Cod Liver Oil

Using B.E.D. for Vaginal Yeast Infections

If you get vaginal yeast infections more often then you’d like, I highly recommend The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). I could go on and on about this way of eating. I personally adhered to stage 1 for three years in 2010 after being diagnosed with a systemic yeast infection; which included lots of itching and discomfort ‘down below’.

Hands down, I think B.E.D. is one of the best ‘yeast killing’ protocol out there and my family and I continue to follow it’s underlying principles

Why We Get Infected

Vaginal yeast infections, a.k.a. vulvovaginal candidiasis, tend to stem from an overgrowth of yeast in the inner ecosystem/gut. Under normal circumstances, yeast organisms are kept in control by probiotics (good flora) that also live in gut.

Many things allow the yeast to grow in excess numbers and become unmanageable for the good flora (i.e. antibiotics, sugar, “the pill”). If these yeast critters get out of control, you are more likely to get a yeast infection; whether in the vagina, on the penis, or in the blood like I did (a.k.a. systemic yeast infection).

Where to Start

Don’t know where to start? Remove the BIGS (i.e. sugar, pasteurized dairy, yeast, gluten). Introduce probiotic food (i.e. young coconut kefirunsalted cultured veggies). These adjustments alone can do wonders at resetting the human body.

Starving Yeast

The most important thing to do to minimize the frequency with which you get yeast infections is STOP eating foods that feed yeast and enable them to grow and survive (i.e. sugar, gluten, processed carbs). When these foods are avoided, you starve the yeast and eventually they will starve to death and get pushed out of the body; a process called “die-off”.

This process can be accelerated by eating probiotic food on a regular basis because the friendly flora in these foods embed themselves in gut lining where they grow in large populations and push out the bad flora. Think of a bunch of friendly people moving to a neighborhood; sooner or later mean people are going to leave or be kicked out. Practicing B.E.D. can help you accomplish the task of kicking yeast out because the foods allowed are ones that don’t feed excess yeast. Again, without the right food, the yeast will starve and die and you’ll have an easier time getting back in balance. 

Here are two essential oils to help remove excess yeast. 

Die-Off

If your’e in the midst of healing with The Body Ecology Diet and get itchy or burn down below, don’t despair. You’re likely moving through a period of cleansing while the dead yeast are eliminated through the vagina and other body openings (i.e. mouth, nose, rectum). “Die-off” is a common and natural part of cleansing. There are many ways to manage die-off symptoms like doing a colonic, making unsalted probiotic food or popping in a bolus 😉

Take this quiz to see if you have Candida.

Boluses for Vaginal Yeast Infections

How I Do Colonics In My Bathroom

Nutritional Consultations with Tara, NC.

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May all bellies be happy!

Watermelon Popsicles for FUN 🍉

I hesitated to write this recipe because it’s so simple to make. Yet, my husband was nearby and took photo’s too sweet not to share …. plus it’s not everyday we get to bring down our basket of cookie cutters! …read more.

Bonbons for The Body Ecology Diet

Assorted Truffles

These bonbons are perfect for those on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) or another gut healing protocol, like Paleo or GAPS. They do not contain gluten, refined sugar, or pasteurized dairy. ALL are yummy!

I created these recipes when my kids and I were transitioning into stage 1 and struggling with food sensitivities and limitations. The deeper we got with this new way of eating, the harder it was to find something sweet that tasted good and contained ingredients we were ‘allowed’ to eat.

When you are in the healing phase of B.E.D., you must avoid many foods for a short period of time in order to give your body the best chance at resetting/healing itself (a.k.a. homeostasis). If you cave in and eat something on the ‘avoid list’, you’ll likely pay later by feeling crappy. If you restrict yourself from food you really REALLY want, you’ll likely feel deprived or excluded from the fun.
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Keeping Kids “Sugar-Free” at School

Up until the day my oldest started kindergarten, he had limited exposure to refined sugar. We were an organic, homemade kind of family that consciously avoided sugar, artificial colors, gluten, and pasteurized dairy.

Our friends ate the same way we did and if we went somewhere there wasn’t food we could eat/or wanted to eat, then I checked beforehand with the host to see what we could bring. No matter what kind of food we ate …. or didn’t eat …. it was important to feel included; especially for the children. …read more.

Treat Boxes for Sugar-Free Kids 🙃

A Treat Box is basically a Tupperware container filled with non-perishable treats. This box can be kept at school, day-care, summer camp, even a best friend’s home and offered to your child whenever there is a food item that he or she can’t eat (i.e. gluten, dairy) or that you don’t want him or her to eat (i.e. sugar, artificial dye). …read more.

How I Make “Raw Liver Pills”

Wonder what the rave is about with these red pills? They’re a no-fuss, flavorless way to eat liver! Easy as taking a multi-vitamin; hardest part is just getting in the kitchen to make them. See here for how my family eats liver.

It’s very important to source pasture-raised liver for this recipe. Even better, raise the animal yourself or buy from local farmer who freezes the liver immediately after slaughtering.

Do NOT use conventional supermarket liver. You are consuming these raw, and conventional liver can’t be trusted and is a health risk. …read more.

My Healing Journal: Candida Diagnosis

Journal Entry on September 9th 2010

Today, I found out I have Candida, a.k.a. yeast overgrowth. I’m not to surprised seeing that I have all the symptoms (i.e. cravings, vaginal yeast infections) and the fact it was my idea to ask my Naturopath for test. “Aren’t I going through enough already?” I ask myself. I recently initiated a difficult divorce, started a graduate program, and both my boys start a new school this week.   …read more.

LivAmend for Daily Liver Support 🌱

Of all the supplements that Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) carries, LivAmend is my favorite. Next up, is Assist Enzymes and if I could weasel in a third, it would be Ancient Minerals

I have gone in and out of liking this one and I will tell you why. …read more.

