Eating healthy provides numerous benefits, including more energy, better sleep, avoiding depression and anxiety, healing chronic illness, preventing disease, and more. Benefit #5,432: you don’t have to be afraid of salt. Packaged, processed foods are often laden with sodium, MSG, and other “flavor enhancers” that are damaging to human health. Medical associations are regularly announcing the importance of reducing sodium in the diet. But real salt and common table salt are not the same … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Real Salt
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Written by wise mama Crystal of Owl Heart There are many benefits of eliminating gluten from your diet, but it can be hard to know where to begin. Time and time again I am told, "Oh I could never go gluten-free, it would be so hard." To which my response is always, "It takes time to get used to but as you go it gets really easy." The next thing I receive often is the question of which gluten-free products I like, or ways to replace different glutenous options. Going gluten-free was … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Gluten-Free: It’s an Evolution
In recent years, many moms have embraced the act of posting breastfeeding photos on social media as part of our effort to normalize nursing. The reaction is always the same: lots of support and celebration, lots of oohs and ahhs, but also a plethora of insulting, attacking, disgusting comments. No matter how many times this happens, I am always stunned by the ugly reactions people have to a mother feeding her child. Our society has received some strong social conditioning, and apparently the … [Read more...] about This is Why I Breastfeed in Public
If you've heard of the many benefits of coconut oil, and you're trying to work more of it into your child's diet, this hot chocolate recipe is a great option! Coconut oil is particularly good for children because the fats are essential for a growing brain and body, and it also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial health properties, so it boosts kids' immune systems. You can add as much coconut oil to it as you'd like, but it's important to completely emulsify the oil in with the other … [Read more...] about Nourishing Hot Chocolate (With Coconut Oil!)
Written by wise mama Amanda of Hippie Tree It’s always nice to have a few simple recipes in your pocket for times of need. My family definitely hit ‘times of need’ this week while we’ve been fighting off this terrible stomach bug that’s going around. My step-mom dropped off groceries on my door step, complete with chicken broth to help heal our sickness. I normally make nutrient-rich bone broth out of a pastured chicken carcass, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, etc. Bone broth is an … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Easy Homemade Egg Drop Soup
Among the many medicinal food choices out there, garlic is one of the best. It is a highly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory food. I often turn to garlic during cold and flu season, because it fights infection and protects the immune system so well. GOOT (Garlic Olive Oil Treatment) is a powerful medicine traditionally made with garlic and olive oil. I prefer to use coconut oil, because unrefined organic coconut oil has soothing and healing properties of its own. GOOT is … [Read more...] about GOOT: Garlic Olive Oil Treatment — Antiviral Home Remedy!
I made these easy, grain-free, organic brownies on my recent healthy baking craze! I love having baked goods around, and ever since discovering gluten-free flours like almond and coconut, as well as alternative sweeteners, I can do so without worrying about the effects of gluten or sugar on my child. I altered the recipe found on the package of Let's Do Organic coconut flour. I replaced the cane sugar with coconut crystals-- if you haven't tried this sweetener yet, you must! The crystals … [Read more...] about Simple, Gluten-Free, Naturally Sweetened Brownies!
Vitamins. There are so many options available today that it can be overwhelming. What types of vitamins are out there? What kind of supplement is best? Do people even need to take vitamins? The truth is that not all vitamins are created equal, and knowing the difference is essential. My experience with vitamins began when I worked at an organic foods co-op in St. Paul, MN. I had seen drug-store variety synthetic vitamins before, but working at the co-op introduced me to food-based … [Read more...] about Vitamins and Supplements: What You Need to Know