STAYING WELL: TREATMENT

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This is the last in a 3 part series about using foods God created to get well – and stay well.

 

I am married to a doctor with a prescription pad and a closet full of medication samples.  But for the last several years I have been teaching myself basic home remedies so we can handle basic, minor health situations at home on our own.  My number one “pharmaceutical” is whole foods – including natural fats, bone stocks, and kefir.  For details see almost any post in this blog, but specifically “Staying Well – Prevention.”   As I have journeyed down the road of eating only foods that God created, and realizing just how amazing his creation is in terms of keeping us healthy, I have begun to see that God also included many “medications” in his creation as well:  foods and herbs that effectively treat and heal us when we are sick.  Food is medicine!   My goal here is to enlighten you to some of God’s amazing, medicinal foods and hopefully tempt you to begin learning how you too can take charge of your family’s health.

 

KEFIR

 

I’ve already written about the wonderful probiotic effects of Kefir, but it deserves mentioning again.  Kefir is an incredible tool for good health.  Because it boosts and promotes the good bacteria in your gut, it makes your body better able to fight off ugly bugs.  Consuming kefir regularly is a great prevention, but it is also a great treatment for gastro-intestinal problems like diarrhea.  Making a kefir smoothie out of about 1 cup kefir, one or two frozen bananas, and a squirt of raw honey is an excellent weapon.  I can personally testify that this will stop an intestinal bug in its tracks.  The kefir is a probiotic, the bananas are good for slowing things down, and the raw honey is a natural anti-viral.

 

BERRIES

 

Did you know that berries are a powerhouse of nutrition?  They are also great fighters against sickness and disease of all kinds.

 

 

Cranberries, already well-known for their effectiveness with urinary tract infections, also have very effective anti-bacterial, antibiotic, and anti-fungal agents.  They even have probiotic properties.  Cranberries are among the highest antioxidant foods, they prevent kidney stones, are good for cholesterol, provide protection against cancers, and are even better than carrots for your eyesight.  Native to the United States, American Indians commonly used cranberries in poultices because they were so effective at stopping bleeding, contracting tissue, and healing infection.  Now, science has backed up what they already knew.

 

Blueberries are cousin to the cranberry and they share many of the same healing properties.  But of course consuming these foods in the form of sweetened juices or canned jellies or in any other processed form will not provide you with any of their benefits.  These foods need to be eaten in their natural state, the way God created them.

 

A delicious way to combine the beneficial and medicinal effects of kefir, cranberries, and blueberries is to make a smoothie.   In a blender combine 1 cup kefir, one frozen banana, and about one cup of a combination of frozen blueberries and cranberries.  Add a good squirt of raw honey (maybe a little extra honey because cranberries are fairly tart), and if you want to further boost the immune-building properties you can drop in a tablespoon of coconut oil.

 

 

 This delicious and eye-catching shake will help your body fight off many an ugly bug.

 

 

Elderberries are another amazing berry that I have been hearing and learning about lately.  Elderberries are famous flu-fighters and also help fight colds, coughs, bronchitis, inflammation, and pain.  Elderberry can easily be made into a syrup for pancakes or coughs.  There are many recipes readily available on the web.  Elderberry is also a primary ingredient in many natural cold “medications” at health food stores.  One that we keep on hand is called Sambucus.  My husband has been taking it daily to help build his immunities during this year’s troublesome flu season.

 

GINGER

 

 

 

I have always known about ginger because I have often used powdered ginger in my holiday baking.  But it has only been in the last couple of years that I have begun using and enjoying fresh ginger in my cooking and also for treating ailments.  Ginger is odd looking and most people think it is a root but really it is a rhizome.  Regardless of what you call it, ginger is amazing and powerful.

