Sunday, January 22, 2012

What do you want to see on Nourished and Nurtured?

As I come to the end of my GAPS journey, I am wondering what you readers would like to see on Nourished and Nurtured.  I have an exciting series coming up on Homeopathy for Parents, and plenty more grain-free recipes to come.  I'm also working on a grain-free e-cookbook featuring the best grain-free recipes from Nourished and Nurtured. But I am wondering:
  • What do you like the most? Recipes, parenting topics, gardening topics, or all of the above?  
  • Are you here for the grain-free recipes, GAPS-recipes, or just nutrient-dense recipes in general?  
  • Will I lose lots of readers if I start incorporating potatoes and non-gluten grains into some of the recipes I post?
  • Would you be interested in reading book reviews of health, nutrition, and parenting-related books?
  • Do you want more giveaways?
  • Are you interested in recipes for homemade cleaners, detergents, etc?
I want to hear from you!

30 comments:

Sarah Faith said...

I just joined your subscribers, but I personally enjoy GAPS journey stories and specific challenges that were overcome by other families. Also love recipe ideas! Always up for a good nourishing recipe.

Vanessa said...

Hi Sarah,

I have enjoyed pretty much all your blog entries--GAPs related, WAPF related, pregnancy & parenting, etc. Although I try not to read the recipes you post of sweet treats because I have a sweet-tooth and am trying to stay away from sugar (even honey). :)

Jennie said...

I found your blog when I was looking for information on GAPS and have found your recounting of the GAPS experience to be tremendously helpful.

I'd be interested in hearing how you fare coming off of GAPS, how you plan to do so, and what kind of eating lifestyle you will transition too.

And I'm always interested in learning more about WAPF nutrition.

Danielle said...

I'd love to see you continue to post some grain-free recipes, if you're still going to be grain-free some of the time. But since I assume you're staying wheat-free, at least for a while, whatever recipes you post will be better than most of what you can find out there!

Tara said...

I have at least another 18 months to go on 'full' GAPS, but I know that Dr. NCM talks about eventually introducing certain grains back into the diet. I see transitioning off of GAPS as part of the GAPS experience, so I would be interested in knowing how you handle transition, (e.g. what you introduce and in what order) as well as any health effects, positive or negative, that you and your family experience.

I will definitely miss your GAPS baking though!

Taryn Kae Wilson said...

I look forward to hearing it all!! I love the variety!

Anonymous said...

As we're five months into our own GAPS journey, I'm looking ahead to our transition off the diet. What will you add back first? How does your body handle it? How did you decide it's the right time? More grain-free recipes are great, but go for it with the potatoes and grains too... we'll all be back there (eventually) I hope! I'm still seeing die-off symptoms in my children but I know my DH could be off the diet already and I think (think!) that I am ready to transition just in the last week. But we won't as long as our little guys are still dealing with healing.

But go for whatever is engaging you now... I'll still be reading. :)

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

All of the above!

I love when blogs have balance and incorporate real life.

Jamie said...

GAPS, Gardening topics, any nutrient-dense recipes, book reviews - all sound good!

The variety of topics that I find here is one of the best parts of reading your blog. :0)

starfreedom said...

Write what impassions you and it will be good reading for us. I am not personally interested in non grain free or parenting so much as I am grain free and on the tail end of parenting children (2 teens to go) but I can always skip posts that are not subjects that apply to me. Thanks for asking. Oh yeah, home made cleaners etc would be great! :)

Diane Jaquay said...

I'm not following a GAPS diet, I'm doing something similar (Primal Blueprint), and what I look for in a blog are quick and easy grain free recipes, and nutrition information. I'm just beginning to get into the world of home made cleaning products and body care products, so those would be good subjects for me too. I do totally agree with what starfreedom said, write what impassions YOU, I can skip posts that don't interest me.

Anonymous said...

You are a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading your posts. But to be honest, I will probably not continue if this morphs into a lot of gluten free recipes. I feel that these are readily available from a lot of sources. The true grain free GAPS style recipes are more difficult to find and something I really treasure. Gaps diet or not, I'm not interested in returning to a diet with frequent grains or potatoes. Long term, I don't think that will be the healthiest diet for me. I am also interested in health and cleaning supplies topics. Thanks for what you do.

Karen said...

I prefer GAPs recipes and primal/paleo recipes. There are tons of GF recipes out there and I belong to a yahoo group that is gfcf. I'm also dairy and soy free so I just look for good recipe options that are safe for me. Recipes for environmentally sensitive cleaners are good. I'm not a fan of the political outrage stuff (raw milk) etc, since I already subscribe to organizations that keep me posted and give me opportunities to express my voice to my representatives in WA and I'm not into parenting stuff. Really though, you have to be true to yourself and what you want to write about to keep it fresh and infuse passion. You'll do fine.

Anonymous said...

Nutrient dense recipes and your blog in general. I am not grain free and rarely try any of the grain free recipes. Not into the parenting part of the blog, but it is because my children are grown, if others find this useful that is great. Give aways are always nice.

Jill said...

I definitely appreciate and look for grain-free and GAPS friendly recipes. Also I love do it yourself, homemade cleaners and book reviews are nice too. I plan to begin gardening again soon, so gardening is a great topic. More than anything though, I tend to be drawn to recipes and nutrition information.

Lori said...

we are about to begin our GAPS journey..will the e-cookbook be GAPS diet friendly? That would be wonderful as i will need lots of ideas. Because i am a new subscriber and the whole GAPS idea is new to me i'm sure i will be referring back to your old blog posts often. But am still interested in any of the other subjects you suggested! :)

YogaMama said...

