Category Archives: Healthy Living

A Grain Free Birthday Party, GAPS Style!

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP January 19, 2015

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By Melanie Christner NTP of Honest Body

It’s our Maggie’s 10th birthday this week. Whew…her first decade! To give an indication of her personality, she holds the distinguished place of the “family fireworks”.

This post is in honor of her. Much love to my dimple cheeked, blonde haired girl.

A GAPS Style, Grain Free Birthday

When one or more family members are on an autoimmune healing protocol such as the GAPS Diet which requires grain free eating, birthday parties can seem a bit daunting at first. However, as I wrote about in my GAPS Thanksgiving post, there is no limit to the scrumptious food you can celebrate with and serve, even on a healing diet!

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The Healthiest Resistant Starch For Your Gut

by Carla Hernandez, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner December 23, 2014

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By Carla Hernandez of Wise Roots Nutrition

Carbs, amylum, polysaccharides, call it what you will, starch in all its forms has gotten a bad rap lately.

Some of this negative attention is valid, as excessive starch in the diet can contribute to many health problems, not to mention gut issues.

The truth is that not all starch is bad, however, and one starch in particular has been gaining a lot of attention lately as it has been shown via research to be extremely beneficial to overall health, especially for those with gut related problems. This may seem hard to believe at first given that many forms of starch are avoided on gut healing diets like GAPS.

Resistant starch is a type of starch that does not break down (it literally “resists” digestion), instead of being absorbed as glucose like most starches. Instead, resistant starch travels through the small intestine to the colon where it is turned into beneficial, energy boosting, inflammation squashing short-chain fatty acids by intestinal bacteria.

But, be wary as all forms of resistant starch are not the same!

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

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 16, 2014

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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

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 14, 2014

 

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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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My Awesome Discoveries at the Healthfood Store

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 3, 2014

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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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