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6 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Your Period

I bet I know what your favorite time each month is… And I bet it’s every week EXCEPT the week of your cycle. Rather than fighting my period, I embrace it as my body’s way of resetting each month. And my body likes to start each new month off with rest and inward focus. Here are the practices I have begun following to take care of myself during my cycle.

Periods: My Journey from Bad to Better

I’ve wanted to talk about lady issues for a while now, and I’ve finally worked up the courage to do it! I’m starting with my own story, including how I was put on hormonal therapy at the age of 15 and the worst advice I’ve ever received from a doctor. Yet, I overcame and got better; and so can you!

5 Unexpected Benefits of Coffee Enemas {for women!}

It’s no secret that I believe in the amazing benefits of coffee enemas. I’ve seen firsthand the healing power that coffee enemas have had on my digestive system. I was expecting that. However, I wasn’t expecting these 5 perks — and they’re all specific to being a woman!

The 5 Foods That Are Compromising Your Immune System

The one thing that could be hurting your immune system? It’s not how much you exercise, what supplements you take, or what natural practitioner you visit. Can you guess what that one thing is? It’s the food you eat!

Nutritional Balancing for Dummies: Lifestyle

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of the Nutritional Balancing for Dummies series! The lifestyle aspect of Nutritional Balancing is, in my opinion, the hardest part of the program to consistently follow because it’s not something you can check off a list. Keep reading to learn some tangible and intangible ways you can change your lifestyle for a positive impact on your health!

Sometimes Antibiotics Are Necessary … But It Still Sucks

It stung a little when I peed … Uh-oh. I knew exactly what that feeling meant. I took my natural war on the UTI to Def-Con 5 because this crunchy mama don’t give up without a good, hard fight. Do you even know what a blow it is to maintain wonderful health for years, to fight something as common as a UTI with all the hippie weapons in your arsenal, and to still have to rely on allopathic medicine to “fix” it???

Pineapple-Carrot-Turmeric Spritzer {a.k.a. best period drink ever}

There are a handful of bloated, emotional, crampy, hormonal, eat-an-entire-bag-of-Oreos days that lead up to and include the first couple days of the blessed arrival of dear Aunt Flo. I call this the “Best Period Drink Ever” because it brings menstrual relief and balance like nothing else can!

Nutritional Balancing for Dummies: Supplementation

In continuing with my series on the four aspects of a successful and complete Nutritional Balancing program, today I’m diving into supplementation!

What If I Can’t Afford Organic Food?

I vividly remember my first trip to Whole Foods. The visions of organic coconut-rolled dates that were dancing in my head were crushed in about 45 seconds.

I bet I pushed my cart around for an hour, searching high and low, believing it was all somehow a mistake and that I would stumble upon the realistically priced food at any moment.
I think it’s a common misconception that if you’re not buying organic, pasture-raised, farmer’s market food, then the only alternative is processed crap.

That’s just not true. Continue reading if you’re feeling discouraged and guilty because you can’t afford organic food.

Spontaneity in the Real Food Kitchen + My CSA Pasta Recipe

I have a bent toward perfectionism — even to the point that, if I make a mistake when writing a grocery list, I will often wad up the paper, throw it in the trash, and start all over. I thrive in a clean, organized environment and am frequently re-organizing my already organized spaces in an attempt to make them even more organized. I am overly practical and have very little tolerance for frills and fuss. I am a do-er and find it difficult to sit still and just be.
In all this organization, list-making, doing, and planning, it might surprise you to know that I have an alternate ego — the Mr. Hyde to my usual Dr. Jekyll. This side of me flies by the seat of her pants. In this alternate mode, creativity flows, unlimited by a plan, to-do list, or the written menu on the fridge.

This is when I do some of my best work … like the recipe I’m sharing for one of our new family favorites: CSA Pasta!