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Best Vegan Sources for Calcium

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follow url Question: I have autoimmune symptoms and have been told I need to take 1200 mgs of calcium & 1800 IU’s of Vitamin D per day. Any suggestions on the best, most natural supplements, and the best vegan sources for calcium?  – MaryBeth

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PIN IT! Answer: I think you’re going to be quite surprised by the information we have to share today, anyway, it’s very good to know.

how to write an article proposal I’m glad to hear they told you to add Vit D, and calcium, we believe those are super helpful, especially the Vit D, with any type of autoimmune issues going on.

introduction essay writing Sometimes supplements can be helpful when we need to add large doses of critical nutrients our bodies lack. Here are a couple of excellent options which contain enough of both the D and the best vegan sources for calcium , but to get the dosage you need, the dose would need to be doubled… Bone Strength Calcium Garden Of Life Calcium

watch Vital Core Nutrition  You would need to double it for the right amount of  the Vit D, but the calcium would only get you to 1000 mgs.  But, it would be easy to add another 200 mgs of calcium through food sources, so I’ll list 21 of the best vegan sources for calcium below.  But this product has an entire line up of additional vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients that are outstanding, and non-GMO.

go to site Our feeling is that for longterm care and maintenance, it’s best to amp up the calcium in the diet. We’ve all been taught that milk is the best source of calcium, but here’s where the surprise comes in. Check out the amount of calcium found in the following plant products, and you’ll see that milk is high, but not the only, nor the best option.

NOTE: While we’re talking about animal milk, we aren’t milk drinkers at all. But for those who are, we strongly feel that if we were to drink animal milk, it must be organic (and even raw). That’s not a medical recommendation, and it’s always best to research things out before taking any advice, but based on the feedback we get daily, we’ve heard many testimonials that have givien powerful endorsements for the benefits of whole raw cow or goat milk.  

Here are 21 great foods to add calcium to your diet:

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  1. Hemp milk (1 cup contains 460 mg)
  2. Blackstrap Molasses (2 tablespoons contains 400 mg)
  3. Collard Greens (1 cup contains over 350 mg)
  4. Amaranth (1 cup contains 275 mg)
  5. Turnip Greens (1 cup contains 250 mg)
  6. Kale (1 cup contains 180 mg)
  7. Tahini (2 tablespoons contains 130 mg)
  8. Navy beans (1 cup contains 125 mg)
  9. Great northern beans (1 cup contains 120 mg)
  10. Figs (1/2 cup contains 120 mg)
  11. Raw fennel (1 medium bulb contains 115 mg)
  12. Broccoli (1 cup contains 95 mg)
  13. Almond butter (2 tablespoons contains 85 mg)
  14. Adzuki beans (1 cup contains 65 mg)
  15. Black Currants (1 cup contains 62 mg)
  16. Oranges (1 orange contains between 50 and 60 mg)
  17. Artichokes (1 medium artichoke contains 55 mg)
  18. Blackberries (1 cup contains 40 mg)
  19. Dried apricots (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)
  20. Dates (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)
  21. Roasted sesame seeds (1 oz. contains 35 mg) There you go!  Were you a little surprised by this information, please validate us and admit it, jk lol. Anyway, we hope that helps with your quest for adding the right kind of nutrients to you day, You guys are the best!!

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go site I’m convinced that good old fashioned fresh air is the ultimate natural air freshener. Last summer, I was working on a movie in Austria and Germany, and learned something I hadn’t even thought of before. Most of the locals over there keep windows open in their houses all year long–which was a foreign thought to me, since I’m used to central air and heat. But I liked it, and I realized that I could breathe better with the windows cracked open.

enter After I got home, I researched a little more about the pro’s and con’s of utilizing fresh air and I was intrigued, to say the least.  I learned that students perform 20% better on exams, when windows are open, that kids experience less sickness when they live in fresh air environments, and much more. I was impressed with the thought that we will thrive, mentally, physically, and with greater levels of energy and wellness by changing that one simple thing in our lives.

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I used to love it when actors would step into our makeup trailer and immediately comment on how wonderful it smelt. I would look proudly at my newest little air freshener that I had just purchased thinking what a wonderful investment it had been.

Or was it?

