• Dairy-Free,  Dinner,  Food,  Full GAPS,  GAPS Stage 6,  Gluten Free,  Grain-Free,  Lunch,  Nut-Free,  Paleo,  Recipes

    Grain-Free Spicy Whole Roasted Chicken

    One of the things I learned on the farm, raising our own chickens, was that farm chicken isn’t easily served up as boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Most of the time, our home-grown chicken was served as whole, roasted chicken. This brought about the need to create different and interesting whole chicken recipes! ūüôā This was one of the recipes I created on the farm. This recipe can also be found in my GAPS Meal Plans. This chicken makes an excellent broth! I used it to make my Tomato Soup recipe & it made a tasty soup! Grain-Free Spicy Whole Roasted Chicken Author: Brenda Scott Serves: 4-8 Ingredients 1…

  • Allergies,  Food

    What it’s like to parent a child with an anaphylactic allergy…

    Our sweet oldest daughter is 10 years old. I’m so thankful to have her. She was diagnosed with an anaphylactic peanut allergy when she was 3 years old. We’ve lived with this fear for 7 years, though we didn’t understand how scary it really was for the first few years. I thank God that He protected her in our ignorance. Over the last 7 years, we have learned that¬†she reacts to foods that were cross contaminated with peanuts but not labeled for it. We’ve learned that companies are only required to make allergen statements on packaging when there are definite allergens in the product. If the food was manufactured¬†on the…

  • Desserts,  Food,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Paleo

    New Improved Extra Chocolatey Chocolate Coconut Flour Cupcakes (Paleo Style)

    I wrote my original Extra Chocolatey Chocolate Coconut Flour Cupcakes recipe 6 years ago! Can you believe it!? My family had 3 successful years on the GAPS Diet. Then we went through some big life changes (like saying goodbye to our beloved foster kids of 14 months, etc.) and I dropped the ball on GAPS. It’s hard to go back to avoiding grains, sugar, and making everything from scratch. I’ve gone back to it for short stretches. I¬†know¬†it is a healthy way to eat, and also, I know how hard it is. I’m back to grain free, no sugar, and making everything from scratch, because I finally got desperate enough.…

  • Food,  Health

    16 Medical Conditions Related to Gluten Sensitivity

    photo credit Have you ever been told that¬†gluten sensitivity isn’t real?¬†Have you heard people say this to you? I have. And whenever I hear statements like this, it, again, drives me to reading medical studies. ūüėČ The truth is, there is SO much proof¬†that a gluten-free diet is good for SO many people, and SO many conditions, I will not be able to cover it all in this article. This, friends, is what the research is saying. This is the truth of the matter.¬†And there¬†are¬†also the millions of anecdotal stories about how a gluten-free diet has improved people’s lives, but let’s stick to research right now, for those left-brained people…

  • Food,  Grain-Free

    How to order a Paleo Chipotle Salad

    My family really likes Chipotle. It’s our “fast food” go to–but admittedly, it’s a bit pricy for a family of 6. I am not complaining though, because I would rather pay for good quality ingredients and know that we are fueling the bodies of our family members WELL. Food is one area of life where I don’t recommend skimping. Go without a data plan, text messaging, internet, cable TV, a cell phone, air conditioning, $4 coffees, video services like Netflix, etc.–before you cut back on your food budget. I am not saying that you need to spend your food money on dining out at Chipotle. I’m just saying, in general,…

  • Food,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Grain-Free

    How to defend your diet at the holidays

      ¬†photo credit: AJ Schuster The holidays are coming up. For some of you, because you’re choosing to eat “differently” than the rest of your family, the holidays are something you dread. You’re going to be questioned, scolded, and possibly downright persecuted for taking a stand for your health. I write this post because I’ve been there–I’ve experienced the attacks–and I have recently learned things that I wish I knew back then. See, I’ve been taking logic lessons. Ok, that’s not really true–I’m teaching my kids logic, during homeschool. I think I might just love this book, The Fallacy Detective, more than my kids. Through this book, I’ve learned how…

  • Food,  Health

    How to Fatten Pigs and People

    photo credit 1 and photo credit 2 We raise pigs. We currently have 24 pigs on pasture. Needless to say, fattening pigs is on our mind. Our last pigs, American Guinea Hogs, ate way too much feed for the amount of meat we got off of them (1,000 lbs of feed each–roughly $500, and they only produced 50 lbs of meat!!). We are studying how to fatten our pigs in a¬†healthy¬†way that isn’t too fast, but is fast enough to still make them profitable (who wants to pay $30 for 2 pork chops?!). ūüôā In the midst of all of this studying, I’ve realized that the way commercial hog growers…