About Me


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Whole.  New.  Mom.

That’s me up there in the funny green car with the men in my life.

My name is Adrienne and I am the voice behind Whole New Mom.


– a writer.
– a researcher (sometimes I research way.too.much a lot.)
– whole food and healthy minded
willing to admit when I am wrong.
– a real mom. Dealing with real health issues. Struggling to balance it all.)

What I Write About:

Whole Food that is special diet friendly: My recipes are all sugar free and adaptable to dairy free, egg free, and gluten free diets.  Gradually I am incorporating grain free recipes as well and you might expect to see autoimmune recipes coming too.  Sorta glad about that.  Sorta not.

Healthy, Non-Toxic Living: stuff like personal care, home care, etc. that is free of all the chemical ickiness that really makes me (and the whole world) sick.  Got sensitivities?  This is the place for you.  Don’t have ‘em?  This is still the place for you.  ‘Cause there are 82,000 chemicals being used in the U.S. alone.  Ick!

Check out my posts on Amazing No Streak Glass Cleaner, Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid and The Battle of the DIY Eye Makeup Removers – and The Winner for a taste of these kinds of things.

Health topics: toxins, GMOs, vaccines, autism, food allergies, special diets, essential oils – kind of “you name it”.  If it’s in the health news, I probably have something to say about it–I just might not have time to blog about it :-).

- Frugal, Simple, and Sustainable Living:  That means doing things quickly and without a lot of money or waste.  My Easiest Coconut Milk is a great example of this.

All through my life I’ve been interested in healthy and healthy living.  I was Pre-Med in college, but decided against it since I thought someday I might want a family and knew it would be hard to do both the way I wanted to.

We know that we should eat healthy food, care for our bodies, care for the earth, love our families (which includes our fellow man if you happen to not be married or have children), impact our world, and do it all on a budget and within the 24 hours that God has given us. 

Tough assignment, especially for us perfectionists :-).

The reason why I started Whole New Mom is to share with others some of the things that I have learned along this bumpy road of life.

A Little Bit About Me:

– My husband is an English professor and we homeschool.

– Our oldest was born at home in Illinois.

– We lived in Oklahoma for a brief period and now reside in Western Michigan.  We had a different course planned for our lives, one that didn’t include life-threatening food allergies, autism, or adrenal burnout.  But then, we aren’t the ones in control of our lives.

– I have both the gift and weakness of second-guessing everything, as well as a diverse set of experience and interests that makes it hard for me to pin myself down.  You’ll see that diversity in my writing.  For example:

– I worked in the financial industry for 10 years including a stint on an equity options trading floor as well as work in employee benefits.  Ask me sometime about my nickname “the hammer.”

– Our first child was born at home and I am a strong advocate for natural parenting and breastfeeding.

– One of my sons has life-threatening food allergies as well as Asperger’s Syndrome.

– Our family of 3 lived on an income of 12,500 for 1 year while my husband was finishing his PhD and we still made it through 2 master’s and a doctorate without debt.  Ask me sometime about our “ghetto food” and frugal date nights :-).

– I worked as a tentmaking missionary in Japan for 1 year and served in parachurch ministry throughout college.  Interestingly enough, my husband taught in China for 2 years at the college level.  We both sang with black gospel choirs in college.  And LOVED it.

– I was pre-med in college, but I am not a doctor.  Remember that as you read my posts, please :-).

– I don’t say this to brag, but only to share that I am not an “intellectual slouch”.  I went to one of the top universities in the country and was near the top of my class.  Phi Beta Kappa.  That either means I fooled a lot of people or that I have a little bit on the ball intellectually.  I mainly write this because some folks accuse me of not being interested in real research (check out the comments on that post) or even have gone so far to say that I am an idiot.

I don’t appreciate that–let’s talk civilly, folks :).

So, if you put all of the above into one person and add a lot of other things, you come out with the person behind this blog.

Moving Forward:

I forgot to mention one thing.  I also am a reforming (emphasis on the “ing”) Type A personality.

All my life I have pushed myself to do more, get straight A’s, exercise enough, cook the right way, be with my kids enough, be involved at church enough, have a solid family life.  You too?

One thing that has never been perfect about me is having a neat house.  But that’s probably because I am usually too busy with other things :-).  I am thinking about starting a Messy Mom’s Club at our church.  If you clean before having friends over –you are kicked out :-).

But somewhere after Asperger’s and before today, I crashed into the world of adrenal burnout.  And now I am coming out.

We’ve been down many medical roads en route to better health.  Our current pitstop (and hopefully we are near the end) is Nutritional Balancing to reverse heavy metal toxicity and toxin overload.

