Creating Healthy Habits: Fermentation

This month's Restoration Health Event is all about the health benefits of fermented foods and how you can create them at home. We have nutritionist Kathryn Seymour speaking this month and I'm so excited to hear from her.

Fermented foods have been such an integral part of restoring me and my son's health, and I recommend them to my clients all the time. They can take a little while to get used to, especially as we are most often raised on diets that contain cooked, high carb, low nutrition foods. The flavours can seem strange to our palates, but I assure you, if you stick with it for a month, you will start to crave those flavours as you body understands how much better you feel eating them.

I've created a habit tracker for this month, which you are free to download and share as always; and I genuinely can't recommend highly enough the UK Fermenting Friends Facebook group for sharing recipes and ideas, as well as asking questions and getting quick trouble shooting with your home made probiotics.

It was actually on this group that I learned one of my favourite, quick and easy ferments. This one is great for the winter when you need lots of allicin from the garlic/onion family to help keep your immune system strong, but I'm sharing it now so you have time to prep it ready for the winter.

Japanese Fermented Garlic

The hardest part of this recipe is peeling the garlic. Seriously. 

You'll notice that I don't give any quantities with this recipe, none are required. This is really as easy as it gets. 

Peel lots and lots of garlic cloves, because it's nice to have plenty.

Mix together enough miso and vinegar or mirin (roughly 3:1 ratio but you may change that to get a texture that's easy to work with) that you can cover the garlic in a jar. You need a small layer of the miso/vinegar paste on the bottom of the jar. Arrange your garlic cloves nicely so there are few gaps, then layer on more paste making sure you fill all the air spaces between the cloves. Add more cloves and paste layers until you have filled the jar. 

If you have decided to have ginger, pepper flakes or chillies, you can finely dice this and mix it in with the paste. 

You now need to close the jar and leave it in a warm dark place for a minimum of 48 hours, but ideally one week. When it's ready, pop it in the back of the fridge to 'age'. This is between ideally between 6 months and 3 years for the garlic to reach full maturity, but to be honest, I've never made it past a couple of weeks (gotta work on my patience!). 

Once it's ready, you need to store it in the fridge still, and make sure you always use a clean knife/spoon to remove any and throw it away if it develops white spots on the top (usually a sign that a dirty spoon has been in there!). 

When it's fermented the garlic becomes mellow, sweet and spreads easily on toast. I love to add it to my pestle and mortar with some oil and create a delicious salad dressing.

For more posts from me on fermented foods, including posts about kefir, kombucha, making your own yoghurt, and more, click the image below.

UK Home Education Tribe

I've been playing with the Tailwind app for scheduling pinterest recently, and I have to say I really love it. At the moment the app is free, but there is a paid upgrade. I haven't paid, because for my purposes the free part works just fine. They have a referral scheme too. If you do end up using the paid version, you should check your dashboard for the referral link because if you share that with others you can get the premium version for free.

As well as scheduling posts, it also has a section for 'Tribes'. The tribes essentially give you free advertising in exchange for sharing content. For example, if I added this post to a 'tribe' for people who use social media tools, I would need to pin one or two of the other members posts in exchange for adding mine. Other people in the group would then share my post on their pinterests, giving me free advertising/exposure on pinterest. The beauty of pinterest is that it's not just shared that one time - if that person's followers like your content it get shared by them exponentially. Great for those of us trying to side hustle a little extra cash in a home business whilst we home educate our children.

With that in mind, I was looking for a home education tribe to join, so I could look through their content and see if there was anything useful, and there didn't appear to be one for the UK :-(

So I made one :-)

You can join it by clicking on the picture to the left. There's nothing much in there now (give me a break - I just created it!) but I hope you will consider joining and sharing resources, whilst advertising other home educating families businesses so that we can all generate a little income whilst we look after our kids and provide them with the best education we can.

Who knows? You might find something really useful that you didn't already know about it there one day; and if you don't, you still get to advertise your own education related content for free. If home ed isn't your thing (but you follow me anyway because you like nutrition or essential oils...) then you might like to make an account with tailwind anyway and join some different tribes. I'm creating another one for Christians in Network Marketing too.

Let me know what you think!

Free Juicer Giveaway

There’s only ten spaces left to join me for the Juice retreat in October, so if you’ve been thinking about booking, you need to get that done soon!

This month it’s also my birthday, so to celebrate I’m giving away a Bosch VitaJuice 4 Juicer (RRP £214.99) to the first couple who book a place ...

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Sharing Online

I know not everyone on my team wants to build a business with young living, and that's totally fine. Most of you have wholesale accounts though, because I'd be a bad friend if I didn't point out that the 24% discount was totally worth signing up for, whether you intend to sell oils to other people or just keep them for personal use. 
With that in mind, did you know that you can share about your oils, and make commissions without making this a full-time job? It really makes sense if someone asks you about your oils, to have a nice, short, link you can send them too, which let's young living know that you referred them. That way, if you do ever decide to start selling, you have an instant downline and commissions can start coming in immediately. 
If you are already selling to your friends, then you will want to know this little trick to make it easy to refer them without having to talk them through the sign-up process and make sure they use your affiliate codes.   
Solution One - Best for business builders is a great tool for shortening links from web stores and posts that are super easy to remember. It also allows you to track clicks and see referrers. 
To create your own YoungLiving sign-up page you need to:
  1.  Copy the text below and replace YOURID with your YL member ID 
  2. Copy all of the text and paste it in your browser to make sure it's correct. Your member ID should appear in the referee and enroller boxes. 
  3. Copy the link again and visit Bitly. Paste it into the URL shortener. When you are doing this, you can click on the pencil icon and customise the link so that it's something you will easily remember, such as your name.
You will need to create an account with Bitly, but it's really easy. All you need to do is click 'log in with Facebook'.
There is a simpler method than this even though, which brings me to....
Solution two - best for casual referrals
YL.PE is a site that auto generates a short young living referral link for you and even emails it to you so that you can grab it again easily whenever you need it. The downside of using this method is that you don't get any statistics back, but if this is just a hobby for you, you probably don't need them anyway. This link is great for business cards, social media profiles, twitter or giving to people over the phone, because it's so short. 
How do you share yours? 
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