pie.”
Happy Thanksgiving & A Mint Brownie Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving & A Mint Brownie Recipe

Dear Readers,

Thank you for being a faithful reader.  Over the last 4 years, it’s you the reader that makes blogging worthwhile!  You’ve blessed me in so many ways…with your encouraging notes, comments and interaction on Facebook.  My life has been EXTREMELY enriched because of the relationships I’ve grown with you!

Whatever you may be doing tomorrow, I pray that it is blessed beyond what you anticipate. 

My Husband and I would like to bless you with waking up each morning knowing that the Living God is sustaining, strengthening, and renewing your Spirit for the opportunities and problems you face each day. God never sleeps, so you can rest in confidence and “laugh at the days to come.” You will be clothed with grace and joy as you rest in His unchanging and unfathomable love for you.  

We pray that you will experience the wholeness that comes from hosting the Presence of God in your life each day. You are certainly a child of God Most High, and we pray that you will KNOW that in your innermost being to a deeper and fuller extend this Thanksgiving!

With much love!

Kayla & John Howard 

 

Best Pumpkin Pie EVER!

Best Pumpkin Pie EVER!

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, and Christmas to follow, this seemed the perfect time to share my favorite pumpkin pie recipe.  This is a recipe I adapted from Saveur Magazine, and the recipe was originally called “Maple Pumpkin Brulee Pie.”  Truly, the consistency of this pie is more chiffon or creamy than usual pumpkin pie, but it’s not too wet or goopy at all.  I love the nice maple flavor and melt-in-your-mouth creaminess!  

Notes on ingredients:

#1 Use your favorite pie crust recipe.  If you are gluten free, dairy free, etc… you’ll likely have a favorite recipe.  I’m going to include my favorite butter spelt crust recipe at the bottom. 

#2 Coconut Cream comes in small 6oz cans.  I use Native Forest brand and purchase it by the case.  This brand works beautifully for whipping cream as well!  Native Forest Coconut Cream

#3 If you’ve followed me for a while, then you know I also grind my own cinnamon.  I’m insane about this—it’s AMAZING and I can’t go back to pre-ground cinnamon.  I use REAL cinnamon, not cassia cinnamon.  You can buy that from Amazon as well.  I grind mind in a coffee grinder.

#4 If you don’t eat eggs, you can replace those with your favorite egg replacer and enjoy an egg free version.

#5 Sea salt is IMPORTANT.  It’s vital.  Really, there are some things you can’t compromise if you want good flavor and I firmly believe this is critical. 😉

Maple Pumpkin PieThe Recipe

1 Pie Crust
1/2 Coconut Sugar or Maple Sugar (or 1/4 of each)
2 Eggs
1 15-oz can organic pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut cream (May use coconut milk if you don’t have coconut cream)
1/4 cup maple syrup, grade b is best
2 1/2 tablespoons potato starch
2 1/2 teaspoons (fresh) ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup Demerara sugar (optional)

Heat oven the 375 degress. Prepare your pie crust, and place in pie pan. (My recipe for pie crust below). Chill 30 minutes.

Whisk sugars and eggs in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add pumpkin, coconut cream, syrup, potato starch, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and salt; whisk until smooth. Pour into pie shell, then bake just until the center is set, about 45-50 minutes. Cool on rack, then refrigerate. Before serving you may optionaly sprinkle with the Demerara sugar and fire with a blowtorch to create a crunchy, yummy caramelized top!

Serve with whipped coconut cream, sweetened with maple sugar & vanilla.  Chill coconut cream before whipping for best results. 

Kayla’s Buttery Spelt Crust

(enough for 2 crusts)

 2 1/4 cup white spelt flour (VitaSpelt brand is what I use)

1 heaping teaspoon sea salt

12 Tablespoons cold butter

6-ish Tablespoons cold water

Cut butter into dry ingredients, slow add water until a ball forms, shape on floured surface. 

Let me know what you think!

 

 

 


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 Kayla Howard loves doing business from her home in the woods where she is the master real food chef, homeschool teacher, goat shepherdess, head gardener and holds a certificate of studies from The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy Her passion is vibrant health in beautiful homes! www.kaylahoward.com

Einkorn or Spelt Hamburger Buns

Einkorn or Spelt Hamburger Buns

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Ancient Grain Hamburger Buns

If you’ve been itching to make homemade hamburger buns with an AMAZING nutty flavor and texture for the coming BBQ season— try a batch of these!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
10 minutes
Author Kayla Howard

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 3/4 Cup Instant Mashed Potatoes or real mashed potatoes
  • 6 Tbsp Saf Yeast yes, tablespoons
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 8+ Cups Flour (I use a mix of Spelt & Einkorn)

Instructions

  • Mix water, oil, honey, mashed potatoes and yeast in a large bowl or stand mixer. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients, plus enough flour to make a firm dough. It's better to be too firm than too soft. Allow to rise until doubled.
  • Roll out to half the desired thickness of finished bun.  Cut into rounds using a cookies cutter, biscuit cutter, measuring cup etc.. whatever size you want your buns
  • Place on greased cookie sheets and allow to rise 10-15 minutes.
  • Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Cool, slice and enjoy a juice hamburger!  Also makes great sandwich buns. 
Kayla Howard

Kayla Howard

Freedom Releaser 🗽| Self-Sufficient Living ⛰| Prepper Sisterhood ⛺️| Homeschooling Momma🏆| Certified Aromatherapist 🌱| Christian ✝️|Foraging Wild Medicine & Food