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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 about don’t feed them to my kids, even on celebratory days. So what’s a mom like me to do about Easter eggs??

I love the tradition of egg dyeing and grew up using the PAAS Kits. That smell of vinegar and the fizzy colors were magical and I loved finding the eggs – so bright and bold – in the green grass where they hid Easter morning. I want my kids to have these memories too. …read more.

Bolus Recipe for Vaginal Yeast Infections

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Boluses, a.k.a. ovules/vaginal suppositories, are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. They provide relief to a lot of women who have vaginal yeast infections.

I used to get yeast infections a lot. Years later, after I was diagnosed with systemic yeast overgrowth and I finally understood why. I helped myself recover with The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) which is a yeast cleansing diet and by doing the boluses. …read more.

B.E.D. Grocery List for Stage 2

This grocery list is for Stage 2 of Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) for people who are on the tail end of bringing a yeast or bacteria overgrowth back into balance. If you haven’t been on B.E.D. for at least 3-6 months, stay on Stage 1…read more.

Self Love Begins on VDay…Intuitive Writing with Spirit

This writing came through on Valentine’s Day. What you see here has not been edited or changed, not even a comma – you read it as I received it. Check out what Intuitive Writing with Spirit is about. 

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.

Kids Leave At All Ages (10 minute writing)

I wrote this on the way to visit my son for the 1st x since he moved out. Before I got there, I pulled over to do this writing. I was nervous and out of sorts and these writings always clear my head. I set a timer for 10 min. and wrote, hence what I call a 10-minute writing a.k.a. ‘streamlining’.

Sometimes I think he is running away, other times flying away. Either way, he’s going away. That’s it. One way is easier to think about than the other. But both are equally hard to understand.

A fledgling at 14 moving into his father’s den. Not a nest. Not cozily prepared for his entrance into …read more.

A New Language

When you were born, and in those first 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.

But, 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. 

There’s nothing super hero’ish about being a single mom. It’s hard and no amount of imagining what it’s like prepares you for what it’s like. It’s like becoming a mom x’s 1,000.

Becoming a mom is hard enough, but at least there’s support for this transition. La Leche, books, playgroups, mommy friends. There’s a normalcy  to the process. But, becoming a single mom is unspoken of. The freaks, bad luck ones, the ones you never thought you’d be. What I thought. …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.

Getting out the door on a work/school day is hard enough. Let alone, rack the brain about what to pack for lunch. But if we’re going to eat, we gotta do this. It’s just not easy to find suitable food on B.E.D. out in the big world.  …read more.

My Take on Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO)

Fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) is becoming popular. Or maybe it’s just here in Vermont, where the sun shines strong for so few months of the year and our need for Vitamin D is that much higher.

Or maybe because this oil is rich in fat-soluble nutrients like Omega-3 (DHA/EPA), Vitamin A, and Vitamin D. All nutrients many of us lack. Especially if you’re old, have digestive issues, l …read more.

Bonbon Candy Treats (NO gluten, dairy, sugar)

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These bonbons are perfect if you can’t eat gluten, refined sugar, or pasteurized dairy. Or, if you’re purposefully avoiding these ingredients for one reason or another.

Been there, done that. So have my kids. We’ve struggled with food sensitivities for years now…but, we also have a social life and a sweet tooth!! 

I often find that the ingredients we need to avoid are in everything. If we eat something on our ‘avoid list’ then we pay for it later by feeling like crap. If we don’t eat it then we feel deprived or excluded from the fun.
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Beat Menopausal Blues with Placenta (What?!)

As a Placenta Encapsulator I see first-hand how new moms benefit from the capsules I make for them. This is mainly due to the hormones in the placenta. After you have a baby, you can ride the hormonal roller coaster as your body learns to regulate itself again.

If this is true in the postpartum, then what about during menopause? After doing a fair share of research, here’s what I found… …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 1st thing we think to eat when we get sick. It’s nourishing and anti-inflammatory. It’s also healing for the digestive system to keep our bellies happy ?

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How My Family Takes Fermented Cod Oil (FCLO)

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We take fermented cod liver oil (fclo) every day. Twice a day. Year round. My kids started taking it when they were 7 and 2 yrs. old.

My husband likes his oil straight-up and unflavored. I like the chocolate Butter Blend and my oldest likes the …read more.