 

Ginger is probably most famous for its effectiveness against motion sickness and the nausea, vomiting, and dizziness that accompany it.  Studies have proven that ginger is even more effective than Dramamine.  Is this any surprise?  God created ginger, man invented Dramamine.  Even better, ginger is safe to use during pregnancy when nausea can be debilitating.  But that’s not all that ginger does.  It is a proven anti-inflammatory:  it reduces the pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as increases the mobility of people afflicted with these conditions.  Ginger also protects against E Coli and Staph, and is effective against colds and flu because it is very warming and promotes a healthy sweat.  But ginger also inhibits the growth of colo****** (homesteadblogger is blocking out that word that begins with R and ends with L and has "ecta" in between) cancer cells and even kills ovarian cancer cells.  Quite an amazing creation, isn’t it?

 

Personally, I have effectively used ginger powder in tepid baths to lower fever, and I have effectively used fresh ginger to fight colds and nausea.

 

A very delicious way to use ginger is by making Ginger Tea, using fresh ginger, fresh lemon, and raw honey.

 Start by boiling 2 cups of water.  Finely mince a 2” piece of ginger.

When the water is boiling, add the ginger and let it sit for about 10 minutes –covered – at barely a simmer.  Then add a couple tablespoons of raw honey and the juice of half a lemon.  Stir.  Then pour into a teacup through a strainer, sit back, and let the healing begin.

 

 

GARLIC

 

 

Garlic is yet another creation that does all kinds of amazing things.  Besides adding great flavor to your meals, garlic is a potent medicine.  All of mankind has made use of garlic’s medicinal properties, ever since the ancient Egyptians.  Garlic is high in nutrition – manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, selenium, and more – but it is also a proven anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.  Garlic helps prevent asthma attacks, lessens the pain of arthritis, and is very effective against colds and flu.  It is also effective against stomach viruses, Candida yeast, and even pathogenic microbes such as tuberculosis and botulism.  In fact, garlic is potent against drug resistant bacteria such as MRSA and is even showing promise in treating skin cancers.  Garlic is already proven to decrease the risk of other common cancers, especially when it is combined with onions as a staple in the diet.

 

The best way to use garlic is raw, gently crushing the clove to release its benefits.  Let it sit for a few minutes to “activate” it.  You can lightly cook garlic for up to 10 minutes before you kill off the healthful agents.  However, microwaving garlic kills everything immediately.

 

Time and again I have effectively used garlic to prevent colds.  I do this by squirting raw honey into a spoon,

then mincing a SMALL clove of garlic into the honey,

 and covering it completely with more honey.

 Then I quickly, very quickly, swallow the whole thing in one big swallow and immediately chase it down with a full glass of water.  I never do this on an empty stomach, and I never use a big clove of garlic.  Garlic is potent and too much can cause nausea and vomiting.  Often just one dose will do ya.  But on rare occasions I will have to do this twice a day.  This is an extremely effective home remedy, but it is definitely not for the faint of heart!

 

I also like to sprinkle raw, finely chopped garlic on a pizza fresh from the oven.  Another way to get raw garlic is to mince some into soft butter and mix well for garlic butter.  Garlic can also be infused into olive oil which can then be used as ear drops to treat ear infections, or rubbed onto the soles of your feet so that it will soak into your skin and find its way into your bloodstream.  You can also place a small clove into your ear when fighting an ear infection.   To learn more about how to use garlic in these ways, visit www.nogreaterjoy.org and type “garlic” in the search box.

 

CHICKEN STOCK

 

Time and again on this blog I have talked about the healing powers of properly prepared chicken stock.  It is the perfect food for the sick because it is loaded with nutrition and extremely easy to digest.  It nourishes your body without you having to work for it.  When someone is sick with a cold, I will make them a soup that is mostly stock, and I will add some chopped garlic and ginger at the very end for more nutrition and medicinal properties.   Eating soups of all kinds made with properly prepared chicken stock immediately makes me feel revived and nourished, whether I am under the weather or not.  Whenever my littlest one has the sniffles, she gets a little mug of plain stock every morning. 

