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5 More Money-Saving Tips For Living The Real Food Life

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September 16, 2017

My second baby’s due date is tomorrow and he hasn’t yet made his arrival (phew!). So, like many growing families, we have been continuing our frugal habits and trying more new ways to save money in preparation for our little sweetheart. It has been a fun and interesting journey. I thought I’d share more of what we have found useful! 🙂 The next few tips aren’t all health-related or time-sparing, but have helped us save an incredible amount of money. I hope these recommendations can make your life a little bit easier!

1. Use Thrive Market. I compare prices on almost everything we buy, and Thrive Market (they have an app) has won the gold for buying cheap health-related items. We often buy bulk coconut oil, shampoo and conditioner (I haven’t been able to make a recipe that works yet. Bummer!), and many of our supplements. Azure Standard is another good source for bulk health food/items, and Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place to find bulk herbs/spices/teas online.

2. Use Amazon Prime. I make many of our own products ingredients in bulk. Many of those bulk ingredients come from Amazon and I enjoy my Prime membership’s free-shipping benefit. Please comment on this post for any recipes you may be interested in. I’d be happy to share mine! Here is what I make at home: toothpaste, baby wipe spray, baby bottom balm, pregnancy-belly butter, body lotion, face lotion, anti-fungal cream, magnesium oil, foaming hand soap, dishwasher detergent, and stain-remover for clothes.

3. Find a near-free or totally free source of kefir grains, sourdough starter, and kombucha SCOBYs. Store-bought kefirs, sourdough breads, and kombucha can really add up over time. But, why spend the extra money when you can simply (seriously-it’s easy!) make these items yourself? Many people who have extra SCOBYs, grains, and sourdough starter have extra, and may be willing to give you their cultures for free. If you don’t know anyone with grains or starters, you can experiment with making them yourself, buying them commercially, or see if anyone on Amazon or Etsy is selling their extras. Lots of DIY fermenting advice and recipes can be found on culturesforhealth.com, culturedfoodlife.com, blogs, facebook, and even YouTube! We have not needed to purchase probiotic supplements in a very long time because of how cheap and effective fermented foods are.

4. If you have very young children, consider cloth diapering! It has been a fun experience for us so far. Actually, it has become a bit of an obsession of mine…there is so much to learn! We have been doing it for almost 15 months now and plan on continuing to cloth diaper all of our babies. Though some people prefer to use cloth diapers 100% of the time, we have found that it’s a lot easier to use disposables while traveling, moving, and while diapering a newborn baby in the first 1-4 weeks to avoid needing smaller cloth diapers. Even if you only do cloth diapering part-time, you’ll save HUNDREDS of dollars and trips to the store for disposable diapers and wipes! Sometimes, daycares will work with you on your preference to cloth diaper. Though diapers fit each child differently, we have had EXCELLENT success with BumGenius pocket diapers. Money-saving tip: Buy used or flawed cloth diapers, inserts, and wet bags for an extra cheap discount; most flaws can’t be seen, anyway. If they weren’t perfectly functional diapers, they wouldn’t be sold by the manufacturer. 🙂 I’ve cut up an old sweatshirts to use as cloth wipes and they’re so soft on my baby’s bottom. One last option for purchasing cloth diapers is joining a couple cloth co-ops on facebook, where bulk orders on diapers greatly reduce their prices.

5. Of course, garage sales, second hand stores, and hand-me down clothes can save you hundreds, as well. Sometimes, people will even trade items rather than sell them, which is an easy deal if you’ve got stuff to get rid of. Joining buy/sell/trade (B/S/T) groups on facebook is an easy way to do this.

Hopefully, my next post will be our baby’s delivery story!

What has helped your family save money and score good deals? Doesn’t it feel good to have a little extra cash in your wallet?


 

Disclaimer: All information on this blog is for informational purposes only. I am not a licensed medical professional. Please discuss any dietary changes, supplements, or medical questions with your doctor.

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Diane Stanislowski is a wife, mother, and researcher with the goal of restoring the practice of traditional holistic approaches to wellness and sharing evidence-based information with the public.

