Easy Chocolate Fig Pops- Kids Favorite!

Easy Chocolate Fig Pops- Kids Favorite!

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Lolli-pops, candies and treats seem impossible to avoid as a parent trying to feed your children health-giving foods– apparently that cute little face just screams “give me a lolli-pop!” to others.  Well avoiding refined sugars as much as possible is an important strategy in supporting immune, musculoskeletal, hormone and overall health in our kids (as well as ourselves!).  These stand in lolli-pops are a better alternative to high fructose corn syrup-laden-nasty-dye candy. Wrap them each individually in colored cellophane and you’ll be really impressive!


Recipe:

- Bag of dried mission figs

- 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (can use the allergen-free time like this brand )

- candy sticks (can get these from craft stores


Instructions:

Melt chocolate chips- Heat water in small sauce pan with a oven-safe bowl over it. Put chocolate chips in the bowl, the hot water underneath will gently melt chocolate chips without burning them.

Pull off stem of fig and push small stick half-way into fig.

Dip fig into melted chocolate to cover. Dry on parchment paper. 

You’ll be amazed how tasty these chocolate covered figs are! Enjoy!

Healing Stories- Cancer

Healing Stories- Cancer

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We’re continuing the series on Natural Healing Stories today. I have been wanting to share these incredible, encouraging stories for some time now. The chance is here! When you have chronic health problems, hope is often a distant memory.  Let these stories infuse hope and courage into those of you who are struggling with your bodies, or the family and friends you love who are in desperate need of healing.

I’m so glad that a family friend of ours was willing to share his long, extremely challenging, yet very hopeful journey. Cancer might be the diagnosis we are scared of most,  with reason, but like so many other things, conventional cancer treatments are not are only option.  Coming at cancer from many different angles, approaching it from the roots up, not just killing cancer cells, is proving to be effective for many people taking alternative cancer treatment routes. I can’t wait for you to read more…..

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When did you first notice you were sick?

In October of 2006 I developed terrible pain in my lower back. It was first thought by the doctor to be a pulled muscle. I thought it was probably a disk injury.

What is the official diagnosis?

Multiple Myeloma

How did they come to that?

An MRI was done that showed my L5 vertebrae had collapsed and surgery was done to repair it. The bone marrow had been “eaten away” and since no injury had occurred to break the vertebrae a biopsy was done which showed cancer.

What treatments natural or conventional have provided the best results?

We immediately changed  to a vegan diet with hourly juicing which I did for a full year with great results. However, it became apparent after a couple of years when another vertebrae collapsed that I needed to do something more. I continued the diet and supplements regimen I had started but also added chemotherapy. I did well with this for a couple of more years but then began to get worse again. I recently went  to an integrative clinic in Arizona for 6 months. I received very intense therapy of daily IV’s to boost my immune system as well detoxing through sauna and coffee enemas which I feel are both very important and I plan to continue indefinitely. I did also begin a different oral chemo which I am still doing at this point along with a clean diet, detoxing and supplementation. It was during this time that I was able to stop receiving blood transfusions.

What have caused the most problems or brought about little healing? 

In 2006 after the first surgery I was subjected to radiation on my lower back to stop the spread of Myeloma to other vertebrae. This caused multiple stomach and digestive issues. It did nothing to stop the Myeloma.

In 2012 I was put in the hospital for four days of continuous IV chemotherapy. This damaged my kidneys to the point of needing dialysis, caused me to be very sick, and lose my hair with no benefit to treating the cancer. After going through this treatment I began having to receive weekly blood transfusions which by the time this ended I had received over 78 units.

 What symptoms/issues are you still trying to get past? What are no longer a problem?

I still have pain in my back and rib area. I no longer experience fatigue.

What encouragement would you offer to those seeking natural healing from medical problems right now?

There are multiple resources available to you. Diet is crucial in getting better and maintaining good health as well as good supplementation. Don’t give up. You can and must take charge of your own health. Take time to read up on and research the challenge you are faced with. Don’t just race to the first treatment the medical field steers you toward. You cannot just leave it up to your Doctor. The medical field sees very little to no relationship between diet and healing. Find a good natural Doctor to work with you or someone who has knowledge in the natural health field, but don’t wait any longer. Get started now taking charge of your own health.

