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The Unspoken Anxiety Solution: Five minute relaxation tools

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Welcome my sister Kelsey back to the blog! Together we are working on 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!

At the height of my anxiety I found myself drifting away from social events and outings with my closest friends. I was so terrified to leave the comfort of my house because I was afraid that I could possibly get sick. My stomach was acting up a lot and my anxious thoughts were so strong that it was easier for me to retreat. It was difficult because I knew I was missing out on many fun things, and I really did want to go out and enjoy life fully. However when push came to shove, I just could not do as much physically and mentally as I wanted. I began to blame myself for not getting over my anxiety, which only increased it. This was a tiring and exhausting cycle. I didn't realize then that using some very simple relaxation tools could make a big difference for my body and mind.

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Tags: Heal Your Mind

Classic Banana Honey Face Mask

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

A few weeks ago, my sister Kelsey wrote a post about how she healed her acne using real foods and superfood supplements. She is back to share one of her favorite all-natural ways to moisturize and replenish the skin using ingredients you can find in the kitchen!

Winter really took a toll on my dry skin this year. It seems to do so every year, despite my daily moisturizing techniques. Fortunately, I am a big fan of DIY face masks and have tried just about every single one out there...and if you have looked on Pinterest lately, you know there are a whole lot of face masks to try! I find it kind of fun to play around with natural ingredients and see how they really affect the skin. Plus, I also get to spook people with all that gooey stuff on my face! Recently I tried the classic banana and honey face mask, which left my skin feeling incredibly soft. I like this one in particular because it is super easy to make and offers a lot of great benefits for nourishing the skin inside and out.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, DIY

Cinnamon-Ginger Pumpkin Seed Butter

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

I love making nut butters of all kinds. From almond butter, the trusty classic, to versions using more unique ingredients like cashews and raw honey, I find each variation satisfying. Lately I've been experimenting with seed butters too. And let me tell you, they are equally as delightful. Pumpkin seed butter is one of my absolute favorites and, If you can get over the fact that it is green, I'm sure you will fall in love with it too. This recipe uses soaked pumpkin seeds and a warming blend of spices to make a unique and versatile butter that pairs well with sweet and salty foods alike.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

The Unspoken Solution for Anxiety: Vitamin B12 for Mood

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

A few weeks ago we started a series on the The Unspoken Solution for Anxiety here on the blog. This collection of articles looks at the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and psychological well-being are related. There is an abundance of fascinating scientific literature out there connecting food and mental health, but unfortunately a lot of this information has never made it to the mainstream. Therefore our series is being built as a way to share some of our own knowledge on these important topics with you. This week, I want to offer up an article that I recently wrote discussing the link between vitamin B12 and mental health. While this article focuses mainly on depression, there are a lot of overlaps in the pathophysiology of anxiety and depression that make it highly relevant to our series. Let's take a look!

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Tags: Fuel Your Body

Simple Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

There is something about sitting down at the end of a long day with a hot bowl of stew in hand that is entirely relaxing. The curls of steam rising off the top, the comforting aroma of slow-cooked veggies and meat mingling together, and of course, the luxury of having time to finish all of the pesky prep dishes before the meal even starts. This simple beef stew is an absolute pleasure to both make and serve. Using plain, easy-to-find ingredients, the flavors meld together beautifully to create a dish that is far more complex tasting than it is to create.

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Tags: Fuel Your Body

Are Your Nutrient Dense Foods Being Contaminated?

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

With Spring fast approaching and warm days just around the corner, our thoughts quickly turn to images of vegetable gardens showing the first signs of life, pasture land filling with vegetation for summer grazing and clean, pure life giving water flowing from our rivers, springs, lakes and ponds. Not only is water necessary for the growth and sustainability of our gardens, farms and pastures, properly hydrating our bodies with pure water is key to achieving optimum health and wellness. Thanks to the work of Weston A. Price, we can understand the importance of eating nutrient dense whole foods, however, preparing our meals in the most healthful way requires a source of pure water much as our ancestors used from natures springs and rivers.

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Tags: Fuel Your Body, Drink Pure Water

Tasty Beef Chili with Liver (don't worry- you won't taste it!)

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

When it comes to eating organ meats, I tend to be on the timid side. Last year I made the optimistic resolution to learn how to eat liver with greater creativity and enthusiasm. To my credit, I have made several attempts toward this admirable goal over the past few months. However, truth be told, I have also wiggled my way into finding as many loopholes and excuses within my offal-eating plan as possible. The savory chili recipe I'm about to share with you might be teetering on the edge of that "cheating" category, but I've come to embrace it nonetheless. With its vibrant punch of flavors, a steaming bowlful of chili is the ultimate disguise for organ meats-- making them tasteless and palatable for all to enjoy.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

Nutty Chocolate Coconut Bars

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Sometimes I get into a snack time rut. Has that ever happened to you? I will ravenously swing open the cabinets one day and peer at all of the bags and jars on the shelves, only to realize I am completely bored with my choices. Sprouted nuts seem a bit too bland, I'm out of fresh fruit and I've already had coconut flakes for the past 7 days in a row. In these moments, rather than give in to eating one of these same old options, I challenge myself to muster up as much kitchen-creativity as I can. This recipe for Nutty Chocolate Coconut Bars was created in exactly this way. Using ingredients I found hanging around my kitchen, these unique and delightful bars combine my favorite nutrient dense foods into something new and inspiring.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

Spicy Chicken With Red Palm Oil

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Around here, we've been using a lot of red palm oil this season. With a vivid red color and intriguing taste that borders on the exotic, we can't seem to get enough of this unique healthy fat. From vegetable stirfries to egg dishes and robust sauces, red palm oil offers a warm, waxy flavor that perfectly complements most all savory meals. Plus with more vitamin E than any other plant food, its nutrient profile is nothing to complain about. If you've ever dipped a spoon into a jar of this rich, velvety oil, you may understand just how captivating it can be to cook with. And if you haven't, you must try this spicy chicken dish. It is a basic recipe that's been turned exciting with a bit of red palm oil flair. Strap on your aprons folks, because your kitchens are about to get red!

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

How Do You Picture Pure Water?

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Mountain Spring Water. Reading those words and immediately we think of clean, healthy, vibrant and life-giving pure water. Crystal clear water flowing from the highest mountain peaks filling our streams, rivers and lakes with healthy water, full of key nutrients and perfectly pH balanced to hydrate our bodies. Natural spring water, the way nature intended. If only all of us could find a local source of clean, natural spring water for our daily water needs.

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Tags: Connect With Nature, Drink Pure Water

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