I recently had the chance to catch up with author, fermentation expert and health strategist, Alex Lewin before he kicks off a busy fall tour of talks and book signings. In part one of the interview we chat about how he first became interested in the traditional food movement and also what motivated him to write Real Food Fermentation—the first ever fully illustrated, step by step guide to creating simple fermented foods at home. Enter Alex...Read More
Welcome Trudy Scott, author and certified nutritionist 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!
The targeted use of individual amino acid supplements will balance brain chemistry to alleviate anxiety, fear, worry, panic attacks, and feeling stressed or overwhelmed. They can also be helpful in addressing other problems that contribute to or exacerbate anxiety, such as sugar cravings and addictions. In addition, they can help with depression and insomnia, which often co-occur with anxiety. When you balance your brain chemistry, not only will you alleviate symptoms of anxiety, you’ll also have a great mood, eliminate cravings, sleep well, and have good energy and mental focus.Read More
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 stress is high it can seem difficult to breathe fully. The chest becomes tight and constricted, the shoulders rise and the belly squeezes in. Breathing feels choppy, shallow and contrived. This is an obvious contrast from the effortlessly smooth and rhythmic breath that we experience in moments of calm. However, for those struggling with chronic anxiety and worry, tension and strain in the breath can start to seem normal. Breathing exercises that focus on the exhale can help to reverse such patterns of restriction in the body, and in turn bring some ease to the mind. In fact, when done correctly, full and mindful breathing has been found to be one of the most effective grounding techniques to combat stress and restore a sense of spaciousness and relaxation in the body.Read More
Tags: Heal Your Mind
Stress. It happens. There are certainly those days when the tangle of deadlines, bills, chores, and appointments on my schedule just seem like way too much to handle. Add to this the sporadic dinging and buzzing of emails, texts and calls, and it can be tempting to throw my phone out the window and plop myself down on the couch in protest. Sound at all familiar to you? Lately I've been enjoying this DIY salve as a gentle relaxation-helper during the day. With carefully selected essential oils that refresh and reset the senses, and a touch of magnesium oil to help slow down the body and mind, it is a quick, luxurious treat. I recommend whipping up a few jars of this Stress Soothing Balm to tuck away in bags and pockets for some trusty, on-the-go tension relief.
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.Read More
Tags: Heal Your Mind
Welcome my sister Kelsey back to the blog! Together we will be 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!
Stop worrying. I cannot count the number of times I have heard those two words in my lifetime. Too many at that, and believe me: if I could have stopped, I certainly would have. Growing up I was constantly worried about getting sick, being stuck somewhere, or the possibility of bad weather coming. Anything that I could not control I was anxious about. I was that kid that all the school nurses knew by name because I frequently visited the nurse's office complaining of a stomachache. Most days I was told just to hang tight and wait it out. I would then return to class and continue the day with a gnawing pain in my stomach. Back then, I did not have the insight to realize that my anxiety and stomach pains were very much related.Read More
Zinc is one of the most abundant trace minerals in the body. It is a critical structural component of many proteins, and a co-factor to enzymes that are directly involved with cellular function. Nicknamed the “intelligence mineral,” it is most widely known for its contributions to mental development, reproductive function, collagen formation and immune system support. Although severe zinc deficiency is believed to be rare, marginal deficiency, often called dietary zinc deficiency, is actually quite common and estimated to affect 2 billion people worldwide.1 In the United States, experts estimate that dietary zinc deficiency effects up to 30% of the population, depending on age group.2 Finding simple ways to identify and correct zinc deficiency has become increasingly important to medicine, as we continue to unravel just how important this mineral is for healing the human body and mind. Check out this Zinc Taste Test as a simple way to quickly assess your own mineral status and see if zinc deficiency is something you should be looking out for.Read More
What does it mean to live a Radiant Life? I sat down with company owners Norman and Kathy, and asked them to talk about their experiences with whole foods, a primal lifestyle and the creation of what has become one of the most trusted resources for ancestral living in the marketplace today. What I discovered was more than a conventional company mission or philosophy- but rather a deeply personal story about health, family and returning to the simple things in life that truly matter most. Today, I have asked them to share that story with you.
It's been a ____________ year. There are likely many adjectives you could use to fill in the blank that would summarize your last 12 months. Personally, with a love for all things thoughtful and expressive, I could write an endlessly detailed list of vivid descriptors in an attempt to capture the essence of 2013. However, I will spare you the trouble of reading that kind of meticulous review and instead share a handful of our most popular posts from the past year. Brimming with pretty pictures, yummy recipes, interesting tidbits and fun real-foodie facts these posts offer a quick picture of the dynamic and beautiful year we have had. We want to thank you for your incredible insight, engagement, brilliance and tireless support. We are quite excited to spend the year ahead together with you!
Your brain loves fat. Wants it, craves it, needs it. After all, the brain is made up of more than 50% fat. However, the nervous system is a highly specialized mechanism, and can’t use just any rogue fat globule sent jiggling its way. When it comes to building the brain, the body needs a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids from animal foods. Experts now postulate that a widespread disruption in omega-fatty acid balance may be at the very root of some of the most troublesome neurobiological epidemics of our day. Could it be that the devilishly delicious dark meats and creamy butter we have been taught to avoid actually contain the nutritional keys to improved health and a vibrant mood?