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The latest nutrition trend these days definitely seems to be against grains. Some argue all grains are unnatural and were not included in the paleolithic diet, and others who believe these complex carbohydrates provide a slow and steady stream of glucose to the system for sustained energy. (read more)
I love kale chips, and I'm not the only one - my three-year-old daughter loves them too! What could be a better snack? Greens contain anti-cancer properties, support respiration and are full of fiber. Unfortunately, greens are what's lacking most in the Standard American Diet. (read more)
During the holidays, it is easy to over-indulge in treats and sweets that leave us feeling tired and heavy. Instead, try out these delicious gluten-free cookies! These cookies have wonderful balance between salty and sweet and instead of being topped with artifically colored, processed sugar sprinkles, they are topped with barley grass - a nutrient-dense superfood! (read more)
Local farmers markets have been bursting with a variety of peaches this season, and what better seasonal treat can you get, than a juicy, ripe peach! This scrumptious, raw pie is impressive in its presentation, and incredibly simple to make. A date nut crust is filled with vegan cashew coconut cream and topped with fresh, thinly sliced peaches. (read more)
A healthy replacement for store-bought granola bars that are filled with processed sweeteners and empty fillers, these chewy chia bars are packed with nutrition from superfoods like chia seeds and sprouted buckwheat.(read more)
Delicious kale slaw with asian nut dressing, which combines raw almond butter, fresh ginger, organic tamari, raw apple cider vinegar, lime juice and honey that is tossed into a mix of shredded lacinto kale, cabbage and carrots, and then topped with fresh cilantro and chopped scallions. A taste sensation! (click to view)
At my recent workshop, Energize Your Life with Raw Foods, the chia chips were a big hit! ! They are light and crispy, full of flavor and work well for dipping in anything from guacamole to your favorite nut pâté. The best part is, chia seeds are incredibly healthy for you! (read more)
The best thing about buckwheat is that it's not wheat at all! Actually, it's a great gluten free substitute. The fruit seed of a plant similar to rhubarb, buckwheat has many health benefits. (read more)
Following Dr. Seiler's advice (see part one), I took Zen to get adjusted by my friend Dr. Michelle McCoy, who practices nearby. She is a chiropractor and board certified in Pediatrics and Pregnancy. She gave Zen an upper cervical adjustment to help drain the fluid from the ear. The adjustment only took a few seconds. (read more)
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After three nights of my 2-year-old daughter Zen waking up in the middle of the night wanting to get out of bed - or wanting to nurse all night long, I knew something was going on, but I wasn’t sure what. I thought it was probably teething, since we had been through a stretch like this about a month ago and two big molars popped out. It wasn’t until the fourth night of no-sleep that my little one woke with a fever saying “owweee….owweee” complaining that her ear hurt. (read more)
Perhaps it's nostalgia for my childhood and my Mom's delicious pumpkin bread that makes me crave a moist, spicy, morsel this time of year. It is definitely one of my favorite treats and if you can find some mini loaf pans, it makes a great gift! (click to view)
If you're looking for a last minute gift this holiday season, you may be able to whip up some homemade granola with what you already have in your kitchen! I sent mine in the mail, so I opted for plastic bags, but it looks great, and stores well in glass jars too. (click to view)
Delicious raw cranberry sauce. Cranberries are great source of antioxidants and vitamin C and have many other health promoting properties. Recipe includes cranberries, apple, raisins, honey and cinnamon. (click to view)
Delicious, crunchy, raw crackers made with a vegetable/herb medley, chia seeds, sesame seeds and flax seeds. A great alternative to processed crackers and much cheaper than raw crackers that are sold in stores! (click to view)
Top 10 Surprising Things I've Done While Breastfeeding
by Alison Jolicoeur
October 26, 2011
To all the new mothers just starting on the magnificent journey of motherhood, breastfeeding is both challenging and joyous. It didn’t come naturally to me and my daughter, as I thought it would, and I swore if we succeeded, I’d be in it for the long haul. She will be 2 in January, which I really do find hard to believe, and nursing a toddler is quite a different experience than nursing an infant. (read more)
As summer winds down and the nights grow colder here in the Northeast, it's time to start switching out the summer clothes in the drawers for long sleeved shirts and footsie pajamas. I've also been wanting to get a new sleep sack for my little one, but haven't been able to find a large at the local store. I'm reluctant to pay shipping charges, and I'm wary of all those fire-retardant chemicals anyway. I thought, how hard can it be to make my own? Turns out, it's really not hard at all! If you have basic sewing skills you can make a sleep sac in a couple hours! I've outlined the simple steps below. (read more)
