Year of Health & Healing

by Lindsay on December 27, 2010

Well we did it. It’s over, Christmas that is. But there is still that little part of the Holiday Marathon left. That little 0.2 extra of those 26 mile. And you know what? It comes out of NO WHERE! It’s called NEW YEARS! Four days until 2010 is officially said and done. WOWZERS! I know a lot of people are already looking at what they can “fix” in 2011 but lets not dwell on that just yet. Lets look back on 2010…………………….

To me, 2010 was a big year of HEALTH improvements. Not like the “eating better,” yada yada yada. It was how can my body restore itself and find nourishment at its fullest?!

About 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with a horrible digestive disorder (hence the gluten free diet). I would get sick about 1-2x a month and not keep anything down. Several doctors looked at me, ran tests, etc. I was a walking petri dish. Literally, that was my nick name by some! I finally decided to go to a Holistic Doctor which helped me see how my body was “off balance.” She opened my eyes to a lot of different allergies that may be causing my digestive problems.  I’m not saying that she “cured” me, but instead enlightened me with a different health approach. I started making a lot of my own foods, cut out any processed ingredients, and really tried to focus on REAL food! The food God gave us. Oils, organic meats/eggs, fish, nuts, full fat dairy, etc. This helped me a TON! Probiotics helped restore my gut (hence the kombucha love!!). Since I still was not able to eat a whole lot of dairy, I stuck with Kombucha, 1-2 bottles a day. Yes, I know it can be expensive at times, but it was way better than paying for meds at a pharmacy!

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GT Kombucha worked wonders, and still does. In fact, I was so inspired by this company and its health drink that I started making my own COTTER Kombucha. Remember that post? The tutorial is here!

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Going through the Kombucha making process expanded my knowledge of the health benefits for this great drink. Hold your breath, here’s my list for you. Source: GT Kombucha

  • Kombucha culture has a wide range of organic acids, probiotics, and enzymes that give it its extraordinary properties. Here’s a brief look at the benefits of each:
    Beneficial Probiotics – Due to the prolific presence of pesticides, antibiotics, and preservatives in our environments, the beneficial micro-organisms present in our bodies are destroyed and killed off on a regular basis. These friendly microbes play a huge role in our digestive and immune systems. Therefore, it is crucial that they are replenished from natural sources like kefir, yogurt, and Kombucha. Our beverages contain Lactobacillus Bacterium and S. Boulardii, which can help ease digestion and purify the system.
    • Live Active Enzymes – Active Enzymes are generally only found in foods that have not been cooked, processed, or refined. They are like the “spark plugs” for the body’s cells because they put “life” back in our bodies. If you think about it, the body is a living thing; why would you feed it something that is dead?
    • Polyphenols – These are antioxidants that shield the body from health and youth compromising free-radicals.
    • Organic Acids – These nutrients can assist in promoting balance and harmony.
      • Lactic acid helps maintain healthy digestive action (through the probiotic lactobacilli) and for energy production by the liver
      • Acetic acid is an antiseptic and inhibitor of pathogenic bacteria.
      • Glucuronic acid, normally produced by a healthy liver, is a powerful detoxifier and can readily be converted into glucosamines, the foundation of our skeletal system.
      • Usnic acid has selective antibiotic qualities which can partly deactivate viruses.
      • Oxalic acid encourages the intercellular production of energy, and is a preservative.
      • Malic acid also helps the liver to detoxify.
      • Butyric acid protects human cellular membranes, and combined with Gluconic acid strengthens the walls of the stomach and digestive tract in order to combat yeast infections such as Candida.
      • Nucleic acids, like RNA and DNA, transmit information to the cells on how to perform correctly and regenerate.

See……NOURISHMENT!

Moral of the story here folks is that I’ve come a long way these past few years. Haven’t had any “episodes” since. I give a lot of credit to my Kombucha addiction, right hubs? hehe. And I want to share that with you!

