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Conceiving Healthy Babies

Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist and homestead herbalist. I previously reviewed her book Heal Local about creating a locally-sourced home apothecary, so I was interested in reading her other book, Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. Dawn and her husband Carson make herbal infused products, use biodynamic and chemical-free practices, and teach sustainable beekeeping methods on …

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The truth about gluten-free foods

Last week at the grocery store, a woman asked me, “Is organic the same thing as gluten free?” I explained to her the difference between the two, and in the end, she opted for the gluten-free foods. As someone who can’t eat gluten without dire consequences, I am not happy that gluten-free has become the latest health fad. When given …

Making your own nontoxic housecleaning products

Chelsea Green Publishing offers a series of short books on different topics related to creating a healthier environment, which they call their “Green Guides.” One of these guides is Nontoxic Housecleaning by Amy Kolb Noyes, which I wanted to review in time for spring cleaning!. With 80 pages chock full of recipes and tips for homemade cleaning products, I think …

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What is yoga?

Yoga—an ancient Sanscrit word that’s invaded the dinner-table conversation of America, as in “I went to yoga today.” The word means “union,” interpreted as the connection of body, mind and spirit. When most Americans think of yoga, they think of twisted physical contortions, the word pretzel comes to mind, or they visualize young slender women in a nature setting touting …

Creating a locally-sourced home apothecary

“If we see the value in buying our vegetables locally, why on earth would we be satisfied with medicine of unknown origin and handling?” While I’ve long been convinced of the value of buying local food, I only recently began to consider a similar perspective in regards to medicine. With this quote, Dawn Combs drew me into the book, Heal Local: …

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Focusing on healthier paths

How have you been doing with your health goals for 2017? Have you been traveling along your healthier paths effortlessly? Or have there been a few potholes? In either case, you might be interested in my free, 6-week email course to help you focus on a different goal each week. The reason this blog is called “healthier paths” rather than …

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Treating autoimmune diseases naturally

When someone gets an autoimmune disease, it means their immune system has gone rogue and is attacking a healthy part of their body. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s three years ago, which meant my immune system was attacking my thyroid. In those with multiple sclerosis, it’s attacking the brain and spinal cord. In Crohn’s disease, it attacks the intestines. There …

Are cosmetic chemicals dangerous?

Though I’ve been horrified by the chemicals contaminating food for quite a while, I really had not thought much about cosmetic chemicals before reading the book Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan. However, because of my interest in chemical-free living in general, I was intrigued by the book and requested a …

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Just eat real food

The secret to healthy eating is to simply eat real food. You mean, there is such a thing as fake food? Yes! As Michael Pollan once said, if it arrives through the window of your car, it’s not real food. Most fast food items have 25+ ingredients in them. One of my favorite examples is KFC’s mashed potatoes, which has …

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Learning from our mistakes

When you don’t reach your goal, you might feel like you failed. Even worse, you might think of yourself as a failure. But you haven’t failed until you stop trying, and no one is truly a failure, as that implies you’ve never succeeded at anything, and everyone has had their successes. If you didn’t reach a goal, it could be …