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. HI my name is Amy
    I have been doing a lot of research myself on our foods we buy and the products we use in & on ourselves . So me and my sister are doing the same thing. We are in the process of making our own lotions and toothpaste and making homemade foods without MSG and a lot of other things that are not good in our foods. So I’m so glad to hear that there are people that are concerned for there family’s health .

  2. Hey Adrienne! This is a wonderfully put-together site. It is always great with so much interesting information (:

  3. Hi, Adrienne,
    I met you last night at the hockey event. Great to talk to you! It is fun meeting people with similar interests and beliefs!
    Hope to talk to you again soon. Now you have my email.
    Blessings today,
    Sue E.

  4. Shalom Adrienne, it is a pleasure to meet you.

    I have just today, found your site and so happy I did. Because of your research on the Essential Oil’s (I have been with YL for the past 10 years) I was a bit concerned after reading some not so good things about YL and DT. Since reading your research, and finding out about the same issues you brought up, I have decided to place my trust with Native Americans Murtitionals. I have just subscribed with Native Americans Nutritionals.
    I would like to ask, would you happen to know of an equal to Thieve’s? I have diffused this in my house the the past 10 years and my granddaughter has not had one Asthma attack.
    Thank you again, for the time you have dedicated to the Essential Oil debate of who’s oil’s are best. It certaily has made my decision less stressful.

    Susan Folland

    • Hello and welcome, Susan! Native American’s Thieves equivalent is Spice Traders. I really like it.

      You are so welcome! I feel so much better now too. Glad to meet you!

      • Thank you, I will be ordering Spice Traders, will also let the company know who helped me to make an informed decision. I am so excited about this Company. Thank you so much.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Good afternoon,

    I have a question, was wondering if you still think that the Native American Essential oils are your top choice? I was just about to sign up as a consultant with Young Living through a friend and then I started reading up on as many companies as I could to understand them all better.

    My husband is clinical nutritionist so we eat all organic, mostly gluten free, and we grow 75% of our own fruits and veggies. We are looking into the Essential Oils for our family and for him to possible use in his practice. Any and all the help/information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    Jennifer McRae

    • Yes, I have not changed my mind at all. I am very very happy w/ them and their quality. I hope you feel the same. I just used their helichrysum on a tooth and it felt sooo much better than it should have.

  6. Hi Adrienne,

    I stumbled across your blog looking for natural ear infection remedies for my daughter. She is currently undering evaluations for possible autism. I’m hoping to treat her as holistically and naturally as I can. So glad that I found you to read about your journey.

  7. Hi Adrienne,
    I am so glad and grateful to have found your site. Am a passionate advocate for health, wellness and sustainability. Currently am pursuing answers to help my adult son find the answers to an ADHD diagnosis 7 years ago. Since then he has been over medicated, used illegal drugs, lost his zest for life and self confidence. He is in the midst of rebuilding every area of his life and together we are praying for the right people to guide us to the answers we need. Have met with two psychiatrists who are prescribing the usual medications, met with a nutritionist, talked with an N.D. about saliva testing for food intolerances and have tried several of the YL oils. Do you have an article/blog that addresses how we might proceed. It’s all getting quite confusing and overwhelming as we continue speaking with various professionals? Thank you so much for weighing in. God bless, Kim

    • Sorry, but I am not sure what to say. I am working with Theresa Vernon (you can find her in my adrenal health posts or just search my blog) and a local herbalist. I would personally consider them a good place to start -have you seen my posts on candida and probiotics? I also have seen a lot of links of celiac to mental issues. I hope those thoughts help you.

  8. Hi Adrienne,

    I’d like to email you about getting permission to use your content on my site, and I’ve looked for an email address for you but can’t find one. Let me know your preferred way for me to ask boring copyright questions.

    Thank you much!

  9. Hi Adrienne,

    What would you recommend for insomnia? I have been having very bad sleep quality for coming to 2 years now. Been searching unsucessfully for help.

  10. Would love more info on your journey with candida. I was diagnosed with it (biomeridian rest) but have never had traditional “yeast symptoms”. I kinda figured we ALL have some sort of yeast overgrowth due to being over-antiobioticed, etc. therefore, I did not follow the diet for too long. God flat out told me (after asking Him) to follow the anti-candida diet. I did so for about two weeks until we had to travel and ended up quitting, AGAIN!! My problem is that I can get very “out there” with my natural approaches (kombucha SCOBYs as a facial mask for instance) so I second guessed if candida REALLY WAS real. “Why can’t I just eat the foods God gave us” was my question. I just wanted to find a Believer that had gone through the diet with success.

