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HOW TO SPROUT NUTS AND SEEDS (“Crispy Nuts”)

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 …

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

Eating fermented veggies may be excellent for your health, but they’re also one of life’s pleasures when it comes to cooking. They’re fun to make!! The more you make them, the more you’ll experiment and love making them. Here are two of my recent favorites: Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Ginger, and Cauliflower with Turmeric! Why eat fermented vegetables? Protect …

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

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

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 …

Pantry and Shopping Caution

  That’s Funny: Foods NOT to Eat (And why…) 1) Monounsaturated canola oil and polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as sunflower, soy, corn and safflower Historically, the oil from the rapeseed plant, (now commonly known as canola), was used a lot in Asian countries.  Likely extracted at low heat it was probably a healthful oil, not yet changed molecularly and being …

Mamas Are Supposed to Have Secrets

It’s not just what’s in holiday stockings that mamas keep a secret. Some secrets are better than holiday gifts and can, if helpful, remain a secret. Shhh…. This post is about….organ meats!  Ha, HA!  Perhaps there is a child in you, too, who is wiggling? Here is the painless truth: organ meats are so good for you that they are not to be …

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KIMBAP (Korean feast of bowls, with nori seaweed)~ Paleo, GAPS, KETO, Whole30

Our family categorizes most good meals as feasts — especially when there are abundant colors, options and variety on the table (like this Pad Thai recipe!), when family-style bowls abound, each with their own magical treat inside. One such feast is Kimbap, pronounced [KIM’-bop], also called Gimbap. More than sushi, this interactive meal is fun to share, delicious to eat and is …

How to Sprout Nuts and Seeds

WHY MOST ALMOND BUTTER IS BAD FOR YOU

Why IS most almond butter bad for you? Almond butter replaced peanut butter in many people’s pantries years ago, touted as being healthier. Americans also love almonds themselves for snacking. Almond flour is quite common in gluten-free and grain-free baking. Almond milk replaced soy as the most popular dairy-free milk. Are we operating off of misinformation? Certainly it’s common to …