New and Improved: Real Food 101 is TWICE as long, and now in full color paperback


When I picked up a copy of Nourishing Traditions at my library all those years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  It was the best kind of crazy whirlwind to learn in one innocent weekend about why saturated fats are good for me, why I needed to eat more seafood, why local produce contained more vitamins, why raw milk wasn’t going to kill me after all, and what my ancestors generally ate.  (Hint: it’s not what the paleo people say.)

Fast forward a few years, and after much trial and error in my own kitchen, I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to real food.  I know what my kids like, I know the shortcuts that work, and I know which recipes taste best after trying out several variations on say, lacto-fermented dill pickles.  In Real Food 101, I have compiled my experience and done the work for you.

Plus, Real Food 101 is new and improved, with more than twice as many recipes as it’s original printing.  And it’s now available exclusively on Amazon, for your convenience and peace of mind when it comes to the quality of the content.

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Essential Oils 101: PanAway for Pain and Inflammation

Essential Oils 101: PanAway for Pain and Inflammation | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

I am, yet again, amazed by the power unlocked within a bottle of essential oils.  And this time it’s got a little bit of danger, because PanAway is the only one of the Basic Ten Oils that comes with a protective cap.  Are you intrigued yet?  Let’s find out what this baby can do…

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Today ONLY! Get my books for only 99 cents until MIDNIGHT EST

Buck Books Sale!I only have a minute, but I wanted to let you all know about the great deal on my books for today.  But it ends at midnight, so you’ll need to hurry!

My ebooks, Real Cocktails (formerly Natural Cocktails) and Real Food 101 are finally available on Amazon!  Woohoo!

Real Food 101

New and improved, and twice as long as it was!  I added several new recipes and tutorials, so that your kitchen can be well-informed about nutrition in the comfort of your own home.

Real Cocktails

This one is revamped as well, and can be bought as a hard copy, too!  Plus, have I mentioned that you can get a hard copy?  People have been begging me for this since I launched the thing!  In fact, it’s already ranking at #1 in all it’s catergories.  I’m so proud!  And it’s only been a few hours!

#1 ranking! Booyah!

But here’s the best part: both ebook versions are on sale for 99 cents TODAY ONLY.  Buck Books is featuring both my new and improved books in their Health and Nutrition bundle with 11 other books all marked down to 99 cents.  It’s a discount book venue called “Book Bucks”.

So you can get both my books for 99 cents each!   Sale ends at midnight tonight EST. Click any of the images at the top or CLICK HERE.

The price will be 99 cents literally for just one today before it’s back up to $10. You’ve got until midnight eastern time today to add it to your book collection, along with some of the others.  This is the best deal I have had on my books EVER.

I’ve been wishing for a long time that I could get you my books for a more affordable price. This is your chance! I hope you get over to Buck Books in time. Here’s the link again: Buck Books.

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The Headache Cure, Part One: Minerals

Natural Remedies for Headaches that REALLY WORK!  Part One: Minerals | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Headaches can present in a kaleidoscope of ways, and the underlying causes can be even more numerous.  There are cluster headaches, tension headaches, migraines, and more, not to mention more rare forms like chronic or exercise headaches, plus secondary headaches that branch out from an underlying condition like an infection, or panic attacks (source). But the variety of possible types and causes can be boiled down to one common root: headaches are painful.

And depending on the type of headache and the underlying cause, you can sometimes find relief with the simplest of natural remedies before you ever have to reach for a bottle of acetaminophen or make a doctor’s appointment. Why go through all that trouble when a simple pinch of salt, capsule of probiotics, or a few drops of essential oil will do the trick?  My philosophy is that when faced with an ailment, natural remedies should be the first course of action to consider.

So…let’s look at all the possible natural remedies in five parts!  Today’s topic: minerals.  Later installments will also discuss essential oils, body tension release, pain relief, and digestion. [Read more…]

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar Produce Wash for Fresh Fruit

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar Wash for Fresh Fruit | OUR NOURISHING ROOTSI love honeycrisp apples.  That’s how this whole thing started.  I went to the store this morning, and there were all these beautiful, crispy, slightly tart and slightly sweet honeycrisp apples, and none of them were organic.  Nooo!

