A Healthy Real Food Diet for Pregnancy

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Written by Diana, Contributing Writer I remember being pregnant with my first child.  I was more concerned with the colors of his nursery rather than truly understanding the responsibility of growing a human being. I didn’t have anyone to stop and explain to me what my body was about to go through and the importance of a healthy diet to grow a baby and endure childbirth. Needless to say, I stayed within the average weight gain, however, I delivered via cesarean section and spent the […]

Boosting Your Immunity: Mushroom Soup with Herbs

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 Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Our Valley finally began it’s annual cooling trend last week. After several months of nearly 100 degree heat, we were able to enjoy a rainstorm, complete with chilly temperatures and a delightful nip in the air. Along with those blissful breezes come the sniffles and sneezes… when we start to feel like we’re running down, I like to put a pot of this luscious soup on to simmer.  It does a wonderful job of soothing sore throats, boosting […]

Liver: Learning to Love (and Cook) This Superfood

Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer Organ meats are one of those traditional foods that are harder to get behind than butter, for example. In fact, organ meats were one of the last things recommended by the Weston A Price foundation that we decided were important, not because they aren’t more nutrient-dense than most foods but because we were squeamish. The thing is, eating organ meats just makes sense and I believe it to be better stewardship of our foods. Most of us still don’t butcher […]

What’s So Great About Raw Milk?

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Once upon a time, milk was not such a complex or controversial subject. Cows grazed on green grass. Healthy, well-fed, and free to roam, they produced a nutrient-dense, thick, white liquid which was relished either straight from the cow (raw) or turned into cultured dairy for short-term storage or delectable hard cheeses for long-term storage. It was neither heated to death at ultra-high temperatures, nor were its fat molecules shaken until they shattered into minuscule pieces. It was not demonized as a health hazard, declared to be […]

Getting Started Sprouting Wheat Berries

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer Sprouting is becoming a popular nutritional step in many homes now. I’ve read about it in gardening books and heard rumor of it in blogs.  The news intrigued me.  I decided to try it because really, it couldn’t be that difficult.  And boy was I ever…RIGHT!  It’s not challenging at all! I was thrilled because I’ve thought that very same thing about numerous other “kitchen experiments” and been sorely disappointed. But not this time. I didn’t even lose a […]

Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Why I Eat Plenty of Butter

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“When I eventually understood the nutritional myths that had me snookered and miserable, the biggest headline was that REAL FATS ARE GOOD- even the maligned saturated fats and its corollary, INDUSTRIAL FATS ARE BAD. It’s not complicated. Eat real fats and avoid industrial ones.”  Nina Planck, Real Food for Mother and Baby. I couldn’t possibly allow “Traditional Foods” month to come to a close later this week without addressing the issue of which fats are traditional and which are the modern, industrial fats to be […]

Grass-Fed Meats

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer Buying meat at the store can be quite confusing.  On top of having to choose a proper cut of meat to suit your needs, there are many grade labels that may add to the confusion: organic, prime, choice, select, etc.  However, there is one term I would like to highly encourage you to pay attention to when buying meat: grass-fed. What is Grass-Fed Meat? Grass-fed meat is actually a traditional food, and it is exactly what it sounds like.  […]

Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil Giveaway (10 Winners!)

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**This giveaway is now closed** Earlier this week we talked cod liver oil, its numerous health benefits and suggestions for buying and taking it. Full of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin D, cod liver oil is a phenomenal traditional food that helps to grow strong babies and children, and keep their moms and dads healthy as well. If you’re still unconvinced of the merits of cod liver oil (especially fermented oils), you have a chance to try to win some today and try it for […]