EPISODES
  • What no one told you about fresh flour (episode 98)

    Today we're talking everything FRESH FLOUR


    Dive into my FREE fresh flour e-course here: https://soulyrested.com/flour

    Thank you to today's sponsor, Positively Tea. I'm addicted to their organic teas, available at the BEST prices. Use code SOULYRESTED to save even more $$: https://lddy.no/u6ja

    Go here for Bill's favorite sweet tea recipe (better than Lipton!): https://soulyrested.com/teas

    Or watch for the full recipe here: https://youtu.be/7A6-N0M-VV4

    Find my 8 Top Favorite teas here: https://soulyrested.com/teas


    Topics we cover in this episode:

    Why did I ever want to mill flour at home?

    The 3 parts of the wheat berry & why 2 are missing in refined flour

    How long do wheat berries last?

    Can you eat cooked wheat berries?

    Fool-proof tips for baking with fresh flour

    How fresh flour compares in price

    How to choose what wheat berries you'll use, for what purposes


    My favorite vital wheat gluten: https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/food/flour/gluten/vital-wheat-gluten-flour-organic/6431?package=FL094&a_aid=bd9edf28fd


    FREE resources:

    Learn how to use fresh milled flour: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/k36hnsvbh7

    Download detailed pantry checklists: https://soulyrested.com/pantry/

    Learn about kombucha (and grab some of my favorite recipes): https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/b91bdd18-3581-414f-b145-8acd2e508a52

    Learn about dehydrating food: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/fl36xcgpvq

    Learn about baking with maple syrup: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/62116313e0eda1a0d870b747

    Learn about making your own maple syrup: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/q5ecjrundz


    Looking for more free resources? Choose from even more FREE e-courses here: https://soulyrested.com/howto/


    My book: https://amzn.to/45Pt8Pu

    My website: https://soulyrested.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/


    All my favorite ingredients: https://soulyrested.com/the-best-ingredients-in-my-kitchen/

    26m | Feb 26, 2024
  • My favorite of Grandmom's recipes (e97)

    If your family loves this recipe just 1/2 as much as mine, this recipe is a KEEPER, for sure.


    BONUS: it's a great way to use older bread you have laying around.

    4m | Feb 23, 2024
  • This will change the way you look at organ meat ("offal") forever, ep. 96 with James Barry

    James is also a published cookbook author, having co-authored the recipes in Margaret Floyd’s book, Eat Naked and co-authored the follow-up cookbook, The Naked Foods Cookbook.


    He most recently coauthored the recipes in Dr. Alejandro Junger’s book, Clean 7.


    Take a peek at my 8 all-time favorite teas (organic, delicious, AND a great price!) at https://soulyrested.com/teas/


    Or go to https://lddy.no/ucee and use code SOULYRESTED


    Some studies James mentioned in our talk:

    https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article-abstract/44/3/114/1904958?redirectedFrom=fulltext&login=false


    https://www.academia.edu/49883089/Clara_M_Davis_and_the_wisdom_of_letting_children_choose_their_own_diets


    Books we mentioned:

    It Takes Guts, written by Ashleigh Vanhouten https://amzn.to/3uAkoQL

    Odd Bits, written by by Jennifer McLagan and Leigh Beisch https://amzn.to/3SIFkx0


    Subscribe & comment on a recent video on my yt channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOLRbLo4lnwJ2nPiL2xtB8g


    FREE resources:

    Learn how to use fresh milled flour: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/k36hnsvbh7

    Learn about kombucha (and grab some of my favorite recipes): https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/b91bdd18-3581-414f-b145-8acd2e508a52

    Learn about dehydrating food: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/fl36xcgpvq

    Learn about baking with maple syrup: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/62116313e0eda1a0d870b747

    Learn about making your own maple syrup: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/q5ecjrundz



    Looking for more free resources? Choose from even more FREE e-courses here: https://soulyrested.com/howto/



    My book: https://amzn.to/45Pt8Pu

    My website: https://soulyrested.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/


    All my favorite ingredients: https://soulyrested.com/the-best-ingredients-in-my-kitchen/

    1h 12m | Feb 19, 2024
  • Snow boot choices and winter in New England (e95)

    In this Friday-Mini-Episode we're talking all things snow boot cleats... the good, the bad, and the slippery messiness of winter in New England.


