A Day in the Life: Then & Now

Joy's Shoes

Wow! I just came across an old guest post I did for Millie over at Real Food for Less Money | Homespun Oasis for her day-in-the-life series, Someone Else’s Shoes.

Things sure have settled down around here since then. Since I feel like that post set an unsustainable standard, I thought I’d go ahead and answer her questions again so you can see the difference.

We don’t have farm animals any more and I’m not working much outside the home. We’ve moved closer to Kelsy’s job and reduced our housing expense. I’m feeling a lot more focused and less pressured!

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Mental Mondays #11: Preventing Suicide

Robin Wlliams

Robin Wlliams

In the past week, two suicides have rocked my community and my facebook newsfeed. First, a local mother, Jennifer Huston, went missing. When they found her they ruled her death a suicide. Not long after, Robin Williams shocked the world with his death as well.

In all the discussions I’ve seen, something has been bothering me. I wasn’t able to put my finger on it until now.

I am someone who has dealt with suicidal ideation, depression, mania, and mixed states, as it appears Robin Williams may have. I will probably revisit that periodically as long as … Continue reading Mental Mondays #11: Preventing Suicide

Gluten Sensitivity - No Such Thing!!!

Joy

Gluten-Sensitive Joy

By now you’ve seen the headlines. “Unless You Have Celiac Disease Gluten Sensitivity is Probably Just in Your Head” from PBS and “Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn’t Exist” from Business Insider were two of the most sensational and most-shared on my facebook feed.

So, is there no such thing as gluten sensitivity after all? Are all of us gluten-free non-celiacs just a bunch of hypochondriacs?

I thought I’d take a look at the study itself before I made up my mind. You’re going to have to purchase the … Continue reading Gluten Sensitivity – No Such Thing?!?

Book Review: The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet

The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Approach to Managing IBS and Other Digestive Diseases by Sue Shepherd PhD and Peter Gibson MD

If you suffer from any kind of digestive problems, you’ll know how refreshing it is to see doctors acknowledge that what you put in your mouth has some bearing on how things go on the other end.

The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Approach to Managing IBS and Other Digestive Diseases by Sue Shepherd PhD and Peter Gibson MD

Drs. Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson have managed to write a surprisingly easy read on the subject.

They start out by explaining the difference between IBS, food allergies and intolerances, celiac disease, and IBD like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Then they … Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet

Mental Mondays #10: How Food Has Changed My Moods

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

I imagine this is the one you’ve been waiting for. The idea that just eating a certain way for a while will totally heal our guts and brains, making us stable and happy forever and ever is a tantalizing thought.

That dream of an end result is not where I’m at (yet?). It may never be where I end up. But in the meantime, the progress toward healing my gut & rebalancing gut flora with diet has made a big difference in the way my bipolar disorder plays out. Slowly, research is emerging that corroborates this connection.

I’ve waited over … Continue reading Mental Mondays #10: How Food Changed My Moods

Lamb Meatballs

Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki and Salad

These lamb meatballs are easy, smell wonderful, and taste delicious. I baked them but you can boil them in stock or water instead. You won’t get the crisp outer edge that way.

Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki and Salad

Ingredients 2 lbs ground lamb 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp cumin 2 tsp allspice 2 tsp real salt 1 egg

Meatballs on a silpat in a jelly roll pan

Directions Preheat the oven to 350F Combine the spices, salt, slightly beaten egg, and ground lamb. We like to use our stand mixer for this. Roll into balls about 2 inches … Continue reading Lamb Meatballs

Chicken Broth & Stock

Making Stock

Stock and broth are ridiculously easy to make yourself. Stock and broth are healing foods, full of health benefits for the gut, your joints, and your whole body. They also form the foundation for soups, and add flavor to just about any savory dish.

You can make your stock in a stainless steel stock pot or a slow cooker. We choose based on what meals are coming up. I prefer to make it in the stock pot, because our big one holds 16 quarts, while our biggest crock pot holds a little under 8 quarts. If you are concerned about … Continue reading Chicken Broth & Stock

Eating Grain-Free for Less

Grain-Free Meal Plans from Health Home Happy

Grain-Free, real food diets aren’t cheap. In fact, we’ve tripled our food budget over the past 3 years.

Some of that is due to the fact that our picky eater started eating, and both the kids are teens now. Some of that is we have less time to shop and plan, so we’re not getting some of the deals we used to get. But a big part of it is that grains and starches are cheap, while high quality, organic meats, fruits, and vegetables are not.

I’ve compiled our best tips for saving money on the food you’ve prioritized. … Continue reading Eating Grain-Free & GAPS for Less

The Big Lie: Money Can't Buy...

You Need A Budget

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy real food, which is pretty much the same thing. Find out how we handled tripling our budget for the best food money can buy!
One of the biggest challenges of real food is the sticker shock. $15/gallon for milk? $7/dozen for eggs? $8/lb for ground beef? It’s enough to send most budget-conscious people running back to the bread isle and factory farmed meat.
Don’t compare what you spend on real food to what someone else spends on the cheapest SAD poison they can find! Instead, recalibrate your sense of what food really costs, and cut back in other areas. … Continue reading The Big Lie: Money Can’t Buy…

Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcake

The other day I suddenly decided I wanted a black forest cake. But since we really don’t need a whole cake for the four of us and two of us aren’t even that big on chocolate, I decided to do cupcakes instead.

Black Forest Cupcake

I adapted a recipe from Against All Grain. Hers are a lot prettier than mine, which wasn’t helped by the bad lighting. Ours were good to eat, though!

Ingredients The Cupcakes 4 large eggs 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup milk (you can use coconut milk or even dairy kefir or … Continue reading Black Forest Cupcakes

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