Did you read a book this past month for the Healthy Living Reading Challenge?
September flew by with beautiful weather. We have not had a frost yet. That is not typical in North Dakota. I have been outside in the evenings with Zeus. Still reading, but not quite as much this month as I have been preparing for the Healthy & Fit Fall Jumpstart Online Group program that starts October 6.
For September’s Healthy Living Reading Challenge, I received the book, Fermented Foods At Every Meal: Nourish Your Family at Every Meal with Quick and Easy Recipes Using the Top 10 Live-Culture Foods by Hayley Barisa Ryczek, for free in hopes that I would do an honest review. My opinions are my own.
I have been trying to incorporate fermented foods into my diet. It seems I mostly eat sauerkraut, so I was thrilled to receive this book.
The first thing I noticed is that most of the recipes have photos. Typically I search on the internet to find recipes which all have photos of the food. I find it hard to use a recipe book without photos. If I pick up a cookbook that doesn’t have photos, I won’t buy it. The photos in this book are amazing, mouth-watering.
I loved that there was a chapter on the benefits and basics of fermenting your own foods, but it wasn’t too long. I want the info, but really if I buy a cookbook, it is for the recipes, not the education.
I think my favorite chapter was Chapter 6, Fermented Ginger Orange Carrots. Hayley gives the recipe to ferment the carrots. It looks quite easy. The next recipes use the Fermented Ginger Orange Carrots so you don’t have to eat them plain all of the time, but incorporate them in other foods. This is typical of each chapter.
I still haven’t done my own Kombucha yet, but I would use this book to try it. (Note to self: Add ‘make my own Kombucha’ on my 2017 to-do list.)
There is one caution…if you want to use this book you may have to purchase some specialty tools and ingredients. Hayley does provide a list of tools for each fermented product in the chapters.
If you are wanting to incorporate fermented foods into your diet, this book should go on your list.
For my local Healthy Living Book Club in September, I read The Mindfulness Ky: The Breakthrough Approach to Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression by Sarah Silverton.
Sarah Silverton starts out with what is mindfulness, a thorough explanation. Probably my favorite quote from this book was on page 17. I even created a graphic as soon as I read it.
Two more favorite quotes from the book with my thoughts after the quotes:
“It may already be clear that mindfulness is not simply a technique that can help people who have specific conditions to manage their symptoms. Indeed, mindfulness is much more a way of living–that is, a choice which is available to all human beings.” page 29. I have really been working on recognizing that I have a choice in all that I do. I always have a choice. I want to choose to be mindful and not rush through life. I did that for too long. No more. You?
“Mindfulness allows us to decide whether to step on a thought train or not and, if we find ourselves inadvertently aboard, allows us to choose to get off at the next stop rather than ride all the way to the end of the line.” page 90. Again about choice, but the key is to learn to recognize the thought trains we are on.
The book had several mindfulness practices throughout the book. Some of the practices I tried were 1) Eating Mindfully on page 47, 2) Pausing in Our Lives on page 162, and 3) Grounding Practice on page 164. All were easy and good to do.
If you are trying to be more mindful, then this book is an easy read that gives you simple practices to start with.
There are just three months left in the challenge. Let me know in the comments what you are reading.