Are doctors the new Big Brother?

chloe and joe on small quad

Have doctor visits become the new way for Big Brother to keep us in check? Okay, normally I discuss food on Nourishing Nancy. I’m all about REAL food. However, something happened at my son’s doctor visit that made me question what was going on.

I have given my son many of his inoculations. I know there are so many things in these shots that are frightening to say the least and that there are way too many of them, but I am married to a man who doesn’t agree with me all the time. He is much quicker to run to the doctor when an ailment occurs and doesn’t put too much thought into health. To be honest, I have my fears about my children getting the disease that shots inoculate us against (we hope), as much as I have fears about what’s in those blasted shots.

Even though I chose to give my five year old his shots, I did it at a very slow pace: this is why I’m playing catch up before his admission into school this September. As you might guess, the physician’s assistant that examined my son had attitude written all over her demeanor after scanning his chart. And, as I mention that his previous doctor, and a book by Dr. Sears, suggests that when kids miss some of their infant shots, like the DTP , only three doses are necessary. I don’t believe this PA could have raised her left eyebrow any higher or shifted her weight to her left hip any harder had she tried.

Now, not only do I feel strongly about this idea of keeping to the minimum amount of shots needed, but I am adamant about keeping to only those that the school district requires. Don’t you think the doctor’s office would have some information on this? A word to the wise: make sure to go to your doctor fully informed on what shots are required for you district: they not only don’t know, I firmly believe they don’t want to give you that information. According to their view, he needs all the shots the government suggests.

Make no mistake about it, folks: the vaccination schedule is completely government run and backed by the pharmaceutical companies. The stigma of doing anything other than following the unquestioned demands of this vaccination schedule is looked at as “leaving the tribe”. Our doctors and nurses help it along, our schools reinforce it and our family and friends, and even acquaintances, keep us in line by wagging a finger at us when we dare to question things. It is the easiest way to keep everyone in line: self-policing.

After the confrontation over what shot to give my son next, came a questioning of my five year old son on whether he wears a helmet when he rides a bike; whether he wears a seat belt in the car; how many times he brushes his teeth and does he take a vitamin.

What? Is this physician’s assistant questioning my son or my parenting?

Talk about Big Brother and self-policing! When he answered he didn’t like to wear a helmet, a note was written down in his chart and the eyebrow was again raised. What has happened to our privacy and the fact that we are the parent, not this bureaucrat posing in front of me? Are we being systematically striped of our parental jurisdiction?

Are these our children or are we being replaced by the state?

Am I overreacting? Thinking too much? Watching too many you tube videos? Sorry, but once you open your eyes to a truth, it is impossible to ignore it when you see it again.

I would suggest that we stand up to this kind of questioning of our children. Not because we have anything to hide, but that we have everything to lose. Our liberties, our parenting ways, our family ties and, most of all, the way our children will begin to view us. What happens when the “authorities” begin to question us, as parents, in front of our children? Whom do you think comes away looking like the one with the answers? The one to listen to? The one who knows what’s best for us?

I will always value my children’s opinions and choices in life, however, when they are young, those opinions and choices must be guided by what I and my husband think would be the best for their growing lives. Not because we are trying to control their lives, but because we have the experience and enough love to remind them of what they already know is the best thing for them. What do you think the motives of a government agency might be for our children? Are their intentions coming from love?

Oh boy, if my parents read this post, an “I told ya so” might be coming my way.


Right after posting this on Facebook, all hell broke loose. I was attacked quite loudly by a few in our real food community on my decision to vaccinate. I took it defensively, much to my disadvantage, and that is just some internal shifting I’ll have to work with, but in a broader view, it made me think about how everyone is coming from such a different place: even within this real food community.

Is it possible to be adamantly about real food and also choose to vaccinate? How about all about real food and decide to birth in a hospital with some intervention, even a lot of intervention? Could you be into real food and decide that milk is something that is not appropriate for humans? Can you be a real foodie and be pro choice? Pro life?

Of course! All of these and more. It just goes to prove that we are all different, working with many different factors that create our life choices. I had my second baby at home with a midwife, in the bathtub no less: should I go interrogate everyone on their choice of birthing? Should I blast those that had any intervention? Because I’m a true advocate of home birthing.

I’m suggesting, that there are many different views within our healthy food community and tolerance may be the best way. I learn lots of things from the paleo community, but, sorry, I love my milk, cream and fermented dairy. I learn many things from those that feel passionately about their pro life stance, but I still support a woman’s right to make that choice for herself. And I myself had a hospital birth on my third after losing a baby at three months. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in birthing at home anymore, but it just didn’t feel like the right choice for ME that time around.

