Sprouted Wheat Bread Instructions

A reader recently inquired about making bread.  To learn about making sourdough, click here.  Below are instructions for making sprouted wheat bread. Before you begin, you may want to know that sprouted wheat berries can be ground wet in a Vita-Mix or you can dehydrate them. (FYI – dried, sprouted wheat berries, when coarsely ground, […]

The Western Diet and the Diseases of Civilization

This is the second of three articles summarizing and reviewing Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food.  If you have not already read the review of his first section, “The Age of Nutritionism“, you may want to do that first.   Pollan’s premise here is that most of our health problems in society can be […]

The Age of Nutritionism

Michael Pollan’s new book, In Defense of Food, really hits the mark when it comes to assessing the state of eating in America today. He divides the book into three sections, the first two of which really define the problems we face in America, and the third covering how to best fix it. Michael Pollan […]

In Defense of Food – A Prequel

Our copy of Michael Pollan’s new book, In Defense of Food, has just arrived from Amazon.  To give you an idea where he is going with this, from the inside cover: Food.  There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it.  So why should anyone need to defend it?  Because most of […]

Pumpkin Cookies (Wheat Free)

While in the process of trying to use extra pantry items, I made up this recipe.  My children (and husband) had no complaints! Pumpkin-butter Cookies 1 jar Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter 2 cups walnuts 1 ½ cups coconut meat (unsweetened, Tropical Traditions) 1 ½ cup brown rice 1 cup arrowroot powder a few dashes of […]

Why Not to Buy Organic

With the organic craze going on today in America, you might think it odd that I write an article on why not to buy organic, especially on a health food web site. Let me explain. It is a noble cause to seek out and consume foods that have been grown in a natural and chemical-free […]

Inexpensive Groceries

Over the last few months, I have been able to reduce our monthly grocery bill by about $400. I have to admit, at first, it was not intentional. I just wanted to make meals more simple. Here are some things that helped me: Stick with Whole Foods If you are not able to raise any […]

Postpartum Recovery

Giving birth may be the most momentous experience in a woman’s life. After waiting patiently for nine months, she now has the fruit of her womb to hold in her hands and to share with other loved ones. The pain of childbirth is worth it, just to hold the tiny life in her arms. In […]

Caring for Your Newborn

Many people think that you have to have all the right tools and latest gadgets in order to welcome a little blessing into your home. In fact, the free baby magazines at the hospitals are filled with advertisements for things like bottles, breast pumps, clothes for mommy, baby chairs that make music and motions, lullaby […]

Birth Preparation

With the birth of our fourth child to be due in about 8 weeks, I am beginning to check off my supply lists, too. Being prepared helps to alleviate much of the uncertainty that can arise from being a new a mommy. While every pregnancy is different, here are some basics that I think would […]

1 Minute Lemon-aide

Here’s a quick way to make sugar free lemon-aide: Mason Jar of filtered water 1/2 Cup  bottled 100% lemon juice (such as “Real Lemon” brand) Stevia extract to sweeten Mix, add ice, Enjoy!

Diaper Rash & Skin Abrasion Ointment

Does your little one have a stubborn rash that doesn’t seem to ever clear up. What about when someone in the family gets a cut or bruise? What do you do? Here’s the next thing you can do after a kiss! It’s easy to do…just give yourself enough time so that it’s on hand when […]

Automatic Dishwashing Detergents & Environmenal Toxins

Friends, as you begin to make healthy changes in your eating habits, don’t forget about the potential environmental toxins lurking in your home. These can be just as damaging, if not more damaging to your health than processed foods. Things such as: “plug-in” air fresheners, toxic candles, harsh cleaning products with bleach, anti-bacterial soaps and […]

Breakfast

Many people ask me what we eat for breakfast. Perhaps this is because most breakfast foods are laden with sugar and white flour-not a healthy way to break a fast! Most of the time, I tend to need a very high protein breakfast, especially when I am pregnant. Organic Grass-Fed T-Bone anyone?? Ok, so if […]

Carpet Deodorizer

Here is an easy way to fragrance your carpet without the use of toxic chemicals. And, as with most of my recipes, it’s cheap! All you need is baking soda and essential oil(s). Once made, you can store them in a mason jar or any jar (such as large plastic spice or food bottles) that […]

How Do I Make Kefir?

Supplies for Making Kefir: 1. Kefir Culture. Buy the grain, not the powdered starter. A kefir grain is alive and will multiply over time. The powdered versions are expensive and they have a limited number of times that they will reproduce. Avoid contact with metal and chlorinated water. (Although I have to confess, I have […]