Last weekend in May, 2018
It is HOT outside today. Like the surface of the sun; if the sun was humid. This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. How did that happen? This one snuck up on me. A few days ago we were freezing. Today as I sit here typing, I hear the roar of a few dozen lawn mowers. The sound of summer in Nebraska. Add fireworks and that’s pretty much a normal Nebraska evening. And I love it. We really love the changing of seasons. Because I’m not from Nebraska, it has taken quite a bit for me to get used to hot humid days of Summer and bullfrogs singing at night.
So far this Spring at our house, we’ve warded off swallows building on our back patio fan (we learned the first year don’t let them nest. They come back each year to the same spot and frankly, although fabulous to watch as they build out of mud, lay eggs, and the chicks hatch, we can’t stand to find the little babies on the patio. My husband spent HOURS rescuing baby birds that had fallen from the nest that first year. Too traumatic for us!)
Next, my son found a just hatched turtle. We named him Sid. He spent the night and then went back to the pond. We also babysat 4 Killdeer eggs. The mother had unwisely decided to lay them in a gravel parking lot at the bottom of the hill where we live. So we made signs and guarded them. When they hatch, the chicks come out running. They are birds that don’t fly much and so they look like crazy fuzzy popcorn as they run around in the first few days of life.
This past weekend, we went on a beautiful and rainy hike. The boys picked purple wildflowers for me (phlox) and the flowers are happy in a vase in the living room releasing their beautiful smell.
So, my question to you is: what are you savoring this season? Life is meant to be celebrated. God gave us this one life to live "to the full, overflowing, and in abundance” as the Word says. Are you living in abundance? And where have the weeds come up in your life? My son and I pondered that life is like dandelions. Little areas of neglect turn into a yard full of weeds if you don’t constantly check in and “weed out” bad habits, unhealthy thoughts, junk food, etc. Daily disciplines create a beautiful yard, a beautiful physical state, a beautiful spiritual walk and a beautiful life. So go; celebrate in the heat of Memorial Day. Take an adventure with your own family this weekend.
Need a Summer BBQ idea? Here’s our picnic menu:
Salt & Pepper Pork Roast
1 organic pork loin
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Allow pork roast to warm slightly out of fridge (15 minutes or so) . Sprinkle liberally with real salt and pepper. Grill on the BBQ for 8 minutes on each side doing the rotation 2X around. Allow meat to rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
We cut the pork roast into medallions and place in “to go” containers. This meat has such incredible flavor, we eat it cold on picnics. *Serve with a few sweet peppers and some apple slices and you have a great take along meal.
This time of year and I whip up some of my home-made ice cream (below). It’s ALL easy and very little work.
Miranda’s Fantastic Vanilla Ice Cream
1 fresh organic egg
2 cups organic cream
¾ cup organic full fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup maple syrup
Mix all together beating your egg thoroughly and pour into a cheap electric ice cream maker. Mine was only $25.00. We put the ice cream maker the back patio so we don’t have to listen to it, and let it go for 20 minutes (Set the timer or you'll forget!). The most amazing vanilla ice cream!
June 24, 2016
Welcome to faith, food and healing! I want to invite you to check out my website and I hope you’ll find inspiration here. Most of you have taken classes from me or purchased my book and I so appreciate that. I will send out one email a month to inspire, encourage, educate, and help you on your own journey. I’ll also let you know of upcoming classes, product specials, and give you extra recipes in my monthly emails.
If you’re at the beginning of your own healing journey, I strongly recommend fantastic nutrition. Faith in God is your real foundation, but then nutrition will help you build an amazing framework for restoring or maintaining health. If you haven’t read my book, it gives you all the tools you need to start healing with food. Next, I provide recipes, grocery lists, and easy meal plans to help you navigate your healing.
Please do watch an amazing documentary. Your eyes will be opened about how much we have been affected by a major crop that has been modified beyond belief. You can find the movie at www.whatswithwheat.com
Until next month!
Me & My Hero Hubby, 2017
Wishing you a very happy New Year!