     Here are some helpful resources if you or a loved one is dealing with a cancer diagnosis: 

 Www.envita.com Clinic in Arizona that Dave went to

Www.linchitzwellness.com   Clinic in Long Island

Www.hacres.com Therapeutic diet that can be very helpful with cancer and other conditions

Killing Cancer, Not People

The Kinder, Gentler Cancer Treatment

Outsmart Your Cancer

Cancer: Step Outside the Box

Raw Double Chocolate Mint Brownie Bites

Raw Double Chocolate Mint Brownie Bites

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I love to create treats that are just as tasty- but much more healthy than the typical dessert.   It is really fun. And fun to eat I might add. These little guys are super satisfying, and the mint addition makes them uniquely enjoyable.  They are no-bake, raw, dairy and grain free.

Brownie Bites:

 

Chocolate Coating:

  1. Combine all ingredients for brownie bites in food processor until a wet dough forms. (If it’s too wet, add more flour. Too dry, more coconut oil.)
  2. Roll into little 1 inch balls, freeze on plate to harden.
  3. Warm coconut oil just enough to melt it, adding in other chocolate coating ingredients until well combined.
  4. Dip cold brownie bites into chocolate drizzle, covering the entire ball.
  5. Place on parchment paper and re-freeze until hardened. Dip again to make a thick layer of chocolate. Store in fridge/freezer.

*For a quicker (less healthy option) you can melt store-bought chocolate chips and use that as your chocolate coating. This is the brand  of chocolate chips we use.

 

Creamy Vanilla Mint Jello

Creamy Vanilla Mint Jello

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RECIPE:

1/2 tsp- 1 tsp mint extract

25 drops liquid stevia (1/4 C. maple syrup)

Pinch real salt

1 1/2 C. coconut milk (canned or homemade)

1 1/4 C. filtered water

1 T. pure vanilla extract

1 vanilla bean (sliced and beans scraped out)

5 T. grass fed gelatin

Optional: Add a handful of chocolate chips for an extra special treat if you’re not concerned with keeping this low carb.

 

  1. Heat water, coconut milk and other ingredients (except for gelatin) in small pot until it begins to boil. Reduce to simmer.
  2. Whisk gelatin in briskly to liquid mixture and stir regularly until gelatin has dissolved (5-10 minutes).
  3. Poor into medium sized glass container and place in fridge to firm up for 3-4 hours.  Keep in glass container and cut into squares. Store in fridge.

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Turtle Cheesecake Squares

Turtle Cheesecake Squares
Who doesn’t love turtle? And turtle cheesecake is a whole other level of delight.  This grain-free, refined sugar-free ‘Turtle Cheesecake Squares‘ are absolutely decadent.  There are three steps to making them, but all it requires is a food processor and you’re golden.  No turning that oven on for these.  If you have never enjoyed the absolute silkiness of cashews as a ‘cream cheese’, here is your chance to be blown away.  This dessert will wow any guest you entertain, little and big mouths alike.

This complete recipe was shared on Primally Inspired.

Turtle Cheesecake Squares

Turtle Cheesecake Squares

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 1/2 C. dates
  • 1/4 C. unsweetened coconut
  • 2/3 C. pecans (or any combo almonds/pecan/walnut)
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • pinch salt
  • Filling
  • 1 3/4 C. raw cashews (soaked first in water for 4 hours, drained)
  • 1/3 C. coconut oil
  • 1/3 C. raw cacoa/cocoa
  • 1/3 C. + 2 T. maple syrup/honey
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t. real salt
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • Caramel nuts
  • 1 T. butter/ghee
  • 2 T. maple syrup/honey
  • 1 C. chopped pecans
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t. real salt

Instructions

    Crust
  1. Combine all crust ingredient in food processor until fine crumbles.
  2. Brush tart pan (I used a 4x14 rectangle) with coconut oil and press crumble into pan evenly. Stick in freezer to harden.
  3. Filling
  4. Put drained cashews with all other filling ingredients in food processor, mixing until very smooth.
  5. Topping
  6. Heat topping ingredients on low on stovetop until bubbling and thickened (few minutes), stirring continually.
  7. Assemble by pouring filling into frozen crust and spreading caramel nuts over the top. Push nuts down gently into filling. Freeze for 3-4 hours until firm and ready. Enjoy! (Keep in freezer until serving)
http://mindfulmama.org/2014/08/20/turtle-cheesecake-squares/

Natural Healing Stories- Autism

Natural Healing Stories- Autism

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Today begins an amazing series on Natural Healing Stories!  I have been wanting to share these incredible, encouraging stories for some time now. The chance is here! When you have chronic health problems, hope is often a distant memory.  Let these stories infuse hope and courage into those of you who are struggling with your bodies, or the family and friends you love who are in desperate need of healing.

