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7 Ways to Chill Out & De-Stress

7 Ways to Chill Out & De-Stress

You guys, I hope you can forgive me. Waaaaay back in August of last year I published a guest post at Broccoli Cupcake on 7 Ways to Chill Out & De-Stress. And I never linked to it from here. My deepest apologies and condolences. Truly. So here I am to right the wrong and share […]

Coconut Oil 101: This is Some Amazing Stuff

Coconut Oil 101: This is Some Amazing Stuff

If I had to pick my #1, can’t-live-without-it natural product, coconut oil would absolutely top the list. (Or at least tie with honey and apple cider vinegar)! I use coconut oil every single day. Without fail.  And it’s one of the best things you can possibly put in or on your body! Score! Don’t Believe […]

3 Reasons Eating Local is Even Better Than Organic

3 Reasons Eating Local is Even Better Than Organic

I should go ahead and preface this post with a disclaimer. I could wait until the end to make this point, but inevitably someone would breeze right past it to the comments section and leave me a scathing reply about the value of organic food and how could I possibly ignore the benefits of said […]

A Vegan Diet is Not Healthy

A Vegan Diet is Not Healthy

I’m mentally preparing myself for this one. Because it’s inevitable I’ll receive at least a few heated comments on this post. But that’s the cool thing – you can say whatever you’d like in your comment, the same way I can post whatever I’d like on my blog. So just keep that in mind if […]

Taking Your Dairy Beyond Organic

Taking Your Dairy Beyond Organic

This is a guest post by chiropractic student – and good friend of mine – James Beuerlein. He’s redonkulously smart, speaks seven languages (3 of them fluently), and knows how to deliver a baby in the back of a cab (you know, just in case. But thankfully his mad vehicle delivery skills haven’t been needed […]

The 2 Most Important Food Rules

The 2 Most Important Food Rules

This is getting down to the basics, people. These two food rules apply to every single person in the world. I don’t care if you call yourself gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo, GAPS, vegan (which isn’t actually healthy – more on that later), locavore, primal, or omnivore. These are the two MOST IMPORTANT food rules. It all […]

Top 11 Posts of 2011

Top 11 Posts of 2011

Welcome to a new year! I thought I would take a moment to look back at 2011 and share some of the most popular posts here on Laurel of Leaves. It was a record year for me in the life of my blog. When we first embarked to the other side of the world to […]

It’s Time to Live Beyond Organic

It’s Time to Live Beyond Organic

Look at me being all cute and cryptic in my post title. In all seriousness, taken at face value, it is time to get past an obsession with organic labels and really look at the quality of our food and where it comes from. Just because something is certified organic doesn’t necessarily mean it’s even […]

Is Circumcision a Christian Thing to Do?

Is Circumcision a Christian Thing to Do?

I think the more appropriate title for this post might be: Is Modern Circumcision a Christian Thing to Do? Because there is a massive difference between circumcision today and circumcision in the Old Testament of the Bible. If this is a completely new topic of discussion for you, you might want to start with my […]

What Happens in the Stomach of Corn-fed Cows

What Happens in the Stomach of Corn-fed Cows

One thing I truly love about New Zealand is grass-fed beef by default. Factory farms & CAFOs are virtually unheard of here. Cattle are allowed to roam and graze through lush green paddocks all over the country, resulting in high quality, grass-fed beef at every supermarket! When we stayed in the Wairarapa region (with the […]