December 9, 2013 by Katie
My husband gets a headache whenever the weather changes. This can be in any season, if the temp drops a good 10 or 20 degrees in 24 hours, or a storm comes through, etc. he will develop a headache so bad that he just has to lay in bed until it passes.
The remedy Rhododendron is for violent headaches that come on before a storm, or when weather changes. The pains are in the temples and forehead and feel bruised.
We had tried a few other headache remedies with moderate success, but the headaches kept returning. Once I read this one and saw specifically that they occur with a change in weather, I decided to have him try it the next time he got one of the headaches.
About two weeks ago, the warm weather finally gave way to winter, and the temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight. A bad rain storm was in the works. And sure enough, the headache came on. My husband was lying face down on the bed, unable to move it hurt so bad. I gave him one pill, and he continued to lay there unmoving. After about 5 minutes, I asked if he noticed any changes. His head literally popped up of the pillow, and he said, “I feel fine!” While I know homeopathy works, it still sometimes surprises me just how quickly and well it does work when the right remedy is administered. Had I given him a different headache remedy, nothing may have happened. The symptoms must match, because in homeopathy, “like cures like.”
The headache was gone, and he didn’t need another dose the rest of the day.
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December 7, 2013 by Katie
While looking for art project ideas for my children, I saw these Elf Yourself crafts and thought they were pretty funny. The blog I found them on is called Art With Ms. Chiddo who is an art teacher for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Her site has some cool art ideas that I’m looking forward to trying. The site doesn’t give instructions, so I just winged it.
I drew the hat, gloves, arms, legs, etc. on colored construction paper and we cut them out. I happened to have an extra 5×7 picture of each of them from our homeschool picture day, so I cut out the heads of the pictures. The kids glued all the pieces on, and we added cotton balls to the hat, and the goatee.
We all had a lot of fun putting these together, and they now hang by our stockings on the fireplace.
December 1, 2013 by Katie
How easy is it to make your own Skyline Chili? Pretty darned easy if you ask me! If you are not from the area, chili is kind of a huge deal in this town. And it is not your traditional thick chili with chunks of tomatoes, peppers, beans, and beef. Cincinnati chili is more of a sauce that covers something, typically noodles (or a baked potato, nacho chips, etc.) I found a really great recipe that tastes very authentic from the blog Fantastical Sharing of Recipes.
Cincinnati Skyline Chili
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 2 cups onions, chopped
- 4 cups bone broth or beef stock
- 16 ounces organic tomato sauce
- 2 to 3 tbsp. chili powder
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 3/4 tbsp. cocoa
- 2 tsp. instant minced garlic
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 bay leaf
- Optional toppings: chopped onions, shredded cheese, and kidney beans
Add broth, beef, and seasonings. Finely chop up meat with a wooden spoon or spatula as the meat should be in very tiny pieces. Bring to a boil and lower heat, cooking uncovered for 1-2 hours until most broth has cooked off and the chili has thickened. It won’t be super thick like a hearty chili, this is more like the chili you would find on top of chili dogs, or coneys as they are called in these parts…
I usually enjoy mine grain-free, over spaghetti squash, topped with raw cheese. It is kid-approved, and Skyline loving husband approved!
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November 25, 2013 by Katie
With the holidays approaching, many of us will be traveling to visit family. It can certainly be a challenge to eat healthy without the comforts of home. Today I would like to welcome Cole from Cole’s Mill with his tips for eating healthy while on the road. Here is his guest post on the subject:
Eating Healthy on Vacation Isn’t Impossible
Giving in to your urges and eating according to cravings on vacation is a temptation that snares many people, yet following a few tips can help travelers enjoy healthy vacations. Buying food in advance, knowing which foods to eat, and ordering the healthiest meals in restaurants can increase the healthiness of vacation experiences.
Pack Healthy Snacks
Snacking is one of the prime pitfalls of vacationing, but taking healthy snacks aboard a plane or in the car can eliminate unhealthy snacking. One of the simplest healthy snacks a person can take on vacation is an assortment of fruits. Apples, pears, peaches, oranges, and bananas are all excellent healthy snack choices. Protein bars can also be healthy snacks, although consumers have to be label-savvy. Some of these bars have too much sugar and too little nutritional value, but the health-conscious consumer may be able to find bars with decent fiber and protein content without all the fats and sugars.
Buy Healthy Food on Arrival
How much a vacationer can store will depend on how much and what type of storage space is available in the room; having a refrigerator and/or microwave can open up some possibilities. Yogurt is an easy snack to store in your room. A refrigerator can also chill healthy drinks as well as sandwich makings that will be healthier than many restaurant alternatives. Even without refrigerators, travelers can still buy healthy drinks and take advantage of the complimentary ice most hotels offer. Fruit cups are also good options; applesauce cups may also be healthy, although consumers will need to make sure they are not buying cups with too much sugar.
