August 27, 2014

Frugal Fridays – Eating Organic & Saving Money by Keeping it Simple!

Can I tell you a secret?  Our grocery bill has actually gone down by around $400 since we stopped eating processed foods.   We even added a family member during that time.

I know it can be really difficult to make ends meet sometimes so I want to encourage you that you don’t have to give up (or stay away from!) natural and even organic foods because of the price tag.

What’s the key?

Simplicity

For us, it’s been simplicity.  I no longer load up my grocery cart with packaged chips, cookies, poptarts, and pre-prepared dinners that don’t really nourish us anyway.

I instead buy food as fresh as possible and as local as I can.   I can buy organic eggs, apples, juice, etc because I’m not sinking my dollars into empty calories.

I also pick simple foods that I know my family will eat.  I don’t experiment with recipes much because I’m not a very good cook, and I don’t want to waste ingredients!

Costco has been a great help!  I can buy organic pasta, organic tomato sauces, organic green beans, and snacks there for often a good discount.

Snacks for on-the-go are about the only thing we still buy packaged – we really like the Brothers All-Natural freeze-dried fruit and the Annie’s Bunnies snack.  Those and some cheese sticks make excellent grab-and-go snacks for us.

One thing that definitely costs more but is well worth it for us, is raw milk!   The nutrition and the taste can’t be beat, and we are big milk drinkers.  A big part of my grocery budget goes towards our milk.

Meals

Thankfully, my husband doesn’t expect gourmet meals (because I couldn’t deliver them even if my budget was unlimited! Unless I could hire a cook… now there’s a thought!)    He’s happy with simple too – and he’s even happier now that he realizes how much better he feels NOT eating all the junk!

A few simple meal ideas:

Lunch:  tuna fish sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, dinner leftovers

Dinner: Spaghetti, tacos, quesadillas, crockpot lasagna, taco soup, chicken pasta, & tuna salad.   The Internet gives us an unlimited supply of recipes and meal ideas.  I like Heavenly Homemakers for ideas too.

Meals might be rather boring at our house, but they are both cost-effective and nourishing! 

What are your go-to simple meals?

 

 


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Vitamin Printable Coupons

There are a couple of good vitamin coupons out right now.  You might want to print them and wait for a sale to get a really good deal!

$1/1 Nature’s Bounty Printable Coupon or $1.60/2 Printable

$1.50/2 Sundown Naturals Printable Coupon

$1/1 Boiron Oscillococcinum Printable Coupon


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Chemicals – on our SKIN!!

My latest guest post is up at Surviving the Stores!

Powerful enough to melt plastic, your mosquito repellent is a neurotoxin! Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia says that exposure to DEET causes neurons to die in several parts of your brain, including areas that control muscle movement, memory, concentration, and learning. Rats exposed to DEET in the lab had trouble walking!

We all hate mosquito bites, and a bite, in some areas of the world, can lead to serious disease and even death. Thankfully, we have natural alternatives to DEET that are proven to be even more effective!

Read more about this and other toxic chemicals hidden in our body care products!


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Daily Deal – Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar from The Artisanal Kitchen

The Artisanal Kitchen has a delicious-sounding deal today – $19 for Three Olives Olive Oil and Aceto Balsamico Di Modena ($41.98 value), hand-picked by a judge for the International Fancy Food Show.   Shipping is included in this deal.


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Preventing Illness – An alternative to the flu shot

You’ve likely heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   As cold and flu season rolls around again, did you know there’s more you can do to prevent sickness than just taking good ole Vitamin C?

This new series will highlight different vitamins and supplements that you can take (and give to your kids!) to dramatically lower your incidence rate of sickness.   Yay for less sick days!

The Flu Shot – Think Twice

If you’re thinking about getting the flu shot, or giving it to your kids, can I give you a friendly suggestion?

Skip it.

There are a lot of reasons why it’s not a good idea and I encourage you to do some research to find out more.  According to health.com, the latest scientific reports indicate that it doesn’t work very well.   New data is emerging that says the vaccine is not even effective in the population it’s really designed for – the elderly.   Michael Osterholm, who directs the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, told a national conference on vaccine research that it’s time to be more open about the flu vaccine and its lack of protection for the elderly.   Researcher and doctor Lisa Jackson said it only reduces the number of deaths from the flu by 5% among elderly populations.

The safety of the vaccine is in question as well as its effectivness.  Limited studies have been done on the safety (only 6 out of 206 studies on the vaccine looked at its safety according to Dr. Tom Jefferson, a coordinator for an international group of researchers).

The majority of these vaccines still contain thermisol (and therefore, 49% mercury!), which is a known neurotoxin.   Our bodies have enough heavy metal toxins to deal with without injecting ourselves with more!

An Alternative

My children’s pediatrician introduced us to a great alternative to the flu shot - Influenzinum (Boiron).  This homeopathic remedy has been used by physicians for over 150 years, with great results.

A study conducted by the French Society of Homeopathy surveyed 23 homeopathic doctors about their use of Influenzinum.  Over a ten year period, 453 patients were tracked, and in approximately 90 percent of the cases no instances of the flu occurred when Influenzinum was used preventively no matter what the dosage protocol.

Among the physicians the effectiveness was deemed good to very good in 90 percent of the cases. In 5 percent there was no protective effect. Of the patients, 98 percent expressed a desire to take the same preventive treatment the following year.

For Little Ones

For little ones, King Bio Homeopathic Multi-Strain Influenza can be appropriate for them.   If someone does get sick, you can increase the dosage.

Where to Find It

Influenzinum and King Bio are readily available at your local health food store, or online.   Have you tried it?  What do you think?