Healing From Autism

I am so pleased to share with you an interview of a really amazing mama I met a couple of years ago.  When I met her another friend had told me that her son was diagnosed with autism, but ‘lost his diagnosis’.  I was AMAZED. I picked her brain and asked her a million questions about what she did to help her son’s body recover from such dysfunction.  I watched as her son played with my son of the same age and would have never been able to tell that he was even close to an autism spectrum disorder.  I’ve moved away from this friend, but have enjoyed keeping in touch with her and seeing how her lovely family is doing. I am so pleased to share some of her healing story with you here on Mindful Mama.

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Tell us briefly when you first starting noticing your son was ‘sick’?

After Fosters 12 month shots…which were done at 13 months…he legs swelled right away. That same night. .he struck a fever of 104…we went to emergency room. .they couldn’t explain why. Foster knew how to say about 10 words. Such as mama, dada, up, kiki for kitty, ball, go etc…within a few days he would look at me & try to say Mama, and he could.only get out mmmmmmm…then by 3 weeks quit talking.

What official diagnosis did he receive from the medical field? How did they come to that?

I decided to take Foster to a private psychologist in Charleston. I didn’t want to wait for SC waiting list… We took Foster at 16 months. ..she diagnosed him with Autism.

In your opinion, what treatments (natural or conventional) have provided you the best results?

Right away we started the GFCF (gluten-free, casein free) diet…1st no milk..his eye contact was coming back…he laughed again. .my heart was jumping for joy…my baby was coming back to me!!!

Took out all gluten next…speech was coming…Yay!!!

We also use bio-medical supplements. ..this helps his gut & immune system fight back and helps him focus.

We did every therapy known to man kind. EI, OT, PT, SPEECH, ABA ,TALKING TURNS ,HYPERBARIC  OXYGEN THERAPY & sensory therapy. ..

All were amazing. ..sensory therapy was the strangest…but it brought back a lot of Fosters senses of touch…he never hugged or kissed anyone…gave you his forehead to kiss & hugged you backwards…giving you his back…he wouldn’t wear a hat…after this 8 week course every day 2x daily. ..

Foster wore a hat…Foster kissed me on the lips…Foster hugged me…I cant tell you the joys of what some people take for granted!!!!

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What treatments (natural or conventional) have caused the most problems or brought about little healing?

None…all were good…my hope is that moms don’t ever give up!!!

I beat this …so can you!!!

Your present condition:  What symptoms/issues are you still trying to get past? What symptoms are no longer a problem for you any longer?

Foster has been mainstream since he was in 4K…he’s still on the diet. .still receives OT & ABA, and takes the nutritional supplements.

FOSTER IS A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY..GETS IN TROUBLE LIKE A TYPICAL KID FOR TALK ING DURING CLASS..WE BARLEY HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS

He jumps a lot when he gets excited and he says his favorite subject is NASCAR.

What encouragement would you offer to those seeking natural healing from medical problems in their life right now?

PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP…fight for your loved ones!!!

And please remember you have rights…and you don’t have to vaccinate if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. There are either religious or philosophical waivers in almost every state for school/daycare.

 preston

 

How I Got Fired (More Than Once) By My Pediatrician

How I Got Fired (More Than Once) By My Pediatrician

 

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I’m a RN.

 

You’d think that would have helped me out some when it came to room for me to ask questions and advocate for my children’s health.

 

Nope.

 

I was seen the same as you. Just another crazy mom, questioning the medical establishment, and the holy vaccine grail… too much for her own good.

 

Round One

 

 I began my exit from mainstream medical worship around the time I asked my first son’s pediatrician (he was 3 months old) why there was aluminum in vaccines (a widely available fact).  After she looked at me and said “oh there’s aluminum in vaccines?”…and I answered affirmatively… she proceeded to tell me that I shouldn’t worry about avoiding toxins in vaccines unless I’m avoiding them altogether in the rest of my environment.  Hmm…because THAT makes sense.

