Discovering 7 Benefits of Bone Broth

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

It has been years since cooking soup from scratch and yet there was a surprising urge to get bones for creating bone broth.  I decided to go along with this urge and pick up some beef bones.

Soup bones

What I had no way of knowing was how drinking bone broth would improve how I felt.  I found that the broth was easy to use for making healthy meals quickly.   The truth be known I was shocked by it.  Since integrating it into my diet the differences are noticeable.

  • Detoxification and Balanced Cycle of Bowel Movements

An immediate shift has been in the cycle of elimination.  Anyone who has been around babies will know that as soon as you feed one it will immediately have a bowel movement.  At first drinking bone broth encouraged a detoxification type reaction of elimination that mellowed out into a similar cycle as a baby.  Food in – waste out!

  • Emotionally Uplifting (Mood Enhancer)

Organic feelings of joy and pleasure emerged as this elimination cycle took hold.  I know for me that my physical function are tied into my organic emotional experience, yet this was the first time that I experienced the clear of a connection to joy and pleasure.

  • Deeper Sleep Patterns

After a few days of including bone broth into my diet I noticed that my sleep was much deeper than it had been.  This was a welcome change!

  • Loosing Belly Fat

This is an outcome that is pleasing.  Loosing weight over the last year was rewarding.  Yet loosing weight did not mean losing the bulge around my gut.  It seemed that no matter how much weight was being lost it was stalled when coming to what was around the gut.  Now it seems the weight loss is more balanced as the belly fat is shrinking and catching up to the other body parts.  Since starting bone broth in June there has been a loss of three inches around the belly.

  • Weight Loss

Weight loss for the past few months had stalled before starting to drink bone broth.  Once it was introduced it jump started the process once again.  The immediate result in June was a loss of 15 pounds.  It was effortless and exciting.  The intention of drinking bone broth was not for loosing weight.  It is pleasing result!

  • Increased Vitality

Even though my energy was on the upswing, introducing bone broth has increased my level of vitality.  It seems as vitality increases taking action the time thinking about taking it has decreased.  There is less time thinking about something and more time saved just by doing it!  I love it.  This for me is the reward.  I would not have put these two connections together until experiencing it myself.   Somehow my brain in functioning a fuller capacity.

  • Aging

Being someone who has never looked their age, I haven’t noticed any differences in my outside appearance.  I do however notice a difference on the inside.  I find that I have more stamina, increased function and strength.  I believe I am also noticing a reversal in feelings of inner aging.  It is hard to define yet I feel more lubricated and hydrated from the inside.  There is also a noticeable difference in sexual interest and physicality.

Bone Broth Nutrition

Electrolytes found in bone marrow support healthy circulation, bone density, nerve signaling functions, heart health and digestive health.  These include minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium and phosphorus.  Bone broth also has zinc, copper, boron and iron.  It is a good source of protein, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C and the B vitamins.

The key to making Bone Broth is in  the slow simmering

I use a slow cooker for creating bone broth.  Using it allows the bones to remain simmering for hours.  I have read that the best length of time is 48 hours.  However I usually let it simmer for around 36 hours.  I have noticed the broth looses its gamy smell simmering for this long.  It also becomes clearer the longer it simmers.  This makes eating and drinking the broth more enjoyable for me.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large beef bone or three smaller ones (substitute chicken, whole or pieces)
  • Water (to fill cooker)
  • Apples Cider Vinegar – 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garlic – 4 or 5 cloves
  • Bay Leaves – 4 to 5 leaves
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

I add all the ingredients immediately with exception of the apple cider vinegar and let simmer over night.  The next morning I put in the apple cider vinegar.  The pot will have to be checked periodically to keep the liquid levels up.

Once it has simmered for 36 or more hours it is then strained and cooled before storing in containers for the fridge and freezer.  I divide liquid into portions that are easy for grabbing and going.

How to Use Bone Broth

Having bone broth on hand has made cooking easier.  There is usually onions, fresh garlic and veggies in the fridge that can be added for a quick and nutritious soup.  There are also herbs and edibles from the garden that can be picked quickly and added.  On occasion some healthy noodles can be added, however I like to keep carbs and proteins separate in meals.  I do however break this pattern when craving pizza or bread!

I don’t replace a cup of warm bone broth sweet beverages as they are something I have never drank.  I have however begun replacing bone broth for coffee.


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Colour Spectrum Diet: Rejuvenating Chakra Centers with Food

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Earlier posts shared how coloured water and flower essences could stimulate  ones Chakra Energy Centers.  The focus of this post is on  how diet can nourish and rejuvenate these Energy Centers.   Eating foods that align with each one  the 7 Chakras can be a mood enhancer increasing ones sense of self-esteem and empowerment.  They each  vibrate at a different frequency rate and each has their own focus of human function and awareness.  Nutrition increases their vibrancy.  

