When Coconut Oil May Not Be Right for You

by Carla Hernandez, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner April 3, 2014

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By Carla Hernandez, NTP of Wise Roots Nutrition

Like most people in the Real Food community, I LOVE my coconut products: coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut water, coconut butter, coconut chips, and obviously coconut oil.  

While coconut is no doubt a healthy traditional food, what many do not realize is that it has the potential to negatively affect the skin. This potential occurs whether it is ingested or put on the skin directly.

From what we know of the immune system, it is not adequately developed until the age of two. The foods we are exposed to in childhood, are usually foods that will be less problematic later in life as we have already developed the antibodies for our immune system to recognize these foods as safe.

However, if we over expose ourselves to a particular food, or that food begins to be produced in a way where it impacts digestion or the immune system, this is typically when it can still cause issues, as in the case of dairy and gluten for many.   Read more…

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Grain Free Nut Butter Brownies

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 1, 2014

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In my opinion, the brownie is hands down the most important American contribution to the world of pastries. I typically make brownies for my family using sprouted flour (recipe here), but I have gotten into the routine of making them grain free with whatever sprouted nut butter I have on hand of late.

These grain free brownies are crazy good and I am in full anticipation of a lot of email love floating into my inbox from those of you who try them!

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Bone Marrow Custard: Nutrient Dense Delight

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 31, 2014

Bone Marrow Custard
A casual scan of the shelves of your local bookstore quickly reveals an overwhelming array of cookbooks. For one interested in truly healthy cooking, the choice can be overwhelming – which to choose, what recipes are best?

I don’t recommend many modern cookbooks on this blog for the simple reason that few are authentic from cover to cover from a traditional cooking perspective. Most are only partially accurate with excellent recipes here and there with the remainder promoting faddish, misleading, or incorrect information to the detriment of those earnestly seeking a wholesome, balanced cooking style.

I am pleased to say that in recent weeks, a giant among cookbooks has joined the ranks and it contains recipes and information that I can get behind 100% and wholeheartedly recommend for anyone interested in a time tested cooking approach that is worthy of learning yourself, but also priceless knowledge to pass along to your children and grandchildren.

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7 Tips For an Easy Transition to Reusable Bags

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 30, 2014

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I stood in line at the grocery store the other day behind a lady who was paper bag happy.  She had purchased 3 boxes of take out fried chicken from the deli and a boxed cake from the bakery.  Even though each of these were already in a container and didn’t even need a bag (the chicken boxes even had handles!), she insisted on a separate brown paper bag for each item.

This is on top of the other grocery items she purchased, which I did not notice as I had walked up in line just as the discussion about “the right way” to bag the chicken was going on with the bag boy.   Is there a “right way” to bag take out chicken, by the way?

Just wondering.

In total, there were at least twelve brown paper bags in that shopping cart, each only about half full of items. Read more…

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Study Warns: Kids Who Eat Fast Food Have Lower IQs

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 29, 2014

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There’s no free lunch, Moms and Dads.  That trip through the drive-thru may be easy and convenient, saving you the hassle of preparing dinner at home, but it is having lifetime implications for your children.

A study conducted by an academic at the University of London reports that children who consume more fast food grow up to have a lower IQ than those who regularly eat freshly-cooked meals.

4,000 Scottish children aged 3-5 years old were examined to compare the intelligence dampening effects of fast food consumption versus  ”from scratch”  fare prepared with only fresh ingredients.

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