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Comments (67)

  1. I had read your article on making your own laundry detergent, but cannot find it again.
    HELP!!
    I would love to try this.

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  2. Sarah-

    I would love it if your website had the abiliity to perform a specific search. I would like to know more about Truvia, xylitol and erythritol. I have come across a new eating plan called Trim Healthy Mama, and they use a lot of these sweetners. What do you think about them?

    Blesssings,
    Sharon

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    • Sharon,

      Since no one has answered your question yet, I will attempt to do so.

      According to Ramiel Nagel’s book “Cure Tooth Decay” xylitol is not just a sugar but a sugar alcohol. Pets can overdose on it, with side effects ranging from seizures to liver damage, and even death. Xylitol does not have “Generally Recognized As Safe” status by the gov’t. Instead it was approved as a food additive. That is why it is chiefly found in “cosmetic” products like chewing gum and toothpaste. Xylitol’s anti-cavity properties are purported to depend on the fact that bacteria cannot digest sugar alcohols and convert them into acids. He continues by saying that he has already demonstrated earlier in the book that bacteria and acids are not the primary culprits in tooth decay. He warns to “also avoid other unnatural sounding sugar alcohol sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol, malitol and erythritol.

      As far as Truvia goes, it is a stevia based sugar substitute made by coca-cola and cargill. I’m not sure what tests have been done on stevia. I would assume, like anything else, that we should not over do it. I have a stevia plant outside that I pick leaves off of and dehydrate to save. Following that, I crush them and they hold their color. Most of the stevia based sweeteners out there are white. Which would imply heavy processing. Plus, they are described as stevia BASED. I prefer just stevia and nothing else added. Frontier Organics brand sells powdered green stevia.

      Hope this helps!

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  3. Hi Sarah! My son was put on a dairy free/gluten free diet a few months ago, due to allergies. The diet has helped his allergies tremendously, and we have seen a great improvement in behavior (which I believe has to do with the gluten) his allergist also has him on magnesium, calcium, potasium, vit A & Vit D, zinc & fish oils…is this to much for a 4 year old? The allergist we see is a hollistic allergist, but I guess I don’t really like taking any “man made” supplements & would rather be sure he’s getting plenty of those ingredients in food…what are your thoughts???

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  4. I just did my annual physical. Though he says that my labs, and hormones are normal, he said that I have a vit D deficiency. I am 53, He told me to take 2,000 IU of vit D. Do you have one that you recommend?
    Thank you,
    Donna

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  6. Hi,
    Read your story “How to heal a cavity naturally and nutritionally without the need for ‘drilling and filling’” on natural news.. Sounds great but I was left with many questions as I’m going to try it with my son.

    What brand of raw butter?
    Where can I get it?
    Can you recommend a brand of fermented cod liver oil?
    Again can you recommend a brand of capsules of butter oil?

    There are many brands of the items which makes it hard to decipher which is truly the healthy choice and which are just claiming to be.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and helping to re-educate folks how to truly eat healthy.
    John

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  8. I am 34, my youngest is now 6 years old, he is also my 3rd child, I nursed all 3 of my kids. My 1st, I was only able to nurse her for 3 months, then my body was done producing my milk, it took me 3 days to dry all the way out. My 2 nd child winged himself off when he was 6 months old, I was doing breast and bottle while I worked. My 3rd child I wanted to nurse for a year, I also had to take a natural herb called mothers milk. He then got a viral infection in his mouth and I had to stop breast feeding him.That was in Feb. and by April I started to do Pilate’s , I first started to loss weight in my nick, arms, and in my chest. My breast are now gone and so is all my fat in my body. I have had back and hip problems and started therapy and joined the the gem. But my boobs and I think I have dropped 2 cup sizes, but at the sametime I still kind of fit into my old bras, (lol) I say when I gather my skin boobies and put them in the bra they look good, when I take off the bra they look like they r gone (wilted raisins). How,or what can I do to faten, fill, and perk them back to the the normal size they were before I started to work out and get fit to look good and not fat with baby weight.

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  9. Hi Sarah,
    Have you done an article on what to eat post pregnancy?

    My Daughter in law gave birth this week, and we’re working to implement tradtional foods,
    she seems to be very gluten intollerant, but once that was elliminated, was able to gain weight and conceive and now we have a beautiful baby granddaughter, born with a midwife, everything went perfectly.

