Cod Liver Oil

Body Ecology
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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 (probiotics) that naturally live in your body, but if they can cause a mild to serious infection if they are allowed to overpopulate. …read more.

Taking Time for Myself

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 Stock for Strong Digestion & Bones


I was apprehensive to make fish stock. One, because I’d never done it. I make lots of chicken, beef, and lamb stock – but not fish. Two, the idea of simmering fish bones made me think it’d smell up the whole house and make me not like the stock even if I did make it. …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 bland without flavor. Into the kitchen he came and without further ado blended up the perfect concoction that you see here. …read more.

Why I Like Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO)

Fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) is rich in fat-soluble nutrients like Omega-3 (DHA/EPA), Vitamin A, and Vitamin D. These are all nutrients that most of us lack. Especially as we get older or have digestive issues. If you’ve ever been  …read more.

Treat Boxes for Sugar-Free Kids 😁

When my oldest started kindergarten, he’d never been around much refined sugar or artificial food dye. Most of our friends didn’t eat junk and if they did we brought something naturally sweet to eat. This was our norm. This all changed when Ben started school. Suddenly he was exposed to sugary food on a regular basis and we weren’t there to prevent him from eating it. We sent him with a packed lunch and snacks of course but what about all the school celebrations where sugar was served? …read more.

Watermelon Popsicles for FUN 🍉

I hesitated to write up this recipe because it’s just so simple to make. But, my husband took too many awesome photo’s not to share here…plus it’s not every day you get to bring down the basket of cookie cutters! …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.


…read more.

Young Green Coconut Kefir: Recipe

Kefir means “feel good” and that’s how I feel after drinking young coconut kefir (yck) 🙂 This probiotic-rich food is made with raw Thai young green coconuts and high-quality kefir starter*. You simply mix them together, let it culture, and just like that you have a delicious food  …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 type of 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 big and the food choices are slim. Food seems to be everywhere, except in your mouth! Then there’s the smells! Coffee brewing, fries frying, pizza baking. It’s hard to say no when you’re on the go. …read more.

Cultured Cream: A probiotic recipe

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

Eating to Prevent GBS+ During Pregnancy

One way to decrease your chance of being diagnosed with a GBS infection during pregnancy is to build up your birth canal with good bacteria that will naturally discourage GBS overgrowth. The best way to do this is to eat the right food before and during pregnancy. …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 wasn’t when I my GBS test came back positive at 38 weeks. I didn’t have time to reverse the condition and opted for i.v. antibiotics during labor. See here if your unborn baby is at risk for GBS+.

Taking antibiotics during my son’s birth ended up giving my son and I a lot of health issues for months after and I have now become an advocate for helping moms avoid them. The earlier in your pregnancy that you can implement the following home remedies the better your chance is. Even better would be to get started before you try to conceive.

All of the ideas below can help you to strengthen your immune system and overall health. many of them can also help you to increase the amounts of good flora living in your vaginal birth canal. More good flora means that there will be less room for GBS bacteria to live in there. Cheers to having an antibiotic-free birth 🌈 …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 Your Liver

Every spring, the liver organ moves into a major detoxification phase. During this brief season, you have the power of nature behind you, which makes spring is a PERFECT time to cleanse your body!

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.

Bolus Recipe for Vaginal Yeast Infections


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.

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?? …read more.

B.E.D. Grocery List for Stage 2

This grocery list is for Stage 2 of Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). The foods listed here are best for individuals 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 with the 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. What you see here has not been edited or changed, not even a comma – 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.

Kids Leave At All Ages ~ a 10 minute writing

I wrote this on the way to visit my son for the first time since he’d moved out. I was nervous to see him and decided to pull over and do a 10-minute writing to clear my head. 

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.  …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 (What?!)

As a PBi-Certified 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 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)


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 straight-up without added flavored. I like the chocolate butter blend and my oldest likes the …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 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 and though I did them here and there in college, I really got into them after being diagnosed with systemic Candida, a.k.a. yeast overgrowth. A friend lent me a book called The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) that layed out a healing protocol to remove excess yeast from the body and the author, Donna Gates, recommended to do a series of back-to-back sessions with a Hydrotherapist. …read more.

Probiotic Blueberry Jam Recipe

August 2012 - II 007 (2)We pick a ton of blueberries every year. I freeze most in bags and into ice cube trays for making smoothies in the winter season. I save some out for making tarts and fruit leather and jam a few jars too.

