Resources

Living a healthy lifestyle is easy….once you figure out where to find the information you need! So here is a list of resources I routinely use.

{Looking for resources in the West Michigan area? Check out Grand Rapids Natural Living}

 

eBooks:

The world of eating “real foods” can be overwhelming, the change in diet daunting. But when you have the right information at your fingertips and the right recipes in the kitchen, it becomes a whole lot easier! The following books are not written by me, but put together by some of my good friends and favorite bloggers. I’ve read or looked over each of the books to make sure it would be something I want to recommend – and each one passes the test.

Free eBooks:

sugar cravingsThe Sugar Detox Challenge – The last couple of years now, we’ve done a sugar detox challenge after the holidays. This year I’ve made a lot of changes for you! Instead of weekly posts or emails, I’ve bundled it all up into a convenient, 24-page, FREE ebook. This way you can download it (for free)and keep it for future reference.

Is Your Flour Wet? A multiple blogger project put together by Katie of Kitchen Stewardship. Your guide to soaked, sprouted, and fermented baked goods. A free download for email subscribers.

 

From Stephanie at Keeper of the Home:

Real Food on a Real Budget: Learn how to buy and make whole foods without breaking the bank. Stephanie for Keeper of the Home has written an immensely thorough book perfect for beginners and ‘foodies’ alike! This is one book I really wish was written back when we starting changing the foods we ate.

From Katie at Kitchen Stewardship:

Healthy Snacks to Go: One of the hardest ‘meals’ to eat real food for seems to be snacks! Katie from Kitchen Stewardship has put together a downloadable eBook chock full of easy to make recipes and tips for eating real food on the go. I’ve personally made many of them myself (the popeye bars are my fav!) and they went over well with my family too!

Kitchen Stewardship in the Big Woods: Family Camping Handbook Kitchen Stewardship in the Big Woods: Family Camping Handbook: Want to go camping but not sure how with littles ones and can’t figure out how to eat well? Katie’s got you covered on this one, with plenty of ideas and recipes to make camping easier.

Kitchen Stewardship in the Big Woods: Family Camping Handbook The Everything Beans Book: If you’re looking to save money on groceries, beans are a good way to go about it. Just make sure you prepare them properly, and have a good recipe or two to help you along. What to know more about beans than you ever thought possible? This eBook literally tells you everything there is to know.

Smart Sweets – Indulge your sweet tooth but with a bit wiser choices than the rest of the culture is making…30 recipes using unrefined sweeteners, whole, soaked or sprouted grains (many with no grains at all!), and real ingredients like vegetables, fruits and even beans.

From Michele at Frugal Granola:

Herbal Nurturing from Frugal Granola Herbal Nurturing: I feel that using alternatives to conventional medicine have left me healthier in the long long and Michele has done a great job pf putting together easy recipes in order to treat common issues. She covers everything from immune boosting products to headache and migraine soothers in and easy to read and detailed eBook.

A Natural Noel from Frugal Granola A Natural Noel: “Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas, leading up to Epiphany (January 6th) is not a weird, religious obsession. It is a way to fully savor the joyous birth of Christ, and His many gifts!” This wonderfully thought-out book helps each family continue on with delving into the “reason for the season” even after the holidays are over. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and my family and I will use it for years to come!

From Kate at Modern Alternative Mama:

Against the Grain – Are you grain-free? Whether it’s due to allergy, weight loss, or doing the GAPS diet, grain-free eating isn’t easy. In fact, it can get pretty boring: lots of plain baked or grilled meats and steamed veggies. Who wants to eat boring, bland food forever? Especially on long-term, family diets (like GAPS), family members are likely to balk and “fall off the wagon” if they’re expected to eat so much of the same all the time. But grain-free doesn’t have to be boring.

Real Food Basics – Are you new to real food? Looking for familiar recipes? Or maybe you’re not as new, but you still need healthy, familiar recipes to cook for family or friends who are still rather skeptical. Or, are you looking for a way to learn about why real food for yourself or others? This book is the answer. It will show you how to cook real, recognizable foods in your own kitchen.

