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Rethink Breakfast

breakfast tips Jul 17, 2018

I often hear moms complain that there are so few breakfast options that don’t contain grains. When riding the processed cereal train, yes it's hard to see. No judgment from me, I used to ride that same train. When health issues motivated us to go grain-free, we learned, we had to learn. Don’t buy into the myth that there are no options, there are lots and lots of options. 

As delicious as eggs and bacon are, you actually can get bored with them. Plus, you really don’t want to eat the same food over and over again. That practice can lead to food sensitivities and then you’ll have to take that offending food out of the rotation for a while as well. Rotate and don’t eat the same thing for 3 or...

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What, You Don’t Have a Microwave?

tips Jul 03, 2018

Microwave ovens use short radio waves to affect the food’s water molecules to generate heat. This changes the chemical structure of the food or liquid. I’m no scientist, so that is my layman’s explanation. Dr. Mercola has a good article addressing concerns; http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx . There are as many posts debunking the concerns as there are addressing them, but I’m not willing to take the risk.

Microwave ovens are convenient, energy-efficient and easy to clean, but in my opinion, they have much more downside. Besides the...

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How Does Your Pantry Stack Up?

tips Jun 26, 2018

Not everyone is familiar with all these items and I'm often asked where I shop. Our groceries come from several different sources. My husband gardens some, with plans on much more next year! I get as much produce as possible, and sometimes chicken, cheese, coffee, and honey from the farmers market. There is also a co-op that has many of the same offerings that I buy from occasionally.

Once a year, we share a cow with another family. We get eggs from my kids’ ducks. Your pets may as well be productive, right? I get a Thrive Market delivery twice per month. Lastly, I go to the grocery store for things I cannot find elsewhere and usually only need a small...

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Why I Love Farmers Markets

farmers market tips Jun 05, 2018

Even on vacation, we’ll either take our camper or stay at a place with at least a kitchenette, then scope out when and where the local Farmers Markets are. That saves us money to spend on other excursions and ensures we have what we need to prepare healthy meals.

There is often live music, crafts for kids, and cooking or product demonstrations. Offerings vary from market to market. In addition to vegetables and fruits, I see meat, jerky, chicken, eggs, cheese, nuts, honey, preserves, ferments, pickles, oils &...

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Optimizing Your Time

tips Jun 05, 2018

Another objection I often hear from those new to healthy eating is that it is too time-consuming. Again, yes it can be, but there are many things you can do to optimize your efforts. First, I challenge you to move your and your family’s health up a bit on your priority list. Are there things you could cut back on in order to cook and eat healthier?

You must always have a plan and you must always have healthy staples on hand. When those 2 things are in place, it's much easier to make good meal and snack choices.

Choose a specific day to do your planning and shopping. For us, that is Sunday and everyone is involved with the choosing and prepping. We choose a variety of recipes for meals. Each week we try to eat chicken, beef, seafood, and often times a breakfast-for-dinner meal. We always cook more than needed, then have leftovers as is or made into soup or salad on the other nights. If I cook a stew, casserole, spaghetti sauce or soup, I double up and freeze half for another...

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Optimizing Your Organic Investment

tips May 15, 2018

Every few weeks I buy 2 organic free-range chickens. Depending on size, they average about $20 each vs. about $4 for a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) chicken at your grocery store. I'm sure that made some of you gasp, but please hear me out.

We are a family of 4; husband, 2 teenage daughters, and me. On the first night, I roast them and serve with veggies or a salad. Then I pick the meat from the bones and save in 2 containers, 1 for big pieces of meat and 1 for small pieces. The big pieces can be used for another meal or just to have around for sandwiches or wraps. The small pieces are great for a casserole, or soup, or salad. So we are getting at least 3 meals from these 2 chickens.

I'm not done yet. Next, I put the...

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Paleo f(x)

tips May 30, 2017

Spending time learning more about my passion with like-minded people was incredibly energizing. I pushed my comfort zone quite a bit too. I brushed my teeth with black toothpaste, drank raw camel’s milk, drank gut shots, drank lucid dreaming tea, ate dried crickets, ate an FBomb, sat at an oxygen bar, and met people from all over the world. Most importantly, I met many entrepreneurs who are committed to helping us change the way we eat and return to the original human diet. I am humbled and grateful to be a part of it.

Dr. Sarah Ballantyne gave me a copy of her bestseller, The Paleo Approach, with a wonderful personal inscription.

Dr. David Perlmutter, author of The Grain Brain was quite entertaining and emphasized the keys to maintaining health and preventing disease.

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