April classes- check ’em out!

You haven’t heard?!  I’m teaming up with NOFA to offer a series of classes below the usual market rate!  For $35 each class or $95 for the 4-part series, you’ll be able to attend these hands-on classes, choc-full of nutritional information and the nuances cooking.

Classes will be held in Hyde Park, and there are a limited number of seats: you must register in advance!  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/597294

April 1, 6-8pmnutrition basics-0075
Salad Dressings & Marinades
Making homemade salads and marinades is a great way to boost the nutrient content of your meals. By capitalizing on the natural enzymes in your foods, you’ll boost your immunity and health with a few quick and simple recipes.

April 8, 6-8pm
Enzymatic Sauces
Sauces are often overlooked, but when prepared correctly, they aid in digestion, increase nutrient absorption, are full of live enzymes, are nutrient dense, and add valuable co-factors to your meal.

April 15, 6-8pm
Beans & Grains

Beans and grains can be a healthy part of a diet, but if prepared incorrectly, they can be a source of gastric distress and lead to a host of health problems.   In this class you’ll learn how to properly prepare beans and grains so that your body can absorb all the nutrition possible from your meals.

April 29, 6-8pm
Culturing Dairy
This class will go over the ins and outs of making yogurt, kefir, and sour cream in your own home.   You’ll leave this class with the skills and materials you need to get started immediately!

To register, click here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/597294

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Organic Valley, you’ve let me down

Like everyone, I have my favorite products.  I usually by from local farms, and when life gets in the way I buy organic/grass fed from stores such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.   This week, my local stores were out of the fantastic, local, grass fed c20140212_082203ream that I usually buy.  Since it’s the middle of a snowy winter here in New England, it’s not abnormal to have low supply of high quality goods as milk production can wane in the winter months.

So, what did we do?  In my house, we put cultured cream on our food every day, which I often culture at home, and I wasn’t willing to go without.  (Are you interested in learning how and why one should do this?!  Click here!)   In a pinch, we bought Organic Valley.  Although I never suggest using ultra-pasteurized cream ever for anything, I caved this time and also was curious about how well this dead food would culture.  In a rush, I didn’t look at the back of the container.  Take a look at the bottom picture- what do you see that is problematic?

Did you see it?  The writing is small, but it’s there.  Carageenan.  What is wrong with carageenan, you ask?  Well, there are two kinds of carageenan- one that is damaging which isn’t supposed to be in our food, and one that is supposedly ok for consumption which is called food-grade.  The problem is that the one that is damaging actually degrades the intestinal tract and liver, and becomes a carcinogen (ie: cancer causing) in the body.

20140212_082148What if they use the the non-food grade version in food?  Do they?!  Would they do that?!  In organic food?!  The answer, unfortunately, is yes.  According to the Cornucopia Institute’s study

My advice is to avoid that stuff like the plague.  It’s often in liquids and used as a thickener, such as in almond milk or canned coconut milk.  Yes, it means being very very careful about what you eat, and checking all labels- even the organic ones!    If you’d like a more detailed explanation of the how’s, why’s and who’s behind this, check out this extensive and well-researched blog post.

Now, what do you think I did with this cream?!

Nothing says “love” like good gut bacteria!

 

Show your love by getting your partner a spot in this upcoming class!

Culturing Dairy 101: Yogurt, Kefir, & Creme Fraiche

March 1, 3-6pm
Hyde Park MA
Cost: $40 in advance via this link, or $45 at the door

This class takes you step by step through the process of culturing your dairy to reap the benefits of beneficial bacteria in your diet.  These foods aid in digestion and play a major role in a healthy diet.  In this class, you’ll gain the following:

  • Skills to make your own cultured dairy at home
  • A wide range of nutritional information and guidance
  • Samples of items we’ll make
  • Extensive Q & A opportunity
  • $10 discount on future consulting services

This is a great class for anyone with any sort of digestive disorder including acid reflux or GERD, on the SCD or GAPS diets, or anyone simply looking for ways to add more healthy options to their menu.

Space is limited to 15 people.  Payment in advance will reserve your spot, and is highly recommended.  Contact me with any questions.

 

Raw Milk Threatened in Foxboro!

This is a rare piece of activism from me, however I find it extremely necessary.  On November 25, the Foxboro, MA Board of Health will be voting on whether to adopt new and unprecedented town regulations of raw milk. 

These new regulations would likely put this Lawton’s Family Farm, a small family-run farm, out of business.  The proposed measures would lower the allowable bacteria to levels lower than that legally allowed for pasteurized milk, and give authority to the town’s Board of Health to shut the farm down for up to a month or longer and giving them alone the authority to re-open the farm.  Currently, the State has authority to shut the farm down only until a sample comes back with the current allowable bacteria levels.

The state of MA, no town has ever taken over this role from the state, as it is completely and utterly unnecessary.  These major changes transfers power to extremely anti-raw-milk authorities without need and will essentially shut the farm down and prevent access to this high quality health food.

Now is the time to act!  Read these proposed guidelines for more details, and then do the following:

  • Take the time to send letters and emails and PLEASE send copies to the farm or drop your copies off there
  • PLEASE be sure to send the farm copies as they do not trust our agent to pass them along to her board members
  • When writing your letters, please explain your rights to choose what you put in your body, the benefits of raw milk, and also include if you are a professional ( nutritionist, doctor, nurse, scientist , wellness person  for added emphasis) and all others : your educated and researched choices
  • Foxboro Residents: Please send letters to the Editor of the Foxboro Reporter as to your confidence in  the State Dept of Agriculture to regulate raw milk as well as the health benefits you receive from drinking raw milk.
  • Your efforts need to be in the paper before 11/25/13.
  • There is a public hearing on November 25 at 7:45 in the McGinty room of the Public Safety Building(which is located at the end of North St away from Route 1) WE NEED YOU THERE TO SPEAK OR JUST YOUR PRESENCE FOR SUPPORT IN RAW MILK

Email addresses: Pauline Clifford , town Health Agent     pclifford@town.foxborough.ma.us
Cc: oake_knoll_ayrshires@lawtonsfamilyfarm.com

OR hard copy:  Foxborough Board of Health, Pauline Clifford
40 South St, Foxboro, MA 02035
Cc: Terri, Ed or Nancy Lawton 70 North St Foxboro, MA 02035 or drop off at stand