Starting Paleo or GAPS? Tip 1: Don’t Start With Baked Goods

Banana Nut Muffins made with coconut flour

“I’ve been trying to eat more paleo recipes, but everything I try is just bland and dry. “ When I follow up to ask what recipes they’ve tried, they’ve tried baked goods that they saw on Pinterest. Yeah. So. Grain-free baking doesn’t taste AT ALL like wheat baking.  Almond flour and coconut flour are both […]

Anxiety: Why It’s All In Your Gut, Not Your Head

The anxiety gut connection - its not all in your head

. . . . .   “Oh, yeah, and when I start pacing the house over and over, checking on all the kids every 20 minutes at night after they go to bed, and I think about natural disasters happening and what I’d do daily, I know it’s time to clean up my diet.”  I’m explaining […]

5 Minutes to Cut Up a Whole Watermelon- check this out! (video)

Cut up a whole watermelon in just 5 minutes

How are you cutting up a watermelon? By slicing in half, then wedges, then cutting the rind off each wedge? I recently learned this super easy way to peel a watermelon, and now we’re having this summer treat WAY more often! The kids always wanted me to cut up watermelons before, but we only would […]

Your Bugs Are Screaming for Sugar (why gut microbes are making your kids PICKY)

How Picky Eating Relates to Gut Flora

He looks up at me, ‘But I don’t want chicken for dinner.  I want apples.” Um, child, what on earth gave you the idea that this was up for discussion? Do you feel like you are consistent with parenting and providing healthy food with appropriate choices to your children, only to have them back into a […]

Natural Teeth Whitening – 3 ways that won’t wreck your health

natural tooth whitening three ways

When we’re working to heal our bodies, or just keep them healthy so that we don’t fall victim to the chronic diseases that are so common in our society, we want to be careful with cosmetics as well. Like having thick hair, pink lips, and clear skin, having white teeth is not only a sign […]

Want to Treat My Children? Here are 12 Non-Food Treats That Won’t Harm Their Health

12 Non-Food Treats to give my kids without Harming Their Health

There is nothing more heart-warming than seeing someone interacting with love, care, and joy with your offspring.  When friends and family want to take my kids to the park, spend time showing them the details of changing the oil filter in their old truck, or come along for a hike or trip to the beach, […]

Eczema: It’s the Gut-Skin Connection, You Need to Heal From the Inside Out

Eczema Starts in the Gut

Until the boy above was a born, I had only heard of eczema, I hadn’t had any experience with it.  But a few months into his little life, and some rough patches developed over the smooth baby skin on his abdomen, back, and thighs.  A young mom, thinking that maybe it was just dry skin, […]

Creamy Dairy-Free Paleo Spinach-Artichoke Dip made with Avocado Mayo

dairy free spinach artichoke dip

  We’ve enjoyed spinach-artichoke-parmesan dip for years now, but I wanted to work on a dairy-free alternative so that those not eating dairy can enjoy this treat on top of meat, vegetables, or with grain-free crackers. I’m working on re-doing the meal plans right now – I hope to have new ones ready in time […]

Behavioral Problems? Skin Conditions? Low Immune System? It’s What We’re Feeding Them!

Health Home and Happiness Kids

When I compare myself to other health bloggers, I think that we’re actually pretty lax about the whole healthy living thing.  We choose toothpaste without fluoride, but we don’t make it ourselves.  Shampoo… let’s not even go there. While we did GAPS I was careful and we used only Dr Bronner’s for everything. But now I […]

10 Reasons to do a Grain-Free Trial as the Weather Warms Up

Guacamole, mushrooms, fresh tomato, and bacon - who misses the bun? Not me!

Have you had some chronic health problems like allergies, attention deficits, skin issues, digestive upset, or depression and thought going grain free (GAPS, SCD, etc) would help but are too overwhelmed to start? Did you know you don’t have to do a GAPS protocol for an entire two year period to see results? You can do […]