We’ve got a thing for french bakeries. Bite-sized pastries, fancy espresso drinks, curiously shaped breads, and that feeling that so much care went into the creation and preparation of this beautiful meal that the calories just don't count. The intricate elegance of it all immediately takes us out of our day-to-day grind and into the sophistication of a streetside Parisian cafe.
There is nothing like the smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies coming from the oven. Ooey, gooey, and melting in your mouth… they are simply irresistible! What is even better? A little fresh, real sea salt sprinkled on top. There is something about that sweet, chocolaty taste, combined with coarse salt that just makes your mouth water.Read More
Tonight my family had bacon for dinner. Yep, it was one of those nights where everybody wanted breakfast for dinner and bacon sounded too good to pass up. What I love most about cooking bacon though, is all that yummy, nutrient dense fat that pools in the bottom of the skillet. The best part is, when it comes time to fry the eggs, they are cooked in the delicious taste of the bacon “leftovers,” and it got me thinking about the benefits of animal fats. Lard is that famous fat that grandparents use to love and save jars of in the pantry. So what exactly is it?Read More
Organ meats. Have you tried them? Maybe just reading the title makes you squirm. Does anybody eat organ meats anymore? Who would like that?! Yuck! Those were some of my first expressions when I first began learning why organ meats are so incredibly beneficial to the diet. Growing up, my grandma used to always share stories of how her favorite dishes to cook for her and my grandpa were liver, tongue, and other various organs of an animal. My younger sister and I would squirm and stick out our tongues with how gross that sounded, but little did we know just how nutritious grandma’s meals were! To this day, my grandma still loves to “snack” on chicken livers, and gets excited about organ meat stew. However, you hear people eating organ meats less and less. What was once considered a traditional sacred food is now hardly spoken of. Well, my goal today is to turn that boat back around and get you excited about why organ meats are such a necessary component to your diet, and specifically the impact and benefit they have on mental health.Read More
In this post, I want to look at three ways or suggestions to show yourself a little love through a practice called self-compassion. This can take as little as a few minutes a day to do. But before I dive into specific ways to practice self-compassion, I first want to define what it is and is not, and also the science behind why self-compassion is not just a nice idea, but truly beneficial to the overall health and well being.Read More
Confession: I love pudding. Smooth, melt-in-your mouth swirls of it, topped with angelic wisps of whipped cream and garnished with delicate slivered nuts...sigh. Layer it into a darling parfait dish or bake it in a ramekin and I find the stuff to be completely irresistible. While I enjoy most flavors, I have always been particularly fond of pistachio pudding, with its sophisticated taste and charming pale green color. One thing is for sure however...a dessert this good shouldn’t come from a box mix, nor should it be something that is sacrificed for those needing to avoid dairy. So, here is a cunning no-cook, dairy-free version that uses the natural coloring of an avocado, the robust sweetness of a banana and the creamy texture of coconut milk to create an easily-digested, satisfying mousse-like treat in minutes.Read More
Last week marked one year since I adopted my sweet, brown, curly-haired Chesapeake Bay Retriever into our home and family. We have always enjoyed the breed and their fun-loving demeanor, as well as their fervent passion for the water, even in the frigid cold! Our last Chessie, Rocky, just passed away, after living 13 wonderful years experiencing outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and even surfing. Yes, we taught our dog to surf the waves to shore! This time around, with busy lives and hectic schedules, I decided to try something new – doggie adoption, in hopes of bypassing that time-consuming puppy stage. I looked into Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescues and breeders all around, when finally I found my Taylor! She came to me as a four-year-old mama of two litters, and I thought life would be smooth sailing from there. Boy, was I wrong! Due to the facts that Taylor was locked up in her crate (barely big enough to fit her body) for nearly all hours of the day and night, had to compete with nearly two dozen other dogs for attention, and never really got outdoors for anything other than to get a drink of water and to relieve herself, she was anything but the Chessie breed I had known with Rocky.Read More
Probiotics – they are everywhere! In fact, they are so well known that I would hardly call them "special” to the natural health world. You can find them at just about any grocery store, and there are always a million and one brands to choose from. Ok, not literally, but you get what I mean! So just what are probiotics, why are they so important for our health, and how do we know which brands to buy?? That is what we are going to dive into today!Read More
It is no surprise that our world is full of contaminants and pollutants. Everywhere you turn it seems there are signs, notices or just the ill effects of poor air quality. The sad reality is that these pollutants continue to rise and there does not seem to be a whole lot of action to stop it. One of the biggest things that has happened in my hometown within the last couple years is that the city has started irrigating all the land with recycled water. It smells awful, and the signs that read “DO NOT DRINK” give a clue that that water is anything but good for you. Unfortunately, that water is off-gassing harmful chemicals into the air, which go straight into our lungs.Read More
Happy New Year! 2018 is upon us with new ambitions, opportunities, and goals. Perhaps you are amongst the vast majority of people who have set some sort of “New Year’s Resolution”, or accomplishment you desire to achieve in this year ahead. A new year is exciting, and offers a fresh start to get back on track with those things you have fallen away from in the previous year. For many people, the desire to get back in shape, lose weight, and eat healthier is high on the priority list. Wonderful goals, might I add!
If caring for your body, and keeping healthy and well are goals on your list, today’s post may very well be of benefit to you. That is because we are going to dive into the “hot topic” of inflammation, and how supplementing with turmeric can help.Read More