How to Lotus Birth & Encapsulate

lotus-birth-placenta-photoIf you want to have a lotus birth AND encapsulate your placenta, here are 3 ways to do it…

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

Flush Your Butt – How I Do a Colonic

20160116_225616I’ve been doing colonics for years now. I got into them shortly after I was diagnosed with systemic Candida (yeast overgrowth). One of the things that my doctor recommended I do was to set up a series of back-to-back appointments with a local Hydrotherapist.

I did and was amazed at what poured out. At first it was nothing exciting. But in my 4th session I felt like I was a cement mixer truck dumping out thick pasty sludge. It felt great and my body felt lighter with every colonic.  …read more.

Dairy-Free Basil Pesto: Recipe

basil-thomasWe grow lots of basil in the garden ? Right through to mid-September. We lay it on tomatoes. Wrap it in roll-ups. Sun-dry some for the spice jar too. But, mostly we make pesto. Whatever we don’t eat in a couple of days we stick in the freezer. In the winter, the pesto’s vibrant green is most welcome!

My youngest is dairy-free so here’s the recipe we use… …read more.

Blueberry Jam (Kefired): my probiotic recipe

August 2012 - II 007 (2)We pick a ton of blueberries every year. I freeze most of ’em in bags and also into ice cube trays for making smoothies. I save out some to make tarts and fruit leather. And, every couple of years I jam a few jars.

But, I haven’t eaten ‘regular’ jam in years. After being diagnosed with yeast overgrowth, I started The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). Which meant avoiding sugar.

Especially jam, because it’s concentrated in fruit sugar. By not eating sugar I had a better chance of starving out the bad yeast. Called ‘die-off’. I did this for a long time and it worked. Totally worth it.

But, I missed jam! …read more.

Cultured Strawberry Ice Cream: our probiotic recipe

If you have digestive issues, GBS+autism, Candida – or another health condition where a gut flora imbalance may be present – ice cream is usually a “no-no” because of its high sugar content.

Sugar feeds the bad guys in your gut and adds to your physical pain each time you eat it. Best to kiss sugar goodbye. Easier said than done, I know. …read more.

Now You Are Still: Losing my baby girl

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

You are still.

 

Moments prior stretching, back-bends, kicking so.

In my hand I explore you whom spent 15 weeks deep inside my warmth and safety.

Now you are still.

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Camping on The Body Ecology Diet

I wasn’t planning on camping this summer. My plate is already full enough! Work, my nutritional studies, getting through this divorce, and 2 little kids. I can barely see straight! But, life doesn’t always work out in the way we plan and when that quiet voice inside of me speaks, I do what I can to comply.
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Snack Ideas for B.E.D.

Avocado BenHere’s a bunch of snacks for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) or any other gut healing protocol. Easy-to-digest and ‘gluten-sugar-yeast’ free. …read more.

Lakanto – Sweet stuff for people with diabetes, Candida, & gut issues

 

I found lakanto when I started The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to reverse my systemic yeast overgrowth. This sugar substitute that doesn’t feed harmful pathogens living in your body (i.e. GBS+, Candida, viruses) nor does it acidify the blood. Lakanto is also a safe sweetener for diabetics.

Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping – Why Do It

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Seconds after birth, with cord full of blood.

When a baby is born, only 2/3rd’s of his blood is actually in his body. The remaining third is still in the umbilical cord and placenta. This blood does not get into the baby’s body until the 3rd stage of labor, which is…

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

Candida (a.k.a. yeast overgrowth)

Candida, also known as Candidiasis or yeast overgrowth, is not a germ, bug or disease. What it is, is a serious immune disorder. Candida gets its name from Candida albicans, which is a family of yeast that happen to be the most common micro-organisms living in your digestive tract.

A healthy bowel contains a 10:1 bacteria to yeast ratio with good yeast outnumbering bad to maintain ecological balance. Certain factors (i.e. stress, sugar, “the pill”, antibiotics) allow …read more.

Cultured Butter: a probiotic recipe

My boys love cultured butter! We make it by culturing pastured cream into crème fraîche. Then we churn that yellow goodness into butter.

This stuff contains beneficial flora (a.k.a. probiotics) and is easy-to-digest. Butter made this way is often well-tolerated by people with …read more.

B.E.D. Grocery List for Stage 1

This grocery list is for the initial stage of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) or anyone looking for a holistic way to address yeast, bacterial, and viral overgrowth (i.e. CandidaGBS+).

These are your foods people!!

B.E.D. was created by Donna Gates and is a way of eating designed to give the gut a chance to rest ‘n repair. The foods listed below are for stage 1. They’re nutrient-dense, probiotic-rich, easy-to-digest, and ‘gluten/sugar/yeast’ free.

