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PFOS and PFOA: What You Need to Know About These Common Chemicals

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Over the past decade, there has been growing concern over two environmental contaminants known by the cryptic acronyms PFOS and PFOA. These man-made chemicals were once used to manufacture a diverse collection of consumer goods, ranging from pizza boxes to stain-resistant carpets to teflon pans. Now PFOS and PFOA have worked their way into the soil, air and water, invading even the most remote and pristine corners of the globe. They’ve contaminated our food and water supplies, and pose a significant risk for humans and wildlife. Discover the key things you need to know about these chemicals including health risks, how to avoid them and what you can do to help.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Connect With Nature, Drink Pure Water

Vanilla Almond Chia Breakfast Bowl

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Last week I found myself in a breakfast rut. Don't you just hate when that happens? I woke up, walked down to the kitchen and scanned it blankly. I swung open the cabinets and peered into the refrigerator, but nothing looked appetizing. I was bored with my go-to options and was craving something new. That's when I dreamed up this Vanilla Almond Chia Breakfast Bowl. Packed with healthy fats, protein, antioxidants and fiber, it has plenty of nutrition to satisfy and just enough sweetness to leave you scraping the bowl.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

No-Bake Chocolate Berry Slices

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Making healthy, real food desserts isn't always easy. Gluten-free flours can be tough to work with, recipes seem to have a million steps and at times it can feel like you've spent days in the kitchen experimenting only to end up with a recipe flop. But every so often I find a dessert like this one that tastes amazing and is super simple to make. I guess it's hard to go wrong with chocolate, nuts and fresh berries. This unique nutrient dense dessert combines these beloved ingredients into something that falls between a tart, pie and fruit pizza. Call it whatever you'd like; most importantly it is delicious!

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

The Forgotten Mineral That Could Protect Your Brain

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

As far as cosmologists can tell, there were only three elements present when the universe was first formed some 13.8 billion years ago: hydrogen, helium, and lithium. As one of the three original elements, lithium is found throughout our atmosphere. The sun, stars, and meteorites burn brightly with the flame of this highly reactive element. On earth, lithium remains a major mineral component of granite rock, and also lingers in significant amounts in sea water, mineral springs, and soils. Every organ and tissue in the human body contains the mineral lithium, with particular importance in brain health.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies

Mineral Deficiencies and Depression: Evidence-Based Research

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Last year I was privileged to contribute to one of the first medical textbooks on integrative treatments for depression. The book, edited by Dr. James M. Greenblatt and Dr. Kelly Brogan, is supported by the review of nearly 3000 scientific studies that consider the roles of inflammation, genetics, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal conditions, environmental stress, and nutritional deficiencies in the pathogenesis of mood disorders. Needless to say it was a BIG project! Today, I'd like to share a quick excerpt from the chapter I worked on about mineral deficiencies and depression. It's a short and sweet snip-it, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

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Tips for New Gardeners to Remember

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

What is the one thing that every first time gardener should remember? Sustainability expert and master gardener Celeste Longacre is here to tell us! Celeste is joining us for part three of our interview series on learning to grow your own food at home. In this segment we cover the benefits of community gardening, what to look for when purchasing seeds and how to preserve food to last all year. Can't you almost taste the delicious, fresh homegrown veggies just thinking about it? Enter Celeste...

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DIY Switchel Recipe: A sweet and delicious fermented drink

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

If you are looking to add more fermented foods to your diet, then it may be time to give switchel a try. This simple colonial farmer's drink is made with tangy apple cider vinegar, warming ginger, fresh lemon and a drizzle of honey for sweetness. Switchel packs a punch of beneficial enzymes, detoxifiers and anti-inflammatory compounds, all in one sweet and refreshing gulp. Best of all this DIY fermented beverage can be mixed up at home and savored within minutes.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Recipes, Fuel Your Body

4 Myths About Anxiety We Need to Stop Believing

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Welcome my sister Kelsey back to the blog! This post is part of a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!

When it comes to anxiety some people just don’t quite understand it, and I get that. As an anxiety sufferer myself I can see that it could be challenging for those who have never experienced it to grasp what it is like. However, the stigmas that surround anxiety discredit it and make those who experience it think they should be able to control it on their own. That is why I am here, to debunk four of those silly anxiety myths so that we can all move on and work towards finding solutions that actually work!

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Helpful Hints for Starting a Home Garden

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Master gardener and sustainability expert Celeste Longacre joins us for part two of our interview series on learning to grow your own food at home. In this segment we discuss gardening methods to fit every living situation, how to prepare soil for planting, and effective all-natural pesticides. We hope it inspires you to step outside, savor the sunshine, and get your hands in the dirt! Enter Celeste... 

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Homemade Spiced Ketchup Recipe

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

When you say the phrase “healthy foods” many people think that this means bland, boring and dry. Unfortunately, they are correct in far too many cases. Many nutritionally-aware folks shy away from sauces and condiments because the varieties lining store shelves are loaded with unwanted ingredients from food dyes to unhealthy vegetable oils to high fructose corn syrup. If you've every browsed the grocery store in search of a high quality condiment, you may understand what I'm talking about: even a simple ketchup can be difficult to find. That's why I want to share this recipe for one of my favorite DIY condiments: Spiced Ketchup. This can be made at home in minutes with simple, healthy, real food ingredients.

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