Vian

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    Vian got a reaction from melbournegirl in High Cholesterol!!!   
    Serum (blood) cholesterol is produced by your own liver, it's not from dietary sources. Only a small percentage of people have a greater relationship between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol. Most people have little or no relationship between the two. Cholesterol is vital to health. It is used by the body in the skin to produce it's own vitamin D3, which is more like a hormone than a vitamin, along with many other vital things.
     
    The reason doctors and the medical community freak out over high cholesterol is that people with high serum cholesterol also seem to have more plaque and cholesterol deposits in their arteries, which cause blockages and lead to strokes and heart attacks. However, because the cholesterol in your blood is produced by your own liver and is the liver's response to excess carbohydrate consumption, it's not about how much dietary cholesterol you consume. The liver takes excess carbs and converts them into cholesterol, then the body uses that cholesterol in the blood to patch lesions in the artery walls that are caused by chronic high blood sugar (from insulin resistance and over consuming carbs) and high insulin levels. Both sugar in the blood, and insulin, are highly irritating to the artery walls and as one heart surgeon said, every time you eat something loaded with sugar, it's like scraping a wire brush through the insides of your arteries.
     
    But as others have said, your total number of cholesterol doesn't matter to a certain extent. Your ratio between the different types of cholesterol are what's important.
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    Vian got a reaction from Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
     
     
    They are soda cracker cookies and I used to make them all the time to take to potlucks because they were cheap, easy, and everyone loved them. They are by no definition whatsoever, not even a SAD definition, healthy.
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    Vian got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Strawberry chocolate mint is a success! I have a potted chocolate mint plant (like regular mint only with a hint of chocolatey flavor) and simmered the leaves in some strained strawberry puree. It's delicious and super refreshing!
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    Vian got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Strawberry chocolate mint is a success! I have a potted chocolate mint plant (like regular mint only with a hint of chocolatey flavor) and simmered the leaves in some strained strawberry puree. It's delicious and super refreshing!
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    Vian got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Strawberry chocolate mint is a success! I have a potted chocolate mint plant (like regular mint only with a hint of chocolatey flavor) and simmered the leaves in some strained strawberry puree. It's delicious and super refreshing!
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    Vian got a reaction from simonec in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I ended up tossing the cherry vanilla...it was just too fermented tasting and sour. The second flavor I made was peach ginger with fresh grated ginger and local peaches I picked myself and it is AMAZING! Totally delicious! Next flavor will be strawberry mint with local strawberries from the farmers market and the mint I have growing outside
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    Vian got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I ended up running around a big strip mall here to various stores, Big Lots, TJ Max, Target, Pier 1, etc.
     
    Almost all of them had some kind of glass drink dispenser, ranging from $20-$60.
     
    I ended up getting this one at TJ Max for $16.99 The spigot is plastic, and it holds about 1.8 gallons and it fits under my cabinets! It's full of water to make sure the seal around the spigot wasn't leaking.
     

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    Vian got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Just outside of town we have an area called greenbluff. It's basically a collection of small family farms that grow lots of fruits and veggies and also make wine and other neat things. Several places offer "pick your own" fruit, where you go out into the orchard and pick your fruit, then they weigh it for you. We go there every year for peaches and get a huge box and make at least one pie and freeze what we can't eat right away. Mom and I went out there this morning and got a box. We got a lot that were blemished and getting over-ripe to make pie with and I pureed some to flavor my next batch of kombucha. It's so tasty...I think I might add some ginger to it, maybe just a hint of cloves. I can't wait
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    Vian got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My cherry vanilla kombucha isn't half bad! I had to strain out the cherry pulp because it was gross to drink (i'm picky about texture!) but the flavor is pretty good. Next will be peach ginger!
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    Vian got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Just outside of town we have an area called greenbluff. It's basically a collection of small family farms that grow lots of fruits and veggies and also make wine and other neat things. Several places offer "pick your own" fruit, where you go out into the orchard and pick your fruit, then they weigh it for you. We go there every year for peaches and get a huge box and make at least one pie and freeze what we can't eat right away. Mom and I went out there this morning and got a box. We got a lot that were blemished and getting over-ripe to make pie with and I pureed some to flavor my next batch of kombucha. It's so tasty...I think I might add some ginger to it, maybe just a hint of cloves. I can't wait
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    Vian got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Bottling up my first batch of booch! I poured about 26 ounces each into two quart mason jars. I decided to use mason jars my first couple tries, that way if it explodes, I won't be sad that I ruined my nice bottles. It smells fermenty and tart, and tastes nice and tart, but not vinegary at all, so I think it's perfect. I'm going to add a puree of bing cherries with vanilla and almond extract. Also, I put the jars in an ice chest in my bedroom to contain any explosions >.>
     
    Here's how much carbonation it already has...and this is after a minute or two while i ran and grabbed the camera.
     

