Feeding Baby in Less Than Ideal Circumstances

Thumbnail image for Feeding Baby in Less Than Ideal Circumstances We all agree that breastfeeding of babies whether they be cats, dogs, cows, goats, horses, or people for that matter is the best thing for baby. Let me repeat that: Breastfeeding is Best. Absolutely no one is disputing that at this point. Not me and certainly not Sally Fallon Morell in her book Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. I state that emphatically at the beginning of this post because the subject of breastfeeding has become such a flashpoint of hostility that many casual readers of this post will assume that discussing what to do when breastfeeding isn’t working out is the same thing as telling women not to breastfeed at all.…
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How Did Your Great-Grandmother Feed Your Grandma When She Was Little?

Thumbnail image for How Did Your Great-Grandmother Feed Your Grandma When She Was Little? How many generations of babies do you think the world has known? Too, too many to count! The birth and successful rearing of children to adulthood has been the domain of women since time immemorial with all the little must and must-nots handed down from mother to daughter for thousands of years uninterrupted, that is until recently. The specifics varied according to the mother’s culture and what kinds of foods were available to her. But the fact of mothers and grandmothers deciding and providing their cultures whole and healthy foods to her baby did not vary in the least. In modern times though parents rely heavily on medical experts and the makers of nutritional formulas and foods to know how to provide sustenance for their young children.…
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Why it’s OK to Eat Dessert

Thumbnail image for Why it’s OK to Eat Dessert I don’t know about you but I used to feel HUGELY guilty about having dessert! It wasn’t about calories, back when I was young I didn’t need to lose any weight. It just felt wrong, so wrong! All those empty calories filling me up when I should be eating something healthy like raw carrots or kale maybe. But you know what? Despite feeling really guilty for years I doubt a day passed when I didn’t have a sweet treat at some point in the day. Okay, maybe in my mid-twenties when I was a wanna-be vegetarian, which, by the way, was the point in my life when I was the least healthy.…
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A Guide to Picking Recipes for the Absolute Beginner

Thumbnail image for A Guide to Picking Recipes for the Absolute Beginner Is this the stuff of nightmares for you? You spot a mouth watering recipe on Pinterest. It's from scratch, a real, real-food recipe so you're pretty excited! Your gonna make this one yourself! You go to the store, get the stuff, come back and start working but that beautiful recipe turns out like this:
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Are Visions of Halloween Candy Binges Haunting You?

Thumbnail image for Are Visions of Halloween Candy Binges Haunting You? It's that time of year where all the kiddos look forward to that night of all nights, second only to Christmas, Halloween night and Trick or Treating! I'll bet that as a real food eating parent you look to this night with some degree of anxiety. You've spend a lot of time and energy learning all about how all that candy your kids will be gifted with during their Halloween night rounds is very very bad for them. While the night with the kids, the costumes and the carnival atmosphere is something you look forward to, the candy part isn't. At least not since you learned about real food.
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Wait! Don’t Throw Out All the Processed Food at Once!

Thumbnail image for Wait!  Don’t Throw Out All the Processed Food at Once! It's easy to think that without the food you no longer wish to eat around to tempt everyone that they'll just have to eat all the healthy stuff you're planning to buy to replace it. It's easy to imagine that sure, there will be a little complaining but they will soon get adjusted. And you as the head cook and bottle washer, well you've got a list of recipes and plans of the things you'll make with all the good ingredients you're about to buy. It'll be so great they won't miss their favorites for long at all.
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Is Your Doctor a Nutrition Expert?

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Sure, he's clearly been thru years of training to prepare him for a medical career. But did that training include nutrition? Shockingly, most of the time the answer is no, it did not. At least not training of any meaningful depth. Did you know that you could learn everything the average doctor knows about nutrition in one long weekend of study?
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We Are Asking All the Wrong Questions about Food!

Thumbnail image for We Are Asking All the Wrong Questions about Food! It dawned on me a little while back that I have always been concerned with issues of lesser importance when it comes to food. And that I'm not alone ... as a culture we all are! We ask ourselves stuff like, does it have additives? Does it contain pesticides? Does it have sugar? Is it fattening? And lately, does it have GMO's? Or gluten? These are the most urgent matters on our minds when it comes to food. But these are not the most important things to know about food!
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