I stopped eating the regular kind of jam a few years ago when I started on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). Part of this healing protocol means avoiding most forms of sugar and so that’s what I did. Especially jam. …read more.

Cultured Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe 🍓

Last week I woke on a hot summer morning and looked out the window ☀ at the strawberries in our garden so red and ripe and 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 BenThis is a list of easy-to-digest snacks for The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) or any other gut healing protocol. All are gluten, sugar, and yeast free. Items listed with a (*) are best reserved for Stage 2 of the diet or used as an occasional or transitional treat. …read more.

Lakanto – a more natural sugar substitute (safe for diabetics and Candida sufferers)

I found lakanto when I started on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to heal my chronic yeast overgrowth. I was happy to find something that I could use as a sugar substitute when making cookies and cake. I’d gotten so used to not eating anything sweet, so tasting Lakanto was a real treat! This sugar alternative does not feed harmful pathogens (i.e. GBS+, Candida, viruses) or make the blood acidic like normal sweeteners do. Lakanto is safe for diabetics.

Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping – Why Do It

close up of an umbilical cord still attached

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 family loves cultured butter. I make it a couple times a year by culturing pastured cream into crème fraîche and churning it into yellow rounds of butter.

This recipe is rich in beneficial flora, also known as probiotics, and is easy-to-digest. Butter made this way is often well tolerated by people with a …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!! If you’ve already moved through stage 1 and are ready to transition into the next phase of gut rebuilding, here’s my stage 2 grocery list.

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, flour, and 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 my systemic yeast overgrowth with Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). The diet recommended not to eat gluten, yeast, sugar, or flour products and yet I missed waffles! So I set out to make something 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 all!

You can use this batter to make …read more.

Almond Roll-Out Cookies: Recipe for Body Ecology Diet

These cookies are perfect for anyone on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D). My kids love them. 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 without 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.

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? 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 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

Sunflower, sunflower yellow and tall you were the prettiest flower 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’d fluttered inside for the first time. I was happy to finally look pregnant and feel normal. 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


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 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: 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

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.

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.

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 it spread on flax crackers, roasted nori sheets, green apple slices, waffles, and celery sticks 😊

Pumpkin Seed Butter

Makes about 1 1/4 cup …read more.

See if your Unborn Baby is 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’re a group B strep carrier rather than a definitive indication that your baby will become ill. Often, it’s the babies born to moms with large amounts of GBS that are at the greatest risk of becoming infected.

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Pomegranate Jello for The Body Ecology Diet

013The perfect breakfast treat for a hot summer morning! It’s also a sneaky way to get gelatin into your self or the kids 😉 I created this jello when I was on stage 1 of the Body Ecology Diet (BED) to heal a chronic case of yeast overgrowth.

Part of the BED protocol was to avoid all fruit unless it was a lemon, lime, acai, sour green apple, black currant, cranberry, currant, or a pomegranate. This meant getting creative!! 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 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

Ben's Breakfast!

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.

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


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


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


Photo Credit HERE 

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.

Best Mom Ever (10-minute writing)

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

“Best mom ever” he says leaning heavily into me so that I must reach out to brace myself on the kitchen counter. The world stops in this moment for I have been without my son’s love extending in this way. I know what it feels like to have him to choose to ignore me, to express hate for me, to wish me away. I have felt that level of disconnect and want nothing more than to connect with him now. Feed him all the cookies in the world as I rest just so, making my whole self available when he chooses to plug in and connect.  …read more.

Pumpkin Tart with Almondy 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 just to experiment with cookbook recipes and come up with my own. Having run out of pie pans I made a tart that came out yummy enough to share.

This tart is delicate with enough richness to satisfy most any sweet tooth. As with many of my recipes, this one is free of refined sugar and most of the common allergens; except nuts. For those who practice The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.), you’ll find this to be stage 2 friendly for an occasional treat. 

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe ~ Allergen Free & B.E.D. Friendly

My 10 year old asked for pumpkin pie for his birthday this year and that’s what we did. The challenge was to make a yummy pie for a kid who can’t eat gluten, nuts, dairy, or flour. As a family, we practice food combining and try to avoid sugar so this was taken into consideration.

What I came up with was a no-bake pumpkin filling smoothed into a baked pumpkin seed crust. This recipe is free of the most common allergens (i.e. dairy, eggs, nuts, gluten, peanuts, soy) and is a B.E.D.-friendly dessert for those on The Body Ecology Diet.

I hope that you enjoy my creation. Watching my boy smile as he blew out his candles was worth every minute it took to make this pie a good one 🙂

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