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Raine’s Medicine Cabinet

Sandrine’s Notes This is the first of two posts we’ll publish on the topic. I will also post about items that are in my own so-called “medicine cabinet” that Raine didn’t mention in hers. We would love to read about the medicinals and therapeutics that you use in your home in the comments section below.…

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Salad Dressing

Sandrine’s Introduction “How can a salad be unhealthy?” Sally Fallon Morell asks in her discussion about fats. The answer is that it can be unhealthy when it is topped with a salad dressing made with processed and rancid polyunsaturated vegetable oils like soybean oil or canola oil. Therefore, in her presentations on traditional diets, Sally recommends that we all make our own salad dressings. Excellent dressings take very little time to make, are cost effective and require no other equipment than a fork and a bowl. Guest Author Raine Saunders We used to buy almost all of our salad dressing in a bottle from the store. Years ago, I’d buy Kraft,…

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What does it mean to be sustainable?

The truth is, I am not living as sustainable as I thought. The new e-book Sustainability Starts at Home written by Dawn Gifford of Small Footprint Family promises to save us money in our homes and on what we buy with planet friendly tips and tricks … and it delivers with hundreds of recommendations that I thought were incredibly well organized, clear and valuable!  I have just moved into a new home in Portland and will be implementing much of what I read about! Dawn’s e-book is one of 30 offered at a 90% discount as part of Village Green Networks’s End of Summer E-Book Bundle on promotion until September 10 midnight PTD.…

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Are all calories created equal?

What is the first word or phrase that comes to your mind when you read the word calories?! When I hear the word calories, I think of weight loss or weight gain. I was intrigued with the title of DaNelle Wolford’s new e-book Have Your Cake & Lose Weight Too!, which is offered right now as part of the Village Green Network’s End of Summer E-Book Bundle promotion. DaNelle, who blogs at Weed ‘Em & Reap, lost 35 pounds and she shares with her readers how she did it. She did not take weight-loss pills, did not exercise excessively, did not count one single calorie or use portion control and did not eat…

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Shall we use pressure cookers?!

A new perspective on this modern tool. Part of the Real Food for Busy People online video cooking class are lessons on how to use a pressure cooker. In the video preview above, Heather Dessinger of The Mommypotamus demonstrates how to use a pressure cooker to make a roast that’s frozen to succulent in 1.5 hours! Sally Fallon Morrel’s revised position As some of you know, Sally Fallon Morell doesn’t recommend that we use pressure cookers in her book Nourishing Traditions on page 68 of the Introduction and on page 453 of the Grain and Legume section: Pressure Cooker: This is another relative newcomer to the culinary scene. The danger is…

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Learn to cook – an ongoing education

We have a number of unique opportunities to learn how cook nutrient-dense meals at a discount this month! Real Food for Busy People An online video course with over 50 tutorials, with recipes included, that is available for 50% to 65% off until August 15, 2013 –> http://bit.ly/12nT3wZ. We will have lifetime access to the content! See a preview of one of the classes on the Vitamix. Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen Jenny has offered our community 30% off of all of her current materials until August 22, 2013 with coupon code NOURISH30. Nourished Kitchen’s Meal Plans Each week you’ll receive an email with a link to download your weekly…

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Time Saving Appliances – Vitamix

The Vitamix, which is much more powerful than a blender, is a popular time saving appliance. Vitamix recipes are featured in the new online video class, Real Food for Busy People. Here is a sneak peak preview of how to make soft serve ice cream and smoothies as part of the course. What is it good for? I asked those who follow our page on Facebook if they have one and how they use it. Here are some responses: “I just got one and I love it! Makes taking my liver easy when I mix it in to a morning smoothie. I’m really excited about the fact that it can do…

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Mirror, mirror on the wall …

Acceptance. What if we didn’t perceive whatever we don’t like about our bodies to be flaws or weaknesses but, rather embraced ourselves as we are – as though there was absolutely nothing wrong with us, nothing that needed to be fixed?!  Imagine the ways in which we would feel nourished as a result.  Imagine how self-acceptance and appreciation for our bodies  would feel. As Cathy Thorne writes, “Only loving your body when you are perfectly fit is like only loving your children  when they are perfectly behaved.” We need to see you, naked. Guest Author Tiffani Beckman McNeil As I gazed down at my chubby knees and brushed my do-I-like-this-hair-color…

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In defense of real food.

What defines food? /fo͞od/ Noun Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth. In response to a post on Facebook focused on the addictive properties of sugar, one reader commented, “People can convince themselves that everything is bad. I, however, think that concerning food, we should eat a little bit of everything.” Refined sugar is not a food. It has no nutritional value: no vitamins, no minerals, no enzymes, no fiber. No processed foods. The healthy population groups that Dr. Weston A. Price discovered and observed didn’t eat a little of everything. They only ate nutrient dense…

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