 

Over a few interactions and refusal of my sons 4 month shots, she saw my skepticism and unanswered questions were mounting.

 

red bookThis is the time she offered to let me borrow her AAP “Red Book” on Infectious Diseases.  This big ol’ scary book was sure to bring me back over from the dark side.

 

Nope.

 

This book was KEY for me, with all my brain-washed nursing background, to realize that my child was at low risk for almost all of the diseases that were vaccinated against.  And the diseases that they were most at risk for contracting were diseases that had very low complication rates, and practically non-existent mortality rates.  I simply made a list of risk factors for contracting each disease, and checked them up against my actual child’s situation (risk factors such as daycare setting, crowded living space, poor immunity, non-breastfed, premature birth, and poor nutrition).  (By the way this individualized care could  be done for each child’s unique situation, but the time and intentionality it would require would NEVER happen in the mainstream medical setting.)

 

Instead of her book being an effective scare tactic, it brought knowledge, understanding and empowerment.  Growing up Catholic we were indirectly taught that the priests were the ones who could interpret God’s Word for the people, as the people were certainly incompetent to do it themselves.  Here I was facing that misguided belief again:  Doctors know the truth, and they alone can translate it accurately to lay people.   I strongly believe clergy do not have greater access to the truths of God, and I also believe parents should never feel they are incompetent to delve into this complex topic and come out with a solid understanding of the facts. 

 

Here began my relentless quest for as much data, information, theories, philosophies, historical evidence and facts as I could possible consume as a mom responsible for her child’s health.  My thirst was insatiable, I could not stop until I had asked and answered a million and one questions.

 

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While still naïve, I was hoping to find a pediatrician who was more educated on vaccine issues and more open minded to the right of parent’s choice. (Did I mention that office ‘unintentionally’ gave my son the Hepatitis B vaccine during his 2 month appointment? BTW that happens often)  So feeling VERY unwelcomed and uncomfortable in our first pediatricians office, my husband and I sought out the care of another pediatrician that we heard was more open.

 

Round Two

 

Just leaving that last unpleasant situation we were pretty upfront with this new pediatrician.  I told her I did not need a well-child doctor, but rather would like to use her expertise when my children were sick, and I was unsure how to treat them. I gave her a two page list of the bullet-pointed reasons why we were not vaccinating at this point, and asked her to place it on my chart. (I WISH I could see the snickers from the office staff as they read over it…..the same lack of respect they show for parents who hand them their birth plan). We discussed vaccines in length and these were the most notable statements she offered:

 

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“My patients, and your children’s health is the most important thing to me, and I would never use vaccinations if they could cause problems in these children.”

 

Oh and then there was the, “the connections that have been made between vaccination and adverse effects are ALL coincidental. None of them have been proven to be ‘causal’. “

 

Yikes.  She was no different. But I was here and I was going to give it my best shot (no pun intended).

 

  I asked her if she was comfortable with us not coming to well-child check-ups (as I know has my second child who was around 4 months), and she said she was fine with that.  She said as long as she saw them ‘once in a while’ that would be fine.  Well, my kids are rarely sick, and when they are I effectively support them at home.

 

 One day, however, both of my kids had ‘pink eye’. I was using breast milk and tea bag soaks and it had yet to resolve. I was working that night and weekend and was going to be leaving the kids with my hubby.  So thinking ahead I called my pediatrician’s office to request an antibiotic eye drop prescription in the event that it did not resolve on its own.  Well apparently that flagged out chart and reminded the Dr. that we had not been there for some time now, and I got the reply that she would not call in that prescription, and that we would have to come in so she could see the kids face to face.  Well, I had no time to bring them in and quite frankly I was annoyed by the way I was being treated. I did not go in and, surprise, my children’s healthly little bodies recovered fine from that minor infection.

 

The story was not over.  A few days later the mail man knocked on my door with a piece of certified mail for me to sign for.  I signed in confusion, shut the door and plopped down on my couch to see what in the world this was.  Much to my surprise I opened a very defensive letter, written by my pediatrician, stating if we did not schedule a well-check appointment in X amount of days, then we would be dismissed from the practice.

 

cancel-97633_640Shock.  Serious shock. How in the world, as her customer, voluntarily using her services as we needed, was getting KICKED OUT of her practice because we weren’t playing by her rules.  O…I was mad. I was really mad. Had medicine really become this?

