Tag Archives: whole food nutrition

The Vanilla Queen:
An Entrepreneur Par Excellence

I recently wrote a fun blog post titled “Baking Better Cookies” in which I offered some healthier cookie recipes for my readers. Many (if not all of them) called for vanilla as one of the ingredients, but since I’m not one of those weekly cookie bakers, I was stunned when I shopped for a bottle […]

All Veggie Meals—Twice A Week:
How They Can Prevent Serious Illness

It’s unfortunate that we live and learn rather than learn and live! This is exactly what I wrote about in my recent blog post “Visualize Total Healing.” I have since recognized that although there may be a genetic component to my serious health condition (glaucoma), the diagnosis nevertheless brought me to a new understanding of […]

Self-Health Habit #10:
Eliminate Refined Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

It’s impossible to talk about healthy habits without talking about the destructive nature of refined sugar. And if you think you’re off the hook because you switched to artificial sweeteners, think again. Zero- and low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame or saccharin, cause a whole other set of problems. It’s not that sweet foods, in and […]

When Is the Best Time to Start Healthy Habits?

How many times have you thought to yourself: It would be so much easier to ditch this unhealthy habit if only I’d never started it in the first place. Because, let’s face it, changing our habits isn’t always easy to do. So, when is the best time to start up a healthy habit? The answer […]

Respecting Where Your Food Comes From

On a daily basis, most of us take our food for granted. Maybe you like scrambled eggs with onions, peppers, and spinach for breakfast. And a crunchy chef salad with a tahini dressing is always nice at lunch. And, for dinner, maybe some grilled salmon and roasted veggies. Not too bad, right?! But do you […]

Scenes from the Zombie Food Apocalypse:
How to Feed Your Body After a Workout

Scene One: I work out, so I can eat whatever I want. ~~~ Humans are weird. We spend uncountable dollars and hours on clothes, makeup, and exercise. We worship buff athletes and their athletic contests. We adore skinny models and their skinny fashions. We think vegans are the healthy eaters. We’re hooked on image—on the […]

The Quest for Superior Nutrition: Our Desperate Need for Whole Food Supplementation

It’s a certain truth that dynamite comes in small packages. I want to discuss just such a shot of dynamite in the form of a powerful, 52-page booklet that was hidden among my favorite health reads: Why Your Doctor Offers Nutritional Supplements by Stephanie Selene Anderson with Mark R. Anderson. Above the title of the […]

The CSA and the Fickle Consumer- Part 1

Reprinted with permission from author, Rebecca Thistelthwaite, and LocalHarvest. I have written about community-supported agriculture (CSAs) before and so haveprevious writers at LocalHarvest. CSA farming is truly at the core of what LocalHarvest does connecting consumers with farmers in a mutual relationship of reciprocity. But times are changing. Consumers have an ever broadening expanse of options to locate […]

Dying to Be Beautiful: Yes, Your Cosmetics Might Kill You!

A shocking statistic: In his book Dying to Be Beautiful, Peter Lamas cites a statistic from the National Cancer Institute estimating that 20 percent of cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among women may be associated with commercial hair dye products. This is the same type of cancer that claimed the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who, […]

Learning to Cook Nutritious Foods: Simple, Yet Seemingly Overwhelming

In recent months I’ve had the privilege of spending three to four hours every Tuesday morning with a very bright, helpful lady. It seems that at times providence is just plain serendipitous! This was certainly the case one Sunday after church when a member of our small parish politely asked if she might come visit […]

Bodybuilding with Whole Food Nutrition

If you’re looking for a simple and easy approach to body building nutrition, a whole foods regimen is the perfect solution. Aside from its simplicity, a diet of whole foods offers enormous benefits for your training, bodybuilding, and long-term health. What Are Whole Foods?  Whole foods are processed and refined as little as possible before […]

Embrace Aging Through Organic Eating

The internet appears to be the new fountain of youth. You can find countless anti-aging tips online that promise to reverse aging—or at least slow it down. Of course we can never stop the course of time, and all of us will eventually get old. But rather than dread aging, the best first step is […]

Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks with Rosemary, Tomato, Capers, and Olives

There’s something about a lamb shank that feels so primitive to me. Maybe it’s the protruding, handle-like bone that looks like a big club, but whenever I see a hefty, cooked shank, I always (hilariously) picture a caveman wrapped in mammoth fur with delicious meat juices running down his chin. No matter how hard you […]

Reasons to Eat a Whole Foods Diet

Processed foods today—fast food, frozen meals, “boxed pizza kits,” BPA-lined soup cans, canned vegetables, canned fruits, and other convenience foods—are not only loaded with dangerous chemicals and synthetic preservatives, they’re also lower in nutrients, likely to be packed with insulin-spiking MSG and other unhealthy flavor enhancers, and don’t supply the crucial vitamins, minerals, and other […]

Southern-Style “Sort of” Succotash: Success Secret and Healing Benefit

I’m sure some of you may be wondering why I call this dish “sort of” succotash. In my house, we just call it succotash, but I added this disclaimer purely so that the succotash purists will give the recipe a try. It’s “sort of” succotash because I omit one ingredient crucial to true succotash: lima […]

Why Eating and Living Organic Is Important

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ve probably heard about organic products. These days, all-natural formulas seem to be everywhere—from food and cosmetics to clothing, transportation, and cleaning supplies. Because of the far-reaching benefits an organic lifestyle offers, making the sustainable switch in all aspects of life may be the […]

Eat Your Way to Mental Health

When facing mental health issues, we often turn to lifestyle changes such as stress reduction and meditation. While these tools can play a very important role in your recovery, they shouldn’t overshadow one of the most important things you can do for your mental health—eat for your brain. Brain health and mood stability are dependent […]

Did You Say Canned Butter? I’ve Something New to Share with You!

A while back, I wrote a blog post titled “Hard Times Are a Comin” about the importance of being somewhat prepared in the event of a short term local or national disaster. It received a good deal of attention, which signaled to me that this is a subject very much on people’s minds. I specifically […]

Grilled Steak with Thai Basil Pesto and Cucumber-Snow Pea Salad

As I write this, it’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning. I’m in the tail end of my vacation hangover (you know, that somewhat blurred period between “responsibility-free” and “real life”) and in the midst of the subsequent lapse of time, space, memory, routine, and full brain function. The trip back home to British Columbia was […]

The Perfect Final Lesson of Summer

Unbeknownst to me, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics declared August “Kids Eat Right Month” four years ago. While it’s essential for kids to eat well year round, prioritizing it for an entire month can be just the right catapult to making it actually happen. It seems the perfect final lesson of summer before your […]