    For details on the snow boot cleats I am in love with this winter (& all my favorite winter gear for long winters in New England) go to SoulyRested.com/winter


    FREE resources:

    Learn how to use fresh milled flour: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/k36hnsvbh7

    Learn about kombucha (and grab some of my favorite recipes): https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/b91bdd18-3581-414f-b145-8acd2e508a52

    Learn about dehydrating food: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/fl36xcgpvq

    Learn about baking with maple syrup: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/62116313e0eda1a0d870b747

    Learn about making your own maple syrup: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/q5ecjrundz



    Looking for more free resources? Choose from even more FREE e-courses here: https://soulyrested.com/howto/



    My book: https://amzn.to/45Pt8Pu

    My website: https://soulyrested.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/


    All my favorite ingredients: https://soulyrested.com/the-best-ingredients-in-my-kitchen/

    5m | Feb 16, 2024
  • Kombucha & how to sip your way to a healthy gut (S7 E6)

    Summary

    In this episode, Michelle discusses the importance of gut health and the origins of kombucha.

    She explains how to choose the right tea for brewing kombucha and the tools needed for the process.

    Michelle also covers the second fermentation and flavoring options for kombucha.

    She addresses making kombucha without cane sugar and provides tips for growing a scoby and using overripe kombucha.

    The episode concludes with information about a giveaway and a reminder to check out Kombucha Academy.

    Takeaways

    • Kombucha is a fermented drink that can improve gut health and provide healthful probiotics.
    • Choosing the right tea and sugar is important for brewing kombucha.
    • The second fermentation allows for flavoring options and experimentation.
    • Kombucha can be made without cane sugar by gradually introducing alternative sweeteners.
    • Overripe kombucha can be used as a natural cleaner. Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, which promote a healthy gut microbiome.
    • Consuming fermented foods can improve digestion, boost the immune system, and enhance nutrient absorption.
    • Making fermented foods at home is a cost-effective and rewarding process, but it requires proper hygiene and patience.
    • Avoiding common mistakes like using tap water, not sterilizing equipment, and not following recipes can ensure successful fermentation.
    • Incorporating fermented foods into your diet can lead to improved overall health and well-being.


    Fermented food recipes:

    fermented peaches: https://soulyrested.com/2023/09/28/fermenting-peaches/

    fermented blueberries: https://soulyrested.com/2021/07/30/fermenting-blueberries-2/

    fermented cherry tomatoes: https://soulyrested.com/2020/09/23/how-to-ferment-cherry-tomatoes/

    fermented peppers: https://soulyrested.com/category/fermented-food-and-drinks/

    fermented cauliflower: https://soulyrested.com/2019/07/27/my-hesitant-experiment-fermenting-cauliflower/

    DIY Kombucha--what's it really cost? https://soulyrested.com/2019/06/23/kombucha-what-does-it-cost/



    FREE resources:

    Learn how to use fresh milled flour: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/k36hnsvbh7

    Learn about kombucha (and grab some of my favorite recipes): https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/b91bdd18-3581-414f-b145-8acd2e508a52

    Learn about dehydrating food: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/fl36xcgpvq

    Learn about baking with maple syrup: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/62116313e0eda1a0d870b747

    Learn about making your own maple syrup: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/q5ecjrundz


    Looking for more free resources? Choose from even more FREE e-courses here: https://soulyrested.com/howto/



    My book: https://amzn.to/45Pt8Pu

    My website: https://soulyrested.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/


    All my favorite ingredients: https://soulyrested.com/the-best-ingredients-in-my-kitchen/

    51m | Feb 5, 2024
  • The best cup of black tea (episode 93)

    Full recipe and directions here: https://soulyrested.com/2024/02/02/is-lipton-tea-good/


    FREE resources:

    Learn how to use fresh milled flour: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/k36hnsvbh7

    Learn about kombucha (and grab some of my favorite recipes): https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/b91bdd18-3581-414f-b145-8acd2e508a52

    Learn about dehydrating food: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/fl36xcgpvq

    Learn about baking with maple syrup: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/62116313e0eda1a0d870b747

    Learn about making your own maple syrup: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/q5ecjrundz



    Looking for more free resources? Choose from even more FREE e-courses here: https://soulyrested.com/howto/



    My book: https://amzn.to/45Pt8Pu

    My website: https://soulyrested.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/


    All my favorite ingredients: https://soulyrested.com/the-best-ingredients-in-my-kitchen/

    7m | Feb 2, 2024
  • Five causes of poor gut health & 1 amazing way to improve (S7, E5)

    In this episode, Michelle Visser discusses the importance of fermented foods and drinks for gut health.


