Yummy Kefir, Happy Belly

by Rochelle Griffin on August 22, 2014 · 0 comments

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If we want a happy belly, we must have a happy balance of good and bad bacteria. Without this balance, a myriad of symptoms can occur…anything from bloating to diarrhea to mood swings! Because of the crazy lifestyle many of us lead, it’s easy to for this delicate balance to get out of whack. Here’s where probiotics come to the rescue. Probiotics (healthy bacteria & yeast) can be taken in pill form or in a drink like Kombucha tea or Kefir.

I personally prefer to have both Kombucha tea and Kefir homemade. This gives me control over what goes into the drinks.

While I’ve already written an article about how to make Kombucha tea, some people don’t like tea or don’t want to get into the steps and time it takes to make it. I get it. A great alternative for those who can have dairy is milk-based kefir. It’s super easy to make and can be used to make yummy smoothies.

And the great part is that you can drink both Kombucha tea and milk kefir because they are produce different probiotics. I don’t recommend drinking them at the same time though…yuck!

Kefir literally takes a day to make and is ready to be used. To get started, you will need to have kefir grains. My favorite website is Cultures for Health (http://www.culturesforhealth.com.) You can get so many different cultures there…fantastic!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Milk kefir grains
  • Organic milk (cow or goat) or raw milk
  • Glass jar
  • Coffee filter
  • Strainer
  • Small bowl
  • Wood spoon

We make a cup at a time, but you can definitely make more.

1. Pour one cup milk into your glass jar and add the kefir grains to it.

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2. Place coffee filter over the jar and secure with rubber band. You want to allow the kefir to breath. Place out of the way on the counter. Do NOT place in the refrigerator (no matter how much you want to…because it’s milk after all.)

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3. Allow milk to form into kefir. This will take approximately 24 hours. You’ll notice the milk starting to thicken up, almost like a loose yogurt. It won’t smell stinky like sour milk. It almost smells like yeast bread dough to me.

4. Once the thickening has occurred, pour the kefir through a strainer (non-metal is best) into a small bowl.

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5. Use a wood spoon to help separate the liquid kefir from the kefir grains.

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6. The liquid kefir is now ready to use in a yummy smoothie or anything else. Place in the refrigerator until you’re ready for it. The kefir grains are ready for a new batch of kefir to begin.

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7. Start the process over.

It’s THAT easy!

Up to 80 percent of our immunity is located in our gut. A good 75% of our melatonin (sleep hormone) is made in our gut. It behooves each and every one of us to take care of our gut in order to have optimal health. Now you have an easy way to make fresh, healthy kefir and get some of that good bacteria back into your system. icon smile Yummy Kefir, Happy Belly

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 Yummy Kefir, Happy BellyRochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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5 Tips in Taming Food Temptations

by Rochelle Griffin on August 18, 2014 · 0 comments

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5 Tips in Taming Food Temptations

by Rochelle Griffin

Have you ever resolved to lose weight and eat healthy, but you find that the junk food somehow makes its way back into your home? Maybe it’s not you but someone else whose has brought it in. Regardless of who purchased it, it’s there……calling your name. While this may have never happened to you (wink wink,) I assure you that it’s happened to me. Food temptations are nothing to ignore because the power that they have is crazy strong.

So how can you make sure that your house is temptation-proof when you want to be healthy? I’m going to share 5 simple tips with you that I personally use so that you can stay on track.

  1. Once a month, go through the cupboards and fridge. Toss anything that is unhealthy and opened out.  Yep, completely out!
  2. If you’ve found food that is unhealthy and unopened, consider donating it to a food bank, neighbor or friend.
  3. Talk to the other folks in the house and let them know that unhealthy food is not on your list and you need their support.  If they aren’t able to comply with your request, keep a separate drawer, shelf, etc just for them.  This is completely off limits to you! (My son loves having his own space in the kitchen.)
  4. When grocery shopping, stay within the outer perimeter of the store. This is where the healthy stuff is.  If you walk down the chip aisle, you may be tempted to grab a bag.
  5. If you do get anything less than healthy, particularly the snack items, be sure to have ziplock sandwich bags on hand. As soon as you’re home, go ahead and divide your snacks into portions suggested on the nutritional label. 
  6. Temped to eat and it’s not time? Find something else to do.  Go for a walk, phone a friend, read a book. You get the picture.
You will find that just by implementing these tips, you’ll have fewer temptations in your home. Even when temptations do rear their ugly head (and trust me, they will,) you’ll have strategies in place to deal with them. YOU, my friend, are taking the power back…where it belongs! 
A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 5 Tips in Taming Food Temptations Rochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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