Potato sausages are making my heart sing.

As we speak I am cooking up some potato sausages that I actually had to cut apart from eachother. Real, honest to goodness, homemade sausages cased in real intestine! They are steaming on my stove right now and they smell so good.

Is it weird to be excited about the casing on your sausages?

The best part about these sausages is that my dad made them! In his home! With a meat grinder! Using his own elk meat!

Doesn’t that just make you want to don an apron, pick up a chicken, twirl around and sing like Cinderella out your kitchen window complete with a pie cooling in the window?? No?

Yeah, me either.

Last weekend I visited my Dad. We made a delicious dinner and rhubarb strawberry pies with the overgrown rhubarb picked from his yard.

He showed me the latest happenings in his garden and his plans for the mossy appletree in his yard. He let me take the food from his fridge that was going to go bad since he is going to be in Seattle working on a boat this week. This included two packages of wild Alaskan smoked salmon. SCORE!

And yes, I ate it all already. It was all mine since I’m the only real fish eater in my house.

Which is weird because one would think my husband, a manly-Finnish man from a small town on the Columbia River whose dad, grandpa, and self worked in the fishing industry would be a fish lover. But, no. I am the one that must eat all the fish. Poor me ūüėČ

When I spend time with my Dad like this it becomes clear how I have come to be the person that I am. This happens when I am with my mom too but alas, I did not get to see my mom last weekend (tear…)

My Dad is someone I would describe as charismatic, quirky, hard-working, curious, and completely capable of all things. He has the largest hands you will ever see in your life. And his fingers are all wacked-out from breaking them and not getting them properly set. He has a hot temper. He cares about this country. He fears God. He loves to cook and always has. His weakness is chocolate chips cookies. He’s perfected his recipe. It’s dangerous. He hunts, fishes, grows a garden, can fix anything, can build anything, and always has a new adventure to talk about. Since high school he has been a commercial fisherman who went on to ultimately live his dream when he bought his very own fishing vessel, Dreamland, and became it’s hard-working Captain for years to come.

My dad's hands. Hand model?

My dad’s hands. Hand model?

He used to have a shirt that said “At the mention of my name, fish tremble.” Bah ha!

And this year he will go to Alaska for the 23484987th time.

This is not to say that I am as hard-working and capable as my dad because the Lord knows I am not movin’¬† and shakin’ at the pace of my Dad. (Which by the way, makes me feel very lame because for goodness sakes I am 27 years younger.)

All I’m sayin’ is it’s no wonder I’m such a cool person. Ha ha ha…I’m totally kidding.

But seriously, it’s no wonder that I get excited about the casing on my Dad’s homemade potato sausages. It’s no wonder I feel my hot temper rise when I read articles and learn about all the destruction of freedom going on in this country. It’s no wonder I daydream all day about our future homesteading goals and living off the land. And it’s no wonder I have the fear of God always with me.

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I do wonder though, why I have such a serious case of sea-sickness when I so much as watch a boat in a movie on the ocean. That doesn’t fit the pattern.

This is not even to mention all of the things that make me like my Mom. I could go on about our poodle fetish (Standard Poodles, to be exact) and relentless need to put a bow on everything given as a gift. (Is not a gift without a bow, right!? Back me up here!)

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I wanted to talk about sausages but this turned into a post about my dear ol’ Dad.

Thank you blog for allowing my thoughts to wander aimlessly.

I love my Dad. And I love my Mom. And I love these potato sausages.

My parents camping. I'm here too but you can't see me because I'm in the womb ;)

My parents camping. I’m here too but you can’t see me because I’m in the womb ūüėČ

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Why We Don’t Have to be Sheep: Motivation for Self-Sufficiency

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Aw, but they are so cute!

Testing…Testing…1, 2, 3…Are you awake?

Let’s find out:

Have you heard of Executive Order 10998? It authorizes the government to take over all farms and food resources if they deem it an emergency.

Have you heard of Executive Order 10995? It authorizes the government to seize and control the communication media if they deem it an emergency.

