NOTE: PLEASE support your LOCAL farmers, ranchers etc. I could write a 10 page article why it's so important to do so, but PLEASE buy from someone in your area as much as possible or try to grow or raise as much of your own food as possible. I can't emphasize this importance enough. Just make sure to grow your garden organically and to raise your animals free-range and pasture fed. Care for them well - what goes around comes around.
We are fortunate to live near a store whose owners and operators scrutinize each product that goes into their store. We can confidently shop there knowing it is the best of what is available. We have been fortunate to find better products while traveling and have made recommendations that the owners have implemented into their store. It is also fun to see products that friends have made on the shelves as well. If you do not have access to a store like Real Foods Market www.realfoodsmarket.com, here are some resources online to help you... (one day Celiac Shack will have it's own online store)...
We use a Sergeant Steam, ENJO products and essential oil infused cleaning products in our home. http://sargentsteam.com/
My hands are no longer dry and irritated (even from using environmentally friendly chemicals) and it's incredible to literally see the difference in the level of dirt that's picked up with the ENJO fibres vs. the traditional way to clean. You only use ENJO fibres and cold water to clean. My 4 year old cleans the bathrooms perfectly and safely using ENJO!
The bath fibers are wonderful! www.enjo.com.
We have never used Norwex (due to having so many Enjo products) but have many friends who love it and it is much cheaper than ENJO products.
Choose raw organic dairy products. Unless the label indicates “raw” chances are the milk has been pasteurized and homogenized. The only way to truly obtain raw milk is to become familiar with its source (either via a local farm or one of the websites below).
Some states do sell milk that is not homogenized but is still pasteurized. If you are not able to obtain completely raw milk, this would be a great option.
The following Web sites provide information about obtaining raw organic dairy products in the United States:
Butter and Cheese (www.grasslandmeats.com) A Campaign for Real Milk (www.realmilk.com) Organic Pastures (www.organicpastures.com) The Weston A. Price Foundation (http://www.westonaprice.org/)
Make sure the milk is free of antibiotics, free of hormones, and that the cows are fed organic feed.
All of the animal protein you choose should be hormone- and antibiotic-free.
Note: As much as I am a raw milk advocate, I can no longer tolerate dairy due to antibiotic use that was mandatory for lyme's disease testing. Hopefully in the future I will be able to tolerate milk, but for me I have to be dairy free while my kiddos and husband enjoy all of the cultured dairy products.
We love essential oils. We have a wholesale account with DoTERRA. Our website is www.mydoterra.com/celiacshack.
We love the book "Emotional Healing with Essential Oils" by a good friend of ours Daniel MacDonald. Here is a link to purchase his book from his website...
I highly recommend High Intensity Interval Training. Go to www.20secondfitness.com/ to purchase a really amazing workout program.
Cellusizing is amazing for the stimulation of the lymph system. I highly recommend it! www.cellercise.com (David Hall really is as fit in person as he is seen on his website videos!)
We are also big fans of Ron Williams. We are fortunate to be able to get one on one mentoring sessions using his Iron Chest Master. www.ironchestmaster.com.
I'm a huge diva cup fan. End of story ;) (We also choose organic pads and liners purchased at our local Health Food Stores.) www.divacup.com
Fruits and Vegetables
If you are unable to find these brands, make sure that the brand that you choose only has a minimal amount of ingredients. For example, the ingredients label for Almond Butter should read Raw (Organic) Almonds !
Homemade Peanut Butter
Raw, virgin Coconut oil that is certified organic and non-gmo is what we use. We purchase from our local health food stores. It is important that the oil is cold-pressed (no heat used in the extraction process).
Extra Virgin Traditional Philippine (www.wildfamilynaturals.com) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (www.naturalsunfood.com ) Tropical Traditions (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/)butter for high heat cooking, in recipes or on top of vegetables.
Choose pure unrefined sea salt with no additives, preferably Celtic sea salt. Sources include local health food stores and the following:
Celtic Sea Salt brand (www.celticseas.com ) Redmond’s Real Salt (http://www.wildfamilynaturals.com/) . There are many varieties of sea salts available in most grocery stores unrefined but unless the label indicates “unrefined”, this salt has been put through many degrading artificial processes and is no longer a healthy salt. It also may contain many chemical additives.
Make sure the salt you purchase does NOT contain any of the following: Sugar (added to stabilize Iodine and as anti-caking chemical) Aluminum silicate.
You may also use Himalayan Salt, as it is also unrefined and completely raw. It Himalayan Salt (http://www.wildfamilynaturals.com/)
Raw Honey - Purchase from a local bee keeper that does NOT feed the bees sugar.
Through the years I have tried SO many different systems and have a RO system in our home. However, due to many factors, I made a trip every couple of weeks to get steam distilled water from our Chiropractor and add liquid minerals back into the water before drinking it.
Currently I have a company that delivers distilled water and spring water to me on a bi-weekly basis. I use the distilled water and add minerals back to it, and my kids and spouse prefer the spring water.
I hope all of this helps! I hope that you have a www.realfoodsmarket.com or a www.goodearth.com in your area! Health Food/ Real Food Markets make life so much easier. In the future I hope to have an online store where individuals can make online purchases without worry knowing the research has been done for them.
Lots of love,