What is my blog about? It's about Torah family living. It's about letting Torah affect our daily lives, from mealtime to bedtime, homeschooling to farm chores.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Water kefir, teeth, and other things

Wow, I have missed my blog. I have not been able to get on the internet for nearly a week. I still don't know what the problem is and can't get a hold of my service provider. Thankfully, my mom told me about a free dialup service and I am back in business again.

I have used milk kefir grains for a long time, not as regularly as I should. The only problem is that my husband doesn't like dairy, aside from cheese, particularly my homemade cheese. He is very supportive of healthy, nutritious food, but we all have our limits. So I was very excited to stumble upon the idea of water kefir. But then bedrest happened and I nearly forgot, until I tried to buy mesophilic culture for making cheddar cheese. (The first cheddar batch of the season is aging nicely. I love making cheese!) I stumbled across Cultures for Health. They have excellent information, recipes, etc. So I ordered water kefir culture. It came yesterday and is rehydrating on my counter right now. Doug is very excited about it. He wants to try ginger flavored kefir. I'll keep you posted on how well it is received.

In other news, I have been reading a very interesting book.

It has been very eye-opening. Okay, it has in some ways been so frustrating that I wanted to cry. It is hard to learn that even though I do my very best to feed my family well, I still need to improve. Even though I have made very good effort, my two oldest children still have dental problems. One has a problem with plaque, and one has already had to have a few cavities filled in her baby teeth. I don't appreciate taking them to the dentist, and being lectured about the importance of flouride (which is not permitted in our house) and being called a liar about how much juice I let them drink. As you can guess, I am anxious to get their teeth in better shape in a better way.
This book has been very helpful. The majority of dental problems can be fixed with improved diet. Much of the changes needed involve more steps in food preparation. My grain preparation is now a bit more involved. Doug has once again been very supportive and is helping with those extra steps. If you are struggling in the dental arena in your home, I would encourage you to glean what you can from this book. I downloaded the free kindle app for my computer, and was able to get the book for $10, instead of $26.

And a little about me! I am slowly getting back on my feet after a two week bedrest. I have been feeling cruddy, and I think it is partly my body trying to get rid of the remnants from the medication. It served its purpose when needed, but I'll be glad to be rid of it. Thankfully, I don't need it anymore, and Noah is free to arrive anytime. So I am trying to get my house back in order and ready before he does make his appearance. This is a challenge, because I work for about 20 minutes, and rest for nearly an hour, so I can get up and work another 20 minutes lol. Things are slowly coming together. My birth kit is laid out in piles just like I like it. Unfortunately, the piles found in other parts of the house are not like I like them lol.

I have also been researching in the educational department. I have been rethinking some of the ways I do things. This is still a process in my brain, so I will share more when I have things a little more concrete.

Shalom to you all!


Sigalit Chana said...

Thank you for the update, I have been thinking of you!

And thank you for the book recommendation. I am going to look at it now =)

Mommy Set Free said...

Hi Hiedi,
Yes, we have read that book. Very interestng indeed. I have had wonderful success with Young Living's Clove Essential Oil for cavities - by the way...and am starting to research Black Walnut - a friend of a friend swares by it for effective dental. We use Sonicare toothbrushes which have made a HUGE difference and my DH has researched MMS Professional and has been using that on the adopted girls and it has really turned things around for their teeth. (They had major issues ever since they came home from Haiti.) I can't tell you a thing abotu that though...I would have to reasearch that myself. :-) We do everything we can to stay out of the dentist's office! :-)

singing mama said...

Hello Heidi!!!
We started making water kefir this year too. It is so yummy !!! I am still getting the hang of it but all in all it is great.
Glad to here you are feeling much better!!
I actually dreamt about you and little Noah last night- I have no idea why, but when I dream about someone I always feel to share with them, you had a quick home water birth with Noah on the night before the full moon and he was born with lots of lovely red hair! He was a happy and content baby and you were a happy and relaxed mama. No idea why I dreamt that!
Hope that you are able to get your house the way you want before birth! For Auroras birth I was quite sick and by the time she was born the house was a disaster and it really stressed and it affected my birth and afterwards. I pray that doesn't happen with you!
Luv Donna

Heidi said...

Donna - You are so sweet! I will definitely take that dream. I have felt very peaceful about this birth and had my own "vision," meaning I was awake at the time. I feel YHVH gave me a special promise, that I plan to share after it happens. :)

Thank you everyone for your prayers!

Thanks, Pam, for the tooth tips. I have been learning so much this week and I am making adjustments where I can.

You may enjoy reading:

More thoughts to consider