What to do with your excess sourdough starter? It is really important to keep your sourdough starter going, if you like that kinda thing, but what do you do when you get too much!? Pancakes!!! Requiring a REALLY healthy, super bubbly starter (and thick like a pancake batter, not watery), sourdough starter will cook up a beautiful pancake if your starter is just right. Make sure your starter actually RISES in the container you’re keeping it – which means it’s thick enough, and bubbly enough.
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Throughout the retreat, we started to get a little burdened with leftovers. We weren’t sure how to use 2 servings of rice, or a tiny bit of left over vegetables, so we started finding creative ways to use them in our cooking. Here’s an application for left over grains, especially non-glutinous! Since we had a celiac person in our retreat, I felt a little bothered that all of our bread had gluten in it (kamut) and so began making brown rice sourdough bread. However, as grains ferment in the process, it doesn’t really matter what grain it is, and if it’s cooked or not. So I began putting grain leftovers in a large bowl to ferment, and would make them into bread. The first morning I made it, I didn’t think it was really anything special, as was kinda weird… however, that same morning I happened to drop an entire scalding hot crock pot full of cooked brown rice congee on the ground while carrying it to the dining hall, and it smashed all over the place (including my bare feet, which gave coincidentally gave me a lovely little liver moxibustion treatment), anyways – I felt so bad that I thought I’d better serve this strange congee bread, and low and behold, they ate all of it – 2 full loaves. They loved it, and I continued making it throughout the retreat from then on.
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- itchiness (ANYWHERE, nose, anus, feet, face, hands)
- foggy headedness (as the metabolic byproduct of yeasts is ALCOHOL.. which means, you actually have alcohol in your blood stream, leaving you feel drunk and stupid!)
- sluggish digestion and weird bowels
- insatiable appetite, easily feel like you are overeating
- edginess and inflammation (which go hand in hand)
- decreased energy
- decreased immunity, and a host of other symptoms.
Basically, this fungus is like a parasite, constantly taxing your body, and as long as you’ve got it, you’ve got an infection festering inside of you – leaving your body sick and at war for as long as you’ve got it. Antibiotics are given to kill this baddie off, but it also kills the bacteria that check and balance the candida, giving you NO immune defense, which means the candida have an even easier time coming back. I really don’t think there is a remedy that a doctor can give that will totally get rid of it that will last. Really, I believe that most people have this to some degree (more so the younger you are, because of the worsening of our diet and increase in antibiotic use) but remember that we should have some of it – but our healthy bacteria should be the majority party ruling our intestines, which keeps the bad boys in check. We’re obsessed with sterility and anti-bacteria. But really, our ancestors have grown up with bacteria all their lives, its all around us, heck – we actually have more bacterial cells in our body than human tissue cells.. isn’t that amazing? A forest floor has bacteria to help decay and breakdown to renew life, and so do we! I’ve always got something fermenting in the kitchen, whether on purpose (sourdough, sauerkraut, rejuvelac, etc) or unintentionally (leftover rice, beans, veg… these can sit out for quite a while, as long at the food is still ‘sweet’ and not foul, you’re game for good bacteria!). We’ve got this same lovely fermenting bacteria in our gut (the good ones) but when you have candida, everything just molds and turns to fungus. But really, must we sterilize EVERYTHING!? Our food is so sterile, not even bacteria can survive from it – but it is this good bacteria that we thrive from!! Did you know that US almonds are ALL sterilized with a toxic chemical, so that NO bacteria can thrive from them? Gees, we’ve got pasteurized nuts now too!!
- Don’t overeat!.. and for heaven’s sake – chew your food!! Especially carbs
- Raw foods easily rot in the body, making it easier for the candida. “Rot” (breakdown) the food by cooking it first (therefore, eat mostly cooked foods)
- Exercise, as fungus can’t survive in an oxygen rich environment (picture hanging a mildewy cloth out on the line to get sun and air, and the mold disappears!)
- Eat little salt, and ABSOLUTELY NO SWEETS, of any kind. Natural or refined (and definitely not artificial!! Stevia is tolerated however)
- Avoid preservatives and other non-foods
- Eat fermented foods, as they contain lots of GOOD bacteria (like acidophillus)
- Don’t eat cold foods or drinks, but drink tea and room temperature water moderately
- Don’t worry – worry worsens any damp condition, and don’t force it, because you’ll worry
- Eat chlorophyll rich foods (green!) as it neutralizes toxins in your body and heals our tissues
- AVOID bad oils, packaged foods, anything refined, overly floury foods (please, just eat a whole foods diet for goodness sake!!)