She lives in Grand Forks North Dakota with her husband and daughter Jane, and receives raw milk and pastured meats from Bartlett Farms.

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Preparing for Baby #2: My Labor and Delivery Approach

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Surprise! I suddenly felt nauseous, and…oops, up came my dinner. That was the first hint that my baby boy, due on September 17, was growing in my belly. But, because I was only 7 months postpartum, I hadn’t yet prepared myself for the morning sickness (it’s more like all-day sickness!), the aches and pains, the fatigue, or the fact that there was already another sweet baby cuddled up inside me. 🙂 Fortunately, I’ve made it 37 weeks so far and both baby boy and I are healthy!

There is so much conflicting information about how to have a healthy pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I experienced much worse morning sickness, I was absolutely terrified of birth, and I was scared I’d hurt her during pregnancy or after. So. Much. Pressure. However, my current pregnancy has been easier in these aspects, and that may be because I’ve had just enough experience to know a little about being pregnant and a bit on how to be a mom. I’ve also done a LOT of reading and have worked through a bunch of the inconsistent information. Some things I’ve done differently this pregnancy have really seemed to help:

1.Visits to the chiropractor. After learning of the importance of pelvic alignment for birth, I made a point to go visit my chiropractor at Plains Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Grand Forks, ND. Dr. Natalie has been helping me throughout the pregnancy with birth preparation and with my tilted sacrum (an injury I think happened while I was delivering my daughter). I am so relieved that she has been able to greatly reduce the pain in my lower back and hips! I am confident that my pelvis is well-enough aligned to deliver my baby boy, who will probably have a big head, like his mama!

2.Drinking red raspberry leaf (and nettle) tea. Known to tone the uterus in preparation for labor and delivery, I’ve made it a point to drink 1 quart a day. I bought a big bag of loose red raspberry leaves and have been enjoying this tea hot, cold, with raw milk (seriously, it’s SO GOOD this way! It reminds me of iced chai tea.), with lemon, or with raw honey. Though some people recommend avoiding it during the first trimester, I’ve been drinking it the entire pregnancy with no problems. A great article by one of my favorite bloggers is here

3.Doing exercises and stretches recommended by The Bradley Method. Unfortunately, there is not a Bradley Method class in my area, so I’ve been using the book, Natural Birth The Bradley Way, instead. Excellent book, I must say! The exercises and stretches have also helped reduce pain in my lower back, which I am (again) so grateful for! I am confident that my body is strong enough for a safe delivery. Here is a link to the exercises from The Bradley Method workbook and a blog post on additional beneficial exercises for pregnancy and child delivery. 

4.Eating dates (6 per day) to increase my chances of a quick labor and delivery. Here is a short little blog on dates for labor.

5.Sleeping on my side with a pillow between my legs. It really helps with back pain! This position is recommended by The Bradley Method for relaxing during labor. I now can’t sleep any other way–it’s just too comfortable!

6.Taking  vitamin C, 1-2 tablespoons of collagen hydrolysate, and magnesium glycinate before bed has made sleeping significantly easier. I’ve discovered that if I skip these supplements entirely, or lake less of them (the magnesium in particular), I toss and turn all night. These things are excellent for non-pregnant individuals as well 🙂 My husband and I call this the “sleep concoction.”

7.Eating the most nutrient-dense diet possible. Not every day is perfect, and I often forget to eat, but I know that I’ve done everything I can to provide my baby and myself with the most nutrition. I try to base almost every meal off of the Weston A. Price Foundation’s recommendations for pregnancy, which is something I did not do (or know much about) during my first pregnancy. I notice that I have no digestive problems this time around (no constipation, gas pains, bloating, food intolerances, et cetera), and I think this has a LOT to do with the large amount of probiotic foods I eat daily. Milk kefir and kombucha are my favorites. I’ve also noticed that I experience no lightheadedness or general weakness this time (unless I forget to eat). A pinch of sea salt or a teaspoon of salt brine in water has made the difference. Read about kombucha during pregnancy here and benefits of sea salt brine (also called “sole” [so-lay]) here.

