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Time for Fun Quizzes: What Kind of Cook Are You?

Like we don’t already know what kind of cook we are?! But isn’t it fun to do some quizzes to confirm what we already know about ourselves? I mean, I’ve taken tests to confirm lots of things… I found out: I’ve got great gut health, I used to have lots of autoimmune disorders, I am a “Woman Who Loves Too Much”, I’m an empath, I’m an Indigo Child… Actually, I call myself an “Elder Indigo” because I’m born before a lot of you figured it out too. If you don’t know much about them here’s some basic info, a quick read:

Ditching Dairy for Good! But How Do I?

(The big step between I can’t and I won’t is here, knowing WHY to switch) You can buy it from the stores OR you can make your own EVEN if you don’t have a Vitamix/Blentec blender. Secret to making your own: Always soak nuts/seeds overnight, drain really well, FREEZE in bags. After frozen, smash it up with your old meat tenderizer (flat side) or hammer (gently). Then it’s always measurable. Most of the time you can use a 1:4 ratio depending on your preference. Lately I’ve been using a 1:5 ratio (i.e. 1 cup nuts and 5 cups filtered water).

Origins of the Earth Momma

Logically, you would think that Jackie Olmstead would have grown up with little to no health issues since her father was a physician and her mother a nurse. But at six months old, she was diagnosed with asthma. Being hospitalized several times while enduring breathing treatments, steroids, antibiotics, inhalers and oral asthma medicines was challenging and a lonely and scary way to grow up. All the treatments, medicines and emergency room visits continued into her forties but at least she didn’t have to be admitted to the hospital anymore since in-home nebulizers became available. Viruses, flu bugs and sometimes exercise would trigger an asthma episode that would last for one to two weeks. It was expected usually a couple times a year. Other diagnoses: IBS and depression in 1983, hashimotos and hypoglycemia in 2007, depression and anemia in 2015. With the diagnosis of celiac disease in 2015, she was forced to relearn overnight how to shop, cook and eat without gluten. Determined to never be sick again, she researched for months the safest way for her to eat: Whole foods, plant based and of course, gluten free. Miraculously, today she doesn’t own any inhalers, and has only once had to take steroids with her nebulizer since 2015 because of a bad cold in 2020.