Fortunately, I was still able to buy the non-organic honeycrisp apples, because I know that I can take them home and cleanse them with my homemade natural apple cider vinegar produce wash.  It helps to remove pesticides, wax, and any other nasties that get added to conventional fruits. [Read more…]

Top 5 “Health” Foods That Make You Sick

top 4 health foods to avoid


Whenever I walk into a health food store I feel a mix of emotions when I look at the foods lining the shelves. On the one hand, I find a lot of great local produce, healthy fats like coconut oil, and some amazing local and pastured meats.  On the other hand, I find really junky foods that claim to be healthy: box after box of “gluten-free” crackers that use vegetable oils instead of real fats like butter or coconut oil, for example.  Grrrr!


  1. Processed soy: Soy protein and soy protein isolate, unfermented
  2. Agave Syrup: highly refined version of the original traditionally made syrup called miel de agave
  3. Seed Oils: a huge source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)
  4. Natural Flavoring: a loosely defined additive that can contain a myriad of different derivatives from natural sources, but that can be manipulated in a lab.

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Why Do We Have Food Cravings?

food cravings explanation


When my son E was born, it was amidst a flurry of health problems including a cleft lip and palate.  For his first year of life I breastfed him and made his baby food from scratch and added plenty of melted coconut oil and butter to his veggies.

It was at that point that I truly embraced real food.  And when I made it to his first birthday, I was sufficiently convinced that nutrition mattered that I bought 12 jars of cod liver oil, several gallons of local, full fat, organic, raw milk, and sourced some local eggs that I made for us every morning with breakfast.  That was my turning point. (Click here for sources of cod liver oil I recommend.)

It was this transition that got me thinking: what does my little E crave for his little growing body?  I started to pay attention to what he craves and the results have been fascinating! [Read more…]

REAL FOOD 101: How to Roast a Pastured Chicken

how to roast a pastured chicken

This post is part of a series.  To buy Volume One of the e-book containing several REAL FOOD 101 tutorials, click here: REAL FOOD 101 E-book: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared.

Classic roast chicken is something that almost everyone has made.  But the question is not whether or not you have made it, but if you have made it well.

Roast chicken is simple, but it can also be done wrong.  Very wrong!  If you want to know how to make a perfectly cooked, crispy-skinned, beautifully browned, juicy roast chicken, then you need only follow a few basic guidelines.

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Wise Traditions WAPF Conference 2012 — November 7-11 Santa Clara, CA

WAPF conferenceIf you follow my Facebook page, you may have seen a slew of silly pictures that I took with my phone while I was in California over the weekend.  Most of them were taken at the Hyatt in Santa Clara, just a stone’s throw from where I grew up in Northern California.  Why was I there?  Glad you asked!

I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Wise Traditions Conference, which is every year in a different city in the U.S.  But more imporantly, Wise Traditions is where WAPFers and real foodies gather to eat grass-fed braunschweiger, naturally fermented teas and veggies, to try new flavors of fermented cod liver oil, and to buy books on tooth decay, lacto-fermentation, green living, nutrition, and other hippie dippy topics.  It was a real foodie nerd’s dream come true. [Read more…]

Happy & Healthy Holidays Online Class

Every holiday season I pull these recipes out and I make something that not only makes me feel good because it’s healthy and made with wholesome sweeteners and flours, but it’s delicious.  I strive to perfect my recipes here at Our Nourishing Roots, so that they are tried and true and really work.  I appreciate that that is what Jenny does as well, so I can trust that her recipes will turn out well and taste amazing.

I absolutely adore Nourished Kitchen.  Jenny is a beautiful writer and photographer, as well as an excellent chef.  She was there for me when I started my real food journey, providing clear instructions and gorgeous recipes to help me feel confident that I could embrace a traditional diet.

It’s no wonder that I am completely in love with her Happy & Healthy Holidays Online Class; I highly recommend it. This 10-class course is normally $149 but is being offered for 40% off through November 21st: only $89.  Plus, you get lifetime access to the videos, menus, and recipes.

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