    In case you think gut health may not be a factor for you, we run through the underlying causes for poor gut health. (Spoiler alert: everyone deals with at least one of these many triggers.)


    We explain why gut health matters and how fermented foods can improve weight loss, boost immunity, and even reduce the risk of cancer.


    Michelle concludes the episode by sharing all the fermented foods and drinks she regularly consumes, why they're her favorites, and specifically how she enjoys eating them.


    Fermented food recipes:

    fermented peaches: https://soulyrested.com/2023/09/28/fermenting-peaches/

    fermented blueberries: https://soulyrested.com/2021/07/30/fermenting-blueberries-2/

    fermented cherry tomatoes: https://soulyrested.com/2020/09/23/how-to-ferment-cherry-tomatoes/

    fermented peppers: https://soulyrested.com/category/fermented-food-and-drinks/

    fermented cauliflower: https://soulyrested.com/2019/07/27/my-hesitant-experiment-fermenting-cauliflower/

    DIY Kombucha--what's it really cost? https://soulyrested.com/2019/06/23/kombucha-what-does-it-cost/



    FREE resources:

    Learn how to use fresh milled flour: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/k36hnsvbh7

    Learn about kombucha (and grab some of my favorite recipes): https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/b91bdd18-3581-414f-b145-8acd2e508a52

    Learn about dehydrating food: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/fl36xcgpvq

    Learn about baking with maple syrup: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/62116313e0eda1a0d870b747

    Learn about making your own maple syrup: https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/q5ecjrundz


    Looking for more free resources? Choose from even more FREE e-courses here: https://soulyrested.com/howto/



    My book: https://amzn.to/45Pt8Pu

    My website: https://soulyrested.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/


    All my favorite ingredients: https://soulyrested.com/the-best-ingredients-in-my-kitchen/

    29m | Jan 29, 2024
  • Family Holiday Traditions S7

    Summary

    In this episode, Michelle Visser discusses family traditions and ways to make the holidays meaningful. She shares various traditions that her family has enjoyed over the years. Michelle emphasizes the importance of focusing on others and cherishing the simple everyday efforts in life.

    The overnight coffee cake recipe I mentioned: https://soulyrested.com/2023/12/17/sour-cream-coffee-cake/

    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Overview

    00:30

    Family Traditions and Making the Holidays Meaningful

    03:20

    Natural Christmas Decorating

    05:10

    Homemade Gifts and Crafting

    06:36

    Visiting a Local Nursing Home

    08:00

    Personal Christmas Trees and Reading Tree

    09:26

    Countdown Advent Calendar and Paper Garland

    11:22

    Christmas Tree Lights Tour

    12:18

    Ornaments with Treats Inside

    14:29

    Simple Christmas Morning Breakfast

    15:24

    Wrapped Presents in Stockings

    18:23

    Putting Baby Jesus in the Manger

    21:59

    Sparkling Lights on the Stairs

    25:28

    The True Meaning of Christmas


    Want to learn something new? Choose one of my FREE ecourses here: https://soulyrested.com/howto/


    My book: https://amzn.to/45Pt8Pu

    My website: https://soulyrested.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/


    26m | Dec 18, 2023
  • Holiday Bonus Episode (Advent Readings) S7

    Summary

    In today's episode, we're taking a break from the usual topics to discuss Christmas and the holiday season.


    Michelle shares her faith and how it influences her work then reads excerpts from two Advent devotionals.


    The episode concludes with an invitation for listeners to share their holiday traditions.


    Enter to win a copy of Sweet Maple and Just Show Up by leaving a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts.


    Takeaways

    The host takes a break from regular topics to discuss Christmas and the holiday season.

    The sponsors of the season are Azure Standard and Positively Tea.

    The host shares her faith and how it influences her work.

    Upcoming episodes will focus on Christmas traditions.

    The host reads excerpts from two Advent devotionals.

    Listeners are invited to share their holiday traditions.


