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  1. Natural Value has started adding guar gum to their coconut milk. It’s so disappointing. I used it all the time because it was full fat and worked better for making mousses than Trader Joe’s. I hope my local TJ will start carrying the thicker milk soon.

      • Hi Lauren , I’m new to your site .Are your recipes and your advise more in favor of Paeleo or GAPS diet? I don’t know about Paleo but understand that GAPS is “NOT a life time commitment”, acording to the author she recommends 1.5 to 2yrs for healing the gut . then slowly adding back a wider variety of HEALTHY grains and starches once you can tollerate them. is Paeleo the same or a life long deal? which is easier and /or your choice between the 2 diets? THANKS!

  2. Do you know how much coconut milk one can have per day. I have a 15 month old and tryign to find an alternative for cow’s milk – he drinks 25oz each day. He likes this coconut milk so thinking of substituting it for the cow’s milk but not sure if a person /toddler is supposed to have that much coconutilk in a day, every day…?

  3. Will Golden Star coconut milk work? It’s coconut and water, in a bpa free can. It’s very thick – like almost cold coconut oil solid with maybe a tbps or so of water per can. Will that work for these biscuits? Making spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce tonight and thought these might be a nice addition to dinner.


  4. I live in southeast Iowa and each August we stay in Des Moines for a week or more to go to the Iowa State Fair. (I used to exhibit sheep in the Fair for 4-H until I graduated High School). That is the nearest Trader Joe’s to where I live, and I will definitely be checking in to see if they have this and anything else that I can use as I transition from a “Normal,” diet, to a Crohn’s friendly diet. I was diagnosed in 2004 after a colonoscopy (Which I’ll never have one again after reading your Post today). Thanks for all of your research and work that you put into your site/blog. LOVE it. Would be lost without it. Hope to buy your ebooks soon. 🙂

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I’m Lauren Geertsen, an author and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. When doctors told me that surgery and medication were the only answers to my chronic health issues, I decided to use the power of nutrition and a natural lifestyle instead.
My mission at Empowered Sustenance? To show you the simple steps on your path to vibrant health.

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