Author Archives: Amanda Rose

Fermentation Crock! Fun Stuff in My Kitchen

Fermentation Crock: Seasons are changing here in the Sequoia National Forest. Our summer garden works to provide the last bit of nutrition and good eating for our household. It never reached the peak of “Oh goodness, what *will* we do with all of this?” but as we grow nostalgic already, we look to preserving the…

Fish Oil For Depression? Dose?

Fish Oil for Depression Fish oil for depression? We have all been hearing a lot about the benefits of fish oil for depression in the news and, the fact is, our brains are made up of the same beneficial fat found in fish oil. A healthy brain is a fatty brain, particularly an Omega 3-loaded…

Canadian depression study: “Take your Omega 3s”

Last week a new study on Omega 3s was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Four hundred and thirty-two (432) people participated in this 8-week study in which participants received either Omega 3 fatty acids or sunflower oil. After the eight week study period, those treated with Omega 3s did improve on a self-reported…

Where can I buy coconut oil?

“Where To Buy Coconut Oil?” It’s a good question if you’re new to the product. There are a lot of extremely high-priced products out there, most of which I have tried. I used to guard it like the gold that it was but then found a great deal and have less need for restraint. I…

Whoa, look at the margarine!

You have probably noticed that I use a lot of graphs on this site. I actually do a lot of reporting in my day job using data visualizations. If you have purchased either of the digital papers at the Rebuild Market you know they center around these same sorts of data visualizations. I programmed a…

Hubpages discoveries

Taking a little break from a busy work season, I put together some Hubpages that tie into content here on this blog. In the process, I found a whole world of interesting web content related to food. First, give a quick eyeball to my works-in-progress: Foods for depression Phytic acid Sourdough recipes Natural remedies for…

Low Iron In Pregnancy: Why and What To Do About It

Is is easy to become low in iron during pregnancy. Our iron requirements in pregnancy are quite high, a key reason prenatal vitamins typically have extra iron. On one hand, our menstruation ceases for a year or more during pregnancy but on the other, we have quite a bit of blood loss with the birth….

Do muskrats fight depression?

This reminds me of our depression buster search a couple of years ago on this blog. A smart elick recently asked me if eating rat fights depression. I said, “You joke but I bet I can find the nutrient profile of a rat, or at least get pretty close.” Behold the nutrient profile of a…

Chicken liver and arsenic: More than you bargained for?

So you are thinking about trying Mom’s chicken liver and rice casserole and have heard that your chicken liver may well have a whole lot of arsenic in it. What to do? First, I do like liver for its nutrient density. Chicken liver is high in B vitamins, iron, and zinc, all of which fight…

Signs of Low Iron: The Common Markers

What are the signs that you may be low in iron? The problem is that unless you are technically anemic, it may be easy to miss that you are not at your optimum level of iron. Some of the common signs of low iron include: Extreme fatigue (even with sufficient sleep). Inability to finish tasks…

Can birth control pills cause a B vitamin deficiency?

When you take a synthetic estradiol hormone for birth control (aka “the pill), can you end up with a B vitamin deficiency? Someone recently asked me about this issue and I looked it up in the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook. The basic idea is that your body has to metabolize any sort of medication and…