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Yep, I got the golden ticket(s) for one free bottle of GT Kombucha. I will give these away to 3 lucky winners. All you have to do is…..

  1. Tell me how your health has turned around this past year, if any?
  2. Like GT Kombucha on Facebook- leave them a kind note too!
  3. Tweet about this and follow @GTsKombucha.
  4. Tell me your thoughts about kombucha. Check out GT’s website and explore it to find out more!

I’ll randomly select the winners New Years day! Starting the year off right!

Before I go, I must say that everyone’s definition of health is different. What works for me, might now work for someone else. I will continue to strive towards nourishing my body this next year, getting it back to 100%. I will enjoy the richness of food and the people who I am sharing it with!

I am thankful for a God that heals us in his own way. Open your eyes to what he gives you!
Cheers,
LC

p.s.
Its recipe time and I’ve got some coming up this week. They kinda look like this!

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Page December 30, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Wow, you have had a really beneficial year! So happy to hear that you got things figured out and you are doing well! And thanks for the info on Kombucha. I have always seen people drinking those but never really knew what the deal was. Great post.

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Kim K December 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm

so glad that you found something nourishing and healthy and perfect for your body! i have always wanted to take the blood test that tells you specifically which foods are tougher for your body to digest. i have ulcerative colitis and im always learning what foods are right for me!

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Laurenf1022 December 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm

My health has improved a lot this year since actually fueling my body with tons more fruits & veggies and less processed food. Once I made this change, I noticed a huge change in my energy and the way my body felt. It seemed so easy! I've never tried Kombacha, but it sounds amazing.

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Petra December 31, 2010 at 12:41 am

I gave up soda and replaced it with Kombucha. GT's Strawberry is my favorite. My little girl loves having tea parties with her friends serving kombucha as the 'tea' and surprisingly they love it…haha It is the only way I can get any good bacteria in her body since she refuses all other fermented/cultered foods.

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AnnieC December 31, 2010 at 3:17 am

I've been making my kombucha at home for almost a year now. My seven year old son loves it. We occasionally buy some GT's at Whole Foods, if we've drank up our batch before the new batch is ready.I don't have any amazing stories about how my health is changed. Rather, I believe it's the absence of any problems in my life that is a testament to what I drink and how I eat. I haven't had a cold or any sickness at all this year. I don't have any chronic diseases, haven't had a cavity in years and feel good. I'll be 45 years old soon, and it seems like a lot of people I know take prescription meds for one thing or another. I don't, thankfully.Thanks for a wonderful blog post, and Happy New Year to you!

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Missy December 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Girl! You just gave me the biggest urge for Kombucha! I have refrained for a few weeks (my wallet was getting pretty slim) but now…It's on. After all, it's New Years! Cheers! PS — Thanks for offering your support on my blog….I am so glad you did because I have added you to my reader and am loving the fact that you are so educated about nutrition (and that your an Austinite….I lived there for 7 years after college). I may not comment so often, because my computer acts so funny on your site! This is the first time I have actually gotten it to work! Crossing fingers and hitting submit.

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Liz December 31, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Great post! And great giveaway:) In 2010, I got back into running after a hiatus and ran the NYC Marathon (my first marathon)!

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Liz December 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I've had GT's kombucha several times…I like it a lot! It's definitely an acquired taste (I can't drink an entire bottle in one sitting), but I do like how it makes me feel after drinking it. My fave flavor is Gingerade.

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kristi (sweet cheeks) January 1, 2011 at 1:02 am

My health has progressively gotten better throughout this past year by really cutting out much of the refined processed crap. I mostly eat stuff that I make now, instead of something made in a factory. I can't tell you how much better I feel because of it!