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    Vian got a reaction from Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
     
     
    They are soda cracker cookies and I used to make them all the time to take to potlucks because they were cheap, easy, and everyone loved them. They are by no definition whatsoever, not even a SAD definition, healthy.
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    Vian got a reaction from Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    No, there is not. There is a bit of plastic on the outside that is painted with metallic paint, but the whole inside part that will touch the tea is plastic.
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    Vian got a reaction from melbournegirl in High Cholesterol!!!   
    Serum (blood) cholesterol is produced by your own liver, it's not from dietary sources. Only a small percentage of people have a greater relationship between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol. Most people have little or no relationship between the two. Cholesterol is vital to health. It is used by the body in the skin to produce it's own vitamin D3, which is more like a hormone than a vitamin, along with many other vital things.
     
    The reason doctors and the medical community freak out over high cholesterol is that people with high serum cholesterol also seem to have more plaque and cholesterol deposits in their arteries, which cause blockages and lead to strokes and heart attacks. However, because the cholesterol in your blood is produced by your own liver and is the liver's response to excess carbohydrate consumption, it's not about how much dietary cholesterol you consume. The liver takes excess carbs and converts them into cholesterol, then the body uses that cholesterol in the blood to patch lesions in the artery walls that are caused by chronic high blood sugar (from insulin resistance and over consuming carbs) and high insulin levels. Both sugar in the blood, and insulin, are highly irritating to the artery walls and as one heart surgeon said, every time you eat something loaded with sugar, it's like scraping a wire brush through the insides of your arteries.
     
    But as others have said, your total number of cholesterol doesn't matter to a certain extent. Your ratio between the different types of cholesterol are what's important.
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    Vian got a reaction from Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I DID IT! I GREW A SCOBY! Even messing up and using a black tea with orange oil in it, this baby still grew in about 6 days! I'm going to let it thicken up a bit more before I move it into my big jar, but wow, I'm so excited! It literally appeared overnight. I checked on it yesterday and there was nothing but a little blob of something floating at one side, then today it's a beautiful milky film almost covering the whole top! I covered the jar with paper towel and put it in the top shelf of my kitchen cabinet to keep it dark and warm. YAY!
     

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    Vian got a reaction from Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I DID IT! I GREW A SCOBY! Even messing up and using a black tea with orange oil in it, this baby still grew in about 6 days! I'm going to let it thicken up a bit more before I move it into my big jar, but wow, I'm so excited! It literally appeared overnight. I checked on it yesterday and there was nothing but a little blob of something floating at one side, then today it's a beautiful milky film almost covering the whole top! I covered the jar with paper towel and put it in the top shelf of my kitchen cabinet to keep it dark and warm. YAY!
     

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    Vian got a reaction from Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I DID IT! I GREW A SCOBY! Even messing up and using a black tea with orange oil in it, this baby still grew in about 6 days! I'm going to let it thicken up a bit more before I move it into my big jar, but wow, I'm so excited! It literally appeared overnight. I checked on it yesterday and there was nothing but a little blob of something floating at one side, then today it's a beautiful milky film almost covering the whole top! I covered the jar with paper towel and put it in the top shelf of my kitchen cabinet to keep it dark and warm. YAY!
     

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    Vian got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I ended up running around a big strip mall here to various stores, Big Lots, TJ Max, Target, Pier 1, etc.
     
    Almost all of them had some kind of glass drink dispenser, ranging from $20-$60.
     
    I ended up getting this one at TJ Max for $16.99 The spigot is plastic, and it holds about 1.8 gallons and it fits under my cabinets! It's full of water to make sure the seal around the spigot wasn't leaking.
     

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    Vian got a reaction from Physibeth in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just bought some GT's Guava Goddess kombucha to try it (never had kombucha before at all) and it's really tasty! Now I totally want to start making my own. I think I'll buy a bottle of the original unflavored one and start trying to grow my own scoby!
     
    I drank half the bottle this afternoon and am feeling slightly buzzed, lol. "Trace amounts of alcohol" my behind!