Of course, it always helps to have Pooh peek at you from the bottom of the cup.

 

HERBS

 

God made an abundance of beautiful plants that are specifically designed to treat and heal what ails us.  Herbs can do everything that modern medicine can, but without the nasty side-effects.  And nothing is ever “herb-resistant”, so herbs never lose their healing power. 

 

 

I have done a little “dabbling” with herbs but I am not confident enough yet to share any of that with you.   In the past I have made an effective tincture using Echinacea that helped fight colds; I have made an effective bug spray using an herbal mix, garlic, and vinegar; I have used herbs effectively to strengthen, nourish, and add shine to my hair.  Most often I make herbal teas for various ailments.  I discovered that peppermint is great for getting rid of headaches in addition to calming a rumbly stomach.  All of this I read about in books, then tried out on my own.

 

Along the way I have acquired several books about herbal medicine, and have discovered some fabulous websites with reliable information.  You should check them out and see what you can learn that will help you and your family:

 

www.bulkherbstore.com

www.learningherbs.com

www.vintageremedies.com

www.naturallyhealthy.org

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Remedies for Children’s Health

The ABC Herbal by Steven H. Horne

The How To Herb Book by Velma J. Keith and Monteen Gordon

Practical Herbalism by Phil Fritchey

Mommy Diagnostics –and- The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy both by Shonda Parker

Making Herbs SIMPLE  a dvd available at www.bulkherbstore.com

 

Some of these websites offer free newsletters and simple online courses.  Some offer over-the-phone counseling.  Others offer real herbal and natural health courses that you take at your own pace.  My hubby just signed me up for one with Vintage Remedies and I am looking forward to learning valuable information about God’s creation that I can use to nurture my family.

 

One thing that is really cool about herbs is that once you know what to look for, you can just go out into your yard or the woods and gather the herbs you need.  I’m pretty sure God planned and designed it that way.   He isn’t out to make money selling a product – he just loves you and is always there to provide for your every need.  You can turn the herbs that you’ve gathered into whatever it is you need, whether it is a salve, a poultice, a tincture, a tea, a lotion, whatever.  Or you can just eat them fresh in a salad.  I haven’t quite reached that point yet, but I have learned to identify a few things on my own.  And I have a great book that explains how to make all these cool things:  Practical Herbalism by Phil Fritchey.

 

If making your own herbal medicines is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of good quality herbal medicines available ready-made.  For the past couple of years we have been using TriLight Herbs to help prevent and treat colds.  They are more effective than conventional medicine, yet without the yucky dyes, preservatives, and risks.

 

There is truly no end to the information I could type into this post so I will stop here.   I haven’t even gotten to tell you about cinnamon, or how to use honey and lemon as a cough syrup, or how a backyard weed like plantain can heal bee stings.  But all of this information, and more, is available on the web and in books.  You just have to read them to find out.  That’s what I did.

 

I hope you are beginning to see and understand that God has provided for your every need – spiritually AND physically.   There is a whole world of good health just knocking at your door.  The question is, will you open it?

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STAYING WELL: PREVENTION

Nineteen years ago this week I married my incredible husband.  About six months later he started medical school, and four years after that he started his residency program.  Three years later he became Chief Resident and a year later he finally started his private practice.  My husband has been a fabulous physician for the last ten years and I have been with him since the beginning.  Do you know what I found most odd about medical school?  There was only one little two-month class about nutrition!  There was class after agonizing class about pharmaceuticals, but only one, two month class about nutrition.  And even that toted party lines, ignoring the real connection between food and health.  Isn’t that strange?  Because what you eat plays a critical role in whether you stay well or not.  In fact, your health is directly dependent on your food.


But how do you know what to eat and what not to eat?  There is a lot of conflicting information out there that can be so very confusing.  Let me give you a simple guideline for choosing the healthiest foods that will keep you well:

 

Choose foods that God created.  Avoid all others.

