Clay As a Natural Home Remedy (Yes, Really)

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Of all things, did you ever think that I would tell you to go eat some dirt? Well, mark your calendars. Today’s the day. Stephanie has officially gone off the deep end. Bizarre as it may sound, clay has actually become one of my favorite go-to remedies for health and healing over this past year. This summer I have been surprised to find myself reaching for clay more and more frequently, as I realize just how useful this “dirt” can be.  Mind you, this isn’t […]

What is “Real” Health?

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer These days, it’s hard to pinpoint what health really is.  Our country’s health is going down the tubes – there are constantly reports on how more and more people are suffering from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic infections, stomach disorders, reproductive disorders/infertility, cancer, neurological disorders, learning disabilities….  And yet, if you talk to most people, they’ll claim “Yes!  My family is pretty healthy!” Something doesn’t match up.  How can individual people believe that they are “generally healthy,” yet we […]

How a Hard Lotion Bar Helped my Eczema

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I’ve struggled with dry, itchy and painful eczema on my hands for a long time. Some things have made a big difference (like cod liver oil, eating less sugar, keeping my stress down and my sleep up, wearing gloves, etc.). Other things have never really made much of a difference, including the zilllion types of lotion that I have tried over the years. We tried almost everything and though some lotions helped a little, none of them really gave the relief that I needed. Until […]

Real Food Makeover: The Startup Family, Part 2

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This is Part 2 of the Real Food Makeover for the Startup family, and the very last of all the Real Food Makeovers! Lessening the Grip of Sugary Beverages One of the 3 baby steps that I suggested in Part 1 was to decrease their consumption of sugary snacks and beverages. It’s important to decrease sugar consumption in general for a million different reasons, but in particular processed sugary foods (like snack cakes and donuts, and especially syrupy soda pop) are full of High-Fructose Corn […]

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: 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 […]