Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your summer.
Things have been a bit challenging here. I know I’ve shared some of my health struggles in the past, so in case you happen to be interested in that SAGA I thought I’d give you an update.
After some recent tests I’ve discovered one big issue that no health practitioner had picked up on before: copper dysregulation. My copper is a mess. You could say that I have copper toxicity, but since copper is actually an essential mineral in our bodies, copper dysregulation is a more accurate term. My bioavailable copper is too low, while my unbound copper is much, MUCH too high. It’s too early to tell for sure, but I really think that this could be driving a lot of my health issues. (If you want to read more about copper dysregulation, check out this great post on copper dysregulation from Sassy Holistics.)
Most of my other minerals are really messed up, too. As a result of all of this I’ve started working on mineral balancing, which has caused me to start dumping copper. Which is good, but also not so much fun because copper dumping symptoms are not pleasant. For me it’s mostly manifesting as nausea (UGH), diarrhea, and some extra volatile mood stuff. And of course my insomnia is still HORRIBLE. So, y’know, not so great.
Pretty much everything else is good, though! Jesse still loves his job, Keira is happy, and we’re still enjoying tons of delicious local food every week. 🙂
Updates from the Blog
It was a pretty sparse month around here last month, but in case you missed them, here are a few posts that I wrote:
Coconut Oil Fudge: An easy fudge recipe that’s packed full of healthy coconut oil.
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: a simple coconut ice cream made with strawberries and chocolate chips.
How to Buy Used Kids Clothes: Buying your kids’ clothes secondhand is green and will save you a lot of money.
Mint Chocolate Fudge: A super easy, healthy and dairy-free fudge recipe made with cocoa butter and coconut milk.
Posts I Enjoyed from Around the Real Food Blogosphere
The Not So Perfect Housewife shared an easy tutorial on how to make turmeric capsules. This could be a great option if you don’t like the taste of turmeric but don’t want to spend a lot of money buying commercial turmeric pills.
Are you in the market for some new pillows? Pure Living Space has a great tutorial on how to buy non-toxic natural pillows. Now I’m thinking I probably need to upgrade our pillows. We have a great natural latex mattress, but I hadn’t considered that our pillows might be a problem, too.
A Modern Homestead shares an easy tutorial for homemade almond milk. Next time you want almond milk, skip the expensive storebought version and try making it yourself at home!
Are you intimidated by the idea of composting? Growing Wild Roots has a great post about her easy composting method.
Back when I lived in Colorado, we used to get rhubarb in our CSA box and I never knew what to do with it. If you’re in a similar boat, be sure to check out Healthy Green Savvy’s post on uses for rhubarb!
Small Bites Wellness has an amazingly helpful post on how to meal prep. I routinely fall on and off the meal planning bandwagon, but I am always soooo glad when I do manage to have a plan in place. I’m definitely going to start incorporating some of her tips into my routine.
That’s it for now! How was your June? Tell me in the comments!
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