Tips for Making Bubbly Jelly 💜

See the bubbles?!

Check out the bubbles!

Regular jelly isn’t ‘allowed’ on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D); which recommends to avoid sugar (except lakanto, stevia, ecobloom) until your gut is in a better place. Until then it’s best to kefir jelly with probiotics to reduce the concentrated fruit sugar. Your belly might thank you 🙂 Here’s my recipe for bubbly blueberry jelly 

Over the years I’ve learned a thing or two about making probiotic-rich jelly taste good and want to share my tips for getting good results every time: …read more.

Thumbs Up: Keeping Kids Cavity-Free 😁

This is a hot topic for parents. For all of us really …. who wants to be told they have a cavity while sitting in the dentist chair?! Getting a cavity is never fun, no matter how old you are.

I am mom of two kids; my youngest, who is now 11, has no cavities and my oldest, now 17, had a tiny one when he was 6. Thankfully, it was on a baby tooth and because of my son’s fear of needles we pulled the tooth ,rather than fill it, as he was going to lose that tooth naturally shortly. …read more.

Celebrating Easter on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.)

These fun, alternative Easter ideas are for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) or another gut healing protocol. My own kids started B.E.D. when they were 2 and 7, so I’ve had years to perfect the holidays; Easter is by far the easiest. …read more.

The Gift of Placenta Encapsulation

The day my youngest turned 5, I encapsulated his placenta. Yes, it was ‘old’ with likely next to nil hormones, but I didn’t feel I had anything to lose. A colleague of mine had recently encapsulated her daughter’s two-year old frozen placenta …read more.

A Woman’s Best Friend: Green Vegetable Smoothie 💃

As a woman, I am a sucker for sharing ‘what works for me’ with you. This smoothie is one of those things; easy-to-make, delicious, and the color is vibrant! I heard about green veggie smoothies in 2011 when I started The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). Though it took time to get actually make them, once I did I was hooked. …read more.

Parsley Power: Green Vegetable Smoothie 💚

I love watching a person when I tell them what I put in my smoothies. This is good stuff! Had I not tried it, I’d have stuck my nose up at the idea of adding parsley, lettuce, or zucchini for that matter. I’m telling you the blend works and tastes good too. 

Parsley is an herb rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, antioxidants, and essential oil. Health benefits include inhibiting cancer, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, immune booster, building bone, and removing gallstones (contains oxalic acid/kidney cleanser). Traditionally, parsley has been used to remedy anemia, bad breath, and menstrual pain.     …read more.

Going Skiing on B.E.D. (Body Ecology Diet) ⛷

My husband and I decided to go to Attitash Ski Resort for the holidays. The kids are each with their dad which gives us the freedom to celebrate Christmas however we want. And though I’m not big on skiing I am BIG on sweating in the sauna, snowshoeing on back trails, and catching up with my husband slash ski enthusiast for a mid-day meal.

We rented a studio at the base of the slopes that has a kitchenette – fridge and all – so that right there makes traveling on Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) much easier. As many of you know, I do a lot of camping in the summer, so this type of traveling is a real luxury … I’m already in awe at how much less “things” I need to bring! Talk about freedom 😊 …read more.

Seeding a “C-Section Born” Baby

c-section-photoThis photo was taken after my client gave birth with a cesarean section. Before surgery, this mom requested her doctor insert a piece of gauze into her vagina; which was used seconds after she gave …read more.

Thanksgiving on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.)

Celebrating Thanksgiving on a restrictive diet comes with challenges and being on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) is no different. This nutritional protocol is used by many people to heal their body from yeast, bacterial, or viral overgrowth and as wonderful as this way of eating is, it does create a need to be attentive to what you will feast on when the holidays do come around.

One trick to having a great day; one where you aren’t slaving over stove or salivating over sweet potato casserole topped with puffy golden marshmallows, is to plan ahead. By thinking ahead, the food part will not be as big of a deal and you can relax, maybe play some football like we do in my family. Just kick back 🙂 …read more.

Pumpkin Pie with Almond Crust ~ Free of Most Common Allergens & B.E.D. Friendly (stage 2)

I recently made pumpkin pie for my son’s 10th bday party and in true ‘Tara style’ I ended up making five different pies to experiment with a variety of recipes and ended up coming up with a couple of my own; one of which is here…

This pie is delicate with just enough richness to satisfy most any sweet tooth. As with most of my recipes, this is free of refined sugar and common allergens; except nuts. For those who practice The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.), you’ll find this to be stage 2 friendly as an occasional treat. You can find a stage 1 pumpkin pie recipe right here

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Zucchini Frittatas: Recipe (gluten-dairy-egg white free)

This savory, pancake-like treat is delicious off the skillet or served at room temperature the next day. Eggs are the main ingredient, but the yolk is the only part being used in this recipe. This is because most people find egg whites hard-to-digest. I am all about making food easy to digest … hence my business, Happy Bellies and this recipe does just that 🙂 If you don’t have a problem with egg whites, substitute 8 whole eggs for the 12 yolks and omit the starch. …read more.

Man Food on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.)

This is for men who want to tailor The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to meet their dietary needs. While I am no guy, I did watch my husband start the diet and have 8 years under my belt with feeding him and my growing boys. …read more.

Short-Term Traditional Pickles 🥒🥒

I’ve been looking a long time for a pickle recipe that keeps the integrity of a cucumber intact; its raw ‘n crisp nature present without using vinegar. Here in Vermont, we have a few short weeks each summer when the vines drip with the weight of pickling cucumbers, plus an occasional bag left on our porch from friends gracing us with abundance. This is what inspired me to keep searching for a traditional way of making a good pickle.