If you practice food combining when you eat these foods, you’ll give your gut even more of a break and can more quickly relieve  …read more.

Buckwheat Waffles (dairy, gluten, 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.

You can use this batter to make …read more.

Almond Roll-Out Cookies: Recipe (grain/egg/sugar/dairy-free)

These cookies are perfect for any age. My kids love them and I like that the dough doesn’t make a sticky mess on my kitchen counter when they roll it out. Not bad for a cookie that has no eggs, dairy, or grain 😉  …read more.

My Chicken Stock Story (& Recipe)

Chicken stock (or another kind of stock) is rich in minerals, gelatin, and collagen. It keeps bones and teeth strong, joints supple, hair soft. I’ve got experience with the last. My hair was dry with grey coming in. I started drinking stock and my hair softened up with less grey. The collagen in the stock had a lot to do with that.

When I was a kid, my mom made chicken soup a bunch. There was always a pot of it on the back-burner. Then I grew up and turned vegan for a spell where the idea of cooking a chicken this way wasn’t …read more.

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

I got this recipe from Holistic Squid and tweaked it here and there to suit my dietary needs. The kids ask for them in their lunchboxes and we think that they taste better than the frozen kind at the store.

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

‘Food Stuff’ to Pack When Traveling On B.E.D.

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When you’re on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) or another gut healing protocol, traveling can be a real challenge. It’s not easy to be away from your kitchen. Your comfort zone.

When you travel on B.E.D. the world can feel too big. Food choices too slim and yet food is everywhere! Except in your mouth. None of the food seems to be on the diet. And the smells! Coffee brewing, fries frying, pizza baking. It can be hard to say no when you’re on the go.

I know this because I’ve been there. So, I put together these ideas to help you, and your belly, be happy when you have to travel. Most important, I hope that you’ll stay on track with your dietary goals while traveling. There’s a lot of good ideas here! No excuses now 😉 …read more.

Travel Tips for The Body Ecology Diet

 

sleeping on car tripsTraveling – whether by car, plane or train – can really mess with your digestion. Not only do we get in a flurry of organizing and packing for our trip, but then we sit for long periods of time. Often whisked away at unnatural speeds!

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Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

Is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos a healthy version of soy sauce? It appears so, with a label that boasts a wide range of amino acids. Must be a good thing. Right?

I’ve always thought there was something not right about Bragg’s. After many years of the bottle gracing our dining table I did some research. As a nutritionist, it’s what I do…then I attempt to put all that I discovered into something that you can hopefully understand.

Here’s what I found… …read more.

Miscarriage: A Mother’s Love Never Dies

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Baby's Funeral

Sunflower, yellow and tall you were the prettiest one of all.

 

On July 27th 2006, I lost a baby girl so tiny she fit in my hand. She was 15 weeks old and perfect. Her features delicate and complete, simply needed plumping up. She had fingernails and a cleft in her chin.

The day before I miscarried she fluttered for the first time inside of me. I was happy to finally look pregnant and not be so nausea’s anymore. I welcomed the next phase of pregnancy. Yet, for one reason or another she was not meant to stay. …read more.

Turning a Transverse (or Breech) Baby

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Many pregnant moms are in distress when they find out their baby is transverse or breech – often just weeks before their estimated due date (EDD). This puts a spin on things because if the baby doesn’t turn “in time” many care providers recommend a cesarean birth. …read more.

My Red Yoga Mat

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Finding Myself Again and Again

I love my yoga mat. It is red and used and full of stains. It is mine and like a loved teddy bear it will have to fall into pieces before I let it go.

My yoga mat has been with me through thick and thin. I got it during my Esalen days in Big Sur where my love of yoga deepened into a practice 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 what she had done differently, if anything, during her pregnancy.

The only unique thing this mom had done on a regular basis was supplement with ASEA. …read more.

Suggested Dosages for Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Green Pastures ™ fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) has a bunch of benefits. Most of us know this, but they don’t know how much oil to take. Or give their kids. So, I asked Dave Wetzel, the owner of this family-owned company for his thoughts on the matter. 

“The oil can be medicinal, but it’s not a drug with “one size fits all” dosage. It’s up to each person to decide the …read more.

Digestive Enzymes: Goodbye Bloating!

assist-digestive-enzymes-imageI no longer struggle much 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 some pretty big lifestyle/diet changes I feel a lot better now.

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

Unsalted, Cultured Vegetables: A Beginner’s Recipe

This is a good recipe to start with if you’re new to cultured vegetables (cv’s). I lay it all out step-by-step with just 3 ingredients; cabbage, carrots, and starter. A simple, colorful mixture to light up the taste buds!

