The Healthy Home Economist http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com Traditional Diet, Holistic Health Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:09:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 The Good Gluten You Can Probably Eat Just Fine http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/good-gluten-you-can-probably-eat/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/good-gluten-you-can-probably-eat/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:13:44 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=5076 If you’ve been interested in alternative health for any length of time, you have probably realized that a black and white approach to wellness is a recipe for disaster. Successful health recovery is typically like the slow, methodical peeling of an onion with persistent, consistent lifestyle modifications to achieve incremental improvements. This takes patience, time,... Continue Reading »

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If you’ve been interested in alternative health for any length of time, you have probably realized that a black and white approach to wellness is a recipe for disaster.

Successful health recovery is typically like the slow, methodical peeling of an onion with persistent, consistent lifestyle modifications to achieve incremental improvements. This takes patience, time, and determination as opposed to the band-aid approach of popping a handful of vitamins each day in a (futile) attempt to magically make up for a lousy diet, lack of quality sleep, or a stress filled home or work environment. While supplement popping might help somewhat in the short term and buy you some time to make impactful lifestyle changes, over the long haul it won’t make much of a difference.

This is because health silver bullets are nonexistent in my experience as a Nutrition Educator for the past 20+ years (are you listening supplement companies?). Furthermore, a food that might trigger symptoms for one person might be beneficial for another. As a simple example, tomatoes contribute to problems with chronic pain and digestive issues for those individuals with a nightshade sensitivity. For most people, however, tomatoes and products containing them are just fine to eat.

The same can be said for gluten, a complex and difficult to digest plant protein present in some grain based foods. Some people can eat gluten with no symptoms while others bloat up within minutes of a single bite. Still others suffer more insidious gluten related symptoms that result in slow development of autoimmune disease over time. This would be the case for those with Celiac disease.

Despite the problems that many are having with gluten today, it would be a mistake to say that all gluten is bad.

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Protocol for a Successful Mercury Detox http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/mercury-detox-protocol/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/mercury-detox-protocol/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:23:20 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=23801 Silver fillings, also called amalgams, are one of the most toxic and health damaging dental materials ever developed. Made up of approximately 50% liquid mercury with the remainder a powdered combination of silver, tin, copper, zinc and other metals, amalgams lodged in a person’s mouth over time have the very real potential to slowly but surely... Continue Reading »

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Silver fillings, also called amalgams, are one of the most toxic and health damaging dental materials ever developed. Made up of approximately 50% liquid mercury with the remainder a powdered combination of silver, tin, copper, zinc and other metals, amalgams lodged in a person’s mouth over time have the very real potential to slowly but surely cause heavy metal poisoning, which results in very serious and life altering nervous system toxicity. It can also affect numerous other body systems. When this occurs, a thorough mercury detox is required to eliminate it.

Why? Because mercury is lipophilic. This means that it is stored and concentrated in the fatty tissues. The brain, the master controller of the nervous system, is the fattiest tissue and organ in the entire human body and is comprised of at least 60% fat. It is no exaggeration to say that the brain is nothing short of a mercury magnet.

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Perfectly Probiotic Cottage Cheese (enzyme rich too!) http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/traditional-probiotic-perfect-cottage-cheese/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/traditional-probiotic-perfect-cottage-cheese/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:25:40 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=23623 In the Western world, cottage cheese is nearly synonymous with dieting and all things related to the pursuit of skinny. The poster child for losing weight since the misguided lowfat dogma of the 1950’s took hold and escorted Westerners down a path to even greater weight and health challenges, cottage cheese is typically served with... Continue Reading »

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In the Western world, cottage cheese is nearly synonymous with dieting and all things related to the pursuit of skinny.

The poster child for losing weight since the misguided lowfat dogma of the 1950’s took hold and escorted Westerners down a path to even greater weight and health challenges, cottage cheese is typically served with sliced fruit on top as an ultra low calorie meal.

While certainly a nutritious, traditional food (Little Miss Muffet was probably eating something similar while sitting on her tuffet), cottage cheese in the modern sense has, for the most part, seriously lost its way.

Supermarket and even organic healthfood store cottage cheeses are highly processed, lowfat concoctions that are more likely to trigger binge eating than satisfy and proactively assist with sustainable weight loss goals.

