Nature’s 8 Doctors!

Nature’s 8 Doctors!

At Simple Kneads we love helping people feel healthier and happier! We do this, not only by providing wonderfully nutritious gf bread, but also by promoting eight very simple laws of health, sometimes called “Nature’s Doctors,” that when implemented, help prolong life. They are: nutrition, exercise, water, sunshine, air, rest, self-control, and faith. These laws, consistently practiced, will make a a SIGNIFICANT difference in your life. Our product focuses primarily on one of these laws – NUTRITION.

When your body is getting the nutrition it needs, it can do wonderful things for you! Some simple things that will help you better absorb the nutrients you are taking in, include:

• Waiting at least 4 hours between each meal and for adults with digestive issues, waiting 6 hours, will prove to be very helpful (unfortunately, this is not how most Americans eat). But yes, WHEN we eat is just as important as WHAT we eat. This gives your body the opportunity to digest your meals, better absorb the nutrients in your food, have more energy and much more! And did you know that there is even evidence showing that waiting 4 hours between meals decreases cancer tumor development? That’s pretty amazing.

• Do your best to eat at the same time every day. It turns out that our bodies have little clocks inside that tell us when it’s time to eat and studies have shown that adults who consumed meals at the same time every day were less obese, had better cholesterol and insulin levels, hormone regulation, better sleeping patterns, usually live longer and have overall less health problems! Wow! In fact, if you are a sporadic eater, it will be challenging for your body to experience lasting health and function optimally. So, try getting on a set eating schedule. You will begin to see and feel the difference!

• Eat a variety of foods. This will ensure you are getting a plethora of vitamins and minerals. Meals bursting with colors (red, yellow, orange, purple, green and white, for example) tend to be more nutrient-packed and satisfying. In fact, some of the healthiest populations in the world (such as Greek and Japanese) have food variety as one common feature (although they differ widely). In fact, many nutrient deficiencies surface because of a lack in variety. This, of course, will eventually lead to disease.

We want there to be a decided improvement, not only in your health but in every area of your life. For this to take place, taking care of yourself with intentionality is going to be key. When you begin doing this, it’s amazing what happens!

Stay tuned for our next natural doctor – EXERCISE! Also known as “the forgotten remedy.”

Sandy K Workman
SK Director of Brand Development

A Whole Foods Plant-based Lifestyle

A Whole Foods Plant-based Lifestyle

It’s a scary thought for some – no meat, no cheese, no fried foods… You might be saying, “um, no thank you!” I get it! And if you’re a foodie like me, every meal is a special occasion! Yes, food “restrictions” can certainly put a damper on the festivities. But when you give it a try and realize the plethora of benefits you begin to receive, you just might change your mind (read about the blue zones in my article on Transform Your Health and Live Longer).

Aside from the occasional organic egg or fresh Copper River Red Salmon when I visit my parents in Alaska, I have mostly been 100% whole food, plant based since birth. It’s more flexible than veganism and you will feel the difference within the first 3-4 days. If not sooner!  Also, a WFPB lifestyle is not as restrictive as you think. There are so many options out there these days. I love visiting Barnes and Nobles where they have scores of beautiful plant-based, vegan and vegetarian cookbooks stocked on their shelves. For those who don’t like to spend much time surfing the internet like me, a good bookstore is a perfect place to sit quietly, sip on tea and take time to find what will work for you. And it’s great to surround yourself with others who are interested in getting healthier. At first, unless you have superhero will-power, it can be torture to go out to eat with friends who are not interested in making a change.

Also, the plant-based movement is a legit choice in making a difference in your environment! With our planet suffering under the pressure of our choices, and the many sicknesses and diseases running rampant in our world, it really is time to do things differently. Check out this link for a great read on this subject:

If you’re apprehensive about taking the dive, no problem. Just start by intentionally minimizing your processed food intake or make one day a week, a whole food, plant-based day. OR! get a little bolder and just take all fried food completely out! You will definitely feel a difference! Plant-based whole foods, and especially organic, will give you a boost of energy you have not felt before.

Here is an awesome link to help you get ready for the best health of your life! Enjoy!

Here’s to your health AND your happiness!

Sandy K Workman
SK Director of Brand Development

Simple Kneads – A Protein Dynamo!

Simple Kneads – A Protein Dynamo!

As an athlete you know you need good nutrition, and certainly protein! And if you’re gluten intolerant or have other allergies, the options get slimmer and slimmer. Our GLUTEN-FREE, top 9 allergen-free, vegan, sourdough was created so that people could have a plant-based bread, that Is TRULY nutritious!

