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Fermentation - Part 1: The Basics

Fermentation – Part 1: The Basics

February 26, 2016 |  by  |  Nutrition

What is Fermentation?
An ancient art of preserving food is making a huge resurgence today and it’s called Fermentation. Our ancestors didn’t understand all of the science, but they did follow their taste buds and know that this easy option for preservation could get them through a harsh Winter. Almost every culture in the world has a traditional fermented food or drink that they have eaten for centuries. These fermented dishes have kept people strong, robust, and full of energy and vitality.

Over the next few weeks, we will be putting together a series of helpful blog posts on fermentation. We will…

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Peanut Butter Vita Balls

Peanut Butter Vita Balls

September 15, 2015 |  by  |  Nutrition, Recipes

These are a great way to get your kids to eat their vitamins in no fuss way. Because children’s tastes and appetite change depending on the day (sometimes eating hardly anything) it can be challenging getting them the nutrition you know they need. These work to at least fill in the gaps on those days. These are also great for any child going through an immune challenge that doesn’t have much of an appetite.

The recipe here is for children 2-5 yrs old. I kept this simple. Jaiden knows these are his vitamins and he gets only 1-2 a day. You could…

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Spices and Flavor Profiles

Understanding Flavor Profiles Makes Cooking Easy

December 12, 2014 |  by  |  Nutrition

You open your fridge. It’s the end of the week and you haven’t been to the store for days. There are a few things in the fridge but nothing that obviously makes a meal. So you look up a recipe and go to the store to get the ingredients, right? Nope. You don’t actually need a recipe to make a meal. All you need are basic cooking skills, an understanding of flavor profiles and a little bit of creativity. Armed with these things, you can make great meals on the fly using what you have.
A Desire to Cook
A few years…

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Soaking Nuts and Seeds

Soaking Nuts and Seeds

October 21, 2014 |  by  |  Nutrition

Soaking nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and beans has been done for centuries in order to make them more digestible by neutralizing enzyme inhibitors naturally found in them. The process also allows nutrients such as minerals and proteins to become much more bioavailable. Simply put, soaking mimics the natural process of germination.

The last thing we want to be doing is spending our hard earned money on good quality food and not actually absorbing or assimilating it because – it’s not what you eat but what you digest, absorb, and assimilate that matters. All of the recipes I post that contain any…

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Do I Really Need To Take Supplements?

Do I Really Need To Take Supplements?

February 21, 2014 |  by  |  Nutrition

We strive to be healthy in a world where obstacles are thrown at us left and right. Work, family and financial stress, chemicals in our food, illness, and physical trauma, are all reason to pause and question supplementing. Here are a just a few things to consider:
Soil Health
Recent studies have shown that the fertility and quality of soil is much different now than soil in the 1950’s (not that long ago).
Necessary Nutrients
Can you eat enough food to get in all of your necessary nutrients? Since today’s food has a much lower nutrient density, we need to eat more food. This can…

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Laureen Wallravin, NTP
San Luis Obispo County
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is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in a holistic approach to nutrition and total body wellness. She helps clients with digestive, blood sugar, hormone, immune, and detoxification imbalances. Her methods include a Metabolic Type Diet, functional diagnostic testing, and food sensitivity testing (MRT). Laureen’s practice is located in Grover Beach and she serves the surrounding areas of the Central Coast including Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Morro Bay.