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How to *Thrive* on the GAPS INTRODUCTION Diet

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)

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!

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

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)

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”)

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 …