 

My husband and I talked and prayed and talked some more.  We felt completely disrespected as parents, and that our wishes disregarded. It was very clear who was in charge here, and it sure wasn’t us.  We decided to not continue care at this office, as they unfortunately did not value us as their patients. I wrote a letter, expressing the huge disappointment in their professionalism and care, and never heard from them again.

 

Onto the next pediatrician.

 

Round Three

 

She was very kind at first, did not push vaccines, and even ‘let us’ wait on treating strep throat with antibiotics (which we successfully fought without them!!!) But as time went on, and more conversations were had that showed how completely different our parenting/health paradigms were, things got a little more hostile.

 

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One day I found a tick on my son’s skin that appeared to have been there for some time.  We had several family friends who had severe health problems with Lymes disease, and the recommendation from these natural advocacy organizations they were working with for Lymes disease was to treat all tick bites prophylactically.  This REALLY stressed me out as I have never given my children antibiotics, and did not want to in any way.  But I spend the next 24 hours reading as much as I possibly could about it and we hesitantly came to the decision to seek out the preventative antibiotics for the potential that the tick that bit him had Lymes disease. I called my pediatrician and told her our concerns and that we would really like a prescription for Lyme-prevention after this tick bite.  I talked about how it is becoming more standard to give them for prevention as the window of opportunity is so small.  I told her I was hesitant to give them, but that I was really uneasy about Lymes disease and that I would give aggressive probiotic supplementation during and after the course.  She agreed to write me the prescription and that was that. (Looking back I’m not sure if I would do that again, I’m still trying to figure out my approach when it comes to tick bites, but I still feel it is a parent’s right to request certain treatments they have educated themselves on).

 

Or so I thought.

 

I called a couple months later for something like a physical, and the receptionist put me on hold. She came back and told me that we were no longer welcomed as patients of this Dr.

 

Jaw on the floor.

 

I fumbled over my words, questioning the receptionist’s words.  She told me she didn’t know why, but that is what my doctor had said.  Once again I was totally deflated by the tactics being used on me because I did not comply with the way they expected patients/families to behave.

 

 I asked to talk to the doctor.  She called me back and we had a very emotional conversation about what had happened. She told me that she will never be pressured like that again and that it was totally inappropriate of me as the mom to ask her for what I want for my kids.  I kindly disagreed, but apologized that I came off that way.  I told her that just dropping a patient because of this is inappropriate and unfair.  She agreed to welcome us back into the practice.  I felt like I had been heard, but still felt embarrassed, unsupported and frustrated.

 

Somewhere along the way mainstream medicine subtly took parents’ rights away.

 

 

I don’t know how this has happened, and why no one questions it….but I’m so done with it. (Read more about the ways medicine has become unscientific and unacceptable).medicine

 

 

 

My children were entrusted to me by God to care for, provide for and protect. 

 

No one else has this charge, and NO ONE else cares for my children like my husband and I do. 

 

To truly believe your doctor cares for your child as you do, is unbelievably ignorant.

 

money-93206_640You are another patient, another chart number, another appointment to get through quickly to meet patient quotas.

 

Your doctor may have entered medicine to help people, but there are many standard protocols, practitioner expectations and conflicts of interest that keep them from being able to honestly say they care the most about your child’s health.

 

It’s laughable at this point to even mention that doctors, nor pharmaceutical companies are even liable for vaccine injuries.  In the 1980’s an act was passed called the “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program”.  This relieves any potential liability from doctors who PRESCRIBE and GIVE these vaccines, and all the legal liability lies on the US government.  So basically all you have to do is sue the US government to receive compensation for the tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills you pay for your child’s vaccine injury.  Just imagine how likely THAT is to happen. Hilarious, huh?

 

We moved to another state, and after these many bad experiences, I’ll just say that we’ve been here for a year….and have yet to hire a new pediatrician.

 

 

-Mindful Mama

Cheap, Non-Toxic Hand and Body Soap

Cheap, Non-Toxic Hand and Body Soap

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I have been looking for a way to have cheap AND non-toxic soap in my house for a LONG time.  This idea came to me and I crossed my fingers hoping it would work! Well….it did, and I definitely won’t be buying nasty anti-bacteria soap OR expensive ‘natural soap’ dispensers any longer.