After many summers playing with recipes, without finding a good one, my sister-in-law nonchalantly pulled a pickle from her crock; it had a classic deli pickle firmness with refreshing taste all its own. …read more.

One Woman’s Testimonial for B.E.D. Support with Tara

Every now and then I receive a testimonial worthy of sharing with the world. This one here is just that. The lady behind the words is lovely and strong and vivacious and has taken hold of the reigns of her life and experienced a bounty-full of richness and wellness. I am so touched by her kindness. 

I discovered The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) at a time in my life when I was stuck in an unhealthy relationship that didn’t feel good and I was stuck in a body that didn’t feel good. I had spent years struggling with my health and various versions of disordered eating. I was 100 pounds overweight, my joints hurt, I was sick all the time, and I had allergic reactions to everything. I was chronically exhausted and had a hopelessly weak constitution, something I feared would last the rest of my life. I was only 23 years old.  …read more.

Parsley Dressing: Recipe 💚

I could come up with a fancier name for this dressing, but will keep things simple as this one’s rich enough to stand on its own. Drizzle over a build-your-own salad or as a dip 😉 …read more.

Candidiasis (a.k.a. yeast overgrowth)

Candida, also known as Candidiasis or yeast overgrowth, is not a germ, a bug, or a disease. It is a serious immune disorder that gets its name from Candida albicans; a family of yeast that are the most common micro-flora organisms that live in human digestive tract.

A healthy bowel contains a 10:1 bacteria to yeast ratio, with good yeast outnumbering the bad bacteria to maintain ecological balance. Certain factors can throw this balance off, including excess stress, sugar, birth control pill, vaccinations, and antibiotics. All of these allow …read more.

Dandy The Lion: A Vegetable Green Smoothie 🦁

My husband nicknamed this one and I think it is appropriate given that the French origin of the word dandelion – dent-de-lioun – means “tooth of the lion” due to the plant’s sharply indented leaves. This fierce little smoothie contains a handful of dandelion greens, if you want more of a kick, add more leaves.  

Our home resides in a community with an Earthship greenhouse and while up there yesterday, I spotted a patch of dandelion greens and thought to myself “why not?”. I love adding greens to my morning smoothies … watercress, parsley, cilantro … and given that we are in the month of April, I figure this is as good a time as any to create a delicious spring beverage for us all to enjoy. …read more.

Transcendental Meditation – Embarking My Mantra

To say that I was willing to try anything to resolve my chronic health issues is not an understatement. I had tried many things, and as the years went by, I had this feeling that less and less was helping. The year I turned 40 years old, definitely did not help.

By the age of 43, I was as open-minded as they come and so when Transcendental Meditation (TM) was put in my reach. I reached for this programmed method of meditation with both hands. Yes, I had doubts but I was at my wit’s end to resolve what I was ready to kiss goodbye to…namely panic attacks and asthma … both of which hit hard when they arrived and put me under every time. …read more.

Catnaps with Transcendental Meditation

Everyone will experience TM differently, depending on their physiology and past ‘history’. Not everyone has a high level of sleep deprivation prior to starting TM, thus not everyone will go through a period of fatigue-release (a.k.a. sleeping lots). If you do, you will be supported by your TM teacher as you adjust the meditation technique and move forward.

Since learning Transcendental Meditation (TM) in January 2018, I’ve had many changes. One of which is my energy level. When I first took the training I was energized out of my eyeballs; unlike other people’s testimonials about TM helping them to sleep, I felt the opposite. I was abuzz with life with an incredible sense of urgency to get my life in order all at once, no time to waste. …read more.

How To Get A Man Into B.E.D. (The Body Ecology Diet)

I want to share how life was for my husband and I in the food/intimacy department while I was healing myself with The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). I write this because I think it’s a big deal to invite someone into the most intimate parts of yourself; especially when you are healing your body. …read more.

Why I Decided to Try Transcendental Meditation (TM)

I began Transcendental Meditation (TM) in January of 2018. I first heard about this meditation technique when a friend mentioned it might help prevent the panic attacks I was prone to. At that time I was willing to try anything … except take more medication.
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Savory Egg Muffins

Here’s a simple breakfast or snack with only 5 ingredients. They are easy to make and freeze well so you can make a big batch ahead of time to eat throughout the busy week.
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The Human Spirit: Preserving Childhood In A Modern Day World ~ 10 minute writing

A soul collage I made on this topic.

This is a 10-minute streamline writing, you can check out what that is about here.

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Will Chocolate Feed Yeast Overgrowth?

Raw, organic cacao powder made with a gut-friendly sugar, like stevia or lakanto, will not necessarily feed Candida, also known as Candidiasis or yeast overgrowth, but can be abrasive to the digestive tract lining.

This is because chocolate contains abrasive ingredients, such as sulfur, phytic acid, caffeine, oxalates, and alkaloids; all which make chocolate an acid-forming and potentially gut-irritating food. …read more.

Lemon Pudding ‘n Pie: Recipe for Body Ecology Diet

The first time I made this recipe was when I celebrated my first Thanksgiving on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). After weeks of avoiding everything sweet, this recipe was a godsend. I have made only mild quirks to the original masterpiece by Donna Gates and am eternally grateful to her, and others that share what works as they heal their bodies from mild or chronic illness. 

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My Raw Chocolate Recipe✨

I like my chocolate sugar-free and raw, which can be hard to find at a cost I want to pay. So, I got in the kitchen to create a recipe with all the benefits of raw cocoa beans without the sugar. …read more.

You are in Control ~ A Spirit Writing

This spirit writing came while I was traveling on my own up the coast of northern Maine. When I solo travel I don’t tend to have a destination nor do I know what I will find along the way. This time I stopped to sleep at Wolfe’s Neck Campground and was sitting in my tent overlooking Casco bay when the back of my head began to buzz and I heard the 1st lines of a writing. Here’s what came through… 

Life is not about living in one way or another way. Life is about living life in the only way that feels good and true for you to live. To do so, you must breathe your way through each moment and listen acutely with each of your God given senses. …read more.

