my favorite thingsFor those of you who remember the TV show Oprah, you might recall that she had a very popular end of year episode that showcased her favorite stuff from the previous 12 months. While I didn’t watch Oprah on a regular basis, I did enjoy her “My Favorite Things”

vitaclayThere is no doubt in my mind that bone broth you make yourself is nutritionally superior to commercial brands. If you still aren’t sure, try this easy test. Buy any of the popular brands and put a container in the refrigerator. Notice how it remains liquid and doesn’t transform into a familiar gelatinous blob like a mason jar full of homemade bone broth.

gluten intolerantA common occurrence during end of year festivities is the potential for those who are Celiac or suffer from gluten intolerance to accidentally ingest it.

Holiday and Christmas parties, cookie exchanges, travel and out of town guests who may not follow a similar diet can put those suffering from this autoimmune condition at particular risk.

almond milk smoothieAlthough we do enjoy grassfed unpasteurized dairy in our home and have for nearly 2 decades, I like to mix things up by using other non-dairy beverages such as almond milk, rice milk and coconut milk too. I do the same thing with the types of flour I use for baking.

rice waterMy first experience with traditional diet occurred in the early 1990’s when my primary care MD at the time introduced me to Ayurvedic cooking. She also utilized a number of Ayurvedic remedies in her practice of which rice water was one of the simplest. 

SarahThe Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

gluten free waffle recipeThe gluten free waffle recipe below is the easiest one I’ve tried yet. As a bonus, it is grain free and Paleo-friendly too, but I guarantee that your family will never know.

Making a breakfast that everyone in the family can enjoy regardless of dietary status is always a big plus in a household with children.

high dose vitamin cEver since Linus Pauling popularized the practice of taking high dose vitamin C orally to combat the common cold in the early 1970s, some within the alternative health community have enthusiastically touted the benefits of a “vitamin C flush” or ascorbate cleanse. 

SarahThe Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.