The products and the claims made about specific products on or through this site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. 


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Natural/Organic Coupon Round-Up (9/24)

When we (mostly) gave up eating processed foods, I thought my couponing days were over.  As more companies listen to the consumers, US!, they’re putting out more and more coupons for all natural and organic products.

Check out this list of all natural or organic printable coupons!

Food

* $1/1 Red’s All Natural Burrito 

* 50¢/1 Hormel Natural Choice Lunch Meat

* 75¢/1 Truvia Natural Sweetener or Printable

* $1/2 Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Sausages

* $1/1 Wholly Guacomole, Salsa, or Queso

* $1/1 Green Mountain Coffee (or $2/1 to use online)

* 50¢/4 Dole All Natural Fruit

* 75¢/1 Santa Cruz Organic 32 oz. Juice

* $1/1 R. W. Knudsen Family Just Juice

* 50¢/1 Luna Protien or Protien Bar

* $1/1 CLIF Kid Zbar or CLIF Kid Zbar Crispy 6-pack

* $1/2 CLIF Kid Zbar

* $1/2 CLIF Kid ZFruit

* $1/1 Crunch Master Crackers

* $1/1 Earth Balance Organic Soymilk

* $1/1 Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread

* 50¢/2 Blue Diamond Products

* $1/1 Country Choice Organic Product

* $1/1 Stonyfield Organic Activia (4 pk)

* 75¢/1 Organic Valley Half & Half Flavored Creamer

* $1/1 CLIF Crunch Granola Bars

* 75¢/1 Rudi’s Organic Bakery Bread

* $1/1 Organic Valley Half Gallon Orange Juice

* 75¢/1 Organic Valley Soy Creamer

* $1.50/2 Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bars or Waffles

* $1/1 Duncan Hines Whole Grain Muffin Mix coupon from the 9/25 SS

Personal Care

* $1.50/1 Johnson’s Natural Product

* $1/1 The Natural Dentist Product

* $3/1 Phillips Colon Health Probiotic Caps

* $1/1 Tom’s of Maine coupon from the 9/18 SS

* $1.50/2 Sundown Natural’s

* $2/1 Florastor Probiotic

Household 

* $1/1 Mean Green Cleaning Product

* $1/1 Ecover Cleaning Product

(disclaimer – I have not read the ingredient label on all of these products. Please read them carefully to make sure it’s up to your standards.  Happy Saving!)

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Diatomaceous Earth

Check out my latest guest post at Surviving the Stores!

Simple Steps to a Healthier Home – Using Diatomaceous Earth Instead of Harsh Chemicals!


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Healing Cavities Naturally – Really?

This post is about teeth.  We all have them (hopefully) and we generally spend as little time as possible thinking about them.  I’ve been thinking about mine more lately because they’ve been hurting.  Correction – they were hurting.  For several months.  I was dreading a return trip to the dentist because he didn’t really fix anything that was hurting last time.  I just ended up with two mercury fillings.  :(   (Me, sleep-deprived b/c of a newborn, and a dentist trip didn’t mix real well).

But THEN – I read an article on the Healthy Home Economist about how she healed her child’s cavities naturally.  NATURALLY.   After doing more research and reading the book she references, Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel, I decided to give it a try.  It sure wouldn’t hurt, and the supplement they recommend would cost an incredibly amount less than the dentist.

After about two weeks on the supplement, my teeth were feeling SO MUCH BETTER!  They weren’t hurting anymore, and I could chew all throughout my mouth.  (Don’t you love these details??)

If you want to know the scientific basis for this, keep reading!

The theory that Ramiel Nagel presents is based on research from well-known doctor, Weston A. Price.  There’s a whole foundation based on his work, from which I have learned a lot about whole foods.

Dr. Price visited tribes that had been isolated from the modern world back in the fifties.  He noticed that their teeth were absolutely perfect – white, no cavities, no missing teeth, and no need for orthodontics.  He started studying the tribes to learn why and, as you might have guessed, their perfect teeth had everything to do with their diet.

Nagel explains how a dentist that formulated the theory for tooth decay explained that when teeth are strong, the bacteria that lives on them don’t harm the teeth.  These tribes didn’t brush or floss, and their teeth always had food on them.  It’s when the teeth are weak that the bacteria can affect them.  Same idea if someone has a weakened immune system.  He might get sick from a bug that someone else’s body would fight right off.
This theory got turned around along the way, and we started blaming the bacteria for tooth decay, rather than looking at the root cause.  (Does that sound familiar to anyone?)  Reference Digging Deeper…

The diet he explains sounded rather complicated to me and included things like fish head stew.  Um, no thanks.  BUT he talked in depth about two supplements that we can take that replaces the nutrients our bodies are lacking if we have teeth decay.  These nutrients are found in fermented cod liver oil and butter oil.

Before you stay eww and stop reading, especially if you’ve read this far, it comes in capsules.  I haven’t had any trouble with it.  (Unlike the regular cod liver oil I took when I was pregnant with D – it was in capsules too and I couldn’t handle it.  The fermented version is actually terrific for some reason.)

I bought the FCLO and butter oil combination that Green Pastures makes (it’s called the Blue Ice Royal Blend) and I’ve been taking 4 capsules/day.  You can play with the dosage to find one that’s right for you.

If you have some more complicated issues, like mercury fillings and root canals, or just want to know more, I highly recommend Nagel’s book.  I got the Kindle version (which you can read on your smartphone or computer, you don’t need a Kindle) and it was much cheaper. =)

What do you think?   Have you tried it?

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