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Best from Hollywood Homestead in 2014 - Hollywood Homestead The New Year is almost here, which means it is time to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, overcame, and, yes, also what we’ve screwed up over the last year. For me, 2014 has been a pretty good year overall. I wrote a best-selling eBook about gelatin, beat h. pylori, watched my oldest daughter graduate from high school, and moved halfway across the world to Dubai, to name just a few.

One of the best parts of the has been sharing my health journey with you all and hearing your comments on the blog and Facebook, Twitter and Google +. So, to bring in the New Year, I’ve decided to compile a list of the top 10 most popular posts from Hollywood Homestead in 2014, as decided by how much love you guys gave them on social media. Here they are!



10. Paleo Kids Lunch Ideas

Kids Paleo Lunchbox Ideas

Not sure what to feed your kids for lunch? This montage has pictures of what I actually packed my kids for lunch, all of which are dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free.

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9. Difference between Gelatin and Collagen

The Difference between Gelatin and Collagen - Hollywood Homestead

By now, you should know that I am obsessed with gelatin and all the wonders it can do for the body. When buying quality gelatin, you will see that you’ve got two options: gelatin and collagen hydrolysate. This post outlines the difference between each and which one to use.

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8. How to Treat H. Pylori Naturally

How to treat h.pylori without antibiotics WM

H. pylori is a bacteria in the stomach which affects 1/3 to 2/3 of the world’s population. It causes ulcers and cancer, so is definitely bad news. I was diagnosed with h. pylori and this post outlines how I was able to beat it using natural methods.

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7. Fish and Chips Batter (Gluten and Dairy Free)

Fish and Chips Batter (gluten and dairy free) - Hollywood Homestead

Since going paleo, we’ve done our best to recreate our old favorite meals without the gluten, grains, and canola oil. This fish and chips batter recipe was a big hit with our family as well as you readers!

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6. The Gelatin Secret

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I am really proud that my second eBook – The Gelatin Secret – was one of the most popular posts of the year. The eBook tells you everything you need to know about this ancient superfood, how it will improve your health, and dozens of great gelatin recipes.

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5. Homemade Ketchup

Homemade ketchup on green table

Forget about those expensive organic ketchups you find in health food stores, which aren’t all that healthy anyway. Making your own healthy ketchup is really easy and a batch will last several weeks in the fridge.

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4. Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes (Dairy and Gluten Free)

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes Vertical

As a mom of 3, these cupcakes are a lifesaver when I need to bring something to a birthday party or entertain. The cupcakes will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth, but you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them.

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3. Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe

Remineralizing Toothpaste 1 WM

Apparently I am not the only one who hates spending money on products that you can easily make yourself. This recipe for remineralizing toothpaste is super easy and will do wonders for your dental health.

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2. Paleo Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins 3 WM

These delicious coffee cake muffins are made with chestnut flour, coconut flour, pecans, maple syrup, and other ingredients you can feel good about eating. Yes, I know that our ancestors probably weren’t hunting and gathering for coffee cake, but the ingredients still hold true to what our bodies are meant to eat!

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1. Why I Don’t Give My Kids Juice

baby boy portrait with orange juice isolated on a white background

This post is especially personal to me because I am so irritated with the hype around juice being healthy and even necessary.  In this post, I rant about why even those organic hippy juices are not healthy and I why I don’t have them in my house.

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What was your favorite post of the year?  Here’s to a great 2014 and an even better 2015!

Best from Hollywood Homestead in 2014 - Hollywood Homestead


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Sylvie McCracken is a former celebrity assistant in Hollywood turned full time entrepreneur currently living in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. She writes about treating and preventing health conditions with real food and natural remedies, as well as anything else she feels like writing about because she's a rebel like that. 😉 She also mentors entrepreneurs on her other site,