Only three periods of my life have interrupted my steady, unhealthy post-highschool weight gain: college, Whole30, and my current weight loss (46 pounds and losing!). Hindsight, let’s take a look back seven years ago.
College really molded me. Since I’m the kind of gal that thrives under pressure, I got my life simplified and “healthified” under the strains of deadlines. (Most of the stress was the product of my unnecessary procrastination, but that’s neither here nor there.)
From writing notes in class, practicing piano, and playing volleyball outdoors (oftentimes in the cold), my finger joints endured lots of stress. Frustrated at my growing sense of arthritic pain, I phoned home.
The Lord came through to me in the form of my Mom! Mom came to my rescue, giving me large beef bones with instructions on making broth out of them. With the taste of my first ladle from the crockpot I’d set in the girl’s lounge, my life changed. My finger joints lost the pain and regained their range of motion! Now I could play piano and volleyball without fearing for my joints.
Bone broth is simple. All you need is a crockpot, some water, some apple cider vinegar, and, of course, bone. Place a large bone (or several small bone pieces) in a crockpot and fill the pot with water, just barely covering the tops of the bone (s). Pour in about 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Cover and set to ten hours on low.
Start your day with a couple of ladles of bone broth in your favorite mug. Note any changes in your joints’ range of motion.
Be well, my friends.
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