It’s not really homemade soap per SE, but it creates a way that you can use liquid castile soap for hand soaps and actually get suds. Plus, its CHEAP! After you buy the soap dispensers (mine were $2 a piece!), it only costs just over $1 for a whole bottle of soap.  I was looking for pretty clear ones online, and they were all more than I wanted this project to cost, so I opted for Hello Kitty. Under the paper they are simply clear plastic bottles, and if I can talk my 4 year old daughter into it, I may rip off the Hello Kitty cover on some of them!

Cheap, easy and healthy are the three requirements for most things I allow my family to put in or on their bodies. This meets all three :)

 

RECIPE:

1- 32 ounce bottle of liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Almond because it smells amazing!)

Bottle with a suds pump (got mine at the grocery store)

Filtered water (or distilled if you don’t go through soap quickly and want it to last longer)

    • Empty the commercial soap bottle.
    • Use a funnel to fill with the ratio 4:1, water to soap.  My bottle was 8 ounces, so I did  6 ounces of filtered water and 2 ounces of liquid soap.
    •  Use in bathroom, shower, kitchen. I fill 3 bottles at a time!

 

 

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Feeding an Adopted Baby Without Commercial Formula

Feeding an Adopted Baby Without Commercial Formula

 

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The quest to offer my children the chance for the best health possible has led me further down the road of natural health than I would have ever imagined.

Well actually, I never imagined being anywhere NEAR the road of natural health.

I am a RN. Not only that, I grew up in a world and culture where mainstream medicine was duly adhered to. No questions asked.

Having children and the subsequent millions of new decisions that lie before you….can really make you examine your understanding of important things.

After a process of grueling discussions, countless hours of reading and careful reconsideration my husband and I decided it was our role to take ownership of our children’s health.  We did. And we haven’t looked back.

We honestly grew into this process in such a natural way, one change after the other, all for the purpose of supporting and strengthening our children’s bodies to function the way they were so beautifully designed.

THEN, a curve-ball came when we adopted our son at 2 weeks old.

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Continue reading what we did to feed our sweet boy

with the best nutrition possible!!

 

 

Our story shared on The Healthy Home Economist………read here.

 

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Be sure to read the rest of our amazing journey to nourish our adopted son with the best nutrition possible!
Read the story HERE, featured on the Healthy Home Economist.

 

Buffalo Chicken Wing Pizza- Cauliflower Crust

Buffalo Chicken Wing Pizza- Cauliflower Crust

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We LOVE to make buffalo chicken wings, and this buffalo chicken wing pizza was a much enjoyed addition to our dinner list!  This grain-free crust is from my “Easiest Cauliflower Pizza EVER” recipe. Franks Red Hot Sauce is one condiments we actually still use, as the ingredient list is short and clean.  Good thing, as Franks Red Hot Sauce brings great flavor! There are two options to make this crust, either with yogurt or with almond flour.  They both turn out great…..with no pre-cooking, squeezing craziness!  Just shred, mix and bake!

 

Crust:

2 eggs

1 large cauliflower-riced/shredded in food processor

1/2 C. plain yogurt (or for dairy-free, omit and do 3 T. almond flour)

1 t. basil, 1/2 t. oregano, 1 t. real salt and pepper

 

  1. Put cauliflower through ‘grating’ attachment on your food processor. Put riced cauliflower into a big bowl.
  2. Beat eggs, throw into bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Cover large cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly brush it with lard/butter.
  5. Pour mix onto cookie sheet and pat down evenly into corners and throughout sheet.
  6. Bake for approx. 45 minutes until starting to brown, drying and staying together well.

 

Toppings:

1 C. cooked shredded chicken-chopped

1 C. cheddar cheese-shredded

1/2 C. crumbly blue cheese

1/4 C. franks red hot sauce

2 T. bacon fat/butter

1/2 C. diced celery

fresh parsley

 

  1. Melt butter with red hot sauce on stove top.
  2. Once crust is cooked, spread sauce over surface of crust.
  3. Top with chicken and cheese and bake/broil for a couple more minutes until starting to turn golden.
  4. Slice into squares, garnish with chopped celery and fresh parsley.