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  10. Lacto Fermented apple juice has become explosive. Do you have any experience with this. We made up some Lacto fermented apple juice and after bottling it for a few weeks as set out in the Nourishing Traditions book, we decided to open a bottle last night. The explosive power was incredible. It ripped the wire latch off the Flowers juice bottle and all the contents of the bottle was on the ceiling. So we now have a dozen bombs sitting in the cupboard. We do not want to lose all this juice. What do we do ?

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  12. Hi Kerrie – I am not sure this is the best place for you to ask your question. I left a question 10 days ago that hasn’t been answered and there are other questions here unanswered. Have you tried putting organic hemp powder into Google? I just did a quick search and there are lots of sites in the US and the UK so why not give that a try.

    I make my own hemp powder by grinding hemp seeds in a coffee grinder then I sprinkle it on my breakfast smoothie
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  13. I just visited my Naturepath and she wants me to up my protein by drinking a protein supplement everyday. She wants me to look for a plant based protein supplement. I can’t find an all organic plant based protein supplement. I had cancer last year and am working on rebuilding my health through traditional cooking/nutritionals. Im very grateful for your site, that it has even come to my attention is a gift. What is your take on protein powder supplementation? Are you aware of a good plant based protein supplement?

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  14. Hi Sarah – I recently read an article about leaky gut syndrome and the part played by enterocytes in the gut re the digestion of carbohyhrates. I have been trying to find it again and wondered if it might have been on your site. Does it ring any bells?

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  15. I have constant sinus infections due to Polyups. I would like to read more about what you have learned. I also have on going allergies to animals as well. Yes they say to get rid of the animals and your allergies will be gone. You can’t get rid of your children.

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  16. Hi Sarah! I’m a first time mom and am having a hard time finding a family doctor in the Maryland area who won’t force vaccinations on me. Do you have any recommendations on how to find these doctors?

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  18. Sara, do you have any information to share about MSM? I am considering taking it as a supplement for joint pain. I have been gluten & dairy-free for 10 years, sugar-free for one, eat healthfully and I’m slender. Yet I have severe, chronic pain. Thank you for any info!

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  19. You had a post on alternative energy boosters instead of caffeine a while back and I can’t find it. Interested in trying coconut oil. Can you tell me where to find that post.

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  20. Hi, I watched your youtube on making coconut milk kefir and the raw milk kefir in both video you took a culture out with a wooden spoon and put it in the milk. My question is where did you get the culture from or did you make it and if you did, HOW? I want to try both recipes but I need that cottage cheese looking stuff. Thank you for you help.

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  21. Hi Sarah, i emailed you about a year ago about prenatal vitamin questions. You emailed me back and told me that you didnt not take any prenatals & that you would post what you did instead of taking them…i was wondering if i missed that post? could you link me in, or repost…im expecting again and could use the advise! Thank You!

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  22. Hi! I’ve been reading your entries, and was wondering where you got all these information. I’d like to do a research on nutritious food (I’m sorry for being too broad about the topic, it’s because I haven’t really decided yet), and was wondering what books are good to read. I tried to find your sources, but couldn’t. Thanks!

    Kyra

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  23. I didn’t see a reference to soaking OAT GROATS. Are groats prepared the same way as other grains? Ramiel Nagel author of “Cure Tooth Decay” states in his book that oats are the worst for causing tooth decay I am at a loss as what to do. We love love love organic cooked oat groats and eat this each morning. Can you please guide me on the preparation of this money saving breakfast food for my 11 children? Thanks so much! Kris

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  24. Hi everyone, I stumbled upon this website today and it reminds me alot of the GAPS diet (if this isn’t considered it already). I could type a mountain of information that I’ve acquired here. I consider myself extremely well versed in WHAT to do in order to get healthy. However…

    What I’ve never been able to do is stay focused and disciplined long enough to put my knowledge to good use in helping myself.

    Have any of you been in my shoes? If so, could you impart some of your knowledge on how you conquered the behavioral side of getting healthy.

    Thanks in advance,
    Barb

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    • Barb, it is a slow process of behavior modification. Don’t beat yourself up for not doing it perfectly,and do it again and again.I make Kombucha and Kefir,had started making Sourdough breads ,then, after my baby’s birth didn’t do it for months and finally started again.Take one thing at a time,and when you feel ready,add another one. My family is preparing to do the GAPS program,which we did for 2 months as a trial,and the results we got are a big incentive to go on.