Woman Faces 93 Days In Jail For Organic Vegetable Garden
by Alison Jolicoeur
July 9, 2011
Unbelievable, to think in this day and age that anyone would be offended by an organic vegetable garden, but apparently a woman from Oak Park Michigan now faces up to 93 days in jail for the vegetable garden she planted in her front yard. (read more)
Delicious homemade energy bars packed with nutrients from superfoods including sprouted buckwheat, goji berries and chia seeds. My daughter who is almost a year and a half tests them out at the end of the video and they are a hit! (click here)
It is that time again in the Northeast, when we spread our seeds, planting the fruits of this year’s garden. If you have even the smallest bit of arable space, now’s the time to use it as skyrocketing prices for staple items such as corn, wheat and soybeans have caused global food prices to rise 36% just in the past year. Contributing to the rising cost of food is the recent increase in oil prices to over $100 a barrel, putting the squeeze on people across the nation. (read more)
According to a recent study published in Neurogastroenterology & Motility, the presence of bacteria in the gut plays a significant role in the early brain development of mice. Although the authors say it’s too soon to make the same claim for the human brain, there is a lot we can we learn from this study.
Germ-free mice exhibited more “risky” behavior than mice with normal gut bacteria. Gene profiling revealing areas of the brain most affected by the lack of gut bacteria were those of learning, motor skills, and memory. (read more)
Delicious pâté made with raw walnuts. I soaked the nuts over night before grinding them. Recipe also includes carrot, tahini, yellow pepper, parsley, onion, lemon, cider vinegar and curry powder. (click to view)
Earth Day is a time to celebrate planet earth, our only home. However, the earth has endured much abuse this past year, suffering from two major environmental catastrophes, the BP oil spill and the crisis at Fukushima, the latter of which is still out of control despite attempts to downplay the severity of the situation in the mainstream media.
As a mother, I am deeply saddened by these events and I’m left wondering what kind of world we will be leaving to our children. It can be overwhelming when one begins to realize just how toxic our world has become, (read more)
Although water covers 70% of the earth, fresh, clean, drinkable water, is another story. Yes, water has presented a dilemma to me for a long time. After a decade of living in New York City, trying to avoid the chlorine and fluoride flowing from my tap, I got accustomed to drinking bottled water.
There are many reasons for not wanting to rely on bottled water, beyond the money it takes out of my pocket. When one takes into account the bigger picture, it’s not hard to see that there are even greater costs. (read more)
The Public Patent Foundation filed suit yesterday in a Manhattan federal district court, on behalf of more than 50 farming organizations and farmers, against Monsanto Company. Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association et al. v. Monsanto addresses the issue of patent infringement, and whether Monsanto has the right to sue a farmer if their intellectual property (patented, genetically modified seeds) inadvertently ends up in their fields. (read more)
Kundalini Yoga is powerful and results are felt immediately. Previous experience is not needed. Join Alison as she guides you through a simple sequence to strengthen the magnetic field. Feel more radiant, clear and energetic. (click to view)
I was lucky to be able to take a vacation this past week, which involved flying with my baby girl, who is now 14 months old. Before leaving I posted the topic to my local moms group and got a lot of good advice. I'd like to pass along what I found worked the best for us, so I've compiled the information into the top 6 tips for flying with babies: (read more)
Learn to make rich, creamy, raw chocolate treats with coconut oil, shredded coconut, honey and vanilla extract. I have a two tablespoon scoop that I use for the coconut oil, but realized later that I said "two tbsp" of cacao powder and shredded coconut, and only put one! - oops! It will work either way! (click to view)
Video: How To Make Raw Milk Yogurt
Join Alison as she demonstrates how to make yogurt using raw milk and learn some of the benefits of consuming raw milk vs, pasteurized milk. (click to view)
Last Saturday morning, I made my bi-monthly trek 40 minutes north to the drop-off site for the raw milk buyers’ club, of which I am a member. As I was waiting for the delivery, I was talking with another member about the lengths we have to go these days in order to obtain fresh unadulterated food. In fact, there is a huge movement going on in this country right now to secure our access to, and what some would call our God-given right to pure food. (read more)