 

This isn’t very scientific, is it?  Yet this is a unique opportunity for Christians to rely on and glorify God. Remember one of my favorite verses regarding healthy foods, from Genesis 1:31:  “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”  When someone tells you that certain foods, which God created, are bad for you, remember this verse.  God created good things.

 

Now consider these verses from Matthew 7:

 

“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

 

We are God’s children and, loving father that he is, he has given us good things; including good food that tastes good and does good things for our bodies.  He created it that way.  Do you trust God, or not?

 

It should be no surprise – especially if you’ve read much of my blog – that the foods God created are loaded with immune-boosting nutrition.   In fact all of the important vitamins and minerals our bodies require can be found in God’s creation; he provided them just for us because he knew we needed them.  It just makes sense that your best method of prevention is getting back to eating the foods that God created.

 

Start your immune-boosting diet with more animal foods:  meat from animals raised in the sunshine eating grass; eggs from chickens raised in the sunshine eating bugs; fresh raw milk, butter, cheese and cream from healthy cows living in the sunshine and eating grass.  Animal foods are critical to good health because they contain many essential nutrients in more absorbable forms, and, these nutrients make it possible for your body to assimilate nutrients from other foods.  So all those vegetables aren’t doing you a lot of good without some good cream, butter, or other healthy animal fat to go with it. 

 

Animal foods are a very important source for vitamins A and D.  Lately I have read over and over how critical vitamin D is for keeping us well.  In fact many studies are now showing that those who are sickest are vitamin D deficient.  For some fascinating reading about all the reasons why vitamins A and D are so amazing, check out the following links:

 

The Miracle of Vitamin D

 

Vitamin Primer

 

Since it is nearly impossible for us to get the vitamin D we need from the sun, we must rely on our food to supply it for us.  Animals who have spent their lives soaking in the sunshine have an excellent store of vitamin D, especially in their fat.  By eating animal foods, especially fatty animal foods, we can get the vitamin D we need.  I’m talking about healthy fats such as butter, lard, and tallow.  These foods are not only deeply satisfying and delicious, but they will boost your immunities and strengthen your body.  Butter’s important vitamins include A and D which are critical for assimilating the vitamins in other foods you eat.  Pay attention to that:  you may be consuming loads of great vitamins and minerals, but your body can’t do a thing with them if it can’t absorb them.  Butter, and other animal fats, makes it possible for your body to absorb other nutrition. 

Just look at that rich color — it kind of glows like the sun, doesn’t it?  That’s because the cow who supplied the cream lived outside, soaking up the sun, and eating grass that also soaked up the sun.  And now my family can eat the sunshine too.

 

Other sources of healthy fats include eggs from hens who live outside and forage for their food.  These eggs are extremely nutritious sources of healthful vitamins, including vitamin A.  You can literally see the nutrition in the intensely orange yolks.


These egg yolks are reminiscent of the sun too, aren’t they?


And don’t forget raw milk, which is loaded with immune-boosting and body-strengthening nutrition.

 

Coconut oil, while not an animal fat, is an excellent source of nutrition.  It is full of lauric  acid, which your body converts to monolaurin – the specific component in breast milk that builds up Baby’s immunities. Coconut oil is also good for your thyroid and many other bodily functions that must function properly in order for you to stay well.

 

God also gave us an abundance of vegetables, each one a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals.  They contain living enzymes and anti-oxidants that fight off the bad bugs.  Keep in mind, though, that canned vegetables will not contain these wonderful things because much of the nutrition is destroyed during the canning process.  Winter may not be considered the growing season for fresh vegetables, but God has supplied us with many great vegetables to eat during this time of year.  These include winter squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, and a wide variety of greens.

