Interview with Lori of l.c. of acirema

Bath FizzersAfter doing a review of the products from l.c. of acirema, I thought it would be fun to sit down with Lori and learn a little more about her and her business.  I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her!

Don’t forget – get 30% off your order through Lori’s Etsy shop by using coupon code LUCKYJARS30.  The coupon expires February 28, 2013.

Mindy: Why did you decide to study herbs?

Lori: There are two reasons I decided to study herbs.  And while I didn’t go looking for herbs, they found me!

First, my father has a severely degenerative chronic disease; and, quite frankly, doctors didn’t always expect him to live.  He did survive, and for many years longer than expected and with a better quality of life.  I then became very interested in anything outside the mainstream medical paradigm that could possibly explain why he was he was doing so well.

For the second reason, it started while I was in college.  I developed chronic bronchitis and began taking multiple rounds of antibiotics each year.  My hay fever and seasonal allergies became uncontrollable by prescription allergy meds and when I began experiencing side effects from the meds, my doctors flat out didn’t believe that I was even experiencing the side effects!  I then saw an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist who recommended an MRI and other procedures to try and figure out why I had constant sinus infections, bronchitis and bronchi-pneumonia.  This started to sound very serious to me, even at age 20!  I began to research on my own (and the internet was in its infancy then) and decided to take matters into my own hands.  1)  I took a simple homeopathic remedy, Allium cepa, for my symptoms.  2)  I changed my diet to include more green and whole foods.  3)  The next time I got sick, I didn’t take any antibiotics.  I literally rolled up in about 3 blankets, stayed in bed for two days, sweating and getting the chills like crazy, and didn’t take another antibiotic for over 10 years.

I then told my Ear, Nose and Throat specialist about the benefits I found from the Allium cepa homeopathic remedy, and I kid you not, he said, “Do you want me to wear a bear claw necklace and dance around the campfire too?”  Wow.  Yep, he said those exact words.  I didn’t have the wherewithal at age 21 to say anything in return, but that comment spurred me to keep searching for answers in alternative-style medicine.  By the time I was 26, I was enrolled at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, and ended up finishing the 3-year, almost 1400 hour program as a Certified Clinical Herbalist.  Our Advanced Classes director, Paul Bergner, firmly believed that you should first treat someone with diet and lifestyle changes, then with an adjunct of herbs.  See why I think the herbs found me? [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

Christmas TreeMerry Christmas to all of you lovely readers!

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I wanted to fill you in briefly before returning to Christmas preparations and time with family and friends.

I had originally planned to take a break from blogging and computer use during the week of Thanksgiving.  Well, as you can see, that turned into more than a month-long break!

Over the past few months I’ve been having increasing issues when using the computer: headaches, wrist issues, neck pain, and occasional tingling in my hands.  Not a healthy thing to have taking place!  I’ve been getting some help from my chiropractor, along with some body work.  I’m also working on fixing my computer set up so it’s more ergonomically correct.  It’s not good to injure yourself while writing a health-focused blog!

I’m happy to report I’m starting to notice improvements, and I think the extended break has been much needed.  I do plan to return to blogging more regularly after the start of the new year.  It will be at a less frequent posting pace than before, though.  (And I’ll take more breaks when on the computer!)

I’ve missed interacting with all of you wonderful readers, and I’m looking forward to returning to the blogosphere.  I’m also excited to give you a preview of some wonderful articles and interviews coming your way in January, including some guest authors.  I’ll be focusing on fun and different ways to exercise during the month of January.  There will also be a few giveaways taking place over the next couple of months that I think you’ll love!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a wonderful and relaxing Christmas with your family and friends.  I’ll see you in 2013!

The Reading Corner: October 2012

The Reading CornerThe Reading Corner is a monthly series where I share some of my favorite links from around the web, must-read books, and some of the recipes I’ve pinned recently. Pull up a comfy chair and get ready for some fun reads!

Links I Loved

  • Halloween can present a challenge for real food parents – here’s an interesting article about why you should let your kids eat junk.
  • I enjoyed reading about why you’ll want to include cholesterol in your diet for the antioxidant benefits.
  • Have you tried making your own make-up? Here’s a fantastic tutorial on how to make homemade mascara.
  • Working moms can still get real food on the table with this great survival guide.
  • As an admitted Anglophile, I was sad to read that the stereotypes of eating in England are true!
  • You can learn how to make your own kefir – it’s a delicious and nutritious drink!
  • It’s that time of the year to find your favorite way to cure the common cold.  If you end up with a cold, you can try homemade vapor rub.
  • Do you like juicing? Here’s a great look at whether or not to juice.
  • I love to read about fermenting foods. Be on the lookout for my review of a new book about fermenting next week.
  • I’m looking for ways to avoid the dangers of fluoride in my home.
  • Reading about iodine supplements made me think that I may need to be increasing that in my own diet.

Must Read Books

  • I’ve been enjoying trying these exercises from Thank Your Body’s new ebook, Pain Free.
  • The Healthy Living eBook Bundle Sale has a terrific selection of ebooks available. I’ve already read many of them and am looking forward to reading the rest! (Sale ends Friday.)

Recipes I’ve Pinned

What have been your favorite reads lately?

 

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And the Jars Begin… Dimes2Vines

And The Jars Begin...A Collection of Real Food JourneysThis series is a collection of personal Real Food Journey stories.  I find it inspirational to read about the stories of others who are making a similar journey as I am.  I hope you enjoy them, too!

I know you’ll love hearing about Dina-Marie’s transition to real food.  And you’ll get to see the beautiful pictures of her family’s vineyard!

And the Jars Begin…

Dina-Marie and her beautiful family.

Dina-Marie and her beautiful family.

