Category Archives: Tips from the Traditional Cook

COFFEE, PLEASE: The Destructive Nature of Caffeine

What do you think is the most frequent answer to the question, What would you like to drink? Whether at someone’s home or in a restaurant, for the most part the answer is usually, Coffee, please! If we’re not drinking coffee at homes or restaurants, we’re drinking it at the coffee shops we see on […]

Goodbye Hot, Hello Cold: The Real Cause of Winter Colds

What I detail in this blog post will, hopefully, give you what I actually enjoyed last winter—not one single cold! Rather than list a ton of cold remedies, which no doubt most of you already have, I’d like to discuss why we experience what can turn out to be weeks of recurrent misery with one […]

Are You Avoiding Pasta? If Yes, This Blog Post Is for You

Heaven forbid that we should mention pasta. Why? Because the refined version is fattening, and it’s chock-full of simple carbohydrates and empty calories. In addition, the flour hasn’t been prepared properly by soaking it for easy digestion. To be honest, I’d not even thought of pasta for many years. But when a memory brought it […]

SWEAT IT OUT: When Other Remedies Don’t Work

sweat

I’ve been working with an out-of-state friend by phone for a little over a year, and we were recently discussing a horrific car accident she was in about a year ago. She’d sustained some very serious injuries, both internal and external. Prior to the accident, she hadn’t been a sickly person. As a matter of […]

When Your Pain Sucks! Cannabis Sativa vs. Traditional Remedies

Back pain

Pardon the title, as it may sound rude, but I truly believe that each one of us can identify with the phrase “pain sucks.” Because I’m no exception, I thought it would be helpful to update my readers about some tried and true traditional pain remedies and also discuss one particular not-so-new remedy that’s becoming […]

Soup in the Summer? Why It’s Wise to Eat Soup in the Summer

Woman making soup

I don’t know about you, but since I’m sort of a recluse I often tend to cogitate (to ponder on any one thing intently). This happened to me recently while I was quietly enjoying my lunch with some soft classical music in the background. Do you ever do that? Probably not many of us get […]

Pain Free Gardening: Help! What to Do After a Day of Bending, Kneeling, and Lifting

Gardener with back pain

It’s mid-July here in colorful Colorado—and for that matter, all over the country. For the most part, we’re in that precious time of year when, after a long, somber winter of browsing seed catalogs, we’re anxious to start digging into the earth. Yes, we true blue gardeners are finally in the thick of our gardening […]

Why I Switched to Stevia: The Sweet Leaf from Garden to Table

Stevia and strawberries

In a recent post regarding the healthiest sweeteners, I carefully detailed what are considered to be the most natural and safe sweeteners. I also included some modified recipes to demonstrate how we can and should cut down on our sweetener consumption, even for the ones we consider healthy and natural. In that same post, I […]

The SWEET Secret in Leafy Greens: Clarion Call to Eat More Greens!

Green smoothie

Are you one of the many millions of people who, even though you know how essential leafy greens are for your health, you—yes, you—nevertheless find at the end of the week that once again, you’ve not eaten any leafy greens! The feelings of remorse and guilt creep back for the umpteenth time, and with a […]

Blood Sugar Control: An Herbal & Food Perspective

Blood sugar control

Sometimes the usual foods we choose to keep our blood sugar stabilized are just that—“usual foods.” Take, for example, the common suggestion that we just eat a slice of cheese or drink a cup of coffee! Unfortunately, we forget, or simply don’t know, that for thousands of years many different herbs and foods have played […]

Bone Disorders: Real Osteoporosis Prevention!

skeletal structure

Are you one of the many worried people who would like to know how to best prevent the onset of an early bone disorder, or even stop the progression of one you suspect is already happening?  Maybe, like me, you’re not too excited about exercise, beyond taking long, healthy walks, but warnings that you must […]

Fat Burning Foods! Develop Your Own Weight Loss Program

How many times has your doctor or holistic practitioner—or even just a concerned friend—handed you a carefully outlined list of recommendations on this or that “best of the best” weight-loss diet, BUT once you got home, the information went on top of the coffee table, never to be looked at again? How about tippy-toeing around […]

Guilt-Free Dessert Recipes

Kids eating dessert

When I was growing up, there was nothing like when my mom would bake her unbeatable chocolate cake. Each day, we’d only get one slice, along with a tall glass of really cold milk. Nirvana is the only way to describe each bite of this smooth, chocolaty treat. Oh so sweet and delicious. Yum! Although […]

Anointing Your Body with Oil: One More In-Depth Healing Technique

Woman anointing feet

“Essential substances, including healing fats, must be obtained in optimal quantities to maintain optimal health.” —Udo Eramus Have you perchance ever wondered why it is that even when you eat well and use affirmations, prayer, and meditations, you’re still, after so much effort, unable to resolve some persistent health issue? Could the practice of anointing […]

Nourishing Your Pet: Spotlight on Raw Food Diets and More!

Dog and cat

While basking quietly in my cozy reading chair and watching the morning sun coming through my east bedroom window, I was surprised by the sudden PA-LOP! that brought me out of my reverie. There, to my surprise, was my sweet cat curling up in my lap, wanting to also enjoy those welcome rays of morning […]

Healing the Immune System

Immune system

We see the words “healing the immune system” in hundreds of magazines, TV shows, and pieces of literature. I recently found out from a family member that there are even immune system research centers where children can be tested and treated for immune system disorders! I can only surmise they treat such disorders with steroids […]

Nutrient Dense Foods: What They Are and Are Not!

Nutrient dense foods

In a recent conversation with a lady who had just discovered Sally Fallon’s cookbook Nourishing Traditions and the Weston A. Price Foundation, it became incredibly apparent to me that despite the enormous amount of information available to people, both in print and online, many STILL have a low grasp of what foods qualify as “nutrient […]

Insomnia Relief! Help from a Former Insomniac

Insomnia

Having spent many years as a former insomniac, I thought it might be helpful to tackle the subject of sleepless nights at the start of a hopeful and more peaceful new year. After all, even those of us who are relatively healthy and not experiencing any chronic pain or emotional upheaval will occasionally meet up […]