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Which is Healthier: Butter or Olive Oil?

Have you ever stopped and wondered whether olive oil is healthier than butter and which fat is better for cooking? There is so much wrong information out there when it comes to good and bad fats! Let me break it down for you:  Butter vs. Olive Oil  – which fat is healthier? Recently there was a debate on Homemade Mommy’s Facebook page over olive oil being healthier than butter. This is something I see a lot. People eschewing butter because they are still afraid of saturated fats and have been led to believe that vegetable oils are the healthier option. Don’t get me wrong, olive oil is great. I eat it on my salads just about every day. It is rich in antioxidants and I love the taste. But is it healthier than butter? Should we eat olive oil instead of butter? Should we cook with it? Nutrient Density of Olive…

82% Of Avocado Oil Is Rancid or Fake. Is Yours?

As a holistic nutritionist that focuses on ancestral eating, avocado oil has never been my favorite. Through and through, I’m an olive oil kind of gal. It is backed not just by thousands of years of use, but also by legitimate scientific studies that display its numerous benefits (see studies here). Avocado oil, on the other hand, is a relatively newer item. The FDA has not yet established standards for it, thus making it harder to identify brands that supply a less than stellar product. I recently discovered a study out of UC Davis that found that a whopping 82% of avocado oil on the market is either rancid or adulterated. But before we dive into that, let’s talk a bit about avocado oil itself. Is avocado oil healthy? Generally speaking, yes. Avocado oil is high in monounsaturated fat, more specifically is it made up of roughly 70% oelic acid.…

The Oil Cleansing Method For Clear, Beautiful Skin

When I first read about oil cleansing years ago, I thought one thing: Y’all are insane. How could adding oil to my seriously oily skin be a good idea? Wouldn’t using oil to wash my face not cause me to break out even worse than I already was? How could oil clean my face at all?! So I didn’t give it a try for another year or so. Until I had to see for myself what all the hype was about. Then my tune was more like: Holy sh*t. This actually works really well.  While oil cleansing might seem counterintuitive, it actually makes a lot of sense. Especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Let me explain. WHAT IS OIL CLEANSING EXACTLY? Simply put, oil cleansing is washing your face with oil. You can use a variety of oils, but one of those oils has to be castor oil.…

Daily Essential Oil Routine For Clear Skin

Since posting my video on my daily essential oil routine, I’ve gotten a lot of requests to post my skin care regimen specifically. First, let me say that problem skin is a largely internal issue. It is a reflection of what’s happening in your gut. If you have leaky gut, candida or an unhealthy diet in general, that is likely the root cause of your pimples, blemishes, blackheads, or any skin related issue and needs to be dealt with. I personally have been blessed with bad skin. I developed severe acne in fourth grade that took me over ten years to clear through diet and my DIY products, which I now make and sell through my store, Ancestral Organics. With every $50 order, I’ll send you four weeks worth of meal plans to help combat acne from the inside out. Morning Routine: Because the face doesn’t get dirty while sleeping, I just…

How To Detox Using Essential Oils

In the months before I got married, I can’t tell you how many women I heard were hopping on the trendy detox train. These are literally things I’ve been told, or I heard when eavesdropping: “I’m doing a three-day juice cleanse before my wedding. I’m not going to eat a single thing until we’re served dinner at the reception.” Good luck with that, lady. Not only are you starving yourself, you’re going to be eating a ton of sugar which will make you break out. You’re only going to be thinking about food and oh yeah, YOU’RE LITERALLY STARVING. “I’m only eating raw fruits and veggies the week before my wedding.” Why in the world would you do that? Again, this is just another form of starvation. Not only are you likely going to become very bloated and constipated, if you’re not eating any fat then you aren’t even absorbing…

Is Grapeseed Oil Healthy?

I recently got an email asking, Hey – what’s the deal with grapeseed oil? I’ve been hearing it’s the healthiest oil to use and cook with, figured you’d know. This isn’t the first time I’ve been asked about grapeseed oil. It seems like there’s always a new food or product to try. But here’s the truth: There is no next best thing. Smoke Point First of all, grapeseed oil does have a high smoke point. But this does not make it a healthy or safe. Peanut oil has a high smoke point, but we know that it is not healthy. Grapeseed oil is much more likely to oxidize under high heat. As a result, this creates free radicals. These can damage DNA/RNA, cell membranes and lead to plaque buildup in the heart. In short: You don’t want these in your body! How is it processed? Consider how oily a kernel…

Sea Bass with Herbs, Tomatoes & Capers

This gluten-free sea bass with herbs, tomatoes & capers is easy to make, incredibly healthy and fancy enough to fool anyone into thinking you’re a brilliant chef. Plus it takes all of 15 minutes from start to finish. I am a lucky person. We moved from DC to Charleston, South Carolina in June of 2020. No one thought we’d do it. My mother in law thought we were insane. But now, it’s 70 degrees on March 1st and I golf carted to the docks in my neighborhood to pick up fresh sea bass. Life is good. Fresh seafood is probably my most favorite category of food. Give me some oysters, a whole grilled fish, a crisp glass of white wine and I am GOOD. Not to mention that seafood is one of the absolute healthiest foods available to us as humans. Pair it with herbs, tomatoes and capers and you’ve…

Easy Steak Tartare

This easy steak tartare is one of the healthiest, simplest meals you can make that will support both your body and brain. Bonus – you don’t have to cook it! You guys. I fucking love steak tartare. If I’m ever at a French or fancy restaurant that serves it, I’m getting it. There is something so absolutely delicious about it. And if you’re afraid of raw meat – DON’T BE. It is incredible! I’m telling you. Steak tartare is absolutely delicious, decadent and insanely healthy. Health benefits of steak: steak is high in protein that contain all bioavailable amino acids in the perfect balance (unfortunately, this cannot be said of plant proteins)B12 is naturally high in steakheme iron, the type of iron that is easily absorbed by the human body, is naturally present in high amounts in steakzinc, which is essential for proper immune function and help balance mood, is…

What To Eat After A Peloton Workout

I’ve joined the cult of Peloton, okay?! And I LOVE IT! Don’t judge me. This is what to eat after a Peloton workout – from a nutritionist and health coach. Like so many people since the start of the pandemic, I bought a Peloton. I wanted to workout, I wanted my husband to workout, but I wasn’t comfortable going to gyms or yoga classes. You guys, a Peloton is surprisingly cheap. I also want to let everyone know that I didn’t shell out the few grand for a Peloton. I opted for a payment plan which makes the Peloton SO AFFORDABLE. I pay my Peloton off $50 a month with only an additional $100 in interest. That’s cheaper than a gym membership! It really, truly makes Peloton accessible to so many people. I really can’t recommend it enough. Anyway, I normally workout around 6am. Before my kids wake up. It’s…

Ten Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas

I’ve been gluten-free for over ten years and still sometimes struggle with what to make for breakfast! Here are my top ten gluten-free breakfast ideas, all are healthy, nourishing and will fuel your body and brain for a great day! I don’t know why, but I always struggle with what to make for breakfast. I wake up, I ask my two year-old and my four year-old what they want. And honestly they’re not at all helpful. But today I was scrolling through some of my food pics and I thought, DUH. Here is what to eat for breakfast. All these nutritious, healthy, filling meals to fuel your brain and body. Here are my top ten gluten-free breakfast ideas. First up, a good ol’ smoothie. When made properly, smoothies are healthy, filling, delicious – and won’t spike your blood sugar. I say that last part because majority of smoothies are made…