    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction to the podcast and previous episodes

    01:22

    Introduction to sponsors: Azure Standard and Positively Tea

    07:26

    Discussion of my faith and its impact on the podcast

    08:24

    Upcoming episodes on Christmas traditions

    09:51

    Reading from Love Came Down at Christmas by Sinclair Ferguson

    16:41

    Reading from Come Thou Long Expected Jesus edited by Nancy Guthrie

    25:19

    Reading from Matthew 1:18 and reflection on God's guidance

    30:52

    Closing remarks and invitation to share holiday traditions



    32m | Dec 11, 2023
  • Good Fats (comparing Lard & Tallow) with RuthAnn Zimmerman (S7, E4)

    Yes, there are definitely GOOD FATS. Today I chat with a good friend, RuthAnn Zimmerman, about our two favorite good fats: Lard & Tallow.


    For show notes and even more info about good fats: https://soulyrested.com/2023/12/03/are-lard-and-tallow-good-fat/


    RuthAnn's video: How to Render Tallow... https://youtu.be/KciX4-IOmN0?si=v8lR9GuHCbtGRhoJ


    Michelle's video: How to Use Caul Fat... https://youtu.be/1mfjoGY8_YI?si=_rM5NX23OuORpyr7


    Michelle's tips for Baking with Lard... https://soulyrested.com/2022/03/19/how-to-bake-with-lard-and-why-you-should/


    Do cows have caul fat, wrapped closely around the organs? Yes! When we recorded this, RuthAnn wasn't sure, but we've since confirmed that they do indeed have caul fat.


    To listen to this episode: go to Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player. This is S7 E4.


    This episode is sponsored by Positively Teas. Mentioned in video:

    banana bread chai: https://lddy.no/1iq8w

    blueberry bliss: https://lddy.no/1iqfo

    our favorite iced tea blend (made with assam & nilgiri)...

    Grab that recipe & savings code & direct links to teas here: https://soulyrested.com/teas/


    Listen in when RuthAnn was on the podcast a few years ago, chatting about Comfort Food: https://youtu.be/bACapepTxXk?si=rJoWfo__DOKwljOE


    Or grab her shoofly pie recipe and insights here: https://soulyrested.com/2021/10/23/shoofly-pie-a-mennonite-comfort-food/

    54m | Dec 4, 2023
  • Just show up, with author Drew Dyck (bonus episode)

    In this special Thanksgiving bonus episode, Michelle Visser is joined by Drew Dyck, author of the brand-new book Just Show Up.


    Grab a copy here: https://amzn.to/3G7ISml


    We chat about the importance of being present in small but meaningful ways. This episode will remind you to be thankful for those who showed up for you in life while encouraging you with practical ways you can do the same.


    Dyck shares how busy modern life often prevents us from truly showing up for the people and commitments most important to us. He also discusses the concept of "playing a role" even when your heart's not fully in it, because people need you to show up.


    Visser and Dyck talk about looking back on gaps and mistakes in your life in order to determine how to move forward and fill those gaps for others. Dyck notes that finding your purpose often comes from starting small steps, not waiting for a big sign.


    You'll also be encouraged to let some commitments slide, so you can be fully present where you need to be.


    Overall, the episode will encourage you to just show up this Thanksgiving, and trust that life's meaning is found through small acts of faithfulness, not grand achievements.


    We even share fun tips for making the most of Thanksgiving dinner.


    Sponsor for this episode:


    Please check out this amazing family-run food supplier who has been working to change the broken food system in the U.S. by putting more power into the hands of the consumer:


    Find out more about Azure, an independent food supply chain that is fixing a broken food system and providing high-quality food and other products to families across the United States, here: SoulyRested.com/azure


    Use code soulyrested10 for 10% off your first order of $50 or more, delivered to a drop near you. Go here to find your nearest drop location: https://www.azurestandard.com/drop-point-locator/?a_aid=bd9edf28fd


    Watch this episode on youtube: https://youtu.be/JVgNUZbk6Fk


    More about Drew Dyck:

    Drew Dyck is an editor at Moody Publishers and the

    former managing editor of Leadership Journal. He is

    the author of several books, including Your Future Self

    Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible

    and Brain Science (Moody, 2019). Drew’s work has been

    featured in Christianity Today, Relevant, and CNN.com.


    Connect with Drew:

    DrewDyck.com

    Twitter @DrewDyck





    31m | Nov 20, 2023
  • The Best Sugars to Use (and what sugars to avoid), with David Stelzer of Azure (S7, E3)

    Sugar is foundational to life and provides energy, but refined/processed sugars can damage our health.

