Preventing Asthma Through Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid (Guest Post by Kathy Dix Biallas)

Preventing Asthma Through Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid // Carrots for Michaelmas

Longtime reader, Kathy, shared some great info about asthma prevention with me over email (my oldest, Benjamin, has asthma) and she agreed to write a guest post about it. Hope it helps some other asthma sufferers out there! - Haley Disclaimer: Although I hope you find it helpful, the information in this post is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. Introduction About … [Read more...]

That Time I Had a UTI for 4 Years

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I don't typically use my blog to discuss my bladder (AKA, I kinda can't believe I'm talking about this on the interwebz) but bear with me...I have a point. When I was 20, I got a UTI. If you haven’t ever had one, lucky you. If you have had one, you know they’re the worst. The thing about mine is that the symptoms didn’t go away...FOR FOUR YEARS. Sure I took my round of antibiotics and the UTI … [Read more...]

What I Wish I Had When I Was 22-year-old New Mom and Mostly Ate Ice Cream

When I Was a New Mom // Carrots for Michaelmas

I had a mama friend pour her heart out to me over a Facebook message the other day. She told me about how much she wants to make meals for her family that are truly healthy and nourishing. But because she didn't grow up eating that way and doesn't know how to cook, it causes her serious stress and anxiety. "I feel like I'm starting from scratch," she said. She didn't know where to begin. … [Read more...]

How I’m Doing With My “One Word” for 2014 (and how to get my book for FREE)

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At the beginning of the year (OK, February, because welcome to my disorganized life) I chose “health” as my word of the year. If you’ve been reading Carrots for awhile, you know that I really struggle with morning sickness/hyperemesis gravidarum and to be honest, I have a generally crummy immune system that leaves me with tonsilitis anytime I get exhausted or fall into poor eating … [Read more...]

Preventing Morning Sickness and Easing Back Into Life

A few weeks ago when I shared my "one word" for 2014, I mentioned that some of my health goals had to do with preventing morning sickness in future pregnancies with B vitamins and Magnesium since I've struggled with severe pregnancy sickness in the past. So many of you emailed or commented wanting to hear more about preventing morning sickness that I wrote a whole post on the topic and my friend … [Read more...]

Starting the New Year Over with My “One Word” for 2014

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For various reasons, January 2014 has not been our month. I woke up on Feb. 1st breathing a sigh of relief. January felt like we were being buffeted from one major crisis to another, all while I was sick with my umpteenth round of tonsilitis and fighting milk supply issues. Hopefully, I shaved off a little bit of time in Purgatory? New year’s goals and resolutions? I didn’t even have a chance to … [Read more...]

Women Speak on NFP Series Wrap-Up: What I Learned and My NFP Plans

Over the summer 17 women shared about their experiences using various methods of Natural Family Planning. I was so pleased from the feedback I received about the series and how it has been informing, encouraging, and helping women. I'd like to share some reflections about what I learned from the wonderful contributors and how it's affecting my life.  Because we’ve never been trained in NFP (we’ve … [Read more...]

My Attempt to Get Healthy After Pregnancy (Shaklee Review and GIVEAWAY)

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Since suffering through some debilitating morning sickness in my last pregnancy, I mentioned to the Carrots FB community that I was brainstorming nutrition and supplement changes in order to get healthy and (hopefully) avoid the extreme morning sickness if we're blessed with another pregnancy. In addition to decreasing sugar intake in order to promote a healthy gut, I want to work hard to increase … [Read more...]

Need Some Back-to-School Sanity? Steph Has a New Freezer Meals eCookbook!

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I've told you about how I started using a crock pot after my friend Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love taught me about slow cooker freezer meals and how it saves me from the 4-5pm meltdown making me a much nicer mama in the afternoons and I mentioned how much we're enjoying her Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Baking eCookbook a couple of weeks ago. I'm excited to tell you that Steph has a new back-to-school … [Read more...]

Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Baking (eCookbook Review and Recipe)

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Have I told you that my kids are allergic to gluten? Well, they are and it's a big bummer. Just give them a little bit and they'll have eczema from head to toe. And since my son sometimes has asthma attacks awful enough to merit a night in the hospital, staying away from allergy triggers is really important. We've been cooking gluten-free for them for over a year and my poor husband has had to … [Read more...]