health, information, natural remedies, self care, tips

Dealing with Digestive Distress Naturally

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Walk down the aisle of any store and you’ll see hundreds of over the counter medications that target digestive woes. From heartburn to gas to constipation to indigestion, there is a pill for every ill, and often dozens of choices that claim to treat them all. Continue reading “Dealing with Digestive Distress Naturally”

health, information, kids, natural remedies, self care, stress, tips

My Family’s Holistic Medicine Cabinet

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When I was pregnant with my first child at the age of 22, I had NO clue about my views on natural versus conventional medicines and health care. As an asthmatic child with a weak immune system, I had been on round after round of antibiotics, steroids, allergy shots, and pretty much every over the counter medication known to man. When I was 4 months pregnant, I was teaching at a Montessori school and contracted a nasty cold with a barking cough followed by pink eye. I went to see the doctor, and she told me that the medication she needed to prescribe could possibly cause deafness to my baby. Continue reading “My Family’s Holistic Medicine Cabinet”

health, information, self care, stress, tips

Deep Breathing for Stress Relief

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Our bodies are amazingly adaptable. When it gets dark, our pupils dilate to let in more light. When it’s too hot, our body sweats to lower our core temperature. When we cut our finger, the blood vessels in that area automatically narrow and the blood starts to clot. Our bodies are constantly protecting us with a series of biological changes in response to different environmental triggers. And this bio-feedback is no different when it comes to stress. Continue reading “Deep Breathing for Stress Relief”

plant-based eating, tips

How to Break Out of a Food Rut

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When I find a meal that I love, I can eat it for DAYS in a row before becoming bored. However, there are some times that I look at my busy schedule, plan out my quickest meals and think, “brown rice and veggie stir fry on Wednesday night. Again. Oh joy.” Continue reading “How to Break Out of a Food Rut”

dinner, health, information, kids, plant-based eating, tips

The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating

IMG_0496.JPGYears ago I read an article about how the average American family eats the same 9 meals for dinner on rotation. This fact has stuck with me for years and led me on a quest to expose my family to as many new dishes as I can (without driving myself crazy, of course). However, in the years since, I have spoken to and even worked with many families who don’t love experimenting in the kitchen as much as I do. Continue reading “The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating”

dinner, pasta, recipes, tips, under 30 minutes

Chickpea Marinara with Pasta and Broccolini

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A question that I often get through email and social media messaging is “How do I know if I’m getting a complete meal?” When you’re eating an omnivorous diet, you know what a “complete” lunch or dinner looks like: meat, starch, dairy, and a vegetable (I would hope that veggies are included!). However, when switching to a plant based lifestyle, what do you do? Continue reading “Chickpea Marinara with Pasta and Broccolini”