    In this episode, I'm talking with David Stelzer, founder and CEO of Azure Standard about why Azure does not carry conventional refined white sugar (it's insane really).

    And I'm picking David's brain about every detail of all the sweetener options that I might choose .

    David dives into why conventional sugar production utilizes damaging practices like glyphosate spraying, artificial fertilizers, and burning leaves.

    We talk about how Azure Standard aims to maintain a higher standard and not compromise on questionable ingredients. -

    David explains why it's best to transition your family's diet through a progression, not radical changes. And he describes how Azure carries products to help folks transition from standard American diet to healthier options. 


    Detailed show notes for this episode: https://soulyrested.com/2023/11/13/the-best-sugar-to-use-and-what-sugar-to-avoid-with-david-stelzer-of-azure/


    Sponsors for this episode:

    Please check out this amazing family-run food supplier who has been working to change the broken food system in the U.S. by putting more power into the hands of the consumer:

    Find out more about Azure, an independent food supply chain that is fixing a broken food system and providing high-quality food and other products to families across the United States, here: SoulyRested.com/azure

    Use code soulyrested10 for 10% off your first order of $50 or more, delivered to a drop near you. Go here to find your nearest drop location.

     

    Related Links mentioned in podcast:

    Using maple syrup in place of sugar: How to bake with maple syrup https://soulyrested.com/2019/03/26/the-best-substitute-for-sugar-in-baking/

    Drinks well sweetened: 5 healthy drinks you should be drinking https://soulyrested.com/2023/03/05/top-5-healthy-drinks-you-should-be-drinking-s4-e11/

    The best hot chocolate: Healthy Instant Hot Chocolate Mix https://soulyrested.com/2022/10/04/healthy-hot-chocolate-mix/

    Free, downloadable Pantry Checklist https://graceful-base-213.myflodesk.com/4e5b01de-a4a4-4354-99d2-5c986e43a5b0

    1h 15m | Nov 13, 2023
  • How everyone can grow veggies, anywhere, with Doug Evans (S7, E2)

    Doug Evans, author of the best selling book, The Sprout Book, joins us today to explain how all of us can grow more of our own food, the easiest way possible. how he first got into sprouts out of necessity, but discovered he could grow trays of sprouts that provided all the nutrition he needed.


    We discuss how sprouts pack a huge nutritional punch, with boosted levels of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber.


    Doug explains how the sprouting process unlocks natural plant defense chemicals that become medicinal for humans.


    Doug breaks down the difference between sprouts and microgreens, and we explain the best techniques for growing sprouts at home.


    Doug shares his favorite sprout varieties and how he incorporates them into his diet, including using chickpea sprouts in place of popcorn!


    Michelle offers 15 creative ways listeners can eat more sprouts, from adding them to eggs and baked goods to using them as salad toppings and garnishes. She also covers the 5 basic rules for growing healthy sprouts. If you want to unlock the health secrets of this often overlooked superfood, listen in to this episode.


    Detailed show notes for this episode: https://soulyrested.com/2023/11/06/how-to-grow-sprouts-with-doug-evans/


    Sponsors for this episode:

    Please check out these two amazing family-run companies who have invested into the podcast and who are small businesses I truly believe in:

    Find out more about an amazing source for sprouting tools and seeds (especially unique blends!), True Leaf Market, here: SoulyRested.com/seeds

    Find out more about Azure Standard, an independent food supply chain that is fixing a broken systems and providing high-quality food and other products to families across the United States, here: SoulyRested.com/azure

    Use code soulyrested10 for 10% off your first order of $50 or more, delivered to a drop near you. Go here to find your nearest drop location.

     

    Related Links mentioned in podcast:

    Dive into my FREE ecourse about sprouts right here: soulyrested.com/sprouts


    Listen in to my talk with the wholistic nutritionist who recommended our diet should be 50% veggies: Season 5, Episode 8 (or go here: https://soulyrested.com/2023/05/30/the-most-important-thing-for-being-healthy-with-dr-jaime-schehr-s5-e8/)


    How and why to grow sprouts: https://soulyrested.com/2023/11/06/how-to-grow-sprouts-with-doug-evans/


    Find Doug Evans:

    Sprout Whiz on TikTok


    Doug Evans on instagram


    Sign up for Doug's newsletter: thesproutbook.com


    Dive into his new sprouting course: OneCommune.com/sprouts


    And grab Doug's best-selling book: The Sprout Book

    50m | Nov 6, 2023
  • The Ultimate Guide to Salt & 3 questions you need to ask (S7, E1)

    Join in on the Ultimate Conversation About Salt, as I chat with the renowned salt expert, Darryl Bosshardt of Redmond Salt.

