Electrolyte Drink

Healthy Home Body

Winter is a wonderful time of year, bringing with it white snow, frosty mornings, hot mugs of steaming favorite drinks (the boys love our GAPS hot chocolate; I love anything that comes in a mug!), sledding, and rosy cheeks. Unfortunately, winter also brings with it crowded stores filled with sick shoppers coughing on cart handles, germs being passed around in schools and brought home … it’s cold and flu season.

At this time of year, I like to build up my family’s defenses with lots of natural remedies, such as warm chicken soup, elderberry syrup, extra vitamin C and D, and essential oils. (See my article: Stay Healthy This Flu Season – Naturally as well as our Natural Medicine Cabinet) However, sometimes even with the best preparation, one or all of us come down sick. This happens much less frequently than it used to, but I still like…

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Can’t wait to try this with double raisins! 😉

Healthy Home Body

Nights are starting to get cooler here on the Illinois/Wisconsin border, and I’m starting to actually feel like turning on my oven again (instead of sweating through my daily tasks of baking and cooking up vats of meat stock and bone broths).

One of my favorite fall spices is cinnamon, followed closely by clove and nutmeg. This tasty bread (compliments of Nourished and Nurtured, one of my favorite blogs) was one of the first breads we experimented with when transitioning to Full GAPS, and it remains one of our favorites. Warm, spicy, and buttery, it toasts well. It is one of the recipes that I will often bake up ahead of time and take with us on our long road trips. Enjoy!


Cinnamon Raisin Bread

½ cup organic butter, melted

¼ cup raw honey

5 pastured, organic eggs

¼ tsp. sea salt

¼ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp…

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How to Render Tallow (Beef Fat)

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NOTE: An updated version of this recipe appears in my cookbook, The Ancestral Table.

Animal fat gets a bad rap this days, mostly because we’re scared of those totally-dangerous saturated fats. The old fast food joints used to cook their fries in lard (rendered pork far) or tallow (rendered beef fat, also known as suet) until the low-fat craze of the 70s forced everyone to use vegetable shortening (and their lovely, cancer-causing trans fats). I’ve looked around for animal fats to use in cooking but all I’ve found is partially-hydrogenated lard, and I’ve come to learn that the hydrogenation process, while useful because it allows for the lard to be kept at room temperature, also has trans fats. While we’re still searching for pork fat to render lard, our local Whole Foods has been more than happy to set beef fat aside for us as they trim their cuts…

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Homemade Coconut Milk

Healthy Home Body

There are some recipes that are a must have in your GAPS kitchen as a basis for other recipes.  For example, without knowing how to make basic meat stock, you are really going to be stuck.  Basic fermented veggies?  Another vital thing to know how to make.  These recipes, besides being fundamental to GAPS, are also super simple.  Another great basic recipe to know?  How to make nut milks and butters.  I will be adding basic recipes and tips for making these in the coming weeks.  Today, I will start with directions for making homemade coconut milk.

While knowing how to make coconut milk is not essential to healing while on the GAPS Diet, it does add variety to your diet after some healing has taken place.  It can be used in many different recipes, from baked goods to creamy drinks, and can be a welcome addition after months of soups…

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“You want to ferment what?!”

“Yeah, honey, I want us to eat our veggies fermented.  Sounds good, huh?”  That conversation did not go over as I had intended.  In fact, when I started telling some friends and family members a lot of them said it just didn’t sound right–like I want to eat rotten food!

I don’t really want to eat fermented foods, but I have been doing a lot of research into my family’s weak health.  I have found a ton of information that leads me to believe that we have definite gut problems, mostly thanks to my sister and a good friend of ours. (The information, not the gut problems!)

We have been sick for a long time.  Lethargy, depression, anxiety, stomach aches, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, you name it. I’ve never thought there was anything I could do about it.  Just recently I found out that there is something I can do–heal our guts with fermented, nutrient-dense foods! My friend Alicia’s blog explains it all: http://yourhealthyhomebody.com/the-gaps-diet/

She is a nurse and a GAPS practitioner and has been on the diet healing her own family for about 2 years now (read really smart, dedicated, and determined).  I trust her advice simply because I see that its working for her family.  If you’d like to know more about her, check out her blog, Your Healthy Home Body.

Since I’ve started preparing all these simple/complicated (depends on what kind of day I’m having), fermented vegetable recipes, I realized that I need a reliable way to keep track of them! Most of them just sit on the counter and need to get checked periodically, so I decided to make a Google calendar just for my GAPS foods.  Aren’t they special?

I’m sharing the calendar just for fun.

When Do We Grow Up?

I’m 31 years old, but I still have moments when I desperately wish for an “adult” to come and fix a problem. It is almost unreal when I realize no one is coming and I’m going to have to do this myself. When my daughter looks at me, does she see a grown-up, always in control, always sure of herself? That’s how I saw my mother when I was 9. Could it be possible that my mom had the same feelings I’m having now?