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Top 10 House Plants for Clean Indoor Air http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/house-plants-for-clean-indoor-air/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/house-plants-for-clean-indoor-air/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:49:27 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=23689 Research by NASA on the air-filtering effect of house plants concluded as early as 1989 that they are a powerful means to remedy indoor air pollution. The first list of the best house plants for this purpose was compiled as part of the NASA Clean Air Study. It researched simple, sustainable ways to clean air... Continue Reading »

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Research by NASA on the air-filtering effect of house plants concluded as early as 1989 that they are a powerful means to remedy indoor air pollution.

The first list of the best house plants for this purpose was compiled as part of the NASA Clean Air Study. It researched simple, sustainable ways to clean air on space stations. Under NASA’s controlled conditions, certain house plants were found to remove as much as 87 percent of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours.

The air cleaning capability of plants maintained within a closed living environment goes far and beyond simple removal of carbon dioxide (which humans and animals exhale) and replacing it with clean oxygen. House plants also have the remarkable ability to remove toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air, which can be a particular health hazard for those living or working in newly built residential homes, apartments, and commercial office space.

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Maple Syrup Truths Revealed: Time to Switch Brands? http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/maple-syrup-truths-revealed/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/maple-syrup-truths-revealed/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:36:11 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=23617 Maple syrup is without a doubt one of the best and most traditional sweeteners that is easily available today. Supermarkets, buying clubs and healthfood stores alike typically stock a wide variety of brands with consumers increasingly favoring its simple, whole sweetness over genetically modified (GMO) corn syrup or sugar derived synthetic syrups that can cause... Continue Reading »

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the truth about maple syrup production methods

Maple syrup is without a doubt one of the best and most traditional sweeteners that is easily available today. Supermarkets, buying clubs and healthfood stores alike typically stock a wide variety of brands with consumers increasingly favoring its simple, whole sweetness over genetically modified (GMO) corn syrup or sugar derived synthetic syrups that can cause an acne breakout or a nasty canker sore nearly as fast as you can finish a stack of pancakes at the local diner.

Maple syrup has consistently played an integral part of the economies of North America. Native Americans originally taught the early European settlers how to tap maple trees and boil down the sap to make this sweetener which comes in a variety of hues, with the darker versions the richest tasting and most mineral loaded.

Since maple syrup is a completely natural product that is derived from trees that are decades old in most cases and rarely if ever sprayed, I’ve always assumed that conventional maple syrup is basically the same as organic. Why pay more for maple syrup that has the organic label which is an expensive certification for producers to procure?

I know many consumers who have made the same mistake.

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How Green is Your College? http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-green-is-your-college-university/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-green-is-your-college-university/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:07:45 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=23581   I spent time this past weekend visiting my beloved alma mater, Furman University (Go Paladins!). I hadn’t been back since my 10 year college reunion, so needless to say, there were a lot of changes for me to catch up on. As we drove around campus checking out all the new facilities, I was... Continue Reading »

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I spent time this past weekend visiting my beloved alma mater, Furman University (Go Paladins!). I hadn’t been back since my 10 year college reunion, so needless to say, there were a lot of changes for me to catch up on.

As we drove around campus checking out all the new facilities, I was startled to notice two huge solar panels across the road from the soccer stadium which apparently powered at least part of the science building. This was my first clue that something very near and dear to my heart was happening.

As we drove out the back gate to the golf course to check out the big improvements to the practice facility since I graduated, I noticed a community farm that, by the looks of it, apparently followed organic and sustainable practices.

My biggest surprise came when my son and I were walking through the beautifully renovated cafeteria overlooking the 40-acre Furman lake and bell tower.

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Easy Ways to Avoid (Cancer Causing) Acrylamide in Home Cooking http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/easy-ways-avoid-acrylamide-home-cooking/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/easy-ways-avoid-acrylamide-home-cooking/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:17:33 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=23522 The realization that plenty of traditional fats in the diet is not dangerous and is, in fact, incredibly necessary for vibrant health can sometimes lead to the conclusion that fried foods are fine to eat on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Frying and even baking and broiling carbohydrates creates a carcinogenic chemical called acrylamide in the food.... Continue Reading »

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The realization that plenty of traditional fats in the diet is not dangerous and is, in fact, incredibly necessary for vibrant health can sometimes lead to the conclusion that fried foods are fine to eat on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

Frying and even baking and broiling carbohydrates creates a carcinogenic chemical called acrylamide in the food. This is the case even if healthy, high heat fats like tallow, lard, ghee or coconut oil are used.