Name: Dina-Marie Oswald
City: Brownfield, Texas
Blog: Dimes2Vines
Favorite style of jar (i.e., quart mason jar, pint size jars, etc.): My absolute favorite type of jar is a 1/2 gallon mason jar with a plastic lid – I love them! My children would say, “So you want to marry them?” I would not go that far but I REALLY like them! I use them for fermenting kefir and yogurt, storing sauerkraut in the refrigerator after fermentation and storage of items in my pantry. My second favorite is a 1 gallon glass jar with a glass lid. They are similar to an old fashioned candy jar. I use these for fermentation of my vegetables as they sit on the counter.
How long eating real food: I have been on the GAPS diet since November 2011. My family also went on the GAPS diet, but has transitioned to a traditional diet within the last 3 months.
Favorite traditional food: Liver and Onions – without a doubt! I use my Liver Pate recipe, but serve it before using the food processor. Even my children like it!

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Getting to the Root of My Gut Issues

Getting to the Root of My Gut IssuesIt’s been a little while since my last update on how my journey on the GAPS Diet is going.  I thought it was high time to share a few details that I’ve been discovering lately.

Getting to the Root of Things

The last few months have had me looking deeper and deeper at the root of my gut issues.  I feel like I’m finally getting to the bottom of what has contributed to so many of my health issues over the years.  It would have been really nice to have discovered some of these problems earlier on GAPS, but I’m glad to at least be figuring it out now!

Not Enough Stomach Acid

I’ve been working recently with my friend and terrific chiropractor, Dr. Rachel Yan.  She’s really helped me find some lingering issues.  Just a few days before I first went to see her, I was looking in Gut and Psychology Syndrome.  I read the section on stomach acid more closely than I had previously and started wondering if that was an issue for me, too. [Read more...]

And the Jars Begin… Chicken Tender

And The Jars Begin...A Collection of Real Food JourneysThis series is a collection of personal Real Food Journey stories.  I find it inspirational to read about the stories of others who are making a similar journey as I am.  I hope you enjoy them, too!

I know you’ll love Chandelle’s story of transforming from a vegan to a WAPFer as much as I did!

And the Jars Begin…

Chandelle of Chicken Tender

Chandelle of Chicken Tender

Name: Chandelle
City: Ukiah, CA
Blog: Chicken Tender
Favorite style of jar (i.e., quart mason jar, pint size jars, etc.): I like the quilted 1/2-pint jars. They make everything look so pretty!
How long eating real food: Roughly three years.
Favorite traditional food: Right now I am loving ghee. [Read more...]

The Reading Corner: September 2012

The Reading CornerThe Reading Corner is a monthly series where I share some of my favorite links from around the web, must-read books, and some of the recipes I’ve pinned recently.  Pull up a comfy chair and get ready for some fun reads!

Links I Loved

  • With the holidays just around the corner, sweet treats will be in abundance.  Now is a great time reduce or eliminate sugar before the holiday craziness sets in.  Be sure to check out these tips to kick that sugar habit!
  • Lighting candles in your home is very enjoyable as it continues to get darker earlier at this time of year.  The big question is what type of candles to use.  Have you given beeswax candles a try?
  • I really enjoyed reading about this natural alternative to aluminum foil.  I had never heard of this unique idea before!
  • The issue of vaccinations is always a hot topic.  I hadn’t really considered much about the tetanus vaccine before I read this article.
  • Depending on who you talk to, the definition of a health food can vary widely.  You’ll want to take a look at these three “health” foods to avoid!
  • I was just chatting with a friend recently about this topic of brown rice vs. white rice.  Guess which way I swing these days?
  • I love learning how to make my own staple ingredients, and now there’s a great tutorial on how to make your own homemade peppermint extract.
  • The idea of converting yards and lawns to edible landscapes is very appealing to me.  While I don’t have a yard to convert (just my tiny herb garden on my balcony), you can read about how to transform your front lawn. [Read more...]

And the Jars Begin… Real Food Forager

And The Jars Begin...A Collection of Real Food JourneysThis series is a collection of personal Real Food Journey stories.  I find it inspirational to read about the stories of others who are making a similar journey as I am.  I hope you enjoy them, too!

Today I have the pleasure of sharing our first And the Jars Begin… real food journey story with you.  I’m so glad my friend and fellow blogger, Jill, was willing to be my first participant.  I know you’ll love getting to know her more and reading about her journey. [Read more...]

And the Jars Begin… A Real Food Journey Series

And The Jars Begin...A Collection of Real Food JourneysI’m excited to announce a new series that I’m starting called “And the Jars Begin…” I hope you’ll join in the fun!

One of the things I love reading about on the web is other people’s real food journeys.  It is so encouraging to read someone’s story about how changing to a real food diet has improved their life.  I thought it would be fun to host a series of these type of stories right here. [Read more...]

The GAPS Diet and Low Carb Guest Post

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Today you’ll find me over at the GNOWFGLINS blog discussing the GAPS diet and low carb.  I hope you’ll join me over there!

Is the GAPS diet a low carbohydrate diet? At first glance, it may seem like it is. With the removal of grains, potatoes, and sugar, it can be similar to other popular low-carb diets. But does it have to be? Let’s take a closer look.

Should GAPS be Low Carb?

Is GAPS even supposed to be low carb? According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, it “does not have to be low-carb.”  She also mentions that the “GAPS diet generally is not a ketogenic diet. Every person needs to find the right individual balance between meats and vegetables.” (Source, see page 14 and pages 22-23.)

While GAPS is not designed to be a low-carb diet, it can end up that way if you’re not careful about the types and amounts of food that you’re consuming.

Read the rest of the article…

This post is part of Real Food WednesdayEat Make Grow Thursday, Fight Back Friday, Freaky Friday, GAPS Friendly Friday, Monday Mania, Fat Tuesday.