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The 7 Best Questions of 2011

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Pfew! You’re still reading. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, there is something I want to say . . .

Ya’ll Are What Makes This Blogging Thing ROCK

Let’s face it, without a blog I am just a girl who babysits worms when my mom is traveling, plans vacations around health food stores and can palpitate her own belly to determine the position of her baby (when I am pregnant, that is ), And though I know a thing or two about those subjects, the world doesn’t really need one more “expert,” does it?

What the world needs is a CONVERSATION. About vaccines. And real food. And delight. 

Not to mention a thousand other things. And that – well, that is where you come in. Did you know that some of the most shared articles on Mommypotamus are posts I told myself I would never write? But you asked. You got the conversation going. How can I resist that?

As we close out this year I want to honor some of our Big Askers – those who’s questions drew tons of interest and comments from all over the web (in order of popularity). Here they are!

Kirsten V, who many of you may recognize from the birth story she shared awhile back, asks what vitamins I give my kids.

What The Vitamin Industry Does Not Want You To Know

Thanks for the question, Kirsti! Believe it or not, I actually don’t give my kids vitamins. Seems contrary to the “organic mama way,” doesn’t it? But actually, it isn’t! Here’s why: Multi-vitamins are not the insurance policy we think they are.

Do you pick up your child’s dinner plate – sigh over the untouched veggies – and then think “oh well, at least he/she takes vitamins!”? Well then, I have good news and bad news. First – and you are going to LOVE me for this (Read more)


Heather F wants a simple breakdown of the differences between the Weston A. Price diet, GAPS, Paleo/Primal,  and Clean Eating diets.

Are You A Caveman, GAPster, WAPFER???

Great question, Heather! This is going to take some real ‘splainin, so let’s jump in, shall we?

[The] Price Is Right – No, Really. He Is!

The Basics: Dr. Weston A. Price (1870-1948), a prominent dentist and founder of the Research Institute of the National Dental Association (which later became the American Dental Association), is pretty much the reason we’re chatting here today. Yup, the Real Food Movement was started by a . . . dentist. (Read more)


Alexandra, Abbey, Morgan and Carrie wanted to know about my skin care regimen.

Coconut Oil For Radiant Skin, A Supercharged Metabolism And – um – A Stretchier You!

Miranda Kerr has a secret, and it’s not Victoria’s. If you’re not familiar with her, the – ahem – runway “angel” is also the natural birthing wife of Orlando Bloom. Earlier this year she raised a ruckus by releasing a nursing photo with her newborn son that is more discreet than anything I’ve seen in a VS catalog – **sigh** –  and controversy is knocking at her door again.

(Read More)


Jessica S wanted to know what I thought about a controversial post from Cheeseslave

When Should My Baby Start Solids?

I Deleted A Friend’s Facebook Comment Yesterday

To be frank, sometimes I am a chicken. I want to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but she wanted to know what I thought of a post where Cheeselave writes:

Around the age of 4 to 6 months, supplementation from solid foods is necessary, as breast milk does not contain specific nutrients that are needed by the baby by the time he reaches 4-6 months old.

As you can imagine, not a lot of Kumbaya going on over on that post. (Read More)


Alexandra wants to hear about how to get clear skin

The REAL Cause of Acne

Candida diet? Check. Raw food diet? Double check. Supplements, teas, microdermabrasion? Yes, yes and yes. I tried every over the counter acne treatment and diet I could get my hands on with minimal success. Eventually I came to understand that acne is not caused by bacteria alone . . . otherwise we could infect each other with acne, right? (Read More)


Christin, a vegetarian, wants to know what I think about not eating meat while pregnant.

Yes, No, Maybe??? Thoughts On Vegetarianism and Pregnancy

One-Thousand, Six-Hundred & Seventy-Seven Days Ago . . .

I peed on a stick. But just a little, because I was holding the rest for the backup tests! A trip to Walgreens and two tests later it was official. A tiny little being – my baby – was going to grow to watermelon proportions and then try to exit an area no wider than a garden hose, and I  needed olive juice. Pronto.

(Read More)


And finally, Emily B (who gifted my kids some adorable ankles similar to these for Christmas!) asked me how to make coconut flour after watching my coconut milk tutorial.

How To Make Coconut Flour

White Flour Is Good For You!

Well, only this one, but that felt good to say just once! Seriously, though, it IS good for you! Coconut flour is rich in fiber, low carb and gluten free. And it’s more versatile than you might think . . . just check out these recipes for berry scones, orange vanilla cupcakes, fluffy pancakes, blueberry muffins, and coconut flour cake (just to name a few). (Read More)


Thank you to everyone who has shared posts, “liked” them, and commented. You are shaping the future for good just by being you. Hey, I’m serious! Those aren’t just words, ya’ll. Remember when I reposted Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s plea to support the Steilers after they refused chemo for cancer-free son and landed in court? Case dropped. Maybe it would have happened anyway, but it’s not like government agencies have a history of being reasonable about these things.

And did you hear about the lone farmer who sued Monsanto and WON? Yeah, it’s harder for bullies to get away with intimidation tactics out in the open when documentaries are being made and shared by the dozen. :) My point is, this is working. This conversation we are having via blogs and social media is so much more than we realize. So, what do YOU want to talk about? Be thinking, because I’ll be taking suggestions for 2012 topics soon!



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20 Responses to The 7 Best Questions of 2011

  1. Emily Bartlett @HolisticKid says:

    What a great way to round off the year! Hope you’re having a great holiday, Heather! :)

  2. melyssa says:

    You probably realize it, but your Weston Price link is broken. :)

    This was fun, since I’ve only been following you for a couple weeks so I haven’t caught up on all your popular posts yet.

