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What is Biodynamic Agriculture?- A Quick FYI

Megan Food Philosophy 0 Comments

In case you are not familiar with this term, I thought it lovely to do just a quick post defining this form of agriculture.  Why?  Because biodynamic farming emphasizes and defines all that is honorific, all that we strive for with rotational farming, with proper organic farming, with learning from our ancestors. Biodynamic Farming helps characterize the culture and value …

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How to *Thrive* on the GAPS INTRODUCTION Diet

Megan Healing Diets, Health & Nutrition 50 Comments

We all know by now that it’s about the journey, right?  But when it comes to healing one does want to arrive. Ironically, although we are people who like to make progress, to strain forward, to hurry to the finish line, we can not operate on our own time frame when it comes to healing. We can not arrive if we don’t go …

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HONEY MERINGUE RECIPE- soft and marshmallowy! (GAPS-friendly)

Megan Treats, Whole Food Recipes 5 Comments

When you’re off sugar, there are so many desserts that need replacing!  It is exciting to learn what you can have.  Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, creator of the GAPS Diet, has a cookbook which features a meringue topping.  When we first started the regimen our kids were delighted we could still have a variation of meringue. We remember fondly the first time I …

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The Truth About Conventional Dairy (& meat) and the great alternative!

Megan Food Philosophy, Health & Nutrition 10 Comments

This article is dedicated to my husband, Tim, who cares passionately that all consumers know what conventional dairy and meat cows eat…and what we’re supporting when we eat conventional dairy and meat.  This article is written to Americans.  It’s a bit “spicy;” but hang tight for the ride and please hear the cry. Kids are great. They are great at …

The Incomparable Egg and a Honey Meringue Recipe

Megan Food Philosophy, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 3 Comments

If an egg had arms, they’d be raised up high, goal-post style, in victory.  If an egg had a waist, it would bow to throngs of applause.  And if an egg had a head, it would be a big one. I reckon eggs are the most perfect food in the world.  I have long been enchanted by them.  Visually, they’re …

Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Custard Recipe (GAPS)

Megan Cooking With Kids, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 11 Comments

Comfort foods are often defined by texture.  The flavor and temperature of a food also weigh in.  Ultimate comfort foods range in texture, flavor, and temperature: homemade fried chicken, winter squash, chocolate cake, ice cream.  But for me, the ultimate comfort food is warm, thick vanilla custard, like the kind you find in England poured over “pudding.” Surprisingly, most of …

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HOW TO SPROUT NUTS AND SEEDS

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 12 Comments

Soaking raw nuts and seeds overnight in salt water is essential for good general health, if you plan to eat nuts as a regular part of your diet.  Former cultures knew to ferment their grains.  Modern trends toward the healthfulness of raw food or even the benefits of a grain-free diet often miss this important step. This post contains affiliate …

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How to Make Your Own Fermented Vegetables (dairy-free; does not use whey)

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Traditional Healing Foods, Whole Food Recipes 12 Comments

 “If the meal consists entirely of cooked foods, then a lacto-fermented condiment is a must.”-S.Fallon Why eat fermented vegetables? Protect the body against infection by stimulating the immune system. Improve the digestion process, helping to break down proteins and carbs, thus requiring less insulin for digestion. Provide an excellent source of antioxidants. Help fight candida and other yeast overgrowth. Keep …

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Low-FODMAP, GAPS Combination Diet: Healing IBS, Pathogen Overgrowth, and SIBO

Megan Healing Diets 53 Comments

FODMAPs is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols*. These are complex names for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people. When the molecules are poorly absorbed in the small intestine of the digestive tract, these molecules then continue along their journey along the digestive tract, arriving at …

Three Diets Compared and Contrasted

Megan Healing Diets, Health & Nutrition 17 Comments

I’d like to compare and contrast three poignant diets that have become popular in the last five years: the Weston A. Price traditional diet, set in motion by the research of Weston A. Price D.D.S., often based on the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morell, the Paleo diet, first started by Dr. Loren Cordain, and the GAPS diet, created …