    I now believe I’ve been introduced to sugar intolerance. I’m not a huge sugar eater, but have been consuming too much of it lately. I do believe this relates to me. So, back to the anti-candida diet. I guess He really does know best!! Ha ha.

    Would love to hear more of your candida journey and success.

    Thank you for your posts!! I’ve been sharing lots of them!!

  11. Alma Robinson says:

    I’m amazed with the wealth of information.
    I love it.
    Thank you

  12. How do you feel about Green Polka Dot Box now that they are forcing everyone to give up their points for shares?

  13. Caroine Mueller says:

    PLEASE PLEASE warn your friends, DO NOT USE THE SWEETENER listed in the ‘sugar free marshmellows. It is deadly to all dogs in any amount. Not the way chocolate it or raisins, or grapes. It causes internal drastic deadly problems to their pancreas and kills them quickly. Do No Use Xylitol..

  14. Sandee Rice says:

    Absolutely LOVE your web site! What a wealth of info…AND grateful for ALL the knowledge about the essential oils! I ordered from NAN and got on their site and found out so much about them. Very prompt at sending my order! Received them in just 3 days.

  15. I just sent you an email with some questions! Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks for the good information! :)

  16. Ok I found your site because I have been loosely looking at DoTerra and Young Living and unwilling to make an investment until I do in depth research on finding the best oils for me to invest in. Low and behold I foudn your post about Native American (Which I have never heard of). As I am reading, I am discovering that our name must have something to do with who we are. I am obsessed with researching too much. I have a website all about GREEN cleaning and getting kids on routines. I homeschool. ETC….So we are kindered Adriennes. LOL. I discovered Young Living years ago when I was speaking at a MOPS group about green cleaning and a lady in the audience told me about Thieves. I had to get the MSDS from YL in order to decide if I would endorse their cleaner. It took me a lot of arm pulling to get it from them. They were refusing and I had to tell them that LEGALLY they had to give it to me. I ended up loving the cleaner and endorsing it. But, that did put a sour taste in my mouth for YL. I love thier moutwash and I have the Thieves EO. I also have a lavender DoTerra that a friend gave to me. So, I am torn and trying to educate myself on these 2 companies and stumbled on your blog. Since you are an “Adrienne” and have similiarities to me (I also have adrenal fatigue…which oils do I need?) I am seriously thinking about trusting you and trying Native American.

    • Hi Adrienne – what fun :)!.

      I would seriously check out NAN and say goodbye to the others. I have heard that clove and rosemary on the adrenals is good. If you need more info I can work on that for you. There are many things you need to do besides oils for AF of course, but this isn’t medical advice.


  17. I recently found your site and I’ve really been enjoying it! I had a staph infection in my bladder about five months ago and had issues with antibiotic resistance, and ever since that nerve-racking ordeal, I’ve vowed to do my absolute darndest to treat things naturally. I especially loved your series on essential oils… very eye-opening!
    Also, I couldn’t help but notice the plane in the background of your photo – are you or your family by any chance involved in aviation? My husband and I are both commercial pilots and I get excited when I find someone who shares this passion. :-)

    • Thanks! No we are not but a friend is a pro pilot. The photo is from Dreams and Wings – a “gift” to special needs kids to give them a small craft flight in the air for free over our local city. We go every year :).

      My hubby gets nauseous in the air so not a lot of flying for us :).

  18. Hi, I’ve looked through your site (tons of info!) looking for your opinions on Mountain Rose Herbs. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

  19. Chris Rutledge says:

    Howdy! So, about six months ago I hit on this site when I was researching essential oils. I read through your “Which Essential Oils Company Is Best” series. After that, I read through a few other of your reviews. My wife has Celiac, so your GF resources were appreciated as well.

    Thank you for your thoroughness, accuracy, and attention to detail in your coverage. Thank you for explaining your methodology so clearly–and for having a purposeful methodology. You are a (very) intelligent and thoughtful person, and you have an amazing heart, as can be readily perceived by the grace in which you respond to others.

    Anyway! That’s not even why I posted.

    I wanted to share an article I recently read, called “The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism” (https://medium.com/matter/70c3d64ff221). It communicates a theory by a husband/wife team of neuroscientists who were trying to understand their son better. The theory (“Intense World”) is relatively new and is still being critically reviewed and circulated. However, one of my brothers-in-law has aspergers, and the theory seems to just click into place as a really, really good candidate for a unified theory of what’s going on under the hood.

    As y’all are someone who has a personal interest in this area, as well as someone who researches the heck out of stuff, I wanted to be sure you were presented with it. It has led to some really good conversation with others who it has been shared with. I hope it at least provides some good food for thought (if you haven’t already exhaustively studied it. Ha.)

    Have a grand day!

