My GAPS Journey on Facebook

Today I excitedly told a group of women at church that I had successfully completed four days without chocolate (today is my fifth day). I don’t know what I was expecting, maybe a “Good for you!” but what I heard was one lady say, “That’s not good news.” ūüė¶ I know what she meant, but…

Healing Ear Infections with Probiotics

Back in December I decided there was something wrong with my ears. Every so often my ears would get this “feeling” like I was coming down with a cold, usually accompanied by that “feeling” I get in my throat when I’m about to get sick. I could tell my ears were infected with something, but…

Spiritual Sunday: Made to be Perfect

One of the criticisms of Christianity is that Christian religions are guilt-inducing. When I first heard this, I thought, No way! Not MY church!¬†I imagined people were talking about pastors instilling the fear of God into the congregation, telling them they were these worthless, below-the-dust-of-the-earth sort of thing, that Satan was going to drag them…

Health Comes First

Everywhere I turn people are trying to lose weight. Some want to look better, and some want to be healthier. Most probably want better health¬†and better looks, but I think people are primarily driven by one or the other to lose weight. When I hear that someone is trying to lose weight to look better,…

Love at Home

I do “music time” in the Relief Society (women’s organization) at my church. Twice a month I come up with a tiny little 2-minute music lesson after which we usually sing a song that relates (sometimes the lesson is about the actual song). This last Sunday I chose the hymn¬†Love at Home¬†by John McNaughton. McNaughton…

Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms

My little boy picked out an eggplant at the grocery store last week. He said it was his “favorite.” We’ve never had eggplant before. So what was I to do with this eggplant? I had also bought several extra-large crimini mushrooms to make stuffed mushrooms, but didn’t actually have any idea what I was going…

Lacto-fermented Ginger Carrots

Almost five years ago I tried making fermented veggies for the first time–sauerkraut with carrots–in an effort to help heal my body from Candida albicans. I used a very traditional method which required fermenting for 7 days and used no whey. It was so potent that I couldn’t handle it. At all. I dumped it…

Spiritual Sunday: Fasting

In my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), we observe a practice called fasting. Fasting can be done any time one feels the need, but as a whole, we participate in what we call “Fast Sunday,” which is usually the first Sunday of each month. On Fast Sunday, everyone who is able…