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Hot Breakfast – SOAK your grains!

If eating cold breakfast is not a choice, that means we have to go for hot breakfast like pancake, oatmeal, porridge, eggs, etc. We all know that whole grain is good, but little do I know that I have to soak or ferment the grains before cooking. For pancakes or quick bread, soak the flour in buttermilk or yogurt for 12 to 24 hours in room temperature before cooking. For oatmeal, soak the oats in acidic water for 7 hours or more. The soaking and fermenting process will partially break down gluten and protein, hence easier for us to absorb. Also, the process will neutralize enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid, a substance that block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc. This is another drawback of boxed cereals, the grains probably are not soaked before processing. By the way, eating bran and wheat germ is not recommended.

Avoid ready to eat boxed cereal

We didn’t throw out all our boxed cereals, didn’t want to “waste”. However, we used to eat them 7 days a week and now once or twice per week. And we will stop buying them anymore. We thought we were careful enough not to buy the ones with artificial colours/flavours, preservatives….etc, but actually, ALL of them are pretty toxic and diffcult to digest since they went through high temperatures and pressures during processing. Nutritious? Nah….most are lost. They might be even more harmful than sugar and white flour. Granola? NO. Extremely indigestible.

Buttermilk

ButtermilkWe seldom drink milk now. We let the kids drink buttermilk everyday. And we buy the homo 3.25% milk to make our buttermilk. First of all, if we have a chance we will drink raw milk since it is unpasteurized and unhomogenized which won’t stress our digestive mechanism and is very nutritious. But we don’t since we live in Ontario where the sales of raw milk is illegal. Secondly, skim/1%/2% milk contains powdered skim milk in which cholesterol is oxidize and contains toxic to the nervous system, and actually animal fats is very good for us. Therefore, we have to go for cultured milk, whole milk yoghurt, whole cream, raw cheese. These are more digestible since the fermenting process “partially breaks down lactose and predigests casein”(a milk protein).

Resources : “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon

"Nourishing Traditions"

Lately, I have been reading a book called “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon. It’s a pretty interesting book which reads “The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats” in the title. I am not finish with the book yet, there are 676 pages with tons of quotes and quite a lot of facts and information along with over 700 recipies!! However, I’m referring to the book almost every day and there are already quite a number of changes in our eating habits. I’m planning to share these changes or the “news” that I learned bit by bit in the blog whenever I get a chance. However, I think I won’t be too detailed though…u know…limited time. =)