The Mighty Fork volunteering @ Global Leadership Summit/ August
I fall in love with January each year as I love this time of rest, looking ahead, and of course the beautiful light and snow falling all around us. New Year's resolutions aren't for me but I do believe in sitting down in January and envisioning my goals for the year. I love to sketch these out (rather than just write them). God puts many dreams on my heart and I want to honor them all. It is so much fun to get to look back on past year's goals and see how much I've accomplished (more to the point, how God was working through me and in me). And what hard, but rewarding, work it has been! But all that work has been worth so much. In the past few years, we've home schooled into High School, I've run a number of very successful history camps, worked with many clients to achieve their health goals, written 3 books, raised 23 chickens and 2 ducks (all gone now to live out their purpose) and have tried to be a supportive and loving wife to my very dear husband. I've offered numerous nutrition classes around the city, the state, and I've grown with God in difficult ways.
Because it was what God called us to do, we ended up selling our house in Colorado Springs & our 10 acres of mountain property covered in aspen trees (also in Colorado). We moved out of a rental home and purchased a newly constructed house here in Nebraska. This year my husband will retire from the military after 25 years to pursue the call on his life to become a psychotherapist. It's been a wild ride! All that NOT to toot my own horn but to say, I know about change, growth, maturing, and how plans get altered. I've gone through plenty of this myself in the past few years.
I lovingly encourage you to sit down and see where you envision yourself in 2018. Long ago, I decided every year was going to be my best year and because of that decision, they have been. Through times where I've been desperately sick, horribly depressed and full of anxiety, I knew God was working in my life. So whether it's food, or healing, or finishing your degree, write it out. Draw it and see how this can come to fruition in your own life.
I'm sitting here this morning with a lovely breeze blowing in from the window behind me. We have rain sprinkling out of the sky and I love it. The smell is so sweet-sweeter than any perfume- of wet grasses and fallen leaves and dirt. Yes, I even love the smell of dirt. November happens to be a favorite month of mine. This is a month of being grateful for everything and that suits me just fine. This is also the month that my sweet boy Reid, has a birthday.
When you eat like we eat, coming up with a birthday treat can mean thinking outside of the box. We don't eat grains--we're allergic to them. We don't eat sugar--it doesn't nourish us. We don't eat store bought foods much. So, there won't be any run to the grocery store for a bakery cake or a boxed mix (yes even an organic one!) to whip up. And as lovely as the idea sounds, I won't be beating 18 eggs until they're fluffy into a gourmet creation worthy of Martha Stewart. So, in keeping with my motto of wholesome ingredients, pure, and fairly easy, what oh what will we make?
Reid and I had a sit down conference about the subject. He recently gave up sugar of his own accord because he wants "muscles" as he puts it and thinks sugar will be a road block to getting them. Who am I to disagree? So with that being said, he decided on vanilla ice cream with lots of my famous hot chocolate pudding on top--all melty--and covered in whipped cream. I know what it sounds like. It sounds like we suffer when we give up processed foods, doesn't it? No way! We eat great food at my house. But not Betty Crocker Cake (any more) with the plastic container of chocolate frosting. Don't get me wrong; those things taste amazing! But those who live in my house know it just doesn't serve our bodies to eat it. Even for one day. After all, it will make us sick and who wants to be sick on their birthday?
Now for many of you, you won't get sick and I say, indulge yourself once in a while. But for me, I used to "cheat" all the time and remained feeling sluggish, distracted, with no energy, and also sad and anxious until I really embraced eating only the great stuff all the time.
It was certainly a journey for me--a long one. I'm so grateful for the journey. I'm grateful in this month of thanks; that I get sick when I eat dead food. It's the push I need to eat nutrient rich foods. Join me, won't you, in a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream melted with hot chocolate pudding and covered in whipped cream? We can all celebrate the month, eating great food, and being thankful for the journey.
It was 60 degrees today and made me want to get out in the sunshine! We went for a walk at the lake by our house and I am already seeing green plants sprouting under the dead leaves and grasses. Spring is definitely on its way. One day soon, I'll look out and see my daffodils just peeking out of the soil.