Take Advantage of the Hotel’s Amenities
Travelers need to know what sorts of healthy amenities their hotel offer. Continental breakfasts can be dangerous with their sugary cereals and fattening pastries, but they can also have free yogurt, healthy cereals, boiled eggs, and oatmeal. Hotels may also offer room service options that are healthier than their restaurant counterparts. Some hotels may have policies against cooking in the room, but others would not object to a guest using a slow cooker to prepare healthy, nourishing meals in room. Often times determining which of the hotels have the amenities necessary can be difficult. I did a lot of research in the past to determine which hotel was my best option. I recently stumbled upon a great site that I have been using ever since. The site is called Gogobot and they offer consumer reviews ranging from hotels and amenities, to restaurants, to things to do. This was extremely helpful in my most recent trip to San Francisco where I wanted to ensure that my beach body I worked so hard to get it stayed that way.
Choose the Healthiest Meal at a Restaurant
Going out to eat is more or less inevitable while vacationing, but savvy consumers can still make the healthiest selections in a restaurant. Health-conscious diners should avoid battered, breaded, fried, or deep fried dishes as well as rich, buttery sauces. Fish is often the leanest meat, especially if it has been grilled, seared, or baked. Bright-colored vegetables are often healthier than their duller counterparts, and all-you-can-eat dishes should be avoided. Buffets are a toss-up as they present the option of eating too much yet also often include healthy dinner options. Diners should also pay careful attention to the menus as restaurants often designate certain meals as healthier than others.
As you can see, with a little research and a little planning ahead from helpful resources, it is possible to maintain your healthy lifestyle regardless of what city you are staying in!
November 21, 2013 by Katie
As the Christmas season approaches, I wanted to share a great site I use for online purchases, and some easy ways to earn cash back. The site is called FatWallet.com and here are some easy ways to use their services.
1. Do you buy Groupons? Go to FatWallet first, click on CashBackStores and find Groupon. Click the link, and earn 3% of your total back on your Groupon!
2. Use the notification service in the Forum. Are you looking for a great deal on one particular item? Perhaps a must-have Christmas gift, or an appliance you need to replace? Type in a key word like “washer” and anytime someone posts a deal in the forum you will receive an email with the information. We used this last week to find ourselves a replacement for our 10 year old washer and dryer.
3. Once you find a great deal, purchase through FatWallet. In the example above, we found a great deal on a washer and dryer at Sears. Sears also has a coupon code right now for $50 off your purchase of $300 or more. We found Sears through the CashBackStores link, went to the Sears website, and used our coupon code. We then earned 6% cashback through FatWallet. (Then we sold the old ones on Craigslist for $150, so we ended up spending about $500 on a new washer and dryer, which was 60% off the list price.)
4. Do you make any clothing purchases through Amazon? You can earn 8% cash back right now. Do you buy printer ink online? Many stores are listed. Any Wal-Mart deals you don’t want to battle for at the store? Simply go through FatWallet, order from the store, and have it delivered to the store for pick-up and will have your item waiting for you at the store.
5. Looking for a good deal? Click on Product Deals and see which items are being offered at a discounted price. Some of these items go quickly. We used this service to find a new tv last year around Christmas time and were able to use the Cash Back feature as well.
6. Are you in to Black Friday shopping? FatWallet lists all the ads, and has a forum specifically for those plotting out their shopping adventures.
So far this year, I have earned $83 in cash back on purchases I was already going to make online. I really like using this site to keep a little more of my money in my wallet!
November 18, 2013 by Katie
I am very excited about the start of the course Good Gut, Bad Gut: A Homeopathic Strategy to Uproot Seemingly Unrelated Illness in Body and Mind tomorrow. Homeopath Joette Calabrese will be sharing her wealth of knowledge on the subject for the next four weeks. I’m all signed up and ready to go! There is still time to sign up! Visit the link above to learn more.
November 11, 2013 by Katie
When my husband came home sick from work last week (see post), I didn’t ban him to a corner of the house and refuse to come near until he was well and our home was disinfected. I actually slept in the same bed as him and lived my life as usual.
How did the rest of us manage to stay healthy? When someone comes down with an illness in our house, I make sure that we are all getting our daily dose of cod liver oil for vitamin A and D. We drink water kefir for a boost of probiotic bacteria for a healthy gut. We use homemade bone broth with our meals. But even if we slack on these areas, there is a secret remedy we use to prevent illness and that is for all of us in the home to take the cell salt Ferrum phos 6x 3-4 times a day until the sick person is better.
Homeopath Joette Calabrese shares a story of a mom of seven who was frustrated that they practically never leave the house in the winter months because one of them is always sick. She decided to give everyone in the house Ferrum phos 6x daily in the fall to see if it would help reduce illness that winter. The experiment worked so well that during the winter, not only did no one get ill, they actually took a vacation since they weren’t living in fear of illness!
While I don’t know for sure if Ferrum phos prevents illness, I do know that the day my husband came home ill, I started to feel run down myself. I started taking Ferrum phos 6x about 4 times that day, and I felt fine in the morning while my husband was still battling the illness. I kept taking it for a few more days (along with my boys), and we never developed an illness.