8.Resting while I can. Being a very high-stress person, relaxing as much as possible has been incredibly constructive. This doesn’t mean that I sit around all day…I don’t have time! This means taking 10 minutes to read before bed, putting down my to-do list every once in a while, sitting in the sun for a few minutes, or lying down if my daughter is napping. Enjoying Epsom salt baths are particularly productive in the relaxation-department. I take what I can get and every little bit helps! 🙂

Each baby, mama, and pregnancy is different. Sometimes, a person can do everything right and still end up with an outcome they didn’t want. Part of pregnancy is accepting the unknown, and possibly scary, future. Though I said that the second time has been less stressful, I must point out that I’m still nervous, still very excited, and still working on having the most positive and relaxed mindset for labor and delivery. You can only try your best and that’s good enough!

It’s possible that my next post may a delivery story–I suppose we’ll find out if the things I’ve tried this time have made a difference!

 

Readers, what have you done that has helped you deliver your baby? I’d love to know!

Disclaimer: All information on this blog is for informational purposes only. I am not a licensed medical professional. Please discuss any dietary changes, supplements, or medical questions with your doctor.


dianes-profileDiane Stanislowski is a wife, mother, and researcher with the goal of restoring the practice of traditional holistic approaches to wellness and sharing evidence-based information with the public.

She lives in Grand Forks North Dakota with her husband and daughter Jane, and receives raw milk and pastured meats from Bartlett Farms.

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        Busy, Busy, Busy! This is the life of a mom: packed with both profound joy and plenty of things to do. Trying new things is always fun–if you’ve got the time and energy for them, of course 🙂 . Even as I write this blog, my goofy 1 yr old is crawling all over my lap trying to get my attention (and the keyboard!). Juggling my many duties has certainly been a learning process, and, naturally, I’ve had many failures along the way. One of those failures was my attempt to make chicken bone broth a few months ago, which I ruined twice in a row…oofda. Burnt bone broth + a small apartment = a stinky combination. It’s true that one learns best by making mistakes, but also by reading as much as possible to prevent potential problems. Hence, why I’ve loaded this article with further reading.

        After my failures, successes, and reading, I’ve compiled some useful tips on making successful bone broth:

        1. If your bones are raw, make sure you roast them before you make broth with them! http://www.foodabovegold.com/how-to-roast-bones/

        2. Bring the broth to a boil and gently simmer it; do NOT keep it at a rolling boil. More details can be found here: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/video-the-perfect-simmer-on-your-stock/

        3. If you’re concerned about your broth cooking while you’re out of the house, it’s more than okay to use the cumulative time method of cooking: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-cumulative-time-approach-for-making-stock/

        4. You can reuse bones from previous bone broth. This french method is called remouillage, and it stretches both your dollar and broth flavor: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/remouillage-getting-the-most-out-of-your-broth-bones/

        5. If it’s easier for you, you can make bone broth in an instant pot (https://www.mommypotamus.com/instant-pot-bone-broth-recipe/).

        6. Or, a crock pot (http://thehealthyfoodie.com/slow-cooker-beef-bone-broth/).

        7. Freeze it in mason jars! Here is the safe and shatter-free way to do it: https://abetterwaytothrive.com/freezing-in-glass-no-more-broken-jars/

        8. Freeze it in ice cube trays (and then put the cubes in a container to save freezer space), so it’s easily thawed and rationed in recipes that require less of it.

        9. Use lots of veggies, herbs, and spices to help flavors carry into the finished product. Cooking for long periods of time can diminish flavors.

        10.Can’t get time to make bone broth? Kettle & Fire is a good store bought brand: https://www.kettleandfire.com/where-to-buy-bone-broth

        I FINALLY succeeded at making (beef) bone broth using this simple recipe from WellnessMama’s blog (https://wellnessmama.com/5888/bone-broth/). At last, I had several quarts at my disposal! Good thing it keeps well in the freezer! But, the question remains: how do I use this stuff? Some useful things I’ve tried and intend to try are:

        1. Using it in soup, obviously! It’s great as a hearty soup base or even for simple egg drop soup.

        2. Drinking it as a beverage! I really enjoy it with a little lemon juice (and sometimes, ginger) I’ve found this to be very relaxing and soothing for tummy trouble. It’s also great for keeping warm in the dangerously cold North Dakota winters!

