Barbara McNeely

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Re-Learning How To Stand

Relearning How To Stand

Relearning How To Stand

My intention with yoga is to do some yoga movement every single day. Of course, reality and intention don’t always work well together. Which is just another way of saying that I can rationalize just about anything if I want to. This week is a prime example.

I made it to yoga on Monday, to the more intense Therapeutic Astanga Method Yoga (TAM) that I talked about last week. In that class I have to remind myself to do only what I can do. I have no idea how long the others in that class have been doing yoga. Longer than me, for certain. Some, I know, are yoga teachers themselves. Nydia was helpful in showing me the how to modify the movements for my level.

Did I mention that this class is heated? I could definitely feel that, too. Near the end of class, when Nydia turned off the heat, she told use that the temperature had gotten to 85 degrees!

Could Your Posture be Hurting You?

Any class that I have joined and stayed in for very long – yoga, aerobics, Jazzercise, Pilates – has been one that stressed doing movements properly. I’m sure that most classes do, but not all as I’ve been in some that did not. It’s important because if you do movements wrong, you can hurt yourself. In yoga, I have learned that I have been standing wrong for a good portion of my life. Perhaps you have too?

When I stand for long periods of time, I tend to shift my weight to one leg and then lock the knee, also known as hyper-extending the knee. Since I started yoga I have learned that this is a bad idea. Here’s why: You’re not using muscles to stand. Instead you’re relying on the skeletal structure to hold you up. This puts extra stress on your knees and results in joint compression. Over time, this can result in damage to the cartilage – osteoarthritis. In class, we are always reminded to have just a very slight bend at the knees. This reduces the joint compression and forces you to use the muscles of the leg.

Knowing that I have serious arthritis issues in both knees confirms everything I hear in yoga class. In fact, I recall no too long ago when I was standing with most of my weight on one leg. When I needed to shift the weight, my knee hurt when I first bent it. Should be listening to my body, right?

The same is also true when you’re using your arms to support your body. If you’re arms are super-straight, you are not building muscle and are just putting extra pressure on your joints. Yikes! So be careful when you see that meme running around Facebook about 30 days of planks!

Three Weeks of Yoga – Getting Stronger

Week Three of Yoga - My Goals

Week Three of Yoga – My Goals

This is my third week of yoga classes and I am finding that I am stronger already. Due to schedule conflicts, I have only been able to go to class two days per week. I’m working on a way to do three per week. During class on Wednesday, Nydia took us through her “Therapeutic Astanga Method Yoga” or TAM. Our class is usually “Progressive Mellow Yoga” which is less intense than TAM. Wednesday’s class was definitely a workout. So much so that I had no energy the rest of the day. The TAM class is offered at 8 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. And I’m just crazy enough to consider switching to it. Why? I know some of you are thinking it’s because I’m crazy. And, you may be right. But my whole purpose in taking up yoga is to build up my strength. And I have some goals of what I want from my yoga.

My Yoga Goals

  • Build up strength in the muscles that support the knee. So that I can either avoid or postpone knee replacement.
  • Build up strength throughout the body. This is important for all of us as we progress in life. It helps to limit the effects of arthritis.
  • Better Balance – The primary reason for many falls is a lack of balance. I want to avoid those falls.
  • More flexibility – I have a friend that can be seated cross-legged on the floor and come to standing without using her hands or arms. I want to be able to do that!
  • Turn cartwheels – I love to turn cartwheels, even though I have not done so in many years. I have a goal of turning cartwheels on the beach!

Benefits of Yoga

I am learning that yoga is much more than body strength and flexibility. It is beneficial to us in many other ways. It can actually be considered a form of meditation and mindfulness. When you’re doing yoga, you are definitely only in the present moment. It’s hard to think of anything else when you’re thinking about the muscles in your feet, your thigh muscles, you pelvic floor, your abdominal muscles, your shoulder girdle, AND your breathing.

I’ll be talking more about benefits as I continue on my yoga journey.

Beginning My Yoga Journey

Beginning My Yoga Journey

Beginning My Yoga Journey – Cats know how to yoga!