GBS+ During Pregnancy

 

The mom in this photo tested positive with group B strep* infection (GBS+) in her final trimester and received I.V. antibiotics during labor. Group b strep are a pathogenic bacterium that sporadically live in the rectum, intestines, urinary tract, and genital area of all pregnant and non-pregnant healthy people.

These bacteria don’t typically cause problems when kept in check by good flora (a.k.a. probiotics) that naturally live in your body, but when allowed to overpopulate they can cause a mild to serious infection. Especially during pregnancy when more than 25% of women are diagnosed with this infection. This is a concern as a GBS infection can be harmful to both mom and her baby. …read more.

Taking Time for Myself (10-minute writing)

This is a 10-minute streamline writing, more about them here.

I have always taken time to be with myself. I find getting away to be therapeutic, kind of my own walkabouts if you will. Where I just go, get in my car when the weather is right and the kids are cared for. I often don’t have a destination but will drive with the adventure of moving to wherever it feels right to go. Keeps me in the moment when I return to a more predictable way of living, where days are scheduled in days ahead and every morning feels the same. …read more.

Salmon Head Fish Stock: Recipe for Strong Bones

fish-stock

Salmon heads are packed with tender meat and an abundance of healthy fat along the jawbone. They are prized for making rich fish stock and soup of all kinds. Additionally, they contain vitamin A, Omega-3’s, iron, zinc, and calcium.

I was apprehensive to make salmon head fish stock though I had a lot of experience with making chicken, beef, and lamb stock. Yet, I had never made stock with fish. The idea worried me that my whole house would smell ‘fishy’ and deter me, and the family, from trying it out. …read more.

Lazy Guy’s Mayo – My Husband’s Recipe

This is my husband’s take on making mayonnaise. Before he walked into my life I’d been making my own version of homemade mayo with little to no success. It was either too runny or too bland without much flavor. Into the kitchen he came and without further ado blended the perfect concoction you see here. …read more.

Why I Like Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO)

I am not an affiliate for Green Pastures.

Fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) contains fat-soluble nutrients like Omega-3 (DHA/EPA), Vitamin A/D; nutrients that many of us lack, especially as we get older or have digestive issues. If you have ever been …read more.

Now You Are Still: Losing A Baby

In the palm of my hand, you are at peace, you are still.

Moments prior you stretched, you kicked.

Exploring you who spent 15 weeks inside me, warm and safe.

Now you are still.

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Young Green Coconut Kefir: Recipe (fresh or bottled coconut water) 🐒

Kefir means ‘feel good’ which is how most people feel after drinking young coconut kefir (yck). This probiotic-rich food contains raw Thai young green coconuts and high-quality kefir starter*. All you have to do is mix together, culture in a warm spot, and sit back to enjoy a delicious drink …read more.

Basil Pesto Recipe: Kid-Approved & Dairy Free 🙂

basil-thomasWe grow lots of basil in the garden right through to mid-September. Nothing like fresh, still warm from the sun green basil all wrapped up in sandwich roll-ups or wrapped around crispy cucumbers. I lay some out in the sun to dry for the spice jar too.

Mostly though we make pesto and whatever we don’t eat in a couple of days I’ll stick in the freezer. In the winter, the vibrant color of pesto is most welcome! …read more.

‘Travel Food List’ for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D)

When you’re on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) or another gut healing protocol, traveling can be a challenge. It can be hard to be away from the kitchen; your comfort zone. The world can feel too big, the food choices too slim.

Food is everywhere but your mouth …. because you can’t eat any of what is available. Coffee brewing, fries frying, and pizza baking can be unbearable; it’s hard to say no on the go. …read more.

Probiotic-Rich Cultured Cream

Cultured cream is a fancy name for sour cream, a.k.a crème fraiche and is very simple to make …. all you need is a jar, cream, and starter* to break down down the milk protein (casein) and convert the milk sugar (lactose) into lactic acid.  …read more.

Eating to Prevent GBS Infection in Pregnancy

One way to decrease the chance of group B strep infection (GBS+) during pregnancy is to build up your birth canal with good bacteria that naturally discourage excess GBS overgrowth. The best way to do this is to eat foods that do not ‘feed’ the bacteria and naturally prevent them from growing too large in numbers. …read more.

10 Ways to Avoid Group B Strep Infection in Pregnancy

Most pregnant women are not prepared for a group B strep diagnosis. I know that I wasn’t when my test came back positive at 38 weeks. At that point, I did not have time to reverse the condition and opted for i.v. antibiotics during labor. See here if unborn baby is at risk for GBS+. …read more.

A Tale of Nori – best seaweed in town!

IMG_9122Nori is grand, nori is sweet.

Nori wraps rice into sushi like no one can beat.

This lean green machine is seaweed no doubt.

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10 Ways to Detox the Liver

Every spring, the liver organ moves into a major detoxification phase. During this brief season, you have the power of nature behind you; making spring a PERFECT time to cleanse.

Any time is a good time to take the burden off your liver. You don’t have to wait for spring. It’s just that during spring your body will naturally go into …read more.

Easter Colors…What Would Mary Do?

Ben Easter Eggs-2006As a mom, who also wears the hat of a Holistic Nutritionist, I put my foot down on man-made colors. There’s nothing about them that I feel good with and I don’t feed them to my kids, even on celebratory days. So what’s a mom like me to do about Easter eggs?? …read more.

