Good Reads and Good Eats 6/19

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The Miracle that Cured my Son’s Autism was in our Kitchen

If there is one thing that I’ve learned from listening to the stories of different parents of autistic children, it’s that no two children are alike with autism, and the same treatments don’t work for everyone. But I’m always happy to hear when a family finds something that works for them, like this family did with diet.

Too Much of a Good Thing 

Dr. Price recommended small amounts of cod liver oil as part of our diet. But what happens when you take lots of a good thing? Dr. Ron found out when he went through advanced heart failure after years of taking high doses. He was able to reverse it by not taking cod liver oil anymore.

Is Mead (Honey Wine) the New Antibiotic? 

Long touted to have many health properties, it also could have antibiotic-like qualities, some researchers say. If nothing else, it’s delicious!

The Doctor that Sells his Practice and Starts Farming

I don’t eat a vegan diet, but I try to get in a lot of produce. So I love that this doctor saw the benefits of a real food diet, and went to great lengths to bring good food to people.

No Bake Grain-free White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies 

As soon as this recipe appeared on my feed, I wanted to make it. I love no bake cookies!

50 Paleo Indian Recipes

Um, yes PLEASE! These gluten-free dishes sound amazing!

Homemade Herbal Tea “Jello”

This is such a clever idea! We love making homemade gelatins, and this is a fun new way to enjoy them.

 

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The Gut Thyroid Connection

An interesting take on a common autoimmune disease.

“Hashimoto’s disease is an organ specific autoimmune disease – meaning it affects the thyroid. But at its core, it is rooted in inflammation that may begin outside of the thyroid in a substantial number of cases . One of the most common sources of inflammation that eventually leads to autoimmune conditions is intestinal hyperpermeability, or ‘leaky gut.’”

That Massive Ocean Cleaning System to be Launched in 2016

This is truly amazing! I hope that it works as well as they think it will, as our oceans need it.

“Earth’s oceans are overloaded with plastic bags and other kinds of synthetic debris, which can be deadly for aquatic animals and detrimental to the marine environment in general…Fortunately, there are some people who are concerned about this problem and are going to do something about it. Remember that 19 year old inventor (now 21) that developed the brilliant “ocean cleanup array” plan that we reported about? In 2013, Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of Dutch-registered nonprofit organization The Ocean Cleanup, developed a trash collector which was promised to clean up the world’s oceans in just 5 years. Now, he announced that this ambitious project is going to be deployed in 2016.”

Got a wound? Science says rub some dirt in it.

This is fascinating. Old remedies coming back to life!
“Researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have been experimenting with different clays, and it appears in research presented in the journal PLoS ONE that they’ve come across a family of antibacterial clays capable of killing pathogens ranging from E. coli to methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as hard-to-kill MRSA.
Clays have been used as medical tools for ages, appearing in ancient medical texts going back as far as 3,000 B.C.”

65 gluten free strawberry recipes

Juicy strawberries are here again! I can’t get enough of them. And here are 65 delicious gluten free recipes making good use of them.

Homemade Bouillon Portable Soup

Love both the recipe, and the history!
“Portable soup was the first bouillon. And, like all foods, it was homemade. Cooks would stew bones in water for hours and hours, reducing the gelatin-rich stock down to a thick, viscous liquid that solidified when cooled. Later, the thick, gelled broth would be cut and dried on flannel during the cool months where it could be stored indefinitely.
When circumstances took the family on the road, they’d grab the nuggets of portable soup – dissolving them in hot water, sprinkling in salt and cutting in whatever herbs and vegetables they could forage from the roadside. In an instant, the traveler’s would have a meal – but unlike the instant meals of today, this was real food.”

Creamy Pan Fried Peaches with Cinnamon and Honey (dairy-free)

I love the simplicity of this recipe! Plus, I love the combination of peaches and coconut milk. Yum!

Good Reads and Good Eats 5/30

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Thanks to Sustainable Farming, Global Hunger Is on the Decline

“These small farms have been able to better provide a steady supply of nutritious food—and income—“through labour and land productivity increases,” according to the report, which was published by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Programme. As previous publications from the FAO have suggested, much of that focus on productivity increases has centered on sustainable farming practices. “

Nurture Your Gut Bacteria — Improve Your Mood and Health

“I am a neurologist. And in my 30+ years of dealing with patients with issues like depression and brain fog as well as an inability to lose weight, the program outlined above [dietary recommendations for better gut health] has proven to be the most powerful treatment strategy I’ve ever recommended!