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kristi (sweet cheeks) January 1, 2011 at 1:03 am

My thoughts about Kombucha? I loooooooooove it. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. And I really do feel healthy after drinking one. If only I could afford to have 2 a day…my life would be complete! ;)

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Nellie January 1, 2011 at 4:59 am

Uggh@#$#@$ I tried to comment the last couple of days, but my phone was NOT being haved. So, now I'm plugged into the laptop. So here goes (cuz you KNOW I was not gonna miss out on THIS prize!!) 1. Tell me how your health has turned around this past year, if any?This question is easy! Since I've given up processed food about 90 percent of the time, and have started eating fruits and veggies like I'm stuck on an island, I have the best poops of my life! Yes, you heard me right! And I'm proud of it :)Nelliehttp://midlifecruiser.blogspot.com

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Nellie January 1, 2011 at 5:00 am

2. Like GT Kombucha on Facebook- leave them a kind note too! DUN!

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Nellie January 1, 2011 at 5:04 am

4. Tell me your thoughts about kombucha. Check out GT’s website and explore it to find out more!I adore Kombucha, but not the price! I'm trying to make my own, as you know, but my scoby is being naughty. It decided to sink. Well, maybe I had a hand in it since it got the living crap shaken out of it as we were bumping around on the highway lugging our RV behind us. Not to mention, it might have gotten heated up to 105 degrees in the oven when I was trying to keep it toasty warm. I'm saying MIGHT HAVE because I surely do not want to take the blame for killing my scoby.Nelliehttp://midlifecruiser.blogspot.comP.S. LOVE the cranberry and passion bliss flavors. Those are the ones I used mixed together for my science project.

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pixxley January 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Over the past two years I've made many gradual changes in my diet, and my health has benefited tremendously. I've been making (and consuming) water kefir for almost a year now. (Great probiotic beverage!) I've tried a couple of KT kombucha flavors. Would love to try more!

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Lisakthrives January 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I make my own kombucha too—it has made a big difference in my life. I was doing continuous brew, and then …it got moldy so I have to start over!I love your blog—I'll be back often :)~Lisa

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pixxley January 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Tibicos, or "water kefir" as most folks call it, is all over the internet; many variations, but all basically the same. Here is one: http://nourishedkitchen.com/water-kefir/

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lauren@spiced plate January 31, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I don't know if it's too late to enter, but I had something similar happen to me — digestive problems solved by going off gluten — but along with the digestive problems came a weird 30 lb weight gain that no matter what I did (exercise every day, eat 1200 calories religiously) the weight would NOT come off — until this June, when I met with an ayurvedic councelor. She had me go on a month long hard core cleanse…and the weight melted off. As I came off the cleanse and started adding more things in and eating "normally" (although a bit different from how I ate before) the weight kept coming off, almost effortlessly. Now I'm back at my "pre health disaster" weight — and it feels amazing! I still stay off wheat, gluten, and soy products, and don't eat meat.But I love love love kombucha — ginger is my favorite kind. It's a bit pricey so I only get it on rare occassions– I almost bought some at the market today but didn't have enough cash!

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lauren@spiced plate January 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm

hi lindsay – I ate a lot of kale, raw veggies,and smoothies. A typical day went like this: wake up, have a cup of hot water or herbal tea. Eat either a steamed apple with cinnamon or a kale and apple smoothie. No food until lunch, where I would have a HUGE veggie packed raw salad with almonds/walnuts (no peanuts!), or avocado. Dinner was either an all veggie soup or a salad. No eating after 7 pm, no snacking. As the cleanse went on, I was able to add sprouted beans and soaked grains to my diet. It was hard core, but I felt nourished enough to work on a farm full time and babysit on the side while I was doing it!