GROCERY LIST for Stage 2 of The Body Ecology Diet

This grocery list is for Stage 2 of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.); for those of you who continuing onward (and upward) in bringing a chronic health issue, like yeast overgrowth or group B strep back in balance. If you have been practicing B.E.D. for less than 3-6 months, then you may want to stick with stage 1 grocery list…read more.

Self Love Begins on Valentine’s Day ~ A Spirit Writing

This spirit writing came through on Valentine’s Day 2017. I did not edit or change what I heard, you read it as I received it.

What if you love yourself so much so that you stop for a moment as you put on your sock. To let your finger pause just so there on your skin as if it was porcelain. As if your finger had nothing else to do but touch and move with great care, with great love for the simple beauty of skin.

What if you brush your teeth and stop mid-brush to …read more.

Learning A New Language: Becoming a Mother

When you were born, and in those first few days, I studied you. I listened to you. Every sound you made. You had your own language and as your mother I learned it.

I remember how my ears would strain on the insides to so finely imprint you into the corners of my brain. You of course, my 7 pound baby, wanted nothing more than to be held and fed.

Each sound …read more.

No One Wants To Be A Single Mom (10 minute writing)

This is a 10-minute streamline writing, check out what that’s about here.

No one wants to be a single mom. No little girl I know plays with dolls imagining what it’ll be like to be a single mom. As if there’s something glorified about the experience. No, little girls carry their baby dolls tenderly, pretending to nurse them and change their pretend little diapers.  …read more.

Lunchbox List: for B.E.D. (stage 1)

If you’re on stage 1 of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) or following a ‘gluten-sugar-yeast free’ diet, then you know what it takes to pack a lunch-to-go. I’ve put together some ideas here to help make it all easier. I keep this list on our fridge so the whole family can see it. …read more.

Beat Menopausal Blues with Placenta

As a PBi-Certified Placenta Encapsulator I get to witness how much a new mother benefits from taking her placenta capsules made with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method.

Why would a woman eat her placenta? Because during pregnancy, this is the organ that regulates and stores hormones. Once it is expelled after a baby’s birth, we can find that placental tissue is rich in specific hormones that can bring balance to a new mother’s wide open, vulnerable system.

In good time, most mothers find that their pituitary gland kicks back into gear to resume hormone regulation. This process can take longer for some women depending on a women’s general make-up but typically most will feel that the first 6-8 weeks after birth to be a time of great fluctuation.

If this is true during postpartum, then what about during menopause? After doing a fair amount of research, I found that: …read more.

How My Family Uses Meat Stock

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeat stock goes back centuries as food with medicinal properties. Whether it’s made with chicken, lamb, beef, or fish – It’s all good stuff. It’s the first thing that we think to eat when we get sick. It’s nourishing, anti-inflammatory, and healing for the digestive system and keeps our bellies happy 🙂

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How My Family Takes Fermented Cod Oil (FCLO)

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I am not an affiliate for Green Pastures.

We take fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) every day, twice a day, year round. My kids started when they were 2 and 7 years old and I’m so glad we did. My husband likes his straight-up without flavor, I like the chocolate butter blend, my oldest likes …read more.

How to Lotus Birth & Encapsulate Placenta

Tara, PBi-Certified Placenta Encapsulationist

If you want to have a lotus birth AND encapsulate, here are 3 ways to do so:

#1 Way) Keep baby connected to umbilical cord and the placenta for up to 4 hours. This is the easiest way to keep the placenta fit for …read more.

Bubbly Blueberry Jelly: A Probiotic-Rich Recipe 💜

The second week of August is blueberry season here in Vermont …. we get about 2 to 4 gallons to freeze for the rest of year around. Most of them get laid out whole on trays and frozen (easier to separate and eat with fingers) before dumping them into quart-sized Ziploc freezer bags.

I reserve the mushier berries and puree those with chia seeds and pour that into ice cube trays that eventually get popped into Ziplocs as well. The nicest berries are put aside to make jello, almond crusted tarts, fruit leather, and of course blueberry jelly.

I stopped eating normal jelly when I was on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to heal yeast overgrowth. This gut healing protocol avoids sugar, including fruit sugars. I also really like food combining and find it hard to find anything that jelly ‘combines’ with, though it’s pretty tasty on raw flax crackers with some pumpkin seed butter 😉 …read more.

Cultured Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe 🍓

One hot summer morning, I woke and looked out the window ☀ to see ripe, red strawberries in our garden. All I could think was strawberry ice cream …. for breakfast! The kids loved the idea and their response was nothing short of joyful with a splattering of kisses on my cheeks and spins of delight. …read more.

Snack Ideas for The Body Ecology Diet

Avocado BenThe snack list below is for those healing with The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). This gut healing protocol is gluten-sugar-yeast free and ideally the food you eat is easy-to-digest. Items marked with an (*) is best saved for stage 2 or as an occasional treat. …read more.

Lakanto: A Sugar for Diabetes & Yeast Overgrowth

I found lakanto while doing The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to heal yeast overgrowth (Candida). This healing protocol suggested avoiding honey, white/raw sugar, maple syrup, and other sweeteners I relied on.

After weeks without sweets, I was thrilled to find lakanto to make sweet treats that I could eat! This sugar alternative doesn’t feed harmful pathogens (i.e. GBS+, Candida) nor does it make our blood acidic like most sweeteners do. It’s also safe for diabetics or hypoglycemics as lakanto doesn’t influence insulin or blood sugar levels.

Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping

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Seconds after birth, with cord full of blood.

When baby is born, he only has 2/3 of his blood is in his body. The remaining 1/3 remains in his umbilical cord and placenta. This blood does not flow into baby until the last stage of labor.

What is the last stage of labor? It is that period of time after baby is born until the time the placenta is born. It’s this stage of labor that the cord actively pumps the remaining blood into baby; blood that is very rich in iron, oxygen, and stem cells. …read more.