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  25. Do you have any information on Diatomaceous Earth? I have read a lot about its health benefits, but I’m a little leary of eating it……..thoughts?

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  26. I want to try my hand at making sourdough bread. You comment somewhere that the bread you make/eat has only three ingredients: spelt, salt and water. Do you have this recipe and process posted somewhere, or would you pass it along here if not? Thank you! Love what you do! -Nancy

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  27. Hi Sarah, I just love all the information on this site. I do have a question? I bought a kefir culture from Culture for Health,(I think that ‘s the name). The instructions for rehyrdrating it state to keep changing the raw milk. What do you do with the old milk. Is it safe to drink? Thanks, Beth

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  28. Thank you so much for all of your fantastic information and for spreading the good word!
    On your page for Raw Butter Fudge, there is a link for why you never buy Organic Valley Butter. I would like to read that article but can’t access it. Is it still posted?

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  29. I would also love any advice on having adenoids removed. My daughter has difficulty at times breathing at night and we believe she has an adenoid issue which is complicated by a pollen allergy or if she has a cold the breathing problem gets so much worse that it makes it difficult for her to sleep well. Do you have any tips or advice?

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  30. Have you done a post or do you know of one on having your tonsils removed? I have a friend who the Dr. is recommending tonsil and adenoid (SP?) removal for her son and I am trying to remember where I saw a post on how that is not a great idea. Thanks for all you do!

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  31. Hi Sarah, I have a question, I just finished reading ‘Eat Fat, Lose Fat’ and now I’m super excited to get started, but, I’m finding it rather difficult to do with a low income. I went to my local whole foods store and the prices for a lot of the items that are suggested are outrageously expensive. I did look into farm shares which are much more reasonable but I live in the Midwest and farms only offer the shares during the warmer months. So my question is, how can someone eat a traditional diet if their income is very low, do you or does anyone else on here have any suggestions that could help me out?

    I have a family of 3 and we all suffer from mental health issues and low energy levels, which I am almost positive is because of the Standard American Diet we eat and have been eating for many years. I really want to see my children and I living the happy healthy lifestyle that everyone deserves to live. I hope you or someone else can offer some suggestions to get us started in the right direction.
    Thanks and have a beautiful day! ~Lisa

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  32. Sarah, I have an important question that I hope you can answer! I am intrigued by your posting about bitters as I have had digestion problems for a while now that I can’t seem to resolve. Your posting of Agricultural Society’s gallbladder and liver cleanse link really make sense to me and I think I just may have to follow suit! But my concern is in relation to the GAPS diet for which I have not started yet but will fairly soon, maybe in this next year… My question is do you think it’s better and more beneficial to do the gallbladder/liver cleanse first then start GAPS second *OR* do GAPS first then do the gallbladder/liver cleanse second? I can’t seem to sort it out in my head which one would logically come first!

    Thanks in advance : )

    Karen E.

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  33. Hi Sarah
    I’m loving your site. I have started some fruit scrap vinegar, and having a hard time finding the video or receipt again. Also want to find the paper written a out fasting with whole, raw milk.
    Thank you for all of your healthy inspirations.
    Rachael Jean

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  34. Hi Sarah, I read a few weeks ago about giving your son cod liver oil and ghee each day to heal his tooth. I have purchased the cod liver oil and made the ghee. I cant find your post anywhere. I’ve been searching quite a bit today. I need to know how much to give my 6 year old. She has a chipped tooth and cavity. Thanks so much

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  35. Hi Sarah, love your blog. I switched my family over to raw milk about 2 months ago. I’m down 10 lbs! I’ve been making kefir and everyone loves it! I have a Country Living grinder and have just started grinding my own wheat flour. The wheat is not sprouted, but I soak it in kefir for 24 hrs and make the best banana bread I ever had. I can’t wait to try your homemade cold cereal. Thanks for all your hard work getting the word out. All the best! Ed

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  36. Hi Sarah, I have a question about soaking flour. How do I know when it is best to soak flour and when I should use sprouted flour in a recipe? I’m not sure what to use to soak the four in a recipe. What if the recipe doesn’t call for the the liquid used for soaking the flour? So much to learn but I am getting there. Thanks so much for all your help and resource recommendations!