Funny how this article, that caused such a stir, was not even about vaccinations: it was about how doctors seem to be checking up on us in a very personal way, and how I feel about that. Then again, when we put ourselves out there, an big old rain coat might be a good idea.




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Making fermented pickles


Making fermented pickles is one of the quickest, easiest and most rewarding fermenting recipes to try. I made these the other day, and, wow, they came out great. Fermenting veggies has been around for thousands of years and done by cultures around the globe. It’s always fun to give this to someone who’s never had anything fermented because they just don’t believe you: ‘It must have vinegar in it’ is the consistent response I get.

Sorry folks, but using vinegar came about to give the illusion of fermentation, but, sadly, minus all the health benefits. Fermentation delivers a delicious product that’s packed with extra nutrition in the way of probiotics and increased vitamins, especially vitamin C. Not to mention, fermentation is such a cool science project, even your five year old will love it: mine did!

When I first began fermenting pickles, I would cut up the pickles into slices. I wouldn’t do that if I were you: the fermented pickles remain crunchy for about a day after opening and then turn to mush. That seemed to be a consist problem, until I read somewhere that leaving the pickle whole results in a nice crunchy pickle that is preserved for a few months. Yup, that was probably the original intention of fermenting: preservation through those long winters without food. It happened to increase the health benefits. So much for us knowing more than our ancestors.

Enjoy this easy recipe:

  • 4-5 small cucumbers (enough to fit into a one quart glass canning jar)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt (I used Celtic Sea Salt)
  • 4 tablespoons whey (taken from soured raw milk)
  • enough water to cover pickles and leave a one inch space at top of jar

Place all ingredients into jar, close tightly, shake lightly and leave on your counter for 3 days. Enjoy!

This recipe was taken from “Nourishing Traditions Cookbook” by Sally Fallon.

This post is part of Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday!

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The healthy home economist hangs with Weston A. Price

[bubblecast id=301866 thumbnail=475x375 player=475x375]Perhaps these videos, produced by the Weston A. Price Foundation and narrated by our own Healthy Home Economist, Sarah Pope, have been out for a bit, but their intrinsic value and outright amazingness just sunk in to my silly head. In light of finding them on Sarah’s sight, and You Tube, I just had to share them, in case you hadn’t seen them.

It’s one thing for me to preach to the choir each day about ww bounty of REAL foods, but it comes off with such substance and bravado when coming from Sarah and The Weston A. Price Foundation; it seems to carry a bit more weight, shall we say. When I openly answer questions from friends and family members about ‘what I feed my family’, there’s always that glint of “is she for real” coming from their media saturated minds.

I can see that when I tell them how important it is to pour that 2% crap they’re calling milk down the drain; or that butter, duck fat and, heavens, bacon fat are their friends; or that breakfast cereal should not be used to break a night time fast, they question more than just my facts. This series of videos, that Sarah has narrated, comes with it a validity that is away from me. In other words, it seems more real because someone else is saying it.

So be it, and whatever, as long as the message is getting across. So to all my friends and family who get these posts: Here’s Sarah! And to anyone just tuning in, this video is such a terrific introduction to what REAL food is and where it comes from, and Sarah, with her lovely non-new yawk accent (unlike mine), delivers the message so elegantly that it is a must see for all who are searching for the truth about food. This video should be played in every school, hospital and to every health facility in the land. A viewing on Nourishing Nancy is a start.

Pass it on, folks. And, thanks, Sarah!

The Healthy Home Economist

The Weston A. Price Foundation

This post is part of Traditional Tuesdays at Real Food Whole Health!

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Farmageddon movie release in DC


In case you haven’t caught the buzz about the new documentary on food freedom and small farms, called Farmageddon, Kimberly Hartke, publicist for The Weston A. Price Foundation, wrote a post about it on her blog, Hartke is Online, on Friday. The Weston A. Foundation also did a write up about it for all of their members (read here).

I’m not sure what I’m more excited about: the fact that the movie is nearly out or that it was produced by fellow mom and Weston A. Price member, Kristin Canty.

Kristin’s sorrow, over the treatment of how local small farmers have been increasingly harassed by government agencies, inspired her to travel cross country with a pulled together film crew to document this hidden attack on our food freedom. When seeing her son’s allergies completely recede after adopting a real food based diet, including fresh (raw) milk and pastured meats, Kristin became aware of not only the importance of this nourishing food in her life, but the importance of access to this food.

Farmageddon documents the very recent and very real attacks by our government on our small farmers. Imagine being woken from your bed at gunpoint by federal marshals calling for an inspection, only to realized they are seizing everything. They do not even need proof on anything: just suspicion.

Sadly, once these small farmers have been invaded, they often can not recover from the financial devastation of having all their property seized and/or destroyed. Many times, the stigma of these “inspections” create doubt in consumers’ minds, creating even more financial loss.