When I first learned that fragrance could be highly toxic, I seriously didn’t want to believe it. I loved fragrance. So at first I denied it, then as time went by, I became curious as I started to connect my headaches and foggy thinking moments to times I was surrounded by fragrance. I reluctantly started doing my homework and learned much more than I wanted to. I found reports and studies that linked fragrance to neurotoxicity, cancer, and endocrine disruption.

Many fragrances contain petroleum bi-products, and even phthalates, which are carcinogenic endocrine disruptors. Often, a single perfume can contain hundreds of ingredients, resulting in chemical toxicity, central nervous system disorders, birth defects, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fainting, respiratory issues and the list goes on and on.

So yes it was a sad realization, but before long and after much searching, I realized pure essential oils were a much better option and even could be therapeutic. However, some essential oils themselves may contain synthetic ingredients, or are loaded with pesticides and herbicides, so we believe it’s important to make sure to only use ONLY 100% Organic Essential Oils.

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Essential oils can enhance mood, aid fatigue, stress and depression. Even though they are typically much safer than fragrances or perfumes, pure grade oils are potent and should be used carefully and avoided during pregnancy. Most oils should not be ingested.

Simple Air Fresheners

1. More indoor plants. I love houseplants, especially the ones that I can eat, like fresh herbs, which have wonderful aromas. And it’s a nice bonus to snip them off and eat them year round too.

2. Freshly cut lavender or flowers – I even love them dried, as they will maintain their scent for quite a while.

3. Place orange, lemon, or lime peels in a little water and boil them, or dehydrate them to sprinkle into a cute open dish where their aroma can flourish over time. I like to grind them down the disposal every now and then, to clean and freshen it.

4. Place pure essential oils on the inside of toilet paper rolls, so you reactivate scent as the roll is used.

5. Place baking soda in a cute, open container to absorb odors. You can also add in your favorite pure essential oils to add even more freshness.

6. Sprinkle baking soda (with added essential oils-optional) onto carpet prior to vacuuming. If your vacuum has a bag that fills up, placing a drop of essential oil on it will fill the room with a nice fresh aroma.

Those are a few of our little tricks, that work great and help freshen the air in our lives. Please comment below and let us know your great ideas and tricks–we love to hear from you!

Stay healthy!!! 🙂


Laurie & Tiffany

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Natural Eczema Remedies


My son has the worst eczema and it breaks my heart.  The doctor just threw a bunch of steroid creams at me, but I really want to try some sort of more natural relief…do you know of any good natural eczema remedies? ~ Sarah

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Hi Sarah, That’s heart wrenching–it’s so hard to see your little ones hurting 🙁  We strive to be careful to not undermine any doctor’s advice because we aren’t doctors, chemists or anything like that.  But what we are, is moms, who will do anything to fight for our babies.  That is actually the reason we do Nature’s Knockout, because of Tiffany’s auto-immune disease and our urge to get the word out. So now that we’ve gotten all of the disclaimer talk out, we recommend studying it out for yourself, and in the mean time, here are some natural eczemaremedies that we’ve found that seem to work wonderfully…


With your son’s eczema, it’s important to avoid all products containing sodium laureth or sodium lauryl sulphate (for more info on those, head to our I Spy Videos( under “Is it safe” in Beauty) It’s best to make sure he only uses natural or organic soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents…but even if an item says it’s natural, check the ingredients to make sure it’s completely non-chemical. Also, coconut oil can be really helpful too.


Water is the worst irritant and literally fuels the eczema, so make sure to protect the skin from water. You can apply coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to the skin a few minutes before immersing in water, then wash with a gentle, safe soap, and follow up with a little oil after towel drying the skin.


The skin needs lubrication, not hydration. So that means, using healthy oils is good, using water or products with water is not so good (boo)


That is–at least, until the skin is healthier. Most lotions tend to aggravate eczema because of the high water content in them. And unfortunately, that even includes many of the safe and natural ones. Heavy lubricating creams and oils are the best for protecting and nourishing the skin to get it back to a more healthy state.

That said, there are always going to be exceptions, which in this case, we are thrilled about. We’ve found one natural eczema oil treatment that worked super well, and yes, we’re happy to share!


One more thing–get away from fragrance and any product that contains it. Even if it says “natural fragrance or fragrance blends” the skin can’t be fooled. :-/ So what about essential oils? We feel they can be therapeutic in many cases, but because the skin we’re discussing is hyper-sensitive, we say proceed with extreme caution. In most cases it’s better to avoid essential oils while the skin is inflamed. Read our concerns about Essential Oils on this site.