GROCERY LIST for Stage 1 of The Body Ecology Diet

This grocery list is for those on the initial 3-6 months of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). This cleansing stage is a natural approach to addressing yeast, bacterial, or viral overgrowth (i.e. CandidaGBS+). These are your foods people. Are you ready to transition into the ‘rebuilding’ stage 2? If so, here’s a stage 2 grocery list.

B.E.D. was created by Donna Gates to give the gut a chance to rest ‘n repair. Stage 1 in particular is known to jump-start the body’s ability to be the self-healing mechanism it’s designed to be. The foods below are nutrient-dense, easy-to-digest, probiotic-rich, and gluten/sugar/yeast free. Give your gut a break by practicing food combining 😉 …read more.

Buckwheat Waffles (dairy, gluten, flour, egg-free)

This recipe uses mostly buckwheat, an energizing grain that warms the body and works well at regulating blood sugar and thyroid issues. It’s also alkaline-forming and increases the circulation to the hands and feet.

I created this recipe while healing yeast overgrowth with The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). The diet recommends that you do not to eat gluten, yeast, sugar, or flour products. Once I started, I found that I missed waffles! So, I set out to make some that I could eat and that my kids would like too. 

We loved them so much, and friends who didn’t have any food issues loved them too, so I made this a ‘cookbook recipe’ for you all …. you can use this batter to make …read more.

Almond Roll-Out Cookies: Recipe (lakanto sweetened)

These cookies are perfect for anyone on, even those who are healing with The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). My kids love them and I like that the dough doesn’t make a sticky mess on the counter when rolling out. Not bad for a cookie without eggs, dairy, or grain 😉 …read more.

Chicken Stock: Recipe & Story

Chicken stock, like any meat stock, is rich in minerals, gelatin, and collagen. It keeps bones and teeth strong, joints supple, hair soft. I’ve got experience with that last one …. my hair was dry with grey coming in and I started drinking stock. Within weeks, my hair had softened up with much less grey; I think the collagen in the stock had a lot to do with that.

As a kid, my mom made chicken soup; there always seemed to be a pot on the stove. As I grew up and turned vegan in my early twenties, cooking chicken wasn’t …read more.

Chicken Nuggets: Recipe (grain, gluten, corn free)

This recipe is tweaked from Holistic Squid to suit more specific dietary needs (gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free). My kids love them in their lunchboxes and think they taste better than the frozen kind at the store.

I like them because they don’t contain …read more.

Travel Tips for The Body Ecology Diet

sleeping on car tripsTraveling – whether by car, plane or train – can mess with our digestive system. Not only are we in a flurry of organizing and packing for our trip, but then we sit for long periods of time as we’re whisked away at unnatural speeds!

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Bragg’s Liquid Aminos: Healthy Soy Sauce Alternative?

Is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos a healthy version of soy sauce? The label boasts a wide range of amino acids, that must be a good thing, right??

I’ve personally never been a fan of Bragg’s. After countless clients asking me exactly why I felt this way, I put my head down and researched. As a Holistic Nutritionist, this is what I do; spend hours pouring through nutritional books and googling online. Then I pull everything I find into something that you, the health-conscious reader, can understand.

Here’s what I found so far: …read more.

Miscarriage: A Mother’s Love Never Dies

 

This post contains photos that may be disturbing, view at own discretion.

On July 27th 2006, I lost a baby girl so tiny she fit in my palm with her legs dangling over. She was 15 weeks with delicate features complete in formation; simply needed time to plump up. She had the beginnings of eyelashes, fingernails, a cleft in her chin.

She fluttered inside me the first time the day before I miscarried. The severe morning sickness I experienced throughout pregnancy had lifted a week prior. I was on the up and up, looking pregnant and feeling a bit more normal, ready to welcome the next phase of pregnancy. …read more.

Turning a Transverse (or Breech) Baby

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Many pregnant moms become distressed when they find out baby is transverse or breech; often with just weeks left before their estimated due date (EDD). This puts a spin on things because if baby doesn’t turn ‘in time’ a care provider will often recommend that the woman have a cesarean birth. …read more.

My Red Yoga Mat

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9 months pregnant in 2002

I love my red yoga mat that is full of stains. Like a loved teddy bear, my mat will have to be in pieces before I let it go. My mat has been with me through thick ‘n thin since my early 20’s when I taught myself step by step how to do each yoga posture with a little book written by Richard Hittleman.

This was all back before my children were born and my career had taken off. Back when the days were seamless and I went wherever the wind seemed to blow. One of those places was Esalen in Big Sur; where my love for yoga deepened into the easy practice that I continue to this day. …read more.

Homemade Baby Formula (Milk-Based): Recipe

Feeding your baby is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Breast milk from a nourished mother is the best option, but what if that’s not possible?

A next best alternative is to make your own formula with high quality ingredients – especially fat – to mimic breast milk’s natural fatty acid profile. …read more.

ASEA: Natural Supplement for Women

Laura_Flynn (1)I learned of ASEA while encapsulating for a mom whose placenta was so vital that I inquired if she had done anything differently during her pregnancy. The one unique thing this mom had done on a regular basis was supplement with ASEA; a bio-active solution containing Redox Signaling molecules that are safe and support the immune system. This natural supplement can be helpful for women in the childbearing years when the body is in a constant state of building itself. …read more.

Suggested Dosages for Fermented Cod Liver Oil

I am not an affiliate for Green Pastures.

Green Pastures™ fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) has many benefits. Most of us know this, but don’t always know how much oil to take or to give our kids. I asked Dave Wetzel, owner of this family-owned company for his thoughts and he said “the oil can be medicinal, but it’s not a “one size fits all drug”, it’s up to each person to …read more.