How about Executive Order 11000? It gives the government power to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision (Think: concentration camps), once again if they deem it an emergency.

How do you feel after reading this information? Is your blood boiling? It should be. If it’s not, then you might want to check your pulse–or move to North Korea.

The federal executive granted itself these powers to implement only during a “State of Emergency”. The problem is that it is THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT¬†that determines just exactly what constitutes a “State of Emergency.” The Executive Branch of our government granted itself these sweeping, extreme powers to use at¬†its own discretion. No oversight. No vote. We the people did not ask for this. Most don’t even know these Executive Orders exist. Seem fishy? I agree.

It is hard to understand how anyone could consider any executive order constitutional in the first place. It is a power, given to the president, that has little (if any) justification in the Constitution. The executive branch claim to executive orders comes from Article II, Section I, Clause I of the Constitution which reads,

“The executive¬†Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows”

I see nothing there that says they can make laws without Congress. Do you? In fact, if they have read Section I of the Constitution it specifically says no legislation can be established unless passed through Congress.

Despite evidence to the contrary, let us presume for a moment that the government has no intention of abusing the power it has vested in itself. Let’s just say the vast power of these executive orders has been granted to a completely innocuous, innocent cabal of do-gooder bureaucrats who simply worry about what will happen to their flock of citizens if the worst were to happen.

Even in this fantasy realm of benign federal government, it is still an unfortunate society that must rely upon the shepherd of government to rescue it from disaster. Where has the self-reliant American spirit gone? Is everyone okay playing the role of the damsel in distress? I am proud to be an American because we are supposed to be different. We are a strong, independent, tenacious people. We don’t accept tyranny, we never have. That’s why we do not sing “God Save the Queen,” and our neighbors to the north still do. We bought our freedom from English tyranny at a heavy price. Should we now, 200 years later, allow it to slip through our fingers?

We made it easy for the federal government to assume the position of shepherd. Our quest for convenience in all things and consequent lack of self-reliance has turned us into sheeple (sheep+people=sheeple). We are quivering, afraid of the world and afraid of independence because we shirked our freedom and now realize what getting it back entails.

Our modern lifestyles have turned us into sheep. Most cannot do for themselves anymore. Most of us wouldn’t know how to milk a cow, make butter, ferment cream, grind grain into flour, bake bread, filter water, raise chickens and livestock, make chicken stock, butcher a cow, butcher a chicken, collect eggs,¬† make clothes, make soap, know which herbal remedies are for what ailments, know how to use a gun or bow, or anything else if we couldn’t buy it or pay someone else to do it for us. We all go to the store to collect pre-made, packaged foods, toiletries, and prescriptions to help us get through the week. The horrifying part about this is that your local grocery store has only enough to feed your neighborhood for 3 days if something happened and they could not receive shipments. How is that for emergency preparedness? Not much.

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But you don’t hear many politicians recommending you start learning to be self-sufficient. Instead, they pass laws that make it easier to take advantage of your dependency. Think of how insignificant the government could be if the people spread out a bit and started homesteads in the country rather than crowding all together in the cities. Rather than relying on modern conveniences what if everyone relied on old-fashioned survivalism? What if we all made a point to not be so pathetically dependent on things outside of our control? Fortunately, there is a way we can regain some modicum of control over our lives, and it starts with accepting responsibility for our fates. Yes, even city dwellers can do it.

I am not advising you to become a doomsday prepper. The point of becoming more self-reliant is NOT to ensure you can survive a national disaster–that would definitely be a plus–but that is not the main reason. Another reason is that it is better for the environment, but that too is not that main reason. The ultimate reason for becoming self-reliant is because it is good for the soul.¬†Self-reliance doesn’t leave room for us to be victims of our own design.¬†And it decreases the opportunity the government has to swoop in and “rescue” us. The more local and independent your life’s business is the less chance given to someone else to gain control. It requires us to take hold of our freedom and maintain it. Or, bring it back, since it is already gone. It ensures that We the People are in charge of our lives, with no need for a government shepherd. As Joel Salatin, proprietor of PolyFace farms and sustainable farmer, said in his book, “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”:

‚ÄúFarms and food production should be, I submit, at least as important as who pierced their navel in Hollywood this week. Please tell me I’m not the only one who believes this. Please. As a culture, we think we’re well educated, but I’m not sure that what we’ve learned necessarily helps us survive.‚ÄĚ

I couldn’t agree more. And if you need some inspiration from an expert on self-reliance I really recommend Joel’s book.

