Here are some real food and natural living resources that I would recommend to anyone who is embarking on a journey to eat real food, wants to improve their health, or just wants to learn something new. I only recommend products that I, myself, have tried and believe in. If I don’t believe in the product or like it myself, I will not promote it!
This list is continually growing. If there is a brand or a website that you love, feel free to share and I’ll check it out! I love getting personal recommendations!
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Natural Foods and Supplies
I have tried countless brands of coconut products and I keep coming back to Tropical Traditions, hence the reason that they are the only company I have listed here. Note, if you are a new customer to Tropical Traditions and you place an order through one of my links, you will receive a FREE copy of their Virgin Coconut Oil book, which is a fantastic book!
Dairy (Milk, Cream, Cheese, Eggs)
RealMilk.com - Find local, raw dairies where you can get unpasteurized, unhomogenized raw milk. Some dairies will also sell cheese and eggs as well.
Colorado Market Guide - Locate farmers markets all around Colorado. Many of which will sell eggs. Some will sell cheeses and milk (these products will be pasteurized due to Colorado law).
Local Harvest - Find a local markets in your area, many of which will sell eggs and other local goodies. Some will sell cheeses and milk (pasteurization will depend on the law of that state).
FarmersMarket.com - Find a local markets in your area, many of which will sell eggs and other local goodies. Some will sell cheeses and milk (pasteurization will depend on the law of that state).
Fats and Oils
Tropical Traditions - I love their grass-fed pastured butter (both the Kalona and Natural by Nature brands). Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is the highest quality virgin coconut oil on the market. It is made by hand, in the old-fashioned, traditional methods. Independent studies have shown that coconut oil produced in that manner have higher levels of antioxidants than other coconut oils. I also use their Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil and their Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil. For fying and shortening replacement, I recommend their Palm Shortening.
Pure Indian Foods - Grass-fed ghee. The best tasting ghee you will ever have! Trust me!
Chaffin Family Orchards - High-quality olive oil. One of the mildest olive oils I’ve tastes. Expensive, but worth the cost.
Fermented Food Starters and Cultures / Fermented Food Supplies
Divine Health From The Inside Out – Healthy, fresh water kefir grains. Anaerobically raised for best quality.
Cultures for Health - They have a wide range of supplies for fermenting and culturing. Everything from water kefir and milk kefir grains, to fermentation starter cultures, to cheesemaking supplies, sourdough bread starters, yogurt starters, and much more.
Kombucha Kamp - This is the place to go if you want to start brewing kombucha. They sell everything you need to get started. High-quality products. Get your certified lead-free continuous brewing system, organically grown kombucha starter cultures, kombucha testing supplies, teas and flavors, and much more.
Flours, Grains, and Legumes
Tropical Traditions - I love their coconut flour. They also carry a high-quality brown rice flour. They also sell stone-ground whole wheat bread flour, ground unbleached wheat bread flour, and Einkorn flour. If you’re looking for whole grains, they carry whole grain rolled oats, whole grain spelt, whole grain hulled barley, whole grain hulled millet, whole grain red spring wheat, whole grain spelt, whole grain rye, and organic Einkorn wheat berries. Since I am strictly gluten and grain free, I cannot attest to these products, but I have heard many people say that they are some of the best out there.
To Your Health Sprouted Flour - They take care of the soaking and sprouting for you. Available in whole grains or ground flours. Lots of gluten free options too.
Cultures for Health - In addition to culturing and fermenting supplies, CFH also carries sprouted grains and flours, including wheat, brown rice, oats, corn, quinoa, spelt, rye, millet, barley, buckwheat, and amaranth.
MightyGrow - Safe and natural solutions for your garden, including fertilizer, trace minerals, and more.
General Grocery Items
Frontier Co-op - Bilk herbs, spices, essential oils, organic foods, health and beauty products, and more.
Tropical Traditions - In addition to coconut products and grass-fed / pastured meats, Tropical Traditions also carries many organic food items like oils, sweeteners, baking supplies, condiments, health and beauty products, non-toxic household cleaning supplies, and more.