By this is the whole idea, no? Destroy the small farmer by any means necessary: financial, territorial, even, psychological. This is warfare, plain and simple; and it is happening right in our own backyards to our friends and neighbors. Remember, an attack of these small farms is an attack on our food freedom, make no oversight on this great importance.

In spite of what’s been happening in our country as of late, I still look toward the positive: there are so many new voices trumpeting the call to real food; more and more everyday folks are becoming aware of what’s really going on in our “food” system and are willing to find and purchase better sources of food; and movies, like the one Kristin produced, are waking this great nation up to bring about positive change.

We will get what we focus on, folks, so remember to focus on the positive and make that grow. Oh, and spread the word about this daring film, which will be showing in New York City at Cinema Village on July 8-14. I, for one and hopefully many, will be there…focusing on what I want more of.

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Keeping fructose in control


Just read a very interesting article from Dr. Mercola about some of the foods that can sabotage a dieter’s best efforts. One of the biggest culprits, claims Dr. Mercola, is fructose. Now, most of us are aware that high fructose corn syrup is abundant in most processed foods, but have you thought about fruit?

The fruit part of the article really got me thinking. Dr. Mercola includes a chart that shows how much fructose is in many different fruits, and the apples that I supply for the kids snacks is actually quite high. I knew that bananas were high, but not that apples are HIGHER! My beloved dates, that I snack on when looking for a sweet treat on occasion, are lower than apples, too!

You learn something new every day. Dr. Mercola suggests, also, that we try and keep our daily fructose levels under 25 grams per day; boy, you can see that with a few helpings of fruit, you could easily jump over that number. His suggestion for those with insulin issues is under 15. Whoa.

I still follow a low grain diet, and enjoy fruit only on occasion, but this was an eye opener. A great alternative to apples, by the way, seems to be berries. Strawberries, blue berries, raspberries and also cherries are a great choice. With the summer fruits coming in, this is a great time to make that switch.

Fruits can be a wonderful treat, however, keep it in control and limit them to a treat. If you’re trying to loose weight, limiting fruits could help you drop those extra pounds: Remember to eat a diet heavy in real foods and keep processed foods at bay as much as possible. Strawberry anyone?

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Pea soup from a ham bone

ham bone by clemson

Hosting Mother’s Day this year left me with the gift of a ham bone from the spiral ham brought by me mum, bless her heart. I figured I should be able to do something with this huge chunk of bone, so I did what I do with all bones: cooked the begeebies (or is that begeebers…googles no help) out of it.

The recipe is simple, as are most bone broth recipes; the idea is to simply simmer the bone for around 24 hours to enable all those nutritive minerals to seep into this delicious soup. I kept things very simple, and sometimes simple is best. The peas were left whole giving this pea soup a different texture than the usual.

The broth was sweet, with enough saltiness to only necessitate the addition of freshly ground pepper. I ate this soup two mornings in a row, with the addition of two soft boiled eggs. I also included this in my two school bound children’s lunch bag, leaving them with a sweet satiety that can only be brought on by old-fashioned home cookin’. And, let’s not forget the sprinkling of love that enters with every bite full.

Keeping a sense of glory and well being can not be underestimated when cooking for our families. That energy is imparted into the molecular structure of food. Dont’ believe me? Read “The Hidden Messages in Water” by Masaro Emoto (perfect last name to have written this book, I think).

Simple Bone Broth Pea Soup:

  • ham bone from spiral ham
  • four bags frozen organic peas
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 carrot (optional)
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Place ham bone in very large pot of filtered, clean water.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar).
  3. Let sit for half an hour to one hour.
  4. Bring pot to boil.
  5. Simmer and cook with cover for 24 hours (that brings out the best taste and best nutrition).
  6. Remove bone and add meat back to the broth.
  7. Add frozen peas, onions, optional carrot and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  8. Enjoy!

Easy peezy, friends. I love simple, delicious meals; and this one’s very economical, as well. Hope you enjoy and fill your life and family with all the goodness of life.
This post is part of Real Food Whole Health’s Fresh Bites Friday!

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New video: Damon braces progress








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Here’s my latest progress wearing the Damon System Clear braces. I notice that the teeth are higher into the gums, they seem wider and I have a huge space between my two bottom teeth! The last detail is only temporary, though.

I felt a small amount of discomfort after this wire change, but nothing unbearable, and it only lasted for one day. Overall, the system has been amazing.

I’ve been busy making a homemade item….you’ll have to watch the video to find out what it is. Ooh the suspense must be killing you.

As always, thanks for tuning in!

This post is part of Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday!