I've forayed into a new adventure for our family. Vermiculture ~aka composting with worms. I have my worm tower ready to go. I hate waste and worms are hard little workers that can turn all of my food scraps into beautiful compost. It really irritates me to have to pay money for dirt; especially when I can be making my own high quality stuff from my garbage. Waste not, want not!
I hope you do some research and look into it. My worm farm was purchased here:
I taught a class last week on "Super-Immunity" and what I discovered doing research for the class is that this year's flu season has been extremely hyped but the media. In fact, this year's flu season is the same as it has been in many year's past and we have not had more cases or more deaths or hospitalizations than a normal flu year.
This revelation reminded me to keep do my own research. What do I believe to be true and is there research to back it up? I'm what I like to call "an open-minded skeptic". So much is told to us through TV, Newspapers, Magazines, Ads, and Facebook. Before we're too quick to believe it, question it. This is especially true for illnesses such as cancer, auto-immune, and any chronic illness. We cannot expect any health care practitioner to be an expert on our body. Never expect a practitioner to do the work that you should be doing for yourself. I would love for you to become your own expert on your own personal health challenges.
I have definitely had to do this in my own life. My entire book "The Mighty Fork; Healing Your Mind & Body with Food" was created from this research and using myself as the lab rat to see if food could really heal me. Then I needed to figure out which foods heal and how I could eat this way on a day to day basis. Did it work? Well, I'm living proof~ which is exactly why I teach and do speaking events on this topic. I became my own expert. I strongly encourage you to do the same!
A Forkful of Blessings to you this Spring.
Wishing you all a bountiful 2019
The Birthday Boy!
The Human Library Book Event~ I could be "checked out" as a Living Book for 30 minutes at a time~ Omaha Public Library/ October
First of Fall, 2018
I keep being reminded recently about others and their food choices. If you meet me on the street, chances are I will NEVER talk to you about food. My belief is that what you eat is your choice, not mine. I only have to answer for my choices and not yours. But I struggle with this because I see the conundrum. If someone is drowning in a lake and you walk by but don’t offer to help in any way, aren’t you responsible too? When you see a drowning person, it is your obligation to offer to help, even if that help is rejected.
This is a hard concept for me too. I don’t want to offend anyone and I know from past experience offering unsolicited advice usually doesn’t go over well. There are a lot of unkind words said to you and you’re called “Judgey” or “Self-Righteous”. Let me reassure you, the list of things I don’t know about is long. In fact, I only ever speak or teach about food in general terms. I’m a “generalist” and I want people to get the big picture and not be bogged down in biology. My goal is to get you to eat fabulous foods not because you understand the science of it (which I’m not sure has ever changed anyone’s mind. People who smoke know its bad for them, right?) My goal is to let you experience how amazing you feel when you eat real, nutrient rich, healing food.
So, don’t ask me about complex math problems or world hunger or even how to sew a dress. I have no opinion and wouldn't have the answer to any of these. I do know about healing your body with food (because that is my story).
Each one of us should have an area of expertise, an area where we know what we’re talking about, and share that with others. And, if I don’t share with others and I don’t tell them what I know, that’s not being true to who God made me. It’s also not helping them. I have three spiritual mentors; women who are further along in their spiritual walk than I am. The key is, listen more than you talk and get together at least once a month. These women pour into me their areas of expertise and I soak it up. That being said, if you are an expert and we meet for coffee, I will absolutely listen more than I talk and soak up your knowledge on the subject where you excel.
So, if you are sick and taking lots of medications and look and act plain miserable, please know that I might say something to you, in love, to try to help you; to save you from drowning. That’s who I am and it’s what I know. I will never give you advice on how to fold your towels (I really don’t care about that) or the best way to grow your garden (mine has yet to really yield a real tomato). I will tell you how God healed me with food.
Please don’t be offended. It’s what I know.
