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Massive Book Bundle SALE!

I am so excited to  tell you about this bundle of healthy living ebooks and classes and meal plan and more. Not just because the value of the bundle is crazy good, but also I HAVE A BOOK IN THE BUNDLE! Yep, I wrote a book. Well, more like photographed and styled a book. It’s pretty and practical and it’s all about making your DIY natural gifts GORGEOUS.

BUT…I have a couple of other favorite books in this bundle, so I’ll tell you about them first. Read More →

Quick Tip For Gutting a Pumpkin

I learned this little trick last week and had to pass it along to all of you because scraping out a pumpkin or squash is my least favorite part about eating them or carving them or whatevering them!  It’s a big tip. Get ready for it…



Amazing. Huge! YES! Canning lids like these. And it totally works. It saved me about 5 minutes while making dinner tonight. About 3 scrapes and everything was out and the squash was clean and beautiful. You KNOW this will come in handy when you do your last minute carving this coming week. SHARE this little gem with your friends because that is the way I learned about it and sharing is cool!

Maple Pumpkin Spiral



I love happy accidents that turn out to be works of art! I went to cut my pumpkin into rings to use in the same way acorn squash is in THIS RECIPE. I started cutting my first ring and the knife sliced a little sideways. OK, *I* sliced a little sideways because I was turning the little pie pumpkin in a circle thinking it would be more efficient. Well, it was efficient, all right. I kept going and ended up with a spiral cut pumpkin. It was sorta mesmerizing. I could pull the stem and the whole thing popped up like a slinky.

I decided to go with it. After scooping out the guts and seeds I put it in a stainless bowl on its side, slathered it with butter and poured Grade B maple syrup all over it. I sprinkled it with some spices and a few hazelnuts and dried cranberries and popped it in the oven. Out came an amazing, moist, slightly sweet ball of YUM!  It was even pretty.  So I took a photo…what else would I do? It looks great and tastes even better!

Here’s what passes as a recipe for me…

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1 small Pie Pumpkin

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup real maple syrup (I ended up using about half cup in the end)

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves)

Handful of nuts and raisins, dates and/or cranberries


Spiral cut the pumpkin and clean out the seeds and netting.

Place in a baking dish on its side.

Spread butter between spirals.

Pour syrup over the top and let it pool in the dish.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes turning over once.

To serve, cut the pumpkin in half and the slices will come apart.




Daylight Saving Time Puts Your Health at Risk


Early to bed, early to rise is an age-old saying and some pretty great advice (unless you’re a teenager when body rhythms change a bit naturally). The biggest cue in telling your body to wake up is LIGHT. The sun comes up, the body wakes up. In her book, The Sleep Solution Emily Benefit talks about the importance of a dark room at night and getting lots of light during the day. Waking up with the sun is healthy and feels amazing.

Unfortunately, we’ve created a society that runs on time schedules instead of light schedules, which would be a lot better for our health. Imagine if your meeting were scheduled by the sun. Work would start at “Sunrise +1.5 hours”. Or you’d drop the kids off at school at “Sunrise +1 hour”  instead of a rigid 8:00 am.  Bedtime would be shortly after sunset and you’d get to sleep until the sun rose every day. Sleep is a big deal! In fact, the Monday after Daylight Saving time has been shown to have an increase in traffic accidents, workplace accidents, and suicides because of the loss of that precious hour of sleep. Web surfing increases that day, too and sends productivity plummeting.

For our family, the effects of Daylight Saving time are a nuisance in the fall. We don’t use alarm clocks, so waking up at a set time is tricky when the light is slowly disappearing. I’ve thought about using one of the many fun wake-up apps for mobile devices, but we don’t keep our mobile devices by our bed for other health reasons.

I’ve even thought about buying a wake up light (like this one). I don’t like the idea of a temporary fix, but I can’t exactly tell my kids’ school that we don’t observe Daylight Saving time. My husband has a flexible schedule and he does end up going in later as the light changes in the winter. Lucky!

Every year, I wait anxiously for the change back to standard time. (IT’S ON NOVEMBER 3rd!) YAY! Some of my friends mourn the loss of the extra light in the evening, but I know that it is great for natural sleep rhythms and will help bring on the droopy eyes earlier in the evening. The kids sleep better, we all wake up happier and life is good.

Now, to convince the world to go back to using sundials…




How I QUIT Acid Blockers After 20 Years


Like a lot of students, my second year in college consisted of lots of stress and super cheap food. I started having pain I couldn’t figure out so I went to the health center and had some tests done. The diagnosis… GERD. Acid reflux.  Heartburn? at 17?  Yep! The lovely barium x-ray confirmed it.