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The Amish being attacked by the FDA: raw milk

upstate eggs

The relentless pressure by the FDA to stop the sale of raw milk has now hit the Amish in Pennsylvania. The article was on (article). Apparently, Rainbow Farms was raided by US Marshals, Troopers and, of course, our friends from the FDA, over some sort of interstate issue.

Things are getting worse rather than better out there. I used to buy my raw milk directly from the Amish in Upstate New York, where we had a vacation home. Many of the Amish now live upstate, and their natural approach to farming is a great advantage if you are near enough to them to purchase their produce or raw dairy products.

I used to buy their eggs, with egg yolks as orange as…an orange; their deep yellow raw butter; and their raw milk and cream. We would pack the back of the car with as many eggs, milks, etc. as possible. We no longer own that house, so all my raw items are purchased through a local co op; however, I do miss those days and that wonderful connection to my food source.

Sadly, our food is being policed in the wrong direction. Where are the food police when it comes to processed junk food, which permeates our food stores?

Ah yes, the food police and the junk food companies work together. How silly of me, I thought this was the United States of America.




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I just tried shad roe!

shad roe

Shad roe was a new one for me. When I asked for it in my local fish market, I was expecting some sort of a grouping of transparent fish eggs: it looked more like a bloody liver! I say bloody because it literally looked the color of blood and like an organ. Then again, it is an organ. It is the membrane or sack that holds the fish egg. Again, wasn’t expecting that.

I asked the counter guy how to cook it, and he said a little flour, salt and pepper and sauteed it. At home, I put Sally (Nourishing Traditions) on the job. Her book said to boil and then simmer in water, salt and vinegar; then to top with some butter, paprika and broil till brown.

I had just finished cooking some scallops in butter, so with the remaining pan drippings (after the simmering in the water/vinegar/salt mixture), I simply sauteed the roe. I loved it!

I know, I know: I’m always sounding the trumpet for real, traditional food, so why the big deal? It was just a reminder of how important it is to keep reaching; keep trying new things: food and otherwise. There’s always something new out there, and being American is no excuse to not find culture in our own surroundings.

Shad roe has a long history in the Northeast, and is a delicacy only left to the Spring. I hope my adventure will prompt your own!

I’d love to hear if you’ve ever tried shad roe, and any thoughts you may have on it!

This post is part of Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!

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How to raw feed your dog: Part II

buddy vertical

Lots of interest in this fluffy subject! Again, glad to see it, and I welcome the comments. Lots of questions about the how to’s of raw feeding, so I’ll do my best to supply how I handle things.

Can you start fully feeding raw meats to your pet, or do you need to take things slowly?

Okay, that may be a subject that you, the pet owner, can best answer. I went in with my toe and then realizing the water was fine, jumped in for the big splash. I started with those raw patties that you can get in any good pet food store, but then realized that a main ingredient was missing: BONES!

Bones are not simply nutritious and recreational for dogs, they are also functional: When a dog chomps down on a bone, it keeps the teeth strong, white and clean. You just can’t get that kind of action from patties or any kind of ground meats.

It thinks it’s our own hang up, because we fear the whole bone issue and therefore hold off on them. Believe me, those bones are doing an amazing job of keeping Buddy’s chompers in good repair.

Where do you feed your pet?

Another subjective topic, however, I feed my dog in two different places: the back deck when the weather is warm enough, and his crate when it’s not. It’s up to you where to feed, but I’d make it as easy for yourself as possible. Things tend to continue when they progress with ease. And this leads me to a question I get from my family and friends. A lot.

Aren’t you worried about all the bacteria?

I ingest my milk, cheese, butter and cream raw: bacteria intact. I drink fermented drinks: full of bacteria. I eat lots of yogurt: crawling with the little buggers. I avoid antibiotics, and I stay away anti-bacterial soaps: always.

I believe we have become a nation of pathogen phoebes. Washing your hands after touching raw meat is all that’s needed. Don’t you cook with raw meat. Same thing.

Enjoy your cerviche and get over it!

Hope that helps answer some burning questions. Keep writing in; it’s fodder for the next post!

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How to raw feed your dog

buddy vertical

Nothing inspires writing like lots of comments after posting. The topic of raw feeding seems to have hit a nerve with many of you, and I’m so glad to help “feed” the need!

Jumping into a raw food diet seems to cause many a bit of anxiety: how do I know how much to feed? Will Rufus’s digestive system go berserk? I thought bones can get stuck and can kill our pet?

Let’s clear up one main misunderstanding about our pets: they are descendants of wild animals, like wolves, and their digestive systems still work the same way. They have no problem with bones as long as they are RAW (uncooked), and they have no problem with the bacteria on raw meats, as their digestive system can handle it. Did Fluffy ever bury a piece of meat in the backyard only to drag it out several days later steaming in a ripe aroma? She has basically just fermented the meat, by burying it, and will not suffer one day off of work because of it. Their digestive systems are much tougher than ours. Have no fear.

