Replenish Your Reserves With Bone Broth

One of the easiest and most healthy ways to nourish our bodies is to follow the tradition of our ancestors of utilizing the whole animal when we cook. One wonderfully economical and nutritious way to do this is by making bone broth.

Broths are the ideal food for us as they are very easy to digest, and our body has to expend small effort to utilize the nutrients contained within them. Bone broth, in particular, contains an astounding assortment of beneficial factors such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, collagen, the building blocks for glucosamine and chondroitin, essential amino acids, and many other highly absorbable nutrients and trace minerals. Additionally, the nicest part about getting our nutrients from a natural source, such as bone broth, means that we are also getting any supplemental, perhaps as of yet unknown, co-factors needed to support the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of the primary nutrients. This is particularly the case for bone maintenance and regeneration.  Additionally, the are many health benefits of bone broth for babies that many mothers are simply not aware,  It is definitely something worth looking into.

Another unique aspect of bone broth is that it contains marrow, a very nutritious substance rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In Chinese medical theory, marrow is considered to be an extraordinary substance that nourishes our deep development, growth, and our king. Jing, in Chinese medicine, is akin to our life essence – the reservoir from which we draw energetic sustenance during our entire lives. By supporting our Jing with smart dietary choices, we can make sure our reserves don’t quickly run low, and that we always have the energy we require to takes care of everything which’s required of us in our busy lives.



-Marrow Bones – use only organic, a free-range, a hormone-free animal bones like beef knuckle bones or a chicken carcass
1 – 2 tsp. rice wine or apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (the vinegar/acid helps to dissolve the calcium and other mineral out of the bone)
– Root vegetables and any other vegetables for flavor (optional)

Place bones (and vegetables if you are using them) in a soup pot and cover with water by two inches. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and let the broth simmer for 12 – 24 hours for chicken bones and 24 – 72 hours for beef bones. As the broth cooks, scrape off the foam that rises to the top. Once cooking is complete, remove the bones and vegetables with a slotted spoon, and refrigerate the broth, so the fat separates and solidifies at the top. Scrape off some of the fat, but not all, as saturated fats help the body to assimilate minerals and vitamins.

The broth can be refrigerated for several days or frozen for several months. I like to freeze the broth in ice-cube trays, making it extra easy to use in recipes throughout the next several months. Bone broth combines well with miso for an extra nutritious soup or stew, but you can season this broth however you like.

The Eraser Of Anger Is Forgiveness

Forgiveness really is the eraser of guilt and anger. It is the key that unlocks the shackles of the past and permits us to move forward with our life in a freer, far lighter way. Once we understand this we can start the process of healing that we deserve.

Bear these strategies in mind as you reflect and move along on your journey of forgiveness and relieve the anxiety to others it causes:

— Your main goal is to release the hurt and the anger that is feeding the pain. Just as you can heal from a painful thorn in your foot by pulling it out, so you can recover from any painful experience by moving forward. Once it doesn’t have a place deep in your heart and mind, it can no longer trouble, and the harm can at last come to a stop. Choosing to forgive means you allow those bad feelings to leave your life once and for all.

— It’s essential to replace negative feelings with neutral ones. When the facts remain unchanged, but those facts no longer have the ability to damage, then you are free of the past. You can change from being a victim to the victor. You are human, and so you can be hurt. Human beings really are resilient, and because you are human you can heal – from a love betrayal or awful, unfair experiences in your life. If you’re still reacting, then you’re still stuck in some kind of emotional mud. With forgiveness you can be free of those toxic reactions.

— Humor is a wonderful agent of healing. If you are able to smile about the love that once hurt you, or joke about the years you fought with a sibling, family member, or lover then you trade pain for a different emotion. That heavy load is shifted, substituted by a much lighter newfound feeling that can even put a spring in your step. The healing power of forgiveness comes from our ability to let go of our anger and resentment. These emotions don’t really hurt those who have hurt us, but they certainly do hurt us. When we forgive we’re actually protecting ourselves; we unburden our mind, our emotions, and a great deal of our time. Putting focus on more empowering and positive areas frees and moves away from the event or person who has hurt us.

Forgiveness keeps us from harm’s way. As far as we continue to dwell on and concentrate on hurt in the past, continually reacting to the pain someone has caused, we remain emotionally stuck with that person and with what they have done. Forgiveness breaks the chains that lock. With it we take a gigantic step forward with our lives, disengaging the negativity and shielding ourself from harmful emotional involvement.

— Constantly going over a hurtful experience over and again keeps it fresh in the mind, creating mental and emotional upset. Should the topic arise in conversation, it’s much wiser to respond with: ‘I’ve decided not to focus on that experience. I’m allowing it to fade from my life, and I’m moving on to better things.’

— One of the most important aspects of the emotional recovery process is our own self-talk. What we say to ourself is the strongest driving force. Choosing words that feel authentic, we may say: ‘I choose to feel good today. Regardless what others say or do, my happiness comes from within. I alone determine how I feel.’

Statements such as: ‘I am now nurturing the child within, and I am doing a really good job. I alone have direct control over my psychological wellbeing. I look at the positive things in life. I get up every day and focus on what’s beautiful and what’s right.’

Once we at last come to see that our anger hurts only ourselves, then we are able to arrive at that state where forgiveness becomes reality. With forgiveness we draw that line under the past and allow ourselves to move on with our life.

In this freer state, we can finally let go of the past, and at last begin to live the life with which we have been gifted.

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