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These are a couple of fermented cheeses and salami I like to eat. These came from the surrounding farms near me. I was able to purchase them at my farmers’ market.

Once I moved to my hometown in Germany, I very distinctly remember the cheese store we used to go in. This cloud of strong stink came my way as soon as I opened the door. Stinky cheese was the cause for the cloud of stench, but boy does it taste good.  I believe that’s where my love for cheese came from. The good old childhood memories. I have eaten cheese, sauerkraut, salami all my life and never thought about the process behind it all, of how much time it can take to get to the point where I can enjoy it.

After being on a gluten-free diet it was suggested to me to try fermented foods, and my first reaction was to be horrified. When it comes to fermented foods I thought of bad strong smells, or food went bad. Never realizing that I was already enjoying some of the delicacies all along. Awareness of the foods I used to eat was not a priority back then. As long as it tasted good, looked good and satisfying it was good enough for me. Even though I liked and still do cook my meals from scratch, it was not part of being mindful about the foods that I did eat. I guess what I am trying to say is, that I never paid too much attention to the concept of eating for my wellbeing, it didn’t matter where my food came from. It didn’t matter that my garlic was imported from China. Because I didn’t know any better.

After I realized I needed to eat for my digestive system to get my food sensitivity more under control I became more aware of the sources that brought my food to the table.

So, what exactly are Fermented Foods? To my knowledge, these foods are containing live cultures, prebiotics, and probiotics. Fermentation has been a practice of many cultures and is a way of preserving foods for thousands of years without losing the nutritional values of the food. These foods or drinks can have very strong flavors, just like the cheese from the cheese store in Germany I was telling you about earlier. I am not a hundred percent sure about my knowledge here, but I think that the aging/ripening process and the kind of bacteria used, is what makes the strong flavor of the food so extreme. A fermentation process can fluctuate anywhere from weeks to months depending on what it is. I guess if you look at wine it could even be years, and maybe that could go for cheese as well, as some of them are just insanely stinky. This process makes these foods solid in the nutritional values, the one thing I have learned lately though is that with added processes such as preserving, drying, smoking, filtration… some of the nutrients can get lost in the process, so eating single fermented foods are the highest in nutrition.

The most well-known fermented foods and drinks I can think of today are; Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Cheese, Salami, Kefir, Kombucha, Beer, Wine, Miso and pickles. The funny thing is I already ate half of these foods before it was even suggested to me to eat them. So I guess I was in luck that I didn’t have to add more new foods to my food group. I did add fermented carrots and ginger though, as I have to admit it’s a great substitute for pickles if I don’t feel like having any. Kombucha is also another addition to my life, which I like to drink as a treat. With Kombucha we do have to be a bit careful though as the sugar content can be high at times, and when I first started eating for my digestive tract, sugar was a big no-no for me. Sugar adds to inflammation and my body was already inflamed enough. This was actually the time I cut added sugars out of my diet. Today I treat myself a little bit here and there, and that’s ok.

So, as you can see fermented foods aren’t as bad as you may think, and they help us with all the good gut bacteria we need to survive in our digestive system. Gut Bacteria dies off all the time and it is important to feed and grow the good bacteria so we can keep the bad out. This is one of the many things that has helped me with getting my digestive system back on track and I am so happy to have been open-minded about food and welcome new ideas into my life, as it has made my life so much better.

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