        3. Using it in place of (or along with) a fat for sauteing veggies or meats.

        4. As a gravy or added in place of water in many crock pot, stew, or freezer meal recipes.

        Making bone broth doesn’t have to be complicated, even if you’ve got your hands full! My advice to you is this: follow the directions (something I don’t always do!), research and troubleshoot to correct mistakes, DON’T BURN IT, and don’t give up! Happy cooking to all. 🙂

 


Disclaimer: All information on this blog is for informational purposes only. I am not a licensed medical professional. Please discuss any dietary changes, supplements, or medical questions with your doctor.

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Diane Stanislowski is a wife, mother, and researcher with the goal of restoring the practice of traditional holistic approaches to wellness and sharing evidence-based information with the public.

She lives in Grand Forks North Dakota with her husband and daughter Jane, and receives raw milk and pastured meats from Bartlett Farms.

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Come Learn At Bartlett Farms Farm Tour 2017

Register here to attend for free

Come and see the farm up close as talk about the problems with conventional agriculture and processed food, and show how diversified holistic farms provide the solutions needed to create healthy food for your table.

Jim Bartlett and Peter Bartlett will guide attendees to various locations on the property and you’ll get to

  • Understand the shortfalls of conventional agriculture.
  • See how animals can be raised without chemicals in a low stress environment.
  • Get experience milking a cow and riding a horse (maybe more!)
  • Interact with people who embrace the holistic view of health and life.
  • Enjoy a time of quietness away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Bring a friend! This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to prepare for a hot day by bringing water and sunscreen, and wear shoes suitable for rough terrain. 

The tour will start at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. so plan some recreational activities around the area like visiting the International Peace Gardens, or Lake Metigoshe State Park. 

Some snack items and refreshments will be served.

Spread the word!


RSVP for the event by registering to attend for free. Contact Peter at office@bartlettfarms.us with questions.

 

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How I Overcame Struggles With Weight Gain

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Like so many women, I’ve struggled with body image for a large part of my life. In high school, I participated in women’s lacrosse, track, and two soccer seasons a year! I was in exceptional shape, yet I still looked in the mirror and felt disappointed. I went to college and continued feeding my insatiable athlete’s appetite, only to find that I put on weight. So, I’d hit the gym almost daily to maintain my physical appearance, but became more and more discouraged by my weight gain and ravenous hunger. What was I doing wrong?

Answer: EVERYTHING! There are so many things I wish I could tell my younger self. Some of them are more mindset related:

  • You don’t like how you look because you don’t like who you are. Focus on personal growth, and it’ll be easier to correct your self-image!
  • Your response is your responsibility! Your feelings are in YOUR hands. Even if sometimes it is REALLY difficult to get out of bed in the morning, you must CHOOSE to do it if you want to be happier. Your attitude impacts everyone around you.
  • When you’re sad and very inside-yourself, go do something for somebody else. Pray for someone, play with your kids, or go make your husband his favorite meal. Often times, the best medicine is simply removing yourself from yourself.

And some of them are more physically related:

  • Only eat when you’re hungry, and stop eating when you’re full. Have self-awareness and do NOT indulge out of boredom, fatigue, or negative feelings. Eat to live and do not live to eat.
  • Practice self-control. The more you practice, the easier it gets. Want junk food? Go get some water and keep yourself busy. Hungry? Wait 20 minutes and then eat. Pitying yourself? Face your difficulties with dignity and do not snivel. Life isn’t supposed to be fair.

Lastly, the piece of advice most related to this post:

  • EAT FAT! Fill up on healthy fats, fresh produce, and reduce the sugar.

Though everyone is different and may disagree with some of my “life-lessons,” the last bit of advice is good for pretty much every body! Little did I know that my hunger was likely due to not eating enough fat. I was eating a lot of low-fat foods, which made my hunger spike soon after finishing a meal. I thought I was doing myself a favor! Oh, the things I wish I had known!

I’m so glad I learned that eating fat helps profoundly in controlling one’s appetite–even during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In fact, since significantly increasing my fat intake, my body goes much longer stretches of time without feeling hungry, and my weight levels out almost 30 lbs less than what I weighed in college. I’ve also never struggled with quickly losing baby weight. Fat is amazing!

Specifically, I focus daily on getting a lot of healthy fats in my diet in the form of grass-fed dairy fat:

  • 1-2 cups homemade milk kefir from whole milk
  • 3-6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup raw whole milk

I also make sure to add other sources of fats throughout the week:

  • Grass-fed beef
  • Lots of eggs
  • Extra virgin olive oil on salads
  • Flax and chia seeds
  • 1-3 tablespoons coconut oil in cooking
  • Lots of bacon sauteed with greens-my little girl LOVES this!

Things I completely avoid are:

  • Skim milk! It’s bad for you! Sources below.
  • All reduced-fat dairy
  • Lean beef/meats in general
  • All hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
  • Vegetable oils and fats heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying
  • Industrially processed oils: soy, cottonseed, corn, safflower, and canola [1]

Looking at my life, I realize that I was confused about many things and still have a lot left to learn. This life isn’t supposed to be easy for anyone. However, I am grateful that I have learned as much as I have, including how fats maintain my weight! Not only has increasing healthy fats in my diet helped me lose weight and keep it off, but my skin has significantly cleared, I don’t think about food 24/7, my body stretches to the demands of pregnancy and childbirth exceptionally well, and I don’t crave sugar (unless I’m exhausted!). Keeping fats high in my husband and daughter’s diets has been helpful as well! My baby girl has her mama’s demanding appetite, so lots of fat helps her focus on playing and learning to walk instead of hunger. 🙂

Because there is already so much on the internet and in books about why a high fat diet is WONDERFUL, my contribution is only in the form of personal testimony. To learn about the physiological details of this lifestyle, further learning is here:

Article Summary:

  • Eat fat to lose fat!
  • Though there are some awesome fats out there, the best (for me!) has been dairy fat in the form of butter, whole milk, and homemade kefir from whole milk.
  • Foods to avoid are low-fat dairy products (especially skim milk!), highly processed fats, and fully/partially hydrogenated oils.

What are your tips and tricks to maintaining health and weight? I’d love to learn!

 

Sources:

[1] https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/know-your-fats/know-your-fats-introduction/

Disclaimer: All information on this blog is for informational purposes only. I am not a licensed medical professional. Please discuss any dietary changes, supplements, or medical questions with your doctor.


 

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Diane Stanislowski is a wife, mother, and researcher with the goal of restoring the practice of traditional holistic approaches to wellness and sharing evidence-based information with the public.

She lives in Grand Forks North Dakota with her husband and daughter Jane, and receives raw milk and pastured meats from Bartlett Farms.

 

 

 

 

 

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Your well-deserved vacation is fast approaching!

Maybe it’s a road trip to relatives, or Disney Land, or a trek to a far away place to enjoy time together.

But what about deliveries? How do you keep your share and not worry about milk that’s scheduled for delivery?

In this short post I’ll explain what you need to do to make sure your family stays connected to nature’s perfect food (raw milk from grass-based cows), and still gets to enjoy the vacation you’ve been waiting for.

Skim the headings for the option that seems best for you. Then follow the action steps I’ve outlined below.

1) Donate your milk to a family in need.

Here at the farm we believe in helping those who are facing unexpected challenges leaving them in a place of need. As a part of our farm, we created a Real Food Sponsor program where you can donate to help a family in need.

Action Steps:

a. Contact Bartlett Farms to let us know you would like your milk to go to a Real Food Sponsor family. Email office@bartlettfarms.us

b, Let us know how many products you would like to donate. We will then make known the availability of the resources to a needy family within our network.

2) Have a friend pick up your order or receive home delivery instead of you.

This is for you social people who have connections to healthy like-minded moms. Maybe they aren’t financially able to get the milk they know is better for their family. Maybe they would just appreciate the treat! Why not pass off some of yours to them while you’re away and be a blessing to them?

Action Steps:

a. Confirm with your friend that they will take and use the order.

b. Send an email to office@bartlettfarms.us to give Peter at the office your friend’s address and any special delivery notes. We will do our best to get it to them without a hassle.

3) Have butter, yogurt, kefir, or some other more stable product crafted from your share of dairy products.

Yes, you read that correctly. For no extra charge we will take your share of raw milk and transform it into a product that is more stable and will be usable for you when you return. Butter is the most stable option, next comes kefir and yogurt. You may even be able to get a double portion of fresh milk given to you on the next delivery. Be sure to mention your situation and we’ll do our best to make it fit your needs.

Action Steps:

a. Email your vacation dates to office@bartlettfarms.us 
b. Tell us which of the five options (or combinations) you’d like to transform your order into: 

  • butter (which gives you access to buttermilk and skim milk if desired),
  • yogurt,
  • kefir,
  • cream (plus skim milk), and
  • chocolate milk.

c. Get your bonus order delivered at our next delivery after you’re back.

4) Put your order on hold.

This is great if you’re gone temporarily and don’t want to bother with any details. You can set your own vacation dates by logging into your account on www.bartlettfarms.us or send an email to office@bartlettfarms.us. We’ll take care of it from there!

Action Steps:
a. Log onto www.bartlettfarms.us
b. Go to “Skip Deliveries” and enter your vacation start and end date.

5) Temporarily discontinue.

If you plan to be away for a year or more, you may find it simply better to cancel your shares altogether. You lose the investment you made at the beginning and would have to repurchase your shares to opt back in. This is an option if you are in the military and don’t know when you may be stationed back in the area again, or if the oil industry takes you out of state.

Action Steps:

a. Check with your boss to see how long you will be away.
b. Send an email to office@bartlettfarms.us and we’ll erase the shares from your name.

Now before you forget, take action on one of those steps! I know how busy you are. Let us know how we can help you get the most out of your share while you enjoy your summer vacation!


 

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Peter Bartlett manages the cattle and creamery at Bartlett Farms and is the Organizer for Real Food ND. His passion is to enable people to make diet and lifestyle changes that improve the quality of life for generations to come.  

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6 Money-Saving Tips for Health-Inspired Consumers

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Sometimes, our busy lives make it difficult to reflect on our food and lifestyle choices. Most of us have loads of responsibilities both at work and at home–how can we possibly make every choice as healthy as possible? Frankly, we can’t. We can only do what is in the realm of our abilities and within the context of our crazy lives.

As my family has recently moved, we have been swamped with packing, cleaning, unpacking, organizing, and attempting to maintain our everyday schedules. It has been a trying experience, especially while striving to maintain a constructive mindset in the midst of our unsettled chaos.

But, the days go on no matter how stressed-out or happy we may be. So, are there any quick tips on eating well during stressful times? YES! Though many of us are already health-minded, I thought I’d share some tidbits on how to eat well during busy and possibly financially-challenging situations.

1.Buy non-organic fruits and vegetables on the “Clean Fifteen” list. Separately, purchase organic foods on the “Dirty Dozen” list in order to avoid pesticide and herbicide-sprayed produce. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to eat only organic foods, so, choose wisely. It’s not necessary to eat absolutely everything organically if some types of produce absorb minimal amounts of chemicals; hence, food on the “Clean Fifteen” list is safer to eat non-organically. This can be a great money-saving tip if you bring the “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen” lists (found here) with you while shopping! (Special note: though tea can’t be found on either list, it is known to absorb concentrated amounts of the chemicals it is exposed to. Therefore, purchase and drink only organic tea in order to avoid side effects and build-up of nasty herbicides, pesticides, and even fertilizers.)

2.Buy and cook (or preserve by canning, freezing, or fermenting) in BULK. My family has invested in half a cow, which adds up to cheaper prices for healthy/safe cuts of meat. It has been a delicious and smart investment for us! Also, paying attention to which foods are in-season can land you cheaper prices, as well as buying food that is on sale, has a coupon, or can be price-matched. Additionally, buying grains and DRIED beans in bulk has its benefits. This way, you’re able to prepare the grains and beans correctly through soaking, sprouting, or fermenting them, along with getting a better price per amount.

3.If you have room, grow your own food. Elaborating on this one isn’t really necessary. There are ways to grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables on small plots of land, on your porch, or even inside your house, depending on how much space you have. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

4.Make freezer meals. They can be thrown in a crock pot, on the stove, or in the oven for an easy, already-made meal! My absolute favorite is soup (especially my turmeric tomato cabbage soup!). Another easy way is to put leftovers straight in the freezer for a future snack or meal. A family friend of ours makes once-a-month freezer meals: for one weekend every month, she and her husband spend time making many freezer meals that can be eaten throughout that month.

5.Buy INGREDIENTS, not finished products. Though this might seem like a way NOT to save time, it actually can. This way, your food is cheaper (bulk ingredients!) and more versatile (can be used in many different meals!). In the long run, it’ll save you many last-minute trips to the store and lots of money. An good example of this is buying a whole chicken and stretch that meal for days: make roast chicken, use the remaining fats, skin, bones, and whatever else to make chicken soup, and when you’re left with only bones, make some tasty chicken bone broth for the freezer. One ingredient made into many meals. It’s also easy to make big batches of basic ingredients for the week and use that ingredient multiple times (example: make a big batch of beans and turn it into burritos, tacos, chili, soup, and hummus!). There is so much flexibility in purchasing ingredients rather than processed, dead-end meals!

6.Visit the farmer’s market and grocery store clearance sections. Seriously, check out those areas and you’ll likely find some treasures to put in the freezer or munch on right away!

Though I’m just learning how to be more economical, I always try to save us as much as we can. After all, who doesn’t want to find a good deal on food they need? Happy shopping and happy late Mother’s Day to all you hard-working mamas! 🙂

 

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Diane Stanislowski is a wife, mother, and researcher with the goal of restoring the practice of traditional holistic approaches to wellness and sharing evidence-based information with the public.

She lives in Grand Forks North Dakota with her husband and daughter Jane, and receives raw milk and pastured meats from Bartlett Farms.

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Bone Broth Series: 4 Ways Gelatin Will Benefit Your Health

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Lemon roasted whole chicken, spicy BBQ beef ribs, bone-in honey-glazed pork chops…so tasty!

If you’re a carnivore, you may have experienced the mouthwatering excellence of well-prepared, high-quality meats. In my family, those dishes don’t last long; even my 9 month old loves her balsamic roast beef! I’m so proud of my goofy little kid. 🙂

But, once the delight of a great meal ends, we often have odd leftovers: bones, cartilage, fat, or whatever else wasn’t consumed as part of the main dish. In the past, I’ve simply chucked it all in the garbage. Unfortunately, I didn’t know what a waste that was.

What on earth would I do with those leftovers nowadays? Well, if I’m up for getting some good nutrition (I’m always up for that!), I’ll make bone broth out of it. My mom has made me aware that the name “bone broth” isn’t very cute; so, in order to do the broth a little justice, I’d describe it as a rich version of regular broth/stock that has been slow-cooked and infused with all the nutrients that were left behind from your last animal-based meal. If you don’t have any odd leftovers, getting “soup bones” from the butcher can also do the trick. Though bone broth is obviously based on the nutrients left in bones, herbs and vegetables are often added to it to increase its nutrients and add to the taste. It’s a great way to get all those missed nutrients back into your diet and not be wasteful.

Because there is so much to discuss about bone broth, this first post of the “Bone Broth Series” will highlight one of its best features: gelatin. What’s the big deal about gelatin?

1.Gelatin improves digestion: by stimulating increased gastric acid secretion during digestion, it decreases the all-too-common occurrence of poor nutrient absorption and poor protein breakdown [1]. Dr. Robert Atkins and studies provided to him by his chief research officer consider protein breakdown as a pretty big deal: “the inability to properly digest protein contributes to asthma, diabetes, food allergies, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia, pernicious anemia, candida, rheumatoid arthritis, intestinal infections, psoriasis, vitiligo, hives, eczema, dermatitis, herpetiformis and acne” [1] [6]. Additionally, because of gelatin’s ability to absorb water, it allows for smooth intestinal transit and healthier bowel movements [2]. That’s a triple thumbs up in my book!

2.Gelatin heals gut disorders and supports immune health: it strengthens the mucosal lining of the stomach, decreases leaky gut syndrome symptoms, and improves other inflammatory bowel diseases [2] [3]. As many of us know, an impressively large portion of our immune system is directly related to gut health [5] [7]. Therefore, it’s necessary to consider the state of your gut when you’re sick: there is probably room for improvement. Great information about healing your gut can be found in Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia.

3.Gelatin supports liver detoxification by providing enough glycine (an amino acid) for the liver to perform its glycine-dependent protective functions [4]. We live in a world full of toxins: the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the food we eat can be absolutely saturated with chemicals that build up in our bodies, impairing normal healthy functions and inducing states of disease. Therefore, maintaining our primary “detox” organ is of utmost importance.

4.Gelatin supports joint, bone, and skin health [1] [9]. Who doesn’t want to feel good AND look good? By providing the body with the amino acids necessary to support collagen production, it helps keep skin supple and strong [2]. Amazingly, it can even improve painful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases, as well as inhibit bone collagen breakdown and stimulate increased bone mineral density [3] [1] [10] [11]. Though the body can form the amino acids necessary for collagen production by itself, the Weston A. Price Foundation explains that “the millions of Americans suffering from stiff joints, skin diseases and other collagen, connective tissue and cartilage disorders [still] might be suffering serious shortfalls of proline, glycine and other needed nutrients [found in gelatin/bone broth],” despite the body’s natural ability to produce them [1].

As I’ve described, bone broth has many benefits, especially relative to its gelatin content. However, I’ve found that sometimes it gets used up much faster than I can make it. My husband and I take this gelatin (in the form of collagen hydrolysate) in case we don’t have any bone broth at hand. Actually, I’ve discovered that I sleep like a rock after taking it before bed…and every mama knows how precious sleep is! I can thank glycine, an amino acid that acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, for that benefit [8]!

There you have it: gelatin is something everyone might need more of. Though it’s regularly part of traditional diets, it has sadly fallen out of the modern day diet. Good thing gelatin is making a trendy comeback! More information on the many benefits and details about bone broth is yet to come.

For further reading, the Weston A. Price Foundation has a great article:

https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-broth-is-beautiful-essential-roles-for-proline-glycine-and-gelatin/

Article Summary:

  1. Making bone broth prevents wastefulness.
  2. Bone broth provides the body with nutrients that commonly lack from the modern day diet.
  3. Gelatin, a key component of bone broth, improves digestion.
  4. Gelatin heals gut disorders and supports immune health.
  5. Gelatin supports liver detoxification.
  6. Gelatin supports joint, bone, skin, hair, and nail health.

Disclaimer: All information on this blog is for informational purposes only. I am not a licensed medical professional. Please discuss any dietary changes, supplements, or medical questions with your doctor.

dianes-profileDiane Stanislowski is a wife, mother, and researcher with the goal of restoring the practice of traditional holistic approaches to wellness and sharing evidence-based information with the public.

She lives in Grand Forks North Dakota with her husband and daughter Jane, and receives raw milk and pastured meats from Bartlett Farms.

 


 

References

[1] https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-broth-is-beautiful-essential-roles-for-proline-glycine-and-gelatin/

[2] https://chriskresser.com/5-reasons-why-even-vegetarians-need-gelatin/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4275322

[4] Ottenberg, R, Painless jaundice, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1935, 104, 9, 1681-1687

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23426535

[6] Atkins, Robert, Dr.Atkins’ Vita-Nutrient Solution (Simon & Schuster, 1998), pp. 234.235.

[7] https://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11396606

[9] http://medicinemosul.uomosul.edu.iq/files/pages/page_1988246.pdf#page=48

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11071580

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11349896

 

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