But, don’t let their simplicity fool you. CV’s are potent and kick-start your gut engine to have you digesting like a rock star ✨ …read more.

The Skinny on Food Combining

Example of really bad food combining

I’ve been food combining for years. My kids too. Every day, every meal. It’s the one secret that I wish I’d known about years earlier. Especially when I had a ton of digestive issues.

I used to have to wear stretchy pants and jammies. I was bloated up that bad. It hurt to put any pressure around my belly. People thought I was pregnant. No kidding. These days I fit into jeans I wore in my college days. Super slender and feeling my woman curves. It’s real nice. …read more.

Raw Liver ‘Pills’: Recipe (an easy one)

Wondering why I’d write a recipe like this? Or, what the rave is about these little reds? Check out my story below called Liver…A  Bitter Pill to Swallow. Or, dive in and make these no-fuss, flavorless, real-food multi-vitamins. …read more.

Cultured Cream: A probiotic recipe

cultured-butter-imageCultured cream is just a fancy name for sour cream (a.k.a. crème fraiche). This probiotic food is made with culture starter* that contains flora strains that break-down the milk protein (casein) and convert the milk sugar (lactose) into lactic acid.  …read more.

Your Inner Ecosystem – A Living World Inside You

inner-ecosystemJust like earth, your body (your belly) has an active inner ecosystem. One that’s teeming with micro-flora that live and work inside of you to keep you balanced 🙂

Basically, your inner ecosystem is your digestive tract. All the way from your mouth to your bottom. If you were to stretch it out, your digestive tract would be 30 feet long! In your inner ecosystem, there’s an entire world that is home to millions of both good flora (probiotics) and bad flora (pathogens).

Every time you eat, the good flora digest and …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 “R’s” for Strong Digestion

Photo Credit: Prentice Hall

Photo Credit: Prentice Hall

Good digestion is the corner stone of well-being and is involved in so many processes that if not working at top speed order, your immune and nervous system can become compromised.

For example, poor digestion can lead to …read more.

S.O.U.L Food

Keeping it real.

Seasonal, Organic, Unadulterated, Local

The other day I prepared breakfast for my family…lettuce from our garden; eggs from our chickens; bacon from farmer down the road; shiitake mushrooms grown on logs in our woods; scapes from garlic patch; nasturtiums from herb garden; and cultured vegetables made using a neighbor’s cabbage.

Breakfast is served…from our backyard!

As I served everyone it dawned on me that …read more.

Maya Abdominal Massage for Women

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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.

The Gift of Placenta Encapsulation

Thomas’ Placenta!

When my youngest turned 5, I gave myself a gift for bringing this fine boy into our world by encapsulating his placenta. Yes it was 5 years old and its hormone and nutrient levels might be nil, but what do I have to lose?

A colleague encapsulated her 2 year-old’s frozen placenta …read more.

Pumpkin Seed Butter: Recipe

This nutrient-dense pumpkin seed butter contains no sugar or poor-quality oil. It’s also a safe alternative for those schools and kids who are “nut-free”. My family likes to spread it on flax crackers, nori sheets, green apple slices, and celery 😊

Pumpkin Seed Butter Recipe

Makes about 1 1/4 cup …read more.

11 Ways to Avoid GBS+ in Pregnancy

Most pregnant women aren’t prepared for a group B strep diagnosis. I wasn’t when I found out at 38 weeks. With no time to reverse my condition, I opted for i.v. antibiotics in labor.

If I’d known then what …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 it may simply mean you’re a GBS carrier rather than a definitive indication that your baby will become ill. Often, it is the babies born to mothers with a large amount of GBS that are at greatest risk of becoming infected.

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Let’s Make Pomegranate Jello

013A perfect treat for cooling down on a warm morning! Made with Great Lakes Gelatin and pomegranate concentrate, this nourishing dish allows everyone to reap benefits of gelatin!

This recipe came about from being inspired to create something yummy for those on Happy Bellies or Body Ecology Diet who are healing Candida, thrush, group B strep or other flora imbalance. …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.

Top 10 for Our Liver

spring seasonEvery spring, your liver moves into a major detoxification phase. During this brief season, you have the power of nature behind you – making spring a PERFECT time to support your liver’s cleansing process.