(Guest Blog post for Doug @ DS Family Farms) April 2016
My name is Miranda Sherman and I am the Weston A. Price Chapter leader for Omaha. The who-do-what you say? Here’s a brief summary on Weston A. Price and what we do. Weston A. Price was a dentist in the 1930’s who set out to discover why his patients were starting to have crowded teeth, lots of cavities, and overall poor dental health. This was something new in his practice that hadn’t been prevalent in the early 1900’s. He strongly suspected that it had to do with what people were eating and over the next few decades, he proved this to be true! When we eat a diet full of healthy fat, good proteins (think grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured chicken) and organic fruits and vegetables, we will have strong bones, healthy tissue, and lots of energy. Modern foods-that is anything processed or that comes in a box- doesn’t nourish our bodies. It is “dead food”. Real food is food that comes from a farmer who is passionate about their organic practices; whether they are officially an “organic” farm or not. (Like Doug’s beef!)
Take for example, the case of modern honey. Did you know that those cute little honey bears at the grocery store rarely contain honey? Did you know that there is no regulation on how honey is labeled? You see, there is no regulation that says that a food manufacturer must obtain honey from bees to call a product "honey". Most honeys are produced in China and made with high fructose corn syrup and dyed yellow with honey “flavor” added. When tested, they reveal there is no actual real honey in these cute little bears. How do you know that what you are buying is actually honey? As a Weston A. Price Chapter leader, I seek out great farms and ranches, ask them questions, and determine if what they are producing what will be the best product for you. Every Weston A. Price Chapter leader maintains a Farm List and we give this to you free of charge, upon request. We want you to know your farmer. We want you to know that the honey you buy is in fact honey!
As a Chapter Leader and Health Educator, I teach all over the community helping others find this great way of eating. It healed me personally after decades of miserable auto-immune disease, anxiety and depression. I feel absolutely amazing now and want to tell everyone about how I came to heal. If you would like more information on my upcoming class schedule, my book, or have me speak to your group, I am more than happy to do so. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Weston A. Price is a non-profit organization that aims to educate consumers on what great food really looks like and how it can heal you and/ or keep you and your family healthy. If you would like, you can become a member and your membership will support this organization’s research efforts. You will receive the quarterly journal packed full of scientific information as to why certain foods feed our bodies and how you can gain the most from your food. There are free videos to watch on the website and so much more. For more information on this amazing organization, visit www.westonaprice.org
Here’s to you and your health!!
November 1st, 2018
Fall is winding down and Halloween has passed. We’ve had many days out in the woods gathering hedge apples (osage oranges), leaves, and pine cones. I love the pumpkins and the gourds and the beautiful grasses as they become red. Change is coming; I can feel it. The snows and icy days of winter are right around the corner and Christmas will be coming soon too.
My goal is not to rush through anything but to savor the season I’m in. And the Mighty Fork is now in a new season! This past spring, we felt called to officially name the Mighty Fork a non-profit 501c3 ~ and this has become reality! There is now an active Board of Directors guiding the Mighty Fork to help us bless even more people with the healing power of food. We’ve taught classes, held farm tours, attended community events, and encouraged and advocated for healthy minds and bodies for many throughout the 2018 year.
What a joy to offer the Mighty Fork and all the power & knowledge of fabulous food and the impact it can have on our mental and physical health. But there's so much more to do!
If you’d like to partner with us to help others, we welcome your donations and will faithfully use any funds to bless others with this powerful work. Simply go to our “Shop” and click on the “Donate Now” button. (as a 501c3 this is completely tax deductible).
A Forkful of Blessings to you!
Miranda's Fabulous Hot Chocolate Pudding
4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
1/3 cup organic cornstarch
1/4 tsp good salt
2/3 cup of organic cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract (make your own --order beans here: http://saffron.com/store/vanilla-beans/ and add to jars of the cheapest vodka you can find. Let steep for 3 months...voila! The best vanilla extract you'll ever use)
In a heavy bottom pot, heat 3 cups milk. In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients with remaining cup of milk. Add this chocolatey syrup from the small bowl into the heating milk. Continue to stir with a whisk on Medium heat until small bubbles appear. Remove from heat allowing to cool adding your vanilla extract. If you keep stirring, you'll have less "skin" appear on your pudding. Serve plain or over ice cream.
