Traditional and Unusual Uses for Olive Oil

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 4, 2014

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

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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7 Reasons to Try a Kettlebell Workout

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 2, 2014

kettlebell workout

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

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 1, 2014

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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

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 27, 2014

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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