    Listen in to find out:

    • What salt has in common with maple syrup. (It's not what you might think.)
    • Why the Dead Sea in Israel can't be used as food salt. (Turns out it's not sodium chloride, but mostly magnesium chloride.)
    • Why it's important to understand that refined table salt removes all the potassium that naturally occurs in salt. (Spoiler alert: our bodies requires potassium to process sodium. So it's a no brainer that we should want a real salt that comes with potassium, yes? Find out what salts do & what salts don't.)

    In this episode you'll get the answers to all these questions about salt (& more):

    Should we eat less salt?

    What are the different types of salt?

    How is salt mined?

    Is salt hygroscopic?

    Why does a salt lamp leak water?

    What does "when it rains it pours" mean?

    Is sea salt always good?

    Why is it important to know your salt?

    Are salt substitutes safe?

    How much salt should you have a day?

    What is the best thing to stop sugar cravings?

    Is salt a natural source of iodine?

    Why is iodine added to salt?

    How much iodine is in iodized salt?

    How can you prevent iodine deficiency?

    Can I make an iodized natural salt myself?

    Recipe for all-natural, homemade iodized salt

    Can I make a homemade electrolyte drink?

    Recipe for DIY Electrolyte Drink

    What are some of the many sizes of salt crystals you can purchase?

    What is the best way to store salt in bulk?

    What are some good books about salt?

    What are the 4 coarsenesses of salt I use & why

    What are the answers to the 3 salt questions when I analyze my favorite salt?

    My favorite salt to buy in bulk (use code SOULYRESTED to save even more): https://glnk.io/oq72y/soulyrested4

    My 3 Favorite Salt Products I think you'll love: https://soulyrested.com/salt/

    Watch this episode on youtube: https://youtu.be/QeG6P3fKlHY

    Read this episode, with links and more details here:

     https://soulyrested.com/2023/10/30/the-ultimate-gui…-real-salt-s7-e1/

    1h 12m | Oct 30, 2023
  • 3 Things I Wish I Knew About an Empty Nest

    In this week's episode of the Simple Doesn't Mean Easy podcast, host Michelle Visser dives into the topic of being an empty nester. She shares her unique experience of having an empty nest at different points over the years as her daughters temporarily moved out and back in, rather than all leaving at once.


    Michelle explains that while she and her husband didn't do regular "date nights" when the kids were young, they made sure to spend meaningful one-on-one time with each family member, including each other, even if it wasn't alone time or a true "date."


    She advises parents to start reconnecting more with your spouse as the kids become teenagers, while the kids are still at home and suggests some ways to do that.


    Now that she's experiencing a true empty nest, Michelle loves having more time for fostering new friendships, personal hobbies, and even running her podcast. However, she notes you do have to be intentional about making time for these things.


    Her best advice? It rings true for every season of life, not just the empty nest phase... Work hard at maintaining a positive attitude, focused on what's good - reflecting on what's true, noble, right, pure, lovely and praiseworthy even in the hard and difficult days.


    Ultimately, Michelle didn't do anything specifically to prepare for empty nest life, but yet feels her overall choices as the kids were growing up, in the end, helped her usher in this new stage graciously.


    She encourages listeners to enjoy the season you're in, invest in your family, and you'll naturally invest in your spouse too, which will, in the end, prepare you for the Empty Nest.

    43m | Oct 23, 2023
  • Menopause & What They Didn't Tell You (S6, E4)

    Menopause... There's so much no one ever told me about this stage of life.

    In this week's episode of the Simple Doesn't Mean Easy podcast, host Michelle Visser opens up about her personal experience with menopause. She shares the symptoms and challenges she has faced over the years, which encompasses a lot more than hot flashes.

    From weight gain, to dry mouth, brain fog, irritability, tooth decay, and other things you have probably never associated with menopause, Michelle offers practical solutions she has found to personally help her in each area.

