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Modern Circumcision is Not Necessary, Natural, or Biblical

Modern Circumcision is Not Necessary, Natural, or Biblical

Big topic, people. I know. And a very controversial one at that. I know this blog post won’t be a comprehensive, exhaustive dissertation on the topic, but what I have learned about the subject is too important to keep to myself. So here we go. It’s time to clear up a whole host of misconceptions […]

Homemade Yogurt: So Easy It’s Scary

Homemade Yogurt: So Easy It’s Scary

Yogurt from the supermarket isn’t good for you. There–I’ve said it. I know what the commercials on television say. Jamie Lee Curtis swears by Dannon yogurt fixing all her digestive woes. These live cultures will boost your immune system and make you live longer. It’s the fountain of youth in an individual serving size cup! […]

Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese

Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese. The words immediately conjure up images of a gorgeously ooey-gooey cheesy lasagna. It’s melt-in-your-mouth wonderful and I’ve just discovered how incredibly easy it is to make your own! The hubby and I are staying in Hamilton, NZ (1.5 hours south of Auckland) right now on a farm. We feed the chickens every day, […]

When Did Gluten-Free Become Trendy?

When Did Gluten-Free Become Trendy?

For real, when did that happen? When did the grocery stores start stocking entire aisles of packaged crackers and cookies with big ‘Gluten-Free’ labels? When did so many people start developing an intolerance to gluten? I don’t want to debate the seriousness of Celiac disease or gluten-intolerance, or negate the importance of gluten-free diets for […]

When Not Eating is a Good Thing

I love food. That should be pretty obvious to you by now. And who doesn’t love food, really? All those delicious flavors and textures that give life to your body! That’s why it may sound pretty ridiculous to you when I suggest that voluntarily abstaining from food (even real food) can actually improve your health. […]

Birthday Post: 26 is the New 20

26 today. What? How did that happen? Wasn’t it just a few years ago that we stepped into a new century and I was singing along to the Backstreet Boys? 25 Didn’t seem to be a big deal. A quarter of a century. Pretty cool, I guess. But 26 is closer to 30 than anything […]

The Real Food Diet Cookbook Giveaway!

The Real Food Diet Cookbook Giveaway!

You may have seen the link to this cookbook in my sidebar, and hopefully you’ve been interested enough to check it out. It’s a fantastic cookbook–one that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy for my family and friends (which, incidentally, I did), even if I hadn’t been the project manager for the book. I figured it […]

Eating ‘Beyond Organic’

Eating ‘Beyond Organic’

There’s always quite a lot of debate in health & nutrition circles about whether buying organic food is worth the money. Is organic food truly more nutrient dense? What about fair trade? How do they treat their workers? Is conventional local produce actually better? It can be difficult to navigate the choppy waters of organic […]

Is Bread Bad?

Bread has been rather villanized over the past few years with the rise of fad low-carb diets. And it’s no secret that people on low carb diets DO lose weight (although many of these fad diets are actually very unhealthy…) When it comes to the way I eat, I actually do try to avoid bread […]

5 Natural Sunscreens

I don’t usually wear sunscreen. You might already know that sunscreen doesn’t protect you from skin cancer (since the sun doesn’t cause skin cancer in the first place). But if you didn’t know that sunscreen blocks your vitamin D production, contains toxic chemicals, and can actually cause cancer, then check out this article I wrote […]

Healthy Eating While Traveling

Anytime you travel, it’s inevitable that you will end up eating what I like to call a ‘vacation’ meal. No condemnation here. I’ve taken plenty of ‘vacations’ when it comes to eating healthy while on a vacation. Case in point: I’m sitting in the Los Angeles airport waiting for my flight eating a Teriyaki Chicken […]