• 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,  Real Food

    H2O: Stop drinking 8 glasses per day

    I’ve never craved a lot of water. I would much rather drink tea than water. I think I would feel bloated and pukey (is that a word?) if I drank 8+ glasses of water a day. There are some people who seem to crave water–they always have to have it. This is seen as a bad thing, because it’s a sign of diabetes. And yet, mainstream health articles seem to say “drink more water!” How much water are you drinking every day? Half of your body weight in ounces? A huge jug? Several glasses full? Have you bought into the idea that you need to drink a lot of water and you…

  • Desserts,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Real Food,  Recipes,  The GAPS Diet

    Grain-Free Desserts e-Book!

      It’s here! I’ve been working hard on compiling this e-book of grain-free, refined-sugar-free amazing dessert recipes! In this book there are grain-free recipes for: cookies & bars (12) cakes (7) pies & crisps (4) ice creams (7) candies (8) muffins & sweet breads (9) staples & misc. desserts (6) The bloggers who made the wonderful recipes for this book include: Kristen Michaelis from Food Renegade Caroline Lunger from Gutsy Meghan Slocum from Whole Natural Life Carol Lovett from Ditch the Wheat Lindsey Gremont from Homemade Mommy Tarena Beckham from Laughing Family (who also has several posts right here on this site!) Lauren Geertsen from Empowered Sustenance and Me! 🙂 My…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Real Food

    Links I loved this June!

    photo credit This great post about Oxalates. Jill is a chiropractor and a nutritionist and she is incredibly smart! Her family sticks to GAPS/SCD. If you have not checked out her blog, do! I’ve had people ask me about oxalates and GAPS & I’ve thought about writing a post about it, but I did not feel like I’d researched it enough. Jill knows her stuff, so check it out! Grain Free Birthday Cakes This post gives a great overview of the different kinds of cakes you can make if you’re going grain-free. It’s got pretty photos, and links to the recipes (including 2 from this very site!). Farm Princess has…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Real Food

    Do you want the government deciding what your child should eat?

    If you’ve read this blog much, you know that I’m anti-soy, anti-sugar, anti-processed foods. If you know much about the USDA guidelines for food, you know that in our country, eating dry cereal is considered healthy and eating more than 1 egg per day is considered hazardous to your health. It is one thing to have these healthy standards “out there” and to be able to make our own choices. It is another thing when the schools start dictating what our children can and cannot eat based on these ludicrous government standards. Check out the following clip: I would be apalled if that was my child! The Weston Price Foundation…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Real Food

    Eating Should Not Involve Math!

    I hate math…kind of…I’m a homeschool mom, and I love teaching my kids. My children are well versed in many events in history, lots of literature, some science, some geography, and they know their grammar and spelling pretty darn well. But when it comes to math, I lose patience with spending an hour over a workbook with a kid who still doesn’t get the thing I taught him 5 times so far this week…youknowwhatImean? Is it just my kids? To make up for this problem, we use an online math program (Math IXL) and hands-on math (i.e., give them dollars and change and let them figure out what to buy…

  • Farms,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Politics,  Real Food

    Harvard Law School Raw Milk Debate

    At one time, everyone drank raw milk. But with the invention of pasteurization and its alleged safety benefits, consumption of raw milk in this country almost completely disappeared. In fact, in some states it is illegal to sell raw milk. But a growing segment of the population is clamoring for increased access to raw milk, citing its nutritional benefits and recently discovered inbuilt safety mechanisms. Opponents are skeptical of such nutritional claims and believe the safety risks of unpasteurized milk are simply too high.   Join the Food Law Society as we present a debate covering the legal, health, and nutritional merits of raw milk. URL Link to this Press…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Real Food

    Eat with Conviction!

    “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a mis print.” –Mark Twain Do you read health books? Lots of them? Or do you watch the news and 20/20 and cling to the current health trends? Are you stuck on what you learned in your high school health class? Do you believe the Cherrios box when it says it’s “heart healthy”? Are you still buying margarine because someone said you should back in the 1980’s? However you eat, whatever you choose, do it with conviction. Every bite you put in your mouth will impact your body in one way or another. Every time you scan your bank card…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Life,  Real Food

    Real Food Christmas Presents

    Let’s say you’ve got some people you’re giving gifts to who will only eat real food. Imagine that! None of the typical Christmas junk for these people. So what do you get them, besides non-food items? And let’s say that you want to fill their stockings with some goodies. Since you’re not buying candy canes, M&M tubes or Lifesaver books, what do you do?   Well, don’t worry! REAL FOOD is becoming more readily available. YAY! Check out these options & you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 🙂   Honey Candies Honey Mint Patties Chocolate Ginger Patties Chocolate Pomegranate Patties Chocolate Mint Patties Honey Mint Patties Honey Delights Honey Drops Honey Stix…