Real Food

Real food is natural. It nourishes. It heals. It doesn’t come with man-made chemicals. Fight for real food with me, and see just how tasty it can be.

5 Reasons to Start Loving Lard

Fortunately, the tides may finally be turning when it comes to our preconceptions about "good" and "bad" fats.  Despite having less cholesterol and saturated fat than butter, lard has long been associated with gluttony and considered by many to be among the unhealthiest things to cook with (2). Yet little of this notoriety is deserved [...]

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  • 5 Nutritious and Sustainable Alternatives to your Favorite Seafood

5 Nutritious and Sustainable Alternatives to your Favorite Seafood

I love seafood and am always experimenting with new varieties and recipes.  There are loads of health benefits found in fish; they are lean sources of high quality protein and provide an abundance of omega-3's, vitamins and minerals, to name a few. When selecting fish, the top three criteria I'm considering are: 1. sustainability: where is the [...]

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  • Wondering what the benefits of probiotics are? Learn how good bacteria supports a healthy immune system - and how to add probiotics to your diet easily.

Benefits of Probiotics: Boost your health with good bacteria

The term “probiotics” has become increasingly mainstream in recent years, and with good reason when you consider all the benefits of probiotics. Our bodies are host to trillions of these “good bacteria,” which confer a variety of health benefits. They are well known for the role they play in supporting digestive health, but research also [...]

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  • The Truth About Yogurt... some good reminders!

The Truth About Yogurt

Yogurt is a long-time breakfast staple in countries all over the world.  When you eat the type of yogurt that is best suited for your body it is also a delicious and convenient way to easily invest in your overall health. There are two truths about yogurt that you must know before making your way [...]

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  • Learn how to garden in the winter without a green house. So cool!

Gardening Through the Seasons: Preparing Your Winter Garden

I have come to love this time of year.  The seasons are starting to change here in Northern Utah, and I am eagerly starting to plant various lettuce, spinach, herb, and vegetable starts from seed.  Melons, beets, carrots, leeks, bok choi, cabbage, broccoli, kale, parsley, cilantro, dill, lettuce, and other plants are going in this [...]

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The Perfect Diet: Dispelling the Myth

Somewhere in our quest for The Perfect Diet, we have lost sight of one very important fact: we are all different. If no two people are exactly alike, how could there be a magical "one-size-fits-all" diet that will cause us all to simultaneously lose weight and get healthy? This elusive diet that we are all [...]

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  • 5 Nutritional Changes To Improve Tooth Decay

5 Nutritional Changes To Improve Tooth Decay

The dental health community gives very little thought to the role nutrition plays with tooth decay. The theory dentists’ currently work with is the bacteria that feed on bits of food stuck in our teeth produce acids that erode our enamel. The only way to fight this is by brushing, flossing, and using antiseptic mouthwashes [...]

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  • Good Digestions: What is it? Why is it important? How to get it?

Good Digestion: What is it? Why is it important? How to get it?

I would be willing to bet that most of us live life day to day without giving one thought about our digestion and its effect on our health.  Am I right? Our digestive system is probably one of the most important functions keeping us in tip top shape.  The digestive system plays a critical role [...]

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  • 8 time saving kitchen hacks everyone should know!

8 Time Saving Kitchen Hacks Everyone Should Know

When I first started getting into cooking in my early 20’s, it typically looked like a hurricane had swept through the kitchen. I knew I’d never be Martha Stewart but little by little, with practice, and thanks to things like Cook’s Illustrated and the Food Network, I started learning some useful methods to manage the [...]

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  • 7 Super-Foods that can help stop PMS. Good to know.

7 Super-foods to Stop PMS

PMS sucks. Ammaright or am I right? The bloating, the headaches, the mood swings, the cramps. Seems like more and more people struggle with PMS, but did you know that PMS really shouldn't be considered "normal." The body is not designed to go through that kind of crap each month. But we live in a [...]

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  • Get to know your local farmer's market! Farm fresh, organic produce grown in your own community.

The Joy of Farmer’s Markets

Farmer's markets are one of the best ways to put farm-fresh produce on your table. Not only do farmer's markets provide you with excellent produce grown locally, they also provide a boost for the economy and help keep small farms in business. Buying food directly from the people who produce it is next best thing [...]

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  • 15 ridiculous kitchen gadgets you don't need. #14 seriously makes me scratch my head.

15 Ridiculous Kitchen Gadgets You Don’t Need

I'm not sure if they were born out of a desire for convenience or simply out of society's increasing disconnection from basic kitchen skills. But they were born. You can find them lingering online and even in some retail shops. They are the space-sucking, mind boggling kitchen gadgets "as seen on TV" and beyond. Today [...]

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  • In case you missed the memo: Fat is healthy. Don't believe me? Read all the reasons why you should not be afraid of fat.

In case you missed the memo: Fat is healthy!

Fat-phobes of the world listen up: Fat is healthy. Fat will not make your fat. Fat will not "clog" your arteries. Fat is a traditional food that has been consumed from the beginning of man. I feel like sometimes I need to shout it from the rooftops: FAT IS YOUR FRIEND! *sigh* Sorry, I had [...]

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  • The plea for balance.

The plea for balance.

Balance, noun: A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. Mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc. Today I'd like to make a case for finding balance. Every day I see a need for more balance in our lives. A need for more peace and stability. For better judgment in our own approach to living, and less judgment against [...]

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  • Are you deficient in magnesium? Learn 10 common symptoms of magnesium deficiency (and why you should care!)

10 Signs You’re Magnesium Deficient

Are you magnesium deficient? Very likely. Despite the fact that more people are hearing about the importance of magnesium, a recent study suggests that only about half of US adults reach the Recommended Daily Allowance (which generally is a "bare minimum" standard). Deficiency in magnesium has been linked to type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, [...]

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  • These 2 DIY veggies wash recipes are simple and effective. Learn why you want to wash even your organic produce.

2 Easy All Natural DIY Vegetable Wash Recipes

You're trying to be healthy. You're loading your shopping cart full of delicious and nourishing vegetables. Hey, you're even buying organic to avoid pesticides and other nasties. Good for you! There is clear evidence that increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables is good for your health. But did you know that even your organic [...]

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  • Dehydrated raw liver pills: A super food pill worth taking.

Why I started popping pills.

For anyone who's been around these here parts you know that I'm pretty adamant about natural living. I mean, don't get me wrong... I'm totally grateful for modern medicine. I think it has its place. If I'm in a car accident I'll be sending lots of love to the doctors who will stitch me up. [...]

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  • How tomatoes help prevent cancer. Must read!

How tomatoes help prevent cancer

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cancer, and numerous studies have suggested that tomatoes in particular have a strong cancer-preventing effect. People whose diets contain more tomatoes have been shown to develop cancers at significantly lower rates, particularly cancers of the breast and [...]

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  • Why are you still fat? The answer might surprise you.

Why you’re still fat.

Why are you still fat? If you spend a whole five minutes online you'll be convinced that it's because you just don't have the drive to lose weight. People assume that all fat people are undisciplined. There are far too many assumptions that they just sit on their butts all day eating garbage... that they [...]

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  • Learn how to menu plan and save time,, money, and eat healthier.

How to Menu Plan: A simple way to eat better.

How to menu plan update: This is me raising my white flag. I give up. And I have to admit that I no longer do my own menu planning. Why? Because I found something infinitely better. So... you can still do it the old fashioned way as outlined below. You can also check out my [...]

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