I used to live in fear of illness, but now I realize that as long as I’m doing what I can to promote good gut health, my body will be able to battle the germs I come in contact with. To learn more about the gut and how it affects our immune system and can lead to all kinds of disorders (ADD, depression, arthritis, chronic fatigue, etc…) I highly recommend the upcoming LIVE webinar series by homeopath Joette Calabrese starting next week. For more information, visit her site here.
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November 4, 2013 by Katie
My husband called at about 3:30 in the afternoon last Tuesday and said he was on the way home.. I knew this couldn’t be good… He rarely is ill, and never misses work unless he really can’t function.
He walked in the door and said he was freezing cold, but on his sweats and a hooded sweatshirt, bundled up with three blankets and hid his entire body (face included) under the covers and fell asleep. I took his temperature and it was 102.8, which is very high for him.
Side Note: I use Tempa-Dots for a thermometer. These new digital thermometers seem to never give you the same reading two times in a row, and I really dislike them. We used Tempa-Dots in the hospital where I worked, and I love them. They are very accurate and easy to use for all ages, under the arm or tongue.
I looked in my books for fever remedies. I immediately thought of Belladonna which is for high fever during the first 12-24 hours of illness, but Belladonna is for really high fevers, like 104, and for an illness that comes up very suddenly. Since he had felt a little under the weather for several days, I felt this wasn’t the best choice.
After reviewing several more remedies I decided on Pyrogenium, which is for fever with VIOLENT chill. It also has a bad taste in the mouth, which he was experiencing as well. I gave one dose of 200c and waited a few hours. His fever went down to 99, and then we moved on to a different remedy because his head was now hurting and he felt fatigued.
He rested in bed, and after 24 hours was feeling much better and returned to work a healthy man. I don’t know if he would have been well after 24 hours had we not used homeopathy, but seeing his fever go away so quickly after the dose of the remedy and feeling back to normal after 24 hours seemed like a quick recovery to me.
Stay tuned for the remedy the rest of us took to avoid falling ill as well…
October 31, 2013 by Katie
I wanted to share how we celebrate Halloween around our house. My kids get on their costumes and we go to a few neighbors houses (that we know) and then we head back home. The kids then trade in their bag of candy for a box of Lara Bars or Kind Bars, and they enjoy them as their treats. They help pass out treats (we hand out natural fruit snacks) and honestly, they love this part more than trick-or-treating.
I know some people might think that not letting your kids have some candy is extreme, but I really feel strongly that when we put garbage in our bodies, we get garbage out. This may come in the form of behavior, illness, rashes, food sensitivities, etc. I want to teach my children what foods are real, and which ones are cleverly disguised as foods, but are really just chemicals in pretty wrappers. And as a parent, I know that if I let them have something one time, it is hard to say no another time. I want to be consistent to avoid confusion.
Yes, it is hard when my children are constantly being handed candy at the bank, post office, gym, after every baseball game, soccer game, at school, at the grocery store, by friends, etc. I am teaching my children to say “thank you” and then later trade it out for a natural lolly pop or Lara Bar or other real food treat.
Some may think this is crazy and extreme, and that is fine for you. But as someone who is pursuing a career in health and wellness, I really have been convicted by the holy spirit to practice what I preach so that I experience what parents will really have to go through. It is not always easy to say no. Sometimes I want to cave, but I know that these are tests to see if I will hold up when the going gets tough.
Do you have a candy trade deal at your home? Please share!
October 29, 2013 by Katie
Like clockwork, once the calendar changes to September the yearly assault of flu shot marketing begins to appear. It seems you can’t pass a drugstore chain, grocery store, or mom and pop pharmacy without being inundated with signs advertising the flu shot.
While the CDC recommends everyone, especially the very young and the elderly receive annual flu shots, these are the groups that are still contracting the illness, even when vaccinated. Repetitive yearly flu shots also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by ten times, and a single flu shot can have serious side effects including pneumonia, blood in urine or stool, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The shot itself is a crap shoot each year, as only the three strands that the vaccine maker chooses are included. Any other strain of flu or mutations to these three strains will not be protected against.
Why not opt to boost the immune system and use homeopathy as both a preventative measure and in the case of active illness? In a 2010 study, taking a low dose of vitamin D3 proved 42% less likely to get the flu. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20219962. Taking a moderate dose of the vitamin may prove to be even more beneficial, depending on the lack of the vitamin in the individual.
Even in optimum health, epidemics occur. In the case of flu epidemics, homeopathy has a history of taking care of those who have fallen ill. The homeopathic hospitals that treated victims of the 1918 flu pandemic had a mortality rate of less than 1% while conventional hospitals’ mortality rates were 30-60%! The most frequently used remedies during that time were Gelsemium and Bryonia. The same remedies are likely to be beneficial in future outbreaks of flu, and are beneficial in many cases of the flu.
In the event that the flu is running rampant in your school or neighborhood, Influenzinum 30 can be taken preventatively. The protocol is to use Influenzinum 30 one day weekly (4 doses that day) over the course of one month, then one day monthly over the course of the winter months. For preventative purposes don’t use this remedy more than as directed above.
The other remedy to carry at home is Oscillococcinum. This is sold over the counter at many stores, or can be purchased online. At the first sign of flu-like symptoms, begin taking this remedy.