Mama's Bone Broth
The new year has rolled around and I have found myself desperate to get out of this Lupus (SLE) episode. I pride myself on keeping food in the house organic as well as environmental friendly cleaning products. Unfortunately, just being organic does not help the inflammation that I get from Lupus. For the past three months I have had this nagging asthmatic cough. It's so embarrassing having to explain to others that I am not sick it's just Lupus. I've tried different short term dieting to get myself out of a Lupus episode, but this time I would like my symptoms gone for good.
My mother has been eating a Ketogenic Diet with Intermittent Fasting and has successfully lost over 30lbs in six months. Although, the weightless sounds appealing what is more appealing is the reduction in inflammation. So I decided after trying the Ketogenic Diet four years ago before I was diagnosed with SLE, I would give it another shot.
I started up again a few days ago and already my cough has significantly diminished. A healthy diet is very important and at the beginning of every year individuals flock to the gyms and go on extreme or fade diets. I learned about Keto from a small chiropractic doctor on youtube over three years ago, before it went mainstream. Mainstream has its positives and its negatives. One positive is the increased availability of Keto style dishes and foods from restaurants and grocery markets. One negative is the increased availability of the false promises of a magic pill. It happens all the time. A diet gets popular and some pharmaceutical company finds a way to make money off of it.
Keto is not about magic pills or supplements. It's about food. What we take into our bodies and use for fuel, in this case fat becomes the full verse glucose. The intermittent fasting aids in a complete digestion and reset of the digestive system. After a fasting of 24 hours or more my mom likes to take a day drinking bone broth and like everything else she bakes or cooks it has to be delicious. I've tried store bought bone broth and it's not that great. In fact, it's disgusting. In walks my mother with a delicious and easy recipe.
Mama's Bone Broth
3 lbs of bones (oxtail, beef, pork)- you can mix and match depending on your taste
2 medium onions
2 medium carrots
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs is my favorite)
8-10 cups of filtered water
Chop up all the vegetables and place into a large crockpot
Add Bay Leaf to crockpot
Add bones on top of vegetables
Pour Apple Cider Vinegar on bones
Pour 8-10 cups of water into crockpot
Set Crockpot to low and allow to cook for 24-72 hours
Strain contents and pour broth into mason jars, plastic seal containers, or bottles for later
You can roast the bones and veggies in the oven before hand for a dark richer flavor. I just slow cook it for longer.
Now, I make every thing with organic, cage free, free range, grass fed meat. I feel safe knowing my food has not been tampered with pesticides, antibiotics, etc. Going all out organically like I do does make it more expensive to make the broth, but it's nothing compared to the office fees, laboratory fees, and pharmaceutical fees that most people pay when they have Lupus.
So whether you have ailments like myself or would like to push the reset on your digestive system, look into making a good bone broth and feel free to share your broth with us.