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It’s my nifty little virtual suggestion box. Daddypotamus and I are in the kitchen doing peach cobbler “research” for you this morning . . . so no post.

BUT – I’m hoping you’ll take this opportunity to fill this lil’ box to the brim with questions/blog topic suggestions. So, what do you want to see covered here in 2012? Vaccines, maybe? Video tutorials on making deep-fried GAPS-friendly chips and/or beauty products like shampoo bars and body butter? More recipes? Posts on birth, real food basics, raising healthy children, or [insert your burning question here]?

Your ideas make the BEST posts – I can’t wait to hear what you want to talk about this year!

What do YOU want to read about this year?!?!?

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72 Responses to Questions??? Ask ANYTHING!!!!

  1. Jessi says:

    I actually have a question! My son is turning 1 this month and I’m going to start weaning him. I don’t want to wean him onto cow’s milk for several reasons. The major one being that we as a family are cutting way back on our animal product intake. My question is, what are my other options? What is it that he would be getting from cow’s milk that he needs? And where else can he get those things (other than breast milk)? Thanks!

  2. Katie says:

    I’m interested in the shampoo! Would also love more recipes for fermented foods. Sooooooo tired of sauerkraut!!!

    • Erin says:

      I’ve been wanting to ask the shampoo question too! I’m trying to get Sodium Laurel Sulfate out of our house, but the shampoo alternatives are so expensive! I want a good recommendation before I’m willing to spend $10+ on one bottle of shampoo. I don’t want to lose the luxury, you know. Also I know Laurel/Laureth sulfate are no good, but what about similar sounding ingredients. ____ Laurel Sulfate, or Sodium Laureth ____?

      • Renee N. says:

        I’ll third this! I tried making my own shampoo with a combination of Dr. Bronner’s soap and other ingredients, but my hair was SO gross after a few days. It was clumping together, dull, and I just could not get the residue out, even with baking soda. We’re starting GAPS in 2 weeks and want to get rid of all these toxins!

  3. Meg says:

    I have a question too. My 7 year old daughter is just getting over some kind of stomach bug that had her vomitting for 7 flippin’ days! She lost 6 lbs in those 7 days, during which we made 2 trips to the ER to get IV fluids. Not a fun Christmas or birthday for her. Anyway, aside from broth, any ideas what you’d feed your kids to get them chubbed up with max nutrition that’s super easy on the digestive system? We just started back on clo/Bo yesterday, as well as kefir smoothies.

    Also, for future posts…..I myself would like to begin gaps but am bf’ing and plan to be for the next year to year and a half. I wonder about starting on full gaps……if it’s a waste of a no fun time…..should I just wait till I’m mostly done nursing to start fresh on intro gaps?

    Thanks!
    PS we met in Dallas, sort of. I was one of the other mamas there with a beige ergo and baby girl. “Megan and Jayne” as Mcafee embarrassingly announced in his last day presentation.

  4. Liv says:

    What do you think about earthing? I’m intrigued but skeptical . . .

  5. That opens you up for a lot!!!!! Lol

  6. I’m ready! Some of the topics ya’ll have suggested are things I **never** would have thought to write about, but they have brought the most interesting discussions! That’s why I look forward to this post all year!

  7. Harmony says:

    Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by ALL the info out there about health and diet…especially since many times the info is contradictory. I have 2 questions for you if that’s ok. What do you feel are the most important changes to make in regards to diet? I get overwhelmed and feel totally anxious when I try to implement everything but I also really do want to improve my families diet. Second question…,what is your take on Super Foods and how do you incorporate them (if at all)? A few that I’ve read a lot about are spirulina, raw cocoa, maca powder, hemp seeds, goji berries… just curious if they really do make a difference. Thanks Heather, I really enjoy your blog and have learned a lot here.

