Category Archives: Adventures of A Self-Healther

The Whole Food Supplement Difference

Food Pills

There are a few things in life you can be certain of: Christmas will fall on the same day every year. Your kids will outgrow their blue jeans every year. And every year you’ll find another article in the mainstream media discrediting the use of supplements. Now, I’m a firm believer that the best way […]

Spring Rituals for Our Bodies

Bubbles Spring

It’s March! It’s March! It’s March! Why all the excitement? Because with March comes spring, and with spring comes rejuvenation and reawakening to all living things—plants and animals alike. And I, for one, love it! Spring means less brown and barren, more green and vibrant. For us humans, spring brings a natural sense of reinvigoration […]

Are You Cuckoo for Coconut?


I’ve always been a fan of coconut. I remember how the coconut flakes in my mom’s custardy, buttery “Impossible Pie” would float right to the top. I haven’t had it in years, but I can almost taste it as we speak. Of course, when I was younger and growing up in a small Midwestern town, […]

Spring Out of Your Winter Slump!


In many parts of the country, winter is long and gray. These long, gray days can take a toll on the psyche, making us wonder if we’ll ever be able to go outside without layer upon layer again. But the wonderful thing is that spring arrives every year without fail—even if it doesn’t come quick […]

Save a Life, Give a Hug


I come from a long line of huggers, and I wear my “Free Hugs” T-shirt with pride. There’s really nothing quite like giving or receiving a hug, especially when it involves someone you adore completely. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, and with your loved ones expecting even more gestures of affection, there’s […]

Five Resolutions for Your Home This Year


Sure, it’s a few weeks past the New Year, and you’ve already made your resolutions—done and started. Way to go! Now that you’re in the groove of making those personal ambitions a reality, why not shift your focus in a way you may not have considered in the past. Could a few simple resolutions for […]

Tis’ the Season for…Meat Stock

Since we’re smack dab in the middle of the cold weather season, I have no doubt that your weekly menu items are much the same as mine—soups, stews, and pot roasts. Warm, comforting foods always seem to fit the bill when the temp gets low. But as much soup as we go through this time […]

I Kombucha…Do You?

Have you ever built something up in your mind as being more of a hassle than it’s worth? Too much equipment. Too many weird ingredients. Too time consuming. Too whatever. Well, that’s how I felt about making my own kombucha—it was too much everything. It seemed easier to just grab a few bottles on sale […]

A New Year, a New Tradition for Your Teeth


Now that all the names on your gift list have been crossed off for the year, it’s time to make your next list: all the fabulous things you want more (and less) of in the New Year. While I tend to make this list on my birthday instead, New Year’s Day is another time I […]

It’s Never Too Late for the Perfect Gift

You’ve made your list, checked it way more times than twice, and crossed each person off as his or her gift was purchased. Now, here it is, two days before Christmas morning and you’re done. You’re done! You’re high-fiving yourself left and right, but wait… You just got an invite to a small gathering from […]

Gifts to Melt Away the Worries of the Day

We all know the holidays can be a stressful time of year. We celebrate, stay up later than normal, and eat more food than our bodies are used to. The weather can also play a huge factor in our travels, and it isn’t always smooth sailing to get where we need to be. It would […]

This Year, Give the Gift of Real Food

Believe it or not, there are only 16 days until Christmas. How’s your shopping coming along? I’m a list maker, so I like nothing better than to write down all of the people I need to buy for, make note of something they mentioned wanting, and cross their name off once I find the perfect […]

There’s Still Time for Simple, Handmade Gifts

In case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s your friendly reminder that there are only 23 days until Christmas. If this makes you cringe, don’t worry. Gifts don’t need to be overly complicated or even pricey. Of all the presents I’ve ever given or received, my favorites have been simple, straight from the heart, and […]

Please Pass the Cranberries

Hooray! In just a couple of days it will be Thanksgiving—the perfect time for…cranberries! Yup. You read that right. I’m excited for the cranberries. Sure, the turkey and the taters are delicious, but you can have them any ol’ time of year. For me, cranberries are a special treat for Thanksgiving Day and not something […]

How to Combat Lunchbox Envy

We decided to send our kids to school with packed lunches long ago, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. But there’s a sticky little problem that goes along with it—around our house, we call it “lunchbox envy.” And this far into the school year, we know it will make an appearance any time […]

One Simple Habit To Keep You Healthy


A battle has been raging between adults and children since the beginning of time. You know what I’m talking about. It’s about a simple, throughout-the-day routine that keeps some pretty serious diseases at bay. And it only requires two things—soap and water. Yup, hand-washing. Think about the most common question you hear parents ask their […]

Start Your Day Like a Champion

We all know the old saying touting breakfast as the most important meal of the day—and there’s a ton of truth to support this philosophy. Making breakfast a priority sets the stage for balanced blood sugars and reduced food cravings throughout the rest of the day. But not all breakfasts are created equal, right? The […]

Pumpkin: More Than Just a Pretty Face

With Halloween fast approaching at the end of this week, pumpkins are everywhere, and especially around this time of year, pumpkins make most people think “Jack-o’-lantern!” Yet if the only thing you’ve ever done with a pumpkin is carve out a spooky face and leave it on your front stoop for decoration, you’re really missing […]