Eat Your (Sea) Vegetables

Eat Your (Sea) Vegetables

Why eat sea vegetables? Well, for one thing sea plants contain between 10-20 times the minerals of land vegetables. In fact, ounce for ounce sea vegetables contain more minerals than any other food group.  That means you only have to eat a small amount of them to benefit nutritionally.  Sea vegetables are a good source of the minerals iodine, magnesium, iron, calcium, copper, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and...

 
10 Week Guide to a Healthier You

10 Week Guide to a Healthier You

I love living in Southern California.  It’s wonderful being able to go outside each and every day to exercise.  Before moving here my husband and I would go out for a 3 mile run and it would be a piece of cake.  Not so much in Southern California.  Finding a flat stretch of land is next to impossible.  It’s hilly here to say the least.  When we first transitioned to running here I would see a hill coming up and panic.  I would...

 
I did WHAT???

I did WHAT???

I have always believed that everything happens for a reason.  EVERYTHING.  As hard as it is sometimes for me to accept the bad things in life, I always remind myself that while I can’t understand why it’s happening right now, it’s meant to be and later on, if I’m lucky, I’ll see why it’s happening. In 2006, shortly after having my daughter I had a lump removed from my left breast.  Prior to this I had had 2...

 
Pumpkin Cookie Dog Treats

Pumpkin Cookie Dog Treats

How about a little treat for your canine family member? My dog Leo loves these cookies. I created this recipe with natural ingredients and no meat because Leo has ulcerative colitis and is on a very restricted diet. Leo is a boxer and when I adopted him he was 2 years old, weighed 49 pounds (which for his size was all skin and bones), had skin issues and bad tummy troubles. Through a series of trial and error I found the foods he could eat and...

 
What do “free range,” “organic” and other chicken labels really mean?

What do “free range,” “organic” and other chicken labels really mean?

When I started my messy breakup with cheap chicken, one of the immediate complications I found was, well, how do you define “cheap chicken”? (And, by extension, what is “good” or “sustainable” chicken?) By cheap chicken, I meant some kind of admittedly vague combination of chicken that is treated poorly while it’s alive; that’s of questionable healthfulness, for both bird and man; that’s slaughtered...

 
Clean Eating – Starting Out – The Nice and Easy Approach

Clean Eating - Starting Out - The Nice and Easy Approach

So you’ve read some books, maybe browsed a few magazines and googled a few topics and you’re ready to make a lifestyle change. But now WHAT?! How do you start? Where do you begin? Hopefully this will help you out! The Nice and Easy Approach Not quite ready to jump in with both feet?  Not to worry, taking it nice and slow is a great way to slowly transition into your new lifestyle.  (If you are looking for a more direct approach check...

 
Clean Eating – Starting Out – The Dive Right In Approach

Clean Eating - Starting Out - The Dive Right In Approach

So you’ve read some books, maybe browsed a few magazines and googled a few topics and you’re ready to make a lifestyle change. But now WHAT?! How do you start? Where do you begin? Hopefully this will help you out! The Dive Right In Approach Grab a trash bag because your first step involves some cleaning!  It’s time to toss out all the unclean food that is in the house.  This is also your first step in reading labels.  Look...

 
Clean Eating MAN style!

Clean Eating MAN style!

My husband and I are polar opposites when it comes to eating.  He was born and raised in South Africa - he’s only been in the US about 10 years and did not grow up eating much besides meat and potatoes.  I grew up in Michigan and practically ate 24/7 out of the garden my Grandfather grew.  When I talked about naked eating with him and about changing our lifestyle to reflect it, this was the response I got - “I’ll...

 
A Day In The Life Of A Clean Eater

A Day In The Life Of A Clean Eater

Clean Eating Magazine, courtesy of Robert Kennedy Publishing One of the first things I read when I switched to a healthy eating lifestyle was Clean Eating Magazine.  I LOVE the magazine and all the delicious recipes and articles.  Then I got to their 30 day menu planner.  Here they give you a 4 week breakdown of daily meals to eat throughout the day.  Although I LOVE the meal ideas that they layout for you, the realistic part of their plans seem...

 
What is Clean Eating?

What is Clean Eating?

Living a clean eating lifestyle is easy, has many health benefits, and is cheaper than eating pre-packaged, processed foods. Clean eating is not a new concept.  Those involved in any way with health, fitness or nutrition, from fitness competitors to personal trainers to health-conscious individuals, have known about eating clean for years. However, clean eating is gaining popularity as a way to gain better health, easily maintain weight...