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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How To Ditch Your Shampoo For Good!

photoNow that I have officially gone 54 days without using shampoo I feel like I am qualified to tell you *how * to do it.

Do you live in a city with soft water? This is a biggie for going shampoo free unless you have a water softener attached to your shower head.

After gauging the softness of your water all you do is this:

Get a squeeze bottle or an empty mustard or ketchup bottle. Something like THIS.

{The reason this type of bottle is necessary is to ensure you are able to apply the baking soda solution directly to your roots. Trust me–it makes this whole process A LOT easier! I’ve tried rubbing in a baking soda paste in my hair but it was just too stressful.}

Make your solution of baking soda and water. Use about one tablespoon of baking soda in your bottle. The solution should feel “slippery” on your hands when you apply it. You’ll know what I’m talking about…

Apply your solution ONLY to your roots and massage into your scalp and hair with your hands. Rinse well.

Do you have long hair?

If yes, I do not recommend using Apple Cider Vinegar as a rinse.

If not, you should be just fine using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

For me, the ACV made my hair impossible to brush. I recommend either nothing at all or if you absolutely feel like you need a rinse try Aloe Vera juice diluted with water. I also came across this recipe for a hair detangler that I can’t wait to try from Green Momma: http://www.greenmommas.net/2013/03/homemade-hair-detangler.html

SOME TIPS ON BRUSHING YOUR HAIR

My sweet and handsome hubs surprised me one day with this Boar Bristle Brush!

Why, yes, that is an odd gift! LOL!

I had been complaining about my old conair brush that seemed to be ferociously ripping my hair out when I tried to brush it.

Hubs to the rescue with boar bristles!

Boar bristles are great for distributing your hair’s natural oils evenly throughout your hair. This is essential when going shampoo free because you want to make sure your natural oils are replenishing the entirety of your hair including your ends.

I don’t call it “brushing my hair anymore”, I now refer to is as “redistributing the wealth”. Socialist hair is healthy hair!

What!? I don’t even know what that means…I am not socialist in case you were worried…

Anyway,

Make sure to brush your hair everyday if you have issues with tangling.

Try to stretch out the frequency of which you wash your hair a little at a time. I can go 3 days now without washing my hair. I would try to go longer but I’ve had to maintain a job through this process sooo….yeah.

Good luck!

Homemade Cinnamon and Wild Orange Lip Plumper!

lipplumpHello Natural Beauties!

Would you like to attain luscious and naturally voluptuous lips without the harsh chemicals that store-bought plumpers contain? Look no further! I have created a citrusy-cinnamon lip balm that will wake those luscious lips up!

Back in my high school days I was obsessed with the very popular lip gloss called Lip Venom. Have you ever used it? It works great! But the problem is this:

Hydrogenated Polysobulene, Jojoba oil, Natural Essences, Propylparaben, D&C Red #6.

Yup, those are the ingredients of Lip Venom. Not really sure what hydrogenated polysobulene is but I’m pretty sure it’s¬† not something I want to eat. And I definitely don’t want to be eating propylbaraben and D&C Red #6. Thanks, though! Not to mention, it goes for a whopping 20 bucks! Um, hello, I can make something just as good for a fraction of the cost!

Without further ado, here are the ingredients you will need:

7-8 drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil (if you have sensitive lips you may want to use less–this stuff can burn but it sure works! ūüėČ

Note: I experimented with different things for the plumping effect. I tried peppermint oil, clove oil, cinnamon powder, cayenne tincture, etc. Nothing works as well as cinnamon bark oil. Peppermint oil won the runner up position so if you do not have cinnamon bark oil, try peppermint!)

5-6 drops of Wild Orange essential oil (you can experiment with your complimentary oil…I thought cinnamon mixed well with orange)

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or enough to fill the size of your lip gloss pot, whatever that amount may be)

an empty/clean lip gloss pot

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Directions:

In a small bowl mix melted coconut oil with essential oils.

Pour or spoon carefully into emptied pot

Let the mixture dry–I set it in my freezer for a little while so that it could harden.