The above picture is an early fall box of fresh vegies from a local farm.  Fresh, local vegetables will be more nutritious and tastier than typical store produce.  This is because when you get your box the vegetables will have just been harvested that day or the day before.  Produce at the grocery store has often been shipped to you from many, many miles away while the nutrition slowly fades away.  Also keep in mind that while vegetables are abundant in nutrition, much of it is fat-soluble which means you need high quality animal fats with them.  So go ahead and steam that spinach, and serve it with a big pat of butter.  We all need to eat more vegetables, and they are definitely more palatable with butter and cream!

 

Fermented fruits and vegetables are very powerful immune-boosting foods.  Refer to my two articles earlier this year, “Up Your Nose With A Rubber Hose” and “Get Cultured” for a detailed explanation.  Fermented foods will fill your gut with beneficial bacteria, making it your body’s best defense against sickness.  Kefir is one of the most powerful fermented foods.  It is a great idea to drink kefir daily, or at least several times per week. 

 

Stock made from the bones of grassfed animals is another key to preventing illness.  A properly prepared stock will have leached out the valuable nutrients in the bones and marrow of these strong, healthy animals and turned it into a very usable form of potent nutrition for you.  Properly prepared bone stocks, as opposed the kind from the grocery store, are also extremely easy to digest, so your body gets a lot of bang for its buck.  Stock is another food that you should be eating several times each week, which means you will need to be preparing stock every week or two.  For more about bone stocks, including how-to, see my article, “What The Doctor Should Have Ordered.”

 

Your Worst Enemy

 

Like I said earlier, choose foods that God created and avoid all others.  There are many, many things on the grocery store shelves that are considered food but truly are not.  These are your biggest obstacles to staying well.  Thankfully they are extremely easy to identify:  they come in a package.  If that doesn’t help you, then read the ingredients.  Another way of knowing what to eat and what not to eat is to ask, “Does this item grow from the ground, or have a father and mother?”  If the answer to either question is no, then you know not to eat it.  You could also ask yourself, "Is this food backed by an advertising campaign?"  If you answer yes, you know not to eat it.  Processed food, which is what these are, is your health’s worst enemy.  It takes great effort to digest, it is stripped of all nutrition, and it is loaded with lab creations that can bring harm to your health over time.

 

Sugar is also your worst enemy.  In fact, science has proven that all sugar weakens your immunities for a full 24 to 48 hours.  Worst offenders include high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and anything ending in “-ose” such as dextrose, fructose, etc.  Read labels, because these items are in EVERYTHING.  But all sugar is bad.  You can learn more about sugar and its dangerous effects, as well as which sweeteners are healthy, by reading my article, “Sweet To The Soul.”

Another very informative article about the dangers of sugar can be found here.


Putting It All Together

 

Here are some examples of what all of this might look like:

 

Breakfast might be eggs scrambled in butter, and a glass of raw milk or kefir; lunch might be a fruit smoothie made with kefir; dinner might be a bowl of soup made with homemade chicken stock, and a fresh salad topped with a homemade olive oil vinaigrette dressing.  If these foods came from a local farm, they will be even more nutritious.  Snacks could include a few slices of raw cheese, from grassfed cows.  A special dessert could be baked apples using maple syrup instead of sugar.  Another whole foods dinner can be found in my post, “Dinner Tonight.”  If you work and need a portable lunch, invest in a high quality thermos that will keep soup hot all day, and use your crockpot to cook dinner for you so it will be ready when you get home.  A great portable breakfast is a kefir smoothie. Or, a breakfast burrito (Alvarado St. Bakery is a great brand of sprouted wheat tortillas). You can also use your crockpot to make chicken stock while you are at work.  And don’t forget that everybody loves breakfast for dinner – it is such an easy and inexpensive meal that, when made with farm fresh ingredients, will go a long way toward making you and your family healthy. 

 

Basically what I have described for building your immunities and preventing illness is a whole foods diet with an emphasis on healthy fats, high quality meats and other animal foods, fresh vegetables, and fermented foods.    Eating this way will strengthen your body with every meal, and keep it healthy for the long haul.

For much more excellent information about how what you eat can keep you well, visit the newly re-vamped Weston A. Price Foundation website.

