Soaked Oatmeal Benefits Without the Soaking?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 12, 2014

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Those of us with grandparents born prior to World War II may well remember that they made a practice of soaking rolled oats in a pot of warm water overnight before cooking it up the next morning.

In fact, prior to the 1950′s, Quaker Oats used to include an overnight soak in the instructions printed on the box!

Somehow, this healthy, traditional practice was gradually abandoned as the popularity of convenience foods such as quick oats and microwave oatmeal packets gradually took hold with Baby Boomers and later generations.

The truth is that soaking oatmeal overnight before cooking it up in the morning makes it infinitely more digestible and nutritious as the practice helps to break down toxins and anti-nutrients like phytic acid. These anti-nutrients are present in all grains and very effectively block mineral absorption in the gut and can cause gastric distress or bloating in sensitive individuals. Oats contain the highest amount of phytic acid of any grain, so proper preparation is very important.

The thing I most enjoy about a bowl of soaked oatmeal in the morning is that it fills you up all the way until lunchtime, unlike those enticing and so incredibly convenient microwave oatmeal packets or a bowl of quick oats which (have you noticed?) leave you hungry and looking for a doughnut fix by about 10 am.

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Natural Spider Repellent (guaranteed to work)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 10, 2014

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My husband’s and my property overlooks a scenic and peaceful fishing lake. While we love the view and the calm of living in our semi-rural neighborhood, we don’t love the spiders such an environment naturally seems to attract.

Warm, moist surroundings with lots of trees are particularly inviting to spiders of all sizes who seem to get into the house no matter what spider repellent tactics are taken especially during the summer rainy season.

After 22 years of living in our home, I had long since resigned myself to the fact that being Chief Spider Catcher was a title I was just going to have to accept. The recent story in the news of the couple who had to move out of their upscale, Missouri house due to a horrible infestation with venomous brown recluse spiders despite repeated treatment from conventional pest control companies is testament to just how difficult spiders can be to deal with.

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Food Poisoning Remedies that Work Fast and Prevent Dehydration

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 5, 2014

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You’ve felt it before.

That strange little twinge in your stomach that means an attack of food poisoning or severe gastrointestinal illness is about to strike.

Oh how I dread that feeling that is so very distinct and ominous! The worst part is that once you feel that twinge, it may be an hour or more before you actually get sick requiring you to wait and see how sick you are really going to get!

My worst attack of food poisoning occurred 15 years ago within a few hours of eating a very delicious mushroom omelet at a fancy hotel in Queenscliff, Australia. I was sick for three days! Another really bad gastrointestinal experience occurred when I was traveling around Asia with friends after finishing college. You can read about that interesting saga and its health lessons here.

There’s something about a drastic change in timezones that really does a number on my digestion. Just a theory, but I think that large timezone changes temporarily and significantly reduce my stomach acid production such that I become much more prone to food poisoning than I would be otherwise (normally, I have an iron stomach).

Fortunately, since those two miserable experiences, I have learned how to stop food poisoning in its tracks and wouldn’t think of traveling anywhere without remedies that can help resolve the situation, ideally as soon as you feel that “twinge” and long before the bathroom runs even begin!

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The Many Uses of Witch Hazel Extract (plus how to make it yourself)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 3, 2014

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When I was growing up, I was fortunate to have my paternal grandparents living right down the street. I spent a lot of time there after school and on weekends mixing up unusual food combinations in the kitchen, which my Grandpa always tasted and assured me were delicious.

I also enjoyed rummaging through Grandma’s hall closet that was jammed full of potions, ointments, creams, and other sundries.  I used to position a small step ladder just inside the open closet door where I would sit on the top step reading the labels of these items and calling out questions to my Grandma (who was sitting just around the corner in her favorite chair) about their uses and practical applications.

It was a treasure trove that fanned my creative imagination like nothing else!

Out of the many and varied concoctions in my Grandma’s closet, her favorite by far was the humble bottle of Witch Hazel extract.

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Goat Milk Formula for Babies

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 30, 2014

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I nursed all 3 of my children exclusively until they started solid foods. I practiced extended breastfeeding as well, 2 years total for each of my first 2 children and 4 years total for the youngest.

I loved every. single. minute.

Nursing my children was a glorious experience the memories of which I will cherish forever!  I’m sure most breastfeeding mothers would report the same.

While homemade formula, even the more widely accepted goats milk formula, is a highly charged and controversial subject, it is in reality a very important option for women to consider and have available who are not able to have a breastfeeding relationship with their baby.

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