REMEMBER: The point at which coconut oil melts is 78 degrees. Be very careful with putting this in your purse or pocket as it may melt and spill when you open it. Keep it in a cool place so that it doesn’t become a mess!

Viola! Apply that and pucker up! I’m sure your sweetheart will love it too!

This post is a part of Thank Your Body Thursday! Check it out!

Day 23 No Shampoo!

Day 23 No Shampoo!

Hair lookin’ good, eh?

I’ve stopped using Apple Cider Vinegar for the time being. I started to think it was making my hair harder to brush. My hair feels more manageable when I don’t use it which is sort of weird.

I can go 2.5 days until I feel like a grease head. Everything is going really well so now it’s time to try to spread out the washing. It seems like this is the hardest part since I have to simultaneously look like a well-groomed person for work everyday.

I need a vacation so that I can not wash my hair.

If you want to see my other blog posts on going shampoo free here they are:

http://lifelibertyhealthiness.com/2013/01/28/day-8-no-shampoo/

http://lifelibertyhealthiness.com/2013/01/22/the-first-day-of-hair-detox-no-shampoo/

Day 8 No Shampoo!

I’m seriously having the best luck with this!

My hair is starting to come out of the cotton-ball spider web, straw/hay stage.

I haven’t attempted a full brush yet however. I hope I don’t start forming dreadlocks. I just couldn’t brush it with the type of brush I had when it was so hay-like. I was ripping more hair off then I was untangling. I hear that a boar bristle brush really helps with this process because it is gentle and does not snag. Plus, it is great for redistributing your hair’s natural oils from the roots to the ends.

I have also been spraying my hair with a tad bit of diluted 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. I think I got a little carried away though, still coming down from a panic attack about how light my hair started to look.¬† I am going to switch to a chamomile conditioner now…along with my ACV rinse.

I have not had a problem with greasiness. I’m going to start waiting longer between washes now. I was only doing every other day. Let’s see if I can make it ’til Thursday without looking like a greasball!

Here are some tips I’ve learned since I started:

1. I have the best luck with putting 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda in about 2 cups of water and putting it in a squeeze bottle. (preferably one with a pointed tip–this is working great for specifically targeting the roots)

2. I have heard that your baking soda/water solution is at the right amount when it feels slippery or slimy in your hands. If you have hard water, this could take more baking soda. For me, it only takes about 1 tablespoon for it to feel slippery because of the softness of Portland’s water.

3. If you can’t brush it–don’t. You’ll just break your ends.

4. Never brush your hair when it is wet. It snags more.

5. If you are paranoid your head smells like Apple Cider Vinegar, it’s really only you that can smell it. I could have sworn I was walking around smelling like salad dressing but my hubs said he couldn’t smell it!

phonto

Portland’s Fight for Fluoride-Free Water

The pristine, gorgeous Bull Run water.

Last September, the Portland city council voted 5-0 approving fluoridation of Portland’s Bull Run water supply after a 7-hour hearing from resident’s on both sides of the aisle.

As you can imagine, the decision upset many Portlandians and the clean water (anti-fluoride) community rose to the occasion. I am so impressed with the hard work and dedication of so many Portland residents. The Clean Water Portland organization accumulated over 43,000 signatures and marched them down to city hall. This secured the decision to be put on the ballot for the residents to decide.

The time is almost here for the vote in May. Now it is up to the grassroots to campaign for a beneficial outcome. If you are opposed to the fluoridation of Portland’s water supply I urge you to attend the Campaign kick-off meeting for the Clean Water Portland campaign

TONIGHT!

Wednesday, January 23rd at

1125 SE Madison #112 Portland, OR 97214.

An Argument Against Fluoride:

Not that I think you should be basing your ideas on anything that Mel Gibson says but there is a great part in one of my favorite movies, Conspiracy Theory, when Mel Gibson’s eccentric taxi-driving character says,

‚ÄúYou know what they put in the water don‚Äôt you? Fluoride!¬† Yeah, fluoride, on the pretext that it strengthens your teeth. That‚Äôs ridiculous. You know what this stuff does to you? It actually weakens your will, takes away the capacity for free and creative thought, and makes you a slave to the state.‚ÄĚ

Could Mel be right?