**Make home-made whipped cream with 1 pint heavy whipping cream (raw is best) and 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup. Whip it until thick and creamy.
BONUS: Here's my Thanksgiving Menu for anyone trying to make a really nutritious meal that tastes great too!
Apple Cider Brined Chicken (We aren't a family that loves the taste of turkey so I use the last of our backyard chickens for Thanksgiving)
Mashed potatoes with lots of butter
Honey Mustard Green Beans
Olive and Pickle Platter
Veggie Platter with Home-made Ranch Dressing
(The recipe is found in my book "The Mighty Fork")
~It's August and the heat of summer is here. I have bug bites all over and it’s a typical (if very rainy) Mid-west kind of hot in our neck of the woods. In the beginning of the year, I had noticed that I was gaining weight, losing lots of hair, and having some hard days of the month and decided to take the bull by the horns and really evaluate what might be going on with me. After all, I eat really healthy food, I exercise, get plenty of sleep, and enjoy life.
~I suspected I had some thyroid issues and so I checked out great books on the subject, including “Stop the Thyroid Madness” by Janie Bowthorpe. Janie has amazing and completely free resources on her website which guide you in blood tests you should request, and how to read these tests if you are suspecting you have thyroid issues. And then her book guides you through options for treatment. I have a fabulous practitioner here in Omaha who is an advocate and really listens to what I want tested and how I'm thinking treatment would look. I requested the exact tests from "Stop the Thyroid Madness" and the tests came back that I do have an autoimmune called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which explains all of my symptoms. I also know that if my body turned this condition on, it can turn it off. I know this because I have had other autoimmune conditions that I have turned off in the past with gentle exercise, great food (the right kind of food) and some short term pharmaceutical helps.
~I believe we are each our own best health care practitioner. Doctors, nurses, and physicians assistants are all great but we are the expert on how our own body feels and whether it's feeling good or not. Great practitioners are a part of our health care team yet we get to run the health care team. We make the decisions based on our own research and, in the end, we are in charge and get to take responsibility for our own health. That means by the time you walk in to any Practitioner’s office, you and I should know as much as we can about what we believe to be our health challenge. We should know what research has been done in that area, what tests are available to confirm possible diagnosis, and have ideas to better our health. The medical profession doesn’t live inside your body—you do. We need to pray for the best resources, and then use these resources. This could come in the form of advice from someone else struggling with the same symptoms, an online blog, a book, or a class we take. I am tempted myself to abdicate this responsibility to another person--a "medical person"-- and yet I have learned through painful experience that no one, as passionate as they are about helping people, can have the kind of insight or investment that I would have over my own body.
~And that is my journey. I’m now on T3 bio-identical thyroid hormones being prescribed until I can come back into balance. The condition was probably triggered by the slowdown of my female hormones as I’ve gotten older and my weak adrenals which I will have to nurture my entire life. Thank you for sharing your own health challenges with me over the years. It's an honor to hear these struggles and the amazing stories of hope and struggle as you go through them. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help if I can give it. The Mighty Fork works as a patient advocate non-profit providing information, guiding you to great Farms that provide nourishing food, and educating about healing our bodies with healing foods. I've often gone with you to Dr's appointments, listened as you tell me what works and what doesn't and am endlessly fascinated by your individual health journeys. Thank you for sharing and supporting the work we do at the Mighty Fork.
~(As a side note, some studies show that descendants of people who live very harsh lives, will automatically have “compromised” adrenals themselves through no fault of their own. The Jewish people who survived Concentration Camps have been studied as well as their children and grandchildren and that kind of trauma gets passed on in physical ways too. My people are German Russians and were very persecuted, starved and jailed in the 19th and 20th century. I’ve always just assumed this is the reason my adrenals are what they are. These studies have been disputed but you can read all about it yourself : https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/descendants-of-holocaust-survivors-have-altered-stress-hormones/).
Have you heard what it is to "Homestead"?
It's growing at least some of your own food, raising a few chickens, eating rich and nutritious organic food, and understanding why it's important to buy most of our food at local farms.
