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Health, Home, and Happiness: About

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


A recent picture of my boy and me. I have a 3-year-old girl as well. Generally I don't show their faces on the internet.

I like sharing pictures of Nourishing Traditions and Maker's Diet cooking, because both of those books are lacking in pictures, and sometimes pictures are inspiring! I didn't really plan on having a cooking and health blog but it turns out that it's pretty easy to blog about food since I am cooking it anyway. Supposedly I'll also be talking about home and happiness throughout; though cooking does seem to dictate the natural rhythm of our home, and a belly full of healthy food does quite a bit to contribute to happiness.

I do earn some income on here, both through affiliate links (Mountain Rose Herbs, Amazon, and Naturoli soap nuts right now), and I receive products from time to time to try out. I'm pretty picky about what I recommend, I won't recommend that you try something that I wouldn't personally buy.   Right now we're following Dave Ramsey's plan to pay down debt and save to purchase a home, so that's what my blogging income goes for. 

I love comments! Please always feel free to ask anything in the comments and I'll do my best to answer. Or just say whatever!

About my blog setup:

The About section explains my focus with the blog; primarily to show you how and why we eat real whole foods.  Included in here is our journey to real foods from the standard American diet, about the Maker's diet, and then to keep it real, Confessions is what I label the refined non-whole foods that somehow find themselves in our kitchen from time to time.

On The Menu has my food posts sorted into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Soups, and Menu Plans.  I'm still going back through and re-labeling older posts to fit in these, but I've got some of my favorites up there now.

Traditional Foods is everything non-refined, wholesome, and Nourishing Traditions inspired.  Down below there are some links to easy things to start with like Real Salt, Soaked Wheat Bread, and Coconut Oil.

Grain Free has my adventures in GAPS, along with some related subsections and recipes.

Natural Health is where all the alternative medicines, bath and body, holistic dentistry, and supplement posts live.

Stewardship addresses the issue of fitting real food into a real budget and doing the best with the resources available to us. In that subsection are 'Do It Yourself and Save' posts; things that we found are especially useful and simple to do yourself.

Pregnancy and Babies is everything baby/child/mother related, including breastfeeding, diapers, and natural remedies for common childhood issues.

Under Learn More I have my book reviews, as well as the list of health/food related movies that I've seen and think are worth watching.  I feel that good books are vitally important in making informed decisions for our families, and they do a great job of point out flaws in what shows up in mainstream news and medicine.  My blog is mostly about how we incorporate what we've learned into our family life, I'd encourage you to check out recommended books for more of the technical 'why' we do what we do. I don't recommend books because I agree with them 100%, but more because I think they are worth reading and are at least mostly accurate.  It's important to not blindly follow anything and always use discernment.  (Do you like my disclaimer? ~grin~)

When it comes to informative posts about why I use quite a bit of saturated fat, why grass fed meat is preferable, why I love coconut oil, the dangers of GMO food; I'd rather just point you in the direction of the books that I have learned from, and the Weston Price website where most everything is covered (most of the links above go to the Weston Price Website).

Mostly, though, I would encourage you to check out some of the books on my sidebar from the library. I find that reading real books is generally more enriching than reading blog posts ~smile~ If you don't have time to search your library, you might be able to search what is available online and reserve it. That's what I do, so I only have to go over to the reserved area and grab my books and do the self checkout. I also can request books through our library's website, and often they buy them, which surprised me.

I'm not an expert on the subject of real foods, but rather am just a mom trying to do what's best for her family. I fully expect to learn more and change as time goes on, that's the joy of life, isn't it?

Anyway, for more in depth reading, I recommend books pretty often.  Yes, I get a kickback from Amazon if you place an order on there using my links. 

About me and our family in no particular order

We are conservative Christians. We believe in young earth creation.  We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe Jesus has us be loving and kind, not condemning and judgmental (ie I'm not going to yell at you if you're different from me).

We're a homeschooling family with a Waldorf/Charolette Mason/Classical approach, which we like because it seems to be a holistic view of schooling. 

I voted for Ron Paul :)

I originally went to college to be a RN, but decided not to continue when I got married to my honey at 20 years old.  I worked as a nurse's aid and experienced how draining a career in hands-on health care can be, as well as how much of mainstream healthcare doesn't practice evidence based medicine, so chose to do medical transcription instead and I did that until my first was about a year old, from home.  I have an associate's degree in science, and I thoroughly enjoy natural sciences, especially when they are evidence based ;)

I grew up in Northern California but we moved to Montana to escape the crowds, rocky economy, and housing costs shortly after we were married. A lot of my granola ways came from California. A lot of my conservative ways are right at home in Montana though.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I have a question for you. I know you are not a nutritionist or anything professional but I would like your opinion on this;-)

I have heard wonderful things about Coconut Oil but it is like $20 for a Peanut Butter size jar at the health food store. A couple of weeks ago I was at an Amish bulk foods store and they had "76 degree Coconut Oil" for $11 and it is like a huge pickle jar size! I grab that sucker up and did a dance of joy thinking I had just struck gold! But now I am reading about the benefits from "Extra Virgin Coconut Oil" - so did what I buy not do me any good? I have been using it for all my cooking as I read that olive oil is not good to cook with but now I fear I may be doing more harm than good..... What do you think?

October 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I am really enjoying your blog. We seem to have similar philosophies in many areas. For Steph who asked about coconut oil: unrefined organic oil has the most health benefits. It costs about 37 dollars from this source. If you live near OR you can use Azure Standard for a better price.

November 12, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

I agree about unrefined coconut oil! (I emailed Steph earlier but not I'm answering on here)

I'm getting my coconut oil from Tropical Traditions now, I usually get some unrefined and some cheaper expellar pressed. I agree that that health food store coconut oil is expensive!

January 31, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

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