• GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Homesteading,  Life,  Nutrition

    New Website Name: Why the Change?

    Image Source You might have noticed that there is a new name around here. And you might wonder why? I started this blog in 2010, right after we bought a farm and had many visions for how to run that farm! One of my first posts was about how we remodeled our farmhouse kitchen (with help!) and shortly after wrote a post about butchering chickens. I wrote a lot about the GAPS Diet. I think that’s what brought many of you to this site. Proudly, I can say I was *one of the first* GAPS bloggers. If you were with me, blogging about GAPS in 2010, tell me! I want…

  • Allergies,  Dairy-Free,  Food & Diseases,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Gluten Free,  Gluten Free,  Health

    What you eat will impact the health of your grandchildren!

    It is commonly known that what a pregnant mother eats can impact her growing baby. What we don’t often consider is the nutrition the expectant mother had as a child–and what her parents and grandparents ate before her. Do these foods impact the health of her unborn child? What about that child’s future children? If Dr. Francis Pottenger’s Cat study applies to humans, then yes, what the generations before us ate matters when considering the health of our children and grandchildren. When I first heard about Pottenger’s Cats, honestly, I wasn’t all that interested. I care about nutrition and studies in nutrition, I just don’t care about cats that much.…

  • 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.…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    7 Things I’ve Learned from 4 Years on the GAPS Diet

    Today’s post is a guest post by Megan Stevens from Eat Beautiful. Megan and her family have been on the GAPS Diet, and she has learned some unique and really cool ways to “cook GAPS.” I recommend checking out her site for more information and recipes!  My family and I have been on the GAPS Diet for 4 years. I share with you here some of the things I’ve learned along the way, both practical meal suggestions and emotional encouragement, as well as some insights to help the healing along. And humorously, I just couldn’t stop at 7; so if these are helpful please head over to my blog, Eat…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    How To Prep For The First Five Days Of GAPS Intro

    Today’s post is written by Melanie Christner, a GAPS Practitioner and a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who used to be one of my Meal Plan subscribers. 🙂 She writes at Honest Body, I am so excited that Melanie was willing to share some of her GAPS knowledge with all of us! She is also offering a GAPS Class, and the registration for the class ends soon. If you’d like to learn more about the GAPS Diet, I recommend checking out her class!   Hello! I’m so pleased to be able to write a post for Brenda. When our family first started GAPS (before I trained as a GAPS Practitioner) it…

  • Dinner,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  GAPS Stage 2,  Lunch,  Paleo,  Recipes

    GAPS Intro Recipe: Lemon Basil Chicken

    My family did the GAPS Intro again just after Christmas. It’s a good thing to do every now and then to re-set and cleanse the body–especially after a holiday season with cakes, and pies, and dinner rolls and candy! If you don’t know about GAPS, you’ll want to check out the book: Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. I get a little bored of the GAPS Intro recipes that are out there. I feel like they’re lacking flavor, and when I don’t have enough good flavor to satisfy me, I feel like I need to eat something else that is off the diet. I enjoy trying to make…

  • Essential Oils,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    Is it ok to use Essential Oils on the GAPS Diet?

    The GAPS Diet is a strict protocol of foods and supplements for healing the gut. Essential oils have many healing properties and are useful for people who are trying to heal from various ailments. You might wonder, do the two go hand-in-hand? I was curious about the same thing, so I contacted Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to ask her. 🙂 This is what she said: “Essential oils are compatible with GAPS (externally and internally), just start slowly from a tiny amount. I had people who reacted to them.” Some oils are not ok to take internally. Make sure you have a good reference guide like the Essential Oils Pocket Reference to look…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    Tips for Starting the GAPS Diet

    It’s that time of year again! All of the advertisements and sales are about: working out/getting fit diets organizing Since this isn’t an exercise blog, and I (ahem) don’t exercise enough (don’t quote me on that one…I’m changing tomorrow, right?), I won’t be telling you to pull out your yoga mat or sprint a half marathon. (Sprint a half marathon!? See, told you I’m not an exercise junkie). And, since this isn’t an organizing blog (even though I love organizing and COULD write a blog about it!), I won’t be telling you how to coordinate your rubbermaid tubs into perfect organizational bliss. Nope. I’ll set my label maker aside (for…

  • Full GAPS,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  GAPS Stage 1,  GAPS Stage 2,  GAPS Stage 3,  GAPS Stage 4,  GAPS Stage 5,  GAPS Stage 6,  Recipes

    GAPS Recipes (Roundup)

    How many of you are thinking about “going GAPS” since the holidays are over? You want to finish up the last few sugar cookies and the last half of the pie you made, then start, right? I get it. 🙂 Well, I want to make it easy for you to find GAPS Intro recipes. You can search the internet, and it’s confusing–what exactly can you eat on the GAPS Intro Diet? Well, I’ll post some guidelines and then a linkup for the recipes here! I do not recommend doing the GAPS Diet only based on information from blogs like mine. While I love to share information with you, and so do many…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  GAPS Stage 1,  Recipes

    GAPS Intro Stage 1 Roasted Carrots

    When we are on the GAPS Intro Diet, it feels like I am always cooking. If you’ve done the intro diet, I am sure you can relate. You chop up veggies, chop up meat, make broth, make soup, your family eats it, and they’re hungry again! This food is so easily digestible that your gut isn’t blocked up & trying to process it for hours between meals! You don’t want GAPS to become a low carb diet or a starvation diet, either! That is not the goal. The goal is to heal your body with the *right* foods. Not less food, not less of a particular nutrient–but more of the…