I don’t know what to talk about first? This healing bone broth recipe or my recent opportunity to meet Charles Stanley! Both are exciting in different ways but I’ll start off with Charles Stanley. Many of you know who he is and for those that don’t, he has been a preacher for over 60 years and you can find his television show “InTouch” on TV (and radio) each week. If you are scratching your head right now wondering why this could be exciting, let me explain why this meeting meant so much to me.
The short and sweet version is that twenty years ago my life was a mess. And not just in the physical. I had already been dealing with over a decade of chronic illness(es) by this point but emotionally my life was also in shambles. For me, his sermons were the equivalent of someone throwing me a life preserver if I were drowning. Many nights I would fall asleep with his sermons playing on my phone next to my pillow. His messages enabled me to find peace through the darkness as well as guidance. I had always thought about wanting to meet him, and for years I knew EXACTLY what I’d say if I ever got the opportunity. Bob and I watch him without fail every Sunday, and every Sunday I say the same thing. “One day Bob, I want to meet Charles Stanley”! (as I’m typing this I realize this all sounds a little stalker-ish, but it’s really not, I promise) I just had enormous gratitude for what his words have helped me accomplish in my life. Well, last weekend I go to do just that, and even better I got to hand him the heart felt letter I wrote (that is what he’s looking at in his hands).
I found out the odds are of meeting him are close to nil. People come from around the country each week to attend his services. But as it says in Matthew 19:26, “with God all things are possible”. I am honored and thankful I got to tell one of the most influential people in my life “thank you”.
UPDATE– My book, Eat Pray Get Well ~ A Journey from Chronic Illness, Brokenness & Junk Food Junkie to Wholeness & Wellness has been released. Forward written by Doug Kaufmann – Host of televisions “Know The Cause” and book was dedicated to doctor Charles Stanley.
It’s a story of overcoming chronic illness, a difficult childhood, and food addiction… with 60 recipes free of gluten, wheat, yeast, peanuts, refined sugar
If you are sick and running from doctor to doctor in search of the “cause” of your mystery illness . . .
If you feel stuck from past hurts and in search of emotional freedom . . .
If you are a junk food junkie or have an unhealthy relationship with food . . .
If you simply need a great recipe book to help you face ingredient challenges . . .
EAT PRAY GET WELL IS AN EYE OPENER!
Now onto some healing bone broth! If you have any digestive issues including leaky gut and food allergies, this is probably one of the top healing tools in your arsenal. I’m going to be hitting on this topic of leaky gut a lot more often as studies are linking it to auto immune diseases including Hashimoto’s, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and more. If you don’t have a local health food store that sells it, you can always make it yourself!
- 2 lbs. chicken or beef bones
- •1 bag of carrots diced
- •6 ribs of celery chopped
- •2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- •32 oz.organic/yeast free chicken broth (for extra flavor)
- 1½ cups water
- •2 tsp. salt
- •¼ tsp. black pepper
- •½ tsp. garlic powder
- •¼ tsp. parsley
- •¼ tsp. thyme
- cilantro (optional)
- Place all ingredients in crock pot and simmer for 24 hours. Let cool before refrigerating.