Welcome to the November 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Feeding Your Family
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared recipes, stories, and advice about food and eating. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Figuring out the best way to feed your family, especially a large family, is tough these days. Most families deal with one or more food allergies/sensitivities. There are budget constraints, time constraints, food preferences, sensory issues related to texture and consistency, etc…
Gone are the days where families prepared and ate what they had because it was all that was available. In today’s world of food, variety and options rule. Children are born with choices that continue to expand. What’s for dinner is one of the most frequently pondered questions on Facebook even.
I personally would love nothing more than to go back to the Little House On The Prairie days where nourishing foods and simple, seasonal meals were the norm. You ate what the earth provided and what you were able to preserve and store. You didn’t go to a store the size of a small city and try to navigate rows and rows of processed, ready to make food. The store was simply a supplement to what you could not raise, grow or barter for.
Even though our family eats simply (both by choice and due to food allergies), I still find it challenging to provide a nutritional balance at times. Sometimes I am simply uninspired to cook yet again. Other times we are all tired of eating what is in season. Other times my taste buds (and those of my family) are screaming for something we cannot have.
Feeding your family is a tough balance.
The one thing I have come to rely on when it comes to feeding my family is coconut oil!
In all seriousness, I believe it is important to pack as much coconut oil as possible into my family’s food consumption. Why? Glad you ask!
Here are my top 7 reasons for including coconut oil in my family’s daily diet.
(Please note that I am NOT making any hard and firm health claims. Coconut oil may or may not have these same benefits for you and your family.)
Coconut oil improves digestion –The saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
Coconut oil regulates bowel function – coconut oil is very helpful in regulating your elimination patterns. It can help address several intestinal ailments such as IBS, Colitis, and Chron’s, all of which can foul up your bowel function. Coconut oil is especially effective when used in conjunction with my affiliate partner, the Squatty Potty.
Coconut oil improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose! Coconut oil is great for both diabetics and non-diabetics who want/need to get their blood sugar stabilized.
Coconut oil provides a steady source of energy due to its medium-chain fatty acids content.
Coconut oil is an anti-microbial known for fighting infections with gusto. The medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.
Coconut oil is a powerful antioxidant and protects against free-radical formation and damage.
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial. By consuming it daily, it kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections.
There is no right or wrong amount of coconut oil to consume. If you have not been using it to cook with or bake with, you might want to start slowly while your body goes through an adjustment period. Some people have no issues and others experience “die off” which is basically when your body is ridding itself of toxins and making you feel kind of lousy. Coconut oil cleanses your system so if you use too much, too soon, it can make you feel a little blah. But once your body starts reaping the health benefits, you will crave coconut oil! Like seriously crave it!
There are all kinds of creative ways to add more coconut oil into your diet. I outline a few of those in my post, How To Consume More Coconut Oil. Additionally, you can try out some of my recipes in Cooking With Coconut Oil! This recipe eBook is chalk full of simply, nourishing, and family friendly recipes to help you consume more coconut oil! The recipes are all gluten free, many are dairy free, and plenty are vegan friendly!
What coconut oil do I recommend? Well, there are three brands I use and love and you can find them on my coconut oil page.
Looking to learn more about coconut oil? Then head over to my Coconut Health page and find lots of links to various posts about coconut oil!
Feeding your family is important. We need food to live. So why not boost your family’s health with a little bit of coconut oil each day?
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be updated by afternoon November 12 with all the carnival links.)
- Nut Free Desserts for the Holidays — Becky at Crafty Garden Mama will be talking about navigating the holidays with peanut allergies in the family.
- Making Peace with My Picky Eater — Once upon a time, there was a boy who would try anything. And then he turned 3. Thus began the dinner chronicles at Dionna at Code Name: Mama‘s house.
- Foodie Morphed by Motherhood — Rosemary at Rosmarinus Officinalis reflects on the changes of her family’s food culture since becoming a mother, and shares a snapshot of their current food rhythm.
- Introducing First Foods — Wondering what your little one should take a bite of first? That Mama Gretchen explains baby-led weaning/baby self-feeding and answers a number of questions that may come to mind!
- Feeding Your Family — Coconut Oil!!! — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama is a coconut oil devotee. In this post, she shares her favorite ways to include coconut oil in her family’s diet as well as why she feels it is important to do so.
- We Thank the Earth for its Food! — Terri at Child of the Nature Isle spends hours in the kitchen each day trying to make medicine in the form of food.
- Focusing on Healthy, Gluten-Free Foods for My Family — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares what her family is doing to eat healthily along with her recipe for gluten-free peanut butter oat bran muffins.
- Intolerance — sustainablemum laments the misunderstanding surrounding food intolerances.
- Don’t Let Food Sensitivities Ruin Your Holidays! — Rachel, the Titus 2 Homemaker, talks about ways to enjoy the holidays even if you wrestle with food sensitivities.
- Losing grains, keeping empathy: Paleo and fat acceptance — Lauren at Hobo Mama vlogs about her family’s decision to cut grains to improve health — and hopes she can retain her position as a proponent of size acceptance even as she loses weight.
- Easy Homemade Crockpot Mac & Cheese — Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work, shakes off the blue-box blues with an easy crockpot mac-and-cheese recipe with no artificial dyes or excessive preservatives … just creamy, delicious, comfort-food goodness.
- Extended Family Dinners — Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes talks about sharing family dinners with housemates and why it works for her.
- Five Suggestions for Eating Healthy During the Holidays — No need to feel powerless when it comes to our highly sugared/processed food culture during the holidays &emdash; Andrea at It Takes Time offers tips to stay on track.
- How to feed your family — no food required! — Jessica at JessicaCary.com is kind of obsessed with food. But, lately she’s realized there’s more to nourishment than what she cooks up in the kitchen.
- Food as family medicine: living gluten-free and beyond — Jessica at Crunchy-Chewy Mama sticks to her gluten-free guns but sees room for improvement in her pursuit of a real-food family table.
- Feeding My Family — Challenges and Growth — Susan at Together Walking shares what has been most challenging about feeding her two kids and how she has grown in the kitchen since becoming a mother.
- How I Lost 75 Lbs — What I Eat & My Top 5 Tips — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares how she and her family became healthy, happy and active.
- The Weight of Motherhood — Revolution Momma at Raising a Revolution rethinks her relationship with food after struggling with post-pregnancy weight gain.
- Geek Food: Pumpkin Pasties — While Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy and family might have food sensitivities, their geekery knows no limits. So, when faced with a desire to recreate Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter, they do not shy away!
- Pumpkin Harvest Muffins — This summer Mama is Inspired and family grew pumpkins, and this autumn they are baking scrumptious, healthy muffins out of those pumpkins.
- Reintroducing Meat to the Vegetarian Tummy — Ana at Panda & Ananaso shares some of the considerations she explored before transitioning from a vegetarian diet to reintroducing meat as a protein source and a few tips on making it an easy one.
- Thanksgiving Meal, Thankful? — Jorje of Momma Jorje has never felt terribly thankful for Thanksgiving itself. Perhaps that could change if she’s a little more invested?
- 5 Ways to Use Healing Bone Broth — It’s that time of year again, when unpleasant little bugs make their way into our homes. For Megan of Boho Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, homemade stock or bone broth is a natural remedy.