The Healthy Home Economist http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com Traditional Diet, Holistic Wellness Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:41:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Why I Gorged on Brie Cheese When I Was Pregnant http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/gorged-brie-cheese-pregnant/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/gorged-brie-cheese-pregnant/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:50:08 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19465 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... Continue Reading »

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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 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/priceless-gift-gives-back/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/priceless-gift-gives-back/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:15:24 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19428 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... Continue Reading »

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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 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/folic-acid-making-us-sick/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/folic-acid-making-us-sick/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:28:42 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19362   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... Continue Reading »

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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 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/threw-away-sleep-number-for-intellibed/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/threw-away-sleep-number-for-intellibed/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:17:30 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19291 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... Continue Reading »

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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 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/recovering-health-foster-children/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/recovering-health-foster-children/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:20:06 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19301 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... Continue Reading »

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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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Traditional and Unusual Uses for Olive Oil http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/olive-oil-uses/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/olive-oil-uses/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:42:26 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19060 It is very difficult, if not impossible, to get a diverse group of people to agree on just about anything. This is especially true in the field of health and wellness where different approaches and opinions on the best way to eat abound! With this truism in mind, it is especially astonishing then, that the overwhelming... Continue Reading »

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The many uses of olive oil

It is very difficult, if not impossible, to get a diverse group of people to agree on just about anything.

This is especially true in the field of health and wellness where different approaches and opinions on the best way to eat abound!

With this truism in mind, it is especially astonishing then, that the overwhelming consensus is that olive oil is an extremely healthy, beneficial fat to use in the diet. This is accepted as nutritional fact no matter whether an individual follows a vegan, paleo, traditional or even a conventional Western diet!

Given the widespread appeal and demand for quality, 100% authentic olive oil, it is shocking but in no way surprising that most olive oil used on the market even if organic is actually a blend comprised of olive oil (often as low as 25%) with cheap, rancid vegetable oils making up the difference. This according to Tom Mueller, fearless journalist and author of Extra Virginity, who also discovered that the mob has been in the business of distributing fake olive oil for decades!

Ironically, while there may be nearly unanimous agreement that olive oil is a truly healthy fat, the sad fact is that most people are, unbeknownst to them, not consuming the real thing.

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My Awesome Discoveries at the Healthfood Store http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/healthfood-store-discoveries/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/healthfood-store-discoveries/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:45:24 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19187 One activity I really enjoy is browsing the aisles of healthfood or specialty food stores, checking labels and searching for quality products. I especially like to do this when I’m out of town to compare brands that are on the shelves in my community. It’s almost like a treasure hunt … most items get a thumbs... Continue Reading »

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One activity I really enjoy is browsing the aisles of healthfood or specialty food stores, checking labels and searching for quality products. I especially like to do this when I’m out of town to compare brands that are on the shelves in my community.

It’s almost like a treasure hunt … most items get a thumbs down, but it is always exciting to find that one off, awesome item with a list of carefully considered, quality ingredients that you can feel good serving your family and will save you some time in the kitchen too!

I’ve found several really good products in recent weeks, and I thought I’d share them with you in case they aren’t on your radar yet.

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7 Reasons to Try a Kettlebell Workout http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/7-reasons-try-kettlebell-workout/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/7-reasons-try-kettlebell-workout/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:10:01 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=17833 By Della Powell, owner of Grace and Grit Fitness As the owner of a kettlebell gym, The most common question I am asked is “What makes a kettlebell workout different?”. If you don’t know what a kettlebell is, don’t feel bad. The second most common question I get is “What is a kettle-ball?” A Russian kettlebell... Continue Reading »

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By Della Powell, owner of Grace and Grit Fitness

As the owner of a kettlebell gym, The most common question I am asked is “What makes a kettlebell workout different?”.

If you don’t know what a kettlebell is, don’t feel bad. The second most common question I get is “What is a kettle-ball?”

A Russian kettlebell looks like an iron cannonball with a handle. Kettlebells originated in Russia over two hundred years ago, where strength has always been highly regarded. The kettlebell was the most accessible and low-cost means for developing strength and endurance. In times past, strength was required in order to survive and thrive.

Strength was needed to defend against enemies, endure and work in harsh and rural environments. Unlike in America today, where we enjoy a family barbecue on holidays; for centuries Russian folk festivals and national holidays have been centered around fist fighting, wrestling and weight lifting. Even Russian folk dancing is a feat of strength and endurance.

In fact, kettlebells were and still are juggled as a display of strength and endurance.

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Today Only! Healthy Home Economist Books Only $2.99 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/healthy-home-economist-books-sale-today/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/healthy-home-economist-books-sale-today/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:26:08 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19150 Well, it didn’t happen in time for Black Friday, but here we are on Cyber Monday and Amazon came through for me! My new book Traditional Remedies for Modern Families (185 pages) is now available as a Kindle book, and I’ve marked it down to $2.99 until midnight tonight Pacific time! Of course, you know... Continue Reading »

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Well, it didn’t happen in time for Black Friday, but here we are on Cyber Monday and Amazon came through for me!

My new book Traditional Remedies for Modern Families (185 pages) is now available as a Kindle book, and I’ve marked it down to $2.99 until midnight tonight Pacific time!

Traditional-Remedies-257x300Of course, you know that you don’t need an actual Kindle device to read a Kindle book, right?  You can read it on the device of your choice:  phone (both Apple and Android), tablet, or laptop. Click here to download your free Kindle reading app for whatever device you want.

As a special bonus, I’ve put the eBook version of my first book Get Your Fats Straight on sale for $2.99 too.  I am very pleased to report that Get Your Fats Straight was an Amazon #1 bestseller this past summer and received a thumbs-up book review from the prestigious Wise Traditions Journal.  Get Your Fats Straight is also available as a print book and you can get 30% off by clicking here to get the special coupon code at checkout.

This deal will end at midnight tonight, Pacific time so don’t delay!

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season for all of us :)

 

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Homemade Fermented Almond Milk http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/fermented-homemade-almond-milk/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/fermented-homemade-almond-milk/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:33:20 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19093 A healthy milk substitute such as homemade almond milk is an important drink to know how to make yourself in light of the skyrocketing cases of dairy allergies today. Almond milk made at home can also be fermented to add probiotics and beneficial enzymes that enhance the digestive process and boost the immune system in... Continue Reading »

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homemade almond milk fermented in a carafe A healthy milk substitute such as homemade almond milk is an important drink to know how to make yourself in light of the skyrocketing cases of dairy allergies today.

Almond milk made at home can also be fermented to add probiotics and beneficial enzymes that enhance the digestive process and boost the immune system in much the same way as grassfed raw milk. While homemade almond milk is high quality, nutritious and digestible, industrialized versions at the store even if organic should be avoided. The reasons for this are threefold:

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