Oops, I just thought of another, so one last thing :).. covering the skin after lubricating it will help tremendously. If eczema or dermatitis is on the hands, apply a lubricant, put cotton gloves on, and keep them on for a few hours or overnight. The skin will usually respond well.


And I don’t want to get off on a negative note, but when it comes to steroid creams, use them sparingly if you have to, but be sure to read all of the side effects thoroughly, because they are real.


Some foods may cause a reaction in people who are eczema prone…some to watch for are red meats, sea food, eggs, dairy, GMO grains, breads with yeast, additives, preservatives, blueberries, tomatos, lemons, and lime. Psssst, I’ll share a secret–I have eczema too. I guess it’s not really a secret because I blab it all the time. Sorry, off task—anyway, I can have those items when my skin is doing well, but when it’s broken out, I try to avoid them until I can get it under control.

Also, many eczema sufferers have food allergies, so pinning down the culprits can be life changing. You can go to a doctor to get blood tests done or by eliminating items from your diet for up to 6 mos, then re-introducing them in mass amounts to see if reactions occur.

Something to add to the diet is more probiotics or acidophilus on a daily basis. You can get them through pure cultured yogurts, keifers, and lacto-fermented juices and veggies.  We use coconut milk to make ours and they are super simple and yummy to make, but for those who still want dairy, goats milk can be a better option than cow milk and typically doesn’t have all of the antibiotics and hormones in it.


FOR ADULTS ONLY: If the eczema has a thick and rough texture and no lesions, freshly ground sea salt can be added to the coconut oil to scrub the area (not close to the eyes though)…often eczema will respond well to that as it usually carries bacteria that the salt fights. Remove it with a damp cloth and reapply the coconut oil to relubricate. Please be sure skin is not broken or the salt could really hurt.

Another thing to consider is that if the acid mantle has been stripped, it can cause eczema breakouts. One way to restore the acid mantle is by applying a tiny amount of apple cider vinegar to the affected area.


And if you do all of the good things above, you might see some relief–stay on the path and even though it’s in remission, keep using safe products so you can keep it at bay. Hope that helps–I’m crossing my fingers for ya!


Please share your thoughts, hopes, dreams, any tips or recipes or whatever moves you–we love to hear from you!

To your health (and to your little one’s!!)


Laurie & Tiffany


Cloth diaper update & lets get personal!

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I decided to sit down and answer some of your ?’s and up-date you on what I’m thinking about cloth diapering now that I’m home with baby 🙂

So, get ready for answers, and i hope they aren’t too personal or awkward for anyone, just sharing my thoughts!

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dear diary…My Healthy Diet – Backwards :(… the grande finale

Okay, I admit it. I AM a wimp, ugh.  But  this experience definitely taught me some important things. In case you’re just seeing this post, it’s the end of a 3 post series, all called, “My Healthy Diet Backwards.” You’ll want to read those in order to understand why in the world I would tackle this task.

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Dear Diary…my healthy journey backwards


On Wednesday night, I was out running around and saw a Kneaders Restaurant. I think the only thing I’ve ever eaten there, were the salads, which I really like. But I was under orders to eat a lot of gluten, so my eyes drifted over to the unfamiliar sandwich menu.

One thing that stood out to me was a turkey avocado croissant. I love anything avocado, and I’ll bet it’s been over 20 years since I’ve eaten a croissant. I had written them off years ago, because of the high buttery fat content. But as I sat there, I decided to eat something that I used to love, and sooo, that croissant would be it. It included a little salad of dark greens and I decided to also add a package of chips (for nightshades) and a water.

I was really hungry and devoured the entire meal. It actually seemed quite light, and tasted really good. I didn’t feel that heavy, bloating immediately, and thought maybe I would breeze right through this without any bad after effects.

But my body didn’t feel quite the same way about that meal. By morning, I ached everywhere. The bloat was back, and after another restless night, I really didn’t even want to get out of bed. But I finally did.

The last thing I wanted to do was eat. So I got some work done and got dressed. When I sat in front of the mirror to spackle on my face, I was surprised at how much more pale my skin looked. I added more makeup than usual, just to get some color back into my face. My skin had no glow, it was just pale and pasty.

I ended up making breakfast about lunchtime. As I prepared my food, I thought about what a glorious day it was–because this madness would all be over within 24 hours, and I could hardly wait.