You can always take the burden off your liver, you don’t have to wait for spring. But, spring is a time of year that the body is naturally already in …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

Nama Shoyu is a traditional soy sauce that is unpasteurized. Nama means “raw”. Shoyu means “soy”. This soy sauce is made by fermenting non-GMO soybeans with a probiotic fungi called Aspergillus oryzae. Then water is added along with wheat and sea salt. This mixture is left to ferment in cedar kegs for 6-8 months. Sometimes as long as 4 yrs. …read more.

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

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

I decided to add in onions because they have antibacterial properties which stimulate gastric juices and get things moving. Sound yummy?! The good thing is that they are and happen to make your belly happy too ?

This recipe was created while I was in the early stages of  …read more.

Ben’s Breakfast

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Ben’s Breakfast!

My son awoke on a recent Saturday morning and offered to prepare breakfast. With the typical rush of our daily grind coming to a halt on this relaxing weekend morning, I happily accepted his offer.

I busied myself chopping vegetables for a dinner casserole, watching from the corner of my eye as this boy of mine moved about the kitchen with grace and ease. Speaking aloud, yet to himself, he busily went to work pulling assorted dishes and food from the refrigerator.

Other than my help turning on the gas burners, he did it all – even deciding the menu; cleaning the pots and pans he needed; and cutting a head of cabbage with my cleaver! At one point I asked if I could …read more.

Young Green Coconut Kefir: Recipe

Kefir means “feel good”. That’s just how I feel after drinking young coconut kefir (YCK)! This probiotic-rich food is made with raw Thai young green coconuts and starter*. Mix ’em up, let culture, and you got a food …read more.

Bone Marrow

Raw Bone Marrow

Bone marrow is fatty, nourishing and one of the best remedies for the gut lining and the immune system.  This once known “superfood” is a primal brain food that our ancestors relied on for good fats, quality proteins and loads of minerals.

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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)

Buckwheat Waffles-HBA delicious spread for waffles, pancakes or crackers! This recipe is specially created for those in the early stages of healing yeast/bacterial overgrowth or a gut issue. Perfect for anyone on The Body Ecology Diet.

Creamy Carrot Butter

Serves 4

Ingredients

5 cups carrots, cut in 1″ chunks

1 cup water …read more.

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

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

In Vermont, nestled deep in the valley, spring is a combination of muddy roads and melting snow rushing into the rivers from mountains above.

Sap drips steadily from the maple trees and bulbs shoot up through the inches of snow remaining. The birds slowly return, …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 gone out of control. Typically, these good guys live in harmony with other types of micro-flora in your mouth, intestines, and genitals.

Problems occur when this delicate balance “harmony” gets out of whack. When that happens the bad Candida guys breed faster (we’re talking tons of baby flora every second) and overtake the good flora guys living in there.
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Celebrating Easter on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.)

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

Mothers Missed – Intuitive Writing with Spirit

This is a ‘guest post’ by Kirsten Leggett. I’m touched by this writing for many reasons, one of which is knowing way too many women without a mom for 1 reason or another. Being abandoned is a tough pill to swallow and writing about this touchy subject is one way to bring perspective and understanding.

What you see here has not been edited or changed, not even a comma – you read it as the writer received it. Check out what Intuitive Writing with Spirit is about.

It is hard to describe to someone who has always had a mother, what NOT having one is like. I guess those who are motherless too have the most understanding on this topic, yet for each and every one of us it is different. We have different triggers, different longings and while one may think that the need for a mother may dissipate over time, it is in fact quite the opposite.

For as we grow older and wiser we see the beautiful magic that is created between a mother and daughter, the deep level of understanding and love that seems to sit between the two. I watch them, all the time now, for I can do so. It was too hard when I was young for the longing was too hard to bear for a heart so young.

Now, it still brings tears to my eyes, but I also feel joy in the fact that I can observe with an open heart and an acknowledgement of all that I have missed. I always kept the fact that my mother walked out on me a secret from others.

I felt ashamed and embarrassed that this was my situation. That indeed people must think that something must be deeply wrong with me for a mother to walk away.

I know now that this is not true, that she simply had her own truth to live, that the life she was in was not the one she had dreamed of, and that is ok. She could never have imagined the aftermath that would follow, not in the next year or so, but decades from now as her own role of ‘mother’ was challenged. She made a choice all those years ago to walk away.

She not only walked away from her husband and children, but she abandoned a future relationship that would be longed for, mourned for and missed by her daughter. So as I watch a mother and daughter enjoying a movie together, talking over lunch, enjoying an afternoon of shopping, there is still a place in my heart that reaches out for that too, to have just a taste of that experience.

