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making eggshell calcium

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It has been well established that calcium and magnesium are needed to maintain healthy bones and a well-functioning body. What isn’t as well known, focused upon or shared about from the supplement industry is that using these (as well as other nutrients) in isolated form isn’t easy for our bodies. Many mineral supplements are derived from inorganic matter and, if not easily recognized and absorbed, can do more harm than good. “Recommended daily allowances” are pushed, and therefore naturally considered by many people simply trying to keep their health in check—however, it doesn’t matter how many milligrams of anything we “should” be taking everyday if that supplement is going burden our bodies.

I first learned about eggshell calcium from a chiropractic clinic that I used to routinely visit for preventative care. Amongst many other informational pamphlets, there was a write-up on the wall titled, “Lemon Egg.” I laughed about this title each time I glanced at it, thinking it might be some sort of humorous insert amongst the more serious-sounding brochures; yet, I was instantly curious. Who can walk away from an intriguing tale of “lemon egg?!” After spending a bit of time researching the nutrient profile of eggshells and being aware of the lacking assimilation abilities of many on-the-shelf calcium products, I decided it was worthy to try and gave it a go. Not only would I be increasing my mineral intake, but I’d also have a good use for the eggshells that make their way to the compost every week.

Unlike many mineral supplements, which provide minerals in secluded form, eggshells offer a harmonic balance of elements. With a comparable composition to our bones and teeth; one whole medium sized eggshell provides about 750 – 800 milligrams of elemental (bioavailable or absorbable) calcium and over twenty other microelements.

In researching eggshell calcium, you’ll notice that some sources make mention of taking a matching amount of magnesium alongside the eggshell calcium content while others do not. Naturally, each of us should always make decisions based on what feels good and right for us. Because I avoid nutrients in isolated form, my personal approach has been to pair the nutrients from eggshells with magnesium and other mineral rich foods.

(It’s worth mentioning that vitamin D is vital to good mineral absorption. A good cod liver oil (I like Green Pasture’s fermented varieties) during the colder months, and soaking up plenty of sun during the warmer ones should provide an adequate amount.)

Below are two at-home methods of extracting the calcium from egg shells.

For both methods, any kind of egg can be used, but it is most beneficial to use eggs from pastured, happy, healthy birds. Aside from supporting the humane treatment of animals, eggs from unhealthy birds raised in confined, factory-like conditions will not have the same nutrient profile as eggs from humanely raised and well cared for birds.

1. Powdered Eggshell

  • Remove egg white while leaving the nutrient membrane intact. Gently rinse empty eggshells.
  • Spread the broken pieces out onto a dry towel and allow them to completely air dry.
  • Break the eggshells up into small pieces and grind them into a fine powder using a small food processor, coffee grinder or by placing them into a bag and using a rolling pin to “powder” them.
  • Store powdered eggshells in a covered glass jar or container in a dry place.
  • To pull the calcium out of the eggshell, place 1/2 teaspoon of the powdered eggshell into a small dish and add the fresh juice of one half of a lemon. Mix well—the mixture will start to bubble and foam.
  • Leave at room temperature for at least 6 hours, but no longer than 12.
  • Take 1/2-1 tsp. of this calcium mixture per day.

2. “Lemon-Egg”

  • Place 3 clean, whole eggs in a wide-mouth jar.
  • Cover the eggs with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Clove the jar and place it in the refrigerator. You will begin to see bubbles forming on the eggs as the eggshells dissolve into the lemon juice.
  • Gently agitate the jar a few times per day.
  • After a day or two, when the bubbling stops, carefully remove the eggs without breaking the membrane—you can use them as you would normally, either raw or cooked.
  • Take 1/2-1 tsp. of this calcium mixture per day.

Note: Because different amounts of lemon juice will likely be used each time, if you’d like to adjust the amount you take based on the amount (in milligrams) of calcium, you can figure out your desired dosage by dividing the approximate amount of total calcium by 400 milligrams. For example, if you use 3 eggs and each egg provides 800 mgs of calcium, you’ll have 2400 mgs total—divided by 400 equals six doses.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11281164
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15018022
http://www.mendeley.com/research/eggshell-calcium-prevention-treatment-osteoporosis/

 

(elephant journal, march 2014)

pineapple cake—paleo style

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it’s been a really long while since i’ve ventured into any sort of cake territory. lately, i’ve had a bit of a love affair going with both pineapple and sunflower butter, and the thought occurred to me that—blended with a little coconut flour and a pasture-raised egg—they might bake into a decent dessert.

…and they did!;)

(here’s a sweet reminder that i have some sort of aversion to measuring; so the below are not amounts that i used—they are amounts that i think i used…)

enjoy.