  8. Brianne says:

    I’m interested in learning more about how dental health and dentistry fall into place with real food living. I know the dangers of mercury fillings and I started making my own toothpaste over a year ago, but even finding a recipe at the time was difficult. I have now finally perfected it to one that I like. I’d like to hear more about real foods that support healthy teeth, holistic dentistry (I’m switching to a holistic dentist this year and I’m a little nervous b/c it’s hards to find out much good information regarding holistic dentistry vs. traditional dentistry), and toothpaste/mouthwash recipes. Thanks!

  9. Dorina says:

    I also have a few questions:
    First – can i do a detox while bf?
    If not what can I, should I eat to get to my before birth figure ?
    I really need to lose the wheight…i feel like crying every time I look în the mirror.
    Also I am reading Dr. Colin Campbell’s ” The China Study”.
    Have you read it? I find it fascinating and I would love to know your thoughts on it…
    PS: Thank you for this blog and for been such an inspiration to me :-)

  10. caroline says:

    im interested in detoxing like saunas, supplements(iodine, magnesium, milk thistle..etc)

  11. Kristina says:

    How about some quick & easy healthy foods or GAPS ideas for those who work or don’t have much time on their hands. I find it exhausting to try to keep life clean and simple with my work schedule.

  12. michelle says:

    hmm.. how about, household cleaners, essential oils mixed and used as cleaners and recipes for those? Ive really been into eos lately and would love to try new things with them :)

  13. Lindsey says:

    I want to know how much soy actually ends up in a “free range” soy-fed chicken egg. We have been buying eggs from a local chicken farmer, and I just found out he uses all-natural feed, with soy protein as the #1 ingredient. I want to support local business, but I can’t risk my health by consuming too much soy.

    Also, I am dealing with hypothyroidism (why I’m so hesitant to consume soy in any form), and I want to know what are the best, most natural, most awesome foods I can eat to heal this.

  14. Sharon says:

    I actually have a question that I’m not sure you will be able to answer, considering that I don’t see that you’ve experienced it in on any of your posts. What is your take on the causes of miscarriage? I have had two miscarriages for what would appear to be for no reason this year. I have two healthy kids who are 8 and 9 years old. A chiropractor did a muscle test/kinesiology on me and said my thyroid was a little low and she thinks that may be a reason I miscarried. She put me on a really high dose of iodine, which makes me nervous, because from what I read taking too much iodine could actually make things worse. So, I guess my questions would be, your thoughts on miscarriage, and your thoughts of hypothyroidism and iodine supplementation. Also, I have been very frustrated about finding safe cosmetics/personal care items for use during pregnancy. Even all natural products contain ingredients that are considered unsafe to use, such as Aloe Vera. What kinds of products would you recommend for pregnancy use? Sorry about so many loaded questions. Thanks for any answers you may have. :0)

  15. Simple finger food meals. Thanks for all you do!

  16. bethany says:

    Yes!! When I first started my real food journey I was overwhelmed by how understocked I was on kitchen appliances and gadgets. Now that I’m getting married I’m trying to register for my *reasonable* dream real food kitchen. Suggestions?? If you could start fresh from the beginning what would you start with? I often come across a receipe that I would love to try only to discover I need equipment that I don’t have to make it. What basics to you suggest? If money wasn’t an object what would be in your dream real food kitchen?

  17. Portia says:

    Hi Heather!
    I’d like to see a discussion on raw almonds. I just stumbled upon the craziness surrounding the subject and it’s heartbreaking! It all began with TWO people in 3 years falling I’ll from raw almonds (not dying, just got sick) and now raw almonds in the US are illegal but allowed to still be called RAW even though they are pasteurized or treated with propylene oxide (carcinogenic) to satisfy the FDA. I’m now in search of truly raw almonds from outside the US. Any suggestions? I feel as tho I spend most of my energy fighting to research and find truly raw, organic, non GMO foods but failing. Why do we have to fight for truly healthy food?? Okay, two subjects to write about here….if you need em, :)

  18. Portia says:

    P.S. keep up your amazing work! You are so very inspiring!!! I love everything you write!