I loved all the GAPS recipes you posted. I know you and your daughter are done but I hope you will still post some GAPS legal recipes as I am still following GAPS.
I am interested in gardening and nutrient dense recipes. If you do incorporate other recipes maybe you can still have GAPS modifications?
I do enjoy learning about homemade cleaners, detergents, etc as well.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,
I discovered your website when I was looking for a cookie GAPS recipe, and I have been reading all your posts ever since. I tried most of the recipes you posted. My daughter and I started GAPS about 4-5 months ago, but were only partially on this diet. Since my husband is not on GAPS (or any other diet), my daughter often wants to eat bread and/or other organic cereals, as well as chocolate. I have only had bread 2-3 times while eating in French restaurants in these 5 months, so I could say that I kept pretty much a GAPS diet with lots of bone broths and many fermented foods. Overall, I am interested in a healthy diet. Although I would love to have my daughter on a GAPS diet, the reality is that I cannot have her on it 100% (main causes: my husband and her daycare). I would definitely be interested in recipes that include potatoes and grains such as Amaranth, Quinnoa, buckwheat and millet similar to what Donna Gates advocates in her book Body Ecology. Sometimes I wonder whether Body ecology diet is not more suitable for adults and for women especially than GAPS (which seems to be better for growing children and men maybe). I loved your posts on the health effects (positive & negative) coming from this diet. I would definitely be interested in reading anything health related, parenting stuff, and whatever recipes you think are good and healthful for you and your family. You are a great writer and I love to hear about a REAL experience, rather than following a certain book/theory.

Natalia said...

I love your posts. The recipes are simple and delicious and don't require fancy ingredients. I won't mind some potatoes and grains as I am not on GAPS and would definitely love to hear more about natural cleaners and detergents.

Anonymous said...

Here is my 2 cents...I found your blog while looking for recipes compatible with the SCD and GAPS diets which I am considering doing for health reasons. It seems so overwhelming and hard to find good recipes for, and your blog has been a great resource. So personally, I read for the grain-free recipes.

kitblu said...

I have reduced grains in my diet but I do still eat some; nutrient dense recipes are what I like - without too many unusual ingredients. As for recipes with potatoes/grains, if that's what you are eating. I would prefer an emphasis on ancient grains, though. I would also like recipes for household cleaners, first aid, detox; book reviews on health and nutrition if/when you read them.
I don't have a blog so maybe I don't understand concern about losing readers. All blogs lose readers, often without them signing up. Different blogs appeal to different readers. I subscribe like mad to everything I like, then I have to unsubscribe to several because I don't have time to keep up with all of them.

Lori said...

I came to your blog because you had GAPS information. I personally don't think I will transition back to grains and i've never eaten potatoes. I really don't see health benefits. Plus, there are plenty of recipes out there for that. I really struggle with GAps, non-dairy tasty recipes for my kids. And your own specific info how you really needed extra veggies/carbs to keep up yoour energy was pure gold information to give my mom, who I've recommended GAPS to now. But I have Chronic Fatigue, which a huge part is played by leaky gut, therefore GAPS. But with leaky gut, you have inflammation, and most people become very sensitive to other allergens - so tying reducing chemical load with homemade cleaners and GAPS eating are really in the same vein. But best of luck, you will do great.

Spencer said...

I would love to see something about natural dish soap. I have tried several and still do not know of any that really remove grease(which is in everything I eat).

Also, potatoes or other "safe starches" are a useful addition to a healthy diet. I would not be able to say the same about any grains other than white rice. However, this is your blog and it should reflect your diet and lifestyle.

Sarah Smith said...

Thank you all for your comments! I received numerous e-mails as well. Sounds like people overall are into grain-free, but many wouldn't mind some potatoes/gluten-free grains now and then. Since my husband is still on GAPS, we are of course still eating GAPS lots of the time.

Regardless, I love grain-free baking and plan to keep developing those recipes. Grain-free meals are very easy for us now, and making recipes GAPS-friendly is also easy, so I'll keep leaning towards that direction in my recipes. I will also keep up the occasional posts on pregnancy, parenting, and gardening. One thing I noticed many asking for is more about our GAPS experiences, so I will have a series on that as well.

Melissa said...

We are just beginning GAPS, so I came here for the GAPS recipes. I do love the suggestions for homemade, non-toxic cleaners and articles on natural health. Thanks so much for all you have done! Some of these recipes were life savers in the first few weeks of GAPS.

Michele said...

I enjoy your blog very much. I wouldn't mind seeing more posts on potatoes or other grains, but I would really like more ideas on creative ways to fix veggies and other side dishes for meat since I limit all carbs. I have a question and can't find a link to contact you directly: In your grain-free recipes, what can I substitute for almond flour that would be compatible? I am allergic to almonds.
Thanks so much.
Michele

Lauren said...

All of the above, except give-aways. We use a bit of rice and the occasional potato too, so that's not a problem. Balancing the needs of GAPS/non-GAPS/WAPF/real food eaters in one household is a niche that's not addressed often, I find, so you'll have readers no matter what!

Anonymous said...

I definitely visit your blog b/c of the grain free recipes. You have some of the best recipes ever!

charlene said...

Nutrient-dense recipes, please!

Grace DiSilvestro said...

I’m really interested in gluten free recipes but also non - milk - like, I love butter and Kiefer, but no milk or cream cheese. Personally I like this, but my mom is partially on GAPS :)