January 2013 Highlights: Posts I Enjoyed

It is crazy how much can change in a really short time. School is back in session, my three year old is quickly turning four (next Saturday!), and… love is in the air. I’ve been crazy busy with life in general, but I’ve still had a little time to check out what’s going on at some of my favorite blogs.

This month, I really enjoyed reading Lori’s article about magnesium deficiency symptoms. I have personal experience with magnesium deficiency causing horrible leg cramps and insomnia, as well as contributing to asthma, constipation and sleep difficulty with my son. Nettle infusions are a great way to get more magnesium. Spinach is another great source, and this spinach strawberry salad looks soooo yummy! Green eggs is a great way to serve up greens like spinach and kale (which is also high in magnesium) to your kids. If you need help getting your children to eat healthy foods, check out this article specifically geared towards picky eaters.

I had never heard of obesogens before, so reading about them was fascinating to me. Obesogens are endocrine disruptors which can lead to weight issues. Click the link to learn more about how they function and where they are found. Definitely something to avoid as much as possible!

If you are looking for a grain or gluten free cake, this banana carob cake recipe may be just what you need. Other cool recipes I spied in the past month include these grain-free apple almond twists, this delicious pear cherry detox smoothie, and this round-up of healthy breakfast recipes.

Have you ever tried growing romaine lettuce in the winter? We grow many greens this time of year in Florida because it’s prime time. The post linked gives tips for colder climates also… I personally eat lettuce year-round, and of course growing your own is the in thing now. Homemade detergent and fermented ketchup are also getting pretty popular!

And aside from all the wonderful nutrition and food posts I’ve enjoyed this month, I really loved this homemade playdough post featuring natural DIY coloring recipes. The colors look absolutely fantastic and I’m intrigued by the idea of playdough lasting forever. The store-bought stuff hardens up way too quickly at my house!

December 2013 Highlights: Posts I Enjoyed

This month has flown by. It’s been an amazing month despite the busy start I had with finishing up some difficult classes. I have two semesters left to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and I can’t wait! I have a feeling it’s a very exciting year ahead of us… ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve had the pleasure of reading some great blog posts this past year and I’m going to share the ones I’ve enjoyed the most this past month.

This post on the patience it takes for fertility to return after birth control usage really piqued my interest. I’ve always been skeptical about birth control usage. I have been reading Cleansing for Conception by Donielle Baker lately, which is an amazing book for those struggling with their fertility. Healthy babies are one of my passions, and the book gives great advice for those trying to conceive and also includes a meal plan and step-by-step advice.

This informational post on why to avoid almond flour (at least in excess) is also a must-read.

I want to try whipping up a batch of these paleo egg muffins for my son. He is constantly hungry and they seem simple and yummy enough. I found a good write-up on milk kefir–I love the idea of using milk kefir for weight loss. And this apricot chicken is going on my menu, looks soooo delicious!

I don’t really like chocolate…true story. But I did used to love Almond Joys! I look forward to trying this with less chocolate and way more coconut! Bonus is they would make an awesome edible holiday gift!

I have a soft-spot in my heart for homemade eggnog. My family used to make it together when we were kids, and we would spike it with some rum. We were in Jamaica, so we weren’t breaking the law ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t think we were, anyway… I actually have two versions of my own to share next month…yes, kinda late…

While I can’t enjoy these cookies just yet (due to some ingredients that we must avoid right now), I have been assured these nut butter breakfast cookies are very, very yummy. I would make them with peanut butter, of course! Love cookies? Check out the book Just Eat The Damn Cookie, which includes many cookie recipes including ones that are Paleo/GAPS-legal. I’ve really enjoyed looking through it and will be trying some of them soon!

November 2013 Highlights: Posts I Enjoyed

It’s been a very busy month for me, and I’m hoping December treats me better! I still had the opportunity to squeeze in reading some awesome posts by my fellow bloggers. Since it is the end of the month, I’d like to share some of my favorites from October.

Can you believe I still haven’t tried making homemade ketchup? I really need to try that and mayonnaise. I loved this round-up of real food condiment recipes–sooo many to choose from! Another thing I want to try is making these whole wheat peanut butter cookies sourdough. I used to have a peanut and peanut butter obsession–no joke! They look so yummy, and maybe I could just sub out some of the honey for the starter. These grain-free ginger snap cookies look awesome, too!

I never even considered using the delayed timer on our oven to make mealtime a breeze when I’ve got to run, what a great idea to make meal planning work! I enjoyed learning more about the importance of sustainability. I cook from scratch ALOT, but I’m sure there’s soooo much more that I could be doing! Here are five tips for sustainable eating. Maybe I could start living more sustainably by making this DIY laundry detergent. Or even this DIY nail oil recipe–how neat! Baby steps…

It was interesting learning why this mama doesn’t use fermented cod liver oil in her household anymore. I definitely don’t agree, it is expensive but we’ve only seen health improvements while taking it! I always buy it when they have one of their big sales and usually try to get in on a co-op order to boot so that I get the price of 12+ items and save on shipping!

The first time I tried asparagus, I was way less than pleased. I must admit…it was also the last time! These asparagus fries make me want to give them one more try before giving them the eternal boot. I also discovered this great post on bone broth, and I’m happy that it’s something we include in our diets on a regular basis. If you really can’t stand the taste, click here for more ideas on how you can use it!

Since we don’t get flu shots and the icky season is upon us, this post about nature’s flu shot was very welcomed. And of course nutrition is an important part of staying healthy–families on foodstamps/ebt deserve to eat well, too!

I wish I could do more homesteading, in the meantime I can only read about all the great things others do on their farms. This blog includes tons of great pictures! I feel like I’m really there when I read her blog posts ๐Ÿ™‚

Fertility is something I plan to blog about soon, it has so much to do with what we do (or don’t) eat! One of the easiest ways to help balance hormones is drinking fertility teas. This mix looks amazing, and I bet it smells and tastes wonderful as well. While we’re talking teas that sound yummy (and useful), check out this sleepy time honey that you could use to make herbal tea! Sarah also shared a great DIY on making your own pain relieving salve–I really enjoy her blog!

Do you know the warning signs of magnesium overdose? Get familiar with it if you supplement magnesium. It could save you from having miserable side effects that actually could lead to death.

Have you had luck kicking your soda addiction to the curb? If not, click here to learn how this lady kicked hers. And consider trying ginger bug sodas…

Until next time!