Treat Yourself – One unfortunate truth that real foodies have to confront is that sugar isn’t good for you. Knowing this means that most desserts — homemade or store-bought — are out, because most rely heavily on sugar for their flavor, namely white sugar. Avoiding dessert for the rest of your life just isn’t feasible. Life without a treat now and then is dull and boring. But now…you can Treat Yourself again! Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts is exactly what it sounds like

 

From Marilyn of Just Making Noise:

Just Making Ice Cream – Love ice cream? Wish you could make ice cream at home, but don’t have an ice cream maker? Can’t decide what ice cream maker to buy? Have food allergies? Trying to watch your sugar-intake? Want to make something more than just vanilla, chocolate or strawberry? This is the book for you!

All proceeds of this book benefit the Rancho Oasis for Youth

From Shannon of Nourishing Days:

 Simple Food for Spring – using seasonal foods, this recipe book contains 28 grain-free recipes, full-color photos with every recipe, and 5 essays encouraging sustainability and homegrown living with information about cleansing and wild edibles.

Simple Food for Winter – Using seasonal foods, this ebook has This 58 page book contains 30 recipes, 10 full-color photos, and three essays.

Grain free recipes and plenty of nourishing soups as well.

From Trina at All That is Good:

Real {Fast} Food – Most people think that a traditional/whole foods diet takes to long. This ebook teaches you how to prepare food without feeling like you’re constantly in the kitchen.

More than 50 recipes and tons of information.

 

From Michelle at Open Eye Health:

Clean StartAre you tired of cleaning your home with dangerous, chemical-filled products? Imagine cleaning your home using only safe and natural products (some likely already in your kitchen!) that could also save you money. Clean Start is a great resource to help you switch over to a naturally clean home. Walking through each individual room, you will learn different natural cleaning methods, simple recipes, and all sorts of extra cleaning tips!

Beauty/Hygiene Products:

  • Skin Deep – An awesome database by the Environmental Working Group to search cosmetic products for chemicals, etc. Gives a listing of the most and least toxic products.

MadeOn Lotion– Renee hand makes a hard lotion bar with only 3 ingredients, all healthy for your skin! And most importantly, she has a chocolate scented lotion bar as well! I’ve been using the lotion bars for a few months now and they seem to work better for me than water based lotions. She also sells hair butter and lip balm.

 

Food:

For resources in West MI, check out Grand Rapids Natural Living

Mountain Rose Herbs Mountain Rose Herbs – The supplier for most of the herbs and spices I’ve purchased over the last few years. This is definitely a company I recommend as every purchase I’ve made has come quickly, been fresh and of great quality. I normally make 2 purchases throughout the year to get the bulk discounts and save on shipping. They also offer great discounts when buying a single herb in bulk – great to share with family and friends!

  • U.S. Wellness Meats – Have a hard time finding good quality, grass-fed meats? I’ve met and talked with the folks from U.S. Wellness Meats and have also tried many of their products.
  • Cultures for Health -Where I buy my cultures for yogurt, dairy and water kefir, kombucha scoby, and buttermilk starter. They also sell sourdough startes and much more! I also love the customer service from Julie!
  • Green Pastures – Sells one of the only quality cod liver oil ‘supplements’ I buy.
  • Vital Choice – An online supplier of quality seafood and wild salmon.

 

Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs. A Herbs, Health & Harmony Com

Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.

 

Real/Whole/Nourishing Food Sites:

  • Weston A. Price – “The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic andbiodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.” Basically a grest resource for all things pertaining to nourishing foods!!
  • Real Milk – A great site on the hows and whys of drinking raw milk. They also have a search feature to find a local source for raw milk.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs – A great resource for herbs, spices, oils, and things pertaining to natural body care. I’ve ordered from them and loved everything I got!
  • Cultures For Health – A site that sells, Yogurt and Sourdough starters as well as kefir grains.

 

Real Food Bloggers

 

Online Teaching Resources

  • Vintage Remedies (where I am currently studying for my Master Herbalist certification)

Finding Local Resources:

  • Local Harvest – A great site to find farmers markets and CSA’s near you.
  • Real Milk – A great site on the hows and whys of drinking raw milk. They also have a search feature to find a local source for raw milk.
  • Eat Wild – A great site all about healthy meats with a search feature to find your own local source.
  • Azure Standard – I’ve never ordered from them, but know a lot of folks who do. They sell bulk and natural foods and deliver on the west coast.

 

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