It was last December when my friend Sherrie, the Naturopathic Doctor, suggested water, bone broth, and yoga for the osteoarthritis in my knees. I immediately added bone broth to my diet. I re-introduced the yoga from my iPad app. And I always strive to drink more water. Strive being the operative word.
I have always known that the iPad app was not sufficient for my yoga needs, for at least three reasons:

  1. It presents a limited selection of yoga poses.
  2. There is no one with me to tell me I’m doing things wrong.
  3. It’s more difficult to motivate myself alone.

Someone suggested that I go see Nydia at Nydia’s Yoga Therapy. That was in January and it took me until July to actually do it. Now, less than a month later, I’m kicking myself for having put it off for so long. But it’s all good and everything happens when it happens for a reason.

I signed up for a therapeutic assessment with Nydia as the first step. I wanted her to know about my issues and more importantly I wanted to know if yoga would really help me. So I told her all about my various health issues: my fairly recent surgery, my osteoarthritis in my knees, hips, and thumbs. And I told her some of the things that I wanted to do but could not at this time. Such as playing guitar. The arthritis in my thumbs makes this difficult. And turning cartwheels. I used to love to do turn cartwheels, but have not had the nerve to try one for years. Which brought up something else I needed – strength. In every area – hands, arms, shoulders, knees, hips, feet, legs, you name it. Basically, I want to be able to run and jump and play like normal kids.

Yoga Assessment

That assessment was one long, private yoga session. Breath and breathing is a major part of yoga. And it’s much more than the Inhale/Exhale I got from my iPad app. We spent a lot of time on that. So much that I had abdominal muscles that I didn’t even know I had hurting the next day. But it was hurting in a good way.
The good news is that I learned that my yoga practice can benefit all of my joints and help to protect me from the degeneration that is osteoarthritis. I also learned that it is about doing it right. I’m pretty good at following directions. And I know that when it comes to physical activity, you need to do it the right way. And I know that even I can benefit from this yoga practice.
Nydia sent me home after that assessment with a booklet and links to her website. So I went home and practiced at home. Concentrating on breathing and on feet exercises.

My First Yoga Class

It was nearly two weeks later when I took my first class with Nydia. I wound up in the front of the classroom, facing a huge mirrored wall. I have to tell you I was not prepared for that. I am overweight and out of shape and have lingering edema in my feet, ankles, and legs. I wanted to be far away from the mirror. (I thought about posting a before picture of myself, but I have yet to have the nerve to take that one.) Suffice it to say that I resemble the roundness of this image:

This is how I look now

This is how I look now

In my mind, though, I am seeing myself in excellent physical condition.

I enjoyed that first class enough to sign up for a total of ten classes. That first class was on a Monday and I went back on Wednesday. This time I chose to have a spot right in front of the mirror. That way I’ll get to watch my progress. I am pleased to tell you that I felt a little stronger and had better balance after just one class. Combined, of course, with the work I have been doing at home.

My Yoga Commitment

I have now been to yoga class four times, but this is only the beginning for me. I have long wanted to get into yoga and now is the time. I know I have limitations now. I just laugh whenever someone says “Sit comfortably on the floor in a cross-legged position.”
I’ll be writing here every week reporting my progress. And talking about all of the benefits of yoga. There are many. So follow me on my journey to see where all it leads!

"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Conforming Non-Conformist

"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Note to the reader: I originally wrote this blog post in the fall of 2015. And for some reason, it was never published. I could go back through the post and make changes to reflect the current time. But that would get too confusing. So, just remember it was written in late September. Also, since I wrote this, I have seen the movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” I am also currently reading the book.

I consider myself to be a non-conformist in many ways — in the clothes I wear, the books I read, the television and movies I watch, and more. I have always been non-conforming on the inside, but struggled for years with the feeling of needing to appear to conform. Hence the title “The Conforming Non-Conformist.” In my first draft of this post, I wrote six paragraphs on this topic. Only to realize, in the end, that I was once again apologizing for my non-conformity. I guess that makes me a recovering conforming non-conformist?