It’s not necessary that everyone go out and purchase land and 20 cows. It can be baby steps with the intention of surviving. There are things you can do even if you live in an apartment in the city. My husband is in school and we live in an apartment in the city. As soon as he is finished with his education we can really implement our full plan on becoming independent and self-sustained. Until then, we can only do small things that make a big difference. Sometimes we just have to do what works, like stocking up on cans of soup to get us through the week. There are big things you can do if you have the ability and there are small things you can do that make a big difference.

The first thing you should do to increase your independence is to learn how to cook–with simple ingredients, knowing how to prepare nutrient dense foods from scratch. If a disaster strikes and you have no access to frozen or canned foods would you know how to make them into a meal? Also, would you know where to find food? We should support our local resources. Local farmers, dairy producers, and butchers are the most environmentally and economically sound choice besides growing/raising it yourself. Even if you are eating organic, it could be traveling 4,000 miles to get to you and that is not sustainable, neither does it make your community independent.

That will lead you to become familiar with your local resources for produce, dairy, eggs, and meat. If you are living in a city, then you probably do not have the ability to grow your own garden or raise your own chickens. But you can still support your local, independent economy while eating nutrient dense food. Kill two birds with one stone! If freedom is our goal, it is crucial that our food sources be diverse and local, not centralized and far off. ¬†In addition, we can limit public expenditures on roads and transport because we won’t need our food shipped in from a mega-farm thousands of miles away.

Abandoning the principles of self sufficiency has not only made us susceptible to an over-reaching government but it has made us unhealthy. Simple foods and cooking from scratch can improve your health ten-fold. If we commit to being proactive with our health and aware of what we put in our body, we can lessen the need for doctor visits and prescription medications, and eliminate the “need” for socialized health care. ¬†As a sickly nation, the panic of massive unhealthiness has pushed people to beg for government assistance and subsequently freedom has been sacrificed. The question people should be asking is why are we going to the doctor so often? I know people aren’t scheduling appointments, thinking, “I am completely healthy but I’d like to see my doctor anyway.” It’s more like, “Why am I always tired? Why do I have anxiety? Help doctor, I’m constipated!” Take your health into your own hands and perhaps having expensive health insurance that covers hospital trips for each and every sniffle won’t be so important to you, freeing you to buy more cost effective insurance for medical emergencies.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I take great offense at the argument that we need government to be our shepherd. I don’t want to be the government’s sheep. I don’t want any American to be the government’s sheep. We, as individuals, can fend for ourselves and our liberty. We shouldn’t be herded into a pen when the storm comes.

For more homesteading and self-sufficiency tips check out these great blogs:

http://www.familynaturally.wordpress.com

http://www.polyfacefarms.com

http://www.modern-pioneer.blogspot.com

http://www.gnowfglins.com

Seriously, you guys the internet is loaded with great advice on self-sufficiency. Learning how is right at your fingertips.

What the Founding Fathers Would Want You to Know.

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It is appalling that something as essential to our liberty as our 2nd amendment is under attack. The Bill of Rights is not something that is up for debate but The Obama Regime doesn’t see it this way. Obama plans to annihilate this essential liberty through Executive Order. To hell with Congress. To hell with the system of Checks and Balances. To hell with Freedom.

I find it even more appalling that The Obama Regime is using a tragedy as terrible as the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting to further their agenda. Never let a good crisis go to waste though, right? Legislation through fear…scare the people into gun control. Make them feel unsafe without it. That is the role of The Obama Regime. As you hear the media throw around rationalizations, skewed perspectives, fear tactics, and false intentions of the 2nd Amendment please do not lose sight of what is really at stake: our freedom.