 

 

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No-Bake Coconut Fudgy Bars

No-Bake Coconut Fudgy Bars

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Makes 8-10 candy bars, or dozens of chocolate squares 

RECIPE:

3/4 C. canned coconut milk

3/4 C. coconut oil

1/2 . raw cacoa powder (best to use raw here since these aren’t cooked)

1/2 C. coconut manna (or more coconut oil)

1/2 C. coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)

1/4 C. maple syrup + splash of stevia to taste (or more maple syrup)

1 T. vanilla extract, 1/2 t. real salt

1/4 C. raisins/cherries, 1/2 C. chopped walnuts (optional- but delicious- for chewy-crunchy factor)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Gently melt coconut oil, manna and milk together over stove-top until liquid.
  2. Stir in other ingredients well and pour into small rectangular glass dish (or square dish). Top with additional coconut flakes.
  3. Freeze for 30 minutes until hardened. Once firm enough, cut into chocolate bars. Serve cold from the fridge. Can cut into small squares or ‘candy bars’.

 

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake

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I don’t know about you, but anything that resembles “casserole”, well kind of frightens this real food mama. The list of nasty ingredients that gets throw into the typical american casserole is enough to make anyone sick.

 This Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake is here and you don’t have to fear nasty ingredients. Actually, it is chock full of nutrient-dense foods that will fill your family’s tummies, PLUS it is still quick and easy to make!

If you haven’t gotten into the habit of cooking up a chicken in its broth every week, do consider doing so.  Once the rich broth is made, and chicken has been set aside in the fridge, your main prep for so many tasty recipes is DONE!  With the stock and chicken ready in my fridge, this dish took me about 30 minutes to throw together!  With only 25 minutes of bake time, dinner was ready in one quick hour.  Folks, THAT is the way I need to bring dinner to the table as a busy mama.  Glad to share our tasty “Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake” that is both healthful and convenient for busy families.

 

RECIPE:

2 C. cooked shredded chicken

1.5  C. shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 C. romano/parmesan cheese

2 small heads of broccoli- chopped small (uncooked)

1.5 C. dried rice

1 C. chicken broth (plus more to cook rice in)

2 eggs

2 T butter, 1 1/2 t.real salt and pepper, 1 t. basil

fresh parsley

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook rice on stove-top (preferably in 2 C. broth and salt) until still a little hard.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in 9X13 glass dish in oven to coat.
  3. Beat eggs together in large bowl, then add in the rice, cheddar cheese, broccoli, chicken,  fresh parsley, and S&P.
  4. Pour ingredients into greased casserole dish.
  5. Top with romano cheese and gently pour 1/2 C. chicken broth over casserole.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Half way through cooking time pour the rest of the chicken broth to keep moist, use more if needed.  Top with fresh parsley.

 

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11 Ways Mainstream Medicine Became Unscientific

11 Ways Mainstream Medicine Became Unscientific

 

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 Working in the medical field as a RN for several years I have become keenly aware of the lack of scientific integrity behind much of what practitioners in mainstream medicine do on a and day-to-day basis. I also have studied in great depth holistic health ideas and approaches, and it is here that I see real promise and hope for the chronically sick patients that fill our waiting rooms, desperate for answers.

 

Those who ascribe to the natural health paradigm versus the mainstream medicine paradigm can’t get very far sharing their findings without hearing ‘oh those things are so unscientific, don’t waste your time”. Anything outside the direct promotion of the AMA, AHA, ADA, ACS, AAP….is quickly deemed and written off as “UNSCIENTIFIC”. Many in mainstream medicine go as far as clumping any approach that is different from their own, together and throwing a big “dangerous” stamp of disapproval on them.

 

The tables have turned in medicine.  If a drug can be approved by the regulatory agencies, found to not kill/disable too many individuals in preliminary studies and then can be featured in the pharmaceutical-funded ‘scientific journals’……we say ‘THIS drug is a great scientific approach to handling this medical problem”.  The irony of the whole system is the VAST majority of the time it is never explored WHY this medical problem is occurring in individuals.  Therefore, the treatment is always a band-aid, and the REAL science behind the matter is never uncovered.

 

I would like to propose that mainstream medicine has fallen FAR from it’s once scientific roots.  Detailed here are some of the sad realities that define mainstream medicine in the 21st century.

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1. Medicine became unscientific when medical doctors programs dropped nutrition training and subsequently doctors have little understanding of what fuels the body they are treating.

 

 

2. Medicine became unscientific when doctors began handing out prescriptions per patient request (drug commercials anyone?) Come now.

