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Are You Sitting Down? {GUEST POST}

October 24th, 2014 · Natural Health

A few years ago, family friends invited us over to their place for lunch. The wife is Slovak and the husband is Egyptian, and the smell of falafel frying, fava bean soup simmering, and cumin with tomatoes was enough to make my mouth water long before lunch was ready. I was a little surprised that when we went to eat, they laid out a tablecloth on the living room floor and we all sat down on the floor.

Enjoy Your Meals While Sitting on the Floor (Why Sitting in Chairs is Bad for Your Health) :: via Kitchen Stewardship

This is a guest post from Naomi Huzovicova of Almost Bananas.

I shouldn’t have been that surprised, seeing as I had sat on the floor to eat before. My father is from Japan, and on trips to visit family we usually sat on the floor around a low table for meals. My mother would marvel at how long the women could kneel and then gracefully rise up to stand, while we lasted a few minutes before tingly legs forced us to sit cross-legged.

Sitting, whether to eat, at work, at school, or for entertainment, is increasingly our default position throughout the day. And it’s killing us.

How Sitting is Bad for You

Such a statement sounds rather alarmist, but when one starts reviewing the studies on the effects of sitting for long periods of time, it doesn’t seem so hyped up.

Take, for example, this graph from a Canadian study that followed 17,013 people for 12 years:
Effects of Sitting on Future Health :: via Kitchen Stewardship

How does prolonged sitting effect us? Sedentary behaviour is linked to:
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Worms Eat My Lunch!

October 22nd, 2014 · Organic Gardening

OK, to be more specific–they eat my LEFTOVER lunch. Vermicomposting (or composting with worms) is easy, fun for kids, and can be done indoors–even in an apartment.
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This post is by KS contributing writer Pam Farley from Brown Thumb Mama.

Worm Compost is Natural Fertilizer

We usually don’t give much thought to dirt, but soil is a living system that supports a wide range of microorganisms. These organisms include microscopic worms called nematodes, arthropods (including pillbugs and ants), protozoa, fungi, and bacteria.

I don’t use chemical fertilizers and think it’s best to support the soil naturally. Worm compost is a great way to do this, since it’s naturally teeming with microbes that support these soil organisms. Plus, you’re using up food that might otherwise be wasted.

Condo For Rent: Inquire Within

It’s easy to make an indoor bin or condo for your worms. You can buy a kit on Amazon (I like this one) or make your own. Here’s an easy tutorial from Mother Earth News.

You’ll need to put some bedding in the bin before the worms move in. Bedding is their living medium as well as a food source. You’re trying to replicate their natural habitat (decaying dried leaves), so you want materials high in carbon that are moist and loose. You could use shredded newspaper, sawdust, hay, cardboard, peat moss, or dried leaves.
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The Grinch Won’t be the Only One Enjoying Roast Beast This Winter

October 21st, 2014 · Tips

What’s worse than wasting good grassfed meat because you overcooked it?

Um…maybe losing a small child in a grocery store or at a park? Dropping your grandmother’s 200-year-old vase that was worth thousands of dollars?

Roast Any Meat with Real Technique

Seriously, if you’re forking over the dough for grassfed, pastured, organic meat, it’s really a killer to end up hating (or throwing away) your dinner.

And while simply trying a new recipe is one sort of risk, roasting seems like the ultimate meat gamble – you’re putting many pounds of meat, sometimes $20-40 worth at farm prices, into an oven where you can’t even see it and hoping you know enough that it doesn’t overcook, become dry, end up tasteless…or worse.

I’m a Recipe Girl

When I cook, especially when I’m trying something new, I pretty much follow a recipe. That doesn’t necessarily mean I follow the recipe, like I don’t change anything (I do!), but that I learn my technique from the recipe I’m using.

I’ve never really thought about taking time to learn an actual “cooking technique” outside of simply learning as I go while making dinner.

However.

My frustration at times when things don’t cook right, don’t gel like I expect, don’t emulsify correctly, or aren’t done on time for dinner (classic Katie problem) may be a sign that I should invest a little time in learning cooking techniques rather than just collecting “recipes.”

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Natural Parenting During the First Week: You Still Might Have to Say NO, Just Not to the Child

October 20th, 2014 · Natural Health

Interventions to Refuse for your Newborn

First time parents quickly realize that suddenly being throw into THIS new job – no training, no breaks, no going home at the end of the day to decompress and refresh – likely has the steepest learning curve they’ve ever experienced.

It can be totally overwhelming just sustaining the new little life, let alone realizing what medical and parenting choices you might have to make.

A new dad recently was surprised that I helped his baby stop crying by using “white noise.”

“I thought she only cried when she was hungry or needed a change,” he said.

I had to look at his face to make sure he wasn’t joking. I didn’t know how to say, “Yeah, well…there are actually about 5,267 other reasons for you to figure out. Good luck, buddy!”

It’s tough.

And some of the decisions that aren’t always black and white are tough too. We make some parenting and health decisions knowing that either way could result in big problems, but we have to do what we feel is best using the information we have.

Before our first child was born, we had done some reading and were committed to a number of goals, some of them a bit out of the mainstream. Here are five of those choices that we continue to feel strongly about as baby four approaches… in a week or so!

This is the fourth in a five-part series. Catch up here:

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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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