Tag Archives: depression

Kids & Family Real Food

Extreme Health Library eReader Bundle Sale

Over 50 products ($800+ value)

for just $39.97



Featuring my new book – The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food.

I am excited to be an affiliate partner for this great sales event, happening for  10 DAYS ONLY, and to be able to offer you such a great value.

For this special sale, all 50+ products can be purchased for only $39.97 – an incredible opportunity!

This sale is hosted by Pat Robinson of Heal Thyself and Amanda Love of Traditional-Foods and ends Thursday MARCH 7, 2013, midnight, PST.


Here’s a sample of what you’ll get in this bundle:


Adrenal Fatigue Solutions / Pat Robinson

An eCourse which presents a nine-week plan of actions, nutrients, foods, herbs, and removing toxins for adrenal stress relief. It is followed by three weeks of support and review tools to strengthen your adrenal function. This resource provides practical, simple, and doable suggestions for exhausted, stressed, and sleep-deprived moms.

Baby steps are the goal. It teaches tools for increasing self-care, sleep routines, stress relief, toxin relief, nourishing foods, connecting with nature, recognizing depression, finding calm, balance, and energy while creating boundaries for yourself. Recipes for power-foods for energy and herbal adaptogen alternatives are provided along with resources for ongoing support.

(127 pages, $59)

Rebuild from Depression: A Nutrient Guide,  Including Depression in Pregnancy and Postpartum / Amanda Rose, Ph.D. and Annell Mavrantonis, M.D.

Identifies seven nutrients most commonly associated with depression in the medical literature, including Omega 3 in fish oil, B vitamins, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, and zinc. They provide readers with tools to: (1) Identify a nutrient deficiency, (2) Locate the best supplements / vitamins for depression, and (3) Select and prepare foods to maximize those nutrients in their diets. The book opens with Rose’s biography of depression and psychosis. She makes a compelling claim: My grandmother died at the age of sixty-one from complications of postpartum depression. Rose argues that her grandmother showed signs of nutrient deficiencies in her twenties, did not correct them, and suffered a life of depression, diabetes, and heart disease, all of which share a common nutrient deficiency: Omega 3 fatty acids.

(200 pages; $19.97)

The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food / Raine Saunders

You’ll discover how to source health foods from sustainable sources, whether it is from local farms and farmer’s markets in your area, online merchants, delivery services, local grocery, or health food stores. Learn to read labels, what to look for, what to avoid, and how to select and buy the best foods available for better health. Learn more about why supporting the sustainable food system is so important – and how it really can keep you healthy and feed the world.

“Chronic disease rates and illness are on the rise – heart disease, diabetes, obesity, food allergies, auto-immune disease such as diabetes, hormonal and reproductive disorders, children’s health issues like autism and behavior disorders, and cancer.

If you have experienced any of these issues or others, or perhaps you just don’t always feel your best…and you’ve wanted to make changes to improve your health, maybe it’s time to look at whether the food you eat could be a possible solution.”

(139 pages; $24)


Mother’s Little Herbal Helper And Home Remedies / Natalie Vickery

By herbalist Natalie Vickery is a home herbal toolkit for reducing symptoms of many ailments — cold and flu, headaches, fungal infections, allergies, arthritis, bites, stings, burns, coughs, congestion, and more. How many times have you wished you could just make it through allergy season or an arthritis flare up with far less suffering? This is where herbal remedies shine. Natalie will introduce you to the different ways to prepare herbs and the types of herbs you use to remedy common ailments. Read it closely and build the custom herbal toolkit you need for your own household.

(116 pages; $12.50)


A Fibromyalgia Recovery Story: Eating Outside The Box  / Christy Pooschke

At 25 years old, Christy lived with extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, and so much pain that she could not be physically touched. She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Conventional medical treatment offered no hope but changing her diet changed her life. Be inspired by Christy’s recovery in this 3-part video seriesEating Outside The Box, created specifically for this special sale. Get a preview of foods and food additives that could be destroying your health.

(50 minutes; $14.95).


Common Sense Health: Detox, Diet and Physical Activities / Laurie Neverman

It is a personal health blueprint laid out by homesteading blogger Laurie Neverman that includes a no-nonsense, practical guide to healthy living. Complete with recipes for natural pest control, personal care, and cleaning products, Laurie also offers an introduction to simple therapies that may surprise you — oil pulling, skin brushing, and barefoot therapy.

“I firmly believe that our bodies are designed to heal themselves, if we just give them the tools to do it. Our modern medical system is amazing for repairing trauma and many other health issues, but we’ve lost track of many “back to basics” things we can do to improve our health.”

(40 pages; $8.99)


Broth: Elixir Of Life / Patricia Lacoss-Arnold

Our ancestors made use of every part of the animal to nourish them, including the bones. Bones are rich in calcium and other minerals; bones contain collagen which brings elasticity to the skin; bones are rich in gelatin which aids in digestion. Using bones to make broth is a key strategy to extract bone nutrients and add them to your diet. Patricia Lacoss-Arnold in Broth: Elixir of Life will describe how to make and use broth in your every day cooking. If you have ever wonder how to make broth from beef, chicken, fish or even rabbit bones, you will soon learn about the flavors of these different options.

(59 pages; $8.99)


Lacto-Fermentation / Wardee Harmon

Lacto-Fermentation is a 155-page, 23-lesson digital book with detailed instruction on fermenting fruits, vegetables, beans, meats, dairy, and grains. The book will expose you to a variety of fermentation methods — using salt, whey, or other starter cultures. Recipes go beyond fermentation methodology and include spices and seasonings to improve the flavor of the final product.

