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Stuff I Recommend

Holistic Squid Family Folks ask me all the time what supplements I use for my family, where to find the best and most affordable real food staples, and for suggestions on healthy living products from water filters to cleaning supplies.

Below is a comprehensive guide to products that I whole-heartedly recommend. The brands listed in the categories below are quality vendors that I believe in and purchase from myself. Please know that many links are affiliate links which means that if you choose to buy something, I will receive a small commission for the sale which helps support the work of this blog.

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Supplements Natural Sweeteners
Personal Care Fermented Food Starters
Natural Home Snacks & ‘Fast’ Food
Fitness Meat, Seafood & Dairy
Salt, Spices & Condiments Beverages
Fats & Oils Kitchen Equipment
Flours and Alternatives Homeschooling

Supplements

On a whole, we aim to get our nutrients from real food rather than synthetic vitamins (read why I don’t give my children multivitamins here and why I think real food is superior to prenatal vitamins here). That said, there are a few choice supplements that we do take on a daily basis, and others that come out in case our immune systems need a boost or we need a natural remedy for a specific ailment.

The Basics

The two things I take every single day are fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil - a combo that, among other things, keeps my immune system (and teeth) strong.

A few times per week, I give my kids a big dose of this liquid fermented cod liver oil mixed with elderberry syrup. We all take this probiotic supplement a few times per week too.

Superfoods

Immune Support

 First Aid

  • Homeopathic Kit - We have this one and use it often.
  • Topical arnica – For sore muscles, bruises, or strains. We use this one.
  • Topical colloidal silver – Instead of topical antibiotic, I love this colloidal silver gel to prevent infection on cuts and scrapes.

Specific Ailments

Teas & Herbs – I buy high quality tea and herbs in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs.

 

Personal Care

It’s simple: don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t feel safe eating. If you’re into making your own creams, lotions, toothpaste, shampoo, and potions, I can’t recommend Mommypotamus’s ebook, DIY Beauty, highly enough.

For everyone else, here are some great products that I love:

Fitness

My secret to keeping moving despite spending hours sitting on my bum writing this blog?  The Fitbit, hands down. I’ve even turned my husband onto the fun.

Natural Home

Natural Cleaning  – In this great ebook from Mommypotamus, learn how to make your own homemade cleaning products that are truly non-toxic and effective at a fraction of the cost.

Water Purifiers

This is the reverse osmosis water filter that we use that adds minerals back to the water. If you are looking for a countertop option, I highly recommend the Berkey water filters, or – for a budget option, the Zero Water Pitcher is a pretty good alternative that removes most of the bad stuff.

If you’re looking into whole house filtration systems, I highly recommend consulting the water experts at Radiant Life. They will answer your questions for free and help you make the wisest decision for your family’s needs.

On a smaller scale, this shower filter and these bath filters will reduce harmful chlorine exposure.

 

Meat, Seafood & Dairy

Grassfed Meat, Pastured Poultry, Forage Fed Pork – I highly recommend getting to know your local farmers and ranchers and getting your meat and poultry directly from them. Here in LA, we buy 1/4 steer of beef and our chickens from Dey Dey’s; pork from Jimenez Family Farm, and eggs from pastured hens in our farm box.

If you are having challenges sourcing properly raised meat, you can order great quality beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck and more online at U.S. Wellness Meats. They also have a great selection of organ meat and sausages. We love their branschweiger – A German classic sausage similar to liverwurst but with a mild flavor and soft, even texture.

Dairy - We get our raw milk and cream delivered in our farm box tooClick here to find local, raw milk from pasture-based cows near you.

Seafood: For sustainably-caught, unbeatably fresh seafood, I always shop online at I Love Blue Sea. They’re a family-run operation and have some pretty darn tasty seafood  – my personal fave are the oysters. They also carry a variety of fish roe and wonderful canned salmon. This is the wild caught, canned tuna we keep on hand.

Fats & Oils

I recommend only consuming the following fats:

Flours & Alternative Flours

I store all of my ground flour in the freezer to avoid rancidity.

 

Snacks and ‘Fast’ Foods

Snacks

  • Nut Butter – If you don’t have the time to presoak and dehydrate nuts, buy these presoaked and dehydrated nut butters.
  • Potato chips –  Most brands of chips (even if organic) are unhealthy frying oils involved. We love these chips fried with avocado oil, which can be fried safely at surprisingly high temperatures.
  • Sea Snax - A strangely addictive and crunchy chip alternative made with seaweed, olive oil, and sea salt.

 Prepared foods

Salt, Spices & Condiments

Sea Salt – Read why unrefined salt is essential for health here. This celtic sea salt is my favorite.
Spices – I love to buy organic, rich spices in bulk from Mountain Rose herbs.
Condiments:

 

Natural Sweeteners

  • Raw Honey – Raw locally sourced honey is ideal, and you can read more about why here. Second choice is to buy high quality, raw honey online.
  • Unrefined Cane Sugar – Unlike white sugar, unrefined cane sugar is mineral-rich, and therefore does not only possess a more rich flavor but also imparts some health benefits. Unrefined cane sugar can be substituted in most recipes 1:1. I use this one.
  • Coconut Sugar –  Coconut sugar is a low glycemic sweetener produced by dehydrating the nectar produced from coconut buds. It can be used at a 1:1 ratio for regular cane sugar. It can also be used in liquid form as coconut nectar instead of maple syrup. I use this one.
  • Maple Syrup – As with unrefined sugar, grade B maple syrup is particularly rich in minerals and flavor. We have this one delivered once every two months.

Fermented Food Starters

Beverages

My favorite Kitchen Equipment

 

Homeschooling Stuff

This year we decided to homeschool our first grader. You can read about our decision here. Below are some of the resources I’ve found helpful so far along our homeschooling adventures.

The Well-Trained Mind – A great introduction to a classical homeschooling curriculum

Reading and Language – 

History and Geography – 

Writing – iScholar Grade 1 Primary Composition Book

Math – Singapore Math

Spanish – Song School Spanish – Student Book

Gear – School Smart Vertical Pencil Sharpener 

There you have it!

I hope that this shopping list has been helpful to you.

Please let me know if anything is missing, and thanks so much for supporting Holistic Squid!

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