True Confession: I have never read “Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia.” There! I’ve said it. I also didn’t know the author’s name or anything about Elizabeth Gilbert. It is sad that I felt the need to apologize and explain or rationalize exactly why I had never read “Eat Pray Love.” And why should I need to explain or apologize? Perhaps Elizabeth Gilbert should explain why her book never appealed to me. Or maybe, just maybe, we should forget all of that. Accept that I just never read the book and move on to the topic at hand. Honestly, I think Liz will understand.

So – I didn’t know who Liz Gilbert was until last week, when Marie Forleo’s newsletter popped up in my email with the title “My Big Magic Sit Down With Elizabeth Gilbert.” Forces totally beyond my control drew me to watch the video, especially since I had no idea who Elizabeth Gilbert was.

I watched the video on Wednesday, the day after it came out. After twenty minutes, not having realized I had been watching that long, I checked to see the length of the interview. Forty seven minutes! By that time, I was hooked so I watched till the end. That afternoon I went out and bought Elizabeth Gilbert’s book – “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.” The next evening, I watched the video for a second time and took notes. Three pages of notes!

It was the perfect timing of the universe. What Liz said was exactly what I needed to hear. The push that I need right then for my own work. And it wasn’t strictly what she said, it was also how she said it.

The subtitle for “Big Magic” is “Creative Living Beyond Fear.” It has only been within the last ten years or so that I realized I actually am creative. I still struggle with letting that be seen. Even writing about it here is still scary to me. Sometimes, I do this exactly because they are scary. Like the time when I worked for Corporate America and I took a class called “Presentation Skills.” I took that class because I was scared to get up in front of people and talk.

Here are a few of my favorite take-aways from the interview:

  • Fear is a necessary companion. Its job is to protect us. However, fear does not get to make decisions or creative choices.
  • “Perfection is a serial killer.” “Done is better than good.”
  • “What will make you finish it is not discipline, but self-forgiveness.”

I agree with Marie that “Big Magic” should be required reading for everyone. If you’re wanting to work with your own creativity, it is a must. Go buy it and read it now. And yes, that’s an affiliate link up above, but you don’t have to buy from my link. Just go buy it. And then read it.

Perhaps, soon, it will be time for me to read “Eat Pray Love.” You know, in a non-conforming way.

How To Create Stress

Waking Angels - Listen

Actually, this picture, Listen, is by Karen Reines at Waking Angels is part of a solution to reduce stress, not create it.

Are you stressed out? Do you create stress for yourself? Are you feeling the pressure of getting things done? Wondering how you’ll get it all done?

Stop and think for a minute.

How much of that stress is real?

How many of those deadlines are your own creation?

Why are you stressed? Do you fear what might happen if you don’t accomplish things?

What is there really to worry about?

How often do you automatically start stressing about something as soon as it is planned? If you’re having house guests, do you immediately begin worrying about getting your house ready? If you’re planning a trip, do you start worrying about all the details the minute you decide to go?

I recently figured out that roughly 99.5% of the stress in my life is totally my own creation. Let me explain how I figured it out.

Recently, my husband went on a trip to Africa. That’s a long way to go. The trip was a year in the planning and lasted just over 3 weeks. I watched him scrambling to get things ready. The 2 weeks before the trip he was very much absorbed in getting all the last details ready. I sat back and watched, all the time thinking I was glad it wasn’t me that was stressing about the trip.

I had my own plans for the time he was gone. I had a lofty list of goals: clean the house, turn the upstairs alcove into a reading/music area, do some serious decluttering, redecorate in the bedroom. All while getting out on my own and with girl friends.

Perhaps you’re already seeing what I finally had to come to terms with. I was setting myself up for failure by trying to do too much.

I started out on track, until I added to the list by having a retreat at my house. Retreats On The Go was a wonderful time, but it involved getting much of my house clean in just a few days. At the same time that I was cleaning, I had a few other things going on. So the stress was already building. Towards the end of that first full week, as the retreat approached, I had to reprioritize my cleaning plan. I was not going to do the ‘top-to-bottom’ cleaning of that much house in that amount of time. Stress that had built up began to dissipate for a bit. By Friday afternoon, I was able to relax.

