Family Reunion Cookies

OMG, you have to make these cookies. I’m really not kidding! We just got back from a week-long family reunion with Ryn’s family, which was absolutely fantastic! As part of the fun, we all headed out to Wells Beach, Maine, where they always went as kids for vacations. Part of the tradition was whoopie pies,…

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Raising Healthy Children, Part 6

When I was a kid, my mom sent us out to play. We went out for hours, and didn’t come back till someone was hungry. We played in the trees in the yard, or in the “trails” across the street – some wild undeveloped land along the banks of Bear Creek, that boys had ridden…

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Raising Healthy Children, Part 5

Herbal remedies are often much better choices for illness than over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceuticals. It’s true that antibiotics are miracle drugs, but miracles wear out when we use them every day: bacteria become stronger and the antibiotics don’t work as well over time. Not only that, but our bodies get lazy if we always let…

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Raising Healthy Children, Part 4

Sleep is absolutely critical to good health. While we sleep, we repair damaged tissue (including things we can’t see!), we grow, we replenish hormone supplies and the immune system – we even burn fat (as long as you skip the bedtime snack)! Most of us adults get by on 7 hours of sleep or less…

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Raising Healthy Children, Part 3

Our last post was on cultivating your child’s inner foodie: here is one of the BEST ways I know to get them to eat their greens: Make a Wild Salad! You get to go outdoors, eat good food, identify plants, “cook” together, experience new flavors – all in one salad bowl!

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Raising Healthy Children, Part 2

Food is the absolute number one most important factor in a person’s health. In my own professional opinion, that is! I have seen clients recover from all manner of illness, and in some cases, the *only* thing they changed was diet! Although many doctors and certainly mainstream culture will tell you that food doesn’t really…

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Raising Healthy Children, Part 1

When we become parents, we suddenly realize, kids don’t come with instruction manuals! But let’s think about that in reverse: when you’re a kid, life DOES come with instructions. Those instructions come from your parents, primarily, and other family, teachers, and later peers. A few hundred years ago, even here in America, those instructions absolutely…

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Linden and Tulsi: Two Great Herbs that Go Great Together!

Looking for a fail-proof cup of tea? Look no further! Linden and Tulsi can turn that frown upside down.

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Offal: It’s Not Awful!

Maybe the thought of eating liver, kidney, and heart makes you say “gag me with a spoon!” – but it doesn’t have to be like that. Organ meats are probably the superfoodiest food there is, favored over muscle meat by many cultures around the globe, but they’re not exactly tasty to most modern Americans. Some…

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Interview with a Paleo Kid

My 9-year-old daughter Amber is gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, and most of the time, paleo. She is autoimmune to gluten and casein, the rest we avoid for overall health. A lot of folks think that this kind of thing must be hard for a kid, or that kids won’t go along with it. Let’s ask Amber…

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Bone Broth Demystified

Mineral deficiency is rampant in our society – depleted soils mean that our fruits and vegetables don’t have the same mineral content that they once had. But additionally, we no longer favor mineral-rich foods in our diets: organ meats, seaweed, and bone broths are not exactly staples in most families’ menus! They should be! This…

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Cod with Greens and Kumquats

Fish is a challenge for me. Where I grew up in Texas, fish choices were pretty much Long John Silvers or, for extra fancy, Red Lobster. As long as fish has crunchy batter breading on it and is served with hushpuppies, I’m fine — but since I don’t eat that stuff anymore, I’ve had to…

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