Digestive Enzymes: Goodbye Bloating!

assist-digestive-enzymes-imageI don’t struggle so much anymore with digestive issues (i.e. gas, constipation, brain fog) but I did a few years ago when I had a yeast overgrowth issue (systemic candida). After years of cleansing with Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) and making big lifestyle and diet changes I feel a lot better now.

One thing I did during that time was to take …read more.

Unsalted, Cultured Vegetables: Beginner’s Recipe

If you are new to cultured vegetables, a.k.a. “cv’s”, this is a good place to begin. I have laid things out step-by-step with just 3 ingredients; cabbage, carrots, and culture starter. A simple, colorful mixture to light up the taste buds.

Don’t let the simplicity fool you. This is a potent food that can kick-start your gut engine and have you digesting like a rock star ✨ …read more.

The Skinny on Food Combining

Example of really bad food combining

food combine most every meal and every day. It’s the one food secret I wish somebody had told me about way earlier. Before I met ‘food combining’ I wore stretchy pants because I was so bloated that people thought I was pregnant. Now, I fit into jeans I wore in college and feel more slender with curves I thought were long gone. Always a nice thing… …read more.

Inner Ecosystem: A Living World Inside You

inner-ecosystemJust like earth, the human body has an inner ecosystem that is located inside of the digestive tract. This living world teems with a variety of micro-flora that work day and night to keep the body healthy and in homeostasis.

The inner ecosystem stretches from mouth to rectum and is approximately 30 feet long. Neatly packed in there are millions of micro-flora organisms, both good (probiotics) and bad (pathogens) that intermingle; living in a delicate balance of harmony with one another. …read more.

Stop Sugar Cravings with Cultured Food

Sugar cravings are a real issue for many of us and strike at familiar times each day…esp. the late afternoon! Their are many reasons why we experience energy dips yet we’re not getting into that here. Instead I’m going to mention a healthy and doable way to get a handle on sugar cravings ? …read more.

The 4 ‘Rs’ for Strong Digestion

Good digestion is the cornerstone of well-being and part of multiple processes. If your digestion is not up to speed, then the immune/nervous system can be compromised. For ex, weak digestion can lead to …read more.

Maya Abdominal Massage

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Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ is a traditional  Maya healing technique developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo to restore the position and health of pelvic and abdominal organs. This external, noninvasive abdominal massage is best known for correcting a prolapsed, fallen, or tilted uterus (wandering womb).

Sudden falls, whiplash and bouncing (i.e. running), even just wearing heels can swing the …read more.

Pumpkin Seed Butter

This nutrient-dense pumpkin seed butter contains no sugar or icky added oils. It’s also a safe alternative for “nut-free” schools and kids. We spread this one on flax crackers, roasted nori sheets, green apples, waffles, and celery sticks 😊

First we eat, then we do everything else. ~ M.F.K. Fisher

Pumpkin Seed Butter

Makes: 1 1/4 cup …read more.

Is Your Unborn Baby at Risk for GBS+?

Group B strep (GBS) is a transient pathogenic bacterium sporadically present in the gastrointestinal tract and reproductive system. Typically, these microscopic life forms do not cause any harm, yet have the potential to present problems for pregnant women and their growing babies.

If you test positive for GBS infection it may mean you are a group B strep carrier rather than a definitive indication that your baby will become ill. Often, it is the babies that are born to moms with large amounts of GBS who are at the greatest risk of becoming infected.

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Pomegranate Jello Recipe

013The perfect treat for a hot summer morning and a sneaky way to get gelatin into you (+ kids). I created this jello while on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) to heal a chronic case of yeast overgrowth. My kids did this gut healing protocol too, so I had to get creative in the food department 🙂

The B.E.D. protocol avoids all fruit because most fruit contains too much natural sugars, which feeds yeast, bacterial, and viral overgrowth. The only exceptions to this rule are the acidic fruits like lemons, limes, acai, sour green apples, black currants, cranberries, and pomegranates …. hence this recipe. …read more.

The Eczema Battle – Call in the Cultured Troops!

 

High quality, unsalted cultured foods can help eczema (dermatitis) and a variety of other skin disorders for at the root of such conditions is often a gut flora imbalance and damaged intestinal lining.

Cultured foods, naturally rich in probiotics, deliver loads of beneficial bacteria to the gut where they quickly colonize – crowding out the pathogenic bacteria, yeast, etc. living there. Not only do friendly flora keep bad guys “in check”, but also maintain a balanced …read more.

I Am Well

June 2013 - Scituate 087I recently returned from a trip to my sister’s home on the coast of MA. I drove 6 hours each way, and was away for 10 days. In all of those days and nights I did not have one belly-ache. Not even the slightest dull ache. In the past, the traveling alone would have been enough to put me under for days. This is a BIG deal for someone in my shoes! Since healing myself from systemic Candida almost 5 years ago …read more.

The Placenta – A Hormonal Bomb?!

Placenta is recognized by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as having strong Qi (life force energy), scientific research also shows placenta to be incredibly nutritious, containing iron, B12 and protein.

Placenta also contains the new mom’s very own hormones. Hormones that are uniquely bio-available to her. A perfect lock ‘n key fit where her body recognizes these hormones and quickly puts them to use.

In fact, many of my clients feel a positive effect within minutes of drinking Mother’s Broth or taking a couple doses of placenta capsules.

When reintroduced to the body, like we do with placenta capsules, these beneficial nutrients have …read more.

Hospital Release of Placenta

Hospital Release of PlacentaWomen who give birth at home have the luxury of being in complete control over the care and handling of their baby’s placenta.  A woman who births in a hospital has to adhere to the guidelines and policies in place at their facility of choice.  In some cases, there is no written policy, and mothers are then subjected to the whim of …read more.