  3. Diane says:

    Can I just tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!! I discovered Primal eating in Sept., and over the past few months I’ve subscribed to a number of different blogs, and I have to say that yours is one of the most helpful/informative/interesting/well written of them all! Thanks for all that you put into your blog, it’s benefiting so many people :)

    • Heather says:

      Awww, THANK YOU Diane! What was your “eating style” before you went primal? Do you feel any different since you’ve made the transition?

      • Diane says:

        I was a MESS before I started eating this way. I’m 53, and when I turned 50 my health had really started to go down hill. In addition to osteoarthritis which was running rampant throughout my body, I was having a difficult time with menopausal symptoms, and my depression (which I’ve dealt with most of my life), seemed to be getting worse and worse. I thought to myself, “is my life really all over at 50??!!” One day while browsing the internet I happened upon Marks Daily Apple, and I was intrigued. I’d tried a low carb diet years ago, and had some success with it, but couldn’t seem to sustain it for any length of time. Anyway, I jumped into the primal way of eating with both feet, and I’ve had miraculous success with it! My joints are SO much better (I was facing a knee replacement operation before eating this way but have put it off indefinitely because I’m pretty much pain free now!) My menopausal symptoms have miraculously DISAPPEARED (not a single hot flash or night sweat since adjusting to primal!) I’ve cut my depression med dosage in half, and am going to do that again soon, and for the first time in decades am looking forward to possibly not needing any meds for depression! My skin is clearer and more radiant, I have way more energy than I’ve had in years, and as of today I’ve lost 22 pounds. I have about another 50 to lose, but I’m fine with “slow and steady” and am in no rush. I’m blessed to live in a farming community, and I’ve found sources for local grass fed beef and lamb, free range chicken, turkey, and eggs, and raw dairy products. We also have an excellent farmers market where I can buy my vegetables and fruit for great prices! My whole family has started eating this way, and my husband has lost 10 pounds, my 15 year old son 12 pounds, and my 10 year old daughter, well, she’s not crazy about it all (she’s my little sugar-aholic), but I can tell you that she has ADD and her symptoms have improved with this way of eating. Many of my relatives are seeing the results of my family, and are either embracing this way of eating or talking about trying it. I can’t say enough good things about the changes I’ve experienced, for me it’s nothing short of miraculous!

        • Heather says:

          Wow, that is AMAZING! So glad you are having such success and inspiring others. People need to know that our bodies were designed to be robust long after 50 – my mom hiked through Peru when she was 60+!

  4. Amanda Nordstrom via FB says:

    Gaps while pregnant. I’m going to be doing it starting january 16th and I’m a little nervous. I’m still not sure how to do it period much less while pregnant!

  5. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Great idea, Amanda! Thank you!

  6. Amanda Nordstrom via FB says:

    I was kinda hoping I could get tips from you> ^_^ Still trying to figure it out! Hoping I can do so by the time it’s time to start! I have the gaps guide but am still feeling lost.

  7. Amanda Nordstrom via FB says:

    I was kinda hoping I could get tips from you> ^_^ Still trying to figure it out! Hoping I can do so by the time it’s time to start! I have the gaps guide but am still feeling lost.

  8. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Put together your main concerns and look for a “suggestion box” post coming soon. I’ll be choosing comments from that post for topic ideas and I’d love to cover this for you!

  9. Maria Bloomfield via FB says:

    Amanda, the GAPSdiet yahoo forum is also full of GAPsters (including pregnant ones). You can search through the questions there and also ask new ones! =D

  10. L. Johnson says:

    I noticed you said in one post that you do Natural Family Planning. I am making the switch to the Fertility Awareness method and would love to read more posts on this topic. I have always had irregular cycles (ranging from 40 up to 60 days with 55 being the average). I know you said you had issues prior to changing your diet. I have been eating WAPF for 6 months now and am hoping things get more normal but so far it’s all over the place still. I would be really interested to read more about charting and how a real food diet can affect your cycle. I have no clue how FAM will work out and if I’m even ovulating.

  11. Olivia says:

    Hey there! I just read your post about giving fermented cod liver oil to babies by rubbing it on their bums. I was wondering if the same thing works for adults and coconut oil. I use it on my face and also as a body lotion. When I remember, I put it in smoothies or in herbal teas, but if I can get some through my skin I’d rather do that!

    What do you think?

    Thanks so much for all of your articles and your advice! I love how you explain your views on nutrition. My husband and I are really excited for when we start having kids, and I’ve been doing some research on pre-conception and prenatal nutrition. There are SO many opinions out there, it’s maddening. What things do you think are the most important before conception to balance hormones / boost fertility? And during pregnancy? Maybe you could to a post on that! (Or just direct me to a website or a book that you like!)

    Hope you and your family had a beautiful Christmas! Happy New Year!

    • Heather says:

      Yes, you will absorb the nutrients transdermally. I personally like to take a lot more than I could possibly rub on my skin so I cook with it and put it in smoothies, too. :)

      And thanks for your questions! I will definitely put them in the “posts to write” pile!

  12. Raquel says:

    Hi, just wondering what you suggest to help digest all the fat on GAPS intro? My lips are peeling and bleeding so I upped my fat intake and got diarrhea. I prob had about 10 tbsp of duck fat, lol.

  13. Adelia says:

    When Should My Baby Start Solids?
    I started give my son solid foods when he was about 6 mos. old. I started with rice and soup to make adjustment on his digestion. More water every time he eat something that is new to his stomach.

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