Exploring Water Filtration Options

Exploring Water Filtration Options

What is the healthiest way to drink your water? What is the best water to shower in? So many questions about such a simple, yet essential part of life!

After hours and hours of research, I’ve found some answers! Join me at Traditional Cooking School today, and explore water filtration options with me.

Which Essential Oils Have We Chosen?

Which Essential Oils Have We Chosen?

It’s a big deal. And it’s personal. The essential oils company people choose is just about as touch-y an issue as whether to vaccinate or not, it seems. I get it. Finding the right products that work for our families is kind of a big deal. When we find something we like, driven extroverts like yours truly want to blast our findings all over the world in an effort to win over educate everyone we know.

As soon as you start telling folks what essential oils you use, they immediately respond with why XYZ (read: their) brand is better or purer or more effective or safer and why yours isn’t pure or acceptable or safe or third party-tested.

Until several months ago, I really thought there were only two essential oils companies out there: Young Living and Doterra. The other brands I found in the store (NOW, Aura Cacia) seemed too cheap or not pure enough or something, so I really didn’t jump in with both feet on the essential oils bandwagon.

Chicken, Bacon, & Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

Around here, I’m all about quick and easy meals, especially lunches. The Hubs comes home four out of five days every week for lunch; plus, he’s home all day on the weekends. I love having leftovers for lunch since all I have to do is re-heat and serve, but sometimes I run out of leftovers by the end of the week. Especially on the weekends, I want a healthy meal I can throw together quickly so that I can spend the hubby’s days off with him instead of in the kitchen.

This chicken, bacon, and kale stuffed sweet potato recipe is one of those meals that I love having up my sleeve. Every, single ingredient is nutrient-dense, so this simple meal is also very filling.

All About Avocado Oil

All About Avocado Oil

If you’re wondering why this brand-new blog of mine has suddenly seemed to vanish, it’s because I’ve been hard at work at Traditional Cooking School. I have had the honor of writing for Traditional Cooking School (a.k.a. GNOWFGLINS) for almost two years, and I’m posting over there with more frequency now.

Writing for one’s own site is hard enough, but writing for such a well-known site as TCS is another enchilada. I feel spread thin between these two sites, but I am learning so much! Sooooo, without further adieu, here’s a post for ya: Avocado Oil — The New Fat in the Real Food Kitchen.

Reverse Judgment: When Healthy Lifestyles Are Judged

“Not judging others’ food choices” is a pretty popular topic on Real Food blogs. As someone who has been learning to live a healthier lifestyle since 2008, I can tell you that there are times when I haven’t kept my mouth shut or kept my stares under control when I see people eating what I deem to be unhealthy. It is so important that, if you are a lover of local, organic, non-processed Real Food, you not judge those who are at a different place in their journey.

No matter where we find ourselves along the way, there will always be some ahead of us and some behind us. As soon as we think we’ve got it all figured out, an article will show up in our inbox or someone will share a link on Facebook that proves we still have much more to learn.

What I don’t read much about is the judgment that occurs the other way around: when those of us who are trying to learn and make healthier choices for ourselves and our families are judged by those who are not. You’d think it would be ludicrous to look down upon someone for striving to better themselves by learning and gaining experience with wholesome foods, but it happens. And it’s probably happened to you.

Southern-style Salmon Croquettes (GAPS, Paleo, Whole30)

I grew up with my Memaw and my mother making salmon croquettes. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, salmon croquettes (or patties) were one of my favorite comfort foods as a kid…

What We Discovered When We Spent the Night in Our Kids’ Room (+10 tips for creating a sleeping sanctuary for your kids!)

When my kids have trouble sleeping, it makes for a rough night for everyone. Recently, my husband and I spent a night in our kids’ room… and figured out why they were experiencing insomnia. We quickly set things right by creating a sleeping sanctuary for them. Here’s what we discovered and how we fixed it!

Reconsidering the “Cleanse”: 7 Easy Ways to Support Daily Detox

Since the New Year is upon us and many consider this a natural time to evaluate personal health, people commonly opt for a cleanse to jump-start that process. Yesterday, at Traditional Cooking School, I posted Reconsidering the “Cleanse”: Why Kits, Powders, Fasts, and Pills May Not Be For You, and I discussed why the typical “cleanse in a box” might not be your best option if you’re wanting to detox.

Today, rather than giving you a magic formula to clean out the toxic substances in your body in a certain number of days or weeks, I’m going to share some effective, simple, and inexpensive things you can do every day to support your body’s natural detoxification.

Reconsidering the “Cleanse”: Why Kits, Powders, Fasts, & Pills May Not Be For You

It’s January — time to think about how to get healthy and fit during the coming year. Instead of making slow changes, you may find yourself wanting to jump on the fast-track to getting healthy. Quite often, this involves embarking on “detoxes” or “cleanses” of all sorts. If you’re looking to make some healthy changes this year, that’s excellent! And I want to support your healthy choices … while steering you clear of the boxed detoxes, powders, fasts, and pills.

My Review of the Intellibed

My Review of the Intellibed

I was so excited to “achieve the healthiest sleep yet” (according to their site) that any fears of a used mattress were soon allayed by my desire to go to bed and stay there for at least 29 days straight. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we were and how we fully expected to fall in love with our Intellibed. Except we didn’t…