The second weekend was perfect. It involved retreats and celebration that I’ve talked about before. I had ordered a new comforter and shams for our bedroom. It arrived that weekend too.

The second week was when the pressure began to mount. The list of things I had to do was growing. I went shopping two days that week to find the perfect pillows and picture for the bedroom. The first trip resulted in a migraine from a shop full of scented candles. That migraine wasn’t too terrible, but it’s effects lingered.

I decided that I would make the pillows, knowing it would be faster and less leg work than shopping for days and days. I used to be a marathon shopper but no longer have that patience.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that I just added to my list – making pillows.

All those pillows needed to be done by the time my husband got back. Yes, more stress. BUT, who decided that schedule?

In the end, five of the pillows were completed on time.

I also ordered a picture from an artist friend. I figured I had ordered it too late to get here in time, but decided I would just have to live with that.

Did I mention rain? Much of Texas got rain the entire time my husband was gone. And that’s on top of rain we had earlier. My husband flew out of Houston’s airport so I had to drive him there. Because of flooding, we had to go a different route to get to his friend’s house. So I was watching the weather in Houston the week he was to return. Because… I needed to drive over there again to pick him up.

The rains came. The flooded road in Houston that had reopened was closed again. And still the rains came. So that entire week, as I’m stressing to get things done, I’m also stressing about the prospect of driving 200 miles in rain and possible flooding.

Did I mention I don’t like to drive in the rain?

So that’s a lot of stress. Brought on by my own worries and fears. And in the end I realized it was only stress because of my own expectations for myself.

Here’s another reason I shouldn’t have stressed so much:

My husband was due to land in Houston on Thursday night and spend the night at his friend’s house. And I would drive to Houson on Friday. It was raining so much in Houston that his plane was rerouted to Dallas. The airline cancelled the rest of the flight. So he decided to rent a car in Dallas and drive to San Antonio. So, no trip to Houston for me. AND, the picture I ordered got here in time and was personally delivered and hung BEFORE he got home.

Here is the final product of my work. As you can see, it is definitely a stress-reducing bedroom:

Stress Free Bedroom

Stress Free Bedroom

I read recently that we will judge others by their actions yet we judge ourselves by our intentions. So true! Lesson learned! Actually a few of them:

  1. Be gentler on myself. Don’t set expectations so high that you set yourself up for stress and failure.
  2. Practice mindfulness.
  3. Trust that everything will get done at its right time
  4. Don’t ever worry about things that haven’t happened yet. Trust that they will work out.

I’m definitely a work in progress and am grateful for the lessons learned during my husband’s trip!

Endbeginnings – A Celebration!

The Book - Time for a Celebration!

The Book – Time for a Celebration!

Apparently I have a magic DJ that selects the music tape that plays in my head. Sometimes, I’m not paying attention to the music in my head, and then I listen and am amazed. Today, May 22nd, 2016, the DJ was playing “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. And it is a most appropriate song. As today is certainly a cause for celebration. Celebrating renewed life and, to use a phrase coined by Rachel Naomi Remen, a celebration of “endbeginnings.”

In reality, I started celebrating on Friday. I could not have asked for a more perfect weekend. What am I celebrating? It was one year ago today that I had my open heart surgery. Life saving surgery that has also been life altering. My husband called that day, May 22nd, 2015, a birthday. And so today is a one year birthday. It also marks the end of the healing process. My cardiologist and my surgeon both told me that complete recovery from surgery could take six to twelve months. Each month I have felt better and better. Today I feel much better than I did before the surgery. And I’m so thankful for this chance at continued life.

Today was planned several months back. Crystal and I made plans to have brunch to celebrate. We met at 10:30AM at La Fonda on Main. I chose the location because it is one of my favorite places. I had Pancakes de Naranja or something similar in name. It was pancakes with orange sauce and they were delicious. It came with scrambled eggs with a spicy cheese sauce. And bacon – because it isn’t Sunday without bacon. It was a lot of food and I ate most of it. I figured it was okay since last year on this date I didn’t eat anything. That’s ‘Barbara Logic’ in case you were wondering!


