Welcome!

ImageWelcome to Natural Mommyhood.  I’m Jennie.

I became a Mommy in July of 2013.  I had been married to my dream-come-true (Dustin) for 10 years when our son (Jamison) was born.  We had experienced over seven years of infertility, but changing our diet and lifestyle was the way that God brought us the ability to make a baby.  Since then, we’ve continued eating Paleo-style, and have moved toward natural solutions in every way we can.

I’m constantly learning, experimenting, and LOVING the “natural” lifestyle, and I’m excited to share my experiences with you!

Something you should know about this blog…

My goal is to “keep it simple.”  You’ll notice that I don’t allow comments, and I don’t have an associated Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  This is because my sole purpose is to share – not to interact.  I’m a busy Mommy with lots of natural things to make and do, so I don’t want to be tied to the computer (any more than I already am).  Thanks for understanding!

That said, be sure to enter your email in the “follow” box (top right on this page) – that way you’ll never miss an update.  I have lots of things in store for you.

Enjoy!

 

PS: I also started the Easy Paleo website, and ran it for several years.  I recently turned it over to my sister, and she has some great things for you there!  Be sure to check it out, and join her Facebook community.

25 Make-Ahead Freezer Meals (Paleo)

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Dinner time is my nemesis. 

I love cooking.  It’s one of my favorite hobbies, and it’s usually a great stress-reliever for me.  But when it’s time to cook dinner after a long day, and especially when I have no idea what to cook, it’s the worst.  For YEARS I’ve been saying “I should just do batch cooking.  This is ridiculous.  I want to be able to pull a meal out of the freezer in the morning, pop it in the crock pot, and have a hot dinner when it’s time to eat.” Continue reading

My Favorite Cookbook… ever.

IMG_6904Preparing healthy, wholesome meals from quality, natural ingredients is a huge part of being a natural mommy.  In our house, meals consist of meat, vegetables, seafood, fruit, nuts, and seeds (we eat relatively Paleo-style).  Sometimes it’s easy to put meals together, but sometimes I need/want some outside inspiration.

I have a lot of cookbooks… I collect them, and I use them almost every day.

I have several that I frequent MOST often.  Against All Grain, Meals Made Simple, and Practical Paleo are among them.

IMG_6906BUT… choosing a favorite is easy.  I pre-ordered Real Life Paleo the first time I heard the premise of the book.  It’s a three-phased approach to Paleo eating… with recipes catering to beginners, to folks who are a little more savvy, and to folks who are on the search for ultimate nutrient density.

Aside from the fact that the book is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out, it’s packed full of delicious recipes and handy tips.

I love the practical perspective that Matt and Stacy bring to the table (no pun intended).  They are busy parents with three young boys.  This is the first Paleo cookbook that I’ve come across that truly relates to busy families.

The recipes in the book are all things I’d actually make… nothing super-fancy or complicated.  Rather, they are simple  and easy, and the ingredients are items that you likely already have in your Paleo pantry.  Most of the recipes can be made in under 30 minutes, or in one pot, or with less than five ingredients.

The three-phase premise is brilliant.  Matt and Stacy explain how to first “swap” out unhealthy foods with healthier options, then how to “remove” those substitutions for more nutritious options, and finally how to “heal” your body with the ultimate nutrient-dense diet (with emphasis on broth, organ meats, super foods, etc).

IMG_6907I haven’t seen another cookbook that contains everything from Key Lime Pie (which is sweetened only with fruit and a little honey), to beef heart jerky.  That range truly demonstrates how I personally live my Paleo life – there’s a nice balance of both healthy and fun.

There is so much creativity in this book!  Recipes like Zucchini Cauliflower Tots, Veggie Lasagna (with cashew “cheese sauce!”), Chinese Lettuce Cups, CC’s Perfect Hashbrowns, Energy Bars, Healthiest Ice Cream Ever, and Butternut Squash Lasagna have me intrigued.  And there are tons of tips with each recipe on how to make it even easier, even more nutrient-dense, etc.