Raw feeding your pet is about the easiest feeding method, ever!

After feeding your dog this way, you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t do this. So where do you start? How about at the grocery store: people food makes great doggie food.

What to feed Fido

Meaty bones and some organ meats are what make up the mainstay of a raw diet. You can also add in raw eggs in the shell and some veggies/fruit for occasional treats. Supplements like brewers yeast, Vitamin E and fish oil are personal choices. There seem to be many people who don’t and many that do. You can add them in to see if they make a change in your pet’s coat, but just like humans–it’s a personal choice.

What kinds of meaty bones

What do I mean by meaty bones? Meat…on the bone. Great for humans, great for pets. Pork, lamb and chicken necks, pork chops, chicken parts (breast, legs, thigh), all cuts of beef. I really look for any type of meat (including venison from my hunter husband) and any cut– as long as it has bones in it, it is raw (skin on) and it’s inexpensive.

Some of the cheapest cuts of meat, like those used for soups, are great for our dogs.

Yes, the whole piece of meat!

Yup, the whole enchilada. Take the meat out of the package–the whole chicken leg, let’s say–put it in your pet’s bowl, and watch them chow down. The first time you watch them use their powerful jaws to chew up those bones, a new kind of respect will overtake you. For the first time, you will realize that your dog is a full fledged member of the canine clan….and NOT a human.

How much do I feed my pet?

This question can be a bit tricky. Not hard, just tricky for me to figure out for you and your dog. I have a cocker spaniel. He’s about 25 pounds. I feed him two chicken legs in the morning and a pork chop, let’s say, at night. The next day I might give him an egg in the shell (I crack it slightly) and about a cup full of gizzards.

There are sites that offer equations, but that’s too cerebral for me. I watch his weight and adjust as needed. I sometimes give him a carrot or apple skin as a treat, but I don’t feel they need them: it just tastes good and is fun for them.

I never feed my dog ANY grains….ever.

Humans have their own issues with grains, and certainly our carnivorous friends don’t need them in their diet.


My pup seems to give a shrug when I offer it, but by all means give it a try. Occasionally, I’ll give some cooked fish (he LOVES it) as a treat, but I stick with the raw meats.

I’ll be writing more on the topic in future posts, but please feel free to contact me with any questions. Do you raw feed your dog already? Leave a comment and tell everyone some of the details!

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The search for non-toxic cosmetics

Jane Iredale

Through a friend of my husband’s I was passed a sample of some Arbonne products. I tried them without doing any research first. To be honest, the products work very nicely. I like them. The trouble is whether I should be using them.

I pride myself on being as “nourishing” to my and my family’s body, mind and soul as possible. The foods we eat are the best quality (pastured, fermented, cultured, free of GMO’s, raw…you get the point), why would I want to stop there? I googled is Arbonne safe: I got lots and lots of damaging reports back.

This post is not out to bash any company, sorry if it seems to be going that direction: however, it seemed it was quite challenging to discover the true ingredients in the products, and once you found them…oh, boy. My spider senses prickled right up, and I’m quite convinced I’ll no longer be using (or buying) the products.

So which products do you use? I have seen on many real food blogs the company Miessence, which gets a great rating on Skin Deep (a great site to check the safety of many cosmetics and skin care items). There seem to be some people not very fond of the site, but those are probably the same folks that think MSG is “safe”.

I have, however, had the good fortune of using Jane Iredale cosmetics. After checking them out on Skin Deep, I breathed a sigh of relief on their very high marks!! They are down in the ones and twos on all products except their sunscreen (won’t be buying that). The lower the rating the better and Miessence gets the same ratings.

My daughters and I use Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Powders, eyeshadows, blushes and lipglosses. Love, love, love them all! They go on beautifully, their color palette is very flattering and the fact that they are non-toxic, truly safe products makes them a win-win in my book!

The Pure Pressed Powder goes on so smoothly and makes your skin look lovely. I have some rosacea going on (too much fair skin in the bloodline, LOL) and the powder covers it quite nicely, while feeling totally natural and light as air. Apparently, it is the best makeup for allowing the skin to breathe, too.

I highly recommend the products, and if you wind up buying them, hope you will buy it using these links. Blogging is lots of work for almost no pay. When you buy a product through my site, you are basically giving me a small tip without taking a dime out of your pocket.

I only recommend products that I personally use and love.

What beauty lines do you suggest? Love to hear about it!


This post is part of Real Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop!

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Raw feeding your dog: the why

Buddy for dog page

How do I put this lightly? Have you heard of the 4-Ds? It stands for what’s really in the kibble that sounds so fresh and real and sparklingly nutritious. Dead, dying, diseased and disabled. Gosh, could it get anymore graphic? That is what the meat and by products and bone meal are made from: animals that fit this lovely depiction.