Food. Who knew?”

My edible classroom gives deprived New York children a reason to attend school

“By building an “edible wall” to grow fresh vegetables in our science classroom I gave the kids a reason to come to school. Everyone likes to be outside getting their hands dirty, but I needed kids to be in school. I realised that if I could control a lot of the variables – such as watering, pests and weeding – by growing plants indoors, gardening would be even more fun.
Remarkably the plants grew. The kids really believe that they are responsible for them and attendance has increased from 43% to 93%. Students come to school to take care of their plants – they want to see them succeed. Along the way, the kids succeed too. That’s great, because if I have their bodies in school, I have their brain. I am committed to the belief that children should not need to leave their neighbourhood to learn and earn in a better one. Why not take the urban setting they live in and turn it into an oasis?”

Chicken Korma

“There is a lot of variation to kormas, but the underlying theme includes a slow braise in a rich, mildly-spicy curry sauce, often flavored with yogurt or heavy cream. For this recipe in particular, I kept it relatively dairy-free (what’s a recipe without butter or ghee?) and used a bit of lemon juice to impart the tanginess you’d expect from using yogurt”

Carrot Cake Power Bites

“My husband, my parents, and four of my most discerning food writer friends all gave these little snack bites an enthusiastic thumbs up. The no-bake dough is moist and soft, with plenty of natural sweetness from cooked, mashed carrots and chopped dates. The cinnamon-spiced dough balls are topped off with a drizzle of vanilla bean icing, creating a taste sensation just like carrot cake with vanilla frosting.”

Grain Free Lemon Ice Box Pie

“Lemon Icebox Pie really packs in the flavor for a simple southern staple. The filling has just four ingredients and bursts with the freshness of lemons while sitting atop a delicious graham cracker crust. My Grandma made this pie each time we visited my grandparents in Louisiana when I was a kid. It brings back memories of long summer days, playing outside with my cousins, and big family dinners.”

No Bake Chocolate Macaroons (Grain, dairy-free)

“A healthy cookie that tastes like pure decadence? One that doesn’t even require baking? Oh, and made with all nourishing and healthy ingredients. Well, hallelujah and glory be – it’s a good day. These little lumps of chocolatey goodness may not look like much, but they are totally amazing.
They have lots of cocoa and honey. Really, how can you go wrong with that combo? I’ve heard some people call them chocolate frogs, but I grew up with my mom making a different version of these and she called them macaroons.
The beautiful thing is, these are totally grain-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free. “

Good Reads and Good Eats 5/23

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Women and biodiversity feed the world not corporations and GMOs

This quote is just a taste of this passionate piece. “Secondly, monocultures undermine nutrition by displacing the biodiversity that provides nourishment and the diversity of nutrients our body needs. Herbicides like Roundup do not just kill the milkweed on which the monarch Butterfly larvae feed, they kill sources of nutrition for humans – the amaranth, the “bathua,” and the mixed cropping that produces more “Nutrition per Acre” than industrial monocultures.”

Saving Money with Zero Waste Cooking

I loved this post about how to keep reusing leftovers, instead of wasting them. “I’m a single mom and making a dollar stretch is second nature to me. Being able to afford organic or healthier options at the grocery store was always a pipe dream. Then I discovered zero waste cooking. Zero waste cooking principles have helped me save money AND allowed me to feed my family healthy, homemade food every day.”

How gut bacteria affects the brain and body

This short infographic gives a small glimpse of the research out there on how our gut health affects the rest of our health.

RHR: Methylation 101

Ever wonder what all the fuss about “methylation” is about? Here is a great primer on the topic that is so important for our foundational health.

Homemade Iced Tea Pops

I love this creative idea! I love tea, and it would be so frugal to do too.

Orange Creamsicle Pops

But of course creamsicle popsicles are one of my favorites.

Summer Berry and Oat Flour Cobbler

This recipe sounds like a delicious way to enjoy berries! Cobblers are one of my favorite old fashioned recipes.

Grilled Potato and Ramp Salad

This grilled salad is very beautiful, and I bet it tastes wonderful. Perfect for summer.

Balsamic Strawberry Italian Cream Soda

Wow! This sounds like an amazing drink. I love that it uses the classic combination of balsamic and strawberries.