Ingredients for Healthy Living

I'm a crunchy mama living in a chewy kind of world. Committed to holistic health and nutrition, I aim to share my insights about flower essences, homeopathy and gluten-free diets, to name a few of the alternative approaches that this green mom has used to get healthy and keep her family healthy.

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  • NIH conference addresses vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)

    At a conference open to the public, the National Institutes of Health is presenting the research behind a consensus statement on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Published 2:16 p.m. March 9, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Nature Initiatives for Arlington Children

    Getting kids into nature was the name of the game this week in Arlington, Virginia. Published 12:34 a.m. March 1, 2010 - Comments

     
  • A talk with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture provides some insights into school lunch improvements but does not convince this nutrition-minded mom

    Secretary Vilsack talks to moms about nutrition

    A talk with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture provides some insights into school lunch improvements but does not convince this nutrition-minded mom Published 10:41 a.m. February 15, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Tips on how to make a healthy,  nutrient-dense chicken stock

    Homemade Stock for Colds, and Cold Days

    Tips on how to make a healthy, nutrient-dense chicken stock Published 4:04 p.m. February 9, 2010 - Comments

     
  • A mom who tries to avoid media overexposure admits her son's first addiction to a DVD.

    Media-Shy Mom, TV-Addicted Toddler

    A mom who tries to avoid media overexposure admits her son's first addiction to a DVD. Published 7:18 p.m. January 30, 2010 - Comments

     
  • A former vegetarian mom is reminded that, no matter what you eat, the important thing is a respect for the food we take into our bodies.

    Caring about Our Food, Whatever It Is

    A former vegetarian mom is reminded that, no matter what you eat, the important thing is a respect for the food we take into our bodies. Published 11:05 a.m. January 10, 2010 - Comments

     
  • A question often asked more of religion than nutrition: how does a mom stay true to her (real food) values without looking judgmental or critical of other approaches?

    Gluten-Free Mom Tries to Avoid the Holiday Crumb Trail

    A question often asked more of religion than nutrition: how does a mom stay true to her (real food) values without looking judgmental or critical of other approaches? Published 8:04 p.m. January 2, 2010 - Comments

     
  • At a time when everyone you know is sick -- including, probably, your children -- resist the urge to break out the Tylenol and the distracting DVDs and instead treat illness with a mellow mood and patience.

    Let the Fever Go

    At a time when everyone you know is sick -- including, probably, your children -- resist the urge to break out the Tylenol and the distracting DVDs and instead treat illness with a mellow mood and patience. Published 7:47 p.m. December 19, 2009 - Comments

     
  • The Simple Power of Ritual

    A mom who could use an education in learning how to pause takes a lesson from at a Waldorf school ritual called Advent Garden. Published 11:10 p.m. December 9, 2009 - Comments

     
  • When habits morph into obsessions, and intensity into anxiety, I take my son to therapy: craniosacral therapy.

    Soothing a Preschooler’s Spirit: Craniosacral Therapy

    When habits morph into obsessions, and intensity into anxiety, I take my son to therapy: craniosacral therapy. Published 12:20 a.m. December 3, 2009 - Comments

     
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Jessica Claire Haney

Jessica Claire Haney

 

This holistic mom dreams of a day when all kids -- and adults -- eat foods with only recognizable ingredients. Paying attention is not an option for me; it's a necessity.

A few years ago, my body started breaking down and ...

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This holistic mom dreams of a day when all kids -- and adults -- eat foods with only recognizable ingredients. Paying attention is not an option for me; it's a necessity.

A few years ago, my body started breaking down and let me know I wasn’t like all those other Jessicas who were still in their twenties. I began making the rounds of alternative health practitioners and nutritionists to deal with stomach problems, thyroid problems, chronic grumpiness, and infertility, issues that my doctors weren't addressing with any success. With a lot of help and a bunch of lifestyle changes, I managed to work my way back to healthy and happy. And pregnant!

Now a full-on convert to natural family living and a mom to a three-year-old, I’m on a mission to share my insights -- and my persistent questions -- about nutrition and holistic health with other moms and with anyone else looking for something that will work and feel good when other stuff doesn’t. As a leader of a local chapter of Holistic Moms Network, I've tried to build a community that supports other parents in making healthy decisions for their families.

My writing has appeared in parenting publications and poetry journals. I blog about life on the alternative/mainstream divide at Crunchy-Chewy Mama, and I'm a contributor for DC Metro Moms.

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