One of many recent studies done in China on the connection between IQ and fluoride consumption concluded that,

“The mean IQ of the children living in the area with a high-fluoride level in
drinking water was significantly lower than that of the children living in the
area with a low-fluoride level in drinking water.”

“The children were life-long residents of two villages of similar population size which differed in the fluoride
content of the drinking water. Using a random cluster sampling method,
60 children were chosen from the high-fluoride area with 3.15 ¬Ī 0.61 mg/L
(ppm) of fluoride in the drinking water and 58 children were chosen from the
low-fluoride area with 0.37¬Ī 0.04 mg/L of fluoride in the drinking water. Children
affected by congenital or acquired neurological disorders were excluded.”

There have been 42 studies done on this same topic, mostly in china (If I remember correctly 28 out of 42).

Out of the 42 studies, 36 drew the conclusion that Fluoride does in fact effect intelligence. (source) <—- click to view other studies.

As if negative effects on the brain aren’t bad enough, fluoride has been shown to cause

Arthritis

Bone Fractures

Cancer

Cardiovascular disease

Diabetes

Endocrine Disruption

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Hypersensitivity

Kidney Disease

Male Infertility

Pineal Gland disorders

Skeletal Fluorosis

-Thyroid Disease

Dental Fluorosis

Acute Toxicity (at high doses)

Fluoride toothpaste is now required to carry this warning label:

‚ÄúWARNING: If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.‚ÄĚ

It carries this warning for a good reason:

Did you know that a typical family-sized 7-ounce tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a 20-pound child?

I didn’t either until a few days ago. That means if a child drinks enough tap water (in places where the tap is fluoridated) they could die from fluoride poisoning. Great.

Let it be said that I have no qualms if pro-fluoride folks want to brush with fluoride or add it to their water. But PLEASE do not force everyone in Portland and surrounding areas, to ingest fluoride against their will. Fluoride is the hardest thing to filter out of water. So please, Portlandians, think about freedom as you vote in may. Would you want someone forcing you to ingest an substance you were not comfortable with?

This post is a part of GNOWFGLINS Simple Lives Thursday

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The First Day of Hair Detox: No Shampoo!

Today is my first day washing my hair without shampoo. I’ve been inspired. After reading my friend Megan’s blog post about her one year anniversary going shampoo free and loving in, things have clicked.

I tried this a while back but it didn’t work out. I didn’t realize the reason behind the detox period and was impatient with my greasy hair.

I also didn’t know about all of the benefits of going ‘poo free. I was mostly worried about the chemicals in regular shampoo but figured that natural shampoo without nasty chemicals would be okay. OH how wrong I was.

1. Regular shampoo is drying (especially shampoo that contains sulphates like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate–this is the worst!) and strips your hair of all of it’s natural oils, which in turn make your hair greasier as it tries to compensate. It’s a vicious cycle.

2. Regular shampoo adds a polymer and/or glycerin coating which is essentially like putting plastic on your hair.

3. When using regular shampoo your hair will need washing more often to combat the excessive oil production.

4. A lot of people notice their hair naturally lightening when going no ‘poo. *Sweet!*

5. Your hair will be shinier and more manageable.

6. You’ll save a ton of money on shampoo and conditioner. Especially if you are like me and have a lot of hair.

These are the ingredients in Pantene Pro-V:

Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Disodium EDTA, PEG-7M, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

You can see how that would do a number on your poor hair….

I have not dyed my hair in over a year, expose my hair to a lot of sunshine, blow dry, or straighten it (unless it’s a special occasion) but my hair is still breaking at the ends, very dry, and practically impossible to brush! Could this be from a daily use of shampoo? Can I restore my hair to it’s full glory by going shampoo free?

The detox period happens when your hair is transitioning from oil over-production to normal oil production. Hence, the greasy hair at the beginning. Slowly, it will begin to understand that it can calm down and stop producing so much oil. The amount of time this takes varies from head to head. I am assuming my hair will have a pretty long detox period, so if you see me and my hair is greasy, you’ll know why.

