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After Some Soul-Searching…

Posted by DishragDiarist on May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized with 5 Comments

Welcome! Thank you for visiting. For the time being, I am taking a hiatus from updating this site. (You can read more about it here.) Please join me on Facebook or Pinterest for more content or to ask questions.
Do you know that the National Cancer Institute predicts that one out of every two Americans born today will be diagnosed with some form of cancer? Or that the CDC tells us that 5.2 million American children have ADHD, and that number is skyrocketing? Almost 10% of all kids in the U.S. have asthma, and at least 13% have one or more developmental disability. Obesity rates are through the roof (1/3 of adults and 20% of U.S. children), as are the rates of related diseases like diabetes.

It doesn't have to be this way. But modern conventional ideas about nutrition and wellness have failed us, and they are killing our children!

This site is about looking back at how healthy societies once ate, and sharing great recipes for Real Food. It's about preventing disease, instead of prescribing something to treat symptoms and make some pharmaceutical company rich. It's about removing toxins from our food and homes, and taking charge of our health and our families.

I want to live - and teach my children to live - a long healthy life, full of energy and joy.

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Hi, friends. It’s been a while, huh? That’s actually what I’m writing about. To keep this short and sweet: Dishrag Diaries is closing up shop.

I’m writing this through tears! I love writing, I love food, I love nutrition, and I love getting to the bottom of what is true and what is not. Even more importantly, I love sharing all of that with you!

But, alas, I cannot do it all. In this season of my life, I need to focus on matters at home.

I’ve been wavering back and forth for a while now on keeping up the website. I have a million half-written posts, and I feel guilty spending time doing just about anything else when I know I have so much to do here.

My husband wants me to keep the site up and just post occasionally. But, that costs us money, and I think I need a clean break to alleviate that guilty feeling that I should be doing more. And so, the site will probably be offline in a couple of months.

Thank you so much for spending some of your time here at Dishrag Diaries. I hope we can still stay connected. Here’s how:


I’ll keep the Facebook page up as long as I can. This will be a great way to connect, ask questions and share information. And an even better way is…


It may be annoying for the next couple days as I pin/unpin and rearrange everything to try to make information easy to find. But stick with me! Pinterest will probably be the best way to share good stuff, such as:

I’ll continue to pin recipes from all over, along with my notes and suggestions. Stars (***) indicate a recipe I’ve tried and loved, otherwise it means a recipe is on my list to try.

From other bloggers and scientific and news sources, I’ll share articles on nutrition, cooking, health, alternative medicine, fitness and all manner of topics.

And finally, I’m working on some boards to share products that I recommend. Most of the questions I receive start off something like, “What do you use for…” :)

So, goodbye for now. Who knows what the future holds? I do know that my wish for each of you is that you would take your health into your own hands, search out information to make your own well-informed decisions, and be bold enough to swim against the current when need be.

Here’s to a long life full of health, energy, joy and love!


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Recipe: Spinach Coconut Milk Soup
with Curried Shrimp
Paleo, Fast, Nourishing, Delicious

Posted by DishragDiarist on May 8, 2013 in Main Dishes/ Meals, Recipes with No Comments

Everyone needs to have a recipe for a nourishing and delicious meal that can be made in minutes. Here’s mine.

This is also a nice summer soup, as you don’t need to heat up your kitchen with hours of simmering.

(By the way, if you remember when I asked you to vote for your most wanted recipe, this was picture number one.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Cinco de Mayo Recipe:
Mexican Chicken Napoleons & Fruit Salsa:
Faux-Fancy & Gluten-Free

Posted by DishragDiarist on May 3, 2013 in Main Dishes/ Meals, Recipes with No Comments

We don’t often have corn or cheese here at our house, so when we do we make sure it’s super yummy! This recipe fits the bill. Although the Little is currently avoiding most dairy, she can occasionally have goat or sheep milk cheeses, so that’s what I chose to use. (They are typically a little easier on everyone’s tummy.) This would make a nice “company meal,” as it looks kind of fancy but is actually pretty easy and most of it can be prepared ahead of time. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Better Than Cold Stone Creamery
Cake Batter Ice Cream: Dairy-Free &
You Don’t Need an Ice Cream Maker!

Posted by DishragDiarist on April 8, 2013 in Recipes, Snacks/ Drinks with 3 Comments

Is it finally feeling like spring where you are? It is here! I’m so looking forward to this week of warm temperatures and soaking up some vitamin D. Oh, and eating some homemade ice cream!

You are so going to love me for this. So get your clicking finger ready for sharing, or pinning, or whatever :) . Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthy Life Summit
Discount Ends Midnight 4.3.13!

Posted by DishragDiarist on April 2, 2013 in Resource Referrals with No Comments

Hopefully you’ve seen my posts on Facebook about the Healthy Life Summit. This collection of presentations by 35 different speakers was streaming live FOR FREE for seven days. I hope some of you were able to take advantage of that amazing learning opportunity!

If not, I am begging you to consider purchasing the download package to listen to/ watch when you can (or to refer back to), especially now that the 60% off discount has been extended. The summit collection is such a diverse, smart and lovely collection of speakers… I love each one more than the next. You will definitely be inspired, challenged and empowered after listening to this group, no matter where you are in your Real Food journey. Take a look at the topics and presenters: Read the rest of this entry »

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(Almost) A Million Oatmeal Ideas:
Soaked, Grain-Free & High Protein Options
(Paleo & WLC, Too!)

Posted by DishragDiarist on March 28, 2013 in Breakfast, Recipes, Whole Life Challenge with 1 Comment

There really isn’t anything quite as comforting as a hot, creamy porridge for breakfast. In our house, making this with real oats is a rare treat. Most often, we’ll make grain-free versions. Here, I’ll cover the healthiest and yummiest ways to make both.

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In Case You Missed It (3.24.13)

Posted by DishragDiarist on March 24, 2013 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Here are some goodies from Dishrag Diaries on Facebook, in case you missed it! (Since I’m catching up from the past TWO weeks, I won’t post about every little thing. Please visit the Facebook page to catch up!) Read the rest of this entry »

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Quick Dinner Recipe:
Creamy Chicken & Butternut Squash
(WLC, Grain-Free, All That Good Stuff)

Posted by DishragDiarist on March 14, 2013 in Main Dishes/ Meals, Whole Life Challenge with No Comments

I meant to get this delicious recipe out during the heart of winter squash season, but I missed it. Luckily, you can still find some delicious winter squashes, including one of my favorite: butternut squash. Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, butternuts also provide potassium, vitamin B6 and folate. And they’re sooooo yummy.

This meal pairs butternut squash and chicken, and is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, although it will taste like you’ve been cooking all day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrating a Non-Toxic Easter: Candy, Candy-Alternatives, Egg Dyeing & More

Posted by DishragDiarist on March 11, 2013 in Non-Toxic Living with 4 Comments

Easter is another day on which I get to have all other mothers think I’m the meanest person alive. (Easter, along with (in no particular order) Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, Flag Day, Tuesdays and every other freakin’ day people want to give my kids crap.) (Sorry about that outburst.) I certainly do believe Easter is a day worthy of celebration. But does that require a chocolate hollow bunny or fluorescent-colored Peeps? Does it?!

I think the answer is no. There are many things you can do to make the day special without harming your child – or the earth! Following are some cleaner and greener ideas for a non-toxic Easter. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Case You Missed It (3.10.13)

Posted by DishragDiarist on March 10, 2013 in Uncategorized with No Comments

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