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Jem@jemsfoodforthought April 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

I love coming to your blog because no matter how I'm feeling I can rely on your thoughts/insight and general positivity to lift my spirits. I'm naturally a glass half empty person but have made a conscious effort to change that. Reading blogs has really helped :)

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish April 18, 2011 at 5:01 am

Wow, Lindsay, thank you so much for linking back to this post! I've struggled with digestive issues since 2008, and while things have improved tremendously, I'm still not sure how to fully restore my system. It got really bad in 2009, and I had to move home for awhile to get tested (colonoscopy, upper endoscopy etc etc). I too was a walking petri dish! Haha. The doctors finally diagnosed me with IBS and told me to experiment with foods. Last year I realized that wheat was a huge culprit, so I cut it out and now feel SO much better. However, my GI system is definitely not "normal!" Lots of funny things happen down there, which now in it's own way feels "normal." But I 'm determined to keep trying….I think I'm going to experiment and try adding kombucha to my diet. Are the brands more or less the same, or is would you recommend one over the others? Again, thanks so much for sharing this! <3

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Niki Kenney April 21, 2011 at 3:33 am

You're so pretty! AND I THRIVE OFF Kombucha!! LOVE IT!! I wish I could stay up all night and read your entire blog! Now that I've found it, I dont want to stop!!

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Melissa Keller April 22, 2011 at 1:26 am

I've had a rough year health wise too. I am hoping to get answers soon. I started getting sick off and on a year ago. And then in Sept, the day of Zilker relay, I ran 17 miles total and couldn't eat afterward (totally not normal). It was like a switch flipped. From that point on, i've had some sort of stomach issues. 2 Ultrasounds, 1 CT Scan, 2 Drs, and a GI specialist. No solution.I'm glad you found something that works for you. I hope I can get there soon. I'm seeing a new Dr in a month

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pixxley May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Tibicos, or "water kefir" as most folks call it, is all over the internet; many variations, but all basically the same. Here is one: http://nourishedkitchen.com/water-kefir/

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kristi (sweet cheeks) May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

My thoughts about Kombucha? I loooooooooove it. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. And I really do feel healthy after drinking one. If only I could afford to have 2 a day…my life would be complete! ;)

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Kim K May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

so glad that you found something nourishing and healthy and perfect for your body! i have always wanted to take the blood test that tells you specifically which foods are tougher for your body to digest. i have ulcerative colitis and im always learning what foods are right for me!

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Kelsey May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

its really good timing for me, 2011 is definitely going to be focused on health, in every aspect of my life. even with faith- i had abandoned my faith and beliefs until last week actually. i went to mass for the first time in over 3 years and i had a breakdown/breakthrough.. i actually started tearing up because i felt like i had re-connected and found my 'home again' . the sermon was actually on straying from our faith but then coming back and finding our roots again…and knowing that its always there for us when we need it. wow its still mind blowing to think of it <3

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Kath May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

That sounds like quite an odyssey what you had to go through! I'm so happy that you've found your way now and got better! Health problems mean so much suffering. :(I've looked for kombucha already and already tried it once, but unfortunately there always seems to be A LOT of sugar in it – at least in the branches I found in the store here. I'll show again in a health food store if I can get a better one that's not so sugar-loaded. I liked it, though. It tastes a little bit like apple cider. :D

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Erika Sperl-Imhoff May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Yowza is right… it feels like this year's end came out of no where!! Entry #1 – My health took a BIG swing (for the better) when I finally started SLEEPING more!! Ahhhh it's amazing. Wish I would have started that sooner! :)

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Missy May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Girl! You just gave me the biggest urge for Kombucha! I have refrained for a few weeks (my wallet was getting pretty slim) but now…It's on. After all, it's New Years! Cheers! PS — Thanks for offering your support on my blog….I am so glad you did because I have added you to my reader and am loving the fact that you are so educated about nutrition (and that your an Austinite….I lived there for 7 years after college). I may not comment so often, because my computer acts so funny on your site! This is the first time I have actually gotten it to work! Crossing fingers and hitting submit.

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Laurenf1022 May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

My health has improved a lot this year since actually fueling my body with tons more fruits & veggies and less processed food. Once I made this change, I noticed a huge change in my energy and the way my body felt. It seemed so easy! I've never tried Kombacha, but it sounds amazing.

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Nellie May 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

2. Like GT Kombucha on Facebook- leave them a kind note too! DUN!

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