  19. Jana says:

    We’re starting GAPS as a family soon, and I’ve been reading up on allowed and non-allowed foods. Specifically, once we’re on the full diet, I’m wondering why “Swiss” cheese (which ones??) is allowed, but Gruyere is not! Where we are, I can get raw milk Gruyere quite easily for a decent price, as well as other raw milk Swiss cheeses. I’m wondering what it is about Gruyere that would make it a non-allowable food for GAPS. Is it possible that raw milk Gruyere would be OK and it is the pasteurized version that would not be? More posts on allowed and non-allowed GAPS foods would be super!

  20. Ross Allen says:

    Hello,

    I would like to hear more on feeding babies and what you recommend instead of common formula products

  21. julia says:

    How does one support the lymph system? I’m dry brushing and rebounding, but I’d like to do more

  22. Bethany says:

    I’d like to know if you’ve ever done a juice cleanse and what you think of them. Your blog is inspiring, and you’ve challenged me to make some positive changes in my life. Thank you.

  23. Brittany says:

    I’d love to know more about the basics of real food eating – I’m really wanting to get my family started eating real foods but am at a loss on really how to start. :) Thank you for your inspiring blog!!

  24. Leah says:

    I’d like to know more about practical uses for essential oils, herbs and teas. I’m sure your family is able to stay more healthy than most, but what do you do/use when someone gets a random bug? I loved your gift posts last month, with the recipes for face lotion and lip balm. Would love to see more on beauty products! Also – where do you compromise?

  25. Dede says:

    Did you take a prenatal vitamin? If so, what brand?

  26. jen says:

    I would definitely LOVE. A series on beauty products & also vaccines thanks :)

  27. Sean Booth says:

    How about a look at the no-shampoo ideas? I’ve been doing it for about 14 months now and my hair is amazing, would love to see your take on it.

  28. KatherineRae says:

    First off, I would like to thank you for all that you do for us. I would like more info on TTC naturally. I am in my early thirty’s, no children & been TTC to for almost a year to no avail. The advice I’m getting is to get injections, take pills, & other options that I’m not interested in pursuing. I’ve been labeled “high-risk” by my doctor & told those are my only options. I would like to believe that there are other options, natural ones preferably.

  29. I would love to see guest posts pertaining to older kids (tweens/teens) and keeping them on the healthy track. My boys are in this range and are VERY social these days and many of their friends do not embrace our lifestyle so my kids are given numerous, chemical-laden choices when they are out of my sight. Funny thing is, these kids from mainstream homes come to our house and CANNOT STOP EATING!!! In fact, I will be blogging about this over at http://hip2bemom.com/ at different points throughout the year. It’s a young blog, but it’s getting through it’s growth spurts just fine.

  30. I second the dentistry information – both for preventative for kids and healing for adults! I’m also interested in juicing/cleanses. Thanks!!

  31. I second Bridget Parker, I would LOVE to see some posts pertaining to tween/teens!

  32. Marilee says:

    I would love some more gaps friendly recipe ideas!
    And I’m addicted to natural lotions and beauty recipes, so anything along that line would be a fantastic thing!

  33. Vangie says:

    Love your site! Would like to start GAPS diet for my 1 year old is it too soon?

  34. Julie says:

    I would love to see a post on vaccines. Or anything baby, because I am pregnant! Granted this is baby #2 but it has been almost 7 years. Yikes!

  35. jenn k says:

    Would love more gaps recipes and info.

  36. compost toilets, LASIK, WHERE ARE YOU MOVING?!?! :-)

  37. Since I consider you an expert in the pregnancy/birth/baby arena, I’d love to see more on preparing your body for pregnancy. That is something I’m working on right now and would love to see your thoughts! :)

  38. Leah Davis says:

    The pros and cons of artificially stimulating your body to produce milk in order to breastfeed an adopted infant!

  39. Rachel J. says:

    How to share the truth about saturated fats and cholesterol with family and friends convinced that low-fat is important to health (particularly heart health), especially when that’s what’s being recommended by doctors.