Then I breathe in deep and fill that empty space with a knowing that I understand the importance of this relationship between a mother and child, that it is something to be cherished, and that elements of it can be found in other relationships, that sometimes it is not your birth mother who can provide you with all that you have been looking for.

The nurturing, the understanding; the acceptance of you just the way you are. A ‘mother’ is someone who can touch the deepest part of you, who can embrace you and swallow you whole. She is everything you ever imagined she would be.

Written through Kirsten Leggett on April 12th 2017

If you have a Spirit Writing to share, please send it to Tara in word.docx or as a link to your own blog. I will share it here on my website along with my Facebook group called “Intuitive Writing with Spirit”. This style of writing is unique and helpful for others to read ✨

Basic White Frosting (No gluten, dairy, refined sugar)

This basic white frosting is easy to make and even smoother to top your favorite desserts. I searched high and low for frosting that my kids would accept as ‘normal’ which isn’t easy for us people who can’t eat dairy and choose not to eat refined sugar! I see this recipe as a work in progress but like it enough to share here with you all 🌺  …read more.

A Boy Coming of Age…Intuitive Writing with Spirit

This spirit writing came at a time when my 14 yr. old began to pull away and left to live with his dad. I felt anger, guilt, sadness, and after days in my head way too much I sat down and brought in my guides, my spirits, my loved ones who have passed. Then I wrote. Below is what came through.

What you see here has not been edited or changed, not even a comma – you read it as the writer received it. Check out what intuitive writing with Spirit is about.

You read it as I hear it. 

He is broody, this is true. But in this very way so are you. He is inner, you are outer and this is all a balancing act. You both are playing in the age-old game. The trick is not to look down or all around and definitely don’t look back. That’s the easiest way to fall. For there will be regrets galore for why did you do that? Why didn’t I do this? See, there you go already thinking of it all.

Yes, we all screw up in some shape or form and then you look at your creation, your baby, and you must simply see yourself. See your whole self in him as he breaks through the entrapment to break free and find Him Self. This is a painstakingly hard process for a boy coming of age, especially one whose mother is, has been, overbearing and over-controlling. Just over the top too much.

Breathe that in and know that these words come with love attached for you have also experienced such a mother and still you are in the process of breaking free. Broke free as we see it from here. So honor his process and acknowledge him as him with a life and a mind that is all his own. Not yours.

The only thing that’s yours out of all this is you son all grown up who goes by the name of Benjamin Francis Glasscock.

Be proud of him and who he is no matter who he shall become. For he will strive to be, to be in your eyes and if you see him and acknowledge him he will flourish. For, this is what we all want whether by our mother, father, big sister, little brother, or lover, friend, wife, husband, teacher, or preacher. It’s just how it is.

Our longing to be recognized as a valid, real person with dreams and excitements. Sometimes we do go through times in our life when the need for this validation is bigger. He is here now in such a space. Flailing a bit for what is no longer and a bit trapped in his own mind with anxieties and fears and no friend to show. For this is what friends do. They see you.

He saw a friend in his absent dad and this is true but as time goes by, and it already has, his dad will transform into the dad he ‘should’ have been all along. For if he had, (been that dad), Ben would be, as would you, in a whole different space in time and place. So give yourself some credit and cut yourself some slack. You did what you did for reasons all your own.

Part of being a parent is to do the best you can, don’t look back, and keep up pace with your child(ren) so that you can keep up with where they’re going in life and acknowledge them here and there along the way. Not hand in hand or arm in arm but step by step and round you go.

This is the process. Have fun.

Written through Tara by spirit, higher self, divine, what have you…on March 17th 2017

I also wrote a 10-minute writing called Kids Leave At All Ages, this style of writing has a way of clarifying the deeper stuff at hand too 

If you have a Spirit Writing to share, please send it to Tara in word.docx or as a link to your own blog. I will share it here on my website along with my Facebook group called “Intuitive Writing with Spirit”. This style of writing is unique and helpful for others to read ✨

Your Life Isn’t Better Than Mine…Intuitive Writing with Spirit

This spirit writing came when I was feeling sorry for the mom I thought I’d be and didn’t get to be. Sorry that I got the brunt of being a single mom, not once but twice. Why other moms got it all and I got so little. Wishing I’d had the luxury of putting my kids on the front burner. Pure self pity. Then I felt a buzzing in my head, the one that tells me to write.  

Here’s what came through…What you see here hasn’t been edited or changed, not even a comma – you read it as I received it. Check out what Intuitive Writing with Spirit is about.

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