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Roundup #2 from The Omnivorist

Welcome to the second edition of my roundup of news, views and recipes that I usually share on social media — hope you’ll find something in here that will be of interest!

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7 questions to ask for a peaceful birth

7 Questions to Ask for a More Peaceful Birth

I had seen the documentary The Business of Being Born when it first came out, meaning long before I had even given much thought to the idea of having children. In it Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein take a critical look at the highly medicalized state of childbirth in the US and take some time exploring the movement that defends gentler and more natural forms of bringing babies into the world, including bringing back the work of midwives and home births.

The film made its mark on me even back then, and I’d made a “note to self” to heed its message when the time came. Fast forward to three years ago to my first pregnancy, and I made sure to watch it again with my partner to make sure we would be on the same page. Continue reading 7 Questions to Ask for a More Peaceful Birth

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September Roundup from The Omnivorist

Welcome to my first ever roundup of news, views and recipes that I usually share on social media — hope you’ll find something in here that will be of interest!

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Is your breakfast costing you your health?

You may have seen the recent New York Times magazine article featuring what kids eat for breakfast around the world. I was so proud to see Turkey (my home country) being featured since well Turkish breakfast is one of those things that I think should be nominated for UNESCO status à la French gastronomy! That being said, my mouth was also watering at the sight of the Japanese breakfast with its miso soup, grilled salmon and rice (and I was in awe of the presence of natto, if not exactly craving it!). Continue reading Is your breakfast costing you your health?

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Simple Non-Toxic Body Butter

I’ve had super dry skin for as long as I can remember. This meant that I used to always seek out the thickest creamiest body cream that I could find, and for years that was heavy-duty Nivea body lotion or other supermarket brands.

Until one day when I heard about something called parabens and their association with things like hormone disruption and cancer, and all this sounded just a little bit alarming. Continue reading Simple Non-Toxic Body Butter

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Homemade cough syrup

3-ingredient Homemade Cough Syrup

March 21st may have come and gone and it may now officially be spring in the Northern Hemisphere but you wouldn’t know that with the nasty drizzle we’ve got this week. So hearing a little someone cough early in the morning is still a semi-regular occurrence and while I was remaking a batch of this homemade cough syrup, I figured it was probably not too late to share this recipe. Sigh… Continue reading 3-ingredient Homemade Cough Syrup

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How to make milk kefir (and why you should!)

While milk kefir is a traditional Turkish drink with its roots in the Caucasus Mountains, I had never heard about it growing up — which is quite remarkable if you think about it. As my interest in making my own cultured foods grew, I knew that cultured dairy was a great place to start. As traditional cultures around the world knew well, incorporating fermented foods into your diet is not only extremely beneficial for you and your family’s health, it is often delicious too. Continue reading How to make milk kefir (and why you should!)

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Where we do our food shopping

I say it’s about time to get practical!

I periodically get asked where and how we do our groceries so figured it was time to put it all in one place. This list is by no means exhaustive but should provide a good guide to what we do in our family. Note that we live in Paris, France, so these are local or at least country-specific for the most part, although there are some tips for those visiting the City of Lights as well. Continue reading Where we do our food shopping

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Who was Weston Price and why should you care? (Part 2)

What if our nutrition during pregnancy, or heck even before conception, had lifelong consequences for the health of our children?

Let me rephrase that in case you have missed the enormity of the statement: what if what the parents ate and how they lived even before the child was even conceived may have an influence on, say, the probability of that child developing heart disease or cancer or diabetes at 60 years old?

In other words, what if genetics was not our entire destiny (for better or for worse) and good nutrition and a positive lifestyle went a long way in ensuring lifelong robustness?

Does this sound scary or empowering to you?
Continue reading Who was Weston Price and why should you care? (Part 2)

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Who was Weston Price and why should you care?

(This is the first of two articles.)

If you’re wondering how the teachings of a little-known early-20th-century dentist can possibly be relevant for the lifelong health of your (future) baby, or what really constitutes “super foods”, then read on! Continue reading Who was Weston Price and why should you care?

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