Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cow Happy Lines: One Measure of Herd Health

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 31, 2011

Guest blog by Tim Wightman, President of The Farm to Consumer Foundation and Board Member of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

The general health and well being of cows and dairy animals is something that we human overseers have to interpret through markers usually performed by tests of production, body scores, overall herd health trends, body language and herd interactions. The health of calves and calving problems and general crankiness of herd individuals when approached are also considerations.

As in all relationships, we gain a knowledge base that is built over time and can be referenced to determine those trends that are present.

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Monday Mania 5/30/2011

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 30, 2011

Welcome to the Memorial Day edition of Monday Mania, a carnival where Real Food bloggers come together to link up their popular Posts. These posts might be Real Food recipes, Book Reviews, Natural Remedies, or Green Home Tips. They might even be a blogger’s take on a media health report, a videoblog, podcast, or an exciting giveaway!

In short, these Awesome Posts are a complete free for all of incredible Real Foodie Wisdom! So, roll up your sleeves, link up and show us your stuff! Can’t wait to see what your Real Foodie brains have turned out recently!

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Top Five Foods to Never Buy at the Healthfood Store

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 28, 2011

Consider yourself warned!

shopping cartNot all food at the healthfood store is healthy! In fact, much of it can be classified as organic junk food.  You can always tell healthfood store newbies as their shopping carts are typically loaded up with these types of foods which indicates that they have only recently made the transition from grocery store junk food and are simply replacing one type of highly processed boxed food with another.

Having shopped at healthfood stores for almost 20 years and seen many a food fad come and go, here is my top five list of supposedly “healthy” foods that are anything but nourishing to you and your family.

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The Weekly Comment Spotlight

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 27, 2011

I spend quite a bit of time each week answering comments on my blogs, both old and new.   I love answering comments and no question is ever a “dumb” question in my book.  The only dumb questions are the ones that never get asked!

That being said, there are always a few comments each week that really grab my attention for whatever reason.  To give you some idea, I was having lunch with my husband yesterday and was telling him about this absolutely brilliant comment by a reader that I was still marveling about.  He immediately suggested that I do a weekly blog spotlighting standout comments.

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Russian Custard

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 26, 2011

When my husband and I were on the (temporary) GAPS Diet to improve our gut health, one of our favorite treats hands down was Russian Custard.

Russian Custard is an excellent substitute for cream and works well for any recipe which calls for cream.

Cream, if you recall, is not permitted on the GAPS Diet as it is high in lactose (milk sugar), which is a disaccharide (double sugar) which cannot be digested in a compromised gut environment.  Once the gut heals, of course, lactose can be digested easily so the avoidance of cream is only a temporary measure.

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