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Tips & Tricks to Make Traditional Milk Kefir

Tips & Tricks for Traditional Milk Kefir

I have made kefir for years and learned a lot since I first started in 2011!! Here are my tips and tricks to help you move through your own learning curve that much easier 🙂

See milk kefir recipe here.

#1) I recommend making kefir with Body Ecology starter packets as they contain potent strains of lactobacillus bacteria and beneficial yeast that are hardy and easily travel into your intestines to work their probiotic magic ✨ These probiotics rid of any pathogenic overgrowth in the gut and strengthen digestion. Unlike most probiotics, the ones in this starter aren’t easily destroyed by antibiotics, fluoride, stomach acid, or chlorine. Worth every cent! And much cheaper than any probiotic supplement in the store and more effective on a holistic level. read more

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The Gift of Placenta Encapsulation

The day my youngest turned 5, I encapsulated his placenta. Yes, it was ‘old’ with likely next to nil hormones, but I didn’t feel I had anything to lose. A colleague of mine had recently encapsulated her daughter’s two-year old frozen placenta

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10 Foods That Helped My Hyperemesis Gravidarum

There is no one way to prevent hyperemesis gravidarum, a.k.a. HG or morning sickness x 1,000. At least, not that I know of and I have looked high ‘n low to end this horrible misery. I have read every book on the topic and spoke to women who have survived this debilitating nausea and vomiting … including myself who suffered HG 3 times. What is HG? A rare prenatal condition. Duchess Kate had it.

During each of my pregnancies, I made a promise to myself that if I survived the living hell of HG then I would help others get through it as well. So, here I am. More about my story here

I hope the list of foods below help lessen the degree in which you are affected by HG. 

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Channel 3 MiVT: Placenta Encapsulation in VT and NH

By Gina Bullard

STOWE, VT. 

At first glance it’s hard to tell if Tara Carpenter is a chef or a medical examiner. She’s actually a certified placenta encapsulation specialist.

Carpenter turns a woman’s placenta into pills — post birth.  “I’ve got a nutritional background which brought me to this work,” she said. The placenta contains iron, hormones, protein, B vitamins, and other nutrients to support new moms.

Carpenter — who started the business, Happy Bellies, believes that new moms can recover from births faster by eating their own placenta made into pills.

“The woman’s body is the most receptive to the hormones that are inside the placenta capsules during the 1st weeks after birth. This is because it takes about 3 weeks after a baby is born for the mom’s hypothalamus to kick back in and produce hormones again” she said.

Carpenter says ingesting placenta pills can replenish vitamins like B6 and B12 and hormones after birth and increase milk production.

Carpenter starts the encapsulation process within 72 hrs. of birth — right in the new mom’s kitchen. “There’s a lot of science behind it all,” she said. The placenta is prepared with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method until it’s a dry powder – then it’s placed into the mom’s choice of plain or grape flavored capsules. There is little to no smell during the process.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Why don’t more people do this if there are so many benefits? Tara Carpenter:  “I think many women don’t even know about it.

With the $250 encapsulation fee you receive as many pills as your placenta makes — which Carpenter says averages 85-180. They can also be frozen and used years later — during stressful times or menopause.  She also offers placenta art prints for $25.

“I know the hardship of being a new mom, I see how much help this gives to them, and helping in this way has shaped my life” she said.

Carpenter trained with Placenta Benefits (PBi) and follows OSHA guidelines. She’s trained to handle blood-borne pathogens and medical waste. This may not be for the squeamish, but Carpenter says that’s where she comes in. Once the pills are made, you’d never know the process. “Many moms don’t care to know either, they just feel great taking them” she said.

Carpenter loves being on-call and making placenta pills. She says her clients are diverse and not just new age hippies like some people might think. “I feel like I was made to do this work. I feel grounded when I work with a placenta and miss it if I don’t get one in my hands at least once a week” she said. Not your usual job, but one she believes in. 

Carpenter also travels to New Hampshire to encapsulate.

Here’s to hoping her ‘Made in Vermont’ pills help new moms!

Tara, PBi-Encapsulator

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Autism

IMG_0092 (2)Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

Characterized by varying

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Digestive Issues Everywhere


Digestive issues
include mild, temporary cases of lactose and gluten intolerance to more serious, chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcers. Many people have a digestive issue in some shape or form.

Both my  kids (see my bloated boy in photo) had digestive issues as did I for too many years. We have since recovered and mostly restored our digestion by following a gut healing protocol called The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D).

Digestive and gut issues go by different names, but they have two things in common …. yeast overgrowth and leaky gut syndrome …. if a yeast infection is left untreated, the yeast can develop into

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Autism

Autistic spectrum disorderIMG_0092 (2) (ASD) and autism are terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

ASD and autism are characterized by varying

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