According to Rachel Naomi Remen, there are no endings without beginnings. Hence the term endbeginnings. The end of a year is followed by the beginning of a new year. The end of a normal pregnancy is followed by the beginning of a new life. And, the word commencement is used to describe the ceremony where students graduate. Their time in school is ending, but the ceremony’s name is a commencement or beginning. And so, for me it is the end of healing and the beginning of the next phase of my life. I am excited for that phase and also extremely grateful that I live in a time where it is possible to be given this second chance.

I took my book with me to brunch. The book is a composition book that I started on May 13th, 2015. It is a record of doctor visits, notes from those visits, and much more. It is a record of progress as well as notes for when things did not progress. For months, it went everywhere I went. In the beginning, each page represented one day since there was so much to write down. Some days required two pages for notes. One measure of progress was when I went from one day per page to two days on each page. Eventually, several days were on each page. Until finally, I was feeling so much better that I would forget to write in it. In fact, the last entry was made on April 19th, 2016. And on the one year anniversary, while we were at brunch, Crystal and I wrote the final page for this book. I thought about having a book burning, but there is much too much still valuable information. And it is a reminder of all that I have gone through and accomplished in this year.

I asked Crystal to write in it first. What she wrote helped me to see just how far I had come:

Barbara, I am so honored to celebrate this day with you! I am also grateful for this friendship. You are not just a survivor, but a champion. You have come through so much and you continue to learn and persevere. Never can you doubt the strength you have for overcoming any obstacle. I am proud to know you and I know this is just the beginning.

What’s next for me? First, I plan to finish the book I’m working on. It’s about this journey over the last 15 or so months. And then? Well, I think maybe the sky is the limit!

The Last Page in the Book

The Last Page in the Book

This keeps me up at night: Baby Boomers Without Children

What keeps me up at night?

What keeps me up at night?

Disclaimer: Thankfully, it is now very rare that anything actually keeps me awake at night. But there are things that I think about and worry about often. This one is at the top of the list.*

I was reminded of this worry recently while talking with a friend. She was telling me about her mother’s heart surgery and the complications she encountered. Complications that resulted in spending time in a rehab facility until she was well enough to be on her own again. My friend told me that she reviewed her mother’s prescription list at the rehab facility and found Zoloft, an antidepressant, on the list. This was a surprise to both my friend and her mother. The medication was removed from the list.

It reminds me of stories I hear from friends quite a bit. They have become an advocate for their aging parents. It’s wonderful that they are able to care for their parents. I did the same for my father in his last few years.

Here’s what keeps me awake at night: Who will take care of me? Who will take care of all of us that have never had children?

While it may sound a bit morbid to think about, it is, never-the-less a common topic. Just check out this google search: baby boomers without children. I chose baby boomers because that’s the age group I fit into – those born from 1946 – 1964, inclusive. There were a total of 75.8 Million babies born in those 19 years. Of those, 20 Million of them never had children. That works out to be 19.7 % of baby boomers had no children.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that the reason to have kids is to have someone to care for you as you age. All I’m saying is that adult children often become the caretakers of their aging parents. So, if you had no children, you may not have someone to care for you.

It’s just something I think about from time to time.

What are your thoughts? Is this something that you’ve thought of? What keeps you awake at night? Submit your answers below.

*Disclaimer Disclaimer: Although not much keeps me up at night, it’s likely true that, on some level, I worry about myself and other baby boomers without children. It’s something I need to work on because I know that underlying fears are not good for me.

Is Spontaneous Healing Possible?

Is Spontaneous Healing Possible?

Do you believe that spontaneous healing is possible

Do you believe that you and your thoughts can have an impact on your health? That may sound crazy at first, but there just may be something to this self healing or spontaneous healing.