Mark Levin made a great point the other day:

“If this or any president can restrict the 2nd Amendment by executive order doesn‚Äôt that mean this or a future president can do the same to the 1st?”

Here is the text of the original 2nd Amendment passed by Congress:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Here is the 2nd Amendment that was ratified by the states:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

As our nation prepares to go into political battle over our 2nd Amendment rights, I find it fitting to talk about the framers of our Constitution. Let’s take a look at why the 2nd amendment is so important. I can’t think of a better way to discover the true intention than to look at the actual words from the Founding Fathers:

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that ‚Ķ it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; ‚Ķ “
Thomas Jefferson
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers at 184-8

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
Thomas Jefferson
to James Madison

“They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin
American Statesman

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence ‚Ķ from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable ‚Ķ the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference ‚ÄĒ they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
George Washington

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; ‚Ķ”
Samuel Adams
quoted in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1789, “Propositions submitted to the Convention of this State

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
George Mason
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

I hope this provides you with some intellectual ammunition to fight the cause for our liberty. I don’t think we can fathom how much is at stake here if the Obama Regime is successful in implementing it’s agenda on gun control.

My New Favorite Thing

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coconut oil in your bathwater. like bathing at a tropical beach.

Coconut Oil in the bathtub.

I just returned from the most luscious bath experience ever.My skin is so soft and supple.

Try putting 1 1/2- 2 T of coconut oil in your bathwater as its running.

I also added several drops of Juniper essential oil (a woodland scented oil great for detoxification)so I smell lightly of Juniper which is lovely as well.

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Juniper Berries

If you missed my post on why coconut oil is miraculous for your skin read it here.

If you missed my post on why baths are better for you than showers read it here.

Don’t forget, running water is full of chlorine which is really irritating to your gut health and skin.¬†It is easily remedied with one of the dechlorination bath balls.

I hope you try it and like it!

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Day 1: No Coffee Video Blog

Are you exhausted all the time?

I know I am!

After years of stress, poor coping skills, caffeine, malnutrition, and even diet pills I got me some adrenal fatigue! I hope this can help other people too and maybe take the mystery out of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Both of those may very well be symptoms of adrenal fatigue. And there is a way to reverse it! Watch my little diddy then read below some other things I am going to do to heal my adrenals.

Here’s what I am going to do to slowly heal this God forsaken exhausting thing.

1. Get to bed early. On days that my alarm goes off at 5 am I want to be in bed before 9 pm! On days that I can sleep more I want to be in bed by 10 pm!

2. No coffee. I am going to transition with yerba mate which I really like. It contains theobromine rather than caffeine as the stimulant. Theobromine is less taxing on adrenals.

3. Decrease stress.

4. A well rounded traditional foods diet of saturated fats, protein, vegetables and healthy carbs.

Stay tuned for updates!

‚̧ Olivia

Does anyone care?

“Don‚Äôt ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.‚Ä̬†

‚Äď Howard Thurman, Author and Philosopher

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Photo by Jeremiah Scott


I read this quote a while back and loved it. I forgot about it until now, but¬†I have to say–as I consider it once more–this is one of my all-time favorite quotes. It inspires me, justifies me, assures me, comforts me, and liberates me.

Sometimes it weighs on me wondering if I am the only one who cares. Don’t people care about the truth? Don’t people care¬†about the abundance of¬†false information that is detrimental to our health? Don’t people care to live a more authentic lifestyle? Don’t people care that the majority of produce in the grocery store was shipped from out of the country or out of state? Don’t people care about the overreaching regulations of the government?