    Some might not come with surprise, like drinking plenty of water, eating real food, and exercising consistently. But other solutions might surprise you, from consuming adaptogens like ashwagandha and maca powder, to enjoying a specific tea blend and a specific healthy hot chocolate mix (links below).

    She also emphasizes the importance of managing stress levels and getting enough sleep. Michelle aims to provide helpful information and reassurance that you are not alone or "crazy" if you are going through some of these symptoms from menopause that most folks simply don't tell you.

    Sponsored by: True Leaf Market... go here for my favorites from True Leaf: https://soulyrested.com/seeds/

    The healthy tea that tastes like coffee: https://soulyrested.com/2022/02/25/homemade-healthy-tea-that-tastes-like-coffee/

    Healthy hot chocolate mix (recipe)--> https://soulyrested.com/2022/10/04/healthy-hot-chocolate-mix/

    Grab my 8-page Pantry Checklist (& so many discount codes!) right here--> https://soulyrested.com/pantry/

    Grab all my free info and recipes for making kombucha: https://soulyrested.com/drinkkombucha/

    The tooth powder I'm on love with (save $$ w code SOULYRESTED): https://livingwellwithdrmichelle.com/product/remineralizing-tooth-powder/?sld=soulyrested

    All of my resources on lard: https://soulyrested.com/category/lard/

    DIY mint extract: https://soulyrested.com/2023/10/12/diy-mint-extract-how-to-use-it/



    48m | Oct 16, 2023
  • What Our Grandparents Knew That We've Forgotten (S6, E3)

    What did past generations know that modern society has forgotten?


    Our grandparents had the satisfaction of making do with what they had (even when it was nothing fancy) versus our modern idea of a new $1,000 phone every year and replacement appliances every few years.


    Follow the story of a boy named Thurman, who went to a 1-room schoolhouse & had to quit school in 9th grade to make sure his family could eat and worked multiple blue collar jobs to make sure his kids had a better life.


    And Dorothy, a grandmom who lived to be 98 and was still active, fearless, and connected to her large family right up until the end.


    What shaped Thurman and Dorothy's character? What could they teach us about being content yet working hard and fearlessly toward our goals?


    This Episode Sponsored by:

    True Leaf Market has the best food storage system I’ve ever used. It’s a game changer, and for a very limited time you can save $10 off of a $50 purchase (and bonus: free shipping if you’re spending $75). Just use code SR10.


    True Leaf has a lot of items I rely on often. Go here for the full list... https://soulyrested.com/seeds/


    More to encourage you:

    Recovering from Hardship on the Homestead: https://soulyrested.com/2019/03/13/the-many-challenges-of-homesteading/


    3 Resources that comfort when life is tough: https://soulyrested.com/2017/02/07/then-sings-my-soul/


    4 stages of grief: https://soulyrested.com/2017/01/25/6185/


    What my parents taught me about Broken Heart Syndrome: https://soulyrested.com/2017/01/10/what-my-parents-taught-me-about-broken-heart-syndrome/

    33m | Oct 9, 2023
  • Doing it Scared (S6, E2)

    In this episode, we're diving into another difficult topic.


    This episode of the Simple Doesn't Mean Easy podcast focuses on Doing Things Scared... if we should, what it looks like, and some genuine results that I've seen along the way in my effort to make myself do things scared.


    I share stories from my own life about starting projects like gardening, raising chickens, making maple syrup, and more, even when I didn't feel fully prepared or knowledgeable.


    I want to encourage you to not over-prepare or overthink things, but to just dive in and learn as you go, even if it means making some mistakes along the way.


    Will taking small steps and gradually gaining experience along the way eventually lead to achieving your dreams? Let's chat about this and more in this episode.


    Oh, and I start and end with two very different stories. Make sure you catch the final story at the end. It's one I will never forget and I think it will help drive home this idea for you of doing it scared...


    This Episode Sponsored by:

    True Leaf Market has the best fermenting kit I've ever used. It's a game changer, and for a very limited time you can save $10 off of a $50 purchase (and bonus: free shipping if you're spending $75).  Just use code SR10.