The good news is that when traditional cooking methods are followed, the dangerous creation of acrylamide in your food can be avoided!

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It Can Be Done! Avoiding EMF Exposure from Laptops and Notebooks http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/avoiding-emf-exposure-laptops-notebooks/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/avoiding-emf-exposure-laptops-notebooks/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:22:25 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=22018 If you’ve enjoyed the convenience of using your laptop or notebook computer to get work done while snuggled into bed, reclined on the couch, sitting as a passenger on a road trip, or sipping a hot drink at the local coffee shop, it may be time to reconsider your computer-clicking habits. Over the past few... Continue Reading »

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If you’ve enjoyed the convenience of using your laptop or notebook computer to get work done while snuggled into bed, reclined on the couch, sitting as a passenger on a road trip, or sipping a hot drink at the local coffee shop, it may be time to reconsider your computer-clicking habits.

Over the past few years a startling string of studies have implicated laptops as a prime source of harmful electromagnetic radiation (or EMF) emissions. Not surprisingly, experts have revealed that the health risks associated with using laptops and notebooks are highest when the devices are used in close proximity to the body. Thus, despite the catchy name, laptop computers are not actually safe to use from the lap.

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The Top Ten Immunity Killers http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/top-ten-immunity-killers-to-avoid/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/top-ten-immunity-killers-to-avoid/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:00:35 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=23308 When I was in elementary school several decades ago, there might have been 1 or 2 children in the entire school of several hundred who had an allergy, and it was usually to peanuts. I never even heard of a wheat or dairy allergy. Gluten free? Huh? I think many adults could share a similar... Continue Reading »

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When I was in elementary school several decades ago, there might have been 1 or 2 children in the entire school of several hundred who had an allergy, and it was usually to peanuts. I never even heard of a wheat or dairy allergy. Gluten free? Huh?

I think many adults could share a similar story.

Fast forward to 2003.

When my oldest son started school, one or at most two children in his class had a food allergy of some kind. Fast forward again to 2009. When my youngest child started preschool, ten of the children in a class of twelve were allergic to at least one food. My children now report that lunchroom conversation can sometimes include a discussion of who is allergic to what. When someone claims to have no allergies, he/she might even be called out as a fibber as allergies have now become the norm rather the exception for this generation of children, which could aptly be dubbed Generation A.

What in the world has happened in a few short decades? Why do so many children and a growing number of adults today have issues with immunity at what seems like an accelerating rate?

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Kitchari Healing and Nourishing Ayurvedic Porridge http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/kitchari-healing-nourishing-fasting-ayurvedic-porridge/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/kitchari-healing-nourishing-fasting-ayurvedic-porridge/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:53:14 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=23353 The small, locally owned health food store where I have shopped for nearly 20 years has a wonderful deli and juice bar that is a favorite of the locals. I frequently drop in to see what homemade soups are available on the hot bar as my family consumes so much soup and broth that I... Continue Reading »

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The small, locally owned health food store where I have shopped for nearly 20 years has a wonderful deli and juice bar that is a favorite of the locals. I frequently drop in to see what homemade soups are available on the hot bar as my family consumes so much soup and broth that I sometimes find it difficult to keep up on busy weeks.

Recently, I’ve noticed that the hot bar has featured a pot of kitchari every single day I’ve dropped in (which is several times a week) without fail. This was exciting to me, as kitchari is one of the very first traditional dishes I learned about when I began cooking at home and stopped eating out so much at the urging of my amazing doctor at the time, who was both an Ayurvedic physician and an MD.

It’s so neat when something a bit obscure that you’ve enjoyed for a long time starts to mainstream!

Kitchari is a nutritious, tasty and very digestible dish that Indian mothers frequently make for their children when they are feeling under the weather. The soothing nature of this healing and nourishing porridge makes it perfect for a light supper, a brief kitchari fast to rest the digestion, or to take to convalescents and mothers who have recently given birth.

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