I shredded and soaked a potato, then baked it in olive oil.  When my hash browns were almost ready, I cooked up 2 hormone/antibiotic free eggs, and a piece of white toast, which I slathered in extra virgin olive oil.

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I snatched a bottle of my husband’s catsup from the fridge and immediately looked at the ingredients. I had a feeling it wouldn’t be good, and it wasn’t. The main ingredient was high fructose corn syrup, and it was surrounded by a long list of other chemical ingredients. There was no way I’d eat that. So I threw his catsup away, (he’ll never know 🙂 and I grabbed my little blender and within a few minutes had a totally natural, healthy, lacto fermented catsup that was so much more delicious anyway.

I knew I needed some fresh milk, and had purposely waited until the last day to hit it very hard. Luckily my hubby buys only hormone free, organic milk, so I didn’t have to throw out his milk too, lol. 🙂 The fun truth is that he’s slowly coming around to my way of eating, one huge baby step at a time. But as he’s been making a lot of dietary changes, he’s become excited about how easy it has finally become to lose weight, and how much better the new improvements to his diet are making him feel.

I took the milk and within about 3 minutes whipped up some delicious, homemade cacao milk…an easy alternative to chocolate milk, but loaded with antioxidants and zero chemicals-yay! mmmm

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I ate everything, and even in spite of my healthy catsup and cacao milk, I still felt that heaviness, heartburn, and bloat hit right away. Ohh ugh.

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My hubby came home after work and was eager to head downtown to a local pizza restaurant that was having a 2 for 1 deal.  It would fortunately be my last meal before I would be getting my life back. It sounded fine, so we headed downtown for pizza and salads.

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By the end of the meal, I knew I needed to walk a while. So my hubby and I walked all over downtown before heading back to our car. The walk was nice–the air was fresh, but it didn’t even begin to take away the yuckiness that I felt.

And for the final night, I tossed and turned and my stomach churned fiercely all night long. My body was declaring that it was done, and so was I.

Morning came and I drank some lacto-fermented juice, a piece of toast, and headed up to my doctor’s office. They drew a bunch of blood and I felt like my life was changed in a twinkling. Well not exactly, but I was thrilled to know that I finally had my life back. The drive home was pure happiness for me.

Oh, and I almost forgot a kind of very important thing. I never get on scales anymore, because with our diet, we don’t count calories at all, because the thing that counts is getting lots of nutrients. It’s actually the perfect diet for an artist that avoids math at all costs. j/k 🙂 So another really crazy thing is that they weighed me at the doctors office, before each visit and I actually gained almost 5 pounds from the beginning to the end of that backwards diet.

As hard as this was, and as much pain as I’ve felt all week, I’m grateful for the realizations I’ve had from this experience. It was difficult, and something I don’t want to relive again, and doubt that I ever will.

To anyone who fears it’s too hard to make healthy dietary changes, I can seriously say that I wish I could give you the experience I just lived through. Not because I’m a mean, bitter person, but because I know you would find a commitment to make the changes without ever looking back.

I’m so grateful to be able to eat healthy foods, free of chemicals, and loaded with nutrients again, and look so forward to feeling better with every bite once more. My experience ended on Friday morning. It’s now Monday, and I’ve been eating a pure, detoxifying diet, loaded with greens, ever since. I’ve been gradually feeling more and more like myself, but can tell there are still some after effects from last week’s diet. My heartburn is completely gone again, the bloating is gone, and I’m beginning to feel less and less pain with each new morning. I know that I’ll get back to where I was before again, and for that, am truly grateful.

I love that I now have no desire to ever look back. I know that I’m not missing out on a thing. No matter how amazing tastes, the after effects are just not worth it. My healthy diet, backwards, is over! Life is great, and knowledge is power. As a wise man once said,

“Let food

be thy medicine

and medicine

be thy food”

– Hippocrates

Take care of yourself, it’s worth it!


Laurie & Tiffany

dear diary…My Healthy Diet – Backwards :(… Day 2

dear diary…My Healthy Diet – Backwards :(… Day 2

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It’s officially day 2 of this diet that some people might think would be “freedom”.  Wow, and after day 2 I can already say that this is nothing like the freedom I’ve become used to. Just to update anyone who may have missed my post from yesterday…my doctor wants to do some food allergy testing on me to see if we can get my lungs recharged from the effects of this years smoggy inversions. She said in order to get accurate results, I needed to eat foods I’ve avoided for 5 years. That includes nightshades, dairy, and gluten. Technically it should include soy and sugar too I guess, but I refuse to touch either of the latter two.  I wasn’t excited about the assignment to eat my old diet again, and thought I’d share. So here goes..

