Why Should I Eat Kraut?

By Stefanie Schapker

Did you know your stomach protects you from infections? The holidays are here which means more of the “junk foods” in general that produce endotoxins and cause inflammation. The stomach goes into battle mode and starts overproducing insulin which increases fat storage and weakens your appetite control and eventually leads to obesity. Consuming fermented foods like kraut are great detoxifiers and because they contain higher levels of probiotics than probiotic supplements, it helps to optimize your gut flora! Adding just one cup of fermented veggies in your day can have great benefits like lowering your risk for cancer, preventing acne, obesity, diabetes, and helps with mineral absorption! Check out our Garlic-Dill and Taco Kraut by Hidden Pond Farms at Livewell and make your gut smile!

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Ideas on how to add kraut to your diet:

-Think of kraut like a condiment! You can add it to your favorite salad, meat, or simply as a side dish
-Add ½ cup of kraut to your salad then top with olive oil, lemon, and apple cider vinegar.
-Scrambled eggs in coconut oil and topped with kraut for a zing!
-Adding kraut to any sandwich can bring a nutritious yummy crunch.
-Green smoothies with a little kraut added in will increase the health benefits and give you a boost in the mornings or afternoons.


Team Spotlight: Jennifer Whitacre


What is your role at Livewell?

I am a CPT for the Flex 151 program here at Livewell. Occasionally, you will also see me out at the front desk preparing coffees and smoothies and answering any questions that our guests and members might have.   

What drew you to want to work at Livewell originally?

I was searching for a job that was related to my degree in health services and wellness. It was important to me that I found something within my field, but I also had to be passionate about my work. Livewell met these criteria better than I could have imagined and here I am going on a year as part of this amazing team and wellness community. I could not be more grateful.   

What is your favorite part about working at Livewell?

I love everything about Livewell, and it is sometimes hard to consider it work at all. If I had to pinpoint what I like most it would be the feeling I experience when my clients leave with a smile on their face [although they are smiling through a little bit of pain ;)] and the thanks I receive for the work I have done with them. Nothing is more satisfying or rewarding than helping these amazing people improve their health and wellness, and therefore their lives, and it makes my heart happy to be a part of that journey. 

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

When I am not working I like to make the most of my time and do the things that I enjoy. I attend a great amount of concerts with my friends, traveling all over the country and visiting different venues. I also love hiking, camping, and setting up my hammock somewhere out in the trees, taking time to unwind and unload from a busy work schedule. I also have a passion for yoga and have recently started back with a regular practice. Nothing eases my mind, body and spirit more than a great yoga session..it is the perfect way to reset.  

What’s on your bucket list?

One thing that I absolutely have to do is make it out to Ireland. I would love to spend some time in a little cottage out in the middle of the country. I imagine myself going on a bike ride, listening to Mumford and Sons, and taking in all the green beauty that Ireland has to offer. This is most definitely my dream vacation.

Do you have a favorite quote?

I do not have a specific favorite quote; however, here is one that is simple, yet means a lot, and is all too easily forgotten in the fast paced world that we live in today: “The point of life is happiness.” –The Dalai Lama

People would be surprised if they knew:

I was born and lived on Air Force Bases until my father retired from the military when I was ten. I lived in Northern California, and then Oklahoma City before we moved to Newburgh, IN. The military lifestyle is very unique and because of it I have friends all over the country that I have reconnected with and keep in touch with to do this day. It was definitely an experience growing up that I would never change.