What will I use instead of shampoo and conditioner you ask?

Baking soda for shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar dilution for a rinse.

That’s it!

There are many ways of application. I’ve read of some people applying their baking soda before getting in the shower to dry hair then rinsing it out in the shower. Some people mix it with a little water and pour it over their head in the shower.

I’ve read about people putting their ACV dilution (1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water) in a spray bottle (which I will do when I acquire a spray bottle). For now, I’ve put my solution in an old shampoo bottle and will pour it over my head mostly focusing on the ends of my hair.

There are some variations you can use with the rinse. I’ve read about Chamomile tea rinses, spritzing with food grade hydrogen peroxide (this may lighten up your hair extra quick), and my favorite, the Hibiscus rinse. If you missed my post about the Hibiscus rinse for your hair you can read it here.

Last but not least, I would like to give a special thanks in advance to sock buns and bobby pins for allowing me to go through this detox period while still projecting the image of a clean, socially acceptable person.

We’ll see how this goes…

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!

WBGW: Shoes are overrated.

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Vampire feet…yup, they’re mine!

This is my very unscientific post about Earthing. Bare Feet + Earth = Healthy You.

In this day and age it seems as though we don’t get enough time outdoors. We are a culture of couch occupying, internet surfing, tv watching, cement walking, treadmill running, car driving humans. This is not to say that I never enjoy a good tv show or indulge in a little R&R on my couch. But I have come to realize how very important it is to also be “down to earth.”

I was horrified when I went through my weekly routine and discovered that I had probably not had my feet directly on the dirt, grass, or sand in months. Horrified! In my defense, it rains here…A LOT. And it is very cold. I can’t quite see the appeal in walking barefoot on my cold, wet grass. I have also thought that it’s possible that during my beach bum years I stored up enough feet-groundation to last me a lifetime. I don’t think that’s quite how it works though.

So I’ve started to make an effort to put my bare feeties on the cold ground a little bit. During the summer, I plan to do it much more. My first adventure going barefoot in the Pacific Northwest went like this: walked around for a bit, got the shovel, dug some dirt, distributed my kitchen scraps to the ground, walked around a little more and went back inside where I promptly covered the kitchen floor in twigs and leaves. I guess my feet were so cold I hadn’t realized they were there (the twigs/leaves, not my feet). Oh, Pacific Northwest, how I love you so…

You are probably wondering why the heck am I so concerned about putting my bare feet on the darned ground.

There is emerging evidence that our generation is dirt-deficient since rarely do we partake in the growing process of any food. I wrote about some of the benefits of dirt in my previous post, 5 Reasons to Have an Edible Garden. I mentioned that dirt has excellent beneficial bacteria, many of which work wonders for gut health and some that are even shown to reduce depression. I also mentioned that dirt is great immunological exercise.  There are a few other magical reasons to put your feet on the ground, though. I have been reading of the benefits of earthing, and for the most part I support it. I do not, however, recommend buying an earthing mat or something that will allow you to be grounded while still indoors. It all seems a bit fadish to me, and I have it on good authority it can actually do more harm than good. Besides, why try to replicate indoors what we have in abundance outdoors? I say, get outside!

Being connected to the earth has been shown to be of great aid in the healing of many chronic illnesses. In fact, some believe that illnesses in our modern time are due in large part to our being disconnected from the earth. The book Earthing: the most important health discovery ever? illuminates many of the healing properties of the earth. According to one cited reviewer:

“Earthing introduces the planet’s powerful, amazing, and overlooked natural healing energy and how people anywhere can readily connect to it. This eye-opening book describes how the physical disconnect with the Earth creates abnormal physiology and contributes to inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep. By reconnecting to the Earth, symptoms are rapidly relieved and even eliminated and recovery from surgery, injury, and athletic overexertion is accelerated.”

I was first introduced to earthing by Ann Marie of Cheeseslave, one of my favorite bloggers who wrote this post about earthing: Can walking Barefoot Lower Cortisol and Balance Hormones?

So go outside and get some dirt between your toes!

Is eating healthy too expensive?

Real Food

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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