 

Staying well doesn’t happen overnight; it is a long-term process that must be intentional.  Good health is the result of what you eat, not a by-product of genetics.  Food really matters!  It matters so much that someone in your family is going to have to commit to being the one to seek out, obtain, and prepare healthy foods.  This will take time from already busy schedules.  Think about the amount of time you spend in a year nursing a sick child and driving to/from the doctor’s office.  Now think about taking that time and spending it instead in the kitchen, creating nourishing meals that will nurture your children from the inside out.  I think that’s time well spent, don’t you?

STAYING WELL

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If eating the way I do did not produce results, then I would have abandoned it years ago.   But it does produce results:  it keeps me –and my family — well.  My pantry has become our pharmacy, and we partake of it every day in the form of solid, nutritious meals made from the healthiest whole food ingredients I can find.

 

Recently we were cleaning out old papers and documents.  I found all of our old canceled checks from the past 12 years and was immediately intrigued when I saw that the vast majority of our checks were for fast food; we were eating some type of fast food, usually pizza, for dinner at least once a week.  And that doesn’t count the number of times we paid with cash.  Or the number of times I took the kids for a fast food lunch.  Then I found a file full of old medical information containing receipt after receipt for antibiotics and cold medicines for my two older children.  Basically, they would get sick during cold and flu season.  I would treat them as best I could with basic over-the-counter cold meds.  But after two weeks of a worsening condition I would take them to the doctor and they would get an antibiotic.  They would get well, then a couple of weeks later they would get sick again and the process would repeat itself all winter.  I was going through the same thing myself.  And my husband too.  Initially, this find was something funny.  Wow, look at all that fast food we used to eat.  Quickly, it turned sobering.  Look what I was doing to my family with my careless choices.  And look how much money I wasted – on terrible food, and unnecessary medications.  Ironically, those were some of our “poorest” times when we lived paycheck to paycheck – yet we found the money for plenty of fast food and medicines.

 

 

 

Today, I can’t remember the last time my older kids went to the doctor due to sickness.  In fact they don’t even remember what antibiotics taste like!  It has been more than 5 years since either of them took medicine.  Yes, there have been colds.  There was even fever once.  And there was throw-up, too – more about that later.  But any sickness that finds it way to our house is mild and very short-lived.  We don’t even have cold medicines in our house – and my husband is a doctor!

 

I know without a doubt that we stay well because of the way we eat.  It is this knowledge that gives me the conviction to keep on keepin’ on, and to be so nazi-esque about keeping the junk out of my kid’s mouths and out of my house.   Lest you think I’m bragging about how healthy my family is, let me quickly point out that it isn’t just us.  You will hear these same claims among people who are truly eating nutrient dense foods (foods that God created):  children who haven’t missed a day of school since changing their diet 2 years ago; prescription meds no longer needed; long term psychological issues disappearing … and more.

 

Food must provide real nutrition to your body; if it doesn’t, then it actually robs you of your ability to stay well.  A business can’t survive for long if expenses exceed income.  It is the same way with our bodies and food.  We won’t hold up too well over the long haul if we constantly feed our bodies nutrient-less food.

 

So about that time we had throw-up at our house.  It was Christmas, and we had loosened up our rigid food rules a bit and indulged in sweets all month.  Just a couple of days before Christmas, the virus hit; one by one, each person went down.  On Christmas day there were only two of us left standing – myself, and my mom.  A couple of days later I got woozy but that was the extent of it.  Mom was never sick.  It was definitely a Christmas to remember.

 

You see sugar actually lowers your immunities for a full 24 hours or more.  And some sugars, such as white/brown sugar and corn syrup, are much worse than others for really giving your immunities a blow.   And this is what I suspect happened to our family that fateful year.  Interestingly, the only time there has been throw-up in our house since we changed our diets has been in December – after a month of allowing white sugar into our diets.