Following the lastest information on fluoride, (www.earthbabyyogamam.com/fluoride.html) I thought it would be a good time to let you know how I make my own toothpaste - and you can too! I've used fluoride-free toothpaste for over a decade (and have yet to have a cavity!) but didn't make my own until the Organic Consumers Association came out with a report listing health and beauty products that contain the carcinogen dioxane.(read more)
We made our voices heard, and the IRS has changed its stance! The IRS announced Thursday that women will now be able to use their health savings and flexible spending accounts to pay for breast pumps and supplies. (read more)
In the mainstream, fluoride has been touted as a cavity fighter, but those in the natural health world have long argued its toxic effects. Last month, for the first time in 50 years, government officials recommended the amount of flouride in municipal water supplies be lowered from 1.2 milligrams per liter to 0.7 milligrams per liter, citing recent studies that children are exposed to too much flouride, and that two out of five children have spots on their teeth due to dental flourosis.(read more)
IRS : Breastfeeding Not Medical Care and A Call to Action
by Alison Jolicoeur
January 29, 2011
It has been argued that breastfeeding not only provides food, but also baby's first immunization. By passing antibodies from mother to baby, it is a way to help prevent disease. In fact, a study released by Harvard last year concluded that if mothers followed recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for six months the US could prevent the death of 900 infants a year and save $13 billion dollars in health care costs. (read more)
Here is the statement I received from Venture Porducts in response to my inquiry about the presence of formamide in their Best Step foam mats:
There are many open questions related to the presence of formamide residue in certain products. Formamides are used as part of the foam manufacturing process. As a result, some level of formamides may be present in many foam-based consumer items, from floor mats, to flip-flops and the soles of your sneakers.(read more)
This past December, Belgium, followed by France, banned the sale of all foam puzzle mats due to the presence of a toxic chemical, formamide. For me this was extremely troublesome, considering I covered a large section of my floor with these mats. They are quite useful in preventing many clunks to the head of my little one, but I am concerned now about the potential toxicity and angry that the issue hasn't gained any attention in the US. (read more)
For the many people who enjoy local, organic food, or fresh raw milk and eggs from their neighbor, it is hard to understand how th FDA will make their food safer. With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (bill S510 HR2751) the FDA's regulatory power over the food supply has greatly increased, apparantly to prevent food borne illnesses. The bill was slipped into a late night Senate session on Sunday, catching many in opposition off guard. The House voted today in favor of the bill 215-144 and President Obama is expected to sign it into law before Christmas. It all appears very well intentioned, but remember the motto "The best government is that which governs the least." (read more)
The Midwifery Modernization Act passed over the summer, an enormous victory for midwives throughout New York state. Previously midwives were required to obtain a written practice agreement (WPA) from an obstetrician in order to legally practice. Under the new law, midwives are able to practice independently and no longer need a WPA.
While home-births account for less than 1% of the births in this country, the Netherlands has a home-birth rate of 30% which is the highest in the Western world. (read more)
Join Alison and her daughter Zen as they do yoga together to strengthen Mama's tummy muscles. If you have recently given birth, please be sure you are ready to exercise the abdominal muscles before trying this sequence. (click to view)
Twelve days before my due date, I went to bed on New Year’s Eve thinking I had made it through the full moon. It is said that the full moon can bring on labor in the pregnant woman as the moon’s gravitational pull effects the water in the womb just as it effects the oceans. I slept soundly believing I had another couple weeks to prepare for my new arrival. However, early the next morning my eyes popped open as I felt my water break. I had not escaped the power of the lunar cycle. (read more)
I have a passion for good food, and I suspect many of you share this affinity. Not only do I love the ways in which food stimulates the senses, but I also believe that certain foods have amazing nourishing and healing properties. As Hippocrates stated, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” It is for this reason that I find our current food situation in the world so troubling. It is my hope, in this article, to inform you of new processes involving pasteurization, irradiation, and genetic engineering, and how these processes may affect your health and the health of the planet. (read more)
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