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#HappyHolidaysChallenge: Clean Out, Unplug, Restart

Hello, folks! There’s only one more holiday before 2015 and “it’s the big one”. It’s the one where we start over, reset, and “resolve” to improve. I’ve got some great ideas for how you can start a health transformation by striving … Continue reading ?

Meat Alternatives Are Growing in Popularity

What’s on your plate? New research shows that meat is no longer the dietary staple it once was. Since 2007, U.S. meat consumption has been declining with more than a third of consumers turning to meat alternatives for meals (Mintel, 2013). In the December issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), […]

Understanding the Real “Paleo Diet”

The Paleolithic diet, or caveman diet, a weight-loss craze in which people emulate the diet of plants and animals eaten by early humans during the Stone Age, gives modern calorie-counters great freedom because those ancestral diets likely differed substantially over time and space, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Kent State University. Their […]

Fun Food Ideas for Christmas and New Years Parties

I share some of my favorite dishes and hostess gifts that you can share at your upcoming Christmas feast. Continue reading ?

Cut Out Processed Food in 14 Weeks

I've created a free automated "100 Days of Real Food" Mini-Pledge Program that will email you a new challenge each week to help you cut out processed food.... ? Read More: Cut Out Processed Food in 14 Weeks

How Women Can Protect Their Children and Their Bodies

We’re paying a hefty price on our health for the conventional wisdom we hold to be true – especially women and their children – says Robert Thompson, M.D., an OB/GYN and integrative medicine specialist deemed by his peers to be in the top 5 percent of U.S. physicians. The conventional wisdom, more accurately described as […]

Last Minute Gift Ideas to Give Yourself!

Hello there! If you’re reading for the first time or just stopping by for the fun, I’m doing a “Happy Holidays” wellness challenge to help you cultivate more health and happiness the rest of 2014. Catch up on the details on … Continue reading ?

Is Your Tea “Real?”

I grew up drinking tea from a very young age. My father is Indian, and it’s custom to drink “Indian tea,” as we called it, or chai to others, a few times a day.... ? Read More: Is Your Tea “Real?”

6 Holiday Gifts That Don’t Cost a Thing! #HappyHolidaysChallenge

6 Gift Ideas That Don't Cost A Thing Want to give gifts that will make a lasting impression? Then ditch the shopping mall, and try one or more of these ideas instead. Continue reading ?

Healthy (and easy!) Holiday Entertaining

Feeling overwhelmed by the holidays?  Are you looking for ways to simplify holiday entertaining so you can focus on the things that really matter, like hanging out with your family and friends?  I totally get it, which is why I … Continue reading ?

Recipe: Shrimp and Grits (+ our holiday team dinner!)

If you've never had (or heard of) Shrimp and Grits, it's one you've gotta try!... ? Read More: Recipe: Shrimp and Grits (+ our holiday team dinner!)

What’s Missing from Your Protein Shake?

A recent study from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Phycology says only 8 percent of those who make a New Year’s resolution see their goals come to fruition. This is especially problematic for those of use who want to try to lose weight. Regardless of the specific goal, people establishing resolutions to improve […]

Real Food Tips: 10 Unique Hostess Gifts

As you hop from party to party this month I do think it's nice to bring along a little something extra for the party host - entertaining is a lot of work after all!... ? Read More: Real Food Tips: 10 Unique Hostess Gifts

Tasty Grain-Free Holiday Treats

At a time when we most want to look and feel our best, we seem to do everything possible to ensure we don’t, says cardiologist Dr. William Davis. “The weather starts to change and we reach for the pumpkin-spice cookies, cider doughnuts and beer, which launches us into processed carbohydrates season,” says Dr. Davis, author […]

College Students Are the New Face of Hunger

Most of us think of the hungry as adults who are in between jobs and struggling to feed their families, but college students are rapidly becoming one of the new faces of food insecurity. It’s an unexpected and jarring fact to many who find it hard to associate college life with hunger. However, faced with […]

Recipe: Whole-Wheat Snickerdoodles (and How I Handle Holiday Parties)

The cookies I took to my neighbor's cookie exchange were one of my all-time favorites - Snickerdoodles! I even used half whole-wheat flour to make them a little better, and I honestly don't even think you could tell, because the outcome was deeelicious.... ? Read More: Recipe: Whole-Wheat Snickerdoodles (and How I Handle Holiday Parties)

Hug It Out for Happiness #HappyHolidaysChallenge

Hello there! If you’re reading for the first time or just stopping by for the fun, I’m doing a “Happy Holidays” wellness challenge to help you cultivate more health and happiness the rest of 2014. Catch up on the details … Continue reading ?

How Healthy Is Your Yogurt?

A new report, Culture Wars: How the Food Giants Turned Yogurt, a Health Food, into Junk Food, issued by The Cornucopia Institute, accuses Dannon, Yoplait, Chobani and other major marketers of misleading parents, who are looking for healthier foods for their families, into purchasing yogurts loaded with sugar and containing a myriad of questionably safe […]

Cookbook Recipe Chart by Dietary Need

I have a little gift for you today. It’s all the recipes in my cookbook organized by dietary need in chart form. Most of this info is already listed in the back of the book, but it’s not in a chart, which I think makes things a little easier when it comes to families with... ? Read More: Cookbook Recipe Chart by Dietary Need

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