Meet Nama Shoyu: Traditional Soy Sauce

Nama Shoyu is a traditional soy sauce that is unpasteurized. Nama means “raw” and Shoyu means “soy”. This soy sauce is made by fermenting non-GMO soybeans with a probiotic fungi called Aspergillus oryzae with the addition of water, wheat, and sea salt.

This mixture is left to ferment in cedar kegs for 6 to 8 months; sometimes as long as 4 years. …read more.

Flax-Onion Crackers: A C-R-U-N-C-H-Y Recipe

These crackers are full of flax seeds which are rich in fiber and omega-3’s. They are also crispy, easy to digest, and relieve constipation; one of Nature’s digestive cleansers!

Onions are a main ingredient here because they have antibacterial properties that stimulate gastric juices to get things moving. Sound yummy?? Good thing is, they are … make your belly happy too 🙂

I created this recipe during a time when I was practicing stage …read more.

Ben’s Breakfast on The Body Ecology Diet 💜 

Ben's Breakfast!

My son woke on Saturday morning and asked to prepare breakfast. With our weekend here, and typical daily grind at a halt, I happily accepted his offer.

I started The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to heal my yeast overgrowth in 2010. Naturally, my kids followed suit. I’m also a nutritionist, so my boys have always been immersed in the world of healing. They often find me culturing butter, doing colonics, and cracking coconuts for yck.   

On this sunny Saturday, I busied myself with chopping vegetables for a dinner casserole, while quietly watching from the corner of my eye. Ben moved about the kitchen with grace and ease; speaking out loud, yet to himself, as he pulled assorted dishes and food from the refrigerator.

Other then asking for my help with turning on gas burners, he did it all. He decided on the menu, cleaned all the pots he needed, and cut a head of cabbage with my Japanese cleaver. At one point I asked …read more.

Bones Worth Chewing: Benefits of Bone Marrow

Bone marrow is fatty, nourishing, and a remedy for healing the digestive/immune system. It is a primal super-food that was once considered ‘brain food’ by our ancestors whom relied on it for healthy fats plus protein and minerals.

What is bone marrow?

Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside of bones. Think, an animal’s leg, hip, or thigh bones. Marrow contains a variety of valuable bone-building cells that can help to revitalize your body and promote good bone growth among many other things.

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Will unsalted, cultured vegetables give me botulism?

This is the question that I get asked the most in my cultured food workshops. People are always stumped as to how cultured vegetables will stay fresh and safe if they don’t contain salt. The short answer is that they do.

The cultured vegetables that I refer to are fairly new to our modern day culture. Yet, they’re really a long lost food that we’re bringing back to the dining room table! Everyone knows what sauerkraut is and many people eat it to get their daily dose of probiotics.

Here’s the thing…’sauerkraut’ (German for ‘sour cabbage’) didn’t originally contain salt. It was only when natives of Poland, Germany, and Russia began to travel to America by ship and added salt to preserve the kraut for the long travels. Somehow this way of doing it stuck.

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Creamy Carrot Butter: Recipe (dairy-free)

This is a delicious spread for waffles, pancakes, or crackers. I created this recipe during my early days on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) while healing a systemic yeast infection with digestion that was way off track. One of the principles of this gut healing protocol is to practice food combining; which I did (and continue to do) to a “T”.

I had two young boys at the time who both loved waffles and pancakes, and I was stumped as to what to top them with that would be a good food combination and taste good. Enter creamy carrot butter; simple ‘n delicious all at once.

Take things a step further and add a chunk of cultured butter, a dollop of pesto, and sprinkle the whole thing with hemp seeds … YUM.

Creamy Carrot Butter

Serves 4

Ingredients

5 cups carrots, cut in 1″ chunks

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My Happy Boy

I love this picture.  I think it really shows my boy’s inner joy and health!!  This child of mine who once upon a time had a bloated belly, a face full of rashes, runny nose and mini seizures from his 1st week of life.

Look at him now!!
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Gifts of Gelatin

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Gelatinous Gelatin

Gelatin gets a bad rap. Yet, the benefits of traditionally made gelatin are HUGE. Many of us simply have no idea. Suffer from leaky gut, allergies, tooth/bone decay or joint pain? Check out the many gifts of this healing food. …read more.

Athlete’s Foot Home Remedy

The following home remedies are simple and can help relieve both Athlete’s Foot and Nail Fungus: …read more.

Spring Cooking in Vermont

Where I live in the valley of Vermont, spring is a combination of muddy roads and loads of snow melting into the rivers from the mountains above.

Cooking takes on a whole new feel when spring rolls around. All I want to do is be outside and when I do venture in the kitchen, I simplify the menu and change up my cooking styles to reflect the coming warm winds and new growth and cool rains 🌦 …read more.

The Benefits of Bone Stock

poultry-stock-1Bone stock has been used for centuries as a folk remedy with many healing properties. It’s made by simmering animal skin and marrow bones. The result is stock which provides a basis for countless recipes. Or, on its own in a big mug with a pinch of salt added ?

Stock contains collagen, gelatin, omega-3 fats, essential minerals (calcium, magnesium), amino acids and electrolytes.  …read more.

Vaginal Yeast Infections

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Vaginal yeast infections are often the result of a type of micro-flora called Candida albicans that have grown out of control. This type of flora typically lives in harmony with other types of flora in the digestive tract; from the mouth down and out the genitals.

Problems occur when this delicate balance gets out of whack. When that happens, the Candida breed quickly and overtake the good flora living in the body; including the birth canal.
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Tips & Tricks for Making Young Coconut Kefir (YCK)

I’ve made young green coconut kefir (yck) for going on 10 years and have moved through many learning curves. As a result, I can now whip up a batch of this delicious drink in much less time then I once did and with zero frustration. I hope my tips ‘n tricks help you be ready to dive in. My recipe here and a great visual here. …read more.

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