• GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  GAPS Stage 1,  Recipes

    GAPS Intro Stage 1 Chicken, Carrot & Cauliflower Soup

    My family did the GAPS Intro diet again for 1 week–that was about all we could handle, this time around. 😉 The GAPS Intro Diet is AMAZING, folks! It’s healing–and if you’ve been through it and are going through it again; it’s torture. 🙂 But really, I recommend doing a GAPS Intro “cleanse” every now and then, just to get your body back on track. If you’ve had the flu or some kind of illness, this diet will be especially helpful in re-establishing proper gastrointestinal bacteria. This is a very easy soup. You can really use any cut of chicken or any type of meat. If your meat is already…

  • 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…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    Weekend Wrap Up 7/13

    Happy Saturday, everyone! I want to share my favorite posts from this week’s Well Fed Wednesday with you! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!   Paleo AIP Road Trip It’s camping season! And beach season! And picnic season! If you are on GAPS, SCD, Paleo or simply trying to eat healthy, Eileen’s post over at Phoenix Helix is going to help you plan the food for your trip! Brazilian Fig Torte and Fig-Avocado Salsa I love the information about figs in this post at Small Footprint Family. I also love the recipes! Have you used fresh figs before? I haven’t, but now I want to try them! Four…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    4 Reasons to Avoid Soy

    Soy is touted as a health food, and yet it is found, unfermented and highly processed, in just about every junk food and processed item in the grocery store. And unfortunately, all commercial chickens, turkeys, ducks, dairy cows, pigs and beef cows (unless specified “grass fed”) are fed a soy-based diet, which impacts the health of the humans who eat them. All of them. You cannot find any meat product (besides grass-fed beef or lamb) in the grocery store that has not been contaminated with soy. I personally avoid soy and will not even feed my animals soy. Here are some of the reasons I avoid soy: 1. Soy Consumption Can Cause Hypothyroidism Consuming…

  • Animals,  Farms,  Real Food

    The Cost of Producing Raw Milk

    I recently asked y’all  on Facebook how much you spend on raw milk. The prices ranged from $3 per gallon up to $20. The break down is like this: 43% pay $7 or less per gallon 45% pay between $8 and $13 per gallon 12% pay over $14 per gallon We have 2 dairy cows, but only one is in milk right now. Our other cow just got “serviced” last month and we hope that she is pregnant! I am going to break down our costs for you, to show you how much we spent in the month of May (2013) on our dairy cows, and how much we made…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Real Food

    What I Buy from Azure Standard

    I am a grocery-price freak. Yup, I memorize how much items are per pound, and I know where to get them cheaper. Azure Standard is one of those companies I order from once every month or two for some particular staples. I like Azure Standard because: A lot of the stuff is organic I can buy in bulk and by the case Some of the products are from their own farm, in Oregon It means less trips to the store for me It makes real food more affordable for me There is a minimum $500 order through Azure Standard, but this isn’t a problem if you combine orders with friends. Usually, one…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    Weekend Wrap Up 5/26

    Happy Sunday! I’m sharing my top 5 favorite posts from this week’s Well Fed Wednesday. Favorite Posts from this week’s Well Fed Wednesday Blog Carnival: Hypothyroid Symptoms in Women I think this is important information, because so many women are walking around with thyroid issues and they have no clue. Why Sea Salt is Good For You (And Table Salt is Not) Low-salt diets are a waste of time. Flavor your food with REAL salt and you won’t have any problem with salt! Purple Sauerkraut I LOVE my purple sauerkraut! You need to make some of this and try it! 🙂 Strawberries ‘n Cream Ice Cream! Oh yum! It’s strawberry season around here.…

  • Animals,  Farms,  Food & Diseases,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    Want Crohn’s? Buy milk and beef from the grocery store.

      We just purchased a second Jersey. My husband met the previous owner at the vet, where he had testing done, and where he was able to ask a lot of questions. One particularly big concern in buying a dairy cow is Johne’s Disease (pronounced Yo-nees). It’s a disease that is identical to the human disease Crohn’s. Just like a human with Crohn’s, a cow that has Johne’s Disease will have a lot of diarrhea and will not absorb minerals properly. Johne’s Disease comes from the bacteria Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, which is abbreviated as MAP. It is, according to our vet, tuberculosis in the gut. Johne’s Disease in a…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Gluten Free,  Recipes

    How to have a Real Food Star Wars Party

    Today is May 4th, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you won’t be able to get through the day without at least watching 1 movie. Maybe an entire marathon. Ready, set, go! May the 4th be with you! I married a Star Wars fan. He owned a duplex (he lived in half and rented out the other half) when we were dating each other. His duplex was decorated in Star Wars movie posters and action figures. I added sunflowers to his bathroom, stenciled vegetables to his kitchen, and flowery pillows to his couch…and slowly moved all of the Star Wars stuff to 1 room. 🙂 (He calls the days…

  • Food & Diseases,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    Kids have allergies? I blame Wonder Bread. And Twinkies. And Fruit Snacks.

    If you’re a parent of 2 or more children, I am guessing that at least one of your children has allergies. Or asthma? Your kids have asthma, don’t they? Or at least, you know someone (or a lot of people) whose kids have allergies. I’m right, right? 🙂 I was dining out with 2 of my friends recently, and we were talking about our kids’ allergies. 2 out of 3 of us have kids with allergies. One of my friends has kids who do not have any allergies. I have a theory about why this happens, so I asked my friends the following question: “What did you eat as a…