Posts filed under: Healthy Living

How to Use Arrowroot Powder in Your Kitchen and Home Several years ago, I decided to avoid eating grains while I worked to improve my digestion. That meant I couldn’t use flour or cornstarch (corn is a grain) as a...
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The Benefits of Gratitude for Moms I discovered the benefits of gratitude in the midst of my time as a mother of small children. Our finances weren’t great and I felt burnt out almost all the time. I told myself...
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5 Books to Read for Weight Loss With Real Food A few years ago, I lost 47 pounds with a real food diet. If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ll remember that’s when I started posting a...
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One Ingredient Natural Laundry Detergent It’s no secret that store-bought laundry detergent contains ingredients that aren’t great for the environment and our bodies.  From sulfates to dioxanes to fragrances, conventional laundry detergents are sudsing up a toxic soup in your...
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How to Have an Easter Without Candy Several years ago when our family first began our real food journey, we decided to skip giving our kids candy at Easter. We were just a month or so into our new way...
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My Simple, Natural Homemade Mouthwash Anytime I can save money and make my daily routine greener and more natural, I do. That’s why I’m so excited to share the easy homemade mouthwash recipe I created. When I began my transition...
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Easy Homemade Toothpaste Recipe Since I switched to a simpler, more natural lifestyle, I’ve replaced many personal hygiene products with natural and/or homemade alternatives. Homemade toothpaste was one of the first and the easiest natural hygiene products to replace. (See...
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Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets I don’t know if you’ve heard, but dryer sheets are kind of toxic. Yes, even the fragrance free kind. Of course, I know I can’t completely eliminate all possible toxins from my home. However, when...
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Is Salt Healthy? Healthy salt? Isn’t that an oxymoron? We’ve all heard the conventional dietary rule that tells us to avoid salt in our diets because it’s unhealthy. In fact, several years ago – before I began my real food...
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Are Bath Bombs Safe? Like many moms, I enjoy relaxing in a lovely hot tub. I’m always looking for ways to make bath time a more beautiful experience. One of the most delightful ways to enhance bath time is by...
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The Benefits of Earthing Let’s talk about the benefits of earthing. If you’ve never heard of earthing (or grounding as it’s also called) then grab a cup of coffee or tea and read on. Because of the benefits of earthing...
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Is Coconut Oil Bad For You? Is coconut oil healthy? Recently the American Heart Association told us to avoid coconut oil because it contains saturated fat. Saturated fat increases “bad” cholesterol levels. However, I’m still buying and consuming coconut oil....
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The No Poo Method Didn’t Work For Me It’s no secret that I like my personal care products to be as natural as possible. I use a natural deodorant, make my own body wash, toothpaste, and facial moisturizer. I try...
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Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Oh, ’tis the season, folks!  As we head into the depths of winter, our bodies face the task of fighting off cold and flu germs. The good news is, while our bodies are fighting...
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How I Stopped my IBS Naturally My IBS began suddenly after the birth of my first child when I was 22 years old.  At my six-week postnatal check up, I talked with the doctor about my constant stomach upset.  She...
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Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Have you looked at the ingredients in your favorite body wash?  I have.  It’s not pretty. Check those ingredients on EWG.org. Then, throw that bottle of perfumey blech away. (Or recycle it if you can!) Once...
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DIY Facial Oil Recipes Have you peeked at the ingredients in your favorite facial moisturizer? Have you checked the safety of those ingredients on EWG.org? If you haven’t you should. When I saw the safety rating of my former favorite...
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Are Grains Bad for You? Are grains bad for us? Well, yes and no. Maybe you’ve gone grain free or are considering going grain free.  You might have friends or family members who are going grain free, but you don’t...
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How to Prevent the Stomach Flu Naturally I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have a respiratory virus (cold) than a stomach virus.  When I have a cold, I still function pretty well during the day.  As long...
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Is Maple Syrup Healthy? Oh, maple syrup, how I love you!  For me, maple syrup conjures feelings of warmth on a winter morning.  I bet you can almost taste the sweet syrup mixed with salty butter arranged artfully on a...
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Why Is Grass Fed Beef Better? If you’ve bought meat at your local grocery store you’ve probably noticed a higher-priced beef labeled as “grass-fed”. Like I did before my family started a real food diet, you may have assumed that...
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Is Sprouted Wheat Healthy? What Are the Benefits of Sprouted Wheat? Did you know that wheat is a controversial food?  Between the total wheat-abstaining paleo folks and the properly-prepared-wheat Weston A Price devotees, there are a lot of opinions about...
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How to Start a Real Food Diet Without Getting Overwhelmed “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I know you’ve heard it before.  Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu was right on.  Often when we come to the beginning...
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The Best Real Food Books for Beginners Do you ever wonder how real food bloggers know so much about real food?  Some of us were raised on traditional real foods and learned about being healthy from our parents and grandparents,...
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Amazon Subscribe and Save Make Real Food Affordable Real food has a reputation for being pricey. Although I’ve seen the prices of real, healthy food go down over the past few years I’ve found ways to afford my real food...
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Is Coconut Sugar Healthy? What Are the Benefits of Coconut Sugar? I love sweets.  Always have.  Always will.  Unfortunately, there was a time when my love of all things sugary was wrecking my health. Sugar is an addictive substance.  It...
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Healthy, Real Food Snack Ideas For Kids If you’ve got kids, you know that snack time is an important part of the day.  I’d say most parents prefer to serve their kiddos healthy snacks over unhealthy ones, but sometimes we...
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Real Food Diary – What I Ate Today It doesn’t matter what type of diet you follow – there is always a place for pizza. Today I made my sourdough pizza crust and topped each pizza with yumminess and love. Of...
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