“Fermented foods are foods that have been cultured by beneficial organisms. In the right conditions, beneficial organisms feast on the food, producing beneficial acids, and transforming the food into something better. This culturing develops complex flavors and pleasing textures, while the food becomes more nutritious than it was before. And the acids preserve and protect the food from spoiling. It is really a miraculous process.”

(155 pages; $20)


and others from bloggers, herbalists, & practitioners, featuring a variety of health topics…


What are the advantages of owning all the books in this bundle?

  • Reap the benefit from those who have already done the research and compiled extensive information on ways to experience vibrant health, naturally
  • The bundle price is a great deal, so even if you are only interested in a few titles, depending on which ones you like you’ll still likely pay less than what you would if you bought them separately. Give some to friends or family who are interested in health and wellness (great gift ideas!).
  • Learn alternatives for dealing with and managing stress, depression, adrenal exhaustion, acne, and diabetes – conditions that plague many  people in the modern world
  • Discover ways to eat healthier, on a budget, and how to find the most nutritious foods available in your own community
  • Try new, delicious recipes that can help set you free from food intolerances and unpleasant symptoms


Sale ends Thursday March 7th at midnight, PST.


Activism Alternative Medicine Guest Posts Real Food

Adrenal Exhaustion: What It Is, Why You Should Be Aware


What is adrenal exhaustion? If you feel tired, worn out, and overwhelmed on most days, you might be placing a lot of strain on a very important set of organs that your body relies on to be healthy – the adrenal glands. I would like to welcome Kate Tietje today from Modern Alternative Mama. Kate has a great website with a lot of useful information about nutrition, health, and clean living.

Kate is contributing a post to help increase awareness about the adrenal glands and how they function, and what we can do to change the “burning the candle at both ends” way of living.

The type of lives modern people lead as a whole contributes greatly to an overall decline in health – eating convenience foods, not getting enough rest, and adding extra stress by overloading ourselves with tasks and obligations. Our adrenal glands bear a large burden as a result of these choices.  So here are some great tips about how to avoid overloading these small organs that have a very big  job of keeping us healthy.


Recently, there has been a lot of talk about adrenal health.  What is it?  Why should you be concerned about it?

I believe, through my research, that adrenal health is a huge issue facing this country, but one that almost no one talks about.  Doctors are not trained to pay attention to adrenal health until it gets to an extreme – either Addison’s disease (almost no adrenal function) or Cushing’s syndrome (severely overactive adrenals).  Therefore, since the vast majority do not fall into these extremes, it is not something that is talked about.

What are your adrenal glands?  They are small glands that are situated on your back, off to the sides, one on top of each kidney.  They are responsible for controlling many of your hormones, especially cortisol (the so-called “stress” hormone, which is responsible for the fight-or-flight response).

Healthy adrenal glands are absolutely crucial to your health.  They work interactively with the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in the brain.  They are responsible for secreting cortisol (which also affects your body’s use of fats, carbs, and proteins, and is linked to leptin and insulin too), hydrocortisone (which suppresses inflammation and aids the immune system), aldosterone (which maintains blood volume and pressure), and androgen hormones (which develops and maintains male characteristics, as well as sex drive), epinephrine (the hormone which stimulates your body during times of stress) and norepinephrine (the hormone which calms you after the stress is past).

That is a huge amount of functions!  Essentially the adrenal glands control many of the most crucial body systems, including appetite, nutrient use, blood pressure, immune system, and stress levels.  Obviously it is key to maintain adrenal health, because if your adrenals are “off,” then many of your other body systems will be as well.

When your adrenals are not working properly, you may notice a number of different symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Cravings for salt and fat
  • Cravings for caffeine and sugar
  • Frequent “crashes” from overconsumption of caffeine/sugar
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Low sex drive

Some of these are seemingly minor – like fatigue or sensitivity to light – but some are rather serious!  This list is also not exhaustive; there are other symptoms (please see the “Sources” section for more).

Do you recognize yourself in any of these symptoms?  Most people do.  If you “can’t start your day without coffee!” it is likely you are suffering from adrenal fatigue!  Or, if you find yourself needing a sweet or salty snack mid-afternoon to ward off an energy crash…or if you are tired by 10 PM but just don’t want to go to bed…or if you are moody all the time….  This describes many people!  Most, in fact!

It is unfortunate, but our modern diet heavily affects our adrenal glands.  Caffeine and sugar especially wreak havoc on the adrenals, and our diet is generally very heavy in these foods, especially sugar.  A lack of high quality sea salt and healthy fat can take its toll on the adrenals too.

If you suspect you may have adrenal fatigue, there are things you can do at home to help.

  • Consume high-quality sea salt to taste (avoid refined salt)
  • Consume high-quality, healthy fats (coconut oil, butter from pastured cows, lard from pastured pigs, extra virgin olive oil)
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Avoid caffeine and sugar
  • Reduce your stress

For more tips on proper diet, please visit Diet for Adrenal Health (link: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/9/21/diet-for-adrenal-health.html).






image, Amy Garrett Photography
Kate blogs at Modern Alternative Mama about natural health, real food, sustainable living, and lots more!  She lives in Ohio with her husband, Ben, and two kids, Bekah (2.5 years) and Daniel (15 months).

Kate is also a contributing writer at Keeper of the Home (www.keeperofthehome.org). In her free time, she enjoys sewing, cooking, reading, and crafts.

You can connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/modernalternativemama) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/modernamama) as well.

This post is part of Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival and A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa’s Simple Lives Thursday Carnival . Please visit both of these great sites and and check out the other real food posts there.

image courtesy of www.metrolic.com