HEALED OF ASTHMA!~ How we put our daughter’s severe asthma into remission

Megan Essential Oils & Supplements, Healing Diets, Health & Nutrition 29 Comments

Asthma: it is the problem that fueled our entire GAPS journey.  The purpose behind healing all of our ailments was propelled mostly by this danger that plagued us, starting five years (now almost 7 years) back.  Our medical pediatrician, who is an expert on asthma, told us our daughter would be on steroids her whole life, that she would always …

American Food Timeline {from Native people to present day}

Megan Food Philosophy, Healing Diets 22 Comments

Who would have guessed that infant formula and high-heat processed vegetable oils were already developed and being marketed as healthy in the late 19th century?!  Or that processed cheese was consumed in greater quantity than real cheese as early as the 1940’s?  I hope you enjoy this look at the history of food in America.  Feel free to add to …

Basil Simple Syrup with Macerated Strawberries and Cultured Cream

Honey-Basil Simple Syrup with Fresh Local Strawberries and Cultured Cream

Megan Treats, Whole Food Recipes 4 Comments

Fresh strawberries and summer basil, both backyard-grown, or sourced from the Farmer’s Market, are sumptuous, titillating, natural treats. There is really nothing like a strawberry, for sweetness and flavor; it is queen of the fruits.  I mean, look at its color!  It is beckoning us to know what an epiphany to the mouth it is. And what can’t be said …

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What is Biodynamic Agriculture?- A Quick FYI

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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 52 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 (“Crispy Nuts”)

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 16 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.  In other words, if …