I have a friend that in 1999 was diagnosed with an incurable cancer – multiple myeloma. She told her doctor that was unacceptable as she intended to watch her grandchildren grow up. Grandchildren that had not yet been conceived. Today she is a picture of health and a positive, active, vital lady.

Another friend was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) more than 30 years ago. All the markers were found in her blood. Her hands were often so swollen, red, and so sore that she could barely grip her steering wheel. Her doctor told her she would be in a wheel chair within three years. She told him he was talking to the wrong person. Just a few years later, her rheumatoid arthritis was gone. No RA makers could be found in her blood.

The stories of both of these ladies are fascinating. It was more than just thoughts that healed them. They made some critical adjustments to their lives and lifestyles.

Sound crazy? It’s a subject that has intrigued me for quite a while. Lately, I have been reading more and more about spontaneous healing. In fact, it seems that information on this topic keeps finding me. Nearly too much to keep up. I’m thinking I need a speed-reading course.

I’m sure I’ll have much more to say about this in the future. In fact, I’m contemplating a book that compiles the stories of people who have healed when science and modern medicine said they could not be healed. Would that interest you? What questions/answers would you want from someone who experienced a spontaneous healing? OR, do you know someone who has experienced a spontaneous healing?

I would love for you to tell me your answers in the comments!

How I Make Bone Broth

Finished Bone broth hanging out in the fridge

Finished Bone broth hanging out in the fridge

Last week, I wrote about why I started making bone broth. And why I have consumed it every day since late December. This week, I’m going to tell you how I make bone broth.

Let’s start with ingredients. I am all about having the right ingredients. It’s the same as anything I cook; I start with quality ingredients. Let’s talk about some of those ingredients:

  • Beef Bones – I’ve made several batches of bone broth and all except one was made with beef bones. Beef bones from grass-fed cows. Preferably marrow bones. I buy them at the farmers market from a rancher. I’ve also bought bone broth from the same rancher.*
  • Chicken bones – I start with a whole chicken. Once the chicken is cooked and the meat removed from the bones, I use all the leftover pieces – skin, bones, connective tissue. Some people even buy and add chicken feet. We buy our chickens at the farmer market as well. So they are pasture-raised chickens.*
  • Vegetables – Carrots, celery, and onion add flavor to bone broth. If I can, I buy these at the farmers market as well, but they’re not always in season. You can prepare these in advance and freeze them. I will buy celery and then cut 3-4 stalks into 1-2 inch pieces, wrap them up and freeze them for later use in bone broth. I buy carrots in bulk and freeze them too. The texture isn’t what’s important, just the flavors. The first time I made bone broth, it cooked for 24 or 48 hours. My husband wanted to taste one of the carrots at the end. He was unpleasantly surprised to learn that the carrot had no flavor left. It was all in the broth.
  • Other vegetables – I’ve read a lot of bone broth suggestions and several say that they put vegetable scraps in the freezer and then add them to their bone broth. Someone suggested that you go easy on the greens as they can add a bitter flavor.
  • Garlic – Another flavor enhancer.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar helps to leech the nutrients from the bones.
  • Filtered water – We filter all of the water we drink, to remove the chlorine, fluoride and who knows what else is in our water. It makes sense to use that same filtered water for bone broth.

* Buying grass-fed beef bones and pasture-raised chickens may be pricey, but if you can swing it, you’ll be starting with the best ingredients. I fully believe in going way back to how animals were raised before there were large-scale factory farms. If you want to spend less, look for the highest quality you can find.

Here’s how I make my bone broth:

A mug's worth of bone broth heating on the stove.

A mug’s worth of bone broth heating on the stove.

