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For the Love of Lard: 3 Reasons to Consider This Healthy Fat

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Have you ever tasted a perfectly-browned, flaky pie crust made with lard? Have you enjoyed the slightly crisp and wildly flavorful goodness of fresh veggies sauteed in pig fat? Have you dared to slather a creamy, delicious spoonful on a slice of sourdough bread? If you answered no to any of these questions, you are missing out. Lard (rendered pig fat, that is) was once a staple in the traditional kitchen and with good reason: this delectable fat not only tastes divine, it can be healthy for you too.

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Tags: Fuel Your Body

How Tap Water Can Become Toxic

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

The Governor of Michigan recently declared a state of emergency in Flint, MI because of high lead levels in the city’s drinking water. This situation is concerning for a number of reasons. Unfortunately for city residents, the city’s water troubles began back in April of 2014 after officials decided to change Flint’s water source from the Detroit system, which draws water from Lake Huron, to the Flint River. Within days, residents began noticing the water’s cloudy appearance and foul odor. Over the next year parents became increasingly concerned that their children were consuming water containing dangerous amounts of lead. Their fears were confirmed last September when a study released by Hurley Medical Center in Flint found that the proportion of infants and children with above average levels of lead in their blood had nearly doubled since the city switched its water source. The state’s own testing produced similar findings to the Hurley study.

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Tags: Drink Pure Water

Iron Deficiency: Are You at Risk?

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

The mineral iron is vital to the proper function of every cell in the human body. Its primary role is to aid in the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Along the way, this superstar nutrient also helps to regulate cell growth, metabolism, and hormone synthesis. Yet despite its essentiality, iron deficiency remains the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide. Suboptimal iron intake has been associated with poor concentration, mood changes, fatigue, digestive problems, and immune system malfunction. The good news is that eating whole foods rich in iron can go a long way in both treating and preventing these problems.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Fuel Your Body

Beyond BPA: Other Problems with Plastics

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

As you settle in to read this article, chances are you will find several plastic items within your reach—your computer or phone, a pen, maybe an old food container lingering somewhere on your desk. Today, plastic is everywhere in our lives. Light and durable, it has become an icon of convenience culture; a symbol of the on-the-go mentality that dominates modern existence. And yet for a substance that we interact with daily, we know surprisingly little about it. Even now, with the flurry of BPA-free plastic products hitting the market, there are many concerns about plastic that have remained unaddressed.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Drink Pure Water

Honey & Pear Cranberry Sauce

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

At our house, no holiday spread is complete without a dish of cranberry sauce. Next to buttery heaps of potatoes, earthy green beans and cheerful orange squash dishes, there is something about the deep red of cranberries that is both alluring and dramatic. I love the complex tart flavor that the sauce lends to the meal too; especially when it mingles with the gravy and makes its way into almost every bite on the plate. This simple cranberry sauce variation uses the natural sweetness of pears and honey to replace the refined sugars found in most other recipes.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

Why I Take Astaxanthin Daily

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

One of the most popular questions I receive both from readers of this blog, as well as friends and family members is: what is the best antioxidant available? While I usually shy away from silver bullet solutions, when it comes to antioxidants, there really is one that stands out above the rest. The amazingly powerful marine antioxidant called astaxanthin (pronounced asta-zan-thin) is at the top of the list. It’s a front runner in the world of antioxidants - 550 times the antioxidant strength of Vitamin E and 6000 times that of Vitamin C! While astaxanthin has been available for years, recent research has highlighted the properties of this remarkable, naturally-occurring carotenoid and brought it out into the mainstream. Astaxanthin is now gaining clout as a powerful therapeutic tool for vision, skin, pain, inflammation and other chronic ailments.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies

What's so Special about Radiant Life Desiccated Liver Gold?

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

As our ancestors discovered years ago, beef livers are nutrient-rich storage depots. Many of us are now re-learning the value of this potent superfood, which is loaded with iron, zinc, B12 and vitamin A. The only problem is that some will just never get past that taste...that texture....that smell. That's why we've worked hard to craft Desiccated Liver products that offer all of the benefits of beef liver in a convenient (and tasteless) supplemental form. As the grass-fed meat movement continues to rise in our country, we have also felt the need to support local farmers and find a premier, US source of beef liver to deliver to our community. We've worked hard to source, research and test a 100% grass-fed beef liver from cattle raised on the pristine pastures of the USA! One of the world's most sacred foods, this liver is offered without artificial iron or other additives. Our Desiccated Liver Gold is from free-range, healthy cattle, completely free of pesticides and antibiotics. Check out how we make each bottle!

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Fuel Your Body

Interview with Alex Lewin, Author of Real Food Fermentation- Part 2

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Earlier this month I published an interview with fermentation expert Alex Lewin discussing the importance of including fermented foods in a modern diet. In this next conversation we get right down to fermenting specifics, from the top health benefits to the best recipes and essential kitchen items you'll need to get started. Enter Alex...

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Tags: Events, Fuel Your Body

Veggie Quinoa Bites

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Eating simply and healthfully isn't always easy on-the-go. Cold leftovers are only appealing for so long, and I don't know about you, but I somehow always manage to forget my spoon or fork on the counter when I am rushing out the door. I can't tell you how many times I've been left stranded at lunch time with a container full of messy food and nothing to eat it with. Oh the drama! That's why I've been loving these simple quinoa bites lately. These tasty little cups can be tossed into lunchboxes, brought to work, used as an appetizer or savored as a side dish for dinner. Best of all there are no utensils required. This is finger food at its finest!

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

Whipped Coconut & Olive Oil Face Cleanser

Posted by Kelsey Grossmann

Please welcome my sister Kelsey to the blog. She put together this guest post on how she healed her own acne using real foods!

At the beginning of the year I wrote about my struggles with acne and the whole food solutions that finally worked to heal it. I am back again to share one of my favorite facial cleansers with you. Unlike some of the products you find at the store, this simple homemade cleanser actually does its job; it removes all of that yucky stuff from the skin without harming it. 

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, DIY

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