While I know that there are millions of people out there who do care deeply¬†about the same¬†issues that I care about, I seem to forget when I find myself suddenly¬†in a situation with someone who¬†can’t be bothered about compost¬†or whether or not their diet drink contains a powerful neurotoxin. The FDA deems it “safe,” after all, so why get up in arms about it? I don’t understand why that doesn’t get people riled up.¬†Even supposedly “health-conscious” shoppers seem oblivious to¬†the dangers¬†of soymilk, rapid tofu consumption, and non-fat milk buying. But if you bring it up, they don’t want to hear it. That’s fine. Everyone is on their own journey. Change is hard. I get that. But it really gets to me sometimes.

There are always people who will make your passion fade into the dust and turn your inspiration into anger. It’s no use.

Anything worthwhile will usually be controversial and sometimes fall upon deaf ears. This goes for any passion. A person who chooses to pursue their passion will struggle with this. But I would rather struggle with it than live unpassionately and unaccording to my heart. This is what Howard Thurman was talking about. If the world was full of people pursuing their life’s passions the world would be a far grander place.

We tend¬†to dismiss anything that isn’t common, mainstream, or already widely accepted. Maybe I’ve thought about these things once or twice but they are all distractions from keeping up with the fast pace of life. I care about things such as¬†homeschooling, third party candidates, pro-saturated fat (animal fat), organic food, homesteading, raw milk, homebirths and water births, holistic medicine, anti-flouride,¬†etc. My passion is not so much a new message, but one of return to what is tried and true–a call to enjoy life like a fine meal, in smaller bites.

I strive to deliver my message with love. I try to be understanding of the unique challenges that individuals face, and of how hard it is to change. But the same challenges can open the minds of people who need to hear what you have to say.¬†If I hadn’t had serious health issues that drove me to make changes I might not carry the message that I do. Your message is for people who need to hear it. If some don’t respond to your ideas that¬†must not¬†keep you from fighting the good fight. Be strong, and someday the scoffers will take notice.

People laugh at me for caring about such things so deeply. But I love what I love, and I enjoy the things I enjoy. I will live life passionately and pursue what I love. I will write about these things, share my ideas, thoughts and opinions. People can take¬†what I have to say or leave it, it won’t stop me from boldy proclaiming it.¬†What the rest of the world does and believes will not shake my foundation of truth.

‚̧ Olivia

This post is linked to Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday!

Is eating healthy too expensive?

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The issue arrises frequently when chatting with people about making healthy changes. The limiting factor in determining how healthy you can be seems to be money. This saddens me for two reasons. Number one,¬†feeling limited to a¬†lower degree of health merely because you¬†don’t have extra money floating around is quite depressing because…well…it’s not true. Number two, if more people felt empowered to take control of their health because money wasn’t an issue we would have a highly more sustainable, responsible,¬†and accountable culture.

Our current “culture of convenience” has trained us to believe that health comes from a bottle and food comes from a shelf. The¬†foundation¬†of healthy living is not through new products, supplements, and the latest healthy “superfood”. The¬†foundation of healthy living is getting back to the basics, going old school, and¬†cutting the crap. I mean that literally. That is also the foundation of this blog. Baby steps are good…noone has to make drastic changes all¬†in one day…it is a learning process and an experience to say the least.¬†One must¬†be open to a shift in thinking…a shift away from convenience and into accountability.¬†By limiting yourself to the options¬†in your local pharmacy and on the shelf of the grocery store I can see how the thought of health would sound expensive. It does to me too. If it has a barcode, put it back. Shop¬†peripherally, in the outermost areas¬†of the store–the produce, the meat, and the dairy. When you venture to the innermost areas of the supermarket your choices become deadly (financially and physically speaking).¬†It is there, like little flags signalling caution, that neverending rows of barcodes adorn processed products that aren’t worthy of being called food. Do you dare pay the hidden price of convenience these items promise?

If you don’t know how to cook from scratch using a few simple ingredients, that is where your journey should start. Know what to do with actual food, i.e., a whole¬†chicken, butter, vegetables, herbs, and other unadulterated treasures. If you don’t like (or, more likely, you only think you don’t like)¬†the taste of actual food, that is your second battle. Get rid of addictions, cravings, and¬†the idea¬†that green stuff is yucky. ¬†Overcoming these two challenges will get you two results: health and a smaller grocery bill. Until then, you cannot tell me that being healthy is too costly.

