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How to make bone broth that is actually drinkable (Week 1 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)
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How to make bone broth that is actually drinkable
Week 1 of Health and Weight Loss Diary
Welcome everybody to week 1 of my Health and Weight Loss Diary. First I’m going to tell you exactly how to make bone broth that’s actually drinkable (I made a massive mistake with my bone broth) and then I’m going to move onto my diary entry for this week (including those 9.6lbs I lost!!!)
How to make bone broth that’s actually drinkable:
I’ve been drinking a lot of bone broth this week, mainly to heal my leaky gut, and let’s just say that what I started making was completely gross. Now realistically that’s because I missed one crucial, final step and if you’re going to drink bone broth straight, DO NOT skip those last steps!!!
Bone broth is super easy to make, when you know how. You will need –
- A bone (you can use a chicken carcass, bones left over from your Sunday roast, but the best type to use are beef marrow bones)
- Boiling water
- Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Stock vegetables like onions, carrots and swedes (optional, and beware of onions and garlic if you have IBS, they are a FODMAP)
- Herbs and spices (optional)
I like to make my bone broth in a slow cooker, a crock pot would work perfectly too. This is because I like to let my bone broth cook from anywhere between 12 and 36 hours, so leaving a big saucepan on the hob would be dangerous overnight. Although you could put it on as soon as you woke up and then finish it just before you go to bed. That would give the bone broth enough time to cook.
Instructions to make bone broth:
- Place the bone and any optional ingredients into your slow cooker.
- Add enough boiling water to fully submerge the ingredients (you can add more but that is the minimum amount of water to add).
- Place on a low heat setting and leave to cook for anywhere between 12 to 36 hours.
- Once cooked drain the liquid into a pot for storage in the fridge, it must be a pot that you can ladle out of, as opposed to a bottle (you could use the leftover veggies for dinner than night if you wanted).
- THIS IS THE STEP I LEFT OUT TO MY DETRIMENT!!! Leave the bone broth in the fridge for a good few hours, until a layer of fat has solidified at the top.
- Scoop off the layer of fat (this is excellent to use for cooking, think of those delicious roast potatoes…).
- Heat up the remaining liquid on the hob and drink as you would a warm drink while imagining your gut signing with relief at all that goodness!
So I didn’t realise that step number 5 was necessary, and when I made my first few batches they were disgusting, like drinking a cup of oil!!! Now I’m a girl that can eat butter straight so for even me to find it gross meant it truly was horrible.
So whatever you do, don’t skip steps 5 and 6!!!
And that is how you make bone broth that is actually drinkable! Enjoy!
(Keep scrolling for my Health and Weight Loss Diary including the details on the 9.6 lbs I lost!!!)
Health and Weight Loss Diary
Because this is my diary it will be shorter than normal posts, and be warned it might get a bit TMI at some points as well.
You can find the main details of why I started this diary right here. I actually can’t be bother to explain them again but suffice to say curing my health chronic health conditions is my main priority, particularly my IBS and leaky gut. While the weight loss is more of an added bonus, but nonetheless something I’ve been trying to achieve for a while!
Let’s check out the results from week 1 of my (self-created) regime:
(The first number was my starting stat and the second number is where I am now…)
Weight: 193.6lbs –> 184lbs
Bodyfat Percentage: 36.1% –> 35.2%
Right Arm: 13in –> 12.5in
Left Arm: 13in –> 12.5in
Chest: 43in –> 41.5in
Waist: 35in –> 34.5in
Hips: 46in –> 44.5in
Ass: 47.5in –> 46.5in
Right Thigh: 27in –> 26in
Left Thigh: 27in –> 26in
- 9.6 pounds lost
- 0.9% body fat percentage lost
- 7.5 total inches lost
Ermm wow. Just wow. I’m actually astounded and so incredibly pleased at these results.
But do I feel any better?
Well if my main focus is on my IBS then I would have to say that’s improved, but I have just finished a three day bone broth fast, so with no solid food inside my body you would expect it to improve… (As in I’m not pooping at all right now and normally I have IBS-D, IBS diarrhoea, so the lack of pooping makes a nice change. Told you it would be TMI.)
Honestly I think it’s too early to tell if it has helped any of my health conditions yet. But apart from a migraine on day 2 (I’m putting that down to the sugar detox) I have felt good, mentally and physically. Plus things have just felt less over whelming, which is awesome!
What I did:
Remember I’m mainly (like 99.9%) doing this (self-created) regime to heal my leaky gut and other chronic health conditions, and I would never recommend or follow something as extreme as this purely for weight loss.
But briefly what I did was go on a strict diet of meat and vegetables. All produce I’m consuming is organic, the meat must be grass fed if it’s from a ruminant (sheep or cow) and I’m also not eating nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant etc) because they have shown to aggravate autoimmune conditions, and I have Raynauls which is an autoimmune condition….
I’m also taking quite an extensive list of different supplements which I have research so. freaking. much. Honestly if this doesn’t work I will be not only incredibly disappointed, but also super surprised because all my research says that it should!
Plus I have just finished a three day bone broth fast that’s designed to give your gut a good healing rest (there’s way more science to it than that but I’m not going into details now!)
How did the week go:
Aka how did I manage going from eating chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner (it was Christmas give me a break) to eating this most clean diet?
It was easy. Yep I said it.
Now I’ve had Binge Eating Disorder since as long as I can remember, and I’ve been on and off diets for as long as I can remember as well (I run to fat, literally like a prize cow or something, I can conjure fat on my body out of thin air) and I have never in my life stuck to a ‘diet’ (it’s a regime people) this easily.
I’m not sure what the main difference is this time. At first I thought it was because my main priority was to improve my health and not just for weight loss, but I have tried to follow health improving diets before with little ability to stick to them.
It could be because I decided that this year, 2018, would be the last year I bothered to try and lose weight and cure my health conditions. Losing weight particularly has been my new years resolution for well over ten years now and I thought, imagine if I had put all that time and effort into something else, what I could have achieved. So I’ve decided if I don’t succeed this year then I won’t try and put effort into that ever again, because it’s clearly something I just cannot do, it’s just not meant to be and I should put my efforts elsewhere.
But seeing as how well I’ve done in this first week, maybe I will be putting my efforts elsewhere next year because I will have finally hit my goal of weighing 135lbs and will have cured my health conditions!!! That’s the dream right!!!
I did intend to write more, but honestly I’m tired and I want to go and eat my (very healthy) dinner. So till next week!
And of course, any questions ask away in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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