Category Archives: Healthy Living

Why I’m Not Joining the Annie’s Boycott

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist September 28, 2014

annie's homegrownTo the shock and disappointment of many health conscious consumers across North America, General Mills recently announced an agreement to purchase beloved organic brand Annie’s Homegrown in an eye-popping deal valued a $820 million, or $46/share.

This is just the latest in a long string of acquisitions of small, natural food companies by huge, multinational corporations in recent years.

The purchase of Annie’s Homegrown, a 25 year old company whose trademark motto is “Real Food Tastes Better” is particularly hard to take for parents because Annie’s products are focused and targeted to children.

John Foraker, CEO of Annie’s Homegrown (not to be confused with the privately held company Amy’s Kitchen), said the following of the acquisition:

We are excited about this strategic combination, which will enable Annie’s to expand the reach and breadth of our high quality, great tasting organic and natural products, provide new opportunities for our employees, realize greater efficiencies in our operations, and maximize value for our stockholders.

To those customers greatly concerned that Annie’s product quality will tank due to the new affiliation with frankenfood titan General Mills, Foraker went on to say that:

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GAPS or Autoimmune Paleo for Healing Autoimmune Disease?

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP September 24, 2014

GAPS or Autoimmune Paleo

I’ve been receiving numerous emails and queries within my community recently about the GAPS Protocol versus Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) for reversing autoimmune disease.

It is exciting that more and more people are choosing to take responsibility for their health by seeking a dietary approach to heal and seal the gut in order to put autoimmune issues of all kinds into remission!

It is also very encouraging to have multiple healing diets like GAPS and AIP available for people to choose from in order to architect an approach to wellness that best suits each person’s budget and lifestyle.

In order to clear up some of the confusion between these two healing diets for reversing autoimmune disease, GAPS and Autoimmune Paleo, I’ve asked Melanie Christner, NTP to outline the two diets at their most basic level and discuss the primary differences between the two.

It is important to remember that GAPS and AIP are both healing diets, meaning they are *temporary* and not designed as a lifelong endeavor. In other words, the ultimate goal of GAPS and AIP is to heal, put autoimmune disease in remission, and resume normal eating within the context of the Traditional Diet that makes the most sense for each individual.

With that, let’s launch into a more detailed discussion of the GAPS Protocol and Autoimmune Paleo. Take it away, Melanie!

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Ceylon or Cassia? Cinnamon Benefits Not a Matter of Variety

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist September 22, 2014

ceylon and cassia cinnamon benefits

Throw everything you *think* you already know about cinnamon out the window.

I’ll admit, until recently, I thought I knew the lowdown about cinnamon benefits too.

You know what I mean … the blah blah blah that Ceylon cinnamon is the only true cinnamon and the Cassia (Chinese) cinnamon sold in stores is merely a cheap impostor and even dangerous to consume.

Turns out, this “fake” versus “real” cinnamon discussion is nothing but a red herring.

The topic of cinnamon benefits to health is much more subtle, and yes, vitally important, than black and white arguments about its authenticity or lack thereof.

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A1 and A2 Milk: Do Cow Genetics Even Matter?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist September 19, 2014

grazingcowsFour years ago, I wrote an article and filmed a video about the differences between A1 and A2 milk.  The A1 versus A2 factor refers to the different type of casein (milk protein) in milk from different breeds of cows.

Much of the hubbub regarding A1 versus A2 milk at that time and in the ensuing years resulted from an article written by Dr. Tom Cowan based on the book The Devil in the Milk which claims that cows made a genetic split about 5,000 years ago which resulted in Holsteins and Friesians (black and white cows) becoming favored for domestication because of calmness and other traits.

These cows became the A1 dominant cows of today which supposedly produce milk which acts like an opiate when consumed and which epidemiological studies have implicated in heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, autism and schizophrenia.

The book also claims that old fashioned breeds of cows produce A2 milk that is far healthier and that genetic testing is required to determine if a cow has A1 or A2 genetics.

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Traditional Remedies for Modern Families Now Available (Psst! With Hundreds in Bonuses Too!)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist September 10, 2014


Today is the day!  Yippie!

My new book, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families, is now available to the public for the very first time!  Here’s a quickie synopsis:

Traditional Remedies for Modern Families is a 120+ page compendium of simple solutions to everyday wellness challenges without the use of drugs or toxic therapies. From coughs and colds to digestion, skin, cuts, bruises and allergies, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families covers the gamut of conditions that can effectively and safely be handled at home in the vast majority of cases saving time and money at the doctor’s office as well as immune system damage and other dangerous side effects from the overuse of drug based solutions.

With this book, I decided to launch as part of a book bundle – the best and most quality bundle I could find. This way, my reader friends could get a copy with so many bonuses ($200 worth) and other goodies that the book would be essentially free, making the investment the best possible value for them.

From September 10-15, 2014 at midnight, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families will be exclusively available as part of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

Um, can I go so far as to suggest that this bundle is so awesome that you can conceivably get a good portion of your holiday shopping done with a single $29.97 purchase? That’s right … the many eBooks, eCourses, and of course $200 in FREEBIES can be given to those you know would enjoy and use them if you can’t use them all yourself.

Here’s the rundown of what’s available in addition to my new book  … all for $29.97!

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If you’re anything like me, the $200 in bonuses is very exciting.  Here are a few of my freebie faves and yes, you will actually use them!

  • FREE Sourdough or heirloom yogurt starter culture from Cultures for Health ($13.95 value. This is where I buy my starter cultures.)
  • FREE 15 ml Bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, ($22.97 value. My family uses this – it’s awesome!)
  • FREE Variety Gift pack from Hard Lotion ($16.50 value. Includes 1 Free Pocket Size Beesilk Bar, 1 Peppermint Lip Balm, and 1 Vanilla Dust Glitter Lip Balm)
  • and 7 more amazing bonuses worth over $145

With a total value of more than $200, these bonuses alone are worth over five times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.  

Only 30,000 bundles are available, however, so if this is of interest, don’t delay.  When they run out, they run out.  For good.  In other words, it won’t be offered again.

Click here to see the list of all the bonuses plus the amazing eBook authors and eCourses included in this bundle.

I hope you take advantage of this top quality bundle which is available just for the next few days! After this special sale ends, my book will only be available via Amazon.

Enjoy browsing the bundle page.  It is very exciting and colorful, and I think you will enjoy what a quality product this bundle truly is.

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