Once you have rescued your tastebuds from the barcode barrage¬†and can taste real food again your new, healthy lifestyle is within your grasp. Some things may seem more costly–particularly meat and dairy products. Personally, I choose quality meat, milk, and cheese over candy, soda, and chips. Compared directly the healthy choice is more expensive. But it’s also more nutrient¬†dense. More nutrient dense=less snacking.¬†In addition, real food¬†lasts much longer than the bag of potato chips that disappears¬†fast enough to make you do a double take. No one can argue that soda is cheaper than water. And energy drinks can easily be replaced with coffee and tea. A commitment to real food also opens the door to all kinds of wonderful home brewed concoctions like homemade juices or kombucha.

Don’t get me wrong, sacrifices must be made. And it’s better to make sacrifices while you are still well enough to put in¬†the effort and brain power. I never said it would be easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.

From my previous posts I hope you have concluded I am not a trend-dieter.¬†It is the scourge of fickle fads that will drain your pocketbook.¬†I am a food tradionalist. I believe in home cooking–grown and raised at home where possible. My meals are stuffed with meat, dairy, vegetables, roots and fruits, and sprouted grains.¬†You will notice I order the importance of my food groups backwards from the USDA.¬†(I believe the USDA Food Pyramid is just another trend-diet foisted upon us by our government.) But that is a topic for another time, I digress.¬†I simply want to show that living healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.

Priorities, Ya’ll!

Here’s where I spend: Good quality grass-fed meat and dairy, organic and local produce, high quality fat (ghee, butter, coconut oil, etc.) and¬†good wine.

Here’s where I save: I literally cannot find anything to buy in Safeway besides toilet paper, paper towels, one brand of butter,¬†and a relatively small amount of organic vegetables. If you can successfully load up a cart full of groceries in Safeway, you are spending too much money on things you don’t need. I can’t find a face cream that works better than coconut oil. (I am using a¬†$10.99 jar that has lasted me so far four months and it’s only halfway¬†used)¬†I can’t find a bar of soap that works better than a 99 cent bulk end of handmade soap from the co-op. I can’t find a better facial scrub than 0.03 cents worth of¬†baking soda. I can’t find a¬†healthier more¬†refreshing drink than home-brewed kombucha. I can’t find a better frozen pizza than the one I can make from scratch at home. I can’t find anything better than butter. (Yes, I can believe it’s not butter. And¬†it should be called¬†DumbBalance.) I don’t eat pre-baked cookies and cakes that you could make yourself for a fraction of the cost. I don’t buy snack food.

I¬†have plans¬†to transition to making my own toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant. And trust me, it’s not hard. You just have to make the time to do it. It will save you gobs of green. Here are some links:

Homemade Clove Deodorant from FamilyNaturally

Shampoo Alternative and Herbal Rinse from FamilyNaturally

Homemade Lotion recipe using 3 simple Ingredients from Mommypotamus

Homemade toothsoap and toothpaste recipes from Mommypotamus

I hope you feel somewhat enlightened and empowered by this post.

Did I forget something? Let me know!

This post is linked to Simple Lives Thursday By Gnowfglins.
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Confessions of a Former Sugar Slave.

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Just in case you’re curious. You probably aren’t. But just in case.

I’m feeling extremely guilty right now seeing as I just chowed down on a block of mozzarella and drank half a bottle of wine. All by myself. I am trying to justify this by drinking a kombucha but let’s be honest–my situation needs a lot more help than that.

I hate to say it, but this is an improvement for me. This is where I transition into telling you how I fixed myself. But I won’t lie to you. I still have a lot of issues. And I still love food a little too much. The improvement lies in the fact that just a few years ago I would have been chowing down on some ultra sugary, toxin-ridden, processed piece o’ crap.¬†Not¬†that I didn’t know any better, but because I was a slave to food. Sugar, to be more specific.