  • 2 cups pineapple
  • 1 jar of sunflower or almond butter
  • 1 egg (pasture-raised)
  • 2-4 dropperfuls of vanilla stevia
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  1. in a food processor; combine the pineapple, sunflower butter, eggs and stevia and pulse until blended—leaving the pineapple a bit chunky.
  2. in a bowl, combine the coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt.
  3. mix the pineapple and sunflower butter mixture in with the above dry ingredients.
  4. pour batter into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish (optional: top with fresh pineapple).
  5. bake at 350° for 45 minutes

the clear sense of beauty

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for a long while, and for likely many reasons; observing man-made material things around me has been a source of stress in my life. i like simple, uncluttered surroundings. the ability of my mind and of my being to fluently function almost feels threatened by the diffused presence of unnatural objects. the spaces in our home that i most enjoy are uncomplicated, transparent spaces that hold only things that i understand as either very useful or brazenly beautiful. e&e’s room is different. they, too, have relatively few things in their space—but, these few things are…everywhere. i find myself altogether avoiding it some days. last night, however, i walked in to check on them while they were sleeping. glancing around, i immediately felt unease. with a mindful push to stay, i invited myself—amidst the barely lit expanse—to sit down on the floor and to really take it in. elaborate lego towers, not-so-elaborate lego scatterings, glue sticks, scissors, colored pencils, crayons, sheets of paper with drawings and starts of drawings, books, hand-made books, a myriad of recyclable paper scraps, staged dinosaur on-goings, two forts, blanket islands…and one seemingly strategically placed pile of clothing that should probably be washed.
with brevity, they are things; yes.
with more time, they become stories—imaginative creations; THEIR imaginative creations.
i walked in with the sense of unease.
i walked out with the clear sense of beauty.
—♥.—

 

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a life of limitless lovers

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“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

—Eden Ahbez

I want to experience a life of limitless lovers.

I don’t mind if they have gray hair or no hair, if they’re young or old, if they live with 20 other people or alone. I don’t mind if they are men or women.

I want to experience you and to love you.

I want to know what it’s like to hold an embrace—long enough to feel unsure where one of us ends and the other begins.

I want to show up, to be present, to be still—and I want the fifth hour to be just as interesting as the first. I want the fifth hour to assure us that there are more hours ahead, and I want to feel excited and ready to greet them.

I want to walk away from our time together feeling full and sustained and whole and free and one with. I want this without feeling the need to share intimate, physical space. I want to reserve this variety of sacred space for only those we feel a certain alignment with. I want this love to be purely and wholly about soul-to-soul connection, and this combined divine & earthly experience.

I want to laugh. I want to be able to pick out your laugh in a roomful of laughter. I want to know the dynamic, yet harmonic dance of our laugh—together.

I want to change and to grow and I want to witness it through both of our eyes.

I want things and feelings that only make sense in our disconnection to fall away—to become silent.

I want to sincerely and authentically take in the ways that you place your feet and hold your ground. I want you to share in an unfiltered fashion. I want you to know that I see you as perfect and that I appreciate all of the ways that your path differs from mine. Unveil your doubts, your worries, your sadness, your happiness, your hopes, your visions, your dreams; I want to see you, to really see you—and I want to be seen by you.

I want to travel deep—submarine deep. And when we come back up, take days to sit, in a cozy space, with an endless supply of tea and awe, to sift through and process all that we discovered.

I want you to able to raise your voice, to be able to say things that momentarily stun me—then, I want to be able to quiet my mind, to step away, to see this as part of the process—ours…and to remain solid and present.

Whether it’s everyday, or just once; I want to sink into a moment—a surrendered, selfless moment—during which, even though I have never enjoyed coffee and you’ve never used a keyboard with more than two fingers at a time, I am certain that we are the same—that we are one.

In each soul, I see this love.

I see this lover.

I am this lover.

I want the world to heal in this boundless and timeless sense of unity and compassion.

 

(elephant journal, november 2013)

 

the way love makes you move

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i visited the well, today.

after a stretch of being closed, barricaded, tested, touched, tinkered with and “sanitized” after a monthly water test came up positive for two forms of bacteria; it is, again, open and freely fluid.

the last time that i visited, it was wrapped in orange, protective netting. i sat, silently, amidst the outskirts of this sacred space and place and prayed for its health, wholeness and happiness—for ours—and for my own; all one and the same.

i was happy to see it, today—to feel it.

i immediately noticed that there is a new “warning” sign up. it felt insulting before i read it. still, i read it. it cautioned regarding the potential presence of organisms, but it noted nothing of the energy, the life, or the intelligence of the liquid spilling down from each shiny spigot. it suggested a thorough boil, but left unwritten the layers and layers of purifying Earth that it traveled through.

for a moment, i felt scared.
i felt scared about the possibility of bacterial contamination, but more-so, i felt scared wondering what was used to “sanitize” this treasured, earth-anchored outlet—and wondering if any of it remained.

i sat down, gathered up a handful of water, brought it to my nose; familiar scent. i brought it to my lips; familiar taste.

quieting my mind, a favorite quote by osho immediately swept in;

don’t move the way fear makes you move.
move the way love makes you move.
move the way joy makes you move.

clear.
calm.
open.
unveiled.
restored.

this is a space that i know.
this is a space that knows me.
this is a space that i love.
this is a space that loves me.

solid.
strong.
unwavering.
reliable.
one.

i stayed for a long while—thinking, drinking, thanking, loving…letting go.

in this surrendered and trusting heart-space; i find God.
i find home.