    True Leaf has a lot of items I rely on often. Go here for the full list... https://soulyrested.com/seeds/


    Links Mentioned in this Episode:

    What this life-long gardener learned--Is soil testing important for your garden?: https://soulyrested.com/2022/06/30/is-soil-testing-important-for-your-garden/


    How to train dogs with free-ranging chickens: https://soulyrested.com/2015/06/01/training-your-dog-to-be-chicken-friendly/


    Maple Syrup & how to save money if you tap trees: https://soulyrested.com/2019/01/08/build-your-own-reverse-osmosis-system-for-maple-syrup/


    Beekeeping: https://soulyrested.com/category/beekeeping/ 


    All about ducks: https://soulyrested.com/category/ducks/ 


    Barn cats & what you HAVE to know: https://soulyrested.com/2020/05/02/raising-barn-kittens-5-things-you-need-to-know/


    Cows & how to sex a calf: https://soulyrested.com/2017/08/04/finally-arrived-name-music-ears/


    All my pork recipes that I share on the blog: https://soulyrested.com/category/cooking-your-way-through-the-pig/




    Other Articles & Resources You Might Enjoy:

    8 (MORE) things you can make better yourself (podcast S4, E10)


    My 8-page Pantry Checklist(free download): https://view.flodesk.com/pages/62489d4a0d4a1c1ac93e38d2




    [He] is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Eph. 3:20

    53m | Oct 2, 2023
  • When Life is Hard (S6, E1)

    This summer was a very hard one for our family, from garden failures, to puppy trauma, to saying goodbye to two people who were very dear to us.

    Other updates? I share an honest update on the new non-toxic cleaners we’ve been using & which work the best (recipes were all shared in S5 E19). And I give my thoughts on the natural face serum and protein powder I’ve been using this year.

    Going through a difficult season makes us more aware of the little moments of joy that we might otherwise miss, so we really need to focus on the simple joys every day. It makes every day sweeter.

    If we value the right thing–and build our “economy” around what really matters–we are joy-filled and blessed regardless of our circumstances.

    Listen into the conversation as we dive into all of this and more.

    Episode sponsored by: True Leaf Market. Go to SoulyRested.com/seeds for all my favorite items I stock up on from True Leaf regularly, with an awesome, limited-time discount code for my listeners.

    When Life is Hard

    • When you adopt two puppies who don’t get along.
    • How an abundantly rainy New England summer destroyed gardens.
    • When we have to say goodbye to beloved family members.
    • Thoughts on non-toxic homemade cleaners (mentioned in S5 E19)
    • Homemade goat milk soap
    • Homemade dishwasher detergent
    • Natural face serum
    • Protein powder
    • Going through a difficult season & learning to appreciate little moments of joy
    • How to build an “economy” around what really matters

    Other Articles & Resources You Might Enjoy:

    Promises to Remember when a Loved One is Sick (article)

    3 Resources that Comfort when Life is Tough (article)

    Facing Chronic Illness, with Amber Benge (podcast)

    Tips for Improving Your Health, at any age (podcast)

    My 7-page Pantry Checklist, including supplies for DIY cleaners (free download)


    42m | Sep 25, 2023
  • 4 Ways to Improve your Gut Health (& why it matters) (S5, E20)

    I never knew how important gut health was until the life-changing event I describe in this episode. The great news is, a few diet changes can lead to amazing improvement in overall gut health.


    We dive into 4 of those changes in today's episode, focusing especially on fermented foods.


    I debunk the common misconceptions around fermented foods and encourage you with just how easy, and delicious, ferments can be.


    In this episode:

    • The life-changing event that made me start thinking about gut health
    • The important role of the good gut bacteria in our microbiomes
    • The connection between gut health and dopamine and serotonin
    • Many studies show a disrupted microbiome affects our immune response, causes weight gain, and paves the way for all sorts of pathogens
    • Why the fiber in our fruit and veggies is so important
    • What it means for us that polyphenols aren't always digestible
    • What are true "whole grains" and why are they good for us
    • Fermented foods and probiotics
    • The best salt to use when fermenting and why it's important
    • Why you should taste your ferments daily
    • Storage options for fermented foods
    • Kahm yeast... if it's good and what to do with it
    • Ways to use fermented food


    For a limited time, save on my favorite fermenting kit! Use code SR10 for $10 off of $50 purchase: https://www.pjtra.com/t/TUJGRklGSkJGTElKSExCRkpIRk1K?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.trueleafmarket.com%2Fproducts%2Fstainless-steel-fermenting




    41m | Aug 28, 2023
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