 

 

3. Medicine became unscientific when doctors order tests, perform procedures and surgeries that are unwarranted, for fear of liability, rather than the individual patient’s best.

 

 

4. Medicine became unscientific when scientific literature says one thing, and doctors individual practice looks completely different, seriously lacking in scientific integrity.

 

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6. Medicine became unscientific when patients are not aware of any other option than the one their practitioner is suggesting, and informed consent is no longer a value that is upheld.

 

7. Medicine became unscientific when serious drugs are licensed by the FDA for certain medical indications, and yet they are used liberally for other medical problems that they are not licensed for.

 

 

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9. Medicine became unscientific when a doctor, trusted with his patient’s well-being, gives medications that cause a variety of adverse effects, and to remedy the situation, prescribes more pills, with more harmful effects, for those new symptoms, continuing a vicious cycle.

 

 

10. Medicine became unscientific when access to promising treatment options are intentionally kept from the public’s view, for the sake of the perpetuation of traditional treatment options (whether they work or not).

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These realities can cause one to really reconsider their approach to their own health.  With a system so broken, and a paradigm that has deviated so far from its once largely scientific foundations….the weight falls on the consumer.  It is no longer possible for a person to maintain or regain vibrant well-being without taking ownership of their own health.  This call to ownership is no easy road…it requires mindfulness in all health decisions and a strongly proactive approach to prevention. Please, let me remind you that the road of disease and chronic sickness is a terribly lonely, painful road. Spend one day in the hospital and this devastating reality will become crystal clear.

 

Put all your health eggs in the basket of mainstream medicine and the reality is you WILL be using them often, now or in the future, regardless of whether or not that is your intention.  Rather, put your heart and energy into living a natural lifestyle that supports and fortifies your body, and you will have FAR less need to utilize mainstream medicine to be healthy.

 

 

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Chili Makeover: Italian Style

Chili Makeover: Italian Style

 

If you have been around my site for anytime now you may notice that I have this strange compulsion to turn every recipe Italian.  I can’t help it, it’s in my blood (well, 50% of my blood.)  If I could eat foods with an Italian flare for the rest of my life, I would be a happy girl. I suppose I would miss Asian flavors, and Indian…then there’s Mexican cuisine…well nevermind, I don’t want to eat only Italian food, but the point is—Italian food contains some of the best flavor combinations ON EARTH. Tomatoes and basil? Are you kidding me.  Garlic and juicy meat?  Unbelievable.

Here, in my great love and tribute to incredible Italian flavor, is a chili makeover you won’t want to pass up. I was inspired by this recipe from The Freckled Foodie.  This is a GAPS-friendly chili and Paleo if you omit the beans (which it really doesn’t need).

 

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RECIPE:

1 lb. ground pork

1 lb. ground beef

10-12 cups of crushed tomatoes

2 bell peppers (red and green)- chopped

1 onion- chopped

2 T. bacon fat

1/4 C. sun-dried tomatoes

1.5 C soaked/cooked white beans (optional)

4 garlic cloves- minced

1 t.oregano, 2 bay leaves, 2 t. basil, 1 t. thyme, dash cayenne pepper

3 T. fresh parsley

(opitional 1/2 c. broth for thinner chili)

 

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 INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  1. Brown pork and beef together in pan. Set aside.
  2. Saute garlic and onions in bacon fat in large pot until fragrant.
  3. Add in all of the ingredients and simmer on low for 2 hours. until fabulously delicious.
  4. Top with fresh parsley/basil and fresh parmesan.

 

 

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Asian Pork and Rice Noodles

Asian Pork and Rice Noodles

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RECIPE:

2 pork chops- cooked and chopped into small pieces

2-3 C. homemade chicken/fish stock

1 lb. wide rice noodles ( I used this brand)

1 bunch of bok choy

1 inch knob fresh ginger- minced

5 green onions-minced

1 T. pork fat

1 juiced lime

coconut aminos/fermented soy sauce

real salt & pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Soak rice noodles in really hot water for 20 minutes.
  2. Saute pork fat, ginger and green onions  in large pan, adding 1 cup of stock to simmer.
  3. Add rice noodles and bok choy to simmer in liquid until al dente, about 8-10 minutes. S&P.
  4. Add more liquid as needed as the noodles will absorb it, creating a thick sauce.
  5. Take off heat and toss with coconut aminos, lime juice and sesame seeds.

 

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