How to Protect Yourself Against Ebola

How to Protect Yourself From Ebola

The news is filled with reports of the Ebola virus.

Fear is definitely in the air!

With its appearance in the US and yet another confirmed case of the Ebola virus here in Texas, the big question on everyone’s mind is “how to protect yourself from Ebola?”

The Ebola virus as certainly been the topic of quite a few of our family’s conversations the last couple of days! Even our younger children are concerned and as parents, we are trying to answer their questions honestly without raising alarm – that can be challenging! It is especially challenging with the conflicting and changing information that is coming our way!

Before I go any further, I want to say that  propagating fear is not my intention but I want to encourage you to think for yourself, be aware and be prepared. Sometimes simple awareness and being prepared makes a big difference in the outcome.

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10 Ways to Save Money Juicing

10 ways to save money juicing

You might think juicing is expensive, especially for a large family.

I did too – And, it can be!

But, do you remember the saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way”?

There are ways to make juicing fit into the family budget!

One of the benefits of juicing is your body’s ability to absorb all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll, etc. – they are delivered much faster to your body in liquid form since the body doesn’t spend time breaking down the bulkier items like fiber. So, for the family’s health, I think it is worth making juicing budget friendly!

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GAPS Diet Supplements – Then and Now


What Supplements You Should Take on the GAPS Diet

I have recently had several readers emailing and asking what supplementation of vitamins I used while on the GAPS diet. I thought others might have the same question. So, today I want to share the supplements I took while on the GAPS diet and the supplements I take now. If you are not sure what the GAPS diet is, take a minute and read the GAPS Review.

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Where Do I Buy…?

How many of you are like me and have asked the following questions of a trusted friend?

Where do I buy…?

What do you use?

Which one do you recommend?

Not only have I asked these same questions but I receive frequent emails containing these very questions.

For me, it helps knowing that someone I trust uses a particular product or brand and recommends it. So, I have added to the menu bar across the top of Cultured Palate a new tab – Shopping Guide.

This Shopping Guide is a list of items I use in my own kitchen and recommend from companies I trust. Everything from kombucha scobys, herbs and spices, starters to olive oil.

I hope the shopping guide will help provide you with quality products for your healthy, traditional/real food lifestyle.

Healthy Homemade Snacks

healthy homemade snacks

I have found that healthy homemade snacks are a must have!

Having children at home, it seems as if someone is always wanting something to eat!

Oh, they eat very well at meals but, I think because we work outside so much in the hot weather, they are always hungry! I just can not seem to keep them full. Or, maybe it is because there are several teenage boys. But, then again, we have 2 girls still at home – one a teenager and one not.

Anyway, I guess the reason really doesn’t matter. The fact is, I am always in need of healthy snacks! In fact, we will often have a light supper since we have our main meal at midday and I will even use some of the following suggestions as a suppertime meal.

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Frugality Through Cultured Foods

frugal cultured and healthy

How many time have you heard the saying, “waste not, want not”?

Our family saying is, “use it up, wear it out, make do or do without”.

Actually, it is my husband’s saying!

I am the one who loves to shop – for bargains of course!

But, I do hold to the basic idea of being good stewards and not wasting.

Some people are frugal because they have to be. Some are frugal because it is their nature. Others don’t like to waste but want to make the most of what they have.

Whatever your motivation, culturing foods can help you in a frugal simple lifestyle in several ways:

  • Most cultured foods are actually higher in nutrients than the original food.
  • Culturing  prevent food waste by extending the shelf life
  • Culturing your own yogurt and cheese can save you lots of money
  • Culturing garden produce is a great way to put up your harvest without the effort of canning and/or freezing.

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Getting Organized


Do you ever feel that if you could just get organized, you might get something accomplished?

That has been me these past couple of months.

You might wonder what has happened to the recipes here at Cultured Palate.

There have not been any new ones posted in several weeks!

Well, I have one word for you …..


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How to Get Started With REAL Food

turkish market

Last week, after posting Getting Started with REAL Foods, I received several emails with questions about particular steps to take. I also received an encouraging email from a longtime reader, Sara, detailing the steps she took to get started with REAL food after being introduced to Nourishing Traditions. I thought everyone would enjoy hearing her story. Sara now lives in Turkey and the picture above is of the market where she buys her produce – isn’t it beautiful?

Different Countries – Different Foods

… So, there I was, standing in my tiny, cold, corner and crevice-stained kitchen, cooking the only thing I knew how to cook, yet again. It had been a month in our new home and all I knew how to cook was a stir fry recipe I’d gotten from the back of a box of rice. Everything I knew about cooking from growing up in Texas was no help to me in China. I had to learn all over again how to cook everything. Even the rice was different! I was depressed. I just kept cooking the same thing over and over again because the available ingredients were so different! I had no access to butter, no access to cheese… How in the world is a southern girl from Texas supposed to cook anything without butter and cheese??? I was lost. I was seriously depressed for a month!

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How to Get Your Family Interested in Cultured Foods

how to get your family interested in cultured foods

The following article contains links to products from my affiliate partners that I personally use and recommend.

You know you should eat cultured foods.

You know your family should eat cultured foods.

A couple of weeks ago I posted Getting Started with Cultured Foods, but, how do you get your family interested in eating them?

Isn’t it funny how many of us eat fermented foods but don’t even recognize them as cultured or fermented?

D o you know the reason?

It is because many of the foods that we eat today were, years ago, truly cultured. For example, pickles, soda, cheese, sour cream and even bread! But, thanks to industrialization, the healthy, lacto-fermented foods of yester years have been replaced with a more consistent end-product. The lacto-fermentation method of fermenting has been replaced with processing that is cheaper, has a longer shelf life, it is easier to produce and basically results in an unhealthy final product!

Now, unless you are already make cultured foods at home with true starter cultures (or buy brands with the probiotics intact), you are ingesting fake, processed substitutions. That is what makes it so difficult to convince your family that real cultured foods are to be coveted. Making minor taste changes to their beloved staples is a serious matter!

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Getting Started with Real Foods

REAL food Collage

I have linked to products from my affiliate partners that I personally use and recommend in the following article.

Within the past few weeks, I have received emails from several different readers, all having with the same question – “How do I get started with real foods for my family? It is so overwhelming!”

I thought many of you might be asking the same question, so, let’s look at 4 steps to get you started.

REAL Food Defined

First, for those of you who are new, let’s define REAL food. I am sure there are many definitions for REAL food but here is mine: Real food is food as close as possible to its natural state, locally produced when possible, without chemical preservatives and artificial ingredients. REAL food contains ingredients that you can pronounce and understand – foods that your grandmother would have eaten! REAL food is nutrient dense to nourish the body with nutrients it needs, not just fill it with calories.[Continue Reading]