So this blog may not be as busy as some others, simply because I need to stay healthy and sane.

I will probably feel guilty about it sometimes, but that too I am working on.  When I go a few days without a post, you will know why.  I am simply trying to take care of myself and not neglect my family.

The Car in the Photo

Oh…and the funny car up there?  The car is part of our life too.  The mascots from our favorite local ice hockey team drive around in it before each home game.  See why we’re so happy to be sitting in it?  We got to go on a “backstage tour” of sorts of the hockey rink and this was part of the “tour”.

According to my son, life without hockey would be–well–pretty rough.

Nice to Meet You.  Hope to see you around more and more!



  1. Do you receive any endorsement for recommending NAN? If you have disclosed on your site and I haven’t seen it mea culpa

  2. I am anxious to try your recipe CHOCOLATE COOKIES but would like to know if I use PURE RAW HONEY would they taste as D’lish as your receipe? Thanx, Ms.Helen

  3. Hello Adrienne,
    I have enjoyed wholeewmom a great deal with all of your homemade money savers and easy to make on-hand staples. I have made several of your recipes including the powdered sugar substitute many times. However I have been looking for a brown sugar substitute that I can afford or even make here at home and seem to be getting no where. I find that brown sugar substitutes (BSS) are extremely expensive that is if you can find one. I have checked the Internet and cannot find one that I am willing to spend $20.00 a pound for and would love to be able to make one myself.. Got any ideas? What do you think about putting a few drops of molasses in some Truvia? I haven’t tried it yet. Just curious about your take on it.
    Look forward to hearing from you soon,

    • HI there. Good question! I saw a few options on the internet – adding about 1 T brown sugar to a 1 cup of alternative sweetener so try that perhaps? Some say to add an extract of choice. Hope that helps!

    • Molasses is an industrial waste product. It was originally touted as being a very healthy health food and sold in health food stores. It has subsequently found to be a waste product of cane (& brown) sugar. Not good folks, especially if you value your health. I keep hearing more and more of sugar being the basis of inflammation in your body.

      And since I am on the subject of harmful foods, soy should never be touched; or any of its other by-products such as lecithin. Lecithin, and lecithin granules are a byproduct of manufacturing any other soy products.

      I have learned to read labels thoroughly. I carry a magnifying glass with me when I go shopping. There are so many harmful ingredients in our foods it’s astonishing.

      I have just started to read this site, so don’t know if I am repeating anything Adrienne has stated already. But what I have read so far, I like very much. I too try to research as much as I can, but am not as good at it as I would like to be.

      Thank You Adrienne for your efforts to inform people and share your knowledge.

      Regards, Doreen

      PS:: I am definitely not a spammer. I am a 70-year-old senior citizen trying to regain my health and have a modicum of quality of life.

      • How interesting about molasses. I never heard that and don’t know what to think. I don’t eat it much at all and for sure almost no sugar. I have heard from some that non GMO lecithin is OK but I almost never eat that either.

        Blessing and hope to hear from you again!

  4. Perdita smith says:

    Hi Adrienne,

    In your extensive essential oil research, did you look into any wholesale companies? Bulk Apothecary advertises on your blog page. Do you buy through them at all. And if so, thoughts? NAN oils are fairly comparative to Yl and DT.

    Thank you for sharing all your information. The millions of people you help and who enjoy you, far out way the critics. Never stop being a type A, over researching, passionate mom!


  5. Betsy Nicholson says:

    I too have a child with a severe egg allergy and wondered if there is anything other than potato starch to use in the egg replacement recipe you developed? She is also allergic to the white potato. The combination of allergies to eggs, chicken, potato, soy and chocolate have been an interesting road to travel but we have managed. We are able to use duck eggs when we can get them (totally different protein from chicken) but they are difficult to find and costly. When the chinese grocery has them they are 80 cents an egg!

  6. I have recently started using YL oils i love them, however now i am confused as to which oils to use NAN or YL. I have been drinking the lemon and grapefruit in my water and loving it,i am wondering if i order NAN can i also drink their oils as it doesn’t state anywhere if i can or not? all this is somewhat overwhelming for someone just starting out to say the least.

  7. Thank you for posting all of this information. I actually have a membership to YL and DT. I am also type A, I want to get the best. You are right on target with what I have been told at DT meetings about shipping. It’s high. I don’t understand the Loyalty program. As for YL, those followers will tell you that DT does not have true essential oils. The clean strong smell is just as you say, not totally real. I am new to the EOs, so I greatly appreciate knowing that there is another company out there that I can purchase from. I have friends in both companies and frankly I feel uncomfortable with the competition.

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