About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health. Her blog Naturally Knocked Up focuses on natural fertility and reproductive health, and her book on natural fertility will be available in June 2012.

Supporting your body and de-stressing during the holidays

Written by contributor Donielle Baker of Naturally Knocked Up.

Over the last couple of years I’ve been noticing more and more how stress affects my body. Every time I have too many deadlines or too much going on at the same time, I can see my health deteriorate, I get overwhelmed, and all of a sudden I can’t do anything right.

I’ve realized that I have to stop.

I have to slow down and say no and take a break. For my own health and the emotional health of our family.

The problem is that often times the holidays add extra stress to our already full lives. We have church and school functions, holiday parties with family and friends, and when you have little ones there’s even extra stress in making sure that you make it a magical or meaningful time as well.

This year I’ve decided that things need to be different and I’ve put in to action a few things that will help de-stress our schedules, support our bodies, and keep our family sane during this holiday season.

Three ways to stay sane this holiday

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Raw chocolate ‘caramel’ fruit dip

I‘m a big believer in lowering our consumption of sugar, especially refined sugars. But at this time of year, as we head in to the holiday season, it just seems to breed unhealthy and overly sweet foods!

It’s a good thing I’m also a believer in finding healthier recipes so that my family (and I!) can still feel like we’re indulging a bit, without giving up on eating a mostly whole foods diet.

One of my absolute favorite fall treats has always been caramel apple dip! It was a staple in our home growing up and we always brought it to holiday functions, so this year I decided that I needed to find a replacement for the high sugar treat. And found it I did.

Three reasons I LOVE this dip:

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Eating local without putting the miles on

Written by contributor Donielle Baker of Naturally Knocked Up

During the month of August we’ve begun trying to eat only locally grown foods, and I very quickly realized how much I was going to miss our supermarkets. It seemed that I was in the van every couple of days looking for for food.

It’s such a foreign thing to have to drive multiple places while buying groceries when I’m used to finding everything I need from just one store. And I can even buy paint and clothes and tools there too.

One week in to our Eat Local challenge and I began thinking that we were going to have to win the lotto to fund my gas tank. But after two weeks now, I’ve finally found a few tips that have drastically reduced both my time spent and miles driven.

Four tips for buying local foods

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Weather journaling for the family

Written by contributor Donielle Baker of Naturally Knocked Up.

Keeping a weather journal helps us to understand how the world around us works. In addition we begin to appreciate not only the inner workings of the weather system, but also the modern systems we have in place to help us during extreme weather (watering crops in our current heat wave for example).

Today I’ll be sharing some ideas on why and how you can start weather journaling with your family.

My desire to begin a weather journal with my children has been inspired by many different things over the last few months: [Read more...]

Building your natural summer care kit- six common ailments and their remedies

Written by contributor Donielle Baker of Naturally Knocked Up. 

We normally think of natural remedies come winter time, fending off and treating colds, flus, and those terrible little stomach bugs that get passed around.

But what about summer?

The warm weather and a new season can bring about problems of its own, and with a few basic natural remedies on hand, you can meet the summer months with confidence that you can treat your family and any minor issue naturally.

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