My friend Kirsten from Cheerfully Imperfect is hosting a 30-Day Fermented Foods Challenge. I’m really excited about this because I love fermented foods and I think they’re sorely lacking from many people’s diets.The deal is that Kirsten is providing the space (a facebook group) for participants to share fermenting ideas, recipes, and information, and also to report on how you’re meeting the goal of consuming at least one fermented food or drink per day during the challenge. That’s easy enough, right?!
I’ve already signed up (it’s free!), and I’m loving the information and motivation in the group already.
Please go check out Kirsten’s post to learn more about the challenge and why she’s doing it (and why fermented foods are so important!).
As Americans, we don’t eat many (if any!) fermented foods or drinks unless we make a conscious effort to do so. This is something I think we can easily change, and I truly believe it makes a difference in our overall health.
My experience with fermented foods began several years ago when I was trying to beat a candida overgrowth issue. I didn’t have typical signs of yeast overgrowth (yeast infections), but I had a lot of annoying symptoms like headaches, brain fog, fatigue, joint aches, etc. Since I was in my 20’s, I had a feeling this was not normal and that there must be something I could do about it! I fermented cabbage (sauerkraut), coconut water, made yogurt, and tried my hand at kefir and kombucha too. It was helpful and useful (and cheap!), and I’ve gone through phases where I ferment my own stuff and others where I just buy it (so not cheap!). I’m hoping that by joining Kirsten’s group that I’ll be able to make fermenting part of my normal lifestyle. The challenge doesn’t start till March 15th, but the group has begun to form, and there are a lot of great discussions going on already! You don’t have to be experienced at fermenting foods—people in the group range from newbies to pros, and everyone is really nice and helpful.
Will you join me for the challenge? You can join the group from here. I hope to see you over there!