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The 5 Ways You Can Alleviate Stress During Student Years "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Being stressed and worried about something is a normal human reaction; however, it seizes to be normal when it fully influences your life and changes your behavior. For most students who are in school, stress is a part of their life. They get stressed because they either have a lot of work that they are


Pickles like pickles are supposed to be "IndyWatch Feed Food"

In the Wheat Belly (and now Undoctored) lifestyles, we include plentiful quantities of fermented foods such as fermented vegetables, kimchi, kombucha, yogurts, and kefirs. This is part of our effort to seed and maintain our colons with the various Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, Leuconostoc and other bacterial species, as well as fungal species such as Saccharomyces (kefir, kombucha). This is one of the strategies we follow to reverse the harm done to our bowel health and flora by grains, sugars, and other modern intestinal insults.

While lactate fermentation is really a very simple process to accomplish in your kitchen, it is still nice to be able to purchase some fermented foods for convenience. While I ferment tons of yogurt (to specifically cultivate L. reuteri, for instance, for oxytocin augmentation that thereby yields extravagant skin, bone, and hormonal health), I also purchase some fermented products.

The majority of pickles sold in supermarkets, including most other Kosher pickles, are not fermented, but simply pickled in brine and vinegar. They are therefore essentially sterile and provide no Lactobacillus or other healthy probiotic organisms.

Bubbies lactate-fermented Kosher dill pickles are therefore worth knowing about. Bubbies pickles are fermented. You can see immediately that the brine is thick and murky, representing the dense probiotic organisms floating around. Here is a jar after agitating, sitting in my kitchen window:

In addition to the organisms, they are fermented with their (secret and proprietary) mix of herbs and spices that yields a very tasty end-product. You will pay a premium (I paid $6.99 for a...


Tonkotsu Ramen "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Tonkotsu Ramen
Ramen seems to be pretty popular in restaurants these days, which is good since I always enjoy a nice bowl of ramen! The other day while I was happily slurping up a bowl of pork ramen I realized that it was about time to share my favourite ramen recipe! Tonkotsu ramen takes a bit of work to make but it's well worth it! It all starts out with tonkotsu ramen broth, chashu pork belly, and ajitsuke tamago (ramen eggs) which can all be made ahead of time so that you can throw the finished bowl of ramen together in almost no time. You simply need to heat the broth, cook the noodles and add your favourite ramen toppings an you are in ramen heaven in less than 20 minutes. I like simple toppings for my ramen adding mushrooms and green onions to the broth, noodles, sliced pork and egg and of course some spicy shichi-mi tgarashi (chili pepper spice blend) finishes it off perfectly! The next time you have a ramen craving think about making your own!

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Tonkotsu Ramen Broth "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Tonkotsu Ramen Broth
Any good bowl of ramen starts off with a tasty broth and homemade is the best! Home made broth takes a bit of time but it's pretty easy. You start out with bones and the combination of pork and chicken bones is good for flavour. The bones are boiled once, the initial water is discarded and the bones are then rinsed and scrubbed to remove the blood and bits which makes for a broth that is lighter, less cloudy, and has a cleaner taste. Onions, garlic and ginger are another common addition and charring them first adds an extra depth of flavour to the broth. You could leave things there and make a tasty broth but I like to add mushrooms, seaweed and bacon for even more layers of flavour and that umami kick. Everything needs to simmer for a long time, about 10-16 hours, to extract all of the flavour that you can before the solids are strained from the broth. Because the broth takes so long to simmer it can be done overnight and it's a good idea to make it a day or two ahead of time. Once the broth has been strained you can skim the fat off the top and use it right away or you can chill it in the fridge where the fat will form a solid layer on top of the broth that you can more easily remove. A good broth will be gelatinous after chilling in the fridge and it will melt easily back into a tasty liquid when reheated on the stove. This broth is perfect for tonkotsu (pork) ramen and many other soups!

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Homemade Preserves to Can this Spring "IndyWatch Feed Food"

The spring season offers us numerous opportunities to make and can homemade preserves. Its a great time to refill the pantry after a winter of draining it. This is also a season in which the earth offers us great produce for sweet and easy to make preserves.   Strawberry Preserves Fresh strawberries are always a []

The post Homemade Preserves to Can this Spring appeared first on Homespun Seasonal Living.


11 Foods Scientifically Proven to Help You Sleep "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Plagued by insomnia? These eleven foods have been scientifically proven to help you sleep.

Its official, Brits dont sleep enough.

Recent research found a staggering 38 per cent of Brits are not getting enough sleep with women aged 35-44 affected the worst.

The survey, conducted by life insurance company Aviva looked at the sleep habits of 14 countries globally and found Britons were the worst sleepers.

People have been using food and herbs for centuries to help them nod off trying everything from cups of hot milk to camomile tea. Read more


Post-Collapse Survival Bartering: 10 Items That Will Be Worth Their Weight in Gold "IndyWatch Feed Food"


As a nation, we are faced with a host of different problems from many directions, both domestically and internationally.  The statistical improbability of a disaster occurring (such as war or economic collapse) decreases with the passage of time and the addition of other factors that lead into such.  For a couple of good primers on collapse and warfare (overall effects on societies and civilizations), I recommend two by Jared Diamond: Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Collapse.

When any kind of society or civilization becomes unraveled, usually the nations cash loses its value within days at the most.  Were going to cover a few general categories of items to keep for barter (meaning regular or frequent trade), citing individual examples within each category.  In The Preppers Blueprint, the idea of bartering was covered extensively and it isnt always acquiring tradable goods, but also tradable services.

If a long-term emergency causes and end to our existing monetary system and an end to the exchange of fiat currency that our world currently operates on, people will resort back to bartering for skills and services in order to make transactions.

Living in a bartering environment means one must possess certain goods or skills that others find value in. As Brandon Smith writes on the subject, If you wish to survive after the destruction of the mainstream system that has babied us for so long, you must be able to either make a necessary product, repair a necessary product, or teach a necessary skill.'

The Preppers Blueprint

Do Not Barter The Following Items:

Before I hit the list, Im going to mention what I will not barter or only in an emergency, and why.

  • Ammunition, Firearms, or parts for firearms: The first two can be used against you, and the latter can be employed to fix something that can be used against you. [I will not barter with them ever]. That said, in a previous article, I mentioned the importance of knowing how to repair firearms. This is a barterable skill and one that will be of high importance in a post-collapse scenario.
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