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I am going to try to keep this short and sweet today:) I have another HUGE cleaning day ahead of me. It has been another really hard work week and I’ll be SO glad when today is over. Tomorrow, I am going to the pool and vegging out!!

I wanted to share the recipe I use to make coconut milk yogurt. I’m not even sure where exactly I found this recipe–somewhere online.

blog pictures 470First of all, let me tell you that cheaper is NOT always better! The coconut milk I got at the Asain Market (the Renuka) for so much cheaper–not so good. It was pretty watery and it had kind of a grayish tint to it. I read in my coconut oil book that milk that color was not made with the best and freshest coconuts. Basically, it’s made with the coconuts that are left after all the best are picked over. Eeeww! I have tried several different brands of coconut milk and the THAI brand is the best. I have also found that the full fat stuff works the best. I tried the light when I was having a temporary relapse in my fear of fat:) Didn’t taste bad–just much runnier. Coconut milk yogurt will always be pretty runny though. I mostly use it for smoothies or over frozen fruit. Yummy!blog pictures 434To make the yogurt you will need three cans of good coconut milk (aka. not the cheap stuff:) I can only use two cans because my yogurt maker won’t hold a jar big enough for three. Anyway, warm your milk to about 125 degrees. I don’t really worry too much about getting it that hot. As long as it’s at least 100 degrees, you will be fine. If you do get it to 125, you need to let it cool to about 100 before adding in your starter. If your milk is too hot, it will kill your starter and then your yogurt would be lacking in good bacteria.

Next, you need to add 1-2Tbs. of honey. This is to give the good bacteria something to ‘feed’ on. If you forget to do this–well, you won’t have yogurt!

After the milk is cooled enough, take out about 1/2 cup and place in a small bowl. To that, add 1/4 cup good quality yogurt. Something like Dannon all natural plain unsweetened is good. Mix the ‘starter’ yogurt into the 1/2 cup coconut milk. Then you can pour this back into the rest of your coconut milk. Stir a little and you are ready to pour into your jar. Make sure the jar is sterile.

blog pictures 471You are now ready to place the yogurt into the yogurt maker.

blog pictures 472Having a yogurt maker is by far the easiest way to ferment the yogurt, but you can do it without one. I have read that a lot of people place it in their oven and leave the light on. I have also used a dehydrator before when I was making a lot of yogurt at one time. I was on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for a while and was making 4 quarts at a time like that. The main goal is to keep the yogurt between 100-110 degrees for 24-26 hours.

After 24-26 hours, place the yogurt in the fridge for a good while. I usually do it to where mine is ready to go in the fridge before bed and let it chill overnight. Making yogurt is NOT hard. You just really have to make sure the temp. is kept in right range.

Gotta run now:) Hope everyone has a fabulous day!!!!

“For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all he does.” Psalm 33:4

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A Healing Crisis that is:) This week I spoke to a lady that has a natural pharmacy about my intestinal issues. I explained to her all the test I have been through, all of my symptoms and my desire to feel better. This lady does hair analysis, nutritional consulting and has the pharmacy called ‘Nature’s Specialist’. I called her at the request of my mother who had been to her before. I have heard many stories about how this lady has been able to help so many people. I just woke up one morning feeling sick and tired of being sick and tired and decided it wouldn’t hurt to talk to her. She was very kind to talk with me over the phone free of charge and tell me what she thought would help. The first thing she said was that I really needed a time of healing my body. So, she recommended what is called Super Critical Probiotics for 7 days and then go to what is called a Critical Care Probiotic. The super critical probiotics have 200 BILLION good bacteria!! That’s a lot of good bugs! Then I will go to 50 billion. It is my understanding that most if not all intestinal disorders start due to a messed up balance of gut flora. We should have about 85% good bacteria and about 15% bad bacteria in the gut. When this gets reversed or out of whack, things can go haywire. I started the probiotics on Tuesday night and let me tell you–there has been a war going on in my gut between the good and the bad bacteria! I didn’t realize that I could feel worse before I feel better. I have had major headaches, fatigue, mood swings and muscle and joint aches. I then read last night about having a Healing Crisis. This means the good guys are working and my body is just trying to get rid of the bad stuff. This is encouraging even though it has not been fun. At least now I know what is going on:)

You’ll also notice some stuff in the picture called Iberogast. This is to replace my perscription medicine with a natural alternative. The stuff the Dr. perscribed makes me feel really tired and sluggish. The Iberogast doesn’t do that and I can use it every hour if needed. It doesn’t have the best taste, but it’s better than putting something unnatural in my body that has side affects. It is used to help keep the intestinal walls relaxed and prevent spasms. So far, it seems to be working and I am not having to use it as much as I could.

For some reason during this healing, my appetite has also increased. I’m not sure why, but I think I need to lighten up a bit to give my body a better chance to heal. I have been reading a book called ‘Digestive Wellness’ by Elizabeth Lipski. In it she says: “By assisting your body in the removal of stored toxins through detoxification programs, your body can more easily heal itself.” She recommends a 7-10 day fruit and vegetable cleanse. I’m not sure I will go that strict, but I am definately going to make sure I am eating simple and very ‘clean’ foods. I will eat lots of fruit and veggies, but I think I will also include some homemade goat yogurt and some eggs for protein.

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