Herbs, Spices, Teas, etc.
Mountain Rose Herbs - Bulk herbs, spices, teas, oils, and more.
Rishi Organic Teas – This is my go-to source for tea now. They have a wide variety of green, back, white, and yellow teas, as well as herbal teas, matcha tea powders, tea brewing supplies and more. I highly recommend their products and they are organic and fair trade certified.
Frontier Co-op - Bilk herbs, spices, essential oils, organic teas, and more.
Grass-fed and Pastured Meats and more
Tropical Traditions – A wide range of grass-fed and pastured meats, including beef, bison, lamb, and chicken. Also sell grass-fed butter.
US Wellness Meats – A wide range of grass-fed and pastured meats and a variety of other products.
Vital Choice – Wide range of safe and sustainably caught salmon, white fish, shell fish, and other sea food. Also see supplements, books, and more!
Colorado Market Guide - Locate farmers markets all around Colorado. Eat local and in season whenever possible.
Local Harvest - Find local markets in your area. Eat local and in season whenever possible.
FarmersMarket.com - Find local markets in your area. Eat local and in season whenever possible.
Chaffin Family Orchards - A variety of citrus and stone fruits, as well as whole olives and figs.
Tropical Traditions – Select farm fresh (organic) produce from Wisconsin. Availability is limited, so check often.
Supplements and Health/Body (Vitamins, Minerals, Superfoods, etc.)
Squatty Potty – We absolutely LOVE our Squatty Potty. It has litterally changed our lives. Every house should have one (or more) of these.
OraWellness - Natural and Organic solutions for dental health. I love their products!
Radiant Life - Radiant Life carries some of the highest-quality supplements available. Everything from fermented cod liver oil, fermented cod liver / butter oil blend, high-vitamin butter oil, desiccated liver caps, ConcenTrace Ionic Minerals, magnesium flakes (and other magnesium products), grass-fed beef gelatin, and more.
Real Food Resources (Books, Websites, Videos, etc.)
These are just a few of the books that line my shelves. These books have all had an impact on my way of thinking about food, and whether the impact was small or large, I highly recommend them to everyone!
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, by Weston A. Price, DMD
Know Your Fats, by Mary Enig, PhD
Eat Fat, Lose Fat, by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon
Rebuild from Depressions, A Nutrient Guide, by Amanda Rose, PhD
The Raw Milk Revolution, by David E. Gumpert
Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Katz (this is one of my all time favorite resources)
Sustainable Food, by Elise McDonough
Why We Get Fat (and what to do about it), by Gary Taubes
Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes
The Whole Soy Story, by Kaayla T. Daniel
The Omnivore’s Delimma, by Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
Food Rules, by Michael Pollan
Real Food: What to Eat and Why, by Nina Planck
Real Food for Mother and Baby, by Nina Planck
You Can Farm, by Joel Salatin
Everything I Want to do is Illegal, by Joel Salatin
Seeds of Deception, by Jeffrey M. Smith
Coconut Oil for Your Skin: Nourishing Your Body from the Outside In, by Hybrid Rasta Mama.
Whole Food Revolution, by Beyond the Peel
Your Custom Homestead, by Jill Winger
Back to Basics, by Cooking Traditional Foods
Real Food Storage, by Cooking Traditional Foods
Thank you Food, Inc., for paving the way for the food-based documentary. These are all fantastic documentaries that should be viewed by anyone who is conscientious of their health and wellness. It seems like every time I turn around, I discover a new documentary, so this list is continuously growing! There are a few in here that are not food-related, but are still awesome documentaries.
Mercola Optimal Wellness Center - Great source of health articles, optimal wellness products, and free natural health newsletter of top medical news.
Nourished Living Network - A team of fantastic bloggers (of which I am honored to be a part of), writing about a wide range of topics from real food to nutrition to natural parenting to alternative eating styles and much more!
Divine Health from the Inside Out - Nutritional health coaching and educational information about all things health related. Focus on endocrine issues like thyroid and adrenal health.