Detox-Friendly Vegan Chili

Detox-Friendly Vegan Chili

I'm developing lots of new recipes for my new nutrition program. And I'm gonna share one with you this week because Super Bowl and chili go together like...super bowl and chili.

I've been making veggie chili for over a decade, and I've never once written down a recipe. But I did you guys a solid and actually measured out ingredients and listed out steps. I tweaked my OG recipe a little bit to make it more detox-friendly.

Grain Free Snacking Cookies

Grain Free Snacking Cookies

I wanted an easy and nutritious snack that we could pack up on the fly...so I made these cookies. They contain fat, protein and fiber - the 3 things I look for in a hearty snack. They’re super tasty (pleased both the adults and toddler), but definitely not your traditional chewy gooey chocolate chip cookie, more like a snack bar in cookie form. So heads up there. We’ve already made them 3 times. Try ‘em out! 

Is it a diet or a lifestyle change?

Is it a diet or a lifestyle change?

People are looking to get healthy, and deep down we know that this requires us to alter our lives. The savvy diet industry is on to this, and so they market their unhealthy quick fixes as “lifestyle changes” to sell to more people.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get healthy. That’s not the issue. The issue is how we approach it. Diet culture instills unrealistic ideals of beauty and provides us with unhealthy ways of achieving them. And then they make a hefty profit.

New Year Ritual

New Year Ritual

I’m not really a New Year’s resolution gal. It always seemed like an arbitrary time to dig my heels in and go after something. If there’s something that I want to do, I just do it. Admittedly, many of my actions are marked by compulsion, irrespective of the calendar. I don’t wait for a certain time of year to start creating what I want. I’m a work in progress around the clock. To focus on one specific thing for the year has always felt rather constrictive and suffocating to me. 2018 is a little different, however...

Creamy Dreamy Carrot-Ginger Smoothie

Creamy Dreamy Carrot-Ginger Smoothie

BUT! This week I popped into the Durham Juicery like the college kid I think I still am and ordered the Faster Than Light smoothie. I can’t even explain the joy that it brought me. It was cold, creamy and creative. It was so good I told my husband about it later that day. And texted my friend before going to bed that night because I was still thinking about it. And then made it for breakfast the next day.

Health Threats of Artificial Sweeteners

Health Threats of Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are ubiquitous in our food system. Food manufacturers add them to sodas, energy and sports drinks, protein powders, health bars, yogurt, gum, candy, and pharmaceuticals (including syrups and antibiotics for children). Artificial sweeteners are the food industry’s way of harmonizing our cravings for sweet things with our concern for calories. The appeal is that we can enjoy sweet food without the weight gain and deleterious spikes in blood sugar. Seems like a win-win, right? Not so fast. Despite FDA approval, these non-nutritive sweeteners pose a threat in terms of weight gain, food cravings, gut health, and more. 

5 Truly Healthy Kid Snacks

5 Truly Healthy Kid Snacks

I’m jumping into the heart of the subject right out of the gate: kids eat a lot of refined carbohydrates. Goldfish, cereal, bread, frozen waffles, boxed mac n’ cheese, breaded chicken fingers…sound familiar? These foods are both convenient and hyper-palatable (meaning they excite your little one’s taste buds). They’re also reinforced by our government. The USDA champions the “healthy whole grains” ideology to children and adults alike. It’s understandable that parents keep buying these foods thinking they are healthy kid snacks.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup (Instant Pot Recipe Included!)

Homemade Elderberry Syrup (Instant Pot Recipe Included!)

Elderberry syrup is an effective botanical for preventing - and shortening the duration of - the common cold and flu. This antioxidant-packed berry contains vitamin C, A and minerals.

To support the immune system, take elderberry syrup regularly throughout the fall and winter months. It is safe for the whole family - including kiddos and pregnant or nursing mamas. If you do get a cold or the flu, you can ramp up the dose (see below) to shorten the duration of your illness.

 

 

Grain-Free Apple Crisp (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Grain-Free Apple Crisp (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

I made this grain-free apple crisp two days in a row because my husband and kid ate the first batch while I was at yoga. Savages. Second time around I wrote down the recipe so I could share with you. Luuuuckkkkyyy. If you've recently visited an apple orchard with your family to post fall images all over social media, cheers. Now you're swimming in apples. Here's what to do with them.

How To Make a Detox Mineral Bath at Home

How To Make a Detox Mineral Bath at Home

Transdermal mineral therapy refers to bringing in minerals through the skin. This is what what was going on in those Azorian hot springs. No wonder why I felt so great! When you soak in a mineral-rich bath, you take in minerals from the skin. This can ease up any mineral-deficiency symptoms like anxiety, irritability, headaches, muscle weakness, fatigue, arthritis, muscle/bone/joint pain, dizziness, tremors, cramps, heart palpitations.

I was determined to bring this experience back home, and my husband was opposed to drilling our backyard to hit the earth's crust. So I crafted up a recipe using mineral-rich substances like sea salts, epsom salts and magnesium crystals.

5 Free & Easy Things You Can Do To Reduce Toxic Load

5 Free & Easy Things You Can Do To Reduce Toxic Load

We have, on average, 700 synthetic chemicals in our bodies. 

We are constantly exposed to many environmental pollutants, drugs and dietary components. The majority of these chemicals have not been tested for safety in human health. As Kelly Brogran, MD points out, we have an “innocent until proven guilty” approach when it comes to chemicals in pharmaceuticals, food, personal care products, cookware, and other everyday items. Unfortunately, we are starting to understand that not only do these toxicants impact us negatively, but combinations of these toxicants can exacerbate their harmful effects, something referred to as the “cocktail effect”.

DIY Acai Bowls: How To Make Them At Home

DIY Acai Bowls: How To Make Them At Home

Nothing makes you feel like you’re on a surf trip or yoga retreat more than eating an acai bowl (well, except for maybe surfing and yoga). A cross between eating ice cream and drinking a smoothie, frozen acai is like a tropical vacation in a bowl. And pretty much just as expensive, especially if you’re feeding a lot of little hands. But you can still get all the fun and yum without the hefty price tag! Here’s how to make DIY acai bowls at home.

WTF is EFT? A Skeptic's Guide To Tapping

WTF is EFT? A Skeptic's Guide To Tapping

When I was deep in the trenches of bulimia and anxiety, my mother begged me to try tapping.

While “tapping” may draw up images of Gregory Hines for some people, I knew that it was another name for Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I knew that it involved tapping on your face and saying things like “I completely love and accept myself”. I knew it helped veterans recover from PTSD. I knew these things because my mom is an EFT practitioner. I also knew there was no way in hell I was doing it. 

Why I Gained 10 Pounds

Why I Gained 10 Pounds

I have sat down to draft this blog more times than I can count. I’ve started and stopped, thinking this is too much, too vulnerable, too exposed. People might think I’m a failure for gaining weight, others might think I’m a fraud for having these feelings, while others might think I’m ridiculous for worrying about a measly 10 pounds.