Non-dairy milks have soared in popularity in recent years, but many of them come with an ingredient that concerns folks – carrageenan. It’s a seaweed-based “natural” food additive that is used for its gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. The FDA says it’s safe. Digestion experts, including naturopath Dr. Joanne Conaway, say no. Many independently funded and peer-reviewed … [Read more...] about Do You Drink Almond, Coconut or Soy Milks? Avoid Carrageenan
Healthy eating and self-care don’t have to stay in the car when you arrive at grandma’s house. Or behind a locked door as a neighbor stands on the front porch bearing homemade treats. Even amid Christmas cookies and egg nog, we can thrive this holiday season. We can stay on track with exercise and hydration, and even at appropriate times share our new-found knowledge with others who also may be … [Read more...] about Avoid a Health Sabotage this Holiday Season
The days before Christmas are disappearing. Is all of your shopping done? I woke up this morning with some anxiety over that too, and it’s getting close to the time when it would be really easy just to resort to giving a gift card or cash. Some people on my list specifically asked for that. But if I’m aiming not only to check a gift and recipient off of my list, but also find the “joy in … [Read more...] about 3 Quick, Personal Gifts You Can Pull Off Before Christmas
True confession: I just bought cream soda … made with high fructose corn syrup. Anyone watching me at the grocery store and unaware of my inner turmoil would have thought that I was insane because of the dance I was doing with different cartons of the stuff. I was getting ready for my son's birthday party, and he had requested cream soda and Doritos to go along with the pizza … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Doritos and Cream Soda
Despite spending more on health care than the rest of the world, Americans are far from healthy. In fact, out of 11 high-income countries, the U. S. health care system ranks worst overall. It’s a national crisis, and a personal one. If your health is poor, how good can the rest of your life be? A fair share of the problem lies in what we’re putting in our bodies, such as inflammatory foods and … [Read more...] about Can a Nutritional Deficiency Cause Modern Disease?
A woman hurried into my house for a workshop one afternoon and promptly announced that she wanted to show me something. She approached with a small stack of photos in her hand. When I was 7 years old, I found these photos in the trash. My parents had gotten divorced, and my mom decided she didn’t want these anymore. They were wedding photos. Photos from the trash. But I decided that … [Read more...] about Photos from the Trash: One Goal for Today