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  37. I’m looking at wheat grinders and most of them say you can’t use them for sprouted foods. Is there a brand/model you use or can suggest? Also, do you use food processors and if so same question… what do you suggest?

    Thanks, loved the video on sprouting!

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      • So just to be clear… What I was told was that what the typical impact mill does is “explode the grain,” but you have to have something hard enough to explode and the sprouting process makes it softer so you have to get a ber (sp?) type mill. Are you saying that if I dry the grain like you say in your video (24 hours in 150degree oven) an impact mill will still work? I wan’t an impract mill because they are faster seem to be better quality, but I only plan on grinding sprouted grains so before I spend $250-$500 on a mill I want to make sure I can use it for what I intend:) Thanks again!

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  38. Hi Sarah, I have a general dairy question!
    Do you recommend consuming store-brand milk and milk products if you are unable to find organic, pasture raised or non-homogonized products? Or should I just not include butter, yogurt or milk in our diet until a suitable source can be found?
    Thank you for your help, and any research or site you can point me to would be helpful!

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Rebecca, no – I do not recommend any store milk including organic brands. Low temp pasteurized, nonhomogenized is as much of a compromise as can be allowed IMO. If you can’t find that, then just don’t drink milk. Butter, yogurt, cream (non UHT) is fine until you locate a decent source.

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  39. Another question about whey please. How sour does the milk have to be before you leave it sit out? I put out my milk when it started getting sour but it’s been 5 days sitting out now and it’s not getting chunky like yours. Should I toss it out now or what should I do with it? It’s still very liquidy. (I put out a gallon container with about the same amount of milk as in your video.)
    Thanks for any help with this.

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist January 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      You can leave fresh milk on the counter if you like. It just takes longer to clabber. The more sour the milk, the quicker the clabbering takes.

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  40. Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    Hi Marvin, Glad you like the site! Per your request, I subscribed you using your email. Here’s the info from feeburner:

    Please check your inbox for a verification message from “FeedBurner Email Subscriptions”, the service that delivers email subscriptions for The Healthy Home Economist. You will need to click a link listed in this message to activate your subscription.

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  41. Thanks! I can’t wait to try some more new recipes. I have to tell you that I was introduced to your site by my sister who sent me the Butter Fudge recipe. We love it and I’ve made a a few times now. Always have some in the freezer. Yum! :)

    Thanks again,
    Carol

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  42. Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist December 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Carol, that is fine. Sometimes the whey turns out more white and not as clear. Once you put in in a glass jar and refrigerate, the white will come to the top and the liquid will go more clear and you can skim off the residue of white cream cheese off the top.

    It’s a little different everytime you do it. There’s no magic to it. That’s why most folks prefer processed foods as it is the same every time you deal with it. But this convenience and predictability is at the expense of nutrition.

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  43. Hi Sarah,
    I have another question. I just tried to make some whey and I left the milk out on the counter for about 36 hours and it was looking kind of lumpy but maybe not quite as lumpy as yours. I poured it into the cloth and the liquid is much whiter than yours. It’s looks more like skim milk color than what you have. Is that still good or should I let it sit out some more and try it again (if that’s possible)? Or will it still work like this? What happens if you don’t leave the milk out long enough? If you don’t leave it out long enough, what is the liquid then? Is it still whey or whey plus something?
    Can you tell I’m new to all this traditional foods stuff?
    Thanks,
    Carol

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  44. Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist December 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Carol, the newest research is showing that soaking eliminates the antinutrients better than sprouting. But, sprouting adds nutrition in and of itself. The germination process is magical. So do both if you can, but if you can only do one – soaking or sour leavening (sourdough) works better than sprouting alone.

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  45. Hi Sarah,

    I’ve been reading your blog and watching the videos for a few weeks now. I really enjoy it but I’m a little confused about sprouting and soaking. Do you sprout the grains and make flour and then still have to soak the flour when you use it or is it just one or the other?

    Thanks,
    Carol

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  46. Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist November 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Hi G.L., I have not done a video on pickled beets .. I have done a video on Beet Kvass however. If you click on “Videos” you should find it there.

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  47. I cannot find the video of you making pickled beets. I have a question about peeling/cutting the beets. I have looked at all the videos on file but cannot find this one.

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