  20. Have you heard about or looked into the Joe Cross documentary “fat,sick,and nearly dead.com”? It is a wonderful documentary. It talks about how he re-booted his body and his life by doing a juice fast to rid his body of all of the accumulated toxins. I stumbled across your blog and am wondering now I can incorporate essential oils into this life style change I have started. How do you know which ones to take orally or just use topically? I never knew you could ingest them…I just thought they were room deodorizers! Sorry to sound like a moron.

  21. Hi! I am new to Pinterest. I’m slowly learning to navigate around. : ) Anyway, I’ve had EO’s in my cabinet for years and basically only used the tea tree oil for medicine, or cinnamon & lavender for scent. I’m so excited about the use of EO’s for health! THANK YOU for your research on them. My question: I know I saw somewhere here how to use EO’s in the decanters such as you get from scentsy, but can’t find it. Thanks for any help! Blessings, Linda in VA

  22. My youngest of three is Autistic and it has changed our world. I am also very into health and healing thru food (I am a chef by trade) and I love to hear what other families are doing. Thank you for sharing what you do. I think if we get back to basics, we will all be so much better. I am in Ohio!


  23. Good grief reading your “about me” page…. we might be related!
    I’ll be reading more and would be interested in knowing how you got started with your blog. Meaning, did you start with one of the free sites like blogspot (not real changeable I have found) or did you just jump in and buy a domain a use a program to create your pages? And also how did you create traffic?

  24. So excited to have found your blog! Thanks for all the great info. I, too, have a child on the spectrum and have switched the whole family over to a healtheir way of life. Nothing like having a sick child to get your butt into gear. My son has done fabulously since we started to eliminate our environmental toxins and work on gut health. I recently started a blog to chronicle our adventures and am excited to try the essential oils you recommeded!

  25. Wow. It seems like you are almost describing me! Thanks and happy to have found your blog!

  26. Hi Adrienne!

    My hubby actually directed me to your site! Wow, you’ve done a lot of work here! :) Thank you for sharing your journey to health, and giving good info and advice in the way of REAL health. I am, too, on the journey. Almost 2 years ago, after exhausting the medical field, I finally went to a NRT practitioner/doctor. He found I had tons of food intolerances (how are you to know? The whole (well-known/used) food system in our country is contaminated.) and heavy metal/chemical toxicities. It’s taken a long time to feel this good and there’s still a ways to go!

    One thing that happened to me: I’ve worn clear plastic retainers for the last 10 years (for braces) and never could get any doctor or dentist to explain why the plastic that covered my two silver fillings in the back were BLACK. Totally black. Finally I took them to this doctor and they showed for mercury gas. I tested for the max amount of mercury using NRT – in my mouth, entire digestive system, kidneys, bladder. He immediately started me on chlorella, garlic, cholacol II and several other detox supplements while I started the process of removing the fillings. It is very dangerous! Even tho I was on the detox, the days following each removal were horrible. I was dizzy, nauseous, totally out of it, exhausted chronically and in pain. My joints hurt the worst, and then muscles. My lungs showed up with mercury and I developed a cough, that thankfully didn’t last long. What a terrible thing it is to be heavy metal toxic!

    Does the Nutrition Balancing you do use muscle testing? Is it related to Nutrition Response Testing, do you know? That is the program that has helped me so much. What a blessing God gave us with nutrition and nutrition doctors!

    Thank you again for all your research and hard work. I look forward to ‘digging into’ your site! :)

    In Jesus,

    • I am not doing the Nutritional Balancing any more. It was testing of hair to determine mineral imbalances basically. It’s different than NRT. I am working with an FDN practitioner now. Thank you so much. You might wish to sign up for my email feed delivery -= thanks! Hopefully a new post will be out this evening. http://mad.ly/signups/97092/join

    • What do you do when you remove the fillings? Just leave them or refill them with something else? My daughter recently had a root canal, then I read that root canals are not good for your health. She also has a couple of cavities. I wish I knew what to do.

  27. Hi Adrienne. Thank you for replying so promptly to my email. I’ll just restate what I said there about my problem and then you can respond.
    Do you know of an effective natural anti-inflammatory cream for the skin. For almost two months now I’ve had eczema on my face for the first time ever that I’m aware of. I’m 61 years old and have been following a good whole foods, low fat, vegan diet since Jan 2010.
    Since I wash my face and hair with water only and rinse my laundry thoroughly, I doubt it’s caused by contact with an allergen, at least cleanser wise. Maybe I’ve developed an allergy to a fabric that I use a lot, in this case, fleece. I don’t know. I’ve eliminated anything and everything that I think could be the culprit from my environment for now, including gluten containing foods. I’ll test each later. Right now I really need something to take away the inflamation. There are three red spots on my face that I would love to get back to normal skin color. I’d very much appreciate any help you could give me.
    Thank you so much for your time.