“That can’t be in the $30 premium, all natural, produced by Himalayan Monks, kibble that I feed Fluffy”, you say. Uh, yeah. It is. This is the dregs of the pet food industry. The bone meal, the by products, the sprayed on oils. It’s all in there.

How about some roadkill for good measure, too….with the plastic bag thrown intact. I do not, could not make this stuff up, folks. Oh there’s enough yummies in there to make the laziest of pet owners reconsider what they are feeding their pet. Unless you simply don’t believe it. There are people that believe all the additives, like MSG, are not a problem in human food, as well.

Presuming that you are the kind of pet owner that gives a hoot about truly feeding your little friends, then I write this information for you. Kibble is just bad news, folks. Make that: commercial pet food is bad news.

Why bother with foods that are not fit for human consumption to feed Fido. Most human food is barely fit for human consumption, but at least Rufus has some extra digestive protection that we humans do not. This is the reason they can eat one week old buried meat from your backyard garden and walk away with a waggly tail and a complimentary belch. Most humans are so poorly prepared to deal with pathogens, due to an absolutely horrific diet, that every pathogen brings them down. Drink and eat your probiotics, folks. That is for yet another post.

My reason for leveling with everyone about what’s really in our pet foods (and if you dig deeper, that stuff has even worse ramifications) has only one intent: to help you make a more informed decision on what you choose to feed your pet. If you’ve never read that information before, it can be quite jarring; however, knowledge is power! Power to make better choices.

Raw feeding our pets gives them what they were meant to eat: living foods. Our pet’s genes need real foods, just the way we do! Read Dr. Cate Shanahan’s book, “Deep Nutrition: Why Our Genes Need Traditional Foods”, for more information on this! Dr. Cate is happily feeding her Maine Coon Cat raw meats after weaning from kibble. Doctor’s orders, folks!

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Raw diet for dogs

Buddy for dog page

So what is it that I feed my one and a half year old Cocker Spaniel? Meat and bones. Yup. That’s it. Oh, I through some innards or giblets, whole eggs with shell, occasional apple peels and treats in there, but the crux of his diet is meat on a bone.

I get the funniest looks and comments about this sometimes, but I would think that anyone in the real food community would already be learned in this simple, healthy approach to eating. I started out feeding, like most people, kibble. Then I did some reading and thought it better to bring in raw meat patties that were packaged (that was simply because I was too afraid to take the plunge into proper feeding).

The only trouble with these patties, is that you know not what is truly in them. Companies can and will put whatever sells their products on the label, omitting anything that might deter a new customer (there are plenty of loopholes about what is required to put on a label). I’m sure some companies are truly trying to do the right thing regarding the health of our pets, however, they’re missing one of the main points of feeding raw: bones. Not bone meal, mind you, but hard raw bones!

Besides the fact that raw meat has all the enzymes, vitamins and minerals left unharmed by cooking, the bones are essential for other trace minerals and to do the job of scrubbing those molars.

The difference between a raw meaty bone fed dog and a kibble fed dog is so apparent after a few years, it’ll turn your stomach. A quick look at the teeth and gums is amazing. A kibble fed dog will have yellow/brown muck smattered teeth, while a raw meaty bone fed dog will have brillant white, puppy clean teeth. It’s uncanny!

Keep coming back for more info on raw feeding our best friends!

This post is part of Monday Mania at!

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The Vegetarian Myth: a video

[bubblecast id=298690 thumbnail=475x375 player=475x375]As a recovered vegetarian/vegan, I can surely comment on this subject with voracity and validity. I avoided meat and all animal products for years before I had my first child. The results of that misconception were apparent when my daughter was born with eczema, teeth that rotted out of her mouth as they erupted, severe colic and allergies.

I followed this diet because I thought I was doing the right thing. No. I felt I was doing the right thing. It became as much a spiritual following as a dietary ritual. I still feel for the animals….of feedlots, and this is where my misguided info left a gapping hole.

The severe injustice comes from factory farming. Pastured animals, although still slaughtered for our consumption, live much fuller, normal lives. This tradition of eating animals has been around as long as humans have. It kept humans healthy and optimally developed. It can not be dismissed. it simply can not.

Even while I spoke out against eating animals,visions of Native Americans danced around my head. They seemed to live this way, eating animals, and yet how can we demonize them? Even my most religiously vocal vegan friend was left scratching her head about this key point.

I am reminded continuously by certain family/friends of my “anti-meat days”. I suppose they think that this traditional food diet is just another foray into one of my food adventures or some new life change. However, I always felt nagging doubts about not eating meat. Too many things about it didn’t jive. We are animals, and animals eat other animals to survive. Early humans knew this, but today’s human thinks that we should be spiritually beyond this fact and strives to skirt the truth.