I’ve made about 10-15 recipes from the book so far, and I’ve been extremely impressed.  The Peruvian Chicken is, hands down, the best chicken recipe I’ve ever tried… and it’s unbelievably easy.  I am also so impressed with the Creamed Kale (not a recipe I thought would be a “favorite”).  I also splurged on the most extravagant recipe in the book, “Chocolate Layer Cake with Fresh Fruit,” and wow… I’ll just leave it at that.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect family-friendly cookbook, look no further (click here!).  You can thank me later.  :)

My Supplements (prenatal, postpartum, and otherwise)

 

(Note: I wrote this post with people on healthy diets in mind.  If you’re filling your belly with things like gluten, sugar, processed foods, etc, don’t waste your time or money on supplements – your diet will just cancel them out.  Just work on eating right, and then come back to this post.)

supplementsI believe that the majority of our vitamins and minerals should come from food… things like fermented vegetables, bone broth, local fruits and vegetables, quality meats, etc.  However, I also believe that quality supplements are necessary for most individuals. There are severals reasons why a person may need supplements.  Regardless of how many great fruits and vegetables you’re consuming, not buying locally means that you’re probably losing a lot of the nutrients that were originally present in the food  (because of the long transit time between the field and the grocery store).  And even if you’re buying locally, most of our soils are so severely depleted that you aren’t getting the nutrients you would have gotten many years ago. Continue reading

The Natural Mommyhood Store

ShoppingCartApologies if you’re seeing this for the second time.  We had some complications with the store, and had to take it down and re-do a few things.  Re-posting now… hope you’ll check it out!

We do a lot of our shopping on Amazon.  As you read through my posts, you’ll see that most of the supplements, ingredients, and products I use come from there.  So I decided to compile all my favorites into a store.  Use this link to take a look inside.  I hope this will be helpful in navigating which items are best for YOUR family.

All of these are items that we have personally purchased and/or used (except a few of the cookbooks – but they’re all on my wishlist!).  I can recommend each item in the store with complete confidence.

Click HERE to visit my store!


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Best Kombucha!

IMG_6505I’ve been brewing kombucha for almost a year now, and I was drinking store-bought kombucha long before that.  I love it!  It gives me a little zing of energy, and I can tell that my gut loves it as well.  Kombucha is full of probiotics – good bacteria that your gut needs to fight off bad bacteria, and to keep things running smoothly.

What is kombucha?  It’s a fermented tea; a traditional beverage that’s been consumed for hundreds of years.  You can find it at most health food stores, and even in some regular grocery stores.  But it’s easy to make once you get the hang of it!  I love brewing kombucha.  My weekly bottling ritual has become somewhat therapeutic for me, and I love experimenting with new flavors.

Out of all the flavors I’ve tried, my favorite flavor is Vanilla-Date Kombucha.  I got the inspiration from Wellness Mama, and I LOVE the Dr. Pepper-like sweetness.  Since so many people have asked me how I brew and flavor my kombucha, I decided to post my recipe.  Give it a try! Continue reading

4 Important Supplements for Baby

IMG_6369My little guy is almost a year old, and I’ve been giving him a few supplements since he started on solid foods.

If your baby is EXCLUSIVELY breast fed, there is really no need to give him/her any supplements (unless you’re low on vitamin D, and you and baby don’t get out in the sun much – then a vitamin D supplement may be beneficial).  

While you’re breastfeeding, your baby is getting everything he/she needs from your milk.  However, when milk intake decreases, and when solids are introduced, you may want to begin supplementation.  Even if you’re feeding your baby the highest quality meats, fruits, and vegetables, there are a few things that you’ll want to make sure they’re getting. Continue reading

20 Natural Remedies for Clogged Ducts or Mastitis

JCI’ve been breastfeeding my son, Jamison, since birth, and he’ll be a year old next week (tears!).  Overall, it’s been an amazing, precious experience.  We’ve had ups and downs in our nursing adventure together, but I wouldn’t trade the time we’ve shared for ANYTHING. The most challenging issue that I’ve faced in regards to breastfeeding has been three bouts of mastitis.  In case you don’t know, mastitis occurs when a clogged milk duct becomes infected.  What happens next is absolute misery… lots of pain, swelling, redness, fever, flu-like exhaustion, and frustration!  Imagine trying to nurse when it feels like knives are stabbing through your breast! Continue reading