  1. Prepare your bones – if you’re starting with raw bones, roast them in the oven @ 350F for 30 minutes.
  2. Start with a large stock pot. Mine is 12 quarts.
  3. Add your prepared bones.
  4. Throw in your vegetables:
    • 1 onion, diced into roughly 1 inch pieces
    • 3-4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
    • 3-4 stalks celery, with leaves, cut into 1 inch piece
    • any other interesting vegetables you have on hand
  5. Add 3-4 (or more) cloves of peeled garlic.
  6. Add filtered water to within 1 inch of top of stock pot.
  7. Add desired spices and herbs – I add thyme and 6-8 black peppercorns.
  8. Add 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar.
  9. Do not add salt at this point. Add salt to individual dishes you make with your finished broth.
  10. Turn on the heat. You never want this to boil as prolonged boiling will destroy the collagen. Still, I like to heat it on a higher setting just to get everything in the pot hot. Once it is hot, I reduce the burner to a low setting. You want it to gently simmer.
  11. Cover your stock pot.
  12. Cook your broth for at least 24 hours. If you read other broth recipes, you’ll find a wide variation here. I have even let it simmer for up to 48 hours.
  13. Once you’re done cooking, you’ll want to strain your broth using either a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. I strain my broth into a 2 quart measuring cup and then pour it into 1 quart canning jars.
  14. Allow the broth to cool before refrigerating. You can freeze your broth as well, but that will be the topic for another day.
  15. Enjoy. I sip a mug full every day. It also makes an excellent base for stews or soups – anywhere that calls for broth.

And that is how I make bone broth. This absolutely isn’t rocket science. I have found that if you start with quality ingredients, you just can’t go wrong. Try it yourself and let me know what you think.

Why I Make Bone Broth

A mug of bone broth, ready for sipping.

A mug of bone broth, ready for sipping. Mmmm, this is why I make bone broth.

As you may know, I am searching for a cure for my arthritis. Some believe I’m looking for a miracle. And that’s okay. If it takes a miracle, I’ll accept that. I do tend to side with science first, but miracles are welcome.

I have friends who have taken the surgery route in order to be rid of their arthritis pain. That is definitely a last resort for me. I’ve had enough of surgery. Plus, I have arthritis in both knees, both hips, both hands, and possibly my right ankle. Perhaps other places. I just listed those that cause me pain right now. That’s a lot of surgery. As well as there aren’t good surgical options for the hands. So, why not look at something more natural as a solution?

One friend suggested this combination: “yoga, water, and bone broth.” And that’s how I first started looking at bone broth. Then I learn that another friend makes and consumes bone broth all the time. She recommended Sally Fallon Morell’s book, “Nourishing Broth.” From reading Sally’s book, I have determined that bone broth just might be the miracle I’m looking for. It makes sense from the science side because you use the bone and connective tissue to make the broth. So your body is getting all of the necessary components.

I decided to give it a try. Even knowing that it would take a while before I would see results. How long? I’m not sure. I have time. Near the end of December, I began consuming bone broth. I have roughly 11 ounces per day. That’s no magic formula, that’s the amount of bone broth that fits in my stainless steel mug I use (see photo). Although I don’t know how long it might take, I do know that I should start seeing improvements in skin, hair and nails first.

There isn’t a down side to consuming bone broth. In fact, there was a time when most people consumed bone broth as it was used in cooking and soup making. That all changed with the introduction of MSG (monosodium glutamate). MSG gave foods the flavor that bone broth did, but at a cheaper price. Cheaper for the food, although more costly for our health in the long run.

Most of us have heard that chicken soup is good for a cold. This was true, once upon a time. That time period when chicken soup started as bone broth. There are many nutrients in that bone broth. Healing nutrients.

Some have asked if they can’t just buy broth from the store? Suggesting that surely the broth you can buy at Whole Foods is good for you. That depends. There are some broths that are made from good quality ingredients. But read the label carefully. A broth made from chicken meat is not the same as a broth made from chicken bones. The former would be a good choice if you’re looking more for flavor. It’s not unhealthy, it’s just not the same as bone broth. And if you’re trying to cure your arthritis, you want broth made from the bones.

Still, when I first thought about bone broth, it seemed that it must be complicated and that it would take a long time. Back in December, we bought some bone broth at our local farmers market. That turns out to be an expensive way to go. And that’s why I decided to try my hand at making bone broth.

Next week, I’ll go into detail – talking about the ingredients in my bone broth and the process of making it. Stay tuned!

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