Lierre Keith, the very outspoken author of “The Vegetarian Myth”, was a former vegan, like myself. Her book (which I will be reading soon) puts all the “truths” about being a vegetarian to rest. Her health was heavily affected by the lack of nutrients in a vegan diet. She addresses the issues of agriculture being the answer to our planet future health, as well as our own. She shows the history of humans on our planet and the eventual swing into agriculture, and the fall of our health (a side note: there were some cultures that stayed optimally healthy eating vegetable, grains, dairy and meat due to staying true to traditional dietary principles).

The video shown here is full of great information from Ms. Keith. I hope you get as much from it as I did. I especially liked her comments about overpopulation and how it relates to feminist issues. Do you agree with her? I’d love to know.

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Get Cultured: Body Ecology and Nourished Kitchen join forces!


If there’s a war going on in your digestive tract, then you need to recruit the joint forces of Jenny from the Nourished Kitchen and Donna from Body Ecology! Donna now recommends Jenny’s course to all of her following. Here’s what she had to say:


“Kudos, Jenny! I am thrilled to see the beautiful program you have put together. The world is in such need of this valuable information, and I am proud that Body Ecology is able to take part. I encourage everyone to sign up and learn how we can create a happier and healthier world.”



Culturing dairy, vegetables, fruits, meats and fish imparts much needed enzymes and probiotics into our digestive system; boosts vitamins and minerals in our food; and makes the foods more digestive while by making the nutrients easier to absorb.

It’s not always what you eat, but what your body can absorb!

Using this ancient method of preserving food is so beneficial, it’s amazing that this lost art took so long to return…..

And return it has with Jenny’s “Get Cultured” course!

Take advantage of this course to help with so many difficult to eliminate problems:

  • bloating
  • gas
  • sluggishness
  • brain fog
  • eczema
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • frequent cold

These are just a few of the many things that eating fermented/cultured foods can rev up. Let’s face it: your digestive system is your immune system! If one goes out, both go out.[bubblecast id=298219 thumbnail=475x375 player=475x375][bubblecast id=298219 thumbnail=475x375 player=475x375]

I know people claim that every supplement under the sun can help with all of these problems, however, treating your food this way is a bit more bang for your buck: you feed your stomach and you feed your digestive system. Supplements can not make this claim. Real food has always been the best pathway to health.

What can you expect from Jenny’s course? Learn to prepare enzyme-rich fermented foods, yoghurts, condiments, salsas and chutneys in your kitchen with 50 video tutorials, 100 recipes and 60 tutorials, plus the free 36 pg e-book Get Cultured: Probiotic Recipe from the Nourished Kitchen.

Classes start on March 4, so hurry to click the link below which will bring you directly to the sign up page!!

Click here to be brought to the sign up page!

This post is part of Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop!

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Get cultured: making sauerkraut can be so easy!


One of my favorite things to make is sauerkraut. It’s just a matter of giving some cabbage mixed with whey, salt and caraway seeds some time and warmth in a jar. The taste is quite incredible and the health benefits are an amazing little kitchen secret that your kids don’t even have to know about to enjoy.

Making this for the first time, though, may seem a bit daunting, if you’ve never done it before. Wouldn’t it be cool if someone had a course on this stuff to help you out? Hmmm. Oh, wait a minute. I’ve heard that Jenny over at Nourishing Kitchen has just such a course.

And, if you hurry by 2/21, you can join the class for $20 off by using the code SOURPICKLES when you sign up for the course!

Jenny is basically the Queen of Cooking Courses: you’ll leave her course with the knowledge needed to ferment/culture….anything! Here’s a quick recipe for sauerkraut from her site! Click here.

Just give the below add a little click, and you’ll be brought right to the sign up page! Have fun and get cultured at the same time : )

Perhaps you would just like to take the course for one week? Click here

This post is part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday!

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Can you prove real food is best?

raw milk

Well, can you? Can you show me numerous studies absolutely proving the superiority of real food: raw grass fed butter, milk and cream; pastured animals and eggs; cultured and raw dairy; fermented fruits and veggies; and wild seafood and organ meats?

I not only write for my blog, Nourishing Nancy, I have written for, who asked me to prove that raw grass fed butter was more of a superfood than broccoli, in response to a statement I made in a yet to be release article. They are very vegetarian leaning over there, and so I was asked to stay within the parameters of Natural News’s belief system.

Editor Comments: Nancy Thank you for submission. Good piece. Article is approved. For Future Submissions: Content was a little unaligned w/NN. Many do consider broccoli to be an official superfood, & while grass fed is much healthier, butter is rarely considered an official superfood: “Broccoli with some raw, grass fed butter could be considered a superfood, but it is the butter that contributes those attributes.”

