Why I Gorged on Brie Cheese When I Was Pregnant

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 19, 2014

brie cheese is loaded with Vitamin K2

Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do …

That’s the way I felt about brie cheese when I was pregnant.

Like other expecting mothers, I was warned during prenatal consultations to avoid soft cheeses like brie due the risk of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can trigger a food borne bacterial infection which carries the potential risk of miscarriage.

The trouble was, I craved brie cheese like crazy when I was pregnant!

So what did I do?

I concluded that the risk from eating brie was probably incredibly small and overblown due to the misguided, prejudiced view against unpasteurized dairy products by government health authorities which are responsible for putting together these types of frequently foolish recommendations.

So I indulged my craving and ate brie cheese to my heart’s content figuring there was something in this particular traditional food that I needed even though I didn’t know what it was at the time.

I am so glad I followed my instincts!

In my most recent podcast as co-host with Fearless Parent Radio, I interview Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, author of Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life, without a doubt, one of the best health books I have read in the past few years.

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The (Priceless) $40 Gift that Gives Over $120 Back

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 16, 2014


Do you eat butter and embrace healthy fats, ferment foods like sauerkraut or kombucha, avoid soy, take cod liver oil, make your own bone broth, consume grassfed raw dairy, traditionally prepare your grains, nuts and legumes, and/or seek out pastured meats?

If so, it’s likely because of the huge, paradigm busting influence of the Weston A. Price Foundation around the globe over the past 16 years on the public’s perception of what a healthy diet really looks like and how to source the foods of our ancestors locally within our communities.

Important work like this takes money, of course, and the lifeblood of the Weston A. Price Foundation is membership.

A wonderful way to show our gratitude to the Foundation for its research and activism is to become a member, which provides financial support to continue this critical mission.  Membership costs only $40 per year and includes the annual Shopping Guide and quarterly Wise Traditions Journal, a well respected publication that is guaranteed to provide life enhancing health information to you and your family with each and every issue.

This year’s membership drive is especially exciting as the Weston A. Price Foundation is offering over $120 in discounts and coupons to all new members from highly recommended vendors of some of the best traditional food and farming products on the market today

Here’s a rundown of the exciting bonuses that those who gift a tax deductible membership to themselves or a loved one before December 31, 2014 can enjoy all throughout the New Year!

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How Folic Acid is Making Us Sick

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 14, 2014


folic acid is not healthy_mini

By Cara Comini of Health Home and Happiness

Editor”s Note:  Cara has done extensive research on how nutrition relates to disability, has used the GAPS diet protocols successfully with her own family, and strives to break down healthy habits into easy-to-accomplish changes for the average busy family. She uncovered the overlooked difference between folic acid and natural folate while doing research on the MTHFR gene mutation, and is alarmed that this isn’t more widely discussed especially in prenatal consultations.

Today she shares how 20-40% of our population do not produce enough of the enzyme needed to break down the synthetic folic acid found in supplements and fortified food into the usable form, and how folic acid supplementation and fortification may be contributing to many of our modern diseases. Just about every pregnant woman is told to supplement with synthetic folic acid rather than the natural form folate. This is alarming and is impacting a generation of children being born right now.

I would encourage you to read and consider this information very carefully!

As a mom of a child who has struggled with disability (see our story about GAPS and Autism here), I’ve made it a priority to be proactive when it comes to my children’s health, and I have seen their health blossom because of it. I carefully research nutrition in pregnancy, make it a priority to avoid genetically modified foods and the dirty dozen, insist that my children take cod liver oil, and even start my babies on liver as a first food.

One little nutrient slipped by me until recently, though, and I’m kicking myself now.

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Why I Threw Away My Sleep Number for an IntelliBED

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 11, 2014

restful intellibed_mini

If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything at all.

While I’m definitely no procrastinator (just ask my husband), this adage unfortunately describes my approach to determining the best quality mattress for our master bedroom over the years.

Embarrassing, but true.

You see, my husband and I bought a sleep number bed shortly before we started our family. That was more than 15 years ago.  It seemed like a good decision at the time, but the truth is, I never really liked it all that well. How much can you really determine from a few minutes laying on a bed in a showroom anyway?

Why did we buy it, you might ask?  Good question!  I guess it was primarily because it was the new and different sleep technology at that time and we thought the feature of being able to pump up our individual side of the bed to our personal liking (hubby likes it firmer than I do) would be conducive to slumbering marital bliss.

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Recovering the Health of Foster Children

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 9, 2014

happy and healthy foster children

By Mandy Lee, NTP of Fostering Nutrition

Editor’s Note:  I recently met Mandy Lee at the Wise Traditions Conference in Indianapolis. She shared with me her passion for foster children along with her simple, effective, and highly successful protocol for helping them return to vibrant health once they come to live in her home.  I was so moved by her work that I asked her to share her story with all of you.

I hope you find it as inspirational as I did!

The Beginning

As a child, I spoke often of adopting children. While in college, my volunteer time was spent helping orphans. But when my husband and I went to adopt, we were thrown a curve ball. It’s another story that you can read about fully in [our book] or briefly on our [About Page].

Suffice to say we landed in a foreign world of fostering children that could not stay in their birth parent/s home. The reasons vary; but 90% of these parents are addicted to drugs and have fallen into a pattern of domestic violence.

We are shocked at what these orphan children have experienced in their lives. We have now fostered for 5 years and have had over 7 children come through our home and stay to be a part of our family for a while. One has passed away with cancer and one has been adopted. A couple of children just stay a day or so because they are able to return home quickly.

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