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What are oxalates?

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in GAPS, Low Oxalate | 59 comments

Many have asked for help understanding oxalates so I decided to give a very brief description of what they are and how to know if you should look into this further.  This is far from exhaustive and I am far from an expert but since this has had such a profound impact on the healing of one of my children I wanted to share. I’ll start with how I got here. I was diagnosed nearly 10 years ago with vulvodynia. I also have had a kidney stone, twice. I did not realize at the time that these two things were merely symptoms of the same problem. After my first kidney stone I read that eating high oxalate foods can cause them and that spinach (which I had recently begun to eat in great quantities) was one, so I  stopped...

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Cranberry Cake with Hot Butter Sauce

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in GAPS, Low Oxalate, Recipe | 9 comments

My mother-in-law’s cooking is legendary among all who knew her. Sadly, I am not one of those people.  She died a couple of years before I met my husband. Some of her recipes have achieved mythic fame in her memory and I hear about them from my husband, father-in-law and others. Many of the dishes she was best known for were baked goods. Her Bulgar Wheat Bread, Blue Prune Pie and Cranberry Cake with Hot Butter Sauce are mentioned time and again as being her signature dishes. I am blessed that she sent her son off to set up housekeeping with a small file box of her best recipes and it does include copies of each of those as well as many others.  Of course there is one little problem for my family. We can’t have wheat which is...

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Detox Showers – A simple detox habit everyone has time for

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Blog, Detox, essential oils, GAPS, photo, toxins | 18 comments

An important piece of the GAPS diet is detox.The diet supports detox in several ways and one very important way is through detox baths. When I think about a detox bath I picture this. Calm, relaxed, time away. It sounds wonderful! In reality however few days have time for that sort of a bath without giving up something else important. So does this mean no detox bath most days and suffering from it? No indeed. I get in some detox every time I shower. It may not be a super long one but it happens. First, it is important to have a filter on your shower if you have chlorine added to your water as most people do with municipal water supplies.  I have one like this one from my affiliate partner Amazon. Chlorine in bathwater has been linked...

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Green PolkaDot Box

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in GAPS, Traditional Foods | 0 comments

I want to tell you about an opportunity is only available through the end of this year. The Green PolkaDot Box is an online buying club for natural and organic foods.  They opened up and began shipping orders for a limited number of customers a bit before Christmas.  When I first heard about them back in September I was very excited about what they had to offer.  On the GAPS diet we don’t eat many packaged foods and even fewer processed foods but I quickly found some of my favorite brands and got excited about the possibilities. One big thing that they are doing is partnering with American organic farmers to bring their produce to your home within 48 hours of harvest.  You will be able to order it online from farmers in your region of the country and...

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Leptin Reset

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Adrenal, GAPS, healing, Leptin, thyroid | 40 comments

Give up Snacking? In December? What am I, Crazy? One of my great joys of the holiday season is cookies and hot coffee drinks!  And I finally figured out how to make cookies that we can all eat! With my usual jump in with both feet attitude I began the Leptin Reset the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  I had learned about it the day before.  Now to be sure it wasn’t a huge change from what I was eating already so that made it much easier to make the shift.  It was simply a change of when and how much I ate the same foods I was already eating. So what is the Leptin Reset?  In short it is a way to reset your bodies sensitivity to the hormone Leptin.  Leptin is what tells you to stop eating.  It should go...

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