When Good Nutrition Doesn’t Seem to Help

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Image by floodkoff By Anne Elliot, Contributing Writer I’ve been trying to feed my family with healthy, nutritious food for about thirteen years now. Before that, I ate just about anything, but one day I began reading books that changed the way I thought. I started to care about nutrition because I cared about my family. Over the next few years, God led me to some nutrition “greats,” such as Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions), Weston Price (Nutrition and Physical Degeneration), Henry Bieler (Food Is Your […]

Recipes and Ideas for What to Eat on the GAPS Introduction Diet

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Image by carbavor We’ve just begun our 3rd week on the GAPS diet, and all is well. We are beginning to see some very positive results in our family, including less eczema for the baby and toddler, a decrease in heartburn for my husband, and some behavioral improvements with our toddler as well. We’ve all experienced some toxin die-off, and our cravings for sweet and carbs has been lessening. The hardest part of any helpful but restrictive special diet like GAPS is knowing what you […]

An Update on Our GAPS Diet and Related Q&A

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Last week I shared why our family is doing the GAPS diet and what it is all about. We actually began this Monday morning. We haven’t seen any amazing results come out of the first 4 days, but we are definitely noticing some die-off symptoms from the toxins being released (so far, only mild, but it’s a good sign). Some upset tummies, slightly more eczema, a grouchy little boy, a really grouchy mama, some flushed cheeks. I think this diet is really doing something, though. […]

The GAPS Diet: One Mom’s Experience

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Image by Qfamily After all the GAPS diet talk last week (what it is and why we’re doing it), I thought it would be good to hear from a mom who has just recently started doing the diet with her children, and the amazing (and fast!) results that she has seen. Rene and I met a few weeks ago when we roomed together at Blissdom, and this frugal, real-food loving mama and I have become quick friends! Here are her thoughts the GAPS diet so […]

The GAPS Diet: Why Our Family is Doing It

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Yesterday I shared about what the GAPS diet is. If you missed it, I would suggest going back and reading that post first. If you try to eat so well, why does your family need to do the GAPS diet? No one has asked me this yet, but I can well imagine that this is the question in many of your minds,and it is an extremely legitimate question! As I’ve shard before, my journey into nutrition and natural living did not come about just because […]

The GAPS Diet: What It Is and Why You Might Consider Doing It

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Do you or any of your family members regularly experience common digestive complaints, such as heartburn (reflux), indigestion, bloating, cramping, constipation, or diarrhea? Do any of you suffer from eczema, asthma, dyslexia, or depression? Have your children received labels such as autism, ADD or ADHD? Do you wonder if there is a common link between any of these these things? Two weeks ago, I received a book that I had been wanting to order for a long time. I began reading it during a plane […]

The Handbook of Vintage Remedies: Review and Giveaway

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This year I’ve committed myself to studying up on herbs in greater detail, learning how to use them for treating sicknesses, discomforts and other ailments, as well as for boosting our overall health. It’s been fascinating so far and I just love the in-depth learning that I am doing. However, in-depth personal study on the topics of herbology and natural remedies certainly isn’t for everyone. I know that many moms are looking instead for some sort of easy reference for natural and herbal remedies. The […]

Safe and Natural Children’s Toys

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Wooden car made by Bajo Why We Care About the Toys We Choose It all started a little over two years ago. Recalls on toys (particularly from China) were coming out left, right and center. Our little guy was about 5-6 months old and just starting to put absolutely everything in his mouth. I found a recalled toy among our bunch- a very non-threatening looking set of cloth baby blocks made by Baby Einstein. There was too much lead in the paint designs on it’s […]