 

Fast forward to the present.  This year I have been more rigid than ever in trying to maintain vigilance with the kids’ diets.   In addition to being very strict about the sugar, I have made sure that there is a good supply of homemade chicken and beef stock in the freezer, and lots of fresh kefir in the fridge.   We eat these foods several times each week, in addition to immune-building healthy fats and colon-scrubbing whole grains.   And don’t forget the fresh garlic – I get that in wherever I can!

 

Don’t feel sorry for my kids not getting to eat “treats” like the rest of the world.  I make treats all the time – treats with healthful, whole foods.  The kids have made the connection between their diet and staying well.  They prefer staying well.

 

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Yes it takes a lot of work to make this happen.  Sometimes it wears me out.  But just this morning I learned that yesterday our entire family was exposed to two different nasty bugs.  I’m not that worried about it; we’d all had kefir smoothies for breakfast, and nourishing soups for dinner. Well, we’ll see how it turns out.  But if given a choice, I would choose time in the kitchen over time in the bathroom.  How about you?

 

 

MORE Nutrient Dense

Do you like sausage? Have you read the label on a package of sausage from the store? I don’t know what most of those ingredients are but I do know that most of them come from a lab. That’s why I didn’t eat sausage for a long time. Store-bought sausage is another processed food that we would all do well to eliminate from our diets.

But eating a nutrient dense diet is not necessarily about eliminating our favorite foods. It is more about re-thinking what you’re eating and changing it to make it as nourishing as possible. Make your old foods better. And making your own sausage is just one way to do this. I have never been a huge fan of sausage, but that was before I discovered sausage made with farm fresh meat and homemade seasonings. Isn’t it interesting how food made with fresh, real ingredients always tastes better?

One of our favorite recipes is turkey sausage from Marilyn Moll, the Urban Homemaker. The recipe is on her website. I made some recently and photographed each step so you could see just how easy it really is.

Start with the freshest meat you can find. Preferably this is meat from a local farm where the animals are raised on pasture in the sunshine, and are never given hormones or antibiotics. This meat will be full of important nutrients that will do your body good, including cancer-fighting CLA’s. Ground pork, turkey, beef, even lamb can be made into sausage. Since this is a recipe for turkey sausage, I used turkey.

First, mix the seasonings together into a small bowl. Notice that these are all seasonings you would typically have in your pantry as opposed to chemicals from a lab. God gave herbs and spices nutritional benefit as well as great taste. If you happen to have fresh thyme and sage, by all means use it! I doubled this recipe because I had extra turkey.

Second, pour the seasonings onto the turkey.

Third, mix well with your hands.

 Don’t be disgusted or leery of this. Because this meat started out as a healthy animal, and was processed at a clean local facility, by people who actually want to be there, then it is not going to be contaminated like conventional meat from the store. Wash your hands and utensils and countertop thoroughly of course, but there is no need to be disgusted.

Now, shape into patties.

 How easy was that?

Now you can choose what to do next: brown the patties in an iron skillet on the stove, bake them in the oven, OR, freeze them for a quick meal later. Usually I brown the patties on the stove but this time I froze them. I laid the patties onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set the entire thing in the freezer until the patties were frozen. Because I doubled the recipe, I made a double layer of patties by laying a piece of parchment on top of the first layer.

 As soon as they were frozen I put them into freezer bags. This way they do not stick to each other in the bag.

Now I have delicious and nutritious turkey sausage ready to go at a moment’s notice.

When you’re ready to have some, just take them out of the bag directly to a hot iron skillet. It will take 5 – 8 minutes to cook, depending on how thick you’ve made them.

We especially love these with a squeeze of yellow mustard on a fresh, hot buttermilk biscuit made with an overnight soak for even more nutrition. If you want to know more about that, stay tuned for my upcoming dvd.

Meanwhile, be thinking of more ways you can fill your diet with more nutrient dense foods, and be sure to give this recipe a try.

Yummy!