I got carded today.
At the healthfood store.
For buying a bottle of kombucha.
My friend Cindy Y. was there so you can ask her if you think I’m kidding.
I know that getting carded for buying a bottle of kombucha is kinda weird, but the FDA has done much stranger things over the years, wouldn’t you agree?
What’s even weirder is that the sign at the register said “We Card Everyone Under 27”.
Now, I’m not under any grand delusions that I somehow look 27 when I am a full 2 decades older. Cashiers simply know how to make a busy Mom’s day (or year) by asking for her driver’s license to see if she’s legal.
While this experience was rather amusing to me, it did get me thinking about how I feel today versus how I felt 20 years ago.
In short, I feel like a totally different person.
I have more energy, stamina, strength, and am much more fun to be around (and live with) now than I was back then and Real Food is the reason why.
Not all Real Food though.
While the entire international smorgasbord of Real Food is important in it’s own way, what I’m talking about here are the Sacred Foods.
Sacred Foods are those foods that Traditional Cultures revered as they bestowed extraordinary health and resistance to disease and infection to those that consumed them.
What are the Sacred Foods?
Organ meats, raw butter, fish eggs, egg yolks, cod liver oil.
Pretty much all the foods that most people avoid like the plague.
The Sacred Food I think is primarily responsible for me feeling better in my 40’s than in my 20’s is liver.
Cod liver oil and grassfed liver have made all the difference to my health over the years.
You’re not going to want to hear this, but I actually eat my liver raw on occasion.
Before you frantically surf to another page, let me explain.
I really don’t enjoy liver that much.
While I totally adore chicken or duck liver pate on toast, eating liver by itself totally gags me (good news: you can stop the gag reflex though if it’s a bit of a nuisance!)
So I completely relate to that grossed out feeling you got when you read the line about raw liver.
How did I get over the gag worthiness of liver to actually incorporate eating it raw with regularity in my diet?
I chop it up into very small pieces and swallow them whole without chewing.
That way, I don’t have to taste it, I don’t have to experience the texture or anything.
It just goes straight down the hatch to do its amazing and nutritionally transformational work.
Worried about eating meat raw? Don’t be. If you freeze it for 14 days or longer, then thaw and eat, any risk of parasites is slim to none. USDA research is actually helpful on occasion.
Do you hate liver too?
Don’t miss out on the life changing effects of this incredible Sacred Food just because your taste buds have let you down.
Get a decent piece of liver from your grassbased farmer, freeze it for 14 days, thaw it, chop it up into little pieces and put in a jar, and start swallowing a few tiny bites each day.
I guarantee you will feel better.
Ok, flat out fantastic.
You can thank me later.
I have been wanting to try raw lifer for the health benefits because of the energy boost. My hormones (thyroid and adrenals) are all out of whack. I only seem to be able to find local veal liver, its from a small farm and I am not really sure of their farming practices. I am hoping it isn’t a traditional CAFO. Sarah, could you please comment or point me in the right direction of an article that could clear up whether consuming liver that isn’t organic or grass fed still has benefits and is safe, please. This is the only thing stopping me from consuming it.
Hi Sherry … it’s really your call, but you may wish to find pastured chicken livers instead of beef liver if you can’t find a clean source for the beef. clean chicken livers seem to be easier to source.
I absolutely love your blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the great information you post! How long will the liver last cut up in the fridge?
I have been wanting to try Kombucha. I went to buy a bottle today, but didn’t because of the alcohol thing. I am a recovering alcoholic and I didn’t want to take any chances. Of course I know it wouldn’t be enough to get me drunk, but I am afraid it would give me cravings. I might try the liver tip though. That is probably about the only way I could get it down!
I’m 19 and was just able to buy this at Safeway with no problem. I love this stuff. I was actually curious after going through your blog if it was a good brand, so I guess this post answers it.
I cannot say enough about cod liver oil. I only use the fermented one that is a butter oil and cod liver oil mix. My menstrual cycles have never been consistent since I started my period at 12 years old. Ever since my WAPF doctor started me on fermented cod liver oil, my period comes ever 29 days on the dot! If I get lazy about taking it, my cycle goes way out of whack!
Ok so I have a great source for raw beef and chicken liver and take it raw for my teeth and general health. I really think that my son could use a boost in the health right now (he gets fermented CLO and SkateLO daily) but there is no way he can chase down the liver. He can swallow capsules so I wanted to dehydrate and encapsulate some for him but can’t find safety instructions for this. Anyone know how to do this? Thanks!
I have read about a lady online that purees it and puts it into ice cube containers. She adds a cube every meal to her husband’s and children’s meals. She claims they have no idea what they are eating!! (which is my next thing to try, my husband refuses to eat organ meat)
My idea that I am going to start doing is mixing raw liver into my husband’s afternoon treat: his frozen Popsicle… ( he works all day in the Florida heat ) I started mixing in frozen strawberries but they got expensive buying out of season. I went to bananas and frozen apple juice mixed together, which tasted really good and very cost affective!!! I wanted to limit the amount of fruit sugar so I started buying stony field yogurt and mixing in the whole 32oz container. My husband likes his yogurt solid so raw yogurt was always hard to please him with, not anymore! He has no idea! So by putting the yogurt in my Popsicle I am lowering the amt. of fruit sugar by 32oz. per batch. amen. and getting him a probiotic daily. Plus, yogurt is always my backup probiotic but I always need SOME type of sugar to make it taste okay. So now I am killing two birds with one stone and limiting the amt. of sugar intake by at lest 2/3. My next idea is to add in raw liver slowly little by little to make sure he can’t taste it. So it will be a raw liver, probiotic Popsicle that he has no idea of!!
Oh and has anyone else noticed in cooking how good yogurt is at covering up other tastes?? So I am thinking that in comb. with the apple juice and yogurt, the taste aspect shouldn’t be an issue at all. If I can taste the liver I am thinking about changing over to grape juice which has a much stronger taste to it…and taking out the banana altogether along with the apple juice.