DAY 2:

It’s so crazy how lethargic I feel.  I want to exercise because I know it will help, but I feel too tired, bloated, and uncomfortable.

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Last night we went to Subway. I thought at least I could fill a sandwich with a lot of veggies to hopefully help me feel more alive again. This might surprise some viewers, but I chose the white bread instead of the “wheat.” Any guesses why???

We were working on a movie in a rural area several years ago and they brought us Subway sandwiches.  We wondered if the wheat was truly better than the white (which it should be) but when we looked up the ingredients, we found that Subway’s wheat is basically white–it’s a “multi-grain” not whole wheat, and usually multi grain’s are mainly enriched white flour (which is counted as a “grain”) The thing that concerned us the most, was that it contained caramel color, to enhance it and make it look more like wheat.  That’s a big concern to us, as caramel color is believed to be carcinogenic. So most of the time, for gluten eaters, we’d say stay with the wheat. But in Subway’s case, our choice would be white if we have to eat their bread.

I hate to admit this, but I also did something really dumb.  I decided to get the meatball sub, since I used to love those sandwiches years ago, and will hopefully never eat gluten again. I knew it would include nightshades, and cheese besides. So for all the right reasons I ordered that meatball sandwich. Not good.

Anyway, as I sat there eating it, I hoped all of the veggies on it would help me to feel that wonderful sense of energy with every bite that I’m used to feeling, but it really didn’t.  I just felt bloated. I had half of the sandwich and a cup of water and called it good.  

Needless to say,  I left that restaurant really regretting that decision.  I’m not a beef eater at all, and beef is so hard to digest. Even though it tasted pretty good, the after effects were in no way worth it. By now, my heartburn was in full vengeance, and burning all the way up my throat. Again, I knew yoga was out. 🙁

And that was just the beginning.  Sleep wasn’t much of an option last night. My stomach literally churned and quaked all night long. I tossed and turned, and it seemed to get even madder at me. So I laid awake, waiting for the night to end.


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This morning I just wanted to feel better. My hands were sore and swollen with inflammation, my back and neck stiff and sore. I glared at the loaf of bread on my counter and wished I had the power to make it vanish. But I knew I needed to try to get some in my system. So I plopped one piece into the toaster and pulled out the peanut butter. As the toast heated, I filled my blender with a load of greens and some lime and stevia and whipped up a huge all-vegetable except lime, green smoothie. I was ready for combat. I decided as long as I have to eat this garbage, I’ll eat in a way that my body can flush it through as quickly as possible.  For the first time in a couple of days, I felt better with every gulp.  Seriously. It is so amazing how magical it feels to fuel your body with what it needs. 

I felt so good, so energetic, and clear headed for the next few hours–it was awesome! Then came lunch. LUNCH.

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We met up at Zupas for lunch. I haven’t had much dairy, which I’m really afraid of, but I know I need to have it in my system for accurate readings on the allergy testing. So I got a creamy mushroom soup and some kind of panini sandwich. They tasted good, but there truly is nothing greater than eating and feeling a surge of energy, and mental clarity with every bite. These foods just left me feeling bloated, tired, and sapped of energy.  We run into so many people who can’t seem to let go of eating the traditional SAD diet because “it’s too hard” to transition. But I wish so bad I could give them a chance to feel how much better it feels to eat healthy–if they could have that, they’d never turn back to the diet that destroys our health.

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After that, we came home, and I made up the chocolate banana split ice cream in our Desserts Cookbook for me and the boys.  They love it, and so do I, so we all lapped it down. 

I’m a little late getting this out today, and I have no idea what I’ll have for dinner. I’ll fill you in tomorrow, and I promise that whatever I eat will not contain beef–ugh.  Those meatballs were probably the end of my beef eating for life, and I’m ok with that!  

It’s only Wednesday, but I keep telling myself this will be over soon! Happy Wednesday!!!  Thanks for your notes, here and on fb, instagram, & twitter.  Until tomorrow–love you guys!!!

Comment and please share your thoughts…


Laurie & Tiffany