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Intentional food & farming for a more integrated life

April 1, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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Allergies? Think Again! – Part 2

histamine-bucketLast week I shared with you a post I wrote for Whole New Mom about histamine intolerance. It outlined the basics of this condition and what causes it, but it left many people wondering.

  • How do I know if I am histamine intolerant?
  • What foods are high in histamine?
  • Can histamine intolerance be healed? Continue Reading →

March 28, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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Allergies? Think Again!

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Allergies can manifest in many ways: sneezing, itchy nose, watery eyes, trouble breathing, swelling of the lips or throat, skin rashes, and even digestive problems. When any of these symptoms routinely occur, they are usually chalked up to allergies. But did you know that the cause of these symptoms can be completely unrelated to an allergic reaction? Continue Reading →

March 8, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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Starting Chicks at Home without Breaking the Bank

starting-chicksSpring is in the air!  At least that is what we say in Wisconsin when the temperature gets above 30 degrees for the first time in four months, but we’re a little crazy.  We’ve been known to open our windows for fresh spring air at 45 degrees!

Whether the weather reflects it or not, spring really isn’t far away.  Here in the northern Midwest, it’s time to think about raising chicks.  Particularly for those who want egg laying chickens, the sooner chicks can reach your home the better, as most chickens take at minimum 18 weeks to reach maturity.  (Make sure you take your situation into consideration, though, and don’t end up with chicks living in your basement for eight weeks because you ordered them too early…not that we would know from experience.) Continue Reading →

March 2, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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Is Wheat Toxic?

is-wheat-toxicWhat do modern steel roller grain mills, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have to do with each other?  Read on to find out!

Humans have been eating wheat in numerous forms for somewhere around 10,000 years with seemingly no related problems.  Somehow in the past half century, gluten intolerance, celiac disease, and even wheat allergies have developed at skyrocketing rates.  How could one substance have such a beneficial effect on humanity for 9,950 years and then suddenly become toxic to a large portion of the population?  There is a two-part answer. Continue Reading →

February 26, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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10 Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance in Babies and Toddlers

symptoms-of-gluten-intolerance-in-babies-and-toddlersGoing gluten free is so popular these days that grocery stores and supermarkets are even marketing products that never contained gluten (think fresh fruits and vegetables) as being gluten free just to get in on the hype.

While gluten free may be trendy, I don’t think it is just a passing fad.  Our modern wheat is much more damaging to human health than its ancient cousins, and people’s bodies are starting to have stronger and more virulent reactions to it.  The anecdotal evidence for the benefits of going without gluten is enormous, and scientific data is starting to catch up. Continue Reading →

February 21, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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A Surprising Natural Food Allergy Remedy

activated-charcoal-natural-food-allergy-remedyStomach pain, cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea…

If you are a food allergy sufferer, you probably are all too familiar with this list of unpleasant symptoms.  Unfortunately, at our house we are, too.  Even the smallest amount of specific food triggers can keep my two-year-old up all night.

Thankfully, I have discovered a quick and effective remedy that helps ease the pain on those occasions when he inadvertently eats a food that he reacts to.  It is also very low cost and easy to keep on hand. Continue Reading →

February 15, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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Review of “Solving the Paleo Equation” by Dr. Garrett Smith and Matt Stone

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I love reading.  I always have.  In fact, I used to get scolded for sneaking a book and flashlight into bed so I could read after ‘lights out’ time.

While my reading interests are quite varied, I do enjoy reading health and nutrition books.  From time to time, I will be sharing reviews of relevant books that I have read and that I feel have value to offer.  My first review is going live today. Continue Reading →

February 10, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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A Changing Relationship with Food (and Coconut Curry Chicken Soup)

I used to be scared of bones in meat.  And bell peppers.  And eggs.  And beans.  And a lot of other really good (and really normal) foods.  And I’m not saying “used to” as in when I was six.  When I say “used to” I mean when I was 22.  At that point, there was no way I would have gone near a chicken, even if I was wearing a hazmat suit! Continue Reading →

January 31, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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Building Small (or How Not to Be a Bug on a Windshield)

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When I asked my husband what I should title this post, he came up with “How Not to Be a Bug on a Windshield.”  I laughed and had no idea what he was talking about, but then I realized he had a point.

Today I want to share the latest news from our little farm.  We recently made a big (actually, small) decision that will help us avoid becoming a “bug on a windshield” that has been completely smashed by debt.

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January 22, 2014
by Erin Ter Beest
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What You Don’t Know About Salt CAN Hurt You

what-you-don't-know-about-salt-can-hurt-youThe CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has recommended for years that Americans lower their dietary salt intake because they contend that excess consumption of sodium can lead to heart disease, especially in at-risk populations.  Over the past few years, studies such as this one, this one, and this one (which was commissioned by the CDC) have shown that, in reality, there is no need for the majority of people to limit their sodium intake to the level recommended by the CDC, and, in fact, the studies even suggest that a lower rate of salt consumption might actually be harmful.  People who consume the least amount of salt were actually found to have the highest rates of cardiovascular disease.

While this is good news for people who actually enjoy seasoned food (isn’t that everyone?), don’t reach for the salt shaker too quickly.  You may want to consider what is in your salt first. Continue Reading →

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