For those who are exercising and looking to build a strong, healthy body, this bread is for you. Not only is it made with nutritious ancient grains, but it is also a true, authentic sourdough, which is a protein dynamo! That’s a bonus, especially for those who are focusing on building muscle. Naturally, there are some plant-based foods that contain more protein than others. Foods like tofu, tempeh, edamames, lentils (which have 18 grams of protein per cooked cup!), and a variety of beans, are all high sources of protein (most beans contain 15 grams of protein per cooked cup). But any protein you find that is plant based, clean label, and assimilable, is awesome! Here is a great little chart you can quickly browse to start incorporating plant-based protein in your diet today! You can even print it off and post it on your fridge. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/plant-based-protein-infographic

When it comes to bread, if you just want an “air fluffy” product, there’s many options out there. But if you’re looking for wholesome food, Simple kneads is definitely that source for bread, especially for those with various intolerances.

Here’s to a healthy and happy plant-based lifestyle!

Sandy K Workman
SK Director of Brand Development

The Gut-Friendly Delight from Simple Kneads

The Gut-Friendly Delight from Simple Kneads

Sourdough is a magical food! If you were to ask any sourdough enthusiast, like the late Alaskan sourdough specialist, Ruth Allman, or Australian naturopath Barbara O’Neill (pictured above with me), they would tell you there’s nothing like a true sourdough bread to make your gut ever so happy.

At Simple Kneads, we not only specialize in true sourdough bread, but also a top 9 allergen free product that is gluten-free as well! As you can imagine, this is a powerful combination. But it doesn’t stop there! Most breads have lectins (the most famous lectin being gluten), but our sourdough contains 3 ancient, gluten-free grains, that are completely lectin free – Millet, Sorghum and Teff. For those with gut issues, this is wonderful news!

Fun fact: We actually got our sourdough starter from Barbara O’Neill about 10 years ago and have been feeding it gluten-free ancient grains ever since!  Watch the short interview with Barbara sharing the history of our starter!

Sandy K Workman
SK Director of Brand Development

SALT… IS IT REALLY KNEADFUL?

SALT… IS IT REALLY KNEADFUL?

We are bread lovers. When I got married, I baked 5 loaves of bread weekly. Not just for ourselves of course, but for sharing with neighbors as well. Our favorite was my mother-in-law’s delicious oat bread. Unfortunately, my whole wheat bread baking days ended when we realized my husband was seriously gluten-intolerant. However, during the first 9 years I learned a lot about baking bread. One thing I learned by experience was, bread without salt is not pleasant. My thoughtful husband ate it with much creativity. However, not only does salt enhance the flavor of food, but it’s also actually needful for good health!

Salt Helps in Biological Function:

Research now shows that without adequate sodium, your brain would not be able to send necessary electrical impulses to the rest of your body so that it could function correctly! Salt is definitely vital for life! It plays a major role in our body’s overall fluid balance and muscle contraction and indirectly helps in the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to our bodies! Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health states that we need about 500 milligrams of sodium each day for these critical processes. No wonder salt was considered more precious than gold in ancient times! No human would be alive today without this important chemical compound!

What Salts are Best?

Our bodies can’t produce salt by themselves, so we must get it from some external source. But which salt is best? Is there one salt better than another? Everyone has their opinions on this, but we have found that sea salts and Himalayan Pink salt are at the top. See the following site for more information on the amazing benefits of real sea salts – https://science.drinklmnt.com/electrolytes/why-your-brain-needs-electrolytes/

Here at Simple Kneads we use organic sea salt in our breads, and unlike most salts, ours does not contain anticaking agents. We try to keep all our ingredients as clean as possible!

Salt is vitally important, but it’s important to use quality natural salt and not the standard table salt wherever possible. We understand that some people have to be extra careful with their salt intake, but we hope that this information has been helpful as you continue your journey toward healthier and happier living!

Sandy K Workman
SK Director of Brand Development

SORGHUM – SOME OF IT’S BENEFITS AND UNIQUE WAYS TO USE IT!

SORGHUM – SOME OF IT’S BENEFITS AND UNIQUE WAYS TO USE IT!

Packed with plant-based protein, and especially rich in magnesium, iron, phosphorus, B-vitamins, and loaded with antioxidants, organic Sorghum flour is a powerhouse! It’s so versatile too. It can be used in baking, cooking and even as a thickener for sauces and soups. In most recipes you can replace Sorghum grains at a 1:1 ration and it’s great as a substitute for rice and quinoa. The grain is widely used in India, Asia and Africa. You can also pop Sorghum just like you would popcorn! We have enjoyed it in our home. It’s much smaller than popcorn, but if you can’t do corn, Sorghum is great! Because it’s lighter than popcorn you will want to avoid most air poppers. Here’s a fun educational video on how to pop it that your kids will enjoy!

The United States grows more Sorghum grain than any other place in the world and getting any grain flour fresh is going to be super important for many reasons. For one, the fresher the flour the more bursting with nutrients it will be. Also, your food will be more flavorful! We are not only interested in making nutritious bread for you, but delicious as well. It’s quite simple. Would you rather have a cup of coffee from freshly roasted beans or ones that have been sitting around for months? Our milling company grinds our grain into flour the moment we are ready to order a new batch! So, what you are getting in our loaves is pretty fresh.

For more information on Sorghum, here’s a good article with some great recipes as well.

Enjoy!

Sandy K Workman
SK Director of Brand Development

 

 

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