The miracle drug of the moment was prescription Zantac and I went home with a bunch of it. That was just the beginning. More than 20 years later I was STILL on acid blockers. Oh, I graduated to the latest and greatest every few years, but if I skipped taking it for one day I was in serious pain. When the pills were released over the counter, I bought the stuff by the cart-full and took it daily like a good girl.

What I didn’t know until recently was that excess acid was NOT my problem. In fact, by reducing the acid in my stomach, I was inhibiting my stomach’s natural ability to process and absorb the nutrients in my food. My blood levels consistently showed lack of various nutrients, particularly proteins and iron.

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How did I get off of the acid blockers? How did I get off of the acid blockers? I started eating differently. I stopped eating processed foods. I started feeding my body real food with real nutrients. Like fat! Yes, FAT. Lard and butter and coconut oil and more. I switched my dairy products to fresh raw, and grass fed. I started sprouting, soaking or souring my grains. I made sure I was eating real fresh food and choosing better sugars and fruits instead of junk or processed ‘health’ foods.

With the help of an integrated medicine doctor, I started taking a digestive enzyme with something in it that might be surprising…MORE ACID. Yep. Ox bile (from an ox) and hydrochloric acid. See, the problem was NOT too much acid. It was not ENOUGH. Not enough because the food I was eating was pretty much void of the enzymes needed to help my stomach produce enough acid to digest what I put in there. I know…it’s the opposite of everything we’ve been told. And, you know what? It’s doable even WITHOUT SUPPLEMENTS!

Craig Fear, certified Nutritional Therapist, explains this (much better than I ever could) in his book The 30-Day Heartburn Solution – A 3-Step Nutrition Program to Stop Acid Reflux Without Drugs. He explains how chronic heartburn can be eliminated with proper nutrition. And if you eat the right foods, right away, you can probably even skip the step of supplementation with enzymes and acid. No pills, just FOOD. Real, yummy, fatty food!

He does go on to talk about stress and what THAT does to the digestive system. I’m working on that one, but I’ve got it down to about half of what it used to be. I could do better, but even with just the changes I’ve made so far…

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How is that for healing? Not just treating symptoms. REAL HEALING!  In these six months of eating nutrient dense food, I have also been able to switch from conventional NSAIDs, which further complicate the stomach acid problem, to natural anti-inflammatory supplements (read more about that here!). The plan is to heal my body through nutrition and avoiding daily toxins as much as possible, so that I won’t even need the natural supplements. YOU can do it, too.

Get rid of heartburn, get off of those pills and get your body nourished and ‘healed for real’!
Get The 30 Day Heartburn Solution by Craig Fear 

And if you want to get serious about eating REAL FOOD, you MUST also get
Have Your Cake and Lose Weight Too! by Danelle Wolford of Weed ’em and Reap.
She takes you through the right foods and nutrients you’ll need to be on your way to restoring your health. Losing weight is a major plus, but it will also keep your stomach acids in check and doing what they were meant to do!

Get the books, change the diet, destroy the heartburn!

Le Creuset SUPER Giveaway!!

The RELUCTANT HEALTHWIFE facebook page has officially changed to HEALING FOR REAL!! If you haven’t liked the page already, here’s an ‘easy button’!
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I am SO happy to be able to celebrate my new site name with a HUGE giveaway.  BIG! As in $400 value BIG! I would not be able to give you a chance to win such a great prize on my own. I have partnered up with some of my favorite real food blogs. Be sure to go and visit their sites (listed below) and like their pages on facebook! The information they post is so useful and goes right along with my theme and new name. We’re all about healing naturally and eating REAL food.

This set of Le Creuset Cast Iron pans is perfect for all your bubbly real food dishes. You REALLY want to win this. It’s value is almost $400! (If you win and you are outside the US or Canada, you will receive an amazon gift card for the value of the prize).

So, here’s how you can enter!

1. Go click that like button up there if you haven’t already. You probably have, so YAY!
2. Check out the cookware set here: LE CREUSET COOKWARE SET
3. Sign up for my special announcements and once in a while newsletter below. (Not required, but you know you want to see what great things are coming up.)
4. Follow the steps in the official rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to confirm your entries. The winner will be chosen through that widget, so make sure you hit that one!

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Apple Chicken Fall Salad


The weather this time of year can be a bit…fickle. The other day it was cold and we had hearty stew. Today it was warmer so we had a salad. Not a fancy summer salad. A meaty and fruity fall salad. I love the combination of the soft butter lettuces with the crunch of the apples. Add in the chicken and it’s filling and refreshing. Here’s how we made it this time:

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Apple Chicken Fall Salad
Serves 4
4 cups or more of butter or Boston lettuces
2 cups of spinach
8 oz Organic free-range chicken breast (cooked and diced)
1 apple cored and diced
1/4 cup diced raw cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sprouted pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp red onions diced
Salt and pepper to taste
Splash of red wine vinegar if desired

Toss and serve.