    • Sorry for the delay – this got lost in a slew of comments. Just 3 red spots? Have they improved? Let me know and I can see what I can find out. Thanks!

  28. Bless you for your recipes. The only reason I have a kitchen is because it came with the house. I hate cooking. I especially hate chopping vegetables. It causes my blood pressure to rise. I really resent having to be on a “special” diet. I’ve just recently tried going on the GAPS Intro diet for the second time and failed. If I even smell chicken or beef broth, I feel sick. So I’m searching for recipes (ugh) to help me keep my favorite foods and not hurt myself too bad. I would never consider doing the experimenting in the kitchen that you do. My gut has recently let me know that if I cheat on the gluten-free diet, it’s going to kill me, even if I take enzymes. So again, bless you.

    • Thank you so much. Your words are a blessing to me. Make sure you sign up for the free Meal Plans in the orange box in the upper right of my blog – they should be done soon!

  29. Really nice to meet you and your boys Adrienne, I think we already share a lot in common but most especially the Type A in reform bit ;) and also that you are a Believer/Christian – another reason why I decided to follow your blog and leave a comment.

  30. Hello,
    I love your website!!! My husband I are starting our life as homesteaders so I’m enjoying read all this great info. We have 4 year old twin boys. In December we found out that one of our boys has extreme food allergies. Barely, corn, milk, peanuts, potatoes, soybeans, tomatoes, walnuts, wheat and yeast. I have found that buying food is almost impossible, and I struggle on coming up with foods I can make for him. So now I’m on the quest to grow it and make it myself!! Plus we should be healthier now anyways.

    • Wow. That’s a lot. But we are in a similar boat. We’ve gone on some very special diets recently. We’re not great gardeners either so it’s hard. Hope to see you around again! Did you see the special diet meal plan you can get a free copy of in the orange box in my sidebar?

  31. You are a very interesting person and an excellent writer, or perhaps because you are an excellent writer, you are able to sound interesting. :-) I look forward to returning to read often.

  32. Wow! I like you! Seems we have a lot in common. I’m enjoying your site! Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned. <3

  33. Hi my name is Carol. I would like to purchase Immune Strength to apply to my daughter’s warts. I have looked at this for so long I am now confused. Can it be applied directly or does it need to be mixed with something first? If you have to mix it with something how do you go about that? What is needed?

  34. Britney Hortin says:

    My name is Britney Hortin and I love your blog! I have some exciting information that you would be interested in hearing. Please hear me out! I know you probably get hit up a lot from different essential oil companies, but there is a new company launching next month that is going to change the essential oil industry. Please e-mail me so I can get you more information.

  35. Hi Adrienne
    I have a question for you could you please email me :) thank you!!

  36. Hi Adrienne,
    My name is Sue and I think that I have been tired for most of my adult life. For many years I suffered from depression and anxiety. I always told my doctors that I was depressed because I was so tired but they insisted that I was tired because I was depressed. But I am a fighter so I continued to work for a major oil company for over 25 years. Suddenly, I was falling asleep while driving to work, becoming sick every time I ate and about ready to have a nervous breakdown. I finally found a good Dr. In San Francisco who is helping me a lot but I always revert to my old ways because I hate to cook. I am about to crash again so I need to draw the line in the sand. I love your site. I usually steer clear of the fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue sites because they are usually depressing so your’ sis a breath of fresh air. Everything you are saying is true so keep up the good work.

  37. Wendy Everett says:

    Hi Adrienne,
    I read all your oil posts AND the comments and I am exhausted! :) YOU are amazing and if someone reads everything, your character speaks for itself. Period. Thank you for your courage, common sense, kindness and what must be a very generous spirit to put up with all those comments. Since you now have my total respect, I am poking around the rest of your site. :) I apologize if I just haven’t found it yet, (I’m a little weary after all the oil comments – ha!) but what are you doing now instead of the Nutritional Balancing?
    Best of health to you and yours… inner and outer (and it sounds like you have the inner part down!)
    – Wendy

  38. Hi Adrienne
    I came to your site via your article on stevia. Thank you for such a well written and researched piece! You seem like a research perfectionist after my own heart. I think it’s the one place where channeling that part of our personality is ok :)

  39. Rosie Zummo says:

    Hi Adrienne: I just started buying essential oils, I love using them. I started with a sore throat the other day, and my friend who I purchased the Lemon Essential Oil from, told me to make a hot cup of decaffeinated tea, put some local honey (Florida) and add a few drops of my lemon essential oil. I went to bed, and the next morning I was feeling good, no more sore throat. It works for me. Rosie

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