- Dandelion tea/coffee – which cleanses the blood (especially effective if systemic)
- Lavender essential oil – please be cautious, use 100% botanical and only do ONE drop every three days to start.. if you get a headache, you’re using too much (cleansing reaction)
- Oxygen – which just destroys yeasts on contact. Good for systemic as well, please don’t overdo this as well (remedies 1-3 are HIGHLY cleansing and should be moderated) 20 drops a day to start (I did 100 drops a day, but I also had no cleansing reactions)
- Sauerkraut (in back) – a bacterial supplement for the body, which helps check and balance the yeasts, takes their place when they die, and is rejuvenating for the tissues (HIGH in vitamin C!). An acidophillus supplement is advised as well, but I had already spent too much money on the remedies and needed low cost bacterial support. This sauerkraut is locally made, is raw (unpasteurized), and NO SALT – which is preferred for killing candida or any infection
- Garlic – nature’s antibiotic!! This KILLS any pathogenic microbobes BUT leaves the good ones standing, giving them a favourable place to proliferate!! Seriously, antibiotics kill life, good and bad, but garlic just kills the bad….. One clove eaten raw before a meal, sometimes best eaten with an apple slice, yogurt (another fermented food!) to soothe the digestive lining if the garlic burns too much. I ate a head in under 3 days! Too much!! Garlic is known in the East by sages to create emotional desire. This actually happened to me!! Desire arose, and I became very emotional. I stopped the garlic, and the desire went away – interesting lesson. (Sweets create desire as well… which just leaves us perpetually shackled to the things we desire!! Not good!)
- Flax oil – healing for the digestive lining (to reduce inflammation), and rebuilding. Also satiates when you are in an “unsatiable mode”! Repairs the tissues that were aggravated by infection, and cleanses the liver (the body’s filter) of junk while healing. Good stuff!
- Aloe juice from inner fillet (not GEL – and NOT the WHOLE LEAF!!!). This stuff is magic. The sour flavour of the juice just gives away its healing and restorative properties (the sour flavour is healing to the liver as it is like soap, or a solvent to toxins, fatty residues, and all the other crap that is stored in the liver). It is also BUILDING!! Isn’t this amazing!! It cleanses and builds at the same time!? It’s an antimicrobial, like garlic, but builds the immunity, heals tissue and reduces inflammati
on, while keeping us cool and refreshed. This is a great pair for when using lavender oil or oxygen, as it “protects” us from the harsh reducing nature of the aforementioned remedies. Oxygen alone can create a feeling of light headedness and poor stability, but when combined with oxygen, keeps us centred, but clear as a bell. Drink 2-3 oz. a day to start (with 20 drops of oxygen) but up it if you can handle it and want to specifically heal short term. I drank the whole bottle of juice in 3 days, accompanied with larger doses of oxygen – but treated it acutely.
Typically, if the “infection” is acute, an short term and aggressive remedy is effective, however, if you suspect that you’ve had it for a while, and is chronic, it is best to do long term (.5 – 2 years?) and start with the dietary changes, while doing some remedies at a very low level for a longer period of time.
* NOTE: These are NOT to be taken as a daily preventative medicine, and we are not trying to replace the efforts of the medical system, and this is NOT a prescription. We are simply offering information, and what you do with it is up to you, and we will not be held liable for any healing effects or symptoms that may arise from it. Understood!? Any questions can be directed to Michael Fisher.
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I always think of the colon as party central, there are billions of bacteria living in the colon that support proper elimination and absorption of nutrients. They also boost our immune system by fending off certain pathogens and germs. These bacteria strains are known as probiotics and are the key to ultimate health and longevity. Sometimes a good party can turn bad, layering on greasy fried foods, processed and sugary foods, overeating and bad food combinations crashes the good vibe feeling and the once fun filled party is turned into a demolition bonanza that sadly leads to severe colon hangover. Your post party colon is left to deal with flatulence, sporadic movements, and smelly logs. How do you keep the good party going you ask?…well, start with inoculating your bowels with rejuvelac! Rejuvelac is a fermented drink that literally rejuvenates and supports your gut. It is one of the easiest and healthiest beverages to make. You can make rejuvelac with most any grain, it is most commonly made with wheat berries, but I have made it with kamut, rye, and barley.
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- ground, sprouted, toasted grains (about 1-1/2 cups.. give or take)
- 1/3 cup oat flakes
- 1/2 cup spelt flour
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 tsp dried ginger and cinnamon each
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp ghee or butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla