Support “Raw Milk” bill

The fight for raw milk continues. Congressman Ron Paul has introduced a piece of legislation “to authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.” This bill, (H.R.778) will not do away with each state’s decisions regarding raw milk but will make it legal to bring raw milk from other states into states where it cannot be sold. The whole idea that the government can dictate what we eat is absurd and unconstitutional. This bill won’t fix everything but at least it’s a step towards more health freedoms. I encourage you to contact your local representative and ask them to support bill HR 778! :)

Life is too short to eat yucky food

I have my husband rate my cooking. I started doing this because when I would ask him how he liked the food, his descriptions were less than informative. So now he rates each meal between a 1 and a 10. Men can be hard to understand but a rating makes it much clearer. Most of my meals lately seem to be a 7.
However, I’m not content to live with a seven.

My GOAL: to develop a menu where every meal we eat is a 9 or a 10. Life is too short to eat anything less!

Think about it. If delicious, healthy food is just a matter of finding the right recipes and developing the appropriate skills, then why settle for mediocre meals.

You might think eating healthy is too expensive. While I think it CAN be it doesn’t HAVE to be. Processed foods are what can really break you. We live on a pretty modest income and yet I am still able to buy fresh, whole food on a regular basis. It’s just a matter of prioritizing and knowing how best to buy. It isn’t always necessary to buy organic. Some produce has higher levels of pesticides than others. For instance, I usually buy conventional broccoli, bananas and avocados but I try to only buy organic apples, grapes & peaches.

IF it is possible to make delicious, healthy, food and still live within our budget, why would I do otherwise?

And so, I keep trying. Despite many setbacks I’m determined to press on, because the health and happiness of my family is worth it. Giving us the best odds for avoiding chronic illnesses is worth it. Smiles around the family table are worth it.

Keep in mind that there’s a difference between health-food and healthy food. Check out my post on Health Food vs. Whole Food to see why.

Natural Sources of Iron

While pregnant I became a bit anemic and needed to get an extra dosage of iron each day. This surprised me somewhat since I regularly cook in an iron skillet (which contributes iron into your diet). Iron supplements can cause constipation so you often have to take a stool softener with them. Eating whole foods is always preferable to taking individual vitamin supplements. This is because the different parts of food work with each other in harmony in order to be most beneficial to the health of our bodies.

At the suggestion of my midwife I started taking a spoonful of unsulphered molasses each day. She also suggested eating Malt-O-Meal for breakfast. One serving contains 60% of the RDA for Iron! Because it’s not what you eat that is most important but what you ABSORB, I took my iron strong foods along with orange juice. It’s high in vitamin C which aids in the absorption of iron found in foods (but not in supplements). Don’t take molasses or other iron-rich foods with milk, tea or coffee as the calcium and phosphorus in milk and the tannic acid in coffee and tea actually interfere with iron absorption. Following this regime my iron levels went up quickly without the problem of constipation.

Here are some excellent natural sources of iron:
Clams, canned (LOTS of iron)
Beef Liver - I only WISH I was one of the people that like it! :(
Red meats
Legumes (especially brown ones)
Tomato juice

Low iron levels can sometimes even be the cause of reduced energy, motivational problems or behavioral problems.  Before seeking seeking more extensive treatment options, you may want to get your iron levels checked just to rule out the possibility of a nutritional deficiency.

Raw Milk Article

Hooray for another great article on raw milk! Check it out!

“A Sip of Raw Milk” by Selena Rifkin

Making Lifestyle Changes

There’s nothing like today’s economy to get one thinking about their life and how they live it. If you’ve recently committed to making some changes in how you live, here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Don’t try to change everything at once. If you attempt to do too much you’ll just end up burned out. Believe me, I’ve tried! Remember that every change you make, no matter how small is still a change for the good. Eventually you will be able to look back and be amazed at all the progress you’ve made!

2. Keep things positive. Think about why you are making a change. This is helpful both for adults as well as children. For example:
We recycle to make good use of our resources. We want to create a cleaner planet and a better world for our children’s children.
We eat healthily because it’s better for our bodies. In reality, it’s tastier too! Once you’ve grown used to eating real whole food you look your appetite for processed foods.
We simplify our lives to help us better appreciate the simple things. Our society tells us that more is better. This just isn’t always true. Does having more “stuff” really make us happier or more at peace? If anything, it just gives us more to worry about.
Living differently than those around us doesn’t make us weird, it makes us unique. A clone isn’t likely to make a good revolutionary. Perhaps we will inspire others to consider a new lifestyle themselves!

3. Connect with like-minded people. It can be hard to keep up a resolution without someone to encourage you on.

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