Foods that nourish the Chakras are as follows:

The Crown Chakra  – Purple, White, Gold Food Spectrum

  • Air – Fasting

Fasting and drinking water recharges this Chakra.  When it is balanced it enhances ones strength and power.  If ones is defeated this energy center may be under-active, over-active or blocked.  The focus of this Chakra is at the end of the day in the evening.  It benefits from a period of fasting even with only a lengthy break between evening meals and the breakfast the following morning.

The Brow Chakra – Deep Blue & Purple Food Spectrum

  • Brain – Boosting Foods

This Chakra benefits from eating food that are deeper blue and purple.  Eating lightly and including healthy fats and oils in ones diet supports recharging this Chakra and calming your energy to transform feelings of frustration and anger into peacefulness.  This Chakra is important to focus attention upon when one is unable to forgive.

The Throat Chakra Light Blue Food Spectrum

  • Breathing – slowing down while you eat

This Chakra helps one to speak honestly and listen with empathy.  It supports reducing anxiety and helps to tonify ones kidneys. Lighter blue pigment foods represent this Chakra.

The Heart Chakra Green Food Spectrum

  • Intention – how you are cooking your food

The green foods of the Heart Chakra contain live enzymes, oxygen and chlorophyll.  These foods are rejuvenating and help to increase low vital energy levels and reduce stress.  If one is experiencing adrenal fatigue this Chakra is one to pay attention to.

The Solar Plexus Chakra  – Yellow Food Spectrum

  • Digestion –  Digestive Aids

The yellow, white and gold foods of the Solar Plexus are mood enhancers for those experiencing depression, are sad or emotional.  This Chakra represents joy!

The Sacral Chakra – Orange Food Spectrum

  • Warm, Nurturing, & Sensual Foods – Creativity

This Chakra reflects creativity and reflects comfort foods to increase confidence and self-worth.  Low on confidence? Telling yourself you are unworthy of love? or doubting your choices?   Focus on Mom’s comfort foods like casseroles and soups or warming teas.

The Root Chakra  – Red Food Spectrum

  • Hot and Spicy

This is the first meal of the day and the most important for stimulating one’s elimination process, boosting one’s energy levels, and body temperature.  If you are run down, fatigued, burnt out, lazy or lethargic begin your day with fresh fruits, root veggies and some spicy heat.


Colour Spectrum Diet Plan Choices

Two ways for cleansing, rejuvenating and learning more about your Chakras are either through  following a daily colour eating plan or to follow a  longer regime that has a focus on one colour for a longer period.  In the second choice it would be in stages of staying with one chakra colour for an extended period.   Each of these plans start with the lower frequency colour of red and move up the spectrum to violet which has a higher frequency vibration.

  1.  Daily Chakra Colour Spectrum Eating Plan – Integration 

The daily plan for following a Chakra led diet would be to organize your food to correspond with colours at certain times of day starting with red, orange and yellow foods in the morning hours, yellow, green and blue at mid-day and blue, purple, white and gold foods in the evening.  In this plan yellow is the bridge between morning and mid-day foods, and blue is the bridge between mid-day and evening foods.

A daily food plan is a great introduction to a coloured diet regime and it can be an easier way for one to integrate into their lifestyle while enjoying immediate results of increased energy, enhanced moods and a bonus of loosing weight simply by eating for the body.

2.  A Deeper Chakra Colour Spectrum Cleansing Diet – Experience

One can begin with checking in with ones intuition to make a choice of staying with each colour of food for an extended equal period.  This could be 1 to 7 days.  This pattern of eating would be one way of connecting with the frequencies of ones chakras in a deeper way beginning with the lower frequency of red.  Each stage on the Chakra Cleaning Diet would focus on an individual colour as follows:

  • First stage – Red Foods
  • Second – Orange Foods
  • Third – Yellow Foods
  • Fourth –  Green Foods
  • Fifth – Light Blue Foods
  • Sixth – Deeper Blue and Purple Foods
  • Seventh – Violet Foods

Committing to an extended stage of eating with a system of each colour starting with the lower frequency can give one a greater experience of the Chakras and the colours characteristics.  It would be an integrative experience and is a diet for body, mind, emotion and spirit.

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by Renee Lindstrom

Chakra Food Chart by Renee Lindstrom

 


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Heart Shaped Chakra Colour Spectrum Labyrinth Pathway 

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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000