Loving this “vintage lifestyle” means to live my life dictated by the seasons and the weather; to slow down & savor God’s creation and all that we have been given in the natural world; to sit around a fire; to eat something I’ve grown or preserved; to work with the animals that God created and live with the natural rhythm of life. It’s being a witness to small miracles moment by moment. A tiny chick surviving being mailed across the country, to grow into adulthood and then be a fabulously nutritious meal on my own plate in only 12 weeks; its old fashioned values; and looking at something I’ve built through my own hard work. There’s a deep satisfaction and it helps me to truly appreciate the good things in life; God, being alive, my family, my heritage, and all the bounty of the world that I’ve been given. It’s HOME (with capital letters), comfort, , and love.
What ya eating for breakfast these days? Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It's easy to start out the day strong by balancing blood sugar and fueling yourself to have lasting energy. Here's some simple breakfasts that are ready in a jiff!
Eggs & Meat Scramble
In a hot cast iron pan.....
Slice 3-4 mini sweet peppers and saute in 1 Tbsp lard (from a pastured pig please)
Add meat of your choice (left over chicken from dinner, roast, or summer sausage~ even bacon!)
Add whisked eggs (at least 2 per person).
Salt and pepper to taste
Voila! Breakfast that has a healthy fat, great protein, and fabulous nutrients. And its really easy and takes 5 minutes or less. Enjoy!
Choices. They are huge in our lives. By our choices, we become successful or complete failures. It’s true with your health too. Every day, with every activity you choose (or don’t choose), you are determining how your body will perform. You are determining how your body will feel as you move through your days, your years, and your life.
When I meet with clients struggling with Auto-Immune illness, Cancer, Alcoholism, or Drug Addiction, their choices have gotten them into a pickle. There was a time in my life where all the choices I had made up until that point led me to being very sick. As I struggled with debilitating anxiety and depression, it was my choices that had gotten me there. At the time, that was the best I knew to do.
For those of you who have taken my classes or read my book, I’ve taught you what I learned about making better choices and you can implement this too. If you’re really committed to your own healing, what you eat, what you think about, and how you move (exercise) will determine how you will feel tomorrow and for the rest of your life. I love that song that says “It's day one of the rest of my life” because it is true!! (Here's the link if you wanna listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq2Tp3asLU8).
So wipe the slate of yesterday clean. Don’t waste your time saying “I eat this way because I was never taught better.” Or “I’m an alcoholic or a drug addict because I didn’t have a great start in life.” That might all be true, but choice is putting you where you are today. If you’re an adult, you get to learn a better way to eat, you get to learn that drugs will kill you and change what you are doing, you get to learn that unresolved anger and bitterness can cause Cancer.
Today is the day to accept responsibility for your actions. I read the definition of the word “choice” out of the original 1828 Webster’s Dictionary this morning. I don’t know if you’ve discovered this gem, but the original Webster’s Dictionary is the first book that tried to define words. Over the years, editors have changed the meanings of these words. In my life (just like with food) I’ve found the simple, old fashioned way to be best.
The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary states the definition of choice as: “the power of choosing an option. Where there is force, there can be no choice”. Of these alternatives, we have our own choice. The definition continues by saying choice is "the best part of any thing; that which is preferable, worthy, select, precious, very valuable, holding dear, selecting with care".
Those sound like wonderful and powerful things to me! I love choice and I appreciate that each of us has a choice to make each and every day. That’s why I call my book “The Mighty Fork”. The fork is mighty, but only by our choices. Won’t you make great choices with me today?
Here’s a great choice to make today; Nutritional Yeast. Nutritional Yeast is packed with B Vitamins as well as other minerals and vitamins. I take a tablespoon of this daily as my “B Vitamin Dose”. Nutritional Yeast is derived from a fungus growing on molasses. Brewer’s Yeast is grown on beer. Nutritional Yeast has B 12 vitamin as Brewer’s Yeast does not. You can buy it in bulk at the health food store for just a few dollars. I really love the taste myself. Here’s to eating your B Vitamins! Some nutritional yeast has "added" B Vitamins but this isn't the kind you want. Get the natural kind please.
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