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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Removing Amalgam Fillings + Heavy Metal Detox 101


Amalgam?

We all know what amalgam is, but most of us have only ever heard of it referred to as a "silver filling". Yes, those hideous gray fillings that make it obvious that we have cavities. I started getting amalgam fillings by the time I was 8, and had a whopping 12 by the time I was 18! Needless to say, I was very self-conscious about my teeth. The reason why I had so many cavities is a totally different story, which I will address in a later blog post. As I began learning about health and nutrition, I kept hearing the word amalgam. So, I eventually started to research it, and wow- I was blown away, disgusted, and incredibly scared.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Healing With Bentonite Clay



What is Bentonite Clay, You Ask?

Well, it's clay! As in clay from the earth- the same clay that people have used for centuries to make pottery. One thing most people don't know is that the same folks that used clay for pottery thousands of years ago, also used it medicinally. Yes, that's right- people have been eating clay for thousands of years! Over the past few years that I have used Bentonite, it seems as though it has consistently gained popularity. There are now soaps, toothpastes, and shampoos that contain bentonite. It is also a common ingredient is several popular detox and cleanse kits! 

So, I'm sure you're wondering where it comes from? Bentonite clay is sediment composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash. It is usually quarry mined from deposits ranging from 100 to several thousand feet. After being removed from the earth, it is dried, crushed, and granulated. 
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Friday, December 6, 2013

{RAW} Cookies, Bars, & Truffles- Demystified


When I first met my husband, he was a raw foodie. His diet consisted mostly of cacao smoothies, kale salads, and lots of fermented stuff. In one of his books I found some recipes for raw truffles that sounded delicious, but was too intimidated to try them. I just didn't understand how those ingredients could possibly make a "dough" and solidify into a "cookie"? Many months later my lovely friend shared an incredibly simple raw truffle recipe with me. I was shocked... and absolutely hooked! Seriously. They were far better than any chocolate snack I had ever had. So, my curiosity led me to a great book in the library- see here. I tried a few of the recipes from the book, and quickly realized that raw desserts were just the most delicious, quick, and easy recipes ever. Pretty soon I started experimenting, and I found out that you can't mess these up! There is no such thing as exact proportions when making raw cookies, bars, or truffles. Not to mention that it is an absolute blast to experiment around with. So, if you've never made a raw dessert.. let's move out of your comfort zone and try something new today! You won't regret it. I'm going to share a few basic recipes to give you an idea of what the necessary ingredients are. There is a lot of room for deviation, creativity, and mistake with these recipes. 
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All recipes are original creations by Tyler Peacock (The Primitive Homemaker), unless otherwise noted. If you wish to use a recipe on your own recipe or blog, please provide your readers with the link to my original recipe.