Healthy Eats for the Week — (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)

These are the Healthy Eats for the past two weeks actually. I think last week got away from me.

There have been some winners and losers.

Good thing my husband is a goat and will eat the leftovers regardless.

Healthy Eats Early Oct

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Monday Funday

Welcome to Monday Funday! We are so happy you have joined us…
Monday Funday Link Party

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Living Room Progress this Month

Living Room Progress over the past year has been……slow.

What can I say? Sometimes I look around that room and shake my head that’s it’s not finished (considering finishing it really wouldn’t take that long). Sometimes life, (and essential outdoor projects) crowd this room out.

…and I have to realize that it’s often a good thing.

So, let’s take this room from the top shall we?

The beginning….

Living Room Before Collauge

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New York, ViaCord and What You Need to Know About Cord Blood Banking.

There are times, when my two professions collide. It’s uncommon, but when they do, I love it!

This past week, I was invited to fly to New York and learn about cord blood and the latest research by ViaCord, a leading private family cord blood bank that has been providing high-quality stem cell and tissue preservation service to families for 20 years.

Umbilical Cord-Cord Blood Banking


 It was fascinating research!

 You’ve probably heard of cord blood banking before.  Maybe you’ve even banked for one of your children, or maybe it’s seemed strange, you’ve questioned what it really was, or heard you’d have to be a millionaire to bank it!

There is a ton of interesting research and information about this subject, but for now…

Let’s cover this in 5 points:

1. What is cord banking?

2. Why is cord banking a good thing (why do people do it?)

3. How does it affect me? (current research and trails)

4. Is it affordable?

5. Misconceptions about cord banking.


So let’s get started.

1. What is cord banking?

Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells for potential medical use. Why cord blood stem cells you might ask? Cord blood stem cells are biologically younger and are more flexible compared to adult stem cells. They are young and naive, and don’t know quite what they’re supposed to be when they grow up.  Science is realizing that the body can direct the cells where they are most necessary!  They have the ability to potentially heal damaged cells, tissues, organs, blood and the immune system.  Additionally, cord tissue cells are also being studied for their potential to regenerate bone, cartilage, tendons, and neurons. Sometimes refereed to as “Master Cells”, these cells can heal the body and promote recovery, and have enormous therapeutic potential! Our bodies are intuitive and amazing!  

There are actually two types of umbilical cord stem cells that can be banked: the tissue cells and the blood cells.  Originally cord blood cells were only banked, but they now know that banking cord tissue cells may be beneficial as well as research continues to work towards finding new therapeutic possibilities for additional diseases and injuries.

In case this is new-to-you information, cord blood and cord tissue stem cells are collected at the time of  birth by the health care provider and ultimately stored at a ViaCord facility. The family can access the stem cells at any time should they ever need them for treatment.

2. Why is cord blood banking a good thing?

  • Because cord blood can be used in the treatment of over 80 life threatening disease states today.
  • Cord blood is used in 22% of all transplants and over 50% of all pediatric transplants.
  • Over 30,000 cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide. Basically, it has tremendous possibility to do a lot of good if your child needs it, if your child’s sibling needs it, or you, or your parent’s need it!




My family is plagued with autoimmune issues. Two of us have Type I diabetes, my mom has an autoimmune disorder that weakens muscles and skin, we all have hypothyroidism, and I have celiac disease. The chance of one of my 6 children ending up with an autoimmune disorder is high!  You can pretty much bet money on it!  So would it be worth banking my (in utero) child’s cord right now? The chances are that it would be! Cord blood stem cell research has come so far in the past 30 yrs.  

3. How does this affect me?

That’s a good question. When making a decision about cord banking, you really have to look at your family history to decide what decisions you’re going to make. Does your family have a history of things that cord blood can possibly help with?

Here is a list of diseases (it’s LONG). Remember cord blood stem cells can be used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases where you can find here. Aside from these diseases. research and some clinical trials are underway to try to find new medical applications for cord blood stem cells in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Juvenile Diabetes. Cord tissue stem cells, different than cord blood, also have scientists working hard to find medical applications in the areas of Sports Injuries (Cartilage), Lung Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Liver Fibrosis.

When faced with the banking decision I think to myself, “what if they could help make autoimmune diseases less aggressive in 5 yrs. What if they could cure some of them in 20 yrs.  What if they could cure all of them in 30 yrs? Would it help me? My children? My children’s children?”

Diseases Treated by Cord Blood

Does it affect you?  We can look at our family history, but there’s really no way to tell what will affect us in the future.

4. Is it affordable?  I won’t lie. It’s a large expense, but in the big picture of things, so are disease states. Insurance, medical bills, treatments, are much more expensive than the cost of cord blood/tissue banking. As I mentioned before, I met with ViaCord over the past week.  I was thoroughly impressed with what options they are providing to try to make this affordable for everyone. ViaCord recently cut their costs for banking by 40% to make it more affordable.  At this point they do not even make much off of the banking process.  Their company is interested in gaining ground in scientific research.  ViaCord has the highest published treatment success rates out of any cord blood banking company. They have very affordable payment plan options, provide super easy direction on how to open a Cord Blood Gift Registry so familes and friends can help contribute to the cost, and a program with Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute called The Sibling Connection, which offers free cord banking to families with a child who has an established diagnosis of a disease that is currently treatable with sibling cord blood.

