I’d rather prevent lice, than end up with it. Really, just the thought of lice freaks me out. So, after the first scare of the dreaded email, that someone in Sunday School had lice, I started wondering what I could do to prevent it. Here is my recipe.
The fact is, there’s inherent risk in every choice we make. Well, every choice worth making at all, that is.
We call choices “risky” if they make us nervous. We have given “risk” a nasty, scary connotation. We’ve started saying “rather not chance it” about every little thing, especially when it comes to our kids. “You can never be too safe!”seems to be the rallying cry of this generation.
But that’s wrong.
We forget that risk is often defined as the “potential of gaining or losing something of value.”
Playing it safe leaves us without the potential to gain something of power. It leaves an empty space in our lives, in the lives of our children, that cannot be filled. Our lives are duller, flatter, less, without risk.
Risk isn’t just the chance that something bad can happen. It’s the chance that something good can happen. The very nature of risk is that there is something to be gained, something worthwhile, something valuable.
We should encourage our kids to be risk takers.
We should encourage them to follow their instinctive drive to educate themselves.
People often ask me how I got into natural remedies and Naturopaths, acupuncture, etc. Well, the reason is basically, because Western Medicine failed me, over and over. Now I’m not saying that I never turn to it.. obviously in some cases, we need antibiotics, surgery, bone settings, c-sections (sometimes), etc. They are life-savers. But when it came to my own health journey, I found more problems with traditional American medicine.
I keep hearing people referring to Whole Foods and how they are partnering with Monsanto. It’s driving me crazy! Look, I’m all about conspiracy theories, but this one is ALL about clickbait ratings.
First, let’s start with why I use organic grass-fed butter, which I believe is the best choice if you can have dairy. The biggest reason is vitamin K2, what Weston A. Price called the X-Factor in good health (read more on the link). Also, the CLA and beta-carotene alone is worth the use of grass-fed butter over regular butter (or any other type of oil). CLA is an anti-cancer fat which fights cancer, infections, and builds lean muscle. Also, of course, grass-fed butter is a source of healthy saturated fat. Our American diet is often way too high in Omega 6 and too low in Omega 3’s. The proper balance is 2:1 (Omega 3: Omega 6) but unfortunately the American Diet is often more like 1:20. I’ve provided some reading at the end of this article.
I love to make these chocolate pops for my son. They are full of real food, and protein; and he loves them. I don’t add any sweetener but the fruit. Everything gets sweeter as it is frozen. You can change the fruit around if you want. I made them once with frozen cherries and they were PINK! I use a Vitamix.
We have been experimenting with Meatza pizzas over here, since my husband has gone low carb. Love this one. Obviously skip the sauce if you are a non-plant eating zero carber. You could make this with fresh mozzarella on top, or any way you like. I bought shredded cheese and sliced cheese to make it easier. I put the sauce on the side for husband, usually. I eat it without.
Blueberries are in season and we have a big craving! This lemonade sounds strange, but it is actually really addictive and delicious!! For this, I used dried lavender from my own garden that I had just dried, so it was pretty fresh, resulting in a very strong lavender taste. If you are using fresh lavender, I recommend you half the lavender but keep the same amount of water if you don’t want a strong lavender taste. If you bought it from the store, or it came from a teabag, no problem. Even though the lavender was strong in our lemonade, we still love the taste.
Blueberries are a low sugar berry bursting with antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, and tannins -which reduce inflammation in your digestive system! Blueberries are a superfood. They are also good for your brain, and for men … well you can look that one up ;). Blueberries are #14 on the dirty pesticide list, so try to buy them organic.
Now is the time to make your own homemade vanilla extract for Christmas presents or for holiday baking! Does it seem too early? SIX months is the perfect time to let it sit, to make a delicious vanilla. Why don’t I use vodka? Well, personally, I hate vodka and not just because it makes me not-nice. It is likely made with GMO wheat or potatoes or corn. Also, it just doesn’t taste as yummy as rum or bourbon in a dessert. I do avoid GMO foods whenever possible. There is such a thing as GMO-vodka such as Deep Eddy Vodka for $19 a bottle. However, I am SO IN LOVE with the taste of my homemade bourbon vanilla extract made with bourbon or my homemade rum vanilla extract made with rum! I have baked with it many times, and it always comes out great but my favorite use is in whipped cream or in some coffee.