Even after I stopped eating processed food my sugar cravings still lingered. My sugary treat of choice: a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie from The Blue Scorcher. Buttery, sweet, and oh-so-dangerous. I’m not big on the whole gluten-free revolution, but these are actually better than the real wheat cookies. I used to eat one everyday. Or maybe every other day.¬†And one day I’d rather forget, I happened upon a¬†free bunch of these delicious morsels¬†(I work at a co-op where we give away expired food–lucky me!), and ate not one, but FIVE of them. Oy vey…

If you are a slave to sugar, then you know how awful it feels.¬† I don’t know how it happened, but I¬†tamed my inner sugar slave.¬† My theories about this may be all wrong, but I’m going to tell you anyway, because my experiences just might help.

1. I tried to follow a candida diet. If you have candida overgrowth your main goal is to limit the amount of sugar in your diet. Basically, you are¬†trying to¬†“starve” the candida albicans, a potentially¬†harmful bacteria, that is¬†festering out of control¬†in your gut.¬†¬†The candida bacteria thrives and grows in an environment of sugar and yeast. Not just¬†added sugar,¬†but foods that naturally contain sugar, or starch,¬†in their molecular structure. The imbalance of this¬†bacteria to other¬†species¬†causes a yeast overgrowth and therefore causes sugar cravings(not to mention a¬†multitude of other unpleasant symptoms). This diet is almost impossible. Especially since, if you¬†really need¬†it, you are a sugar slave. This was my first step to recovery. I tried my darndest to starve out that dang candida.

2. I drank and ate anti-fungals right and left. You name it…I¬†devoured¬†raw cloves of garlic (much to the displeasure of my beloved Jeremiah), Pau D’arco tea, coconut oil, oregano oil capsules, nettle in just about every form, pumpkin seeds, peppermint in tincture and teas, ginger, and shots of raw apple cider vinegar, and the list goes on. I suppose this helped my situation some. And you know what?¬†¬†It better have helped my situation because¬†it was not easy! Walking around smelling like garlic all the time is not sexy.

3. Probiotics. Cultures. Good Bacteria. I made it my mission to populate my gut with as much good bacteria as I could. I drank kombucha, took probiotics, ate fermented foods, gulped kefir,¬†and indulged in raw cultured cheese. It’s a good thing I love sauerkraut because I¬†ate a LOT of it. And I still do. Note: don’t eat store-bought ‘kraut¬†unless it is Bubbie’s brand or specifically says it has been fermented because most likely it is not fermented, just¬†submerged in vinegar.

4. Mental Health. This still remains the toughest challenge for me. I get a bee in my bonnet about everything. It comes with the territory of being opinionated–and Sicilian. A stressful, anxious, and overly serious demeanor is not good for your sugar cravings. When stressed, one tends to revert back to bad habits for comfort. No bueno! Just take a chill pill and remember to thank our God above even for the struggles you endure. Everything happens for a reason. That’s all I¬†have for you on this topic.¬†Can you tell I am not one to give advice on the art of being Zen? I don’t know much about it…

5. I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation. I busted out a book that my Aunt Mary gave me for my birthday and it changed my life. It is called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I looked at it at the right place and the right time. Everything I read made so much sense. It was the puzzle piece I was endlessly searching for. I realized I was probably very malnourished. I was depriving my body of proper nutrition by eating a low-fat, vegetarian-ish diet. From the Weston A Price Foundation Website (www.westonaprice.org),

“The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats….

“It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.”
Nourishing Traditions

So, I began eating a lot of fat. I discovered how scrumptious bacon is. I embraced raw egg yolks. I started cooking everything in butter.

Voila! No more sweet tooth. I feel like a new woman. Instead, I have a savory tooth. A tooth that craves zesty, flavorful, nutrient dense foods. I don’t feel the need to snack constantly. I don’t feel fatigued and depleted. I just want¬†a little¬†(or a LOT of) cheese and wine now and then and I’m good to go.

Cheers!
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