The article has yet to be released, but has also had the above line in quotes deleted. And you thought Natural News was a site fighting  for food freedom? I will no longer be writing for Natural News, as I have my own parameters to align myself with: the dietary advice of traditional cultures all over the globe for millennia, thank you very much.

I also write for as the NY Healthy Food Examiner. Assuredly, as soon as I publish an article touting the benefits of real food, I can count to ten and find a scathing comment from fellow writer, James Cooper, or others that hope to debunk real food’s claims to health.

“This is simply irresponsible nonsense. Advising people to take on all those calories and cholesterol based on unsupported theories without scientific basis,” denigrates Mr. Cooper.

(read “The 5 best dietary changes to make for optimal winter health” with comments)

The question is not whether I am right or wrong, but can I prove it, it seems. There are many studies supporting the claims of today’s “diet dictrocrats”, as Sally Fallon Morell would call them, but not nearly the abundance when searching for real food claims. We have the sacred knowledge of traditional cultures, you may say. Yes. I agree, but why can’t we find the flow of studies supporting real food and the benefits herein?

Two words: Corporate funding.

Read “Deep Nutrition”, by Dr. Cate Shanahan, for an account of she and her husband, Luke Shanahan, trying to get studies supporting real food and the devastating effects of today’s modern food on our physicality and our genes: It is nearly impossible. Why? Once again: two words…corporate funding. The funding comes from corporations supporting scientific studies that will support that which supports the sale of their products.

Watch “The Future of Food” on DVD for references to the same type of corporate funding, which sends scientists back to the drawing board to “find a different outcome” to support that which supports the sale of their products.

Listen to the true-life tale of Dr. Wilburn Ferguson, the real medicine man of the movie with the same name. “Medicine Man” talks of corporate interests vanishing once the realization kicked in that an herb from the Amazon does not support that which supports the sale of their product. This time it concerned the Pharmaceutical Industry. Same difference.

So, I have a request: If you know of recent studies that support real food and it’s benefits, please send them my way! It seems to take an arsenal of studies and facts to hold off the attacks of the proponents of processed food. Who am I kidding, it would take a nuclear bomb worth of studies to convince some. And sadly, some will never learn.

Still, I continue to write my blog posts and for in hopes of reaching those who seek real food information. However, if you got em’, send ‘em, if for no other reason than to make me smile when Mr. Cooper pays me another visit.

This post is part of Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!

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Smile: photos of braces progress


Alright, if you think I’m completely comfortable sharing these close up photos of my teeth in progress, you might also think I enjoy Hampton’s traffic in July with a broken air conditioner. “Eek”, I believe was my meek expression upon viewing the photos.

I am, however, a team player; and our real food team needs to see what a smile, in transition toward the Weston A. Price ideal, looks like.

Other than a problem due to a broken wire that I got fixed just yesterday, the Damon System has gone forward without a hitch. I go in for an adjustment once every 8-10 weeks, and the most “pain” I have had has been from a canker sore that developed as a response to the new braces. After my mouth got used to them, there was only the slightest tenderness: even, after this latest adjustment. I am, to say the least, pleasantly surprised. I’ve had braces as a kid, don’t forget–those hurt.

If you are in the Riverhead area on Long Island, I can not recommend my dental team, at Bach Orthodontics, enough! They are the one’s making this dream a reality. And every time I see a new picture of the progress, I feel a little more appreciation toward them and their cheerleading attitude toward my goal. Thanks folks. Thanks for “talking me into it”, Dr. Bach.

before braces...notice the bite

first eight weeks of braces: notice the changing bite and movement upwards of the teeth.

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Soup for breakfast?


So what’s for breakfast this morning? I’m just going to make a guess that eggs, pancakes, french toast or oatmeal are on the list. Ever think about having some bone broth soup?

The GAPS diet encourages lots of bone broth soup, and even starts the day with this for the Introduction Phase of the diet. I have actually become quite used to this and opt for soup many a morning.

In the GAPS diet, adding a soft boiled egg and some homemade (or very high quality commercial) yoghurt is encouraged. It is also amazingly satisfying and delicious! The egg adds some live enzymes (read about the amazing properties of raw egg yolks) to the soup; the yoghurt adds some beneficial bacteria; and adding some Celtic Sea Salt delivers even more minerals and aids in digestion.

It is also filled with protein and fats and grain/carb free! Basically, this soup is a powerhouse breakfast and one that I look forward to. Kids sometimes take a bit longer to adjust to soup for breakfast, but in our house, it is common practice.

Here’s the recipe for a great bone broth soup: Bone Broth Soup!

This post is part of Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade!

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