  40. Chavonne says:

    I would love to learn more about how everyone manages their time and money when it comes to a real foods- grain free diet, washing diapers, making cleaners, managing a family with VERY active children, and getting your children out with others to socialize. I constantly feel overwhelmed, with all that I want to do, never feeling like I have enough time in my day…

  41. Jesse M says:

    You may have already covered this to some extent. But I struggle with living a traditional foods and natural remedies lifestyle while being surrounded by family, friends, doctors, teachers, etc who either don’t want to understand it, don’t believe in it, or don’t care either way. It is a constant struggle and so hard to stay strong sometimes in the face of everyone wanting to do it the “easy” unhealthy way……

  42. Tiffany says:

    Why no soft cheeses like Feta on GAPS. Mmmfetammm

  43. vina sanchez says:

    More posts on nourished baby stuff…I just can’t get enough. Oh or how to sleep train your baby…or just funny random mom stories are always fun. OOOooooo or good face lotions you can use to stay bootyful! =)

  44. Aimee says:

    I’m acutally interested in learning more about orthodontic work and if it is good or not. My twin boys both need it, and yes I was not on a WAPF diet when I got pregnant with them, I’ve only recently started that. But they need their teeth straightened and I’m not quite sure what to do about it.

  45. tina says:

    i want to read about how to make healthy, but fun, recipes that will make everyone in the family happy!

  46. tracy says:

    I’d love to see some natural body care options for those of us with sensitive skin!

  47. Katie Smith says:

    How about doing genealogy with children?

  48. Amy says:

    Please more info on vaccines.

  49. Ashley says:

    I’d love information on how to start/have a small garden in the city! I’m not sure where to start and how to maintain one but would love to have the kids learn too.

    Also, any information on natural soaps/detergent for washing machines for HE washers – that don’t build up and make the clothes stink or how to get the stink out with out harsh chemicals? I’d love more information on holistic dentistry too! Thanks for all the great info.

  50. Jill says:

    Hi! I am greatly enjoying your blog, very intelligent and informative, thank you! I was wondering if you could blog about how to prevent negative reactions to processed foods (such as while visiting relatives) after being a real foodie for a while, having dropped sugar, grains and nuts and doing WAPF. I was knocked out for an entire day this past weekend by processed food, I think. It was like food poisoning and I still have abdominal pain tonight, 3 nights later. This has never happened to me before. Is there anything I can do to prevent these reactions? Is it detox? Thank you!

  51. Lindsey says:

    I would also love some input on dentistry. I got mercury fillings as a child and would like to get them removed, but I’m worried it might not be safe (leaking? Too much exposure at once?) to get them removed while pregnant or breastfeeding.
    Also, ideas on how to keep kids eating well when staying with their friends or at birthday parties, etc?

  52. Grace says:

    I would like see posts about vaccines.

  53. jen says:

    DEFINITELY could use some more stuff on sleep training, also interested in extended breastfeeding and in particular my son (Micah) is now pointing at the area he gets milk from (ahem) and saying “what’s that?” (that’s his first word – sheesh), and I can’t get enough healthy & yummy recipes. Oh & have you ever heard of or tried oil pulling (I’ve been trying it with coconut oil sporadically), just wondered if what your thoughts are. Heather, I’m a big fan – HUGE. :D hugs

  54. jen says:

    oh sorry, i was going to say with relation to extended breastfeeding that I could use any advice on manners… he evidently needs a word now to call them??? deep breath, i’m stumped. what can we say that he could say in public if he wants to nurse? Well, he’s been sticking his hands in my shirt anyway prolifically, so maybe this is a moot point? any insight is appreciated ;)

    • Heather says:

      Daddypotamus and I were so naive when we had Katie – we both called it boobey. And then she learned to talk, and ask, and yell in stores. Not funny at all. We call it milk now. Milk is nice and generic and comes in cartons so that people who are squeamish about EB can imagine that is what my son is talking about :)

  55. jen says:

    :D ha! :D well, I guess live & learn. ;) I could definitely call it milk, but I feel kinda funny since he is pointing at my breast & I am a homeschooling mom calling my breast “milk”, but it beats the alternative as you have so aptly pointed out. ;) hugs

    • Heather says:

      Well, the upside is that you are being an awesome role model for just about everyone: other mamas who need to know that breastfeeding past infancy is normal, little girls – and even little boys who will grow up one day and hopefully support their wives efforts to breastfeed because they are comfortable it!

  56. jen says:

    maybe in my little sphere of influence, it might be working out that way, but YOU serve as an incredible example for me & have definitely worked to bolster me in what I already felt was right. It’s really incredible to be able to find such an educational yet uplifting CHRISTIAN blogger like you right when I needed it most. James 1:17 “every good gift… is from above” I definitely am bolstered by you. So THANKS :)

  57. Jesse says:

    I just want to say, “ditto” to Jen’s last comment..I feel the same way! Thank you Heather and may God bless you!

  58. Sarah says:

    A topic I would like to hear more about is ‘lunch ideas for husband’!…mainly what to send with husband to work…lunch/snacks, on-the-go breakfast. It seems like I send Jared with the same thing everyday…lol! Basically, what are some good man-approved healthy foods & snacks?

  59. Stacy says:

    I also would like to learn more about taking care of our teath naturally or as naturally as possible. I also would love to learn how to find out what vitamins and minerals our bady is lacking. I am sure that my body needs a lot, but am not sure where to start in that area. Thanks for the help and I am really enjoying your blog!

  60. Alicia says:

    I am very curious on what canIuse to suppliment breast milk some. My daughter turned one and still nurses about 5 times a day but my supply is low because I am 20 weeks pregnant. My problem is I can’t pump so when I want to go out I need something else to give her. I had thought about bone broth but was wondering if you had any recommendations.
    I love your blog!

  61. i think you should post about healthy recipes!

  62. Tabea Bruce says:

    I would love to read more about meal plans. I am trying to streamline my weekly meal plans, so that I can buy in bulk to save money on certain of the ingredients that can be used throughout the week in meals. Of course I don’t want to eat basically the same thing every day, and I want to keep it fresh and interesting!

  63. Eve says:

    Loved your informed article on the Tetanus vaccine! Would be interested to find out what you know on others especially on Polio and meningitis :) Thanks!

  64. joseph says:

    this for tara the one with the 2 y.o with allergies in the SW. ask her if she has tried using local honey. it’s a remedy I have been told about but not to sure if it works. I would have replied via FB however someone thought I was spamming( what ever that is) in reality I said something that really got under their skin. anywho, I’ve tried it , seemed to give me some relief, though i’m not pollen sensitive.

  65. Sara says:

    At our one year check-up yesterday, our doctor (an ND) said there’s an outbreak of Polio in Afghanistan right now and that with our troops returning, it will likely come to the US! What are your thoughts on this and would you ever get the non-live single dose polio shot for you or your kids if it did come to the US? I’m reading all I can and it seems to be spread by feces contact from an infected person, so most likely in daycares if hands aren’t being washed after diaper changing and then b/c little kids put everything in their mouths. We don’t have our son in daycare, and it seems to be most deadly for adults to get it and there doesn’t seem to be a lifetime immunity vaccine, thus we’d all be needing boosters, which non of us get. It also seems to be more common when baby’s grow up in sterile/clean environments and in less clean conditions, they are exposed to it early and develop natural immunity. I’m reading What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Childhood Vaccines and he’s an MD who does give the non-live single-doses starting at 4 months. I’m usually very much against vaccines as I had a bad reaction to them as a child and my sister seemed to get Autism after the MMR, but I also want to be wise and not compromise my child’s life because of being headstrong against them. You know? Have you researched this? I’d LOVE to hear your views and if you could write a blog entry about it, that would give me MUCH peace of mind as you’ve helped me make sense of soo many topics of motherhood and choose a healthy and wise route! Thank you!!!

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