5. Common Misconceptions about cord blood banking

  •  That it is unethical — Many people hear the word “stem cell” now days and think we are talking about embryonic stem cells. Cord blood and tissue banking only takes stem cells from the umbilical cord, not an unborn fetus.
  •  It’s all about propaganda and making money — This is far from the truth. See #4 above titled “Is it affordable”.
  • This doesn’t affect my family — You could be correct, your family may be very healthy, but most families have a genetic predisposition to an autoimmune problem or disease state that they are working on a treatment for through stem cell research, and once again, we never know what the future will hold.
  • That every cord blood/tissue bank is the same — Many start up stem cell companies don’t make it.  They eventually go out of business.  Find a company that has been doing cord cell/tissue banking for a long time!  I would also find a company that publishes their research (I know that ViaCord does), not every company does. I think it’s also worthwhile to find a company who teams up with other healthcare leaders. This is called the “Third Party Effect”.  This enables the research and trails to be more open, more ethical, more transparent, and they have a better outcome based on better knowledge teams.


 So what do you think?

I think it’s very interesting info!

Although ViaCord did compensate me for this post,  I have to say, I think they are a very legit and transparent company.  Transparent meaning they keep their studies and finding out in the open: they publish them.

I believe their mission is to provide the highest quality stem cell preservation service for patients, families, and their physicians. I don’t feel they are trying to rip you off. I think they are trying to be a company that changes our world’s rise of disease through an emerging scientific frontier.

Cord Blood Research Presentations

(I had to share one pic of all of the bloggers during the cord blood lectures)


I hope this helped you wade through the weeds a little on this topic.

Click Here for other frequently asked questions.


For other information on Cord Blood and Tissue and ViaCord follow ViaCord via their Blog, Twitter, Facebook,


Monday Funday

Hey everyone!

How’s your fall going? I’ve not even had a chance to pull out my decor out!

Hopefully this week I’ll get to that.

I did get a chance to make a pillow for fall though…

A DIY Antler Pillow.


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DIY Antler Pillow


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Monday Funday

Hey everyone!

Thanks for stopping by.

This week I shared some easy and inexpensive Silhouette Art and then continued on with my Healthy Recipes.

Foods for 10-3

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Healthy Recipes for the Week

Hi everyone,

You may have seen my post last week on my pregnancy diet restrictions and what delicious recipes I had found.  I think I’m going to post them once a week, for those of you who also have diet restrictions or are just trying to eat clean and healthy. I’ll tell you what I thought and what the kids thought.

Luckily, I was able to handle a little regular sour cream this week. These recipes are still no-dairy, but it  was nice to be able to add a little of that.

So here are this week’s recipes. If you’re Paleo, Alkaline, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free or just really into clean eating, then these might work for you.

Foods for 10-3

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Easy Silhouette Wall Art … yes, I’m still addicted to silhouette art.

Hey all,

Here’s another project in the Living Room Reno!

Easy Silhouette Art -- Creatively Living

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My New Diet Restrictions… and the deliciousness that’s come from them!

Have I ever mentioned that I have food issues?

I mean I LOVE food! The more flavor the better!

I love food too much!

…but my digestive system is pickier than a three year old!

If you’ve followed me long, you know I have had Type 1 Diabetes for almost 25 years, and I’ve had Celiac Disease for around 20 years, and that cuts out about 70% of anything the regular American diet includes.

Well this pregnancy has made it much, much worse!

In addition to my typical no gluten diet, I am now on a no dairy, no brown rice, no quinoa, and no caffeine diet.

(I’m still weeping about the caffeine part)

So….what the heck do I eat?

I decided to try to eat more Alkaline, in hopes of healing my body…and honestly, I hoped a bi-product would be to not gain 60 lbs during this pregnancy.

As a Registered Dietitian, this is what I came up with for the specifics.

Stuff I can’t eat due to my digestive system:

No quinoa, gluten, brown rice, oats, caffeine, and very, very LOW dairy.

Healthy stuff I added:

No sugar, no butter, chips, nothing processed, (if an ingredient isn’t something I would cook with in my kitchen, then nope).

Very low meat.

Low meat mostly because I’m one of those weird people who has never liked meat and would pick all the hamburger out of my casseroles as a child (Except bacon. I mean who doesn’t like bacon). Using vegetable protein instead of animal protein is also a healthy choice and encourages me to eat more beans, legumes, tofu, nuts, seeds, broccoli, spinach etc.

Side note: this is the beef (pun intended) that I have with the Paleo diet. The site has two pictures of bacon….because they think it’s that good for you, but won’t let you eat beans! Seriously….how do they decide on this stuff? Beans and legumes are really, really good for you people! …and I’m truly sad to say, that bacon is not.

…sorry I digressed,

What else? Eating vegetables daily without cooking them, or eating them less cooked to save more of the vitamins.

So, are you asking what on earth I could be eating?

Healthy Foods

The answer is yummy stuff!

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