Eczema That Disappears When We Travel? What’s Up With That?

While traveling overseas, I’ve noticed something peculiar. Our youngest daughter’s eczema, a constant source of irritation while in North America, simply disappears elsewhere in the world. It’s curious to me, because our diet is not nearly as careful while traveling as it is at home. Our grains are rarely sprouted or sourdough (in fact, we frequently eat regular wheat when we travel, since we can’t find alternatives like spelt or kamut). We usually can’t find raw milk. We eat far less fermented foods, other than […]

Cooking for a Family When One Person Has a Food Sensitivity

Over the years, we’ve had our fair share of special diets. Each of our children has dealt with strong food sensitivities and restrictions at one point or another. Sometimes we make changes to our diet as a family, requiring everyone to eat the same thing. Other times, that’s not so practical. When our 2 year old daughter began going through a series of special diets last year to try to clear up her pervasive eczema, the rest of us (2 adults and 2 older children) […]

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization

Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Several years ago, I started to question some of the ingredients in commercial toothpastes as well as the approach of modern dentistry in general. I view some modern dentistry practices as appropriate and beneficial. Yet, the foundation of today’s dental philosophy is similar to the mainstream medical model in that it focuses on treatment and not prevention. I believe the focus of dentistry (like medicine) should be prevention of decay and disease through sound nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. This […]

A Healthy Real Food Diet for Pregnancy

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 […]

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During the past 14 months, our family has gone on the GAPS diet twice. The first time we had excellent success, but I gave up too early because we were in a hectic season of life and I feared that I couldn’t keep up with the demands of the extra kitchen time. The second time, the biggest challenge I was experiencing was a lack of interest in the meals that I was making. It seemed that my kid’s and husband’s eating preferences had changed in […]

Frugal Living with Food Sensitivities

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One major area that women attempt to be frugal is in the kitchen. I know I do; it’s probably “my” main area!  (In others my husband and I work together.)  But when you have food sensitivities or have to be on a special diet, sometimes being frugal in the kitchen isn’t so easy.  However, it is possible!  We’ve recently lowered our grocery budget quite a bit, despite attempting to be low-grain, so I have some experience in food limitations […]

What is Traditional Food?

The month of April is Traditional Foods month here at Keeper of the Home. Between myself and the amazing writers who contribute here, we will be delving deeply into a wide variety of traditional foods (raw milk, grains, fermented foods, grass-fed meats, cod liver oil, just to name a few) and we’ll share some of the history, the benefits, and the how’s of preparing these nourishing foods. To kick things off, I thought it may be useful to approach the broader subject of what exactly […]

How to Prepare for Going on the GAPS Diet

Just today I was over at a friend’s house and as I said “no thank you” to the offer of coffee, I casually mentioned we had just started a special diet. She asked which one, and (as a mom of children with special needs) when I said the GAPS diet, she responded with a knowing “Ohhh. I’